Dr Ken Fox, Principal Lecturer and Knowledge Exchange Co-ordinator in the Department of Media, Art and Design, on the Oscar winner that nearly wasn’t.
Senior Lecturer Dr Magz Hall has been shortlisted for a 2016 British Composer Award.
The shortlist of the British Composer Awards spans thirty-three works across eleven categories and thirty-four composers have been shortlisted. The 2016 shortlist highlights how much the UK composing scene engages with science and technology. Magz’s work, Tree Radio at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, is short listed under the Sonic Art category. The other nominees are Hanna Tuulikki’s SING SIGN: a close duet and Claudia Molitor’s Sonorama.
Tree Radio enables a tree to create a micro FM station powered by solar energy, broadcasting an acoustic translation of its reactions to the environment and its own biological processes.
A sound and radio artist and senior lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University, Magz’s audio work has been exhibited at the British Museum, Tate Britain, the Sainsbury Centre, Whitechapel Gallery, V and A, MACBA Barcelona, Denmark, Italy, Germany, Norway, Morocco, Canada and the USA and broadcast internationally. Magz Hall’s blog is here.
The British Composer Awards are given by BASCA, the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, an independent professional association representing music writers in all genres, along with the Gold Badge Awards and The Ivors. BASCA campaigns in the UK, Europe and throughout the world in order to protect the professional interests of its members.
The winners in each category will be announced at the British Film Institute (BFI) on Tuesday 6 December 2016.
BBC Radio 3 will broadcast exclusive coverage of the Awards on Hear and Now on Saturday 10 December.
Tim Jones, Senior Lecturer in Film, has won a Hollywood International independent Documentary Award for his documentary short, Seeking Sydney.
The documentary explores the life and work of Sydney Bligh, who made newsreels of Canterbury. His films include footage of the multimillionaire Count Zborowski whose racing cars were the inspiration for Ian Flemings’ Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Zborowski built his own private mile-long 15” gauge railway around his estate and Bligh’s film is the only surviving visual record of it. Bligh also filmed T.S. Eliot at the first performances of Murder in the Cathedral and Dorothy L Sayers with her first performances of The Zeal of Thy House and The Devil To Pay.
Seeking Sydney provides an insight into the scope, ambition and technical level of an early amateur filmmaker. Tim says “This is the first award that I’ve won abroad and so it was particularly exciting that this should be in Hollywood.” It will receive a festival screening at the Award Ceremony at The Raleigh Studios Hollywood on 10 September 2016.
An excerpt can be seen at https://vimeo.com/172122338