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Now-13.03.2011: Kensington Gardens, United Kingdom | Anish Kapoor | Turning the World Upside Down | Now–13 March 2011 | This autumn The Royal Parks and the Serpentine Gallery present a major exhibition of large scale outdoor sculptures by acclaimed London-based artist Anish Kapoor in Kensington Gardens. The free exhibition will showcase a series of major recent works never before shown together in London. Constructed from highly reflective stainless steel, the giant curved mirror surfaces will create illusory distortions of the surroundings and will be visible across large distances, creating new vistas in this famous and much-loved setting. The sculptures are sited to contrast and reflect the changing colours, foliage and weather in Kensington Gardens. Despite their monumental scale, the works appear as pure reflection of their surroundings: the sky, trees, water, wildlife and changing seasons. The distortions in the works’ mirror-like surfaces call into question the viewers’ relationship to both the work itself and the surrounding environment. (Also of note, these sculptures also collect/throw sound – go close to them and hear things from far and near!) http://www.serpentinegallery.org/2010/09/anish_kapoorturning_the_world_2.html
11.02-05.03.2011: Café Oto/Sound and Music| Sound Art Commission | Concert with exhibition in two locations: Lost Sounds: Miki Yui and Rolf Julius | Concert | 11 February 2011 (Café Oto) | Exhibitions | 12-13 February (Café Oto) / 15 February - 5 March 2011 (SoundFjord) | Produced by: Rie Nakajima in collaboration with Helen Frosi of SoundFjord | Further info: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=139333272788188&index=1| Tickets for performance at Cafe Oto:
Now-13.02.2011: Serpentine Gallery, United Kingdom | Philippe Parreno | Now - 13 February 2011 | The Serpentine Gallery is delighted to present Philippe Parreno’s first solo exhibition in a UK public institution. Born in 1964, Parreno rose to prominence in the 1990s, earning critical acclaim for his work, which employs a diversity of media including film, sculpture, performance and text. Parreno’s exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery has been conceived as a scripted space in which a series of events unfolds. The visitor is guided through the galleries by the orchestration of sound and image, which heightens their sensory experience. Noise from Kensington Gardens and from the surrounding streets can be heard inside the Gallery, as though the outside is leaking in. The blinds come up to reveal a sudden change of weather. Taking the exhibition as a medium, Parreno has sought to redefine the exhibition experience by exploring its possibilities as a coherent ‘object’ rather than a collection of individual works. http://www.serpentinegallery.org/2010/11/philippe_parreno_25_november_1_1.html
30.01.2011: Tim Bamber and Jake Garber | To The Last Syllable of Recorded Time | Audio Screening | SoundFjord | Sunday 30 January 2011 | 6pm-8pm | £2 place reservation http://wegottickets.com/events/102806
Now-30.01.2011: Happy New Festival | Werkplaats, Netherlands | Esther Venrooy and Ema Bonifacic | Installation | A Shadow of a Wall | In Situ Maastrict | 10 December 2010 – 30 January 2011 http://www.happynewfestival.be | http://introinsitu.nl/intro-in-situ-presenteert-resonance
Now-29.01.2011: Kate MacGarry Gallery, United Kingdom | Chicks on Speed: Happening | Now to 30 January 2010 | A new London exhibition for the Chicks on Speed art collective. Happening will include CoS’s new inventions "E-shoes" (made to be played like a guitar) and "Cigar Box Synthesizer" (found cigar boxes adapted into working synthesizers) | http://katemacgarry.com
Now-29.01.2011: Rie Nakajima with Ken Bodden | I Can Hear It | Exhibition | SoundFjord | 11 December 2010 – 29 January 2011 | Wed – Sat | noon – 6pm | Gallery closed: 23 Dec - 09 Jan) | Info: www.soundfjord.org
27.01.2011: Café Oto, United Kingdom | Sprawl 15 | 27 January 2010 | £10/£8 | 7:30pm | Experimental audio regular night celebrates its 15th anniversary with Common Objects (John Butcher / Angharad Davies / Rhodri Davies / Phil Durrant / Lina Laepelyte), Simon Fisher Turner and Viv Corringham / Peter Cusack / Clive Bell, plus a special video showcase 360 Degrees Of 60x60 Video. http://sprawl.org.uk
Now-23.01.2011: The South London Gallery, United Kingdom | Manon de Boer | Sylvia Kristel – Paris | Now-23.01.2011| In parallel to Manon de Boer's exhibition, this series of screenings presents the works in her trilogy on the 1970s and her film Attica. This film, featuring long shots of the streets of Paris, recounts the story of Kristel’s career and examines the position of the subject and spectator within a described reality, questioning the representation of truth in storytelling. Sylvia Kristel played the role of Emmanuelle in the 1974 film of the same name. South London Gallery, 65 Peckham Road, London. http://www.southlondongallery.org
20-22.01.2011: Cáfe Oto | Balloon and Needle: The Korean Avant-Garde (Three Day Residency) | 20-21 January 2011 | Door Times : 8pm | Workshop starts 5.30pm | Produced by: Hong Chulki with support from LIG Arts Foundation / Partners: no.w.here | Featuring: Choi Joonyong (cracked CD players); Hong Chulki (turntables); Ryu Hankil (self‐made electro‐acoustic instruments); Jin Sangtae (cracked hard‐drive); Lee Hangjun (16mm film projection) | Through live performance, screenings and workshops, this three day residency explores the unique sonic and visual world of a group of young South Korean artists and noise makers appearing in the UK for the first time. Within Seoul’s tiny experimental underground, this tight‐knit collective has developed a sound, style and approach to creativity outside the influences of their Japanese and European kin, conjuring a distinct vocabulary that reflects the collective spirit of a new South Korean avant‐garde | Tickets: Day 1 - Film screenings £5 | Day 1 - Workshop £10 + FREE entry to screenings (advance booking only) | Day 2 - Performances £8 adv / £10 door | Day 3 - Performances £8 adv / £10 door
20-22.01.2011: Bologna Palazzo Re Enzo, Italy | Netmage | Contemporary audiovisual event taking place in a castle | live cinema, installations, concerts and more | 20–22 January 2011 | Bologna Palazzo Re Enzo | Artists featured include: Thomas Köner & Jürgen Reble, Luke Fowler/Keith Rowe/Peter Todd, Calhau!, Bruce McClure, etc. www.netmage.it
Now-20.01.2011: Serpentine Gallery, United Kingdom | Tom Hunter | A Palace For Us | 08 December 2010 - 20 January 2011 | In association with the Skills Exchange Project. Working with residents of the Woodberry Down Estate in east London, artist Tom Hunter has created a film that includes interviews and scenes re-creating life on the Estate throughout its entire history. The film is screened daily in the Gallery’s Sackler Centre of Arts Education. Launch Event | Wednesday 08 December 7–9pm at Sackler Centre of Arts Education Serpentine Gallery | Special Screening | Wednesday 15 December 11am | Rio Cinema | 108 Kingsland High Street, London. Booking essential email@example.com | http://serpentinegallery.org/talks_and_events.html
16.01.2011: Café Oto, United Kingdom | All Time Low Presents: Oval + Imbogodom + Rodgers & Jones | 16 January 2011 | 8pm | £8 Adv/£10 door | Ever since his first groundbreaking album releases, Markus Popp aka 'oval' continues to be one of the most prolific and influential forces in contemporary electronic music - a laptop legend and true visionary of digital audio. Popp’s now legendary early album releases sent shockwaves though the electronic music landscape and laid the foundations for an entire new class of digital sound & production aesthetics. With an undeniable instinct for the pleasantly irritating, the drastic and the dreamy, Popp pioneered “glitch”, “clicks & cuts” and “microsound” - inspiring and provoking a new generation of music producers worldwide. http://cafeoto.co.uk | http://soundcloud.com/oval-official
Now-16.01.2011: Wellcome Collection, United Kingdom | Aura Satz | Sound Seam | 09 December 2010 to 16 January 2011 | Installation | An exhibition of Aura Satz’s film installation inspired by her findings at UCL’s Ear Institute and by Rainer Maria Rilke’s text "Primal Sound" (1919). Soundtrack by Aleks Kolkowski. Watch an excerpt of Sound Seam here: http://www.thewire.co.uk/articles/3898 | http://iamanagram.com | http://wellcomecollection.org
13.01.2011: Centre For Creative Collaboration, United Kingdom | POLYply | 13 January 2011 | 7pm | Free | Monthly cross-media performance event co-organised by The Wire's Will Montgomery, continues with an evening devoted to scores. Performers include Wandelweiser composer Manfred Werder, artist Brigid McLeer and Montgomery, who will perform a version of Alvin Lucier's score Duke Of York with poet Steve Willey. http://polyply.wordpress.com
07-09.01.2011: Sommerset House, United Kingdom | Ice Music | 07 – 09 January 2011 | 1pm, 3.30pm, 6.30pm | £7.50/£5 | Sound and Music is supporting a collaboration between sounduk and Somerset House as they present a series of live performances and installations which aim to entrance, provoke and inspire visitors as part of the Somerset House ice rink season. The project centres around a series of live performances of Ice Music, created by acclaimed Norwegian composer and percussionist, Terje Isungset, and the London premiere of The Idea of North, an installation evoking the frozen landscape of the far north | http://sounduk.net | http://somersethouse.org.uk
Now-03.01.2011: Tate Britain, United Kingdom | Turner Prize 2010 | Now to 03 January 2011 | 10:00 – 15:50 daily | £8/6 concs. | Susan Philipsz, The Otolith Group, Dexter Dalwood and Angela de La Cruz. http://tate.org.uk/britain/turnerprize/default.shtm
Now-02.01.2011: Art Angel, United Kingdom | Susan Philipsz | Surround Me | A Song Cycle for the City of London Saturdays & Sundays only | 10am - 5pm | Now - 02 January 2011 | Change Alley / London Bridge / Mark Lane / Milk Street / Moorfields Highwalk / Tokenhouse Yard. Susan Philipsz speaks about SURROUND ME in the third Artangel Podcast, Memory, an audio programme by award-winning producer Francesca Panetta. Click here to listen or download | www.artangel.org.uk/projects/2010/surround_me
Now-30.12.2010: ICA, United Kingdom | Tarkovsky Season | Now - 30 December 2010 | Use this Christmas period to catch up with selected offerings from the spiritual cinema of Andrei Tarkovsky. From his debut feature Ivan’s Childhood (04-12 December) through the abstract autobiography Mirror (05-11 December) to the soul-searching sci-fi of Solaris (19-30 December) and Stalker (18-29 December), each of these films offer rich rewards to first-time viewers and faithful fans alike. http://ica.org.uk/27020/Seasons/Tarkovsky/html
19.12.2010: SoundFjord, United Kingdom | Rie Nakajima with Ken Bodden | Radiowork | 19 December 2010 | 10pm | Resonance104.4FM and afterwards as a podcast available at iTunes. Search for ‘Framework’. | Listen out for a radio work featuring work by Rie Nakajima with Ken Bodden, to compliment the current SoundFjord exhibition I Can Hear It (details above) opening on 11 December 2010. http://soundfjord.org/galleryexhibitions.htm | http://frameworkradio.net
Now-19.12.2010: Woodmill, United Kingdom | Mark Fell | Coherence And Proximity | Now to 19 December 2010 | Free | Solo exhibition by .snd's Mark Fell. Coherence And Proximity consists of multi-channel audio and visual works exploring synthesis and geometry, centering around a rotating speaker broadcasting tones through a large hangar space. Takes place alongside a group show, Pale Blue Dot featuring work by David Beattie, Anne Eastman, Jack Lavender, Damien Roach, Tim Steer, Angharad Williams. http://woodmill.org | http://markfell.com
Now-18.12.2010: Vivid, United Kingdom | Language | Now to 18 December 2010 | Exhibition exploring language and meaning. Artists include John Adams, Samuel Beckett, William Burroughs, Barbad Golshiri, Gary Hill, Aura Satz, Guy Sherwin, Margaret Tait, and Olivier Zabat. As part of the exhibition events Aura Satz will perform an interpretive talk on sound, its visualisation, and utopian belief in a universal alphabet | Free | Performance 16 December | 7.15pm | http://vivid.org.uk
17.12.2010: University of York Rymer Auditorium, Music Research Centre, UK | The Bee Symphony | 17 December 2010 | 7:30pm | £10/£8/£3 Students | The Bee Symphony, originally commissioned as part of the 2009 Pestival: International Insect Arts Festival, returns for a performance of the sounds and rhythms of the industrious insects. The work consists of recordings by Mike Harding and Chris Watson, with the addition of a vocal score performed by Chris Watson and five singers from the University of York, conducted by Marcus Davidson. The programme also features other sound performances and talks by scientists on current research and dangers that bees face, including: Irene Moon – My Queen And I: an introduction to the bees and their closest relatives. http://york.ac.uk
14.12.2010: Sonic Social | Networking event | SoundFjord | 7-9pm | Free | RSVP | Info: www.soundfjord.org
14.12.2010: Event | Sonic Social: Networking for Sonic Artists | 14 December 2010 | 7-9pm |
04-06.11.2010: Cut & Splice: Transmission | a three-day exploration of the avant garde’s use of radio as a dramatic stage and a performance instrument. Radio, powerful mass communication tool and invisible link between innumerable real and imaginary places, has transformed the habits of listening culture, extending the reach of the human ear towards an infinitely distant vanishing point. At first used as a site for broadcast performance, a generation of artists led by John Cage dragged the radio receiver itself on stage and gave it voice as a source of indeterminate electronic noise. The example of this appropriation of the voice of power and the shift from passive reception to active interaction are more relevant than ever in today’s culture of media overload. Echoing Victorian spectacles of spiritualist mediumship, Wilton’s Music Hall, ‘east London’s most atmospheric gig venue’ (The Guardian), will be filled with voices from the beyond, the sounds and music of the dead and living and severed snippets of broadcast culture transmitted from the non-place of radioland | http://www.soundandmusic.org/projects/cut-splice-transmission
01.11.2010: Event | The Wire Salon: An Audience with Terry Riley | 01 November 2010 | 8pm | Tickets : £4 advance tickets | Cafe Oto, London E8 3DL | Terry Riley is one of the original legislators of modern music - over the last 50 years the work of this American composer-improvisor has impacted with profound force in the arenas of contemporary composition, psychedelia, Ambient music, electronica and beyond. For this special edition of The Wire Salon, the composer of such landmark minimalist works as In Cand Rainbow In Curved Air will talk live on the Cafe Oto stage with The Wire's Tony Herrington about his life and work, from his early '60s tape loop and trance music experiments and collaborations with La Monte Young, through to his current project, which looks to expand on the legacy of Riley's guru, the great Hindustani singer and teacher Pandit Pran Nath. The discussion will be followed by an audience question and answer session.
30.10.2010 and other dates: Film | Blood of a Poet (Le Sang d'un poete) | Various venues | Picturehouse Tour UK | http://www.stevenseverin.com | Founding member of Souxsie and the Banshees, Steven Severin is performing a new score for the Jean Cocteau film | throughout October and November. Join him at the Oxford Phoenix on 30 October | 6:30pm, or the Bristol Watershed on 02 November. For alternative venues and dates see his website.
28.10.2010: The Woodmill presents an evening of sound and music. Expect Japanese Power Electronics, MIDI Drumming, Psychokinesis, Sequential Patterns, Chamber Music, Guitar, Audio Collage and Chuck Norris. Featuring: KK.NULL (JP) Julien Ottavi (FR) Jacques Beloeil (FR) Z'EV (US) Ryan Jordan (UK) Geraldine McEwan (UK) Tabata (JP) Lepke B (UK) Richard Sides (UK) | Entry: £7 | The Woodmill | The Woodmill, Neckinger Depot, London, SE19 3QE
28.10-28.11.2010: Exhibition | Echoes of Other Worlds | 28th Oct - 28th Nov 2010 | FREE | http://www.echoesofotherworlds.com | Amongst other works you will find this sonic gem... ‘To the last syllable of recorded time’ is a surround sound installation retelling the music and poetry of Oumar Konyate, last of a long line of griots from Guinea, West Africa. The project explores the relationship between ethnicity, identity and environment, through the transformation of Oumar’s music by UK based sound artists Jake Garber and Tim Bamber and is presented with a video by Ronit Meranda. The Stables Gallery, Orleans House Gallery, Riverside, Twickenham, TW1 3DJ Opening hours: Tues-Sat 1.00-4.30pm, Sun 2.00-4.30pm firstname.lastname@example.org
26.10.2010: Vital Weekly, the webcast is out now: a free-to-downloadable, weekly webcast (the audio-supplement to Vital Weekly). It is presented as a radio programme with excerpts from some of the CDs reviewed (no vinyl or MP3s). It is available on the site for a limited period of 5 weeks. Download the file to your MP3 player and enjoy! Complete track listing here: http://www.vitalweekly.net/podcast.html (Before submitting material, please read this carefully: http://www.vitalweekly.net/fga.html )
12.10-15.11.2010: Drift/Net | Drift/Net is an experiment in collaboration between artist and audience (Yann Novak & You). Through the use of a simple answering machine style message, the audience is prompted to use their phone as a recording device. All of the recording collected will be incorporated into a sound work compiled by Yann Novak at a later date. The intent of this experiment is to leave the content and narrative of the final work open ended, so that the scope and range of recordings generated by the audience will determine the sound, length, content and narrative of the final composition. 323 Projects: 1 (323) 843-4652 1 (323) TIE-IN-LA www.323projects.com/
08.10.2010: Light Bleeding | 8pm | £5 adv. / £6 | Café Oto | Rare embodied beams from mistresses of alchemical projection performance. Laitala, Loo and Golding deconstruct cinematic materials and apparatus, slipping between materialist investigation, sculptural forms, and bodily intervention. Cracked cinema for darkroom compositions, light bleed, contorted projection sports, dismembered narrative, whimsical instructional and wanton optics. http://kerrylaitala.net www.otherfilm.org www.abjectleader.org www.dewfields.co.uk
07.10.2010: Aural Architecture | 7:30pm | WNUR (89.3 FM) 1877 Campus Drive Evanston, IL 60208 USA | Aural Architecture, which is part of the Fifth Annual Chicago Calling Arts Festival and Chicago Artists Month, explores sonic properties of buildings and how natural soundscapes relate to the built environment, and includes musicians interacting with buildings’ sounds. A sculptor will present a sculpture that pertains to this theme, and musicians in remote locations will perform together telematically via Skype, with contributions of audio recordings from inside and around buildings
Featuring: • Julia Miller (guitar), Jeff Carter (sculpture), Satya Gummuluri (vocals), Dan Godston (trumpet), and Anthony Poretti (drums) at WNUR; • Berg26 at a 19th Century morgue in Berlin -- Annie Goh, Florian Goeschke, Thomas Wochnik, Anna Bäumer, Patrick Muller, Daniel Imhoff, Elen Flügge, Christof Wenta, Damian Rebgetz, and Alexander Sieber; • Marcos Fernandes at the Yamagin Archive (Shimonoseki, Japan); • audio recording contributions by Barry Blesser, Tony Schwartz and Jimmy Giuffre, and other TBA individuals
During the Fifth Annual Chicago Calling Arts Festival, Chicago-based artists collaborate with artists in other locations -- both here in the U.S. and abroad. These collaborations involve a range of art forms -- including music, dance, film, literature, and intermedia -- and they are prepared or improvised. Some Chicago Calling events involve live feeds between Chicago and other locations. 2010 Chicago Calling events include “Bicycles and the Arts” at Happy Dog Gallery, “Translations 2010” at the Reconstruction Room, “Seda Röder / Burton Greene - Harrison Bankhead Duo Concert” at Curtiss Hall, “Temperatures and Shapes / Arctic Live” at Elastic Sound & Vision Gallery, “I Remember Fred” at the Velvet Lounge, “Chicago Calling, Waiting for the Bus” at Café Ballou, “Two Way Tarot Mirrors” at Myopic Books, “My Favorite Banned Books Abecedarian Read-Out” at the Logan Square Library, “Aural Architecture” at WNUR, and other events
07.10.2010: The Wire Salon: Environmental Agents: The Sonic Art and Science of Field Recording | 8pm | £4 Tickets on the door only | The Spanish sound artist Francisco Lopez has talked about the potential of field recordings to produce "acousmatic broadband sound environments of thrilling complexity". Following on from September’s edition of The Wire Salon, which looked at the rise of sound art, this month’s salon examines a parallel phenomenon of 21st century sound - the emergence of environmental field recordists as sonic artists in their own right. A panel including the sound and field recordists Peter Cusack and Lee Patterson will discuss the philosophies and processes of contemporary phonography, its relationship to the parallel disciplines of acoustic ecology, bioacoustics, cybernetics, ethnomusicology, urban soundscaping and audio mapping, and the way these and other related investigations at the occult fringes of environmental audio science have infiltrated and influenced much experimental music practice. The discussion will be illustrated by audio examples of the modern field recordist's art.
The Wire Salon is a monthly series of salon events, hosted by The Wire magazine, and dedicated to the fine art and practice of thinking and talking about music. The events, which take place on the first Thursday of each month, consist of readings, talks, panel discussions, film screenings, DJ sets and even the occasional live performance.
07.10.2010: noise=noise#22 – From Aleatoric Machines to the Future Sounds of Folk | Presentation and Live Performance | 6-7pm presentation | £free | One Man Nation will present the processes of his approach to the performance of the computer as a musical instrument and his search for the sounds of the post-folk, using the preservation of Indonesian traditional/folk music as a basis for the creation of new musical amalgams | 7pm – 10pm live performances | One Man Nation with support from Ryan Jordan, Ryo Ikeshiro, and Mick Grierson | £4/2conc | Studio3, Goldsmiths, London, UK http://www.onemannation.com/thefuturesoundsoffolk
03.10.2010: The London Improvisers Orchestra | 8pm | £6 / £4 concs | Ticket on the door only | Café Oto | Improvising is normally a small group activity. However, there is often the temptation to explore the possibilities of larger ensemble improvisations. For instance, in London in the 1960s and 1970s, there were the free jazz-type big bands of Mike Westbrook and Chris McGregor, the contemporary composition-oriented ensembles of Barry Guy and Paul Rutherford, and the more intuitive experiments of John Stevens. There were also purely free improvising large groups such as the Continuous Music Ensemble (which became The People Band) and the Alternative Music Orchestra. The London Improvisers Orchestra is thus part of a long and very varied heritage. An orchestra was put together for a Butch Morris 'London Skyscraper' tour of Britain in the autumn of 1997, which left the participants feeling exuberant with the experience of improvising in a large ensemble. However, some of them felt that there were other possibilities that had not been fully explored on the tour. A group (instigated by Steve Beresford, Evan Parker and Ian Smith, later joined by Caroline Kraabel and Pat Thomas) decided to keep the orchestra together, and see what could be achieved under the direction of some of the participating musicians. For nine years, up until quite recently, the LIO had a first-Sunday-in-the-month residency at the Red Rose in Seven Sisters Road. Meeting early on this Sunday, any LIO member could rehearse and try out new ideas for determining pieces of music that essentially are improvisation-based, and/or simply develop their conduction skills with signals and signs that have been added to over the years and are now well established. These pieces are then mixed in with freely improvised pieces and make up a performance. A recent visitor to one of these sessions was amazed at how the musicians listened to each other, pointing out that such sensitivity was unlikely to happen in any other city.
02.10.2010: Sound:Site - Sound Art Festival featuring talks and demonstrations exploring the Internet as a destination for making and showing artwork, for sharing sounds, bringing communities together, and curating sonic experiences. Time: 10.00-5.30pm / 7.00pm evening concert | Sound:Site brings together a set of exciting projects from in and around the Sound Art community, framing contemporary practice and emerging online/offline possibilities. Taking place in the splendid Georgian mansion that is home to South Hill Park, one of the UK's longest surviving regional arts centres. The venue lies 25 miles West of London in the Thames Valley in Berkshire. http://soundandsite.wordpress.com | Box Office: Tel 01344 484123 | Tickets: £26.00 / £18.00 (students/membs)Featuring: Chris Clark, Head of Digital Research, British Library "UK Sound Map". The exciting new project being rolled out by the British Library to catalogue the sonic experience of the UK in the 21st Century. | Patrick McGinley "Framework" Artist and broadcaster whose "Framework" radio show airs on Resonance FM and syndicates across Europe, acts as a hub for the global field recording and phonography community. | Kathy Hinde & Ed Holroyd "Twitchr" The artists will talk through the concept and technical details of their "Twitter meets bird spotting" project "Twitchr" and then take everyone out to the Park for a live demo. | 5 x 9 Micro-Presentations A 5 x 9 minute info-burst from the community. Artists and instigators of web-based sound projects outline their approaches and challenges. Featuring: SoundFjord Gallery, Soundart Radio 102.5FM, Joe Stevens, Audio Gourmet Net Label, London Sound Survey | Felicity Ford & Paul Whitty "Sound Diaries" Recording life in sound. Project of Oxford Brookes Universityʼs Sonic Arts Research Unit | Performance: 7.00pm "Framework 250 Remixed" Live sonic performance from artists who feature on "Framework 250″ the recent definitive CD collection of phonography-based work, with Patrick McGinley, Simon Whetham, Jonathan Coleclough.
25.09.2010: Contakt - Sound Palette | 5pm | Admission free | Studio 11 | Acme Studios | 44 Leven Road | London E14 | (Langdon Park DLR, 309 bus, Bromley by Bow tube) | Contakt is an experimental ensemble of composers and performers. This informal concert explores some connections between sound, image and space using the unusual setting of an artist’s studio and surrounds as a starting point. Works include: Partita (drawing, video projection, violin) Kerry Andrews; Canvassed (violin, oboe) Paul Burnell; Cocooned (violin, oboe, vibraphone) Paul Burnell; Unification (vibraphone, recorder, cello, percussion) Ann Wolff; Hallway Music (cello, oboe, violin, vibraphone, theremin, percussion) Deborah Broderick; Studio Piece (violin, oboe, cello, vibraphone, percussion) Derek Foster
24-28.09.2010: The Propensity of Sound | Brooklyn Issue Project Room | 24-28 September | A series of nightly concerts supported by The Wire presenting new and historic works by Pauline Oliveros, Eliane Radigue and Laurie Spiegel, with appearances by all three composers. For further information see here: issueprojectroom.org
24-26.09.2010: Alpenglow | 8pm | £12 Festival Pass (all concerts, advance only) | Various venues, London | Alpenglow is an international improvised music summit mixing leading players from Styria in Austria with a wide range of top-draw musicians from the UK. Embracing a true spirit of experimentation, this extended weekend of performance will mix many artists who, until now, have never shared a stage together to create unexpected and unpredictable results. Emerging from late 60s US and European free jazz and contemporary classical music scenes, freely improvised music has at its disposal the full spectrum of sonic experience from total noise to near absolute silence, from frenetic activity to glacial stillness and from focused solo performance to large group freakout. Just as in relationships between groups and individuals there is the potential for danger and conflict as well as for concord and harmony. First time encounters can be particularly unpredictable.
Alpenglow is conceived as a volatile experiment and as a meeting of players speaking many musical tongues, those sounding with Apollonian poise, and those convulsing in Dionysian ecstasy. It sets forth with the ecumenical verve of an interstellar missionary collaboration between the Society of Friends and the Ranters. The fate of this expedition will be resolved before the public gaze. As well as suckling comedy politician and seven time Mr Olympia winner Arnold Schwarzenegger, Styria, a state of Austria surrounding its capital Graz, has produced a dynamic and, as yet, unknown in UK circles, breed of experimental musicians. Alpenglow will bring these players en mass to London for a head-to-head with the best of our free improvisers. This event celebrates the common bonds this band of players share through the creation of spontaneous music.
Alpenglow takes place in Dalston, North London at the city’s hub for experimental music Café Oto, and the capital’s world-renowned jazz club The Vortex. British pianist and composer Veryan Weston and Austrian vocalist Annette Giesriegl, two of the leading figures in improvised music in their respective countries, have selected the artists performing over the weekend. The event will bring together 30 players drawn from across the spectrum of current approaches to improvised music performance in small group contexts and a large improvising orchestra lead by the celebrated UK musician Steve Beresford.
Artists performing at Alpenglow: Annette Giesriegl, Steve Beresford, Allison Blunt, Gail Brand, Angharad Davies, Jane Dickson, James Dunn, Elisabeth Harnik, Seppo Gründler, Josef Klammer, Katherina Klement, Caroline Kraabel, Peter Lackner, Klaus Lang, Hannah Marshall, Hugh Metcalfe, Maggie Nicols, Lee Patterson, Michael Pinter-Koschell, Armin Pokorn, Heimo Puschnigg, John Russell, Henrik Sande, Chuang Se-Lien, Manfred Stern, Rowland Sutherland, Christian Tschinkel, Gernot Tutner, Mark Wastell, Andreas Weixler, Veryan Weston, Mia Zabelka, Martin Zrost www.wegottickets.com/event/86589
20.09.2010: Boat-Ting | Location: London Bar & Co, United Kingdom | Improv/poetry club on a boat on the Thames, this month celebrating its eighth anniversary. With Viv Corringham & Dave Tucker, Kay Grant/Mark Sanders/Olie Brice/Alex Ward, God's Mama (20 September). London Bar & Co, every first and third Monday, 8pm, £6/£4, 020 8659 3406. boat-ting.co.uk
19-26.10.2010: Noise & Capitalism | Location: CAC Brétigny, France | A series of improvisations, performances and discussions around themes explored in the book Noise And Capitalism, taking place in an arts space. Ray Brassier, Jean-Luc Guionnet and Mattin: Idioms & Idiots (19 September), Esther Ferrer: concierto ZAJ (25), an open invitation for the public to come and improvise at the space (4–10 October). CAC Brétigny, 19 September–26 October, free. cacbretigny.com
19.09.2010: Anti-Design Festival – Subverting Belief | Live Performances | Sunday 19 September | An evening of performance curated by Cecilia Wee and Mark McGowan on what it is like to be a football hooligan. Bill Thompson discusses digitisation and giving the enlightenment another 500 years. Steven Ounanian performs audience experiments about belief. Ryan Jordan presents Sensory Response Systems - immersing, hypnotic, and sometimes hallucinatory noise performance | £free | 7pm-10pm | London Newcastle Project Space, 28 Redchurch Street, London www.antidesignfestival.com
18-25.09.2010: Sonic Circuits | Location: Washinton DC, USA | An Annual event in its tenth edition with Magma, Univers Zero, Richard Pinhas & Merzbow, Fennesz, Illusion Of Safety, The Muffins, Alexei Borisov & Ol dc-soniccircuits.org
18.09.2010: Faster Than Sound: Brainwaves | Aldeburgh Snape Maltings | 18 September | 8pm (pre-event talk 6pm) | The FTS series continues with an event exploring the connections between the brain and sound with a new sculptural work by Loop.ph and two new musical pieces by Mira Calix and Anna Meredith, both composed while mentored by neuroscientist Professor Vincent Walsh. For information see here: fasterthansound.com
17-26.09.2010: B-Side | Multimedia Arts Festival | Welcome to the wonderful world of b-side; presenting an ambitious, experimental, site responsive and often quirky programme of artists commissions in sound, installation, visual art and live art in unusual locations across Weymouth & Portland, Dorset UK | What's on and where | More info | Find out more about the artists and their work | More info | Paintings first escaped from gilded frames about a century ago. Ever since then, sculptures and characters and dances and performances have been escaping out of their frames, their stages, their halls, their galleries, their studios and into everyday places and epic landscapes. Not only do these events – whether rigorously specific or gently allusive to the sites they are made in – reinvigorate themselves from what they take from their sites (after all, that's just the rest of the arts catching up with landscape gardening), but they also can reveal their sites, bathe their sites, illuminate and initiate their sites. For the visitor or audience, there is a journey to be taken, a baptism of perhaps unfamiliar senses to be received, an evolution of new organs, or a simple encounter with a place often passed through but never really seen, never really touched, never really heard, never really felt. For the artists, the balance of skills can be turned upside down; vulnerability and restraint may be great virtues, listening as much as declaiming, taking away as much as adding. Together, audiences and artists, meet, travel, discover and share a 'commonplace'. http://www.b-side.org.uk
17-19.09.2010: TAPS: Improvisations With Paul Burwell | Location: London Dilston Grove, United Kingdom | Weekend of events devoted to and inspired by percussionist, artist and instrument builder Burwell, combining film, installation and performance with more than 80 invited collaborators' responses to Burwell's poemAdventures In The House Of Memory, plus live performances from Juneau Projects, Kaffe Matthews, Melissa Castagnetto, Oren Marshall, Shaun Caton, Ryuzo Fukuhara, William Cobbing and Yol. London Dilston Grove, 17–19 September, 2pm, free. mattsgallery.org
17-18.09.2010: Alpha-ville | Location: London Whitechapel Gallery and Rich Mix, United Kingdom | The second year of this digital arts and music festival with two days of live music, installations, 3D visual performances, a screening programme and more. With Scanner, Actress, Bola, Subeena, Kettenkarussell, The Boats and Uniform providing the music. alphavillefestival.co.uk
16-18.09.2010: Nextech | Location: Florence Stazione Leopolda, Italy | Festival dedicated to electronic music and arts taking place in Florence's oldest train station. With alva noto & Blixa Bargeld, Lali Puna, Agoria, Guy Gerber and more. Florence Stazione Leopolda. nextechfestival.com
15.09.2010: Sandbox 5 | 7.30 – 11.30 | Location: Litro, 66a Drayton Park London, United Kingdom | A night or sound art discussion and more | Featuring: Adam Matschulat Aguiar - electro-acoustic composition (listening session, discussion), J Milo Taylor: An Audible History of Sound Art (listening session, discussion), The Silent Awkwardstra (collective improvisation), more TBC
13-16.09.2010: Field Studies | Location: London Metropolitan University, United Kingdom | Four day field recording workshop led by Marc Behrens, Justin Bennett and John Levack Drever, exploring sound recording as a creative and practical tool for artists, architects and urbanists. London Metropolitan Uni., Department of Architecture and Spatial Design | 13–16 September | £150 | field-studies.org
11.09.2010: Live performances, film screenings and events in a one day festival entitled Be Glad For The Song Has No End - A Festival of Artists' Music. Saturday 11 September 12pm -12am. The festival includes three stages of live music including performances by Martin Creed, Bob and Roberta Smith and Kaffe Matthews. Tickets are being sold in advance and online via We Got Tickets, The Junction and Local Secrets - details below. There are three types of tickets: Festival only £15 - purchase HERE www.wegottickets.com/event/86659. Festival with return coach from Cambridge £23. SOLD OUT. Festival with return coach from London £30. Coaches are operated by Grey's of Ely and leave from St Pancras Road at 10am and leave Wysing at 12am. Purchase HERE www.wegottickets.com/event/86662. Additionally there are a limited number of camping tickets avaiable at £10 per tent (only valid with one of the Festival tickets) - purchase HERE www.wegottickets.com/events/87001. Alternatively tickets can also be purchased via the Junction, Cambridge HERE: www.junction.iristickets.co.uk. And Local Sectrets HERE: www.localsecrets.com/whatsondetails.cfm?id=1927617~be-glad-for-the-song-has-no-end-bourn-cambridgeshire-wysing-arts-centre
09-11.09.2010: Sónar Chicago | Chicago various venues | 9-11 September | day events/free | The Spanish summer staple hits the Midwest with a US version of their electronic music and digital arts event, supported by The Wire and in conjunction with Adventures In Modern Music. With Oval, Martyn, Ben Frost, The Slew & Kid Koala, Nosaj Thing and more, plus film screenings and talks. For further information see: sonarchicago.com
09-12.09.2010: Sottovoce Festival | A Four-day festival of Improv, Noise and acoustic music supported by The Wire | With ARAR, Ashtray Navigations, Cath & Phil Tyler, Cy Jones, David Thomas (of Pere Ubu), Helm, John Edwards, Kaffe Matthews, Kent Tankred, KK / KK, Oceans of Silver & Blood, Steve Noble & Frode Gjerstad, The Broadcast Company, The Sons Of God & The Skull Defects, Tom James Scott and Trevor Wishart, plus film screenings, an opening panel debate on the state of live experimental music in London chaired byThe Wire's Tony Herrington, and more. London various venues. click here for further information: sottovocefestival.org
o3.09.2010: Late at Tate Britain - The Real Thing | Urbanomic presents performance, film and other interventions exploring the emerging philosophical paradigm of Speculative Realism and its impact on contemporary art practice. The Real Thing includes the premiere of newly commisioned sound works from Florian Hecker and William Bennett+Mimsy DeBlois, the screening of new video works by Amanda Beech and Mikko Canini, sculptural interventions by Pamela Rosenkranz and John Gerrard and a panel discussion with Amanda Beech, Mikko Canini, theorist Mark Fisher (K-Punk), philosopher Iain Hamilton Grant, Urbanomic director Robin Mackay and Pamela Rosenkranz.
02.09.2010: Helen Frosi, Creative Director and Curator at SoundFjord joins The Wire panel to discuss Sound Art and it's development through technology: http://www.thewire.co.uk/themire/tag/helen-frosi
The Wire Salon: We Hear A New World: Microphony, Technology & The Rise Of Sound Art | At the turn of the century sound art reached a new level of visibility with a cluster of high-profile shows and countless below-the-radar initiatives. Meanwhile, new thinking about sound has led to an extraordinary proliferation of practices, and in recent years a phalanx of sound recordists and sonic artists has emerged to stage a revolutionary coup on behalf of sound, demanding its right to exist both in and of itself, free of the competing agendas of music or the visual arts.
The emergence of this new world of audio was accelerated by the dual technologies of microphony and digital processing, and can be heard in the examples of acoustic ecology and anthropology; desktop synthesis; the form-destroying praxes of Noise makers; Reductionism’s amplification of previously occult sound events; frequency experiments with waveforms and pure tones; and more.
A cluster of recent books on this area has showcased the range of thinking behind the new sound art. For some, this work calls for a renewed focus on the perceiving body; for others, sound art offers new perspectives on the circulation of cultural meanings; for others still, sound has removed itself from the realm of the human to occupy a world where we simply don’t figure.
For this edition of The Wire Salon, artist/writer Salomé Voegelin, author of Listening To Noise And Silence, Helen Frosi of the Soundfjord gallery, and critic/sound artist Will Montgomery discuss the new philosophies and practices that have emerged in recent years to map and calibrate the new world that has been revealed by 21st century sound art. (Continuum), Helen Frosi, curator of the
01.09.2010 (Throughout September): Interested in learning a new creative discipline? Want a new focus for an artistic project? Need to hone your music, DJ or VJ performance skills? Then CreativePact is for you. CreativePact is the hub of a group of artists, musicians and technologists who enter a pact to create and document some new creative output daily over the course of a month. What each person chooses to create is up to them, with web-based documentation of the pact being fundamental to make sure it is stuck to. Anyone may join CreativePact, more details on how to join can be found here. The CreativePact hub exists as an umbrella to bring together everyone taking a pact, providing details and links to each individual's documentation. This year the CreativePact hub is hosted by inclusive improv, taking over from Toplap's Hackpact of last year. It is taking place throughout the month of September.
SoundFjord has taken a summer break and will bring you news and events from September 2010. Remember events, exhibitions and opportunities are still to be found in our digest, sent out monthly to our mailing list. Join now to receive the latest news and views in Sound Art! www.soundfjord.org.uk/list.html
18.07.2010 (World Listening Day): Into the Wild: An Urban - Rural Soundwalk |18 July 2010 | 13:00 start | FREE | As part of World Listening Day on the 18th July 2010, the Directors at SoundFjord, London's first gallery devoted to sound art, cordially invite you to participate in Into the Wild: An Urban - Rural Soundwalk. Helen Frosi and Andrew Riley will be your guides during the urban walk. SoundFjord is delighted to announce that Ian M Rawes (London Sound Survey), will share his worldly knowledge of London Soundscapes and speak about historic soundscapes in the area. Once the walking party arrives at the Marshes, David Chapman (sound artist), will demonstrate hydrophones and explain his work 'Live Feed'; whilst David Cottridge (art and wildlife photographer), with provide a special guided tour featuring bird call recognition. The walk begins at the gallery at 1pm on 18 July 2010. It is free to attend. Those wishing to take part must RSVP as there are limited places. An information kit may be requested at the same email: info[at]soundfjord.org.uk | http://www.soundfjord.org/liveshowsperformance.htm SoundFjord looks forward to seeing you there with your recording equipment & eager ears!
18.07.2010 (World Listening Day): Soundscapes of East London | 4pm | £10 or £7 conc. |Secret venue. Marking the first World Listening day, Fruit for the Apocalypse present brand new work from an internationally diverse group of sixteen sound artists and choreographers. East London Soundscapes is a music and dance event that seeks to explore, embrace and respond to sounds heard in the East End of London. We are the only group representing London in this global event exploring the sonic fabric of our world. The starting point for all exploration is the sound of rubber on asphalt and the infernal internal combustion engine. What lies beneath this rumble are stories of travel, of sirens and heartbreak and crime; stories of nature, of farms and church-bells and growing with nursery rhymes. And above it all the Lear-Jet whispers its hubris. These immersive pieces will be performed in a secret underground venue made of concrete and brick where machines are as much dancer and musician as their human collaborators. The noise of the individual fights, is reconciled, drowned, victorious over the industrial din, and chinks of light filter through the walls to remind us that there is indeed a future, but only when we accept the present. For tickets visit www.fruit-for-the-apocalypse.eu/boxoffice
16.07.2010: Look out for Janek Schaefer's new work: Asleep at the wheel... | IF: Milton Keynes International Festival 2010 | Janek Schaefer - Artist in Residence | www.ifmiltonkeynes.org | 16 to 25 July 2010 | 12-8pm (Thursday 10pm) | FREE | The Former Sainsbury's Supermarket | 703 Avebury Boulevard | Milton Keynes MK9 3NN. The Private View is on Thursday 15, 7.30pm - 9.00pm and runs for 10 days. Take a look at the ideas and videos featured on the project web page: www.audioh.com/projects/asleepatthewheel.html
16.07.2010: FRUIT FOR THE APOCALYPSE PRESENTS: EAST LONDON SOUNDSCAPES Preview Event | 16 JULY 2010 | 8PM | £7 adv. / concs / £10 door. Fruit for the Apocalypse invite you to participate in a preview of East London Soundscapes at Cafe Oto. East London Soundscapes has been created for the first World Listening Day, which happens in a secret location on Sunday July 18 2010. The purposes of World Listening Day are to celebrate the practice of listening as it relates to the world around us, environmental awareness, and acoustic ecology to raise awareness about issues related to the World Soundscape Project, World Listening Project, World Forum for Acoustic Ecology, and individual and group efforts to creatively explore phonography. East London Soundscapes is a music and dance event that seeks to explore, embrace and respond to sounds heard in the East End of London. Four roads run parallel out of the city; to major ports in the East of England; and under the Thames going south to the Channel and Continental Europe. Goods and humans use East London’s busy roads to leave or enter the metropolis by land. The starting point for all exploration is therefore the sound of rubber on asphalt and the infernal internal combustion engine. What lies beneath this rumble are stories of travel, of sirens and heartbreak and crime; stories of nature, of farms and churchbells and growing with nursery rhymes. And above it all the Lear-Jet whispers hubristically. Several pieces have been created by the company: They have explored noise and its meaning as complimentary pairs of sound artist and movement artist. They will share their experience as travelers and residents, artists and spectators in an underground venue made of concrete and brick where chinks of light filter through the walls to remind us that there is indeed a future, but only when we accept the present. Performing at the preview will be: Gregory Emfietzis, Ben Felstead, Victoria Karlsson, Alexandra McGlynn, Aurelia McGlynn-Richon, mimosa|moize, Roberto Rusconi, Burkard Weber and Joseph Young
12.07.2010: Students on the Sound Art MA course at London College Of Communication (LCC) will be having an interim exhibition of their work. The show includes a sonic mapping of the Elephant & Castle area, along with other sound works. London LCC Gallery, 13–15 July, 12pm–5pm, free. The private view takes place 12 July, 4–8pm. More info: masoundartlcc.wordpress.com
1o.07.2010: Save Area10 Picket Party | Saturday 10 June | 22:00 - 03:00. A party where all visitors, instead of paying, will be bringing signs, banners, slogans and placards supporting and celebrating the Save Area10 Campaign and the importance of Independent Arts in London. Dancing all night whilst protesting. Acts to play in kind are: Girl Unit b2b Mr Charisma (Night Slugs)/ Off Modern Djs/ My Panda Shall Fly / Legendary Children / Dollop Djs / Blaise Bellville / Throwing Snow & Amenta / Chairman Kato / Young Montana? / LuckyPDF Djs / Pat And Trevor Djs / Jeraine / Rough Trade Djs. The Save Area10 Campaign is to try to stop Southwark Council's plans to close the much loved arts organisation, Area10, Eagle Wharf, Peckham. Area10 has specialised in bring ambitious and worthwhile events and projects based in Fine Arts, Performetive Arts, Circus, and Theatre for the last eight years, and is the bed rock of South East London's artistic community. Please see http://www.savearea10.org/ | 07970 123 418 | oliver[at]luckypdf[dot]com or Dimitri Launder | 07973 568 357 | dimitri[dot]area10[at]gmail[dot]com for details and testimonials. Noteworthy supporters include Anthony Gormley, Gavin Turk, South London Gallery, Cedar Lewisohn (Curator of Rude Britannia at Tate Britain) and Matthew Stone, as news continues travel, more and more people in all areas of the world are coming forward to show the support and solidarity for the importance of Area10 within our Culture. For Press enquiries please contact Oliver Hogan
09.07.2010: CREATIVE OPPORTUNITY: News just in: Soundwaves Festival is still looking for participants, to create 'tree' works for their Sonic Forest: As part of Brighton’s Soundwaves Festival 2010, a “Sonic Forest” will e created on Jubilee Square (17 & 18 July). The festival seeks sound artists, artists, and composers to contribute a “Sonic Tree”. There are no artistic guidelines as to how this tree should look/sound, whether it is a tree hung with sound objects, a tree like structure which alludes to sound, but is silent or indeed makes sound. There are though a few practical guidelines: The tree can not be connected to power, but it may make use of batteries. It may not include dangerous or toxic objects/subetances. It must be wind resistant, i.e. not easily blown over. It must be water and rain resistant. It must be easily transportable. It must be weighed down securely (there are no anchoring possibilities). Ideas for trees should be submitted to info[at]soundwaves-festival[dot]org[dot]uk specifying the size of the tree (height and circumference), material used, how the tree sounds or is made to sound and your contact details. Trees will need to be delivered to Brighton’s Jubilee Square in the morning of Saturday 17 July and collected again in the evening on Sunday 18 July. Soundwaves Festival regrets that it cannot cover any costs for time incurred making the tree, material or transport, but if your tree is chosen to take part your name and link to your website will be online and on the tree itself
08.07.2010: Here's an event after our own heart. Look out for Ishihara now and in the future and follow the ethos. It's the way to be | 18:00 - 02:00 | Ishihara 12| today with exhibition runing from 09 - 15 July 12:00 - 18:00 | £3 entry to opening. The name Ishihara is taken from the colour blindness test of the same name and is used as a nod toward the inevitable fragility and malleable nature of perception; a visual representation of our ethos which aims to aid dialogue between artists, curators and audience. Part of what makes Ishihara events and its network a success, is the fundamental role music plays in bringing people and artwork together. There is an undeniably inspiring dynamic between the visual plethora and sonic curiosities which surround it. Ishihara exhibitions have always utilised peculiar environments to place different disciplines, artistic approaches and mediums together, this first London outing will be no exception. Recent graduates and established artists, creatives old and young, sublime and archaic will be exhibited side by side visual relationships formed, broken, evolving and illuminated. The opening night will see an array of music and performance to add to your experience. A perfect arena for discussion, debate, drinking and dancing. Artists: Katie Bannell, Jiro Bevis, Sam Bell, Simon Cordery, Crabwolf, Leon Diaper, Emily Draper, Greg Eason, Lindsey Gooden, Charlie Gates, Omar Hraib, Colin Henderson, IPU, Jason Kerley, Moise, Joel Muggleton, Sarah Penny, Dale Ponsford, Tristan Rogers, Richard Sanz, Krystle Shard, Oliver Topple, Michael Willis. Further info: The Book Club
08.07.2010: Text in Context, is a cross-genre symposium, bringing together writers, artists and performers form various disciplines; followed by an evening of exciting new work by three groundbreaking artists. Daytime Event; A cross-genre symposium 11:00-17:00 | The Function Room | Royal Festival Hall. Creative practitioners are increasingly breaking out of their individual forms to explore cross – genre possibilities. This symposium brings together writers, artists and performers form various disciplines. Through short performances, presentations and discussions, it will generate a creative space for new explorations, connections and audiences. Participants include: Nina Rapi, Cherry Smyth, Anjan Saha, Nicholas McInerny, Oreet Ashery, Uriel Orlow, Olumide Popoola, Jennifer Farmer, Clare Morgan, William Fontaine. £10/Concessions: 50% (limited availability). Book by phone: 0844 875 0073 or online Evening Event; Howard Barker with Dzifa Benson and Mikhail Karikis 19.45pm | Purcell Room | Royal Festival Hall. An exciting evening of new work by three groundbreaking artists, including the premiere of a new, short play by Howard Barker, ‘Britain’s greatest living playwright’ (The Times). Barker is a unique voice, who creates highly theatrical work and is the founder of The Wrestling School. Mikhail Karikis, sound artist extraordinaire, and Dzifa Benson, High Priestess of the spoken word, have dazzled audiences internationally with their bold performances. The evening closes with the artists in discussion with Nina Rapi, aware-winning playwright and editor of Brand. £9/Concessions 50% (limited availability)
07.07.2010: Sandbox presents it's first 'Open Sound Art Event' - the evening is available for people to present work in progress. There is no theme, other than the opportunity to get feedback on whatever project you're working on. Run by J Milo Taylor and Wajid Yaseen, this duo encourages artists and interested parties to get in touch with them to discuss ideas around what you may wish to perform, show or air. As an example, J Milo Taylor will present a major project he has been working on: 'An Audible History of Sound Art'. He also wishes to gauge responses to the piece as a listening experience and to explore views on the best way to present it to the public at large. You are welcomed to bring your own work and to ask questions. Litro | 66 Drayton Park | | 20:00 - 23:00 | Free. For further information see here: www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#!/event.php?eid=136780143007458&ref=mf
07.07.2010: POLYPly - Testing in built-up areas - new work on modernism and the built environment | 19:00 | Centre of Creative Collaboration. Featuring: Ilona Sagar, 'Degrees of Enclosure'. By utilising the strange aura which the Barbican estate commands, Degrees of Enclosure transforms the Barbican's architecture into a sublime science fiction landscape, a place between fiction and reality. The piece reflects on the recognisable features of this famous landmark, whilst drawing attention to the recurrent themes of its design. The non-narrative piece follows the choreographed movements of disparate, yet uniformly dressed set of characters. The figures act as comparators, their human scale emphasising the theatrical dynamics of the space which they move through. Degrees of Enclosure seeks to create a sense of expectation, never reaching a conclusion, drawing the viewer into a never-ending sequence of events and tableaux. Spoken text which accompanies the film was written by Adam Nathaniel Furman and read by Joel Sams. Dancers: Georgina Hay, Aneta Hymka, Deimante Prismantaite, Elizabeth Streeter, Elaine Thomas. Rowena Easton, 'Beautiful, Useless Machines' Artist and writer Rowena Easton will read from Beautiful, Useless Machines, her series of imagined and preposterous structures exploring human relationships with the built environment—including a relentlessly detailed assault inspired by the depths of the British Library, and a vision of how advances in Tissue Technology might provide us with shelter. Will Montgomery, 'Elephant' 20-minute audiovisual piece on south London’s Heygate Estate. This is a project Will has been working on for some years. The sounds used in the piece were all gathered in the area. Most have been heavily processed before being assembled in a composition. The work reappraises the last-gasp modernism of the estate, finished in 1974, when the tide had already turned against this style of local-authority architecture. The estate will soon be demolished. Further info here: Centre for Creative Collaboration
07.07.2010: noise=noise & A10Lab presents: A PANORAMA OF UNDERGROUND EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC IN BRAZIL TODAY. Brazilian noise projects -notyesus> and Simbiotecnoise presents their brand of droning noise.Wednesday 07 July | Limehouse Town Hall | 646 Commercial Road | London E14 7HA | 19:00-21:00. Register for this event here: www.eventbrite.com/event/706921421
06.07.2010: Last in a three part lecture series in celebration of the publication of Salomé Voegelin's Listening to Noise and Silence. Today, Brandon LaBelle , Francisco López and Salomé Voegelin debate "Listening", as an activity and an interactivity that shapes the production and perception of the sound artwork as well as of the listening subject. 18:00-20:00 | Podium Lecture Theatre, London College of Communication, Elephant & Castle, London, SE1 6SB | See here for details: www.crisap.org/index.php?home
04.07.2010: Flood Tide | 14:00-20:00 | Festival Riverside | Southbank Centre | Timings are dependent on the tide. A sonification of the Thames - Flood Tide is a live musical placed in the water registers changes in the current's strength, which is then converted into musical notation and performed by professional and community musicians, including an orchestra, vocalists and taiko drummers. The music starts off gently, lilting as the low tide begins its imperceptible transformation into the flood. As the water's flow intensifies, the tempo, rhythm and tonality are amplified. At full strength the music pulsates with a passionate, dynamic turbulence. First performed in 2008, this production of Flood Tide is the most ambitious yet, with a record number of musicians performing for the duration of a tide cycle. By John Eacott, presented in association with the Centre for Young Musicians, Southbank Centre's Voicelab and Tomorrow's Warriors. http://seefurtherfestival.org/events/view/flood-tide/?utm_campaign=email_free&utm_source=email_free100617&utm_content=email_free100617_rsfloodtide
01-03.07.2010: RadiaLx 2010 | | 2010 marks the third edition of RadiaLx, Portugal's unique festival dedicated to radio art, an International Radio Art Festival happening in Lisboa on the 01-03 July. This year, RadiaLx focuses exclusively on radio art and will feature three days of a special, non-stop, broadcast on Rádio Zero (local frequency of 99.0MHz in Lisbon) and will also be streamed worldwide. It comprises site-specific projects, streams from all over the world and live shows, as well as broadcasts of the most contemporary and inventive radio art works. Workshops and round tables, interventions, exhibits and performances will provide an in-depth showcase of live events in the hopes of bringing listeners, students and practitioners into a forum of collaboration and direct engagement with the radio field.
30.06.2010: Archinoise 1 | 19:00 - 21:00| £5 door | an evening of architecture film and music fusion presented by M.A.D. COLLECTIVE. Christ Church Spitalfields, Commercial Street, London. For further information contact arts[at]ccspitalfields[dot]org /020 7426 5363
29.06.2010: Second of a three part lecture series in celebration of the publication of Salomé Voegelin's Listening to Noise and Silence. Today, Jennie Savage, Peter Cusack and Salomé Voegelin discuss "Sonic Approaches to Place", the spatio-temporal circumstance of sound and the sonic-subject. 18:00-20:00 | Podium Lecture Theatre, London College of Communication, Elephant & Castle, London, SE1 6SB | See here for details: www.crisap.org/index.php?home
28.06.2010: Tonight! Café Concrete | Adventures in experimental electronica. Sound art and experimental music from the outer limits (last Mondays monthly). On Monday 28 June, Café Concrete will feature three live performances bu Augustine Leudar, Concrete Belly and Pocket Magnetic, Plus DJ set by Robodub | Upstairs at Voodoo Lounge | Plymouth | UK | 20:30 doors | £2. For information contact: www.cafe-concrete.co.uk
26.06 - 04.07.2010: Ice-Traffic: A sculptural event of ice and visitors are invited to witness the gradual melting of a two tonne ice mass, to experience its powerful elemental presence and influence its changing physical state. Ice-Traffic combines projected moving image displays, immersive soundscapes and scientific data to create a provocative multimedia environment. The scientific data includes temperature data recorded in England over the past 200 years as well as measurements detecting the turbulent movement of London’s urban wind. Using innovative computer coding, this scientific data is programmed to influence the moving images and soundscapes that cover and surround the ice mass. An imbalance within the data triggers disturbances in the visual displays and soundscapes, reflecting the unpredictable and dynamic nature of the climate system. Bombarded with light, images and the body-heat of the observers, the ice begins its slow and inevitable meltdown. Ice-Traffic reflects the powerful elemental presence of natural phenomena and the vulnerable fragility of human beings. It invites the public to witness and question what is known, what can be calculated and what remains unpredictable, in an exchange space that links scientific data with artistic process in a mutual exploration of the natural world and urban environment. Ice-Traffic is presented by The Breathing City, an art and science collaboration between an urban meteorologist, a sound-art composer, designers and a data programmer who seek to deepen understanding between disciplines, explore communication with a wider audience, extend boundaries and challenge assumptions around art and science collaboration. Ice-Traffic is generously sponsored by IBM, Halcrow, QED, The Royal Society, and Met Office, with continued support from The University of Brighton, The University of Reading, and Lighthouse (Brighton). http://seefurtherfestival.org/events/view/ice-traffic/?utm_campaign=email_free&utm_source=email_free100617&utm_content=email_free100617_rsicetraffic
26 - 27.06.2010: Berlin Biennale - Début de Siècle: Installation by Nicolas Wiese and Laura Mello. Meta-musical live intervention by Laura Mello - viola & electronics, Michael Renkel - guitar & electronics, Heidrun Schramm - string samples (ableton), Nicolas Wiese - string samples (reason/akai) as part of the festival 48 Stunden Neukoelln | Saturday: 15:00–22:00 | Sunday: 13:00 – 19:00 | Berlin | Germany http://quietcue.blogspot.com
25.06.2010: A quick reminder that it's the private view of BLOW UP: EXPLODING SOUND AND NOISE (LONDON - BRIGHTON 1959-1969) today | 18:00 - 20:00. Featuring material on AMM, Better Books, Bob Cobbing, DIAS, Coleridge Goode, Joe Harriott, James Joyce, Jeff Keen, John Latham, Annea Lockwood, Gustav Metzger, John Stevens, Val Wilmer and more | Flat Time House | 210 Bellenden Road | London | SE15. For further information click here: www.flattimeho.org.uk Confirm your RSVP here: www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=131092390244102. Location: http://tinyurl.com/2d6raaw BR: Peckham Rye (7 mins from London Bridge, 15 mins from Victoria) | buses to Peckham Library or Rye Lane. Exhibition runs from 24 June - 25 July 2010 | Open: Thursday - Sunday 12:00 - 18:00 | Blow Up is curated by David Toop and Tony Herrington
25.06.2010: 2001: A Space Odyssey | Royal Festival Hall | £45 £37.50 £30 £22.50 . Conducted by Andre de Ridder, the enormous forces of Philharmonia Orchestra and Philharmonia Voices join together to perform the film's extraordinary soundtrack, as live accompaniment to a screening of 2001: A Space Odyssey in Royal Festival Hall
21-26.06.2010: A10Lab presents a 5 Day Pure Data Workshop lead by Luca Carrubba and Oscar Martin. !!!CRAZY GENERATIVE A/V MACHINES!!! Monday 21 - Friday 25 June | live performance on Saturday 26 June. The aim of this workshop is to learn simple programming strategies for the creation of audio/video software tools for live performances. Generative or interactive pieces of software that let artists create and control video streams and audio processing in real time. During the workshop we will use puredata, a free (as a bird and as a beer) graphical programming language particularly focused on the processing of audio and video data in real time. Puredata is a tool for artists who want to experiment with a different creation pattern, with a freedom to build from scratch their own instruments. You don’t need to be a programmer to begin to build your tool. In 5 the days long workshop you will learn the basics of the language, how to manipulate or create a video and how to play with audio. At the end of the workshop all the participants will take part in a performance event open to the public. From Monday 21st June to Friday 25th June 2010. 3 hours a day. 7pm - 10pm. Saturday 26th June. Live evening performance event with invited performers and all participants from the workshop! Participation is £100 and limited to 20 people. Book online here: For more information contact: info[at]a10lab[dot]com | http://a10lab.info
19.06 -04.07.2010: Tansy Spinks in collaboration with sound artist Antoine Bertin and film maker Barry Lewis will perform at The Redsands Sea Forts, Thames Estuary during the Whitstable Bienniale. Tours depart from Whitstable or Queenborough, depending on tides and weather. Please visit the Hive | Tansy Spinks websites for details: www.hivelondon.org | www.tansyspinks.com | tours[at]t12artspace[dot]com. Hive have organised a series of T12 Art Tours to coincide with the Whitstable Biennale. The arts programme for the tours includes four performances by sound artist Tansy Spinks on the WW 2 Redsands Maunsell Seaforts situated in the Thames Estuary off the East Kent coast. The performer will be responding to the site activated by using live recordings and an electric violin to layer sound in the haunting atmosphere of the derelict fort
18 - 20.06.2010: The media arts festival EMERGEANDSEE will take place from 18-20 June 2010 at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin. For our 10th anniversary, EMERGEANDSEE updated its philosophy, completing the shift from a pure short film event to a hybrid festival. From now on, EMERGEANDSEE will focus on a new topic every year. Film screening, audiovisual exhibition and lectures will join forces and reflect on Hybrid Metropolis: in between spaces in 2010. For Further information: http://blog.emergeandsee.org
16.06.2010: LCC present The Power of Ten; Show Three | PV tonight. RSVP - C[dot]langlands[dot]lcc[dot]arts[dot]ac[dot]uk
15.06.2010: Tickets now available for SoundFjord's first live art event: immersound. Click here to buy tickets: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/85321
15.06.2010: Twittering Machines II | Cafe Oto | 8pm | Tickets: £5 adv / £7 door | This show is a great opportunity to get a taste of the Lithuanian sound art scene, this very diverse, yet close-knit music community. To experience this atmosphere of informal inclusiveness and thoughtful experimentation, as well as the performative spirit of Fluxus – the movement founded by the Lithuanian Jurgis Maciunas that has had a considerable influence on many contemporary Lithuanian artists. For further info: www.cafeoto.co.uk/twitteringmachines.shtm
14.06.2010: Twisted Lounge: Xenakis and Visual Music | Whitechapel Gallery | &:30pm | £10. During the 1970s Xenakis invented UPIC, the graphics-to-sound computerised program for use as a tool in music composition. To celebrate this development Aleks Kolkowski and Leon Michener perform works that combine contemporary digital technology and the modern software progeny of UPIC, with vintage analogue devices and techniques.In association with: Spitalfields Music Summer Festival: www.spitalfieldsmusic.org.uk
11 - 26.06.2010: A plethora of Sound and music including free soundwalks and a Xenakis pavilion at this years Spitalfields Music festival: www.spitalfieldsmusic.org.uk
11.06.2010: at La Comète 347 in Paris - Super oct(8)et will be playing with: Alexandre Bellenger, Anthony Carcone, Dongle Doc, Jérome Lapierre, Arnaud Le Mindu, Frédéric Marty, Nicolas Lelièvre & Jean Bordé, Marc Plas, théatre optique/perfo vidéo. From 20:30 | €8 | à La Comète 347 | 45, rue du Faubourg du Temple, Parix X (au fond de la cour), M° République ou Goncourt
10 - 12.06.2010: Shunt Vaults prepare to open their big creaky doors to Goldsmiths students working in sound this coming Thursday until Sunday. The venue will be crammed full of every kind of sonic wonder and mayhem, and an extraordinary radio robot, we've been reliably informed! So be early. Further information may be found here: www.shunt.co.uk Please contact the venue for timings of performances by specific artists
08.06.2010: Vital Weekly, the webcast, offers a free-to-download weekly webcast as the audio-supplement to Vital Weekly itself. Presented as a radio programme with excerpts from some of the CDs reviewed at the website. It is available for download on the site for a limited period of 5 weeks. So download the file to your MP3 player and enjoy! Complete track listing here: www.vitalweekly.net/podcast.html
04.06.2010: Sound @ The Muse invites you to a night of soundscapes, improvisation and sonic art in an atmospheric and receptive environment. Featuring Robin Storey (:zoviet*france:), Timothy C Holehouse, Michael Santos and visuals by Alex May.Doors 7pm | £5 | The Muse Gallery |
03.06.2010: LCC present The Power of Ten; Show Two | PV tonight. RSVP : Camilla Langlands -
03.06.2010: Tonight! The Wire Salon #3: Enigma Machines: How to Decode Graphic Score | £4 on the door only. This event sets out to crack the enigma of graphic scores - oblique visual strategies designed to access entire new dimensions in sound. A panel comprising composer-turned-improviser/writer Philip Clark, composer Claudia Molitor and pianist Ian Pace will discuss the mysterious properties of these radical approaches
01.06.2010: This evening (6-8pm) is the private view for The Sound of My Neighbourhood: Whitechapel Stories: an exhibition based on recordings of people’s stories about living in the area, both past and present; by Evi Kontova (opening tomorrow and running through to 20 June 2010). Idea Store Whitechapel | 321 Whitechapel Road | London | E1 1BU | For further information click here
31.05.2010: Café Concrete event to take place at the Voodoo Lounge, Plymouth today | £2 entry. Performers include Wilobowski, Kostik Animal and Concrete Evidence with Huk, plus a DJ set by Cathy McCabe. Further information may be found here: www.cafe-concrete.co.uk
30.05.2010: SoundFjord are looking for venues in East London for live performances with the idea to begin a live sound art residency programme. If anyone knows of any suitable venues, or perhaps runs one, let us know! Contact us here: info[at]soundfjord[dot]org[dot]uk
30.05.2010: Relentless invites you to meet in front of the Sofia Museum for a soundwalk through the streets of Madrid. Details are available here: www.lacasaencendida.es/Ficheros/CMA/ficheros/pdf_arte_sonoro_off.PDF (on page 6) | www.relentless.es
29.05.2010 | noon- 5pm: Open Day goes with a bang! Thank you those that came and made it a very memorable event! Download the Sonic Jukebox participant list here for further information on the artist and their work. The jukebox will be available to listen to by all in the near future. Watch this space
29.05.2010: Dag in de Branding, The Hague festival for new music, has joined forces in this sixteenth edition with TAG, the ultimate platform for contemporary audio-visual art in The Hague. The programme on Saturday May 29th not only presents a Greek avant-garde opera by Iannis Xenakis, but also focuses on the trailblazing work of Alvin Lucier (USA), professor of music and composition. Various locations in The Hague | 3 p.m. | tickets € 20 (passe-partout). Find further information here: www.dagindebranding.nl
28.05.2010: Watch out for a new study of Sound Art by Salome Voegelin, Listening to Noise and Silence. Published by Continuum on 13.05.2010, this text is a discourse on the notion of listening (to sound works), and the soundscapes of the everyday, bringing to attention the notion of sonic sensibilities through the philosophy/aesthetics of sound. (ISBN: 9781441162076)
27.05.2010: earwolf (Peter Menzel releases his sound of the day | 14. listen to is here: www.thesoundlogg.com/2010/05/27/sound-of-the-day-14-scene-obscure
25.05.2010: SoundFjord has secured free review copies of all their sound art related titles for the reference library. Three cheers to Continuum for their support and assistance!