hcmf// is excited to announce the artists selected to participate in the Huddersfield Professional Development Programme for Female Composers of Electronic Music.

Created in partnership with the Centre for Research in New Music (CeReNeM) at the University of Huddersfield, the project gives participants the opportunity to workshop and then compose a new music piece, which will be presented on the 48-channel/66-loudspeaker Huddersfield Immersive Sound System (HISS) in a concert during the hcmf// shorts programme in November 2019.

We were encouraged by the incredible breadth of proposals we received, and look forward to working with our participants to develop the next stages of their music career.

Sophie Cooper

Sophie Cooper is a West Yorkshire based musician working in a myriad of experimental fields. A composer and improviser for trombone and guitar, her solo material has traversed noise, psychedelia and traditional songwriting; as a collaborative artist, she has played with sound artist Delphine Dora and Vibracathedral Orchestra’s Julian Bradley. She also co-runs Tor, an experimental music event series and festival based in Todmorden.

Sophie is currently working on projects that range from stretching the limitations of her instrument to considering interpersonal relationships. She was recently commissioned by Yorkshire Sound Women Network to compose a piece of music that makes heavy use of processed acoustic sound, and is also interested in developing a piece that explores ‘a theme of family estrangement’.

Nicole Raymond

Moving in and out of fields at will, Nicole Raymond has performed as a DJ, turntablist and sound artist, incorporating field recordings and musique concrete into her eclectic mixes and sets. DJing under the alias NikNak and producing as SinSam, she has versatile approaches to music and composition, her recent mixes including conversational soundscapes exploring her relationship with her mother and radio shows made up of ‘tunes in the 140 realm’.

Nicole is looking to use her abilities as a turntablist to ‘perform social commentary on personal and social topics’, while combining her skills with multi channel sound diffusion.

Lia Su

Lia Su’s work considers the ways space, time and physicality impact our listening experience. She explores these relationships through sound, video, installation and live performance, making notable references to digital identity, cultural intersection and Eastern philosophy. She describes ‘the intersection between I Ching, Tae Te and the nature of sound’ as having significant influence over her work, compelling her to consider the ways music interacts with abstract ideas such as ‘nothingness’ and ‘change’.

Lia Su is interested in creating a composition in response to the HerNoise archive, a resource of materials investigating sound histories and gender – in particular, the ‘women artists who use sound as a medium’.

Heloise Tunstall-Behrens

Heloise Tunstall-Behrens is a London-based composer, singer, performer and installation artist, working in the field between vocal and instrumental music, electronics and performance.

Heloise is a member and co-creator of the groups Landshapes (releasing two albums on Bella Union), the electronic pop duo LUNCH and spectral drone duo Vertical Foliage. She is also a member and composer of the all-female Deep Throat Choir, who are based in Hackney. In 2016, she received Arts Council England funding to write and perform The Swarm, a 60-minute choral work about swarming honey bees.

Currently studying for an Mmus at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, Heloise has a particular interest in electronic composition, either for installation or performance, and has been exploring the combination of electronics and acoustic instrumentation – specialising in resonant feedback. She recently had an orchestral piece performed which explored the resonant frequencies of a cave.

Georgia Rodgers

Georgia Rodgers is a composer of instrumental and electronic music whose work focuses on textural and spatial aspects of sound – the experience of listening in spaces. In 2016, Georgia was selected as one of Sound and Music’s New voices, and she has since made waves as a composer. Performances of her work include Maeshowe, for ensemble and sine tones, premiered by the Riot Ensemble in 2018, as well as Partial Filter for tuba and electronics, performed by Ensemble Contrechamps and Out Take Ensemble.

An acoustics specialist, Georgia’s work has been performed in specific venues, with compositions made for the particular resonances that belong to them. She is currently interested in developing her work as an electronic musician, expanding her compositional horizons through the chance to use large, multichannel systems.

Georgia has also worked as an acoustician, specialising in architectural acoustics. She lives and works (and was born) in north London.