NOVARS and collaborators technical demo and concert presentation at xCoax 2014 featured the creative aspects and technical research behind the Timbila instrument of the Chopi people (Mozambique), which resembles a wooden xylophone. The project merges European and African cultures throughout the instrument and the use game- audio and composition, by combining real and 3D game-engine-physics models of timbilas. The conference showcase includes a concert performance of ‘Xi’ for live timbila and electronics by Ricardo Climent, performed by world- leading percussionist Miquel Bernat (timbila) and a technical demo of 3D virtual timbila models constructed by ‘Manusamo & Bzika’, an interdisciplinary group created by Manuel Ferrer Hernández (visual artist) y Alena Mesarosova (architect), specialised on Augmented Reality (AR) and 3D modelling. The technical presentation includes two 3D timbila models, the Chikhulu (bass with 3 keys) and the Sanje (18 keys), alongside a real Dbinda (baritone timbila). Its current sonic typo-morphology includes sample-based recordings and transformations of the instrument which are triggered via the game- engine’s interactive system. New physical models of the instrument will be implemented shortly using Climent’s outcomes from the NESS-project in Edinburgh.

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Matinees are listening sessions of existing repertoire of music and audiovisual works, including recent works created by the invitees at the NOVARS Research Centre, Manchester, UK. Presentations frequently lead to an informal discussion and feedback in


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Matinees are listening sessions of existing repertoire of music and audiovisual works, including recent works created by the invitees at the NOVARS Research Centre, Manchester, UK. Presentations frequently lead to an informal discussion and feedback in areas of contextualisation of these works. It aims to create a broader awareness of aesthetics among composers and to improve and extend listening time per week. Apart from Composition involving the use of new music technologies in the creative process, in the past we had presentations in areas of Screen Studies, Ethnographic Film, Sound Art and Sound Theater.

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