Brazilian-born British composer Eduardo Reck Miranda studied music in Brazil and completed his postgraduate studies at University of York (Master) and University of Edinburgh (PhD), under the tutelage of noted composers and educators such as Antônio Borges-Cunha (Brazil), Richard Orton, Peter Nelson and Nigel Osborne (UK).
He subsequently studied electronic and computer music at IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique) in Paris and ZKM (Zentrum für Kunst and Medientechnologie) in Kalrsruhe, Germany, where he studied with North American composer Heinrich Taube.
Eduardo has been awarded the prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in Composition, New York, to compose Sacra Conversazione, for orchestra and live electronics. The piece was performed in June 2011 at the Queen Elisabeth Hall, by BBC Concert Orchestra (Charles Hazlewood) and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 (03/07/11). His orchestral works have been performed by Orquestra Sinfônica de Porto Alegre (Cláudio Ribeiro), Chamber Group of Scotland (Martyn Brabbins), Scottish Chamber Orchestra (Peter Maxwell Davies), Ten Tors Orchestra (Simon Ible) and more recently by Heritage Orchestra (Anthony Weeden). He has seen his music featured at contemporary music festivals worldwide including Synthèse (Bourges, France), Ultraschall (Berlin, Germany), Nuova Consonanza (Rome, Italy), Música Viva (Lisbon, Portugal), Encuentros de Música Contemporánea (Santiago, Chile), EarZoom (Ljubljana, Slovenia) and Mainly Mozart (San Diego). In 2010 Lucianne Cardassi premiered his acclaimed Mozart Reloaded for piano and electronics at the Banff Centre in Canada, recording of which was featured by BBC Radio 3 during the The Genius of Mozart season in January 2011. It has recently been published on CD with an accompanying annotated score by Sargasso. His music has been broadcast a few times on BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction programme and BBC Radio 6.
Eduardo has been composer-in-residency at Studio Forum (Annecy, France), CCMIX (Centre de Création Musicale Iannis Xenakis, Paris, France), IMEB (Institut International de Musique Electroacoustique de Bourges, France), Fundació Phonos (Barcelona, Spain), Centro Tempo Reale (Florence, Italy), NOTAM (Oslo, Norway) and Harvard University (Cambridge, MA, USA). In 2006 he was appointed DAAD Edgard Varèse Visiting Professor of Computer Music at Technical University of Berlin’s Electronic Music Studios and in 2010 he was appointed Fellow of the Staatliches Institut für Musikforschung (Berlin Philharmonic headquarters). Eduardo is noted for his work at the crossroads of music and science and technology. His work has been featured in Nature, New Scientist, Scientific American, Wired, CNN and Radio 4’s All in the Mind programme. He was interviewed by Tracy Logan for BBC World Service’s Digital Planet (08/02/11) and Tom Service for BBC Radio 3’s Music Matters (07/05/11), on his innovative ways of integrating computer-generated materials in his Mind Pieces for orchestra, percussion and prepared piano.
Eduardo is the author of the books Composing Music with Computers and Computer Sound Design, both published by Elsevier/Focal Press. He has published papers on musicology and composition in learned journals such Perspectives of New Music, Computer Music Journal, Journal of New Music Research, Music and Medicine and Contemporary Music Review, and he is co Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Creative Music Systems. He currently lectures at Plymouth University, where he is professor and head of a centre on music with new technologies.
Activating Memory is a composition for 8 participants: a string quartet and 4 severely motorimpaired performers.
The motor-impaired participants interact with the string quartet though a Brain Computer Music Interface instrument, abbreviated as BCMI, invented by the composer and his team at Plymouth University’s Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research (ICCMR). This is an extraordinary musical device that allows a person to control musical systems with readings of electrical brain signals detected with electrodes placed on the scalp, directly above the occipital lobe (visual cortex).
During a performance, the BCMI quartet - formed by the 4 motor-impaired participants - generates the parts to be sight-read by the string quartet as the music develops. Each of the four members of the BCMI quartet produces a score for a different player of the string quartet.
Activating Memory works as a musical game comparable to a game of dominoes, whereby the 4 BCMI participants simultaneously compose musical sequences with blocks of short computergenerated musical phrases. As the music develops, the participants are given four options of musical phrases displayed on a panel, which they can select by staring at lights flashing next to them. The system detects which phrases have been selected by reading the electrical activity of the participants’ visual cortex, and sends the selections to the string quartet to perform.
Activating Memory is an outcome of a four years long project developed by the composer with medical staff and severely motor-impaired patients at Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability, London. This is giving people an opportunity to put their physical impediments aside, and use music to communicate in ways that would not normally be possible because of their medical conditions.
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