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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.

Live at Supersonic by Iain Armstrong

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.

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SOUNDkitchen

Sunday, January 16th, 2011

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I’ve recently joined SOUNDkitchen. We are a collective of composers and sound artists with backgrounds in electroacoustic and experimental music. The organisation is the brainchild of Annie Mahtani, ex BEAST,  and is dedicated to promoting the work of composers and sound artists working in the field of sound.

We’re kicking off  with a pilot series of gigs at the Hare & Hounds in Birmingham and one at mac (Midlands Arts Centre) over the coming months. We’ve been busy putting together a programme of emerging and more established electronic music acts from Birmingham and beyond, mixing up current and ex BEAST composers with the likes of modulate, Nic Bullen and Simon Whetham.

I’ll be performing a live laptop set with Antti Saario as Anvil & Stirrup in the April gig and contributing to a new, collaborative composition for the gig at mac in March.

More details at soundkitchenuk.org

Recent CP School Projects

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

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I’ve just completed another couple of Creative Partnerships projects that I’ve been working on over the summer term.

I was working with a Yr3/4 class at St Bartholomew’s Primary in Wolverhampton to create some podcasts and a project blog. This was one of the youngest groups I’ve worked with on a project of this sort and they coped really well. They wrote some fantastic scripts and managed to get to grips with recording using portable recorders. They also mastered basic editing and mixing using Audacity. We also did a little bit of work using Garage Band on the school mac.

The other project was at Penn Hall SEN School also in Wolverhampton. I worked with the whole school to create a sound trail around the school grounds with imaginary soundtracks for each of the six locations. Participants followed a map and listened to directions and the soundtracks on mp3 players. I collaborated with graphic designer Nick Smith to create the map and we also produced an interactive CD Rom to document the project.

More info and examples of the work on the updated  ‘Creative Partnerships’ page.

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School Sound Work

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

More updates on the Workshops pages. I’ve uploaded some examples of the work I have been doing in Creative Partnerships schools this term along with some links to the school websites where you can find out more about the projects and see examples of work produced with other artists.

Site Updates

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

I’ve made some updates to this site. There is another laptop mix available to download on the Laptop Perfomances page. One of my first from 2003. There is also a new page under Workshops called Various Projects where I’ve added some work from a couple of school projects – an animation and a interactive sound map.