Manchester | NOVARS

research centre Innovation in sound, space and interactive art.

Established in March 2007, the NOVARS research centre specialises in the areas of Interactive Music and Media, audification, electroacoustic composition, game-audio, and locative-audio.
A big part of what we do at the NOVARS research centre involves performance and live events, whether it’s premiering new compositions, testing out work-in-progress or debating how best to make use of the latest technology.
Many of our events and festivals take place at the Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama and form part of the spring and autumn ‘In Performance’ seasons.
Wherever possible we try to make audio and video recordings, so a number of previous performances can be listened to beyond the event or festival.

MANTIS (Manchester Theatre in Sound)
MANTIS Festival takes place twice a year, presenting a long weekend of concerts and experimental performances which feature compositions enhanced by the use of new technology and digital media.
NOVARS MANTIS Festival (Manchester Theatre in Sound) explores new areas of creativity and pushes the boundaries of acousmatic performance. The event is an experimental research space for postgraduate students, an international platform for the performance and diffusion of electroacoustic music, and a valuable support network for hosting events in the field of computer music.