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Biography

 

Tom Williams studied composition at Huddersfield and Keele Universities and completed the Doctor of Musical Arts (Mus AD) in Composition in 1995 at Boston University.

His music has received numerous international performances and broadcasts; these include BBC Radio 3, SEAMUS (Miami and Iowa), Sonorities (Belfast), EMMF (Kansas and Chicago), Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Expo (Manchester and Scarborough), ACMC (Wellington and Brisbane), Futura (France), Sonus and TES (Canada), NYCEMF (New York in 2011/13) and at ICMC conferences (NYC, Barcelona, New Orleans, Ljubljana, Belfast); and he has written for dance, theatre and education. The 2008 CD featuring his acousmatic work, Taking Shelter, was described as having "detailed acousmatic works in the great UK tradition of restraint and passion" (Kevin Austin). His 5.1 composition Can was premiered in Noisefloor 2010, with performances in Cardiff at SAW, NYC-EMF, ICMC Stony Brook, Weimar New Music Festival, and at the Festival of New Music, Udine, Italy - where it won the Special Mention and medal of the Senato della Repubblica Italiana for the “electro-acoustic music” section of the VIII International Contemporary Music Contest "Città di Udine". Tom Williams was a prizewinner of the ALEA III 1993 composition competition for his piano and tape piece Ironwork; his acousmatic work Break was a finalist of 2004 Music Viva, and Shelter received an honourable mention in Bourge, IMEB 2006. Recent compositions include the dance video work, Voice (a retracing); Leaf for hulusi, and electronics, Rip Tide (solo piano, Philip Mead) and Dart premiered by the ‘cello innovator’ Madeleine Shapiro in New York in 2012, and is currently under production for a 2013 Madeleine Shapiro CD; the piece was nominated for the British Composer Awards 2013, Sonic Art Category, and it is available on Shapiro’s Sounds Nature CD, Albany Records label, New York.  Dart has had subsequent performances at ICMC2013 Perth, Australia; Seamus 2014, USA, and in the UK, including INTIME 2014, Coventry.

His recent acousmatic work Home (Breath Replaced) was performed at MUSLAB2015 (Mexico City). Other performances == included ICMC2016  (Utrecht), Sonorities2016  (Belfast), NYCEMF 2017 (New York) CMMR 2016 (Sao Paulo); and the composition Can at  the Diffrazioni Festival 2016, Florence, and at MUSLAB2016. 

More recent composition includes the song cycle with live electronics for the acclaimed soprano, Juliana Janes Yaffé, Meditations on a Landscape (from the poetry of PennyAnne Windsor).  This work has been performed at THIS 2017 in Leeds, and at NYCEMF 2017 June, New York, and at Sound+Environment 2017, University of Hull.

2017 creative projects include the collaboration with the 360 film maker, Sarah Jones,  for the 360 short film 'The Town that Blew Away'. The film was presented at the BAFTA recognised festival ASFF and at Tacoma in the USA.  In 2017/18 he did the first contrabass clarient collaboration with the acclaimed bass clarinetist Sarah Watts.  The new substantial work is a concerto in design for contrabass and electroacoustic fixed media (utilising the Kyma 7 system). The composition is titled 'Weighed Down By Light' and was premiered at the Sounds Agenda Composers' Conference (April 29th, 2018), Sheffield University at DINA.  Recent performance includes SEAMUS2019, Berklee, Boston; SABRE Day, Zurich, Boston University and Noisefloor Festival 2019. A studio  performance recorded at Coventry University with Sarah Watts playing is now released on You Tube:  https://youtu.be/osipMHU0ReU

In 2019 he was invited composer, speaker and concert curator at the Mapping Spaces, Sounding Places: Geographies of Sound in Audiovisual Media in Cremona, Italy where his new acousmatic work Pakefield on the Edge was premiered.  

Research Interests

 

  • Electroacoustic Music composition
  • Music Composition (e.g. instrumental, vocal and experitmental electronic)
  • Acousmatic Music
  • Sonic Art and Sound Installation
  • Sound Spatialisation
  • Aesthetics and analysis of contemporary music 

 

Vision Statement

When composing I enjoy the exploration of new sounds, new material; exploring and exploiting the tension between the visceral resonance and the compositional imperative.

Education/Academic qualification

Music Composition, Doctorate, Boston University

16 Sep 199212 May 1995

Music, MA, Keele University

15 Sep 198111 Sep 1983

Music, Degree, University of Huddersfield

21 Sep 19781 Jul 1981

External positions

MA Contemporary Arts (Sonic Arts), Oxford Brookes University

1 Sep 20161 Sep 2019

External Examiner MA Music Technology, University of Kent

1 Sep 20151 Sep 2019

External Examiner Music Network, Manchester Metropolitan University

1 Sep 20141 Sep 2019

Keywords

  • M Music
  • Composition
  • electroacoustic music
  • acousmatic
  • voice
  • instrumental
  • interactive
  • sonic arts
  • visual music
  • immersive sound

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Research Output 2012 2019

Pakefield - on the Edge

Williams, T., 22 Mar 2019, (Accepted/In press)

Research output: Practice-Based and Non-textual ResearchComposition

Sound
Electroacoustics
Seaside
Discourse
Practice as Research

Weighed Down by Light: for Contrabass Clarinet and Fixed Media

Williams, T., 26 Apr 2018

Research output: Practice-Based and Non-textual ResearchComposition

File
Poem
Clarinet
Performer
Concert
Electroacoustics

The Town that Blew Away: 360 film

Williams, T. & Jones, S., 1 Jun 2017

Research output: Practice-Based and Non-textual ResearchComposition

Film Festivals
Viewer
Musicians

Meditations on a Landscape: song cycle for soprano, live processing and fixed media

Williams, T., 25 Oct 2015

Research output: Practice-Based and Non-textual ResearchComposition

Open Access
File
Meditation
Soprano
Song Cycle
Song
Electroacoustics

Home (Breath Replaced): acousmatic composition (octophonic/stero) plus dance video version

Williams, T. & Midgelow, V., 14 Mar 2014

Research output: Practice-Based and Non-textual ResearchComposition

dance
video
performance
recording
university teacher

Activities 2011 2019

  • 22 Participation in conference
  • 4 Public Engagement Event
  • 2 Invited talk
  • 2 Visiting an external academic institution

SABRE-day

Tom Williams (Creative Artist)
2 Feb 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Noisefloor Festival 2019

Tom Williams (Creative Artist)
8 May 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Convergence

Tom Williams (Creative Artist)
12 Sep 201915 Sep 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Mapping Spaces, Sounding Places, Geographies of sound in audiovisual media

Tom Williams (Invited Speaker)
19 Mar 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

SEAMUS BERKLEE 2019

Tom Williams (Contributor)
23 Mar 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Prizes

British Composer Awards 2013 Sonic Art Category shortlist

Tom Williams (Recipient), 2013

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Art
Composer
Music
Shortlist

VIII International Contemporary Music Contest "Città di Udine" 2010

Tom Williams (Recipient), 2010

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

acoustics
music