Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

Radiophrenia Broadcast

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

Radiophrenia is a temporary art radio station broadcasting from Glasgow’s Centre for Contemporary Arts 24 hours a day from 13th-26th May 2019. You can stream online or tune into 87.9FM if you’re in Glasgow.

I submitted a one hour programme to their open call with Annie Mahtani under our SOUNDkitchen banner which was selected for broadcast on 22 May 2019 at 10am. The programme, called The Travelling Ear, includes Ilha Verde.1 a recording of a live duo performance using field recordings from São Migeul , Azores and live electronics. There is also one of Annie’s studio compositions Aeolian composed from field recordings from College Valley, Northumberland and my work Annapurnal Pastoral: One Hundred Springs, a soundscape composition composed with field recordings from Nepal.

If you’re unable to tune in Ilha Verde.1 is also available to stream and buy on bandcamp.

Jekyll & Hyde – Birmingham REP

Monday, March 18th, 2019

 

I am currently working on Birmingham Rep’s Youth Theatre production of Jekyll & Hyde as composer and sound designer. This contemporary adaptation by Evan Placey is a radical retelling of the famous  R. L. Stevenson story. It is directed by Tessa Walker who I have worked with previously on Looking For John and The Whip Hand.

The music features a gothic horror style orchestral score alongside contemporary sound design. You can hear a taster in the trailer above.

The show runs from 18-27 April 2019 at the Main House, Birmingham REP. For further information and tickets please visit the REP website.

You can read more about the project and listen to audio examples on my project page.

 

Wanderlust Broadcast

Tuesday, December 18th, 2018

Iain Armstrong – Live at SOUNDkitchen: World Listening Day 2013

A recording of a soundscape performance I gave at SOUNDkitchen on world Listening Day 2013 was broadcast on 17 December 2018, 22:00 (CET), on Wanderlust, Cashmere Radio, Berlin. Wanderlust is a regular programme of long form field recording, soundscape and experimental composition. If you’d like to listen again the broadcast is available in the Cashmere Radio archive here. The track is also available to stream or own on my bandcamp page here.

 

 

SOUNDkitchen Release Ilha Verde.1

Thursday, May 10th, 2018

Last summer I attended Sound+Environment 2017 a conference at Hull University for artists and researchers exploring the relationships between sound and the environment. I was there with Annie Mahtani and together we performed as SOUNDkitchen. We played a 30min set using field recordings from a trip to São Miguel island in the Azores combined with live electronics. We performed on HEARO, the Hull 30 channel loudspeaker orchestra using ambisonic sound spatialisation and made an ambisonic recording of the performance. The track features calls of native wildlife, the interactions of wind and water on the natural and build environment and the sound of human activity and technology. 

I’m happy to announce the release of ‘Ilha Verde.1’ on Bandcamp. You can download a stereo mix for any price you like – including for free! If you’d like a multichannel file for full surround sound immersion in the wonderful soundscapes we recorded then for a small fee you can choose from a variety of multichannel formats including ambisonic B Format. Oh and there’s a bonus binaural mix too for those headphone moments. 

BEAST FEaST 2015

Monday, April 27th, 2015

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My work ‘Annapurna Pastoral – One Hundred Springs‘ has been programmed in BEAST FEaST a three-day festival at the University of Birmingham 30/04 – 02/05 2015.

My work will be played in the Dome Room in the Bramall Building on a 20 channel loudspeaker system. Following an invitation from BEAST I have just been in residence at the studios preparing a 20 channel version of my piece that was originally composed in 5 channels.

There is more info on the piece and an excerpt in a previous post here.

The concert is at 8pm and BEAST FEaST continues until the evening of Saturday 2nd May with paper presentations, installations and concerts featuring the work of David Prior, Peter Batchelor, Manuella Blackburn and Annie Mahtani amongst others.

SOUNDkitchen Performance Review

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

There’s a nice review by Nathan Thomas of the SOUNDkitchen event on 13/09/14 over on the Fluid Radio website. It includes some positive thoughts on my performance with Annie Mahtani.

We are looking forward to performing an 8 channel version at the Metanast event at MediaCity on Friday. We played a similar set in Montpellier earlier this year and there’s an excerpt of of this performance on soundcloud.

Live at NoiseFloor on Bandcamp

Monday, July 14th, 2014

This recording of a live performance I gave at NoiseFloor Festival in Stafford a couple of years ago has been on Soundcloud for a while but is now available to download on Bandcamp.

World Listening Day Performance on Bandcamp

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

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I gave a live laptop performance on World Listening Day, 18.07.2013 at a SOUNDkitchen event at the Bull’s Head in Birmingham. The set features the following field recordings mixed with some additional material and live electronics:

– St Salvator’s Church Bells: Casalbordino, Italy
– Coin Offerings at the Temple of the Reclining Buddha: Bangkok, Thailand
– Rain on Metal Staircase: Istanbul, Turkey
– Adhan (Call To Prayer): Istanbul, Turkey
– Khaen Player on Sampang Lane: Bankok Thailand
– Bangkok to Kanchanaburi Train: Thailand
– Musicians in Cuihu (Green Lake) Park: Kunming, China
– Buddhist Chanting at Wat Phai Ngoen: Bangkok, Thailand
– Birds at Kunming Market: Kunming, China
– Chao Phraya River Boat: Bangkok, Thailand
– Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church Bells: Berlin, Germany

A recording of this performance is now available to download from Bandcamp.

An number of the recordings are also available in an unadulterated form on my Gruenrekorder release ‘Sacred & Profane’.

Sacred & Profane – Gruenrekorder GrDl 123

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

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I’m very pleased to announce that ‘Sacred & Profane’, my first solo release of field recordings, will be available on the Gruenrekorder label from 1st March 2013 as a digital download.

The recordings in this collection span several years and several countries. They are essentially documents of my travels as a tourist with a microphone. Each soundscape was recorded in a sacred place, or captures the sound of a sacred ritual. This notion of sacred sounds was the initial thematic concept for the collection. However, while selecting and preparing the material I became more aware of the secular sounds that are present alongside the religious sounds I originally set out to record – the profane. These commonplace, usually quieter sounds have a powerful ability to frame, contextualise and ground the listener, drawing one back from the spiritual and abstract, to the concrete.

To purchase a copy please visit the Gruenrekorder website.

Audiograft Jukebox 2013

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

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My work ‘Tesseral Form No. 2 (Residence)’ has been included in the online Audiograft Jukebox.  The work is composed of field recordings from Birmingham and the various properties I have lived in over the years. The Audiograft festival is happening in several venues around Oxford from February 25th – March 3rd 2013 and is curated by members of the Sonic Arts Research Unit at Oxford Brookes University.

The festival includes a varied programme of British and international artists including live performances, sound art installations and listening walks. The full programme is available on the Audiograft website.