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.

NOVARS has a clear focus on building a community and projecting its research internationally. Our research community is one of our most significant achievements and synergies between our artistic and scientific communities have led to many projects, concerts, events, prizes and activities. We work hard to keep strong links with our researchers after they graduate and aim to grow sustainably to ensure the quality and focus of the work we do.

Our current research themes include game-audio, space in large multichannel systems and interactive art. Specific research areas for staff and postgraduate students include acousmatic composition, machine musicianship, sound spatialisation, sound and architectonic spaces, performance practice, live interactive systems and a number of other cross-disciplinary projects.

In collaboration with the Music department, we offer a well-integrated pathway at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels which merges electroacoustic composition, instrumental composition and music theatre, and includes experimental and contemporary performance practice. We also offer a joint course with the Royal Northern College of Music. With access to esteemed performers in residence, NOVARS appeals to composers willing to experiment with extended techniques, chamber groups or large scale instrumental forces in combination with new music technologies.

Our 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.