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

Tom Williams (Artist), Vida Midgelow (Artist)

Research output: Practice-Based and Non-textual ResearchComposition


The acousmatic composition ‘Home (Breath Replaced)’ exists both as a video (stereo) and an acousmatic 8-channel composition.

The work began its research trajectory through collaboration with the Middlesex University Dance Professor, Vida Midgelow, to produce a video composition of very limited palette of material both visually and sonically – the work was titled ‘Home (a replacing)’. The created video work’s imagery emphasizes processes of breathing and resting, waiting and weight, the emergent and fleeting; the acousmatic soundscape explores the inner, intimate sonic life of the body as home: created by making binaural (stereo) head recordings of the dancers - the sole source of the sound material. These are electroacoustically transformed within a spatial field using a range of digital tools and composed into a musical form. The aim was to explore source bonding (the innate quality of breath and movement) as a proprioceptive and psychological experience.

A key research imperative was developing material from the limited noise source of breath by exploring and experimenting with types of filtering and layering, stretching and compressing, spatial movement and sonic depth. The creative process looked to transcend ‘just breathing’ to new morphologies that ebb and flow, temporally molded through electroacoustic processes. The aim was to breathe new life in to breath as a sonic dance: to ‘re-place’ breath in an acousmatic context.

The acousmatic composition has had multiple performances including, Klangland Germany, ICMC Utrecht, NYCEMF New York, MUSLAB Mexico, CMMR Sao Paulo, SEAMUS Oregon, Sonorities Queens University, further performances include Wolverhampton, Leeds and Coventry.
Original languageEnglish
Media of outputScore
Publication statusPublished - 14 Mar 2014

Additional Information

The work has a number of composed manifestations: dance video, installation, stereo acousmatic music, octophonic (immersive). The original work was a collaboration with Prof Vida Midgelow - Video by
1. As video performanes"Home (a replacing) – a new video work collaboration with Vida Midgelow, IFIMPAC 2014, Leeds College of Music, March 14th, 2014.
2. Home (a replacing) – video-work – (video by Vida Midgelow) (Tom Williams, featured composer), Wolverhampton University, Music Dept., UK. 19th March 2014
3. Home (a replacing) – video-work (video Vida Midgelow) – at Klangland 14 Festival, Kassel, Germany. April 4th
4. Home (a Replacing) – as video installation (video by Vida Midgelow), at Memory ^ sentiment ^ body ^ space ^object: Dialogues across and between dance and art, ICE, Coventry University, 15/5/2015
Acousmatic version performances:
5. Home (Breath Replaced) – acousmatic version, MUSLAB2015, Mexico City with pre-concert lecture, 5/12/2015
6. NYCEMF2016 (New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival) Abrons Art Center, June 17.
7. ICMC2016 (international Computer Music Conference, Utrecht, Sept 17th.
8. CMMR 2016 (12th International Symposium on Computer Music Multidisciplinary Research, So Paulo, Brazil, July 6th.
8. Sonorities Festival 2016, Queens University, Sonic Arts Research Centre, 24th Nov.
9. SEAMUS2018 (Society for Electroacoustic Music USA) University of Oregon,March 31st.
10. Sound Junction, Sheffield University, Firth Hall, 21 April 2018.
11. Radio broadcast (online) Acoustic Frontiers Nov. 2016


  • electroacoustic music
  • acousmatic
  • composition
  • dance


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    21 Apr 2018

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