International music and film festival comes to Stoke

“We're really keen for the public to come along, see our great facilities and experience something a bit different. This kind of electronic music goes beyond the norm and really excites the senses.”

Si Waite, Senior Lecturer in Music

A festival to showcase pioneering music and film from across the world takes place at Staffordshire University next week.

The annual Noisefloor Festival is a platform for electronic music composers and experimental filmmakers with free concerts and screenings taking place from 2 – 5 May.

The festival, previously held in Stafford, is hosted at Staffordshire University's Stoke-on-Trent campus following a £40m campus transformation and events take place in the new Cadman Studios and the Film Theatre.

Organiser Si Waite, Senior Lecturer in Music, said: “It's fantastic to be holding Noisefloor in our brand new Cadman Studios here in Stoke. The festival features a diverse range of musicians from across the world and with Stoke-on-Trent bidding to become the UK City of Culture this is the perfect place to host it.”

“We're really keen for the public to come along, see our great facilities and experience something a bit different. This kind of electronic music goes beyond the norm and really excites the senses with a mix of audio and visual performances.”

“It's also a great opportunity for our students to showcase their own music and network with recognised musicians.”

Students from the University's Music courses will perform alongside established musicians from the UK, Germany, Lithuania, USA and China. There will be a variety of avant-garde and contemporary electronic concerts with some music performed live, using custom-made instruments, or as fixed media performances played in surround sound to the audience.

The festival also sees experimental film included for the first time and Daniel Hopkins, BA (Hons) Experimental Film Production Course Leader, has helped to organise the screenings. More than 200 artists from countries including Austria and Israel submitted film entries and students helped to shortlist the films.

“This is a really exciting project to be involved in because experimental film and music is at the cutting edge, whether that's through playing with new technology, new sounds or new ways of storytelling.” said Dan.

“It's great to be working with the music courses now that they have moved from Stafford to Stoke and we’re hoping to grow the festival year on year.”

Noisefloor Festival takes place from Tuesday 2 – Friday 5 May at Staffordshire University's Cadman Studios and Film Theatre, College Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 2DE. Free entry.

Find more information and the full programme here - https://noisefloor2017.wordpress.com/

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