Here’s one that is a bit obscure, another find from Ed Wright’s Oscilloscope. David Hopewell improvised/performed a couple of what I thought were standout pieces, and promises to perform these again. It is understated, but this was and promises to be a finely sculpted expansive sonic landscape. Here is what he says “Two pieces featuring field recordings and live sound production using field coils capturing electromagnetic signals ‘captured from the aether'”. With the loops of experimental film that Dr Greg Bevan has curated projected o’er him this is sure to be one to watch and soak-up.
I ran into Datamosh‘s Paul Jones at an improvistion workshop organised by Heike Roms and ran by Angahard Davies. The session came alive when John started occupying the space and boundaries of the room, stones hurled/rolled dangeroulsy around, much scraping too. So it’s with pleasure and trepidation that I present you-next saturday-with a Datamosh performance. Expect the unexpeted…
For Listen to the Voice of Fire DATAMOSH (Guy Mayman & Paul R Jones) will produce an analogue …trance scape through the use of Korg monotron synthesizers, toy drum machines and found cassette tape recordings. The performance includes a portable sculpture, enclosing amplification equipment. The mobility of this sculpture is key as it would be our intention to move the work around the studio/gallery environment. Important reference points for DATAMOSH while devising this proposal are: • Mobile sound systems of the type used in the Notting Hill Carnival • Mikoshi: Japanese mobile shrines where members of the local community become involved in collective ecstatic celebration • Music Concrete and its use in utopian performance, e.g. The Liverpool Mass by Pierre Henry Links: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KsC_ak-Enro https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_5OxJWnvj8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbUWazmvCW0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFJVqrF0qEM http://datamosh8.wixsite.com/datamosh About DATAMOSH As well as experimental sound installations, DATAMOSH have developed gallery exhibitions and several events for festivals, incorporating large scale projections, moving sculptures and choreographed movement. Their collaboration came about when artists Paul R Jones and Guy Mayman discovered a large archive of 35mm slides, audio cassettes and A4 booklets earmarked for destruction at the Art School where they were working. This material was no longer wanted because of a perception it was rendered obsolete by the digital technology. Mayman and Jones are fascinated by the hallucinogenic potential of everyday experiences. Their ongoing project DATAMOSH is a site of excavation and construction, awakening the analogue spectre of the recent past. It re-animates obsolete technology and information, developing a montage of psychedelic sound, improvisation and performance.
Possibly the most intriguing performance next week may go to Steve Moyes. Let us see! Improvisation, using amplified mechanical diverter valve, with live electronic looping and processing. A man after my own heart. “How long is the performance” I asked, “Flexible. Could be anywhere from 10 minutes to one hour”. Steve runs several improvisation and looping activities in Carms., and I’m very pleased that he agreed to perform for us next week.
Duncan Chapman is a composer and sound artist who regularly works with leading music organisations throughout the world. Much of his composing and sound artistry results in sound installations, recordings or multi-media performances. Recent projects include co-directing a large-scale performance project for Casa da Música (Porto) and the St Andrews Voices festival in Fife. Duncan’s other numerous projects include Dark Januaries, an annual personal composition project with Isabel Jones; But where do we get the water?: London Chamber Orchestra for orchestra, young players / laptop ensemble ; Rising Breath with Stewart Collinson and Mike McInerney at Seeing Sound 2016; developing and presenting family concerts (London Sinfonietta) exploring music and science ; leading the Fanfare project for young composers (Royal Opera House); Director, Link Ensemble (Britten Sinfonia) ; Performances with Supriya Nagarajan (Manasamitra) lullabies project at the Ultima Festival (Oslo); the Kamppi “Chapel of Silence” (Helsinki); anthem for the Choir of York Minster and orchestral lullabies (Iceland Symphony Orchestra). The audio-visual piece Mode 5 Down the Mountain was selected for the 2016 Drone Cinema Festival and released on a Silent Records compilation.Duncan is also currently involved in touring White Cane (Salamanda Tandem) and performances for Spitalfields Music, HCMF & Firstsite Gallery. He also contributes to courses at De Montfort & York Universities and is an external examiner (Music & Communities) at Aberdeen University.
Recent performances and presentations include Rising Breath @ Noisefloor Festival 2017 (Stoke on Trent), Lead: Gold @ Listen to the Voice of Fire: Alchemy in Sound Art 2017 (National Library of Wales), Sonifying myself @ The Music of Sound, a sonification symposium 2017 (Oxford University).
Current projects include: directing a project for the 2017 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (with Sound and Music) based on the Music for Young Players series of pieces from the 1960’s/70’s, further work with the Lullabies project in Oslo, Helsinki and in the UK, ongoing work with De Montfort University MU on the pan-Eu Interfaces project and mentoring two composers (for Sound and Music) writing pieces for the Paraorchestra.
I first got to hear Andrew’s work at Oscilloscope, it was excoriating-sublime and… nuanced. You are sure to be in for a treat.
Andrew Leslie Hooker. Andrew kindly designed the poster you see for this event too !
Andrew Leslie Hooker was born in England in 1962.�He is a filmmaker and composer of electroacoustic music currently based in North Wales.�
He began his career as a photographer and graphic designer, collaborating with various music, art and fashion publications, record labels, theatre and dance companies.�
He has exhibited paintings, photographic works and experimental films in various galleries throughout Europe and the United States and was included (as filmmaker) in the 49th Venice Biennale.�
At the present time, having recently completed an MMus (with distinction) in electroacoustic composition at Bangor University of North Wales, he is now continuing his studies as a PhD research student at the University of Huddersfield whilst contemporaneously working on various music, dance and extended cinema projects.�
His film works and compositions are published by Entr’acte (London/Antwerp) and Dinzu Artefacts (Los Angeles)
Past collaborators include: Gavin Bryars, Manuel Zurria, Philip Jeck John Duncan, Jon Wozencroft, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Von Archives Aleksander Gabrys, Seijiro Murayama 3/4HadBeenEliminated Giuseppe Ielasi, Penny Rimbaud, Eve Libertine and Graham Dunning
For some of Andrew’s releases and projects look here:
Thank you Andrew Leslie Hooker for answering the Facebook challenge and providing this striking poster, it may need updating with a few details but I wanted to share it with you as-it looks cool-and I need to get on and confirm details. I am really thrilled at all the submissions from you characters and I think this November event will be astounding. Greg Bevan is assembling a video montage of experimental videos to be screened alongside performers-updates will come.
My indecisiveness tries to get the better of me, and yet I resist it and dip toes if not fully plunge. April 3rd Taflwn Sain, let us see noisemakers, sonic alchemists, improvisers, modular freaks & electroacousticians, let us eat cake….
I was just updating a few typos! Please don’t notice any more…First coffee of the day prompts me: have you got any blogs or links I should be linking to here? Let me know. I have reconnected with Larkfall and it’s an immense resource, but having reawakened I am sure that there is much more I can turn to with interest….