Prof. Miroslav Spasov

Title: Professor, Programmes Director for Music & Music Technology, Undergraduate Admissions Tutor for Music & Music Technology
Phone: Tel 01782 733395
Email: m.spasov@keele.ac.uk
Location: Room F5, The Clockhouse
Role:
Contacting me: via email
spasov_miro

Gained his Ph.D. in Composition at the University of Calgary where he taught composition, electroacoustic composition, and musicianship during 2002-2003. He was chair of the Department of Music at Eastern Mediterranean University, Famagusta where he taught music technology, composition, orchestration, 20th century music analysis and directed the chamber music ensemble. He joined the Music Department at Keele in 2005 where he teaches Electroacoustic Music, Electroacoustic Composition, and Computer Music Techniques.
 
Since 1990, his works have been performed in festivals and solo concerts both in Europe and North America. These include the International Festival Ostrava New Music Days, Czech Republic, the Bartok Seminar and Festival in Szombathely, Hungary, Ammermen Centre for Arts and Technology (USA), and others. Among other awards, his composition Metaanthropos/Evolutio I  for flute and electronics, won the first prize in the Second International Computer Music Competition Pierre Schaeffer, 1999, and was subsequently performed in Italy, France, and Netherlands. His orchestra piece à gauche, à droite, en haut was awarded an honorable mention in the 10e Concours International de Composition Musicale de Besancon (2000), France.

Research Interests include: Electroacoustic Composition, in particular the interaction between acoustic instruments and computer platforms;  Acoustic Composition; Semiotics and Cognition applied to audiovisual creative processes.

Selected Publications

  • Spasov M. 2019. FORTHCOMING: Music Drama and Impro-theatre for eight singers/actors and live sound processing.
  • Spasov M. 2018. FORTHCOMING: Brainphonies: Thinking Sound - composing music using information obtained from brainwaves.
  • Spasov M. 2017. FORTHCOMING: Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra.
  • Spasov M. 2016. Enactions.
  • Spasov M. 2015. Using Strange Attractors to Control Sound Processing in Live Electroacoustic Composition. COMPUTER MUSIC JOURNAL, vol. 39(3), 25-45. link> doi>

Full Publications List show

Journal Articles

  • Spasov M. 2015. Using Strange Attractors to Control Sound Processing in Live Electroacoustic Composition. COMPUTER MUSIC JOURNAL, vol. 39(3), 25-45. link> doi>
  • Spasov M. 2011. Music Composition as an Act of Cognition: ENACTIV - interactive multi-modal composing system. ORGANISED SOUND, vol. 16(1), 69-86. link> doi>

Other

  • Spasov M. 2019. FORTHCOMING: Music Drama and Impro-theatre for eight singers/actors and live sound processing.
  • Spasov M. 2018. FORTHCOMING: Brainphonies: Thinking Sound - composing music using information obtained from brainwaves.
  • Spasov M. 2017. FORTHCOMING: Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra.
  • Spasov M. 2016. Enactions.
  • Spasov M. 2015. Danzacalle.
  • Spasov M. 2014. Sabda Vidya.
  • Spasov M. 2014. Concerto for Percussion.
  • Spasov M. 2012. Strange Attractions for flute, clarinet, horn and live electronics. Concert Performance
  • Spasov M. 2011. Originality and Uniqueness of Artistic Research and Findings. Symposium Proceedings (vol. Volume 2.). Canada: The International Institute for Advanced Studies in Systems Research and Cybernetics (IIAS) Canada..
  • Spasov M. 2011. PORTFOLIO: Music Composition as an Act of Cognition. Software and Journal Articledoi>
  • SPASOV M. 2010. This is me! - impro-mono-drama for voice and live electronics.
  • SPASOV M. 2010. Creative Mapping – Strange Attractors and ENACTIV. Symposium Proceedings (vol. 1, pp. 52-57). Canada: 22nd International Conference on Systems Research, Informatics and Cybernetics, Baden-Baden, Germany. The International Institute for Advanced Studies in Systems Research and Cybernetics, Canada..
  • SPASOV M. 2010. ECHOS for twelve-part mixed choir. Composition, score, CD recording
  • SPASOV M. 2009. Attractors Library. link>
  • SPASOV M. 2009. ENACTIV, Interactive Multimodal Composing System. link>
  • SPASOV M. 2008. Embodiments for bass clarinet and multi-channel live electronics. Composition, score, performance software, CD recording
  • SPASOV M. 2007. The Best of All Worlds for computer-generated (stereo and audio media (based upon extracts from Voltaire's philosophical novel, The Candide or Optimism (duration 37"). Funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, scheme for Individual Musicians (2004). Composition for computer generated (stereo and multi-media)
  • SPASOV M. 2006. Etudes for Listeners for piano and electronics (duration 15"). Composition for Piano and Real-time processing
  • SPASOV M. 2004. So Dance…for two violins - composition for Janos Negyesy and Paivikki nykter, (violins) Eckhardt-Gramatte Concert Hall, March 2004, Clagary Canada. Commissioned with a Grant from Alberta Foundation. Composition
  • SPASOV M. 2001. À gauche, à droite, en haut... for Orchestra (duration 13 minutes). Composition
  • Spasov M. PORTFOLIO: Strange Attractions. Composition, score, CD recording, software, article

 FREE SOFTWARE DOWNLOAD FOR MAC OSX

 

ATTRACTORS LIBRARY   & Mapping Examples   (2009-2010)

mirosl1

Attractors Library is a collection of modules – MAX/MSP/Jitter, Javascript objects and Max externals  – based on iterative mathematical equations representing nonlinear dynamic systems whose evolution is unpredictable on a long run. It is accompanied by a collection of mapping examples(Attractors–Mapping Examples) showing how certain attractors-generating equations can be used for mapping one set of parameters into another.

The modules were originally developed as an integral part of the interactive multi-modal composing system ENACTIV, which allows composers, audiovisual artists and amateurs to express themselves by ‘translating’ their sonic (instruments, singing, speech), visual and bodily/kinetic patterns or ‘narratives’ into parameters controlling audiovisual synthesis and processing modules.

Requirements
Supported platforms: OSX (Apple Mac. MacIntel)  Max 5

FTM – realtime object system: FTM 2.5.0 BETA 12 or later (IRCAM, Paris)

(FTM can bee downloaded free of charge from http://ftm.ircam.fr/index.php/Download

 

Installation
Place the Attractors Library folder somewhere on file search paths (File Preferences)

Please note that Attractors Library comes with absolutely no warranty; for details see the GNU General Public License. This is free software and you are welcome to redistribute it under the conditions detailed in the GNU General Public License (Free Software Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place - Suite 330, Boston, MA  02111-1307, USA. The GNU website is here).

ENACTIV; Interactive Multimodal Composing System (2009-2010)

mirosl3      

ENACTIV is an integrated open-ended interactive multimodal composing system, designed for composers, audiovisual artists and amateurs who can express themselves by ‘translating’ their sonic (instruments, singing, speech), visual and bodily/kinesic expressive patterns or ‘narratives’ into parameters controlling sound synthesis and processing modules (audiovisual in the future). The data coming from both video and sound capturing device(s) is first conveniently scaled and converted into streams of variables, and then routed to the ‘mapping area’ where they are subjected to non-linear mapping into control parameters for sound and audiovisual synthesis, processing and multi-channel spatialisation algorithms in real-time. The mapping is done through the Attractors Library’s objects, mainly in combination with MnM’s (IRCAM) matrix-based many-to-many mapping objects and abstractions


Requirements

ENACTIV.app (Standalone application):

OSX (Apple Mac -  MacIntel)

The standalone ENACTIV.app doesn’t require installation – simply double-click the icon to open and run the application

Please note that ENACTIV comes with absolutely no warranty; for details see the GNU General Public License. This is free software and you are welcome to redistribute it under the conditions detailed in the GNU General Public License (Free Software Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place - Suite 330, Boston, MA  02111-1307, USA. The GNU website is here).

 

SOFTWARE DOWNLOAD (Click on link to download)

Enactiv V2.0

Attractors Library Ver2.0

Attractors Library Ver1.0   (previous javascript version)

DEMO VIDEOS – Capturing unwitting gestures to control sound processing:
(QuickTime stereo mixes of the original 8-channel live performances)

 Improvisation DEMO      Miroslav Spasov:  (situation)