Mini-festival of new music and alternative approaches to musical creativity launches

Mini-festival of new music and alternative approaches to musical creativity launches

Pioneering names in electronic music will come together for a festival that celebrates new approaches to musical creation and creativity, hosted by Queen Mary University of London.

13 September 2018

Inter/Sections 2018: The RAW and The COOKED, held by Training based at Queen Mary’s School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, will feature practical workshops and demonstrations of live coding and DIY instrument and modular synth building.

The inaugural two-day festival – which takes place at Café 1001, Brick Lane, London on 28 and 29 September 2018 – targets complete beginners as well as experts.

The daytime events will present new possibilities and tools, which will be explored further during two evenings of live performances in an informal club setting.

Across the two days, The RAW and The COOKED will bring together many international pioneers in live coding and DIY instrument/modular synth building, including Renick Bell, Tom Whitwell, Ewa Justka, Rob Spencer, Lia Mice, Anna Xambo, Joanne Armitage, Eric Nystrom, and hellocatfood.

Jon Pigrem, event organiser and PhD student from Queen Mary’s School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, said: “The RAW and The COOKED takes an open approach to sharing knowledge and skills developed on the MAT programme, within the Queen Mary research groups, and wider student led activities. We hope to engage local communities with an accessible and relevant programme exploring new and current approaches to musical creation and creativity.

“The event comprises hands-on workshops and presentations by day, leading into evenings of live performance by Queen Mary artists and international guest artists.”

Daytime workshops and evening raves

The RAW (28 September) will focus on live coding and code-based approaches to the real time creation of sound and image. During the daytime, there will be live coding workshops for beginners. Experienced users will be able to build on existing skills, branch out into new applications and develop a greater understanding of the craft guided by short 20-minute talks from experienced performers.

An Algorave will then take place in the evening – a live-coded audio-visual spectacular featuring performances from some of the UK’s leading lights in audio-visual coded performance.

The COOKED (29 September) will look at DIY instrument and modular building, featuring hands on workshops to make and develop a musical instrument or synthesiser module. Queen Mary’s Bela team will guide people through the process of using their lightning fast single board computer to make low latency interactive prototypes, and Rob Spencer from GMSN! will be on site to supervise the construction of one of their newest Eurorack modules.

There will also be keynote presentations from experts in the instrument and modular world.

The day leads into a night of live electronic performance, featuring innovators in DIY creativity and new and alternative approaches to live performance.

Visit for more information and to book tickets.

  • Weekend Ticket: £15 / £10 Concessions (+bf)
  • Day Ticket: £10 / £5 Concessions (+bf)

For media information, contact:

Rupert Marquand
Public Relations Manager
Queen Mary University of London

Try This ‘Plank Dance’ to Challenge and Strengthen Your Core

Victoria’s Secret models and best friends in fitness Jasmine Tookes and Josephine Skriver know how to have fun at the gym. The pair gathers their favorite exercise moves into a joint Instagram account that’s gifted us with everything from butt workouts to abs exercises.

Most recently, the models shared a video of a move they’ve nicknamed the plank dance. Tookes and Skriver each start in a forearm plank, then do some arm choreography to challenge their cores. They captioned the video with a quick explanation of the move: “Works core but pretty much the whole body! Do it for 1 min x3.”

Check out the plank dance move via @joja, below:

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The plank dance helps build strength and stability in your core.

For a more detailed explanation of why this core move is so effective, we spoke with Kelvin Gary, certified personal trainer and owner and head coach at Body Space Fitness in New York City. According to Gary, this move works the abs, obliques, shoulders, and posterior core (aka spine-stabilizing muscles). It will help you improve your core stability, which is basically just your ability to keep your core engaged and in the right position during movement. Core stability is important for helping you execute pretty much every exercise move with proper form (and ultimately, help you avoid injury) and move about daily life comfortably and efficiently.

“Just holding a plank is great, but this move creates the need for additional stability,” says Gary. In a normal, stationary plank, our legs and feet create four points of contact with the ground. “Think of this like the four legs of a chair, very stable,” he explains. “When you remove one of those legs, you become unstable. That’s what’s happening in this move.” With each arm movement, Tookes and Skriver create additional instability.

Notice how as they lift their arms, their hips sway a bit to the opposite side. Ideally, your hips should remain in place as you move your arms and your core works to keep your body still and stable, Gary says. But it does take a ton of core strength and practice to get to the point of zero sway.

To do this move, start in a forearm plank with your elbows stacked under your shoulders and your feet hip-width apart.

Squeeze your core, glutes, and quads to keep your hips stable as you reach one arm in front of you, then to the side, and then repeat with the other arm, reaching to the side first and then out in front. Most importantly, keep your arm movements as slow as possible. “The slower you go, the harder it gets,” says Gary. “A controlled movement is best.” Continue this movement, alternating arms, for one minute. Rest for about 30 seconds, and then repeat two more times (for a total of three).

If you’ve nailed this move—meaning you can keep your hips totally still throughout—and are looking to make it more challenging, Gary suggests moving from a forearm plank to a high plank (arms extended and palms flat on the floor) and bringing your feet closer together. You can also play up the instability component of the workout by lifting your opposite leg in tandem with your arm, says Gary. “Move your arms and legs together, first alternating left arm/right leg, then right arm/left leg, in a clockwise manner.” He also recommends adding an instability tool like the BOSU ball under your arms or feet to seriously challenge your balance.

However you prefer to plank dance, consider taking another cue from Tookes and Skriver and do it with your BFF. It may still be just as challenging, but having some camaraderie may help take your mind off how hard you’re working—plus, there’s no denying the choreo is highly Instagrammable.

Rajar figures: Radio news listeners fall but boost for music shows

Image caption Mishal Husain of Radio 4’s Today and Nicky Campbell from 5 Live Breakfast

BBC Radio 4’s Today programme and 5 Live Breakfast lost listeners this spring, industry figures show.

Today’s audience dropped by 839,000 year-on-year, while 5 Live Breakfast was down 337,000, according to Rajar, which monitors UK radio listening.

The BBC said a quieter news agenda in the second quarter of this year was partly to blame.

Last spring saw a snap general election, the Grenfell Tower fire and three terrorist attacks in the UK.

The BBC said: “There were record figures (7.82 million) last year as the nation turned to Today during significant news events.

“Audience figures fluctuate for news programmes across TV and radio in line with news events and the latest Today figures show a sustained loyal listenership and an overall increase since 2014.”

While news and speech programmes may have recorded a loss, many music and entertainment shows went up.

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Image caption Rickie (left), Charlie (centre) and Melvin (right) present the Kiss breakfast show

Compared with spring 2017, Absolute’s breakfast show – presented until recently by Christian O’Connell – added 306,000 listeners, while Kiss Breakfast with Rickie, Melvin and Charlie went up by 42,000.

Capital saw listener figures fall compared to last year, with Roman Kemp’s breakfast show losing 53,000 listeners, but the show was up on the quarter and held its title as the most listened to breakfast radio show in London.

Away from breakfast, LBC attracted 2.1 million listeners across the UK, an increase of 62,000 listeners on the same period last year.

Capital Xtra, the urban music station which rebranded from Choice FM in 2013, recorded its highest ever audience of 1.8 million.

Other specialist music stations to record an annual increase included Radio X, which went up to 1.7 million weekly listeners.

BBC specialist stations also recorded healthy figures, including R&B and hip hop station BBC Radio 1Xtra, which reached 1.03 million listeners – up on both the year and the quarter.

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Image caption Roman Kemp presents the Capital breakfast show

The BBC’s Asian Network recorded 672,000 listeners – also up on both the year and the quarter – while BBC 6Music reached 2.4 million – a drop on the previous quarter but an increase year-on-year.

BBC Radio 1 recorded its highest ever audience across digital platforms, but the station was down overall on both the quarter and the year – reaching 9.24 million weekly listeners.

Controller Ben Cooper said: “At a time of huge change for Radio 1, I’m delighted to see us bringing in 10 million weekly listeners, 10 million social followers, and a record 16 million weekly viewers of our YouTube content.”

A weekend full of music and art

Two concerts are taking place this weekend as part of the Malta International Arts Festival.

Today, the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and the Malta Youth Orchestra, under the direction of Sergey Smbatyan, are presenting Mediterranean Soul.

The joint concert will explore the musical heritage of the diverse cultures sharing the Mediterranean Sea by drawing on the region’s musical traditions, such as Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio Italien, as well as Charles Camilleri’s Mediterranean Dances and Joseph Vella’s Rapsodija Maltija for violin and string orchestra, with the MYO’s concertmaster Stefan Calleja in the solo role.

Mediterranean Soul is taking place at Pjazza Teatru Rjal in Valletta at 9pm.

Tomorrow, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (RCO) of Amsterdam is performing for the first time in Malta.

The concert forms part of the orchestra’s ongoing tour of all 28 member states of the European Union, RCO Meets Europe, and will see the participation of members of the Malta Youth Orchestra during the opening work Overture to Don Giovanni.

Milanese chief conductor Daniele Gatti will then lead the orchestra in Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto and Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony in A Major. The concert will take place at the Manoel Theatre in Valletta at 9pm.

The festival will also see various artists – from singers to dancers to actors – showcasing along the streets of the capital city in a performance titled Artibusk.

Two exhibitions, Exile Homes by philanthropist and photojournalist Reza Deghati, and Watercolour Madness by local artist Kenneth Zammit Tabona, are opening today at the Grand Master’s Palace in Republic Street and at the Malta Society of Arts, respectively. Entrance to both exhibitions is free.

The Malta International Arts Festival runs until July 15. For more information and tickets, visit .