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SoundFjord | Drone Room | Tim Yates

Mon Mar 07, 2011 12:00 - Sat Mar 12, 2011

London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Drone Room
Date: 07-12 March 2011 | noon-6pm
After Show Celebration: 12 March | 7-9pm | RSVP
The Drone Room is the resonating chamber of an interactive musical
instrument in which both the perfomer and audience are in the belly of
the instrument they’re hearing. To become the performer, an audience
member simply steps up and takes control of the interface.
Exploring ideas of change and control, the drone room subverts traditional synthesiser design by allowing the player real-time access to elements that are normally fixed and hidden in the depths of traditional
synthesisers. Giving access to the underlying wave shapes from which the sound is constructed, attention is drawn to the subtleties of timbre in time and space that often get lost amongst the higher levels of musical form and structure. Small changes to the shape of a sound wave can result in dramatic changes to the character and experience of that sound both as a direct consequence of the change and as a result of the complex interactions that happen when different sounds interact in space.
The listener/performer is encouraged to explore these changes in the character and experience of sound spatially, temporally and through direct interaction with the abstractions we use to describe the fundamental attributes of sound in the digital world.
Tim Yates is currently studying for an MMus in composition at the Royal
College of Music, with a special interest in electronic and electro-acoustic composition. He is a founder member and organiser of the college laptop orchestra and runs the college free improvisation group. He has also studied Philosophy at the University of Leeds, Classical Guitar Performance at Trinity College of Music, and spent time working as a database developer and IT teacher.
Tim is particularly interested in exploring the way that we listen to and
interact with musical materials and instruments in the digital domain,
and in finding new ways of making and listening to music that make use
of the extraordinary power that new technologies offer. He designs and
builds software instruments for laptop orchestra, solo performance and
gallery installations and is particularly interested in finding ways
that novel musical interactions can be facilitated by the use of digital
technology. An integral part of this work is the exploration of the
space between composition, performance and improvisation using both the electronic and acoustic sound sources (including traditional instruments).
As a performer, he is also an active member of the free improvisation community in London, in particular as a regular attendee of Eddie Prevost’s influential free-improvisation workshops.


SoundFjord | Lost Sounds | Miki Yui & Rolf Julius

Tue Feb 15, 2011 12:00 - Sat Mar 05, 2011

Performance Friday 11 Feb 2010 | Café Oto: £7 adv/£8 door: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/101885
Exhibitions (Free Entry):
12 & 13th Feb // Cafe Oto
15th Feb - 5th March // SoundFjord (Wed-Sat, noon-6pm)

Café Oto is delighted to present Lost Sounds in conjunction with Rie
Nakajima and Soundfjord. Lost Sounds is the first UK exhibition of
German artist Rolf Julius and Miki Yui, both of whom work in the fields
of fine art and music.
Lost Sounds is a collaborative experiment in sound performance and installation, exploring sounds, the environment, objects and one’s visual and acoustic perception.
Split between two locations, Yui and Julius will give a concert on the 11th February, a two-day installation from 12th to 13th February at Café Oto, and subsequently, an exhibition beginning 15th February at SoundFjord. The work will remain open to the public until 5th March. Come celebrate the beginning of Yui and Julius’ collaboration with an evening concert that will form the foundations for an installation that will reside within the different architectural spaces of Café Oto and
SoundFjord. Here, one is intimately invited to delve into their world of
sound: using objects and minimal audio equipment Yui and Julius will
transform the unnoticed and under appreciated within the surroundings
into an unforgettable and intense experience.
Utilising sounds collected during their performance as a point of departure, artefacts found within Café Oto’s four walls will be given unfamiliar lives.
During the hubbub of usual café life, furniture, cutlery, utilitarian
objects and other items still to be imagined will be reinvigorated to
those that care to listen. And listen you should, for this innovative
duo is renowned for its unorthodox work with sound and intense
The installation will further develop in a migration to SoundFjord, after the two-day settlement at the café, and following on from the concert.
Produced by Rie Nakajima in collaboration with Helen Frosi of SoundFjord
SoundFjord would like to offer their condolences to Rolf Julius’ family and friends after his recent passing.


SoundFjord | Audio Screening | i8u

Sun Feb 13, 2011 17:40 - Sun Feb 13, 2011

London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Hlysnan is SoundFjord’s monthly deep listening event. Bring your ears to the
gallery to explore the world of sound is all its facets, guises and surprises! Experience new works from renowned and experienced artists as well as new blood. (Hear their works contextualised next to the sound art work and experimenta that informed their practice). An intense session of listening with the chance for questions and answers afterwards.
SoundFjord.Hlysnan: i8u
Audio Screening
Date: Sunday 13 February 2011 | 6-8pm
Doors: 5:40pm
Entry: £2 | http://www.wegottickets.com/event/107532
info: info@soundfjord.org.uk
During the two-hour screening, the playlist you will hear is the result of four-month’s research through the i8u musical archive. The purpose of the research was simply to weave together a series of tracks to create a fitting atmosphere for immerson*: “two “consuming” evenings of minimal sound art… in which both artists and audience are mutually drawn into the same heights and depths of the sonic/emotional spectrum.” as i8u eloquently states.
The works you will hear are to be felt as well as heard.
The criteria for i8u’s choices are based on the sensitivity of the music, the unique identity of each artist and the immersion quality of each track. The order is designed to set the stage - sounds utilised as an introduction to the event that follow – whilst the conclusion to the evening is faded out elegantly, leaving room for the heart and mind to drift and dream into infinity.
By preparing the piece – stitching together works by various artists – i8u has discovered that although each work selected for her list may be appreciated independently, the entirety of the lengthy piece may be considered a work in its own right!

Along with the conceptual rigour and fine ear i8u has honed over the years, not only does she wish to stimulate the mind, the emotions and the body, she simply hopes you enjoy the work! *immerson, is a concert event and philosophy initiated by France Jobin (i8u) which proposes to create a dedicated listening environment by focusing on the physical comfort of the audience through a specifically designed space. The premise for immerson is to seek out and explore new perceptions and
experiences within the listening process by pushing the notion of “immersion” to its possible limits.
www.immerson.org (Francais) | www.immersound.org (English)


Film Screening | An Island (A film by Vincent Moon featuring Efterklang)

Sat Feb 12, 2011 18:30 - Sat Feb 12, 2011

London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

In August 2010, French filmmaker Vincent Moon and Efterklang's 8 piece-live band met up on an island off the Danish coast.
The objective was to shoot a film; a film with the same length as an album, and a film full of performances, experiments and collaborations. Over an intense period of 4 days Efterklang collaborated with more than 200 local musicians, kids and parents, creating new performances and
interpretations of songs fro...m their album Magic Chairs (4AD, Rumraket 2010).
SoundFjord is a not-for-profit organisation, based in North London. At the core of our interest is a specialisation in experimental music and sound art; we also facilitate research in related fields of interest.
SoundFjord will screen An Island at the gallery on our professional quality surround sound system.
This is a FREE screening | RSVP for entry: info[at]soundfjord.org.uk
or http://anisland.cc/home/attend-a-screening/ (search by country: UK, then look for SoundFjord.)
Refreshment will be provided but feel free to bring your own drinks!


Sonic Social: Networking for Sound Artists

Tue Feb 08, 2011 19:00

London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Make contact with fellow researchers, performers and makers during our informal meet-up. 
Tues 08 February 2011 | 7-9pm | Free | RSVP 
Mon 14 March 2011 | 7-9pm | Free | RSVP 
All artists, researchers, sound designers, curators and performers
may join our ever-growing web list - simply send us an email with your
name, email address, a web link and a brief biog and sentence about
your interests to: info[at]soundfjord[dot]org[dot]uk to have your name
Benefits of joining the sound art network are: access to
international artists and their practices; access to news and
opportunities, crits and social events.
Further information: www.soundfjord.org