News: Embedded_International: CMMAS Composers Announced

3 August 2015 - Selected composers announced

We are delighted to announce the selected composers for our International Embedded in Mexico, in partnership with Centro Mexicano para la Música y las Artes Sonoras (CMMAS) and the University of Huddersfield’s Music Department/Sound.Music.Image research centre are Robert Bentall and Joel Cahen. 


Robert Bentall // @robbentall

Robert Bentall (b. 1989) is a composer working primarily with multi-channel sound. His works hybridize ambient, folk, dance, improvisation and electroacoustic music. Rob gained a BMus from Manchester University, graduating with the P.J. Leonard Prize for Electroacoustic Composition. He subsequently completed an MMus at the University of Sheffield and a PhD at the Sonic Arts Research Centre, Queen’s University Belfast. He has held artist residencies at the Electronic Music Studios, Stockholm and the Visby International Composers Centre, Gotland. In 2012, he was visiting composer at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rob was a finalist for the 2013 Franz Liszt Composition Prize in Weimar, Germany, and the 2014 Oxford/Sennheiser Electronic Music Prize. He is also a performer and improviser on double bass, mandolin and Swedish nyckelharpa. 

Read a blog by Robert on The Sampler


Robert on the opportunity: "I am absolutely thrilled to be selected for this Sound and Music Embedded International programme. To have the opportunity to develop new work at CMMAS and the University of Huddersfield, as well as being mentored by inspirational electroacoustic composers at both of these prestigious institutions, will have a huge impact my artistic practice. I plan to write a piece that fuses the Swedish nyckelharpa with electronica. Exchanging ideas with the other British and Mexican composers selected for the scheme is something I particularly look forward to."



Joel Cahen // @_newtoy //

Based in London and with a background in sound design and music for stage and screen productions as well as new media, Joel’s current interests interrogate the affect of sound in various spaces (physical, cultural and the body). Since 2008, Joel has been performing worldwide with Wet Sounds, an underwater concert project that sonifies both wet and dry areas of the swimming pools; Scrap Club, the public Destructivist activity; Cacophony, multichannel installations at libraries; Soundsoup, weekly live abstract mash ups on Resonance 104.4fm London; and productions for Interzone Theatre, audio based augmented reality theatre in public spaces of the city. Joel has co‐founded the England registered charity Liquid Vibrations with Adele Drake (Founder of Drake Music) and started underwater listening sessions for children with special needs at Special Schools in the UK.  His work has been presented at ISEA, AV Festival, ATP, Helsinki Festival, The Royal Neurological Hospital, and various symposia, music and art festivals worldwide.

Joel on this opportunity: "I am very excited to take part in this residency, it will be a great opportunity to focus on a new direction in my work"




The Mexican Centre for Music and Sonic Arts (CMMAS) was created in September 2006. The National Council for Culture and Arts (CONACULTA) supported this initiative through both the National Arts Centre (CENART) and the Ministry of Culture of the State of Michoacan. The mission of CMMAS is to encourage the development of Music and Sonic Arts in Mexico.
The CMMAS headquarters in the city of Morelia offers the infrastructure and human resources necessary for activities such as academic training, research, creating, production and promotion of music and arts that include sound as the key element.
Its mission is to facilitate the creation and development of projects of music and sound art in Latin America.
Its vision is to be an international benchmark in the positioning of the sound as an expressive vehicle and social transformation.
CMMAS has developed into a unique avant-garde Music Centre in Latin America. Co-ordinated by an internationally renowned group of specialists, it is supported by an Academic Board that brings together the most prestigious personalities working with new technology in musical composition. The Centre has become the key venue in Latin America for fostering the creation, analysis and specialized learning of Contemporary Music - with or without new technology, creating links between Mexico and the rest of the world in everything concerning Music and Sonic Arts.


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