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September Performances

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

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I have a couple of gigs coming up performing with Annie Mahtani as SOUNDkitchen. We will be playing a live laptop set mixing and manipulating field recordings with live electronics. The first gig is Sat 13 September at SOUNDkitchen Series #03, at VIVID Projects in Digbeth, Birmingham. Also on the bill are local AV act Formuls (James Dooley and Matt Parker) and a new collaboration between electronic musician Ben Ramsay and bass player Chris Mapp.

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The second performance will be at Metanast in the Digital Performance Lab at Media City UK, Salford on Friday 26th September. This event includes two concerts, the first presenting acousmatic music diffused and the second features live performances, both on a 16 channel system. We’ll be performing a multichannel set for this event alongside artists such as Robert Curgenven and Rodrigo Constanzo.

 

Women Box – Training Is The Opposite

Saturday, August 16th, 2014
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Photo: Claire Shovelton

Women Box is a a music-theatre event produced by Size Zero Opera in celebration of the inclusion of women’s boxing in the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the rise of the female conductor. The performance features two new chamber opera commissions; Training Is the Opposite by Jennifer Walshe and Women Conduct by Laura Bowler, both for string quartet and mezzo soprano. (more…)

SOUNDkitchen at Electric Spring

Friday, February 28th, 2014

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I’ll be performing at Electric Spring, an annual week-long festival of exploratory electronic music held at the University of Huddersfield.  I’m playing in a duo with Annie Mahtani under the SOUNDkitchen banner. Our 45 minute live set will explore a slowly changing soundscape comprising manipulated found sounds and field recordings and will be presented in 8 channels to take advantage of the HISS multichannel speaker system.

We are playing on Sunday 2nd March at 19:30 in the final concert, the culmination of a week which features David Toop and Minoru Sato, Sylvain Pohu and Hannah Hartman, Autistici and Ambrose Field and others.

The full programme is available on the Electric Spring website.

International Streaming Festival 8th Edition

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

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Some of my work has been programmed in the sound program of the International Streaming Festival and is available to stream online until the 15th December 2013.

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The Streaming Festival is an annual online art event, now in its 8th edition, for independent artists exhibiting unconventional audio-visual art from all over the world. The festival launched on November 30th with offline events in The Hague and Zagreb and the website is now streaming a fantastic selection of sound and video art for the duration of the festival. A permanent collection of work by programmed artists from previous editions is also available.

Little Earthquake’s ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

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I was never kinder to the old man than in the week before I killed him…

In the heart of a bustling city, a wealthy recluse hides behind a barricade of bolted doors and blacked-out windows. His only companion is a private nurse, entrusted with taking care of him.

After many months of confinement, suspicion and resentment grow between the pair until the nurse hatches a foolproof plan to dispose of his patient. When the deed is done, the silence of the seemingly empty house is quickly shattered by a curious thumping beneath the floorboards…”

I am very excited to be working with Little Earthquake on their new adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe’s ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’. I will be sharing the stage with the actor Laurence Saunders creating live foley sound effects as he recounts Poe’s dark and gripping tale of murder in the dark.

The show will be touring from the Autumn into Spring 2014 with several bookings already confirmed including Salford, Derbyshire and various venues in the Midlands. You can find more info and booking details on the Little Earthquake events page.

framework radio Broadcast

Sunday, June 9th, 2013

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Some field recordings from my recent Gruenrekorder release ‘Sacred & Profane’ have been included in the next edition of framework radio #424. The first broadcast is on Sunday 9th June 2013 on Resonance FM and is repeated on various independent radio stations around the world for the rest of the following week:

You can also listen to the broadcast on the Framework Radio web stream for the week or find it in their archives.

framework is consecrated to field recording and it’s use in composition, and began broadcasting in 2002 at a time when a new community of sound artists with a special interest in found sound was developing, a community spread across the world that, thanks to the internet, was no longer limited to a specific geography. framework sees itself as an outlet for this ever-growing and developing community, a folk-tool in a new folk movement, a community driven exchange point for creators and listeners alike.

Anvil & Stirrup Performances

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

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I’ll be performing with Antti Saario as Anvil & Stirrup at two events next week. We’ve been working on a new set that uses field recordings and found sounds, live processing and a gestural interface using live audio to trigger samples in a max patch.

On 23 May we’ll be playing at SOUNDkitchen at the Hare and Hounds in Birmingham. It’s a great line up with Robert Curgenven and João Castro Pinto also on the bill. The gig starts at 8pm and there’s more info and a ticket link on the SOUNDkitchen event page.

The following evening we are excited to be playing at Resound, part of the Site 13 Festival run by Stroud Valley Arts. The gig is at 7pm at Goods Shed in Stroud and we’re sharing the bill with Robert Curgenven again and Matt Davis.

There’s more info on the Stroud Valley Arts website.

NAISA – Deep Wireless Festival – May 2013

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

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My soundscape composition  ‘Annapurna Pastoral – One Hundred Springs‘ was selected for inclusion in the Deep Wireless Festival of Radio and Transmission Art. Presented by New Adventures In Sound Art based in Toronto, the festival is a month-long celebration of radio and transmission art including performances, installations, radio broadcasts and the TransX Transmission Art Symposium.

The work is composed of field recordings from the Annapurna region in Nepal collected in 2007.

For the month of May my work is included in a curated selection of music and sound art on the theme of ‘sonic geography’.  The playlist is available on the NAISA soundcloud page featured below and will also be broadcast on their 24 hr webcast. Programme details are available here.

 

Red Sonic Festival – dirty grooves

Friday, April 12th, 2013

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My work dirty grooves has been programmed in a concert of music by BEAST composers as part of Red Sonic – First edition 2013. It will be played on 15.04.2013 in the 21:00hrs concert.

The Red Sonic festival is in its second year and runs from the 11-21 April at the Red Gallery, London. The week long programme of presentations and concerts focuses mostly on acousmatic music featuring work from the BEAST studios in Birmingham, music from Mexico and Latin America and seminal French composer Francois Bayle in a showcase concert.

Also featuring on the programme are field recordings presented by Peter Cusack and a multimedia work by Elinrós Henriksdotter.

For more info visit the Red Sonic website.

Torque

Monday, March 18th, 2013

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I’ve been in Glasgow working on a new dance performance called Torque which opened at the Platform Theatre on 13th and 14th March. The work is a new interdisciplinary dance and music piece devised by dancers, musicians and scientists using ideas from renewable energy, inclusive dance and sonic arts. It is  a collaboration produced by Paragon with composer Pippa Murphy, choreographer Caroline Bowditch and engineer Calum Cossar. Through music and dance, the piece explores the conversion of energy from wind power via wind turbines to electricity.

Pippa Murphy worked with Paragon musicians to record a musical score to which I added a live element of found sounds and electronics. The work received a favourable 4 star  preview by Mary Brennan of the Herald.

The project included a series of school workshops and interactive performances with the cast designed to promote understanding of energy conversion in S1/2 pupils.

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