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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.

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.

 

Sonorities Festival 2013 – Belfast

Sunday, February 10th, 2013

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My soundscape composition  ‘Annapurna Pastoral – One Hundred Springs‘ has been selected for the Sonorities Festival 2013 and will be presented in a concert at the amazing Sonic Lab in the Sonic Arts Research Centre at Queens University, Belfast on 25.04.13.

The five-day contemporary music festival has a packed programme of performances and includes a one-day symposium on the theme ‘Beyond Soundscape’ which will investigate the various critiques and narratives of the notion of soundscape which have emerged since the term’s inception by R. Murray Schafer and other members of the World Soundscape Project in Canada in the 1960s.

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:

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