Masterclass in composition 20th & 21st March | Lars Bröndum and Sten-Olof Hellström

Tuesday March 20th 2012, 10.30a.m. Music Technology Lab (CSG-13)

Wednessday March 21th 2012, 10.00a.m. Music Technology Lab (CSG-13)

Lars Bröndum, PhD, is a composer, performer of live-electronics, theorist and guitarist. His music has been performed in Sweden, Japan, Scotland, Lithuania, Latvia, England, USA, Spain and Mexico and has been broadcast on radio and webradio in Germany, England, Sweden and USA. His music often explores the interaction between acoustic and electronic instruments and lives on the border between written music and improvisation. The compositions are structured around cyclical processes, irregular ostinatos, fragmented gestures and microtonal clusters. Lars performs live using an analog modular system, a Theremin, effect pedals and a laptop with Max/MSP. Bröndum often composes for (and plays with) the ensembles ReSurge, ExSurge and Spiral Cycle. Other projects that he is involved in are the “Ensemble SFW” and a duo with Sten-Olof Hellström. He has received composer grants from Konstnärsnämnden (Swedish Art Council), STIM (Swedish Performing Rights Society) and awards from FST (Swedish Composer´s Society). Bröndum is the founder of the independent record label MuArk.

Sten-Olof Hellström has been active as a professional composer since 1984 and gained a Masters of Music in composition at University of East Anglia, England 1990. He has been employed as a researcher and composer at the Centre for User Orientated IT Design (CID), Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) since 1997. As a researcher Sten-Olof has mainly worked in the area of Human Computer Interaction where he has been part of several major EU-funded long-term research projects such as eRENA and Shape. He is also very active in the field of sonification (representing data with sound). One example of current work is the construction and development of a computer interface for the visually impaired. Sten-Olof’s main occupation and profession is as a composer working with electro-acoustic music. His music has been performed and broadcast around the world and he is also activeas a performer playing live electro-acoustic music on his own and with others such as Ann Rosen, John Bowers, and Simon Vincent. Sten-Olof is also part of the performance group Zapruda Trio based in England.