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Tempo Reale - Villa Strozzi - Via Pisana 77 50143 Firenze
Scientific & Music Program May 20-22 2011



Robert DOW Uncertain Memory

I photograph to find out what something will look like photographed.

(Garry Winogrand)

Uncertain Memory (2010) is constructed from a series of sonic ‘snapshots’ taken of various, mostly urban, settings recorded at different times in my past. For me, there are only these diverse images and my uncertain memory of the real events—sampled and now recontextualised.

With thanks to Joe Anderson for helping collect some of the ambisonic recordings used as source material in this piece.

Uncertain Memory was realised at EMS, Stockholm and the University of Edinburgh with funds made available from the Scottish Arts Council (Creating New Music Grant: Creative Development). It was premiered at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in March 2010. Previous and future performances include those in New York (NYCEMF 2010); Sheffield (Sound Junction); Bournemouth (Sounding Out 5); Aberdeen (Sound Festival 2010) and Edinburgh (Soundings ... 10/11).


Robert Dow (b. Oakland, 1964) is a composer of electroacoustic music working in Scotland. He graduated with degrees in Science, Music, Law and Film Studies at the University of Edinburgh, and holds both an MA and a PhD from the University of Birmingham where he studied under Jonty Harrison. Formerly, he was a member of BEAST—Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre—and with them, has participated in numerous concerts of electroacoustic music throughout Britain.

His present musical output is predominately acousmatic in nature, concentrating principally on the use of strongly associative sounds whose origin may be easily discerned, for example environmental sounds, instrumental sounds and vocal sounds. He is also concerned with the aesthetic and technical problems that the performance of electroacoustic music brings, particularly where real-time spatialisation of such music is involved.

Robert Dow is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. He specialises in sound theory and the composition and performance of electroacoustic music. Recently, he was guest composer at the Institute for Electroacoustic Music in Sweden (EMS) funded by the Scottish Arts Council.


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