Posts Tagged ‘laptop’

World Listening Day Performance on Bandcamp

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

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I gave a live laptop performance on World Listening Day, 18.07.2013 at a SOUNDkitchen event at the Bull’s Head in Birmingham. The set features the following field recordings mixed with some additional material and live electronics:

– St Salvator’s Church Bells: Casalbordino, Italy
– Coin Offerings at the Temple of the Reclining Buddha: Bangkok, Thailand
– Rain on Metal Staircase: Istanbul, Turkey
– Adhan (Call To Prayer): Istanbul, Turkey
– Khaen Player on Sampang Lane: Bankok Thailand
– Bangkok to Kanchanaburi Train: Thailand
– Musicians in Cuihu (Green Lake) Park: Kunming, China
– Buddhist Chanting at Wat Phai Ngoen: Bangkok, Thailand
– Birds at Kunming Market: Kunming, China
– Chao Phraya River Boat: Bangkok, Thailand
– Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church Bells: Berlin, Germany

A recording of this performance is now available to download from Bandcamp.

An number of the recordings are also available in an unadulterated form on my Gruenrekorder release ‘Sacred & Profane’.

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.

NoiseFloor 2012

Monday, April 23rd, 2012


My next performance will be at NoiseFloor festival in Stafford on 3rd May.

SOUNDkitchen have been invited to play and we are busy preparing a continuous relay style set (very Olympics) that includes solos from Shelly Knotts and me and a duo from Annie Mahtani and Julien Guillamat. Each performer segues into the next via a short improvised duet, by way of a handover. I’ll be playing a laptop set of around 20 mins using field recordings and some live processing. The entire performance will be diffused by James Carpenter over the festival’s multichannel system.

The gig is at 17:45, Staffordshire University campus. The festival runs from 1st – 4th May and is presenting work from over 50 artists in 9 concerts, talks and installations.

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Resonate The Minotaur – New Year Games

Monday, February 6th, 2012

I enjoyed a musical start to the New Year with a 3 hour laptop performance of Pippa Murphy‘s new piece Labyrinth in St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh. The event, held on January 1st, was part of The New Year Games, a continuation of Edinburgh’s famous Hogmanay celebrations. Pippa had composed music for 4 voices and soundscape material that I performed live from laptop as an accompaniment to the game being played in the cathedral.

Pippa worked with game designers Hide & Seek to create a game called Resonate The Minotaur. The members of the public had to negotiate the labyrinth whilst trying to avoid being seen moving by the Minotaur. If they successfully made it to the centre of the labyrinth they had to try and snatch a ribbon from the Minotaur. This was one of four games that the public played in order to collect tokens for their team. The event ended with a final team game in the Grassmarket where the winners were announced.

This short film gives a flavour of the event. It was filmed by Ian McCormick and I did the edit.

Resonate The Minotaur from Iain Armstrong on Vimeo.

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.