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Dr Manuella Blackburn

School of Creative and Performing Arts
0151 291 2092
Arts and Humanities

I am an electroacoustic music composer who specializes in acousmatic music creation. In addition to acousmatic music, I have also composed for instruments and electronics, laptop ensemble improvisations, and music for dance. I studied music at The University of Manchester (England, UK), followed by a Masters in Electroacoustic Composition with Dr David Berezan. I became a member of Manchester Theatre in Sound (MANTIS) in 2006 and completed a PhD at The University of Manchester with Dr Ricardo Climent in 2010 supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). I have worked in residence in the studios of Miso Music (Lisbon, Portugal), EMS (Stockholm, Sweden), Atlantic Centre for the Arts (Florida, USA), and Kunitachi College of Music (Tokyo, Japan). My music has been performed at concerts, festivals, conferences and gallery exhibitions in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the USA.

I have been recipient of a number of international awards and prizes for my acousmatic music including: Grand Prize in the Digital Art Awards (Fujisawa, Japan, 2007), First Prize in the 7th and 10th Concurso Internacional de Composição Electroacústica Música Viva (Lisbon, Portugal, 2006, ’09), 3rd Prize in the Diffusion Competition (Ireland, 2008), Public Prize in the Concurso Internacional de Composição Electroacústica (CEMJKO, Brazil, 2007) and Honorary Mentions in the Centro Mexicano para la Música y las Artes Sonoras (CMMAS) competition (Morelia, Mexico, 2008) and in the Concurso Internacional de Música Electroacústica de São Paulo (CIMESP ’07, Brazil). List of works: Switched on, acousmatic (2011) Triple Retort for cello, flute, mezzo-soprano and three laptops (2011) Bodhrán for bodhrán and soundfiles (2010) Karita oto, acousmatic, 8-channel surround (2009) Vista Points, acousmatic (2009) Oh Beau, for oboe, double bass and electronics (2009) Dance Machine, acousmatic (2009) Spectral Spaces, acousmatic (2008) Cajón! For percussion and soundfiles (2008) Origami, acousmatic miniatures (2007) Kitchen Alchemy, acousmatic, (2007) Causal Impacts, acousmatic (2006) Sonidos Bailables, acousmatic 5.1 surround (2006) In Response… for bass flute and soundfiles (2006).

I am also due to begin an AHRC early career fellowship (Oct 2012 – June 2013) in collaboration with Milapfest (the UK's leading Indian Arts Development Trust) on Intercultural creativity in electroacoustic music: Integrating Indian music where I will be examining cultural sound emblems in new works and constructing an interactive sound archive of Indian music and sound.



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