A Journey Round My Skull – Spring 2015

January 4th, 2015 by Iain Armstrong
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Photographs © Jonathan Blackford 2014

 

KILN’s production of A Journey Round My Skull has a few performance dates in the next couple of months.

Thurs 22nd Jan: Havant, Hampshire, The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre, 7:30pm

Tues 3rd Feb: Exeter Phoenix, 8pm

Thurs 5th Feb: Ormskirk, The Arts Centre, Edge Hill University, 7:30pm

Wed 25th Feb: Lancaster, The Dukes, 7:30pm

I produced the sound design for the production which had a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe last summer. You can read more about the show, hear some sound and watch a trailer here.

City of the Blind – Free for Jan 2015

January 4th, 2015 by Iain Armstrong
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City of the Blind promotional image. Photo: Minttu Mäntynen. Concept: David Leddy. Pictured: Claire Knight.

Last year I worked as assistant sound designer to Pippa Murphy on City Of The Blind, a multi-media political thriller written and directed by David Leddy. Designed for smartphones and tablets, this groundbreaking drama presents its story through text, audio, video and photos.

During January 2015 it is available for free!

 

 

The Tell-Tale Heart Autumn Tour

September 24th, 2014 by Iain Armstrong

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The 2014 Autumn tour of Little Earthquake’s The Tell-Tale Heart begins in October. Laurence Saunders gives a brilliant performance as Poe’s tormented narrator Simon and I join him on stage as his Doctor, revealing the sonic details of Simon’s murderous tale with an array of props and vegetables.

Have you ever envisaged the sound a dismembered human body might make? Well in Little Earthquake’s adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s gruesome short story The Tell Tale Heart, sound is the play’s third character…

As Simon retells the story, Iain provides the sounds from a table of strange and fascinating props. In fact, the audience are in awe of what prop will be used next… This is a great way to retell a Gothic classic and Saunders creation of the mad nurse is worth the ticket price alone.

Matt Jarram, Loughborough Echo

With support from several Rural Touring promoters we’ll be playing the following dates:

 

TTHboth04/10/14 Smethwick, Black Country Touring

22/10/14 Chester, Cheshire Rural Touring Arts

25/10/14 Malvern, Live and Local

31/10/14 Bromyard, Arts Alive

01/11/14 Tattenhall, Cheshire Rural Touring Arts

14/11/14 Caistor, Lincolnshire Rural & Community Touring

15/11/14 Wickenby, Lincolnshire Rural & Community Touring

30/11/14 Matlock, Live and Local

 

 

For full details and booking info visit the Little Earthquake website.

SOUNDkitchen Performance Review

September 21st, 2014 by Iain Armstrong

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.

September Performances

September 3rd, 2014 by Iain Armstrong

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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.

MET MCUK Sep 2014 Flyer

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

August 16th, 2014 by Iain Armstrong
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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. Read the rest of this entry »

Live at NoiseFloor on Bandcamp

July 14th, 2014 by Iain Armstrong

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.

A Journey Round My Skull – Teaser

July 10th, 2014 by Iain Armstrong

A Journey Round My Skull (TEASER) from Mathew Beckett on Vimeo.

KILN Ensemble’s A Journey Round My Skull  will be showing at Latitude Festival on 19/07/14 and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe from 01-24/08/14 at Summerhall. This great teaser was made by Mathew Beckett.

The show’s been getting some great reviews at the fringe. I’ve posted some links on the project page.

City Of The Blind

July 8th, 2014 by Iain Armstrong
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City of the Blind promotional image. Photo: Minttu Mäntynen. Concept: David Leddy. Pictured: Claire Knight.

 

Earlier this year I worked as assistant sound designer to Pippa Murphy on City Of The Blind, a multi-media political thriller written and directed by David Leddy. Available from 1st August 2014 for smartphones and tablets, this groundbreaking drama presents its story through text, audio, video and photos.

It is an emotionally complex and intellectually provocative drama that follows U.N. investigator and whistleblower Cassie Al-Khatib caught in a web of surveillance, violence, and counter-intelligence. Throughout six thirty-minute-long chapters you access secret files to hear Cassie’s voicemail, intercept her emails, and watch CCTV. The piece is based on research into shocking real-life abuse committed by U.N. peacekeepers.

Available at www.DavidLeddy.com for £8.99

City Of The Blind has received favourable reviews: ***** from The Stage and British Theatre Guide and **** from The Scotsman

SOUNDkitchen at Electric Spring

February 28th, 2014 by Iain Armstrong

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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.