Posts Tagged ‘Performances’


Monday, March 18th, 2013


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.


Sonorities Festival 2013 – Belfast

Sunday, February 10th, 2013


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.

SOUNDkitchen – The Forum, Norwich 29.01.13

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013


I’m looking forward to performing with SOUNDktichen at The Forum in Norwich on 29th January as part of the Sonic Arts Series No.71 run by University of East Anglia music department.

We’ll be presenting a live multi-channel performance in response to the theme of ‘Acoustic Architecture’. Working with field recordings, live processing and spatialisation we will explore three sonic spaces. Travelling between natural environments, man-made structures and unreal soundscapes, the performance ends in and entirely abstract soundworld that plays with the spatial and acoustic properties of the Forum itself.

I’ll be performing with SOUNDkitchen’s James Carpenter and Julien Guillamat.

Also on the programme are performances from Diemo Schwarz (IRCAM), Sebastian Lexer and the university Sonic Arts Ensemble.

More info on times and tickets here.

SoundProof – Edinburgh 28.01 – 03.02.13

Sunday, January 20th, 2013

soundproofflyerA selection of my work has been selected for presentation at SoundProof, a week of exploratory sonic arts at The Forest in Edinburgh.

My radiophonic compositions …if the voices were only memories? and Prelude from Forgotten Fairytales will be running as installations throughout the day on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd February.

A new soundscape composition Annapurna Pastoral – One Hundred Springs is also being played as part of the evening concert on Friday 1st February at 7pm.

The programme is packed with installations, workshops, a Soundbites menu offering sonic accompaniment to your coffee and cake and a host of live performances running every evening –  and it’s all free!

For the full programme and more info on the event and it’s curators please visit the SoundProof website.

Annapurna Pastoral – ((audience)) Delhi 2013

Thursday, November 22nd, 2012


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:

Annapurna Pastoral Excerpt

Urban Observatory – Poland

Friday, September 21st, 2012

My piece Tesseral Form No. 2 (Residence) has been selected for presentation at the international Urban Observatory Festival 2012 in Torun, Poland. The festival runs from 28.09.2012 – 05.10.2012 and more information, along with a list of the other selected artists, is available here:

You can listen to the track here:


Upcoming Performances

Monday, May 28th, 2012

I’m giving two performances this week.

On Tuesday 29th May BiLE (Birmingham Laptop Ensemble) are giving a free, post concert performance at Symphony Hall Birmingham in the foyer bar. We will be playing a new collaborative piece called Chained Melody, a new piece by Shelly Knotts and Julien Guillamat’s Back to Front for cello and laptops. The concert is immediately after the screening and performance of Dracula with music by Philip Glass performed by the composer and the Kronos Quartet.

On Saturday 2nd June I’ll be playing a solo, live laptop set at the Ort Art & Community Cafe in Balsall Heath, Birmingham. I’m planning to include some recent contact mic field recordings of wires and fences. Also on the bill is Alex Charles and Cities Prepare for Attack.

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.

more info at

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.

BiLE Performs at Network Music Festival

Monday, January 16th, 2012


Image: Antonio Roberts

I’ll be performing with BiLE on 27.01.12 (28.01.12 rescheduled) at Birmingham’s first Network Music Festival. This is set to be a fantastic 3 day festival of international artists discussing, presenting and performing new musical forms and ideas where networking is central to the aesthetics, creation or performance practice of the work. The programme includes Benoit and The Mandelbrots, Barcelona Laptop Orchestra, Glitchlich, Jack Harris and Samuel Rogers and more.


Also look out for the first SOUNDkitchen event of the year on 26.01.12 where we’ll be launching the Network Music Fetival with a selection of Brimingham based electronic acts including Juneau Brothers, Lash Frenzy and Freecode. There is also another opportunity to hear the SOUNDKitchen multichannel radio installation that I composed called Theatre of the Mind.