Go Compose! Huddersfield

12th & 13th March 2016
University of Huddersfield
Produced by: 
University of Huddersfield in partnership with Sound and Music

The project

In this exciting new Go Compose! project, you'll be able to work with live coder, composer and software developer Norah Lorway, who will introduce you to the Arduino and show you how computer coding can be used to create new music.  Norah will also show you physical computing for sound and how you can influence the physical world with code. Through a series of practical listening, composing and electronics activities, you will also engage in deep listening to discover sonic properties of electronics.

You'll also be able to work with John Richards, who composes 'inside' electronics and is known for his work as Dirty Electonics.  He will help you explore and build DIY instruments with electronic components, wood nails and wire-wrapping techniques. 

This is a great opportunity to work alongside staff and students from Huddersfield University and by the end of the weekend, you will have created your own music using some of these cutting edge techniques!

This Go Compose! is open to young people aged between 11 and 16 years. No prior experience in music, computer coding or electronics is necessary. Applicants may or may not be musicians, but they must be curious about working with sound making objects, or understanding how to compose music and sound compositions by learning to control sound with code. 

The cost for the weekend is £45 but we are very happy to talk to you about reducing or waiving the fee if this is too expensive.


Applications are now open. You need to send Judith Robinson an application form by 1st March to register your interest and we will let you know if you have a place by the 3rd March.

Down load the application form here. Info on how to return it is included on the form.

You can contact Judith at Sound and Music if you would like more information.


This video was made by the Yorkshire Sound Women Network.  It was filmed in the space where this project will take place and shows you some of the processes you will be exploring with tutors Norah Loray and John Richards.

The Tutors

Norah Lorway is a live coder, composer and computer music researcher who performs at Algoraves and other such events. She has a PhD in Computer Music from University of Birmingham, where she worked on music and software in SuperCollider and performed on the BEAST multichannel system. She has had works performed throughout North America and Europe, and is involved with various new media collaborations in the UK and Canada. Currently she is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia working at the intersection of live coding and gesture control, building new Digital Musical Instruments (DMI).

Norah Lorway image


John Richards explores the idea of Dirty Electronics that focuses on shared experiences, ritual, gesture, touch and social interaction. In Dirty Electronics process and performance are inseparably bound. The 'performance' begins on the workbench devising instruments and is extended onto the stage through playing and exploring these instruments. Richards is primarily concerned with the performance of
large-group electronic music and DIY electronics, and the idea of composing inside electronics. His work also pushes the boundaries between music, performance art, electronics, and graphic design and is transdisciplinary as well as having a socio-political dimension. Richards has been commissioned to create sound devices for various arts organisations and festivals and has released a series of hand-held synths on Mute Records. He has collaborated and performed with, amongst others, Japanese noise artists Merzbow, Pauline Oliveros, Howard Skempton (founder member of the Scratch Orchestra), Gabriel Prokofiev, Nicholas Bullen (ex-Napalm Death and Scorn) and Yan Jun. Other notable collaborations include working with Rolf Gehlhaar (original Stockhausen group), Chris Carter from Throbbing Gristle, Keith Rowe, Anat Ben-David (Chicks on Speed), choreographer Saburo Teshigawara and STEIM (Amsterdam). 

John Richards bed of nailsJohn Richards poorman

Girl soldering
Synth photo


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