Dr. Scott Wilson
Director of Electroacoustic Studios & Electroacoustic Sound Theatre , University of Birmingham
Keynote speech: Creative Encounters with the Sound of New Physics
Dr. Wilson was born in Vancouver, Canada. His musical education included composition studies with Barry Truax, Christos Hatzis, Gary Kulesha, Ron Kuivila, Alvin Lucier, Wolfgang Rihm, and others. His works have been presented internationally (e.g. Huddersfield Festival, Mouvement, Inventionen in Berlin, Open Ears, Esprit Orchestra’s Next Wave festival, etc.), and include compositions for both instrumental and electroacoustic forces, as well as structured improvisations for networked music ensembles (usually with BEER, the Birmingham Ensemble for Electroacoustic Research). He is Reader in Electronic Music at the University of Birmingham in the U.K., where he directs the University’s Electroacoustic Studios and BEAST (Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre), an internationally recognised loudspeaker orchestra which gives large-scale immersive presentations of electronic music. Recent projects include works and recordings with Xenia Pestova, Darragh Morgan, the Fidelio Trio, the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (with mezzo-soprano Lucy Schaufer), a song cycle based on the diaries of William Lyon Mackenzie King with Continuum Contemporary Music and acclaimed Canadian tenor Pascal Charbonneau, and (along with BEER) the Dark Matter project in collaboration with art@CMS at CERN.