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Month: December, 2013

Jingle Hell / Sound Art Radio

Jingle Hell

Jingle Hell

Every year, from some time in the middle of December right up to when the snowdrops are out, Soundart Radio locks the door, puts on its slippers and settles down to listen to Jingle Hell: the alternative Christmas playlist. 

Music that stretches distorts and subverts the yuletide favourites, poems that reflect on midwinter, stories of childhood memories of snow, hour long noises that when speeded up sound suspiciously like a well known Christmas hit…

Tune in!

Sound Art Radio Player

Sound Art Radio Website





Wet Sounds


Wet Sounds is an underwater sound art gallery – a deep listening experience 

Touring swimming pools, it presents listening sessions to a floating and diving audience in the water. The participants are fully immersed in sound. Free to move weightlessly in the sound space

Wet Sounds effectively creates three sound spaces in the physical space of the swimming pool. One inside the water, one outside the water and one a merger of the two as the listener floats on the surface of the water. These three distinct sound spaces are chosen by the listeners as they move in and out of the water. The three sound spaces are used to convey parallel narratives, musical and literal.


Sound travels 4.5 times faster in water than it does in air. This cancels directionality in water as the brain does not notice the slight differences in the arrival time of the sound at the two ears. Sound is also perceived through direct vibrations of the nerve in the inner ear which gives the sensation of hearing, therefore it bypasses the outer and middle ear hearing mechanisms.

Wet Sounds, created by Joel Cahen, first toured 10 cities in the UK in July 2008. Opening at in the London Fields Lido in Hackney and closing there with a performance of NURSE WITH WOUND and ANDREW LILES as part of the Cultural Olympiad’s CREATE Festival.

Next installments of the series are:

BRISTOL (15th Dec)

Bristol South Swimming Pool

Sessions feature:
Joel Cahen with guest Arran Poole playing the bowed chime.
Noisician and texturist H
Henry Collins
Lighting installation by Rod Maclachlan 
Co-produced by Qu Junktions and Arnolfini

LONDON (2nd March 2014)

Ironmongers Row Baths

Presenting new compositions by Matthias Kispert and Beatrice Dillon
as part of the PORTFOLIO scheme by Sound and Music.



Tickets and More Information

Wet Sounds Website




Points of Listening


Points of Listening (PoL) is a monthly programme of listening workshops, activities and discussions based in and around London. 

It will take place every second Wednesday of the month from January 2014 . Events are held at the London College of Communication in addition to various locations, outdoors and indoors, throughout the city. PoL seeks to promote and investigate listening together: to perform a ‘musica practica’ of field recording, deep listening, remote listening, film listening, textual listening, listening to the audible, inaudible and more. PoL is a CRiSAP project. 

What to expect:

• Participatory workshops and activities (indoors or outdoors)

• Field trips to relevant locations/institutes/orgs

• Readings/text based provocations and debate

• Book clubs, film screenings, listening sessions

• Experiments, interventions and actions


Deep Listeningwith Ximena Alarcón will launch the programme of events.

Date: Wednesday January 8th, 2014

Time: 3:30pm to 6:30pm

Venue: Swiss Church, 79 Endell St, London WC2H 9DY


 To book please email Ximena on:


 Related Links

Points of Listening

Points of Listening Facebook page



Soundings: A Contemporary Score


In August, the Museum of Modern Art opened “Soundings: A Contemporary Score,” an exhibition intended to introduce “sound art” to a new generation of viewers and listeners.

The website offers excerpts and photographs of the sound installations commissioned especially for MOMA. Pieces by Camille Norment (audio composition inspired by Arvo Part’s Fratres), Susan Philipzs (eight-channel sound installation “Study of Strings”), Jana Windered ( sixteen-channel ambisonic sound installation), Carsten Nicolai, Haroon Mirza, Florian Hecker and many more… 

Worth a browse on the “Soundings” section of the MOMA website.

MOMA – Soundings: A Contemporary Score


Oramics to Electronica

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Oramics to Electronica

Revealing histories of electronic music
(2 floors of exhibits at the Science Museum until 31.12.13)

The Science Museum’s exhibition of the history of electronic music from the 1950s until today closes on December 31st.  Entry is free, so don’t miss the opportunity to visit this spectacular display.

This exhibition has been co-produced with a group of musicians and with the help of people who made electronic music in the 1960s. It celebrates the boundless creativity and ‘make do and mend’ mentality of musicians and engineers. It shows iconic instruments alongside home-built synthesisers and one-off inventions.

The exhibition also highlights the work of three British studios that produced electronic music in the 1960s and 1970s.

– Electronic Music Studios (EMS) experimented with computer music while developing some of the earliest commercial synthesisers to pay the bills.

– The BBC Radiophonic Workshop introduced electronic sounds to the masses through the theme tunes and sound effects its members made for radio and television.

– Daphne Oram‘s private studio in Kent –  where she developed a technique that allowed her to draw sounds. She called it Oramics, and the unique instrument she developed over the years, the Oramics Machine, is also on display.



London’s Science Museum

Oramics to Electronica

Until 31.12.13

Free Entry


Magic Mirror ~ Claude Cahen ~ Sarah Pucill

Magic Mirror web

Sarah Pucill’s Magic Mirror film  (2013) combines a re-staging of the French Surrealist artist Claude Cahun’s black and white photographs with selected extracts from her book Aveux Non Avenus(Confessions Cut Off).

In Surrealist kaleidoscopic fashion the film creates a weave between image and word, exploring the links between Cahun’s photographs and writing as well as between those of the films of Sarah Pucill, as both artists share similar iconography and concerns.

Magic Mirror, dir. Sarah Pucill, 2013, 16mm b/w, sound, 75min

Claude Cahun

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Related Links


Film Screening 7 Dec 2013  – 12.30

Film Screening 8 Dec 2013 – 12.15


Late at Tate ~ Deller & Oneohtrix

The History of the World 1998 by Jeremy Deller born 1966

Late at Tate Britain presents a free evening of performance and installations from Warp Records and Jeremy Deller, inspired by Deller’s work The History of the World.

Live performances

  • Jeremy Deller presents Acid Brass (live) featuring Fairey Brass Band
  • patten (live AV show)

The History of the World’ installation commissions

  • Oneohtrix Point Never presents Melancholy
  • Hudson Mohawke presents Summers of Love
  • Rustie presents Rave

Friday 6th Dec. 18h30.

Related Links:

Late at Tate

Warp X Tate


Luminaries ~ Lotte Stam-Beese


Lotte Stam-Beese





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