milton-mermikides

Milton Mermikides


Lecturer in Music, MMus Programme Director and Head of Composition

Biography

Biography

Milton Mermikides PhD (University of Surrey) BSc is a composer, performer and producer in a wide range of styles and has collaborated with artists as diverse as Pat Martino, John Williams, Tod Machover, Steve Winwood, Tim Minchin and Brian Eno. In addition to Lecturer in Music at the University of Surrey, Milton is Professor of Jazz Guitar at the Royal College of Music and a graduate of the Berklee College of Music and London School of Economics. Milton has given seminars and lectures at the Royal Academy of Music (London), Royal Musical Association (Guildford), Smithsonian Institute (New York), Art Researches Science Conference (Belgium), Oulu Music Festival (Finland) and The British Library and Science Museum (London). He has performed guitar for HM the Queen and has received awards for his writing, education and charity work. Milton's compositions, production and guitar-playing appears on BBC1, BBC2, BBC4, Channel 4, Discovery Channel, BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4, Computer Music, Total Guitar and Guitar Techniques Magazine as well as galleries, planetaria and concert halls internationally, and his theme tunes for various podcasts are heard by over 10,000 listeners a week. Milton composed the soundtrack and appears in Martino: Unstrung (2008 Sixteen Films) and - in conversation with Paul Morley - on BBC's How To Be A Composer (2009 Diverse) and his work appears in the Oxford Handbook of Computer Music (OUP 2009).

Research interests

Jazz, contemporary, electronic performance, improvisation, composition, creativity and analysis. Music/Science cross-disciplinary composition, installation and sonification projects. Electro-acoustic composition and performance blending traditional virtuosity with digital technologies. Time-feel, micro-timing and micro-rhythm. (Elements of groove that feel good but escape easy standard notation).Guitar performance and composition in a wide range of styles.

Research collaborations

Wellcome Trust, UCL, Neuroscience, British Library, Science Museum, Aldeburgh Music, and Smithsonian Institute.

Teaching

Composition (acoustic and computer-based)]

Digital Improvisation Studio Techniques

Advanced Popular Music Harmony

World Music.

My publications

Publications

BloodLines (2013)

Role: Composer, Live Electronics performance

AHRC-funded project. Electronic composition and performance, a reflection on the creators' experience of bone marrow donation and leukaemia treatment. Performances and presentations at the Science Museum, EBMT conference and Rose Theatre (Kingston).

Myth of the Muse (2013)

Invited conference presentation on musical creativity, as part of the British Library Neuroscience of Imagination event.

Martino: Unstrung (2008 Sixteen Films)

Film score to the 2008 film directed by Ian Knox on the life and music of jazz guitarist Pat Martino. International screenings and research events.

Strings of Life (2013)

Article investigating microbacterial growth on electric guitar strings with scientific supervision from Dr. Simon Park. Published in Total Guitar Magazine.

Chicago Blues Guitar DVD (2012)

Instructional DVD on Chicago blues guitar published by Future Publishing.

The Escher Café (2012)

Composition for quintet and electronics exploring musical analogues of M.C. Escher engravings. Performances in UK and Europe.

The Performing Brain (2012)

Invited conference presentation on musical virtuosity, a collaboration with UCL neuroscience, as part of the British Library Science event.

Classic Jazz Guitar DVD (2012)

Instructional DVD on classic jazz guitar published by Future Publishing.

Sailor's Hornpipe (2012)

Historical and analytical article published in Total Guitar Issue 230 (May 2012)

Perfect 5th (2012)

Historical and analytical article published in Total Guitar Issue 229 (April 2012)

God Save The Queen (2012)

Historical and analytical article published in Total Guitar Issue 228 (May 2012)

Greensleeves (2012)

Historical and analytical article published in Total Guitar Issue 227 (April 2012)

Sorcerer's Apprentice (2012)

Historical and analytical article published in Total Guitar Issue 226 (April 2012)

Wild Rover (2012)

Historical and analytical article published in Total Guitar Issue 225 (March 2012)

Hall of the Mountain King (2012)

Historical and analytical article published in Total Guitar Issue 224 (February 2012)

A Clean Grave (2012)

Historical and analytical article published in Total Guitar Issue 223 (January 2012)

Hidden Music: Sonic Translations of the Biological World (2011)

7-track album of original electronic works derived from digital translations of physical phenomena. International presentations in conference papers and sound installations.

A Little Caprice (2012)

Historical and analytical article published in Total Guitar Issue 222 (December 2011)

The Star Spangled Banner (2011)

Historical and analytical article published in Total Guitar Issue 221 (November 2011)

The Story of Korobeiniki (2011)

Historical and analytical article published in Total Guitar Issue 220 (October 2011)

Terminal - Peter Gregson (2010)

CD of original work. Co-production and co-composition with cellist/composer Peter Gregson.

Research Outputs (2004-2010)

 

INSTALLATIONS AND SCREENINGS

Angela Palmer's Inside Out exhibition

  • Ruskin Gallery, Oxford University, UK. 2 February 2004.
  • Royal College of Surgeons, Hunterian Museum, UK. 29 January - 19 May 2007.

 

Music of the Body exhibition

  • Science Circus, Guildford, Surrey, UK. 20 September 2008.

Microcosmos

  • Lewis Elton Gallery, Guildford International Music Festival, UK. 5-24 March 2007.
  • York Gate Museum, Royal Academy of Music, London, UK. 4 March 2008.
  • Digiville Forms of Life exhibition. Lighthouse, Brighton, UK. 1 September 2008.
  • Infective Art event. Dana Centre, Science Museum, London, UK. 26 November 2008.
  • Art Researches Science exhibition. Antwerp, Belgium. 17 October 2010.

 

Wake Up and Smell the Coffee

  • Intech Planetarium, Winchester, UK. 27 August-4 September 2009 launch week, and available for viewing since 1 October 2009.
  • Thinktank: Birmingham Planetarium, UK. Available for viewing since 1 May 2010.
  • British Association of Planetaria (BAP) 2010 conference, Winchester, UK. 7-9 May 2010.

Western Alliance of Planetariums (WAC) 2010 conference, Omaha, Nebraska, USA. 4-7 August 2010.

PAPERS, LECTURES AND SEMINARS

Changes Over Time (2010)

PhD Thesis. The analysis, modeling and deployment of jazz improvisational, and time-feel, mechanisms.

Temporal Plasticity (2010)

Time-feel studies in Pat Martino's playing.

 

Presentation 2 February 2010 Postgraduate Research Day, University of Surrey.

 

On Composing (2010)

 

Article in Computer Music Magazine Special: Making it February 2010. 5,000+ readership.

 

Eclipse Masterclass (2009)

Presentation on the practice of live interactive electronics.


2 November 2009 Trinity Church, Boston MA to Berklee College of Music students and faculty, and public.

 

New Works for Electric Cello (2008)

 

Presentation of new works, Omnia and Event Horizon.

 

9 June 2008 Postgraduate Research Day, University of Surrey.

 

Sacred Geometry (2008)

An analysis of Pat Martino's guitar improvisations on Welcome To A Prayer.


4 January 2008. Lecture. Royal Musical Association Conference, University of Surrey.

 

Possible Infinities (2007)

Lecture presentation exploring the electronic music and the contemporary realization of Omaggio and A Pierre for the Luigi Nono South Bank Festival.

 

23 November 20007 Public lecture. York Gate Gallery, Royal Academy of Music.

 

 

The Science and Art of Tuning (2007)

Lecture presentation on the science and art of tuning, and intonation software Horatio.

7 February 2007 Public lecture at York Gate Gallery, Royal Academy of Music.

The Singing Bacteria (2007)

Paper outlining the composition of Microcosmos with collaborators Steve Downer (cameraman) and microbiologist Dr. Simon Park.

 

3 June 2007 Public lecture. York Gate Gallery, Royal Academy of Music.

 

1 September 2007 Public lecture. Digiville Event, Brighton.


26 November 2008 Public lecture in the Dana Centre's Infective Art event, Science Museum.

 

Playing with Technology (2006)

Paper on the past, present and future of electroacoustic experimentalism.

9 November 2006 Public lecture given at the Royal Academy of Music.


Musical Being (2006)


Lecture presentation on the translation of scientific phenomena to musical composition.


 12 August 2006 Oulu Music Festival, Finland.

 

The Architects of Noise (2006)

Paper on expression through timbral modulation in electric guitar music. 


 

23 June 2006 Academic lecture. Postgraduate Research Day, University of Surrey.


Musical Landscape (2005)

Paper examining Villa Lobos's millimetrization technique and the electronic development of the technique.


5 March 2005 Presented at York Gate Gallery, Royal Academy of Music as part of the Composer:Performer Exchange series.

 

That Swing (2004)

Paper presenting the SLW model of time-feel in jazz.


 

13 December 2005 Lecture presentation. Postgraduate Research day, University of Surrey.

 

 

 

LIVE PERFORMANCES

Selected list of live performances (2006-10) of improvisational ensemble, electronic and extended solo instrument works by the author.

  • Milton's Big EGO. Eclectic Guitar Orchestra (John Williams, Bridget Mermikides, Gary Ryan, Stephen Goss, Graham Roberts, Tristan Seume, Pete Callard, Chris Montague and Milton Mermikides, guitars). Bolivar Hall, London, UK. 28 January 2006.

  • Djangone. Performance of reworked compositions by Django Reinhardt. (Odile Heimberger, violin. Chris Montague and Milton Mermikides, guitars). French Institute, London, UK. 21 June 2006.

 

  • Hyperbow Research event with Tod Machover. Performance of String Theory. (Peter Gregson, Cello). Royal Academy of Music, London, UK. 3 November 2006.

 

  • Performer Computer Interactions. York Gate Research Event. Performance of David Gorton's 2nd Sonata for Cello with Acellorometer (Mermikides 2006). (Neil Heyde, Cello). Royal Academy of Music, London, UK. 9 November 2006.

 

  • Park Lane Group Young Composers' Symposium. Performance of The Selfish Theme. (John Calvert, bass. Adam Betts, drums. Milton Mermikides, guitar and electronics). London, UK. 19 November 2006.

 

  • Djangone. Performance of reworked compositions by Django Reinhardt (Odile Heimberger, violin. Chris Montague and Milton Mermikides, guitars). Camden Stables, London, UK. 7 December 2006.

 

  • Gesture Mapping Seminar. Performance of String Theory (Peter Gregson, Cello). Creative Technology Lab, London, UK. 1 February 2007.

 

  • Hiroko Koshino Fashion Autumn Collection event and concert. Anomalous Duality (Michael Nyman, piano. Marianne Haynes, violin). Music by Brian Eno, Michael Nyman and Milton Mermikides. Tokyo, Japan. 13 March 2007.

 

  • Rat Park Live (John Calvert, bass and electronics. Adam Betts, drums and electronics. Milton Mermikides, guitar, visuals and electronics). Guildford International Music Festival. Electric Theatre, Guildford, Surrey, UK. 15 March 2007.

 

  • Milton's Bigger EGO. Eclectic Guitar Orchestra (Paco Peña, Bridget Mermikides, Gary Ryan, Stephen Goss, Graham Roberts, Tristan Seume, Pete Callard, John Wheatcroft, Chris Montague and Milton Mermikides, guitars). Bolivar Hall, London, UK. 28 January 2006.

 

  • Rat Park Duo (John Calvert, bass and electronics. Milton Mermikides, guitar and electronics). London International Guitar Festival, UK. 6 May 2007.

 

  • 21stCentury Bow. Concert of new works for Hyperbow by Patrick Nunn, Martin Suckling, Artem Vassiliev, Max West and Milton Mermikides (Peter Gregson, Cello and the Royal Academy of Music Chamber Ensemble). Duke's Hall, London, UK. 21 September 2007.

  • Hiroko Koshino Fashion Spring 2008 Collection event and concert. Music by Brian Eno, Roger Eno, Nell Catchpole, Hiroshi Kato, Michael Nyman and Milton Mermikides. Shanghai, China. 25 September 2007.

 

  • Royal Musical Association. Torus. Guitar duo improvised recital. (Chris Montague and Milton Mermikides, guitars). Studio One, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK. 4 January 2008.

 

  • SPEM. Live performance of works by Tallis, John Metcalfe, Martin Suckling, Philip Sheppard, Thomas Hewitt-Jones and Milton Mermikides (Peter Gregson, cello. Milton Mermikides, electronics). Greyfriar's Kirk, Edinburgh, UK. 25 April 2008.

 

  • La Vita Non Fa Rumore. Book reading by Gian Luca Favetto and live improvised performance of works by Coltrane, Ronell, Pete Truin and Milton Mermikides (Pete Truin, saxophones. Milton Mermikides, guitar and electronics). Conservatoire of Alghero, Sardinia. 13 November 2008.

 

  • The Words on the Wall. Live performance of works by John Metcalfe, Martin Suckling, Max Richter, Philip Sheppard, Thomas Hewitt-Jones and Milton Mermikides (Peter Gregson, cello. Milton Mermikides, electronics). Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, UK. 30 January 2009.

  • SPEM. Live performance of works by Tallis, John Metcalfe, Martin Suckling, Philip Sheppard, Thomas Hewitt-Jones and Milton Mermikides (Peter Gregson, cello. Milton Mermikides, electronics). Trinity Church, Boston, USA. 26 March 2009.

 

  • Factory. Live performance of works by Peter Gregson and Milton Mermikides. (Peter Gregson, cello. Milton Mermikides, electronics). New Media Scotland, Glasgow, UK. 2 July 2009

 

  • Terminal. Live performance of works by Peter Gregson and Milton Mermikides. (Peter Gregson, cello. Milton Mermikides, electronics). The Hospital Club, London, UK. 7 April 2010.

  • Retrato de Piazzolla. Reworkings of the music of Astor Piazzolla (Amor Quintet: Gabriele Faja, piano. Anne-Marie Curran, violin. Nikolai Ryskov, accordion. Sam Ryan, double bass. Milton Mermikides, guitar). London International Guitar Festival. South Bank, London, UK. 16 May 2010.

  • Retrato de Piazzolla. Reworkings of the music of Astor Piazzolla (Amor Quintet). Hoxton Jazz Festival, London, UK. 22 May 2010.

  • Retrato de Piazzolla. Reworkings of the music of Astor Piazzolla (Amor Quintet). Recital. St. James Piccadilly, London, UK. 22 September 2010.