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Sound Workshop – Of This Parish

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Of This Parish – Sound Workshop

The Liminal are holding a  2-day workshop where participants will learn the skills of field-recording to enable them to realise a version of Of This Parish with Bath Abbey’s bells.

The culmination of the workshop will be the recording of four walks made simultaneously by four pairs of synchronized sound recordists, all starting from the central location of Bath Abbey with its bells ringing.

No previous experience is necessary and all equipment will be provided. Participants must be 18+

Sat 22nd March (10am-5pm)

Sun 23rd March (9am-6.30pm) with 1 hour Abbey bell tower tour included

Bath’s Old Orchard Street Theatre
12 Old Orchard Street, Bath, BA1 1JU

£79, £64 Concs

(%20 off for The Wire subscribers)

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LSE Literary Festival: Sonic Landscapes

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Sonic Landscapes – Understanding the world through sounds

LSE Literary Festival discussion

LSE’s 6th Literary Festival explores the distinctive qualities of the social sciences’ and the arts’ approaches to understanding the world around us with a programme of talks, readings, panel discussions and film screenings. As part of this year’s festival the curators present a panel discussion exploring Sonic Landscapes.

In a world dominated by the visual, we can all benefit from opening our ears to the glorious cacophony around us, which can enrich our understanding of ourselves and our environment.

Date: Saturday 1 March 2014 
Time: 5-6.30pm Entry: FREE
Venue:  Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speakers: Professor Trevor Cox, Caroline Devine, Aleksander Kolkowski
Chair: Professor David Hendy

Aleksander Kolkowski is a violinist, composer and sound artist who uses historical sound recording and reproduction apparatus and obsolete media to make contemporary mechanical-acoustic music. His work invites us to listen to the present through the audio technologies of the past, often by rendering sounds into physical objects and through live historical re-enactments. His latest installation, In Search of Perfection, features a giant, newly reconstructed exponential horn loudspeaker from the 1930s and will open at the Science Museum’s Media Space in May 2014.

Trevor Cox (@trevor_cox) is professor of acoustic engineering at the University of Salford and president of the Institute of Acoustics. He has presented numerous science radio documentaries and has written for the New Scientist. He is an associate editor for an international journal of acoustics and author of Sonic Wonderland: A Scientific Odyssey of Sound

Caroline Devine is a composer and sound artist whose practice investigates the boundary between sound and music, encompassing electroacoustic composition, sound installation, radio and theatre.

David Hendy (@DavidjHendy) is professor of media and communication at the University of Sussex, and author of Noise: a Human History, a 30-part series for BBC Radio 4, broadcast in 2013. The series traced the role of sound and listening in social life from prehistory to the present-day.

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Tickets can be booked via LSE E-Shop.

Sonic Landscapes Event

LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival

Mind Expanders

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Haus Rucker Co.‘s “Mind Expander Program”, (Mind Expanders I and II), made in the late 60′s, by architectural group Haus-Rucker-Co are a couple of performative-architectural sculptures allowing two enclosed bodies to entwine within them – facilitating a conjoined altered state of psychedelic comm(union). The first Mind Expander uses the group’s trademark inflatable clear plastic material in which a cybernetic fly-head balloon appears decorated with layers of reflective materials in geometric patterns.

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Like other works by the group, such as Environment-Transformer, these enclosures create a space for intimate introspection and hyper-awareness via sensory deprivation. It’s also a simple metaphor for the removal of oneself from consensual reality. Liberated from external distractions the user journeys inwards to generate personalised sensory impressions of their own. Taking the inflatable enclosure one step further – Haus-Rucker-Co proposed to populate the future with nomadic bubble-like houses, called Pneumacosms.

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‘Haus-Rucker-Co.’s designs for inflatable structures, prosthetic devices and interventions into public spaces were also blueprints for social change and an experiential theory of architecture. Situating itself in the transitional ground between architecture, design and action art, the group was unique in its distinctive emphasis on the perceptual realm.’ –  Work Gallery, London

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Heartbeat techno forcing choir noise upward in billowing clouds…

Promotional video for “The Otolith Sessions” featuring “Prelude” –  the opening track from the record.

“One of the major surprises with The Otolith Sessions is that it’s an incredibly musical work. Composition hasn’t been neglected in amongst Martins’ passion for process, and the pieces here are comprised of huge, densely orchestrated narratives: teeming starlight soaring over fierce tribal percussion, hazy blankets of voice and saxophone tilting through a tidal throb and sway, heartbeat techno forcing choir noise upward in billowing clouds.” –  ATTN Magazine Review

The Otolith Sessions is an exploration of experiments with magnetic tape manipulations and is offered as a limited edition CD accompanied with a 50 page book complete with beautiful images and texts eluding to the recording materials, machinery, processes and personnel.

Available at Forwind Records, Rough Trade & Stashed Goods.

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Atom Eye Official Website

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Jingle Hell / Sound Art Radio

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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

 

 

 

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Wet Sounds

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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.

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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

 

 

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Points of Listening

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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

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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

FREE 

 To book please email Ximena on: X.Alarcon@lcc.arts.ac.uk

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Soundings: A Contemporary Score

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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

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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)
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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.

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London’s Science Museum

Oramics to Electronica

Until 31.12.13

Free Entry

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Magic Mirror ~ Claude Cahen ~ Sarah Pucill

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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

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Film Screening 7 Dec 2013  – 12.30

Film Screening 8 Dec 2013 – 12.15

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