Programme of works – Tuesday 20 January 2015
1: Ashby McGowan – Live performance
Title: Gone Lawn (2011)
Duration: 2 minutes
Biography: I have a particular interest in multi-voice poetry and am always
looking for new performers to join my group: Chromatic Voices 2. I write plays,
prose, and poetry.
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Title: Without organs
Synopsis: Without organs is a piece of harmonic drone music. It’s based on the
human voice, but a voice that’s layered and heavily filtered.
Duration: 9 minutes 40 (complete piece)
Biography: Buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo (Neil Simpson and Mike
Gallagher) made minimalist drone and repetitive music from 2003 until 2012.
They performed across the UK, including a series of performances on four of
the islands in the Firth of Forth. They were interested in layering, texture, old
dictaphones, terrible accordions, playing the guitar very, very, very
repetitively, and, subsequently, repetitive strain injury.
3: Barry Burns
Title: Commence Exuding The Opaque Vapour
Synopsis: I was invited by the artists Pete Dowling, Rob Kennedy and Karena
Nomi to participate in Recipe For Feedback, their project for the Counterflows
festival. I read a cut up text while close mic’d and played random samples. At
the same time John Calcutt was writing at a mic’d up desk, Åse Eg Jørgensen
was making woodcuts over Skype from Denmark, and the artists manipulated
and mixed the sound live in the studio.
Duration: 10 minutes
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4: Sonically Depicting (the new project of Ceylan Hay)
Synopsis: Be afraid of the shining trees who suck your essence while you’re
asleep. You feel their boughs weighing on your chest, but your eyes will not
open. You were already awake, are you still?
Unheard apart from previous inclusion in The.Dark.Outside.2014.
Duration: 4 minutes 12
Biography: Sonically depicting visions.
5: Neil Simpson
Title: How to win if you are a woman, or a man.
Synopsis: Field recording, 2005(ish)
Duration: 2 minutes 7 – complete piece
Biography: Neil’s practice is very varied, and is deliberately difficult to
summarise. It currently includes an interest in embodiment and
performativity. In particular, he is interested in the extent to which bodies and
objects are humanised, and dehumanised, through performance. Previously, his
work has involved music, audience-based and site-specific performances, in
addition to sound art installations, film soundtracks, documentary film-making,
writing, poetry, and visual art.
6: Catherine Street – Live performance
Title: Breathing and Speaking
Synopsis: Live work: After exploring the sound of the room by breathing and
whistling into it, I then slowly and meditatively describe a sequence of images. I
repeat the sequence a number of times in subtly different ways
Duration: 7-9 minutes (work-in-progress)
Biography: Catherine Street is a visual artist whose work tends to consist of
layers of experience: her own body is often incorporated within an installation
setting that has video, audio, drawn, sculptural, and written elements. The
atmosphere is usually unnerving, tense, sensual, comical.
7: Barry Burns
Title: Everything I Watched Last Week
Duration: 10 minutes
Synopsis: Compiled from excerpts of every film and tv show I watched last
week. (Except I submitted this in November so its really everything I watched
one week about three months ago). So its now either pointlessly out of date or a
timeless classic. I suspect the former.
8: James Wyness
tin foil, transducers, contact microphones
Synopsis: foil is an investigation of materiality and recursive procedures in
which tin foil was set in a picture frame, played by hand and recorded using
contact microphones. The recorded sounds were then played back through the
foil using transducers, the foil was performed simultaneously and the results
mixed live to tape.
Duration: 10 minutes (complete piece)
Biography: James Wyness is a composer and sound artist interested in
creating music defined first and foremost by its sonic properties, by the
morphology, materiality and complexity of abstracted sounds, their ability to
combine and contrast, and their movement in space. He has made work and
performed internationally at festivals and residencies for many years. His work
is released on several specialist labels.
9: Mark Vernon and London Fieldworks
Title: The Sound of Lochaber
Duration: 10 minutes (excerpt)
Synopsis: This is a distillation of a six-part radio series by the same name
originally created for ‘Remote Performances’ – a daily live broadcast on
Resonance 104.4fm. Each days schedule was relayed live to London by satellite
from ‘Outlandia’, a unique artists’ field-station in Glen Nevis, Lochaber,
Scotland. The Sound of Lochaber merges field recordings and voice interviews
into a radiophonic soundscape intended to capture creative interactions with
the land, its history and people and tensions between nature, industry, tourism
and heritage whilst also serving as a timely reflection on contemporary ideas of
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. London Fieldworks is an interdisciplinary arts practice formed in
2000 by artists Bruce Gilchrist and Jo Joelson for creative research and
collaboration. Typically, their projects engage with the notion of ecology as a
complex inter-working of social, natural, and technological worlds.
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