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Dr Ben Hackbarth

Head of Composition Music

Biography

Personal Statement

Benjamin Hackbarth is the director of the Centre for Music, Technology and Creativity, the artistic director of the Open Circuit Festival and the Head of Composition at the University of Liverpool where he writes music for instruments and electronic sound. Ben has been named composer in residence for musical research and composer in research at IRCAM three times since 2010. He was also a composer affiliated with the Center for Research and Computing in the Arts (CRCA) and a Sonic Arts Researcher at CalIT2. He has had residencies at Cité des Arts, Centre Internationale de Récollets, Akademie Schloss Solitude and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. In addition to writing concert music, he has collaborated with other artists to create multimedia installations with realtime graphics, sound and motion tracking. Notable performances include those by the Arditti String Quartet, Ensemble InterContemporain, the New York New Music Ensemble, the L.A. Percussion Quartet, the Collage New Music Ensemble, Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain, Ensemble SurPlus and the Wet Ink Ensemble. His work has been presented in venues such as Cité de la Musique, Akademie Schloss Solitude, the MATA festival, SIGGRAPH, the Florida Electro-acoustic Music Festival, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Ingenuity Festival, E-Werk, the Pelt Gallery, the San Diego Museum of Art, the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, the Roulette Concert Space and Espace de Projection at IRCAM. Ben's music can be heard on CD releases by the Carrier Records and EMF labels.

Personal Distinctions

  • Composer in Production (IRCAM/Centre Pompidou 2013)
  • Invited speaker (Invitation to Speak, Columbia University 2013)
  • Artist in Residence (Competitive Fellowship, Centre International des Récollets 2013)
  • Composer in Research (Competitive Fellowship, IRCAM, Paris 2011)
  • Invited speaker (Invitation to Speak, CRCA Exchange Series 2011)
  • Invited speaker (Invitation to Speak, Akademie Scholss Solitude, Stuttgart, 2011)
  • Artist in Residence (Cité Internationale des Arts 2010)
  • Invited speaker (Invitation to Speak, SARC, Belfast 2010)
  • Invited speaker (Invitation to Speak, IRCAM, Paris 2010)
  • Composer in Residence for Musical Research (Competitive Fellowship, IRCAM, Paris 2010)
  • Invited speaker (Invitation to Speak, SoundScape Festival, Maccagno, Italy 2010)
  • Invited speaker (Invitation to Speak, Séance Synthèse, IRCAM, Paris 2010)
  • Invited speaker (Invitation to Speak, Standford University 2008)

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