Prof Monty Adkins

Home Institution:

University of Huddersfield, UK

Biography:

Monty Adkins is a composer, performer, and Professor of Experimental Electronic Music at the University of Huddersfield. He has created installations, concert and audio-visual works, and a number of collaborations with contemporary performers, video artists and photographers. His work since 2008 has been released by Audiobulb (UK) and Cronica (P).

His works have been commissioned by Ina-GRM, IRCAM, BBC Radio 3, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (HCMF), SpACE-Net, ZKM (Centre for Art and Media, Karlsruhe) and Sonic Arts Network (SAN), among others. For his oeuvre he has been awarded over 15 international prizes including the Stockholm Electronic Arts Award (Sweden), Grand Prize at Musica Nova (Prague, Czech Republic), and five prizes at the Bourges International Electroacoustic Music Competition (France).

Having read music at Pembroke College (Cambridge, England, UK) where he studied French mediaeval and Italian Renaissance music, Adkins then studied electronic music with Jonty Harrison at the University of Birmingham where he performed across Europe with the Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre (BEAST), and Simon Waters at the University of East Anglia (Norwich, England, UK). He is currently Professor of Experimental Electronic Music at the University of Huddersfield (England, UK).

Adkins is also active as a writer and concert curator. He completed his first book in 2011 on the relationship between art and music (Shibusa – Extracting Beauty) a second on the music of Roberto Gerhard (Ashgate, 2013). Adkins also is Co-Artistic Director of the Electric Spring Festival. Held in Huddersfield, annually, this festival focuses on live electronic music and experimental performance.

Links:

University of Huddersfield: http://www.hud.ac.uk/ourstaff/profile/index.php?staffid=12

Personal website: https://montyadkins.wordpress.com/


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Supporting Materials

1. VIDEO: Clockwork Cities

[Music by Monty Adkins Video by Jason Payne Album release by Audiobulb Records http://www.audiobulb.com/albums/AB051/AB051.htm Clockwork Cities is taken from the album Rift Patterns by Monty Adkins. Portraying the psychogeographical exploration of places and how they impact on our identity and feelings. Psychogeography has historically been associated with the exploration of our cities and the 'drift', and has been described by Joseph Hart as "a whole toy box full of playful, inventive strategies for exploring cities... just about anything that takes pedestrians off their predictable paths and jolts them into a new awareness of the urban landscape". In Rift Patterns, Adkins uses found objects from the many locations visited, placed in the piano to prepare the strings and produce strange sonorities. As the music was being completed Adkins invited the writer Deborah Templeton, video artist Jason Payne and photographer and graphic designer Stephen Harvey to respond in their own way to the music, the ideas behind it and each other’s work. The result is an iBook containing music, text, photography and film.]

2. VIDEO: Borderlands

[Monty Adkins is a sound artist based in the North of England. His work draws together elements from ambient, minimal electronica, modern classical and experimental electronic music. This is an extract from his fourth album for Audiobulb. Borderlands is an extended meditation for multi-tracked cellos and was commissioned for an immersive installation by IOU Theatre.]