Posts Tagged ‘SOUNDkitchen’

SOUNDkitchen SOUNDwalk: Ponta Delgada

Friday, April 14th, 2017

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I’ve just returned from a trip to São Miguel island in the Azores where I devised and led a soundwalk as part of Invisible Places 2017. I worked with Annie Mahtani to create the walk under the SOUNDkitchen banner. We’ve documented the walk on the SOUNDkitchen website so if you’d like to read more click here.

This trip forms part of an ongoing research and development project and I also spent several days making field recordings around the island. I’ll be posting more about my work on the island soon but in the meantime why not enjoy this edited mix of sounds encountered on our SOUNDwalk in Ponta Delgada:

SOUNDkitchen Performance Review

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

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

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

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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.

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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.

 

SOUNDkitchen at Electric Spring

Friday, February 28th, 2014

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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.

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’.

Anvil & Stirrup Performances

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

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I’ll be performing with Antti Saario as Anvil & Stirrup at two events next week. We’ve been working on a new set that uses field recordings and found sounds, live processing and a gestural interface using live audio to trigger samples in a max patch.

On 23 May we’ll be playing at SOUNDkitchen at the Hare and Hounds in Birmingham. It’s a great line up with Robert Curgenven and João Castro Pinto also on the bill. The gig starts at 8pm and there’s more info and a ticket link on the SOUNDkitchen event page.

The following evening we are excited to be playing at Resound, part of the Site 13 Festival run by Stroud Valley Arts. The gig is at 7pm at Goods Shed in Stroud and we’re sharing the bill with Robert Curgenven again and Matt Davis.

There’s more info on the Stroud Valley Arts website.

SOUNDkitchen – The Forum, Norwich 29.01.13

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

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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.

Imperfect Cinema Collaboration – Supersonic 2011

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

As part of last year’s Supersonic Festival 2011 I worked with Annie Mahtani from SOUNDkitchen on a collaboration with micro-cinema collective Imperfect Cinema. Inspired by their DIY punk roots Imperfect Cinema invited festival goers to record small amounts of footage of the festival on Super 8 cameras which they then collected, digitised and edited into a 15min film. Annie and I collected field recordings from around the festival and compsed a soundtrack for the film to be edited to – all in 48hrs! The final film was screened at the festival in the Custard Factory theatre on the Sunday evening.

Supersonic 2012 is coming up in October and looks set to be a fantastic 10th year celebration. Imperfect Cinema are back and discussions are underway for SOUNDkitchen to put in an appearance too!

By Dan Paolantonio & Allister Gall. A collaborative short film shot on super8mm film by attendees of the 2011 Supersonic Festival. This film was informed by a workshop held by Imperfect Cinema in which the IC project and the super-8mm medium were explored in terms of potential synergies and dialogues with sonic arts, with a particular emphasis on location and materiality and 'foraging' as a production methodology (with the films of Margaret Tait and Marie Menken used as examples). Working with Sonic Arts collective Soundkitchen (who produced the audio for this film) who describe themselves as 'Cinema for the Ears' we asked our film-makers to consider the visual material they gathered in terms of its potential for becoming 'Music for the Eyes.' We were also particularly inspired by Capsule's 'Home of Metal' project and how this presented the aesthetic of Heavy Metal Music as a manifestation of the industry of the West Midlands. Similarly we asked our filmmakers to consider not only the post-industrial landscape of the Custard Factory (the venue for the festival) but also the reflexivity of the analogue materials used to capture the images in the first place (film stock). Following shooting Imperfect Cinema hand processed the film stocks overnight (in a travel lodge bathroom) then converted the film images to digital video files (telecine transfer) and finally edited the visual elements to the soundtrack produced by SoundKitchen for screening on that day. During the edit we aimed to focus upon images which we felt conjured feelings of the elemental, with a particular emphasis on fire and water, as we felt that this fit with the notion of Heavy Metal music being 'forged' in the West Midlands. The entire process from the start of the workshop to the screening in the Custard Factory Arts Centre Cinema was a little over 24 hours! We hope you enjoy this alternative document of the 2011 Supersonic Festival and indeed can experience it as Music for the Eyes!

NoiseFloor Performance 03.05.12

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Live at NoiseFloor 2012 by Iain Armstrong

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.

BiLE Performs at Network Music Festival

Monday, January 16th, 2012

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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.

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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.