Last weekend Birmingham was treated to what will surely be regarded as one of the highlights of the 2014 electronic music calendar. Presented by Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre (BEAST), Pioneers of Sound was a 3-day festival primarily exploring works by three of the central figures of acousmatic music, François Bayle, Francis Dhomont & Bernard Parmegiani. What made the weekend so special & so poignant was that only two of that triumvirate could be there to present their music; the absence of Parmegiani (who died last November at the age of 86) was conspicuous & keenly felt throughout the weekend.
TaggageAaron Cassidy ambient andrew liles Arditti Quartet Ben Lukas Boysen Brian Ferneyhough Carla Rees chamber music choral Chubby Wolf concerto Dai Fujikura electroacoustic electronic ensemble Frances-Marie Uitti Gareth Davis Harrison Birtwistle irr. app. (ext.) Jakob Ullmann Julia Holter Kenneth Kirschner Mark-Anthony Turnage Mark Simpson Michael Finnissy NMC recordings of Montreal orchestral Per Nørgård piano piano concerto Rebecca Saunders Scott Miller Scott Walker Simon Cummings song string quartet symphony Thomas Adès total immersion Ulver Unsuk Chin violin concerto vocal voidesque