Canadian-born Scott Wilson is the Director of BEAST and the Electroacoustic Music Studios at the University of Birmingham, where he is Reader in Electronic Music. Primarily a composer, his works have been presented internationally, and include compositions for both instrumental and electroacoustic forces, as well as structured improvisations for networked music ensembles (usually with BEER, the Birmingham Ensemble for Electroacoustic Research). He has been active in developing software for BEAST and new approaches for large-scale multichannel electroacoustic composition. He is also active in the development of the SuperCollider computer music language, and was the lead editor of The SuperCollider Book, published by MIT Press.
Annie Mahtani is Lecturer in Music at The University of Birmingham. She completed her PhD under the supervision of Jonty Harrision in 2008 and describes her return to the department in 2014 as a welcome ‘homecoming’. An electroacoustic composer and sound artist, Annie composes music for fixed medium often utilising multichannel resources. As a dedicated sound forager Annie’s music is created from found sounds often incorporating recordings made during her travels both near and far.
A keen collaborator, she has worked extensively with dance and theatre companies. In recent years she has been developing a live performance practice for her work, performed live across the UK and Europe. She has performed in concerts and festivals worldwide and received a number of commissions including those from Jazzlines and PRS Women in Music, Birmingham Hippodrome, Modulate and Rosie Kay Dance Company.
James Carpenter has been Studio Technician at the Electroacoustic Music Studios and technical director of BEAST since October 2014. He is also an electroacoustic composer, living and working in Birmingham. He has a PhD in acousmatic composition from the University of Birmingham and has taught composition, sound recording and related disciplines variously at the University of Birmingham and University of Bristol since 2006. Before taking up his position at UOB, James worked as Productions Coordinator for Birmingham Contemporary Music Group where, amongst other roles, he was the ensemble’s Platform Manager and Librarian.
In his spare time James enjoys gardening with his family and occasionally playing tuba.