Programme of works, Camden Arts Centre, London, Wednesday, 5th June, 2013
1: Chris Dooks
Title: Gwiazdozbiór Andromedy
Synopsis: Using elements of a broken piano in my house, I invited Polish
speaker Marta Adamowich to read me a list of key constellations in Polish. I am
looking for ways through sound to introduce folk to astronomy and the nightsky
and find the Polish language and her voice in particular quite gripping, so I
edited it together very sparsely. I also felt it was a positive work of immigration,
when the stars know no borders.
Duration: 4 minutes
Biography: Chris Dooks is a new media artist and doctoral researcher at The
University of The West of Scotland, Ayr.
Web: http://www.dooks.org chrisdooks.bandcamp.com
2: Ian Rawes
Title: Raising of Tower Bridge recorded from inside the bascule chamber
Synopsis: The bascule chamber is one of two large hidden vaults where the
road section’s counterweight sinks as the bridge is raised. It’s built of brick and
has a quarter-circle cross-section some 15-20m across. The recording had to be
made remotely for safety reasons. Audio Technica BP4025 single-point stereo
mic and Fostex FR2-LE recorder. Many thanks to the staff of Tower Bridge for
their invaluable help in making this recording. Find out more about Tower
Bridge at http://www.towerbridge.org.uk.
Duration: 6 minutes 54
Biography: Ian M Rawes is an amateur field recordist respected for his tireless
work on his Londoncentric field recording project, The London Sound Survey.
Previously he worked at various jobs including compositor, graphic designer,
market stallholder and music venue manager before settling at the British
Library, where he now helps run the Listening and Viewing Service. The
London Sound Survey presently hosts around 1,000 modern day and archival
recordings of the city, and has been featured in Time Out and the Wire
magazine, and on Radio 4, World Service and Resonance104.4 FM.
3: Ian Helliwell
Title: Time To Readjust
Synopsis: An audio collage work from 2010 created with radio and Hellitron
Duration: 3 minutes 20
Biography: Ian Helliwell works in music, film, animation, analogue electronics,
instrument building, collage, light show projection, live performance and film
programming. His feature length documentary film, Practical Electronica has
been screened widely across the UK.
4: Lin Li
Title: Unvoiced – voiced
Synopsis: In 2011, in fear of calls for a ‘jasmine revolution’ in China, the sale of
jasmine flowers was temporarily banned by some local officials. In the sound
piece “Unvoiced-voiced”, Lin sings, with her face immersed in water, a popular
Chinese song ‘Jasmine Flower’, as a response to the suppression of free speech
in China. On a personal level, this is also part of her own exploration of how to
attain a free voice.
Duration: 2 minutes 41
Biography: Lin lives in Glasgow. After years of painting, she has been making
videos and sound pieces since 2011 and likes the fact that they are more
ethereal and do not take up too much physical space.
5: Mark Vernon
Title: The Tonic Garden – a sonic survey of soothing sounds
Synopsis: Excerpts from a programme produced for the series ‘Bedside Radio’
on Radio Royal (Forth Valley Royal’s hospital radio station) as part of an 18-
month art residency. The original concept was for a kind of ambient radio
station out-with normally scheduled broadcast hours targeted at Tinnitus
sufferers, insomniacs and any other patients who might appreciate a restful
listening experience. During production it has evolved into an audio survey of
sorts, featuring voices, music and sounds suggested by the participants in a
series of recorded interviews.
Duration: 4 minutes 34
Biography: Mark Vernon is a sound artist and radio producer whose
radiophonic creations range from documentaries and radio plays to
experimental audio collage and soundscape pieces. He has produced
programmes for stations including Radia, Resonance FM, CKUT, VPRO and BBC
Radio 4 and is currently digital artist in residence at Forth Valley Royal
Lights Out Listening Group Follow us on twitter @Lights_Out_LG
6. Sylvia Law
Synopsis: The piece looks at human resonance and how our presence can be
amplified through space. Using my voice, I connect the internal walls of mybody
with the external walls of the site I resonate within. In this moment, we
exchange, embodying each other through our existence; becoming one body.
Recorded at the Hamilton Mausoleum, South Lanarkshire Scotland.
Duration: 7 minutes 21
Biography: Sylvia Law is a graduate from the Duncan of Jordanstone College of
Art. As an artist, she seeks to explore the invisible relationship between
internal and external space. Her work uses the mediums of performance,
sound, space and sculpture.
Web: http://sylvia-law.blogspot.co.uk http://sylvialaw.wordpress.com
7: Paul Baran
Synopsis: Inspired by the dramatic events in London – the student protests and
the following riots that took place last year. Utilizing multitrack vocals, subtone
bass provided by Lucio Capece as well as as trombone, nIcole mcneilly, and
Rhino-sax courtesy of Dick Stimic.
Duration: 5 minutes 49
Biography: Paul Baran is an improviser and composer based in Glasgow. He is
also one half of spanking post-avant combo The Cray Twins.
8: Robert Sanders
Title: John & Eileen: Dumbarton Road: 26.11.11
Synopsis: A borrowed biography / cut-up word puzzle / bus-stop field recording
of a random couple.
Duration: 3 minutes 4 seconds
Biography: I make tiny lo-fi collages, liminal noises and disorientating spoken
Web Links: http://www.cowsarejustfood.com
9: Barry Burns
Title: The iPod Shuffle
Synopsis: There are 10,592 songs on my iPod. I often flick through the songs on
random mode trying but failing to find something I want to listen to.
Duration: 2 minutes 26
Biography: Barry Burns is not the one out of Mogwai. It’s another one.
10: Nichola Scrutton
Title: Word of Mouth
Synopsis: Word of Mouth is fixed medium work that uses the human voice as
the only sound source, with the guiding inspiration being gestural phonetic
onsets and the emergence of non-linguistic vocal sounds on the breath.
Duration: 5 minutes 39
Biography: Nichola Scrutton is a sound artist and composer, with a particular
interest in using the voice as communicative and sonorous material in live
performance and acousmatic compositions; interdisciplinary collaboration; and
sound as a vehicle to explore creativity in the broadest sense.
11: James Chapman
Title: Marblerun 1
Synopsis: The Home Education music group meet on Monday afternoons in
Edinburgh. James (34) Meg (5) and Izzy (6) set up the wooden marble run and
percussion instruments. Meg and Izzy collected the marbles at the bottom and
passed them back up to James.
Duration: 2 minutes 31
Biography: James is better known as a member of The Forgotten Works, Meg
likes cellotape and dancing, Izzy runs a cafe in her basement and plays the
12: Sarah Boulton
Title: An Echo Looped
Synopsis: I had wanted to keep an echo, so I found one that lasted for
eighteen seconds, recorded it an set it to always play on loop.
The above text was sent out to one person in the body of email accompanied by
an attached eighteen second echo MP3 file set to loop. The email was printed
out immediately and hung in the [degree show] space with the name of the
person I sent it out to scrubbed out. The print out was an echo of an echo. It was
sort of like an internet performance. The viewer in the space did not need to
hear the sound for the work to exist, although it exists – on loop – on my website
under the link:
Duration: 2 minutes 31
Biography: Sarah Boulton was born in 1989 in Herefordshire. She studied MA
Fine Art at Edinburgh University, specialising in Intermedia and looks forward
to continue exploring her practice at the Slade School of Fine Art in September
13: Monica Brown
Title: On reflections : what you see when you look in the mirror
Synopsis: To celebrate International Women’s day Monica spent the day
loitering in the Ladies toilets and asked women what they see when they look in
the mirror. Caution: contains sounds of running water.
Duration: 4 minutes 45 (excerpt)
Biography: Monica works in community media and makes freelance radio
14: Ela Orleans
Title: Untitled (signal)
Synopsis: Radio content played as a part of the ’Nowhereisland Radio’ – a four
day radio project broadcast on 107.9FM , created by community arts project
Take a Part. Complimenting the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad project
Nowhereisland was created by artist Alex Hartley and took a journey to South
West England in search of citizens. This was my answer to the call for
submissions of sound works relating to Islands, the sea, water, citizenship,
borders and National identity.
Duration: 2 minutes 30
Biography: Ela Orleans is a Polish composer and musician based in Glasgow.
15: Bethany Macleod
Synopsis: In this piece I had some friends try to read a poem I had created out
of Greek letters which should produce English words. I have then layered their
attempts to create a sound of confusion and nonsense, reflecting their response
to the unknown language in front of them
Duration: 2 minutes
Biography: I am in my final year of Painting and Printmaking at The Glasgow
School of Art. I have recently been exploring concepts of language in my work;
breaking it down and building it up to create something new. I have been using
a mixture of Greek letters which when read in a Greek pronunciation should
generate an English sentence. I like the play on ambiguity this creates, the
uncertainty in the reader of either language.
16: Sylvia Finzi
Title: Chorus of the Interviewees
Synopsis: I was let down by my collaborator who was to send me the
recordings of a pilot interview as material. The project was to be a sonification
of the replies, programmed according to a numerical evaluation of the
responses. I carried out a substitute survey, then political events took over.
Duration: 3 minutes 2
Biography: Slade School of Fine Art, Sculpture 1966-70. MA SonicArt,
Sheffield University 2007-09. Exhibitions in Austria, France, Germany, Italy,
Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, UK, USA.
17: Johnathan Prior
Title: The last brewery in Alloa
Synopsis: Alloa, Clackmannanshire, has a rich brewing industry, but today
only one brewery remains. This three minute sound piece, composed of
untreated field recordings taken from within the brewery and the adjacent
bottling plant, sonically traces the various stages of brewing.
Duration: 3 minutes
Biography: I am an Edinburgh-based sound recordist working on the
production of soundwalks, sound maps, and other field recording projects.
18: Amble Skuse
Title: In a Quiet Night
Synopsis: The piece explores a sleepless night in Beijing, mixing an ancient
poem by Li Bai, (In a quiet night) with waking dreams, a trio of overheard
conversations, and electrified nerve endings.
Duration: 4 minutes 40
Biography: Amble focusses her work on composing and exploring the various
musicological frameworks around traditional and electro-acoustic musics. Her
composition centres on the tension between traditional acoustic performance
and interactive technologies, received traditions and contemporary
technological immediacy, isolation and communication, both in terms of the
realisation of the composition and the musicological framework. Amble works
with Logic, MAX/MSP and Supercollider to create sculptural sounds which
augment and support the traditional music performers. She is interested in
ways in which the past and the future come together and merge to create the
now. Amble’s work has been performed internationally by ensembles such as
Mr McFalls Chamber, Red Note Ensemble and Rarescale. She is currently
working on a series of site specific soundscapes in Wales, is a BBC Performing
Arts Fellow and is currently on the International Creative Entrepreneurs
Fellowship with Hua Dan theatre in Beijing.
19: Tian Miller
Synopsis: A mix created from recordings of ‘Tobias’ – a Pekingese dog.
Originally presented as a sound installation in the black box at Trøndelag
Senter for Samtidskunst, Trondheim in 2012.
Duration: 1 minute 53
Biography: Tian Miller is an artist based in Norway. She graduated from the
MFA in Trondheim in 2011, and is currently artist in residence at the
Kunstpark in Risør, Southern Norway.
20: Zoe Irvine
Title: The Last Afternoon in Antwerp
Synopsis: An instalment from the Priscilla Tapes by Zoë Irvine. Featuring
improvised music from a live session by Sacha Chikmakov (guitar), Zoë Irvine
(computer) and Denis Kolokol (Electronics).
Duration: 5 minutes 20
Biography: Zoë Irvine is an artist working with sound. She is especially
interested in working with voice and has a penchant for found cassette tape.
Zoë lives and works in Scotland.
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