beast fest

BEAST (Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre) is a group of composers, performers, and academics based at the University of Birmingham, and BEAST FEaST is their second big public event in 2015, following on from January’s Pantry Sessions collaboration with SOUNDKitchen. Comprising three days of performances, talks, and installations, the festival made use of both the BEASTdome sound system and a specially installed multichannel array in the larger Elgar Music Hall, both in the university’s Bramall Music Building.


1900: Registration and Reception

2000: Concert 1

The opening concert on the BEASTdome system includes our own ensemble BEER, as they take part in a telematic live coding performance with Canada’s David Ogborn and his Cybernetic Orchestra, and present Julian Rohrhuber’s Word Music.

The Dome, Bramall Music Building


1000: Paper 1

Robert Mackay, Peter Batchelor, Luca Danielli, Enda Bates

12:10: Listening Session 1

1300: Daniel Tones lunchtime recital

Barber Concert Hall, The Barber Institute

1430: Paper 2

Richard Garrett, Andres Perez, Garfield Benjamin, Andrew Hill

1900: Concert 2

A concert featuring work by Manuella Blackburn and Emma Margetson, 2014 COMPASS Prize winner

Elgar Concert Hall, Bramall Music Building

2030: Concert 3

Works with Daniel Tones, and the film version of David Prior’s Of This Parish.

Elgar Concert Hall, Bramall Music Building


1100: Paper 3

David Ibbett, Manfredi Clemente, Garavaglia, Diogo Avim & Matilde Miereles

13:00: Listening Session 2

1400: Concert 4

Manuella Blackburn, plus recent electronic music from Birmingham and around the world.

Elgar Concert Hall, Bramall Music Building

1600: Panel

A panel discussion on the relationships between music, space, architecture, and place.

The Dome, Bramall Music Building

1730: Reception and Installation

David Prior’s new realisation of Of this Parish, featuring the University’s clocktower Old Joe.

1st Floor Mezzanine, Bramall Music Building

2000: Concert 5

Music Space Architecture Place closing concert.

Elgar Concert Hall, Bramall Music Building

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