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Here Are Some Scores For You To Do

 

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An intensive weekend-long exploration of the feminist performance score through a number of modalities including reading, listening, watching, discussion, play and performance.

The workshop will investigate works such as Pauline Oliveros’ To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of Their Desperation (1970) and Annea Lockwood’s Piano Transplants (1968-), among other more recent scores and related texts, recordings and moving image, across multiple generations, and through collaboration between attendees, seek to experience the feminist score as a social event. The workshop derives its title from the introduction to Alison Knowles and Annea Lockwood’s self-published ‘Womens Work’, which gathered in its two volumes of 1975 and 1978, performance scores by a diverse range of women practitioners from Simone Forti to Christina Kubisch.

The workshop is organised by Cathy Lane, Co-Director CRiSAP, and Holly Ingleton with Electra. It is open to everyone, with no particular musical, or other, experience required, on a first-come-first-served basis, and includes lunch and refreshments on both days.

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“Here are some scores for you to do” is the first in an ongoing collaboration between CRiSAP and Electra departing from materials in the Her Noise Archive. With funding from Creative Vouchers / AHRC.

Image: Still from Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz, To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of their Desperation, 2013. Performers: Rachel Aggs, Peaches, Catriona Shaw, Verity Susman, Ginger Brooks Takahashi, William Wheeler

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Electra, Third Floor, Shacklewell Studios 
Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 September 2014, 11am – 7pm 
£10 / £5 concessions 

Booking essential, email bookings@electra-productions.com

 

 

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Searchlights meets pure sine waves: Spectra

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To mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, a monumental column of light pierces the London sky: Spectra is Artangel’s latest commission by Ryoji Ikeda. The artwork sculpted in light and sound, will be visible across the capital and open to visitors at its source adjacent to the Houses of Parliament.

From dusk until dawn for the next six nights you can experience spectra // walk amongst the 49 high-powered searchlights to an accompanying sound composition by the artist. Made of pure sine waves, it can only be heard from within the grid of light.

Entry is free and the gardens are open throughout the night, until spectra finally fades at first light on the morning of Monday 11 August.

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Ryoji Ikeda

 

Wow Zow In the Now

Charlemagne Palestine was in town and dropped by Maida Vale to record this Late Junction session with Thurston Moore.

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“Wow Zow In the Now” was written by the duo as part of the show’s ongoing “Live Collaborations Sessions” where musicians are brought together for the first time to play and record a piece together –  Listen here ( 00:32:00)

 

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Charlemagne Palestine

Thurston Moore

Late Junction

Sound Quizz

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Close your eyes and guess the cities based on sounds only. Visit this weeks’ Guardian quizz. , courtesy of Sound Transit.

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150 DC Motors

Zimoun’s mesmerizing 150 DC Motors installation will be showcased at 43m³ Project Space, London from March 6- April 30 2014

 

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Zimoun

43m³ Project Space

 

Music For Massed Fuzz Organs

Himmel: Music For Massed Fuzz Organs

Don’t miss the 29 strong ensemble performing on vintage electronic instruments – Focusing on the relationship between film and music, this is an exploration of the combined power of massed fuzz organs and minimal abstract visuals.

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London Cafe Oto

16 March, 8pm, £8/£7.

 

 

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Experimental Music in School (1969)

MUSIC IN SCHOOL: A NEW SOUND

Shoreditch: Experimental Music School 1969 : Children from infant, secondary modern & comprehensive schools apply methods of contemporary music, including demonstrations of simple tape & electronic techniques. The children discuss with teacher how different sounds may be produced and experiment with electric circuits and loops on the tape recorder.

Programme number: EFE1112K Date: 02/02/1969

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BBC and Arts Council England
Info here

Brian Dennis –  Composer

Presences Electroniques

The 10th edition of the Presence Electroniques Festival will be held on the 28, 29 and 30th March in Paris. A spectacular line up of artists and luminaries exploring sonic experimentation –  commissioned by the INA GRM group. All events are free.

The festival’s full line up is here

For those unable to make the festival, check out the radio section of the website for interviews and performance recordings. 2013 festival excerpts are a plenty.

Presences Electroniques

28, 29, 30 March 2014

CentQuatre-Paris

5, Rue Curial

Paris 19

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INA GRM

INA GRM Radio

 

Pull Out all the Stops

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Pull Out All the Stops: the Story of the Royal Festival Hall’s Organ

From the 18 March – 13 April

10.30am-11pm daily

Free

The Royal Festival Organ has spent the last 3 years being restored to its full glory. To celebrate the return home of the “wondrous machine” the Southbank team have created an interactive exhibition drawing together historic artefacts, curiosities, and magical mechanical machines.

There’s a long list of free event well worth a visit to the site. Here’s a small selection.

Create your own slap organ (Sat 22nd March)

Early Instrument Collection (Sat 22nd March) Explore the weird and wonderful sounds of the early instruments that inspired the organ.

DIY Organ Kit (Sat 22nd March) A family-friendly workshop that explores how the organ works. During the workshop you work together to solve the mysteries of how the organ works. Once you have successfully put it together you must then work as a team to play the instrument you have created, taking it in turns to compose and become the conductor of the Royal Festival Hall kit organ.

Auditorium Acoustics (Sun 23rd March) Learn all about the Royal Festival Hall’s unique acoustic in this hour-long talk.

Big Pipe Busk (Sun 24th March)

Make your own Radio 3 Multitrack mix (various) This opportunity for one-to-one tuition puts you in charge of the mixing desk. No experience needed. Come and mix your own multi-track with BBC sound engineers.

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Full festival listings here

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Southbank Centre

BBC Radio 3

Disarm


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Pedro Reyes is a Mexican artist whose work – “Disarm” – highlights Mexico’s wave of drug-related violence and crime. Pedro transforms firearms into an orchestra of fully-workable musical instruments – from flutes to drum kits.

“Disarm” is a second series of instruments built using the remnants of weapons that the Mexican army had collected and destroyed. The second series is made up of eight instruments that were created in collaboration with a team musicians and Cocolab, a media studio in Mexico City.  The work was shown in London March, 2013, and the exhibition featured 8 Machine Music paintings, 8 Disarm instruments – including a Xylophone, Rain Stick, Guitar, Banjo and Violin, and 9 mechanised Disarm instruments – instruments that would be continuously playing throughout the 6 week exhibition.

These machines are mechanical musical instruments; they can be programmed and operated via computers, making them capable of performing music concerts with compositions prepared beforehand.

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While the instruments were in the UK music producer John Coxon was commissioned to produce a record using them. He called in 6 other musicians and they spent a day improvising on the instruments in RAK studios in central London. Several weeks later a beautiful Vinyl was produced featuring 12 tracks recorded on that day and album artwork taken from Pedro’s designs.

Here are some extracts from the ‘Disarm’ LP: http://soundcloud.com/dillonwork/disarm

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Pedro Reyes

Lisson Gallery

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