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Annapurna Pastoral – ((audience)) Delhi 2013

Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

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I am pleased to anounce that my latest composition ‘Annapurna Pastoral – One Hundred Springs’ has been selected by New York based curators ((audience)) for ‘LISTEN, my heart, to the whispers of the world with which it makes love to you’; a cinema-for-the-ear event they are presenting in association with Khoj International Artists’ Association in February 2013 in Delhi, India. The programme also features work by Hildegard Westerkamp, Kamal Swaroop, Michael Northam, Budhaditya Chattopadhyay and difFuSed Beats.

‘Annapurna Pastoral’ is a soundscape composition in 5.1 surround that uses field recordings I made in 2007 during a trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal. Some notes:

Iain Armstrong’s ‘Annapurna Pastoral – One Hundred Springs’ is a meditation on the Himalayan soundscapes of Annapurna. The work, a loose narrative of a pilgrimage to Muktinath (also known as Chumig Gyatsa the site of ‘One Hundred Springs’), tries to capture the peaceful, pastoral nature of these remote locations while referencing the deep-rooted spiritualism that the Himalaya inspire. Subverted references to the musical pastorale can be heard in the sound of the bansuri, sarangi and the use of drones.

The principal sound sources were recorded by the artist during a trek of the Annapurna circuit in Nepal, 2007. Since the recordings were made, the building of a road along the route of the trail has encroached further into the mountains, threatening to transform the region. With the completion of this project set to encircle the entire Annapurna massif by 2017 these recordings may serve as a document of soundscapes that have now been lost.

Here is an excerpt from the opening of the work:

Annapurna Pastoral Excerpt

Urban Observatory – Poland

Friday, September 21st, 2012

My piece Tesseral Form No. 2 (Residence) has been selected for presentation at the international Urban Observatory Festival 2012 in Torun, Poland. The festival runs from 28.09.2012 – 05.10.2012 and more information, along with a list of the other selected artists, is available here: http://obserwatoriumiejskie.tumblr.com/soundsubmission

You can listen to the track here:

 

‘Book’ – Animation

Friday, August 17th, 2012

I’ve been sorting through some of my archives. I produced the sound design for this short animation from 2003 . The animation was made by Lizzy Bean. The sound track is mostly a ‘remix’ or montage of excerpts from three of my compostitions.

Animation by Elizabeth Bean with sound design by Iain Armstrong.

Imperfect Cinema Collaboration – Supersonic 2011

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

As part of last year’s Supersonic Festival 2011 I worked with Annie Mahtani from SOUNDkitchen on a collaboration with micro-cinema collective Imperfect Cinema. Inspired by their DIY punk roots Imperfect Cinema invited festival goers to record small amounts of footage of the festival on Super 8 cameras which they then collected, digitised and edited into a 15min film. Annie and I collected field recordings from around the festival and compsed a soundtrack for the film to be edited to – all in 48hrs! The final film was screened at the festival in the Custard Factory theatre on the Sunday evening.

Supersonic 2012 is coming up in October and looks set to be a fantastic 10th year celebration. Imperfect Cinema are back and discussions are underway for SOUNDkitchen to put in an appearance too!

By Dan Paolantonio & Allister Gall. A collaborative short film shot on super8mm film by attendees of the 2011 Supersonic Festival. This film was informed by a workshop held by Imperfect Cinema in which the IC project and the super-8mm medium were explored in terms of potential synergies and dialogues with sonic arts, with a particular emphasis on location and materiality and 'foraging' as a production methodology (with the films of Margaret Tait and Marie Menken used as examples). Working with Sonic Arts collective Soundkitchen (who produced the audio for this film) who describe themselves as 'Cinema for the Ears' we asked our film-makers to consider the visual material they gathered in terms of its potential for becoming 'Music for the Eyes.' We were also particularly inspired by Capsule's 'Home of Metal' project and how this presented the aesthetic of Heavy Metal Music as a manifestation of the industry of the West Midlands. Similarly we asked our filmmakers to consider not only the post-industrial landscape of the Custard Factory (the venue for the festival) but also the reflexivity of the analogue materials used to capture the images in the first place (film stock). Following shooting Imperfect Cinema hand processed the film stocks overnight (in a travel lodge bathroom) then converted the film images to digital video files (telecine transfer) and finally edited the visual elements to the soundtrack produced by SoundKitchen for screening on that day. During the edit we aimed to focus upon images which we felt conjured feelings of the elemental, with a particular emphasis on fire and water, as we felt that this fit with the notion of Heavy Metal music being 'forged' in the West Midlands. The entire process from the start of the workshop to the screening in the Custard Factory Arts Centre Cinema was a little over 24 hours! We hope you enjoy this alternative document of the 2011 Supersonic Festival and indeed can experience it as Music for the Eyes!

NoiseFloor Performance 03.05.12

Monday, May 14th, 2012

 

This is a recording of a live laptop performance I gave on 3rd May at the NoiseFloor festival in Stafford, UK. It utilises raw and manipulated field recordings, live mixing and processing. My set was part of a continuous performance by members of SOUNDkitchen and for the first 5 minutes I was improvising with Annie Mahtani and Julien Guillamat. In this version the opening has been edited to include only my material and create a self contained recording. The complete, original version with the additional performances will no doubt be available at some point via the SOUNDkitchen website.

Supersonic Festival Live Set

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Here is a recording of the live laptop performance  I gave at SOUNDkitchen’s Cinema For The Ears on 23rd October 2011. The event was part of the Supersonic Festival in Birmingham.

I was working with field recordings and prepared material that was predominantly noise based and experimented for the first time with presenting this material over multiple channels live. Running Ableton Live I had 8 independent outputs mapped onto a circle of 8 speakers in the space and an additional stereo submix on another two channels going to the desk to be diffused over the whole system by SOUNDkitchen’s Annie Mahtani. It was quite an effective and manageable way of working, allowing me some control of the spatialisation of material in addition to the structure.

This is a stereo reduction of the 10 channel set that was played over a multi-channel speaker system courtesy of BEAST.

 

New work at SOUNDkitchen’s STONEsoup

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

I’ve just completed a new 5 minute piece composed especially for SOUNDkitchen’s STONEsoup event this Friday 4th March at mac, Birmingham. 12 sound artists have submitted up to 5 minutes of composed material or field recordings sourced in Birmingham. The contributions have been mixed by SOUNDkitchen’s artistic director Annie Mahtani into a one hour concert that will be diffused over the BEAST multichannel sound system.

My piece Tesseral Form No. 2 (Residence) draws sounds from my archive of recordings made around Birmingham city centre along with sounds sourced in a couple of houses I’ve lived in in Brum over the years. The work is the second in an ongoing series provisionally entitled ‘Tesseral Forms’ that uses articulated blocks of sound as a structural process much like the tiles in a mosaic. In this piece I was interested in the juxtaposition of internal and external spaces, domestic and public.

tessera |ˈtesərə|
noun ( pl. tesserae |ˈtesərē|)
a small block of stone, tile, glass, or other material used in the construction of a mosa
ic.

Click on the image for more info about the gig on the SOUNDkitchen website.

Residence – for STONEsoup

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