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Aural Terrains: Quartet - Thanos Chrysakis, James O’Sullivan, Jerry Wigens, Artur Vidal


Dates:
Thu Jul 12, 2012 20:30 - Thu Jul 12, 2012

Location:
London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

12 July: Performance (special event)
Aural Terrains Showcase: Chrysakis, Wigens, Vidal, O'Sullivan | 8:30-9:30pm | (S//S Project Space) wegottickets.com/event/166550

Label Biography: AURAL TERRAINS label started in 2007 as a platform for like-minded composers/musicians who work with the different terrains and depths of sound with rigour and integrity. The aim was – and still is – to disseminate exploratory contemporary music in its different manifestations. It focuses on electroacoustics, composed and improvised music with an emphasis to the spectral dimension of sound. auralterrains.com

Artists Biographies: Thanos Chrysakis’ output consists of composition, performance, and installation. He was born in Athens in 1971, residing in the UK since 1998. His work has appeared on various independent labels, and events in several countries. He composes for electronics, acoustic instruments and environmental sounds, focusing on the structural and aesthetic capacity of sonic matter. His work was amongst the selected works at the International Competition de Musique et d'Art Sonore Electroacoustiques de Bourges 2005, in the category œuvre d'art sonore électroacoustique, while received an honorary mention in 2006 at the 7th International Electroacoustic Competition Musica Viva in Lisbon. Recent compositions include: ΜΑΓΜΑ (Monochrome Vision 2011) Subterranean Sky (Aural Terrains 2010), EIRMOS I / II (for Wilfrido Terrazas [solo flute/bass flute] 2011), ERRINA (for Alexander Bruck [solo viola] 2011). His current performing projects are: a Trio with Wade Matthews and Dario Bernal-Villegas, a duo with Wade Matthews, and the trio ‘Syneuma’ with James O’Sullivan and Jerry Wigens.

James O'Sullivan is a London-based electric guitar player. He has performed in numerous groupings of musicians, many of whom he met through Eddie Prevost's weekly improvisational workshop. In addition, he is the founder, alongside longtime friend and collaborator David Hurn, of Four Seasons Television, which explores the relationship between improvisation, composition, recording and performance. His activities span the two poles from free improvisation to more 'composed' song forms. He has collaborated with songwriters, improvisors, improvising songwriters and other permutations of these elements in an attempt to unpack ideas of terms such as 'free', 'composed', 'technique', 'melody', 'noise', 'rhythm' and 'improvise'.

Jerry Wigens is an improviser and composer who plays guitar and clarinet. Most of his musical activity has taken place in London although he has also performed in Zurich, Geneva, Berlin and Athens. His interest in improvisation started at an early age and he attended John Stevens' workshops at the age of nineteen. Since then he has worked in various musical contexts including rock, jazz and contemporary classical and has performed with Eddie Prevost, George Lewis, Sylvia Hallett and Walter Cardew, among many others. He has also had work performed by guitarist Alan Thomas and contemporary ensemble Vamos. He has studied with Roger Redgate and participates in Eddie Prévost's workshop sessions which he has occasionally convened in Prévost's absence. He also plays guitar in prog/improv band Astrakan.

Artur Vidal was born in León, Spain, and grew up in Paris, where he completed his degree in Art History at the University of Paris I Sorbonne. His musical studies include workshops and courses with Francisco López, Lê Quan Ninh, Fred Frith and Eddie Prevost, with on-site work in Capadoccia, the Amazon, Paris and Trièves, among others. His sound-art work revolves around field recordings, dance, “site-specific” works and improvised music, for which he is currently developing a new setup involving electro-acoustic manipulation of the alto saxophone and amplified objects. He has performed in many countries including performances with his duo, ‘Relentless’, and collaborations with musicians such as Ingar Zach, Wade Matthews, Thanos Chrysakis and Alexander Bruck, among others.

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Film Screening/Performance | L'Inferno | Martin A Smith (live film score) + special guests, The Sound of Film


Dates:
Fri Jul 13, 2012 19:30 - Fri Jul 13, 2012

Location:
London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

13 July: Film Screening/Performance | L'Inferno | Martin A Smith (live film score) + special guests, The Sound of Film | 7:30-10pm | (F2 Hall) | wegottickets.com/event/168349

Tonight Martin A Smith presents an original live score of the 1911 Italian feature, L'Inferno (World premier)

Inferno is a remarkable film based on the poem by Dante Alighieri. Directed by Francesco Bertolini, Adolfo Padovan and Giuseppe de Liguoro it was the first full-length, Italian feature film, famed for its striking images, provocative and spectacular for their time.

Martin has written a new soundtrack to the film inspired by the entrancing beauty of Gregorian Chant, music which resonates both with the images and the story. Martin has taken this music as an “inspirational springboard”, and written an original material score, invoking a soundtrack which remains true to the spirit of the poem and the film. As the chants Martin has decided to work with were written at, or before, the time of Dante, it is the music he would have known.

Film Biography: “The poet Dante is lost in a dark and gloomy wood. At the summit of a mountain he sees the light of salvation. He endeavours to ascend to it, but his way is barred by three wild beasts, symbolising Avarice, Pride and Lust.

Beatrice sees his predicament and descends from Paradise into Limbo, where she asks the poet Virgil to rescue and guide Dante. Virgil knows another way to go, but this leads straight through the entire Inferno, before it continues towards Paradise. Virgil leads Dante to the portals of Inferno. Charon ferries them over the river Acheron, and then they start their journey downwards through the different circles of Inferno.

Dante meets all kind of sinners and sees the never-ending punishments they have to undergo. The various punishments are adjusted to the different transgressions. Among the sinners Dante recognises many persons he has met in Florence, when they were still alive...” - Maths Jesperson

Artist Biography: Martin A Smith is a composer and sound artist whose work is concerned with the creation of atmosphere rather than of form, melody or rhythm, of creating an environment through subtle and harmonious changes rather than through force.

Martin has created sound installations for The Royal Borough Of Kensington and Chelsea, The Victoria And Albert Museum, The British Council, GV Art Gallery, SoundFjord, the Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona, The English Folk Dance And Song Society, Cinetrip in Budapest and The Museum Of Domestic Design And Architecture, amongst others. He has performed live at many venues in Britain and Europe. Martin has written the music for film, television, theatre and contemporary dance, has recently completed the soundtrack for the documentary Utopia London and is currently working on a series of portraits in sound, he is also a is sound designer and is Director of Quadratura, an interactive audio/video projection company. He curates movie themed events with Julian Simon under the banner “The Sound Of Film”. Here they play film soundtracks and promote film composers”

martinasmith.co.uk

quadratura.info

thesoundoffilm.co.uk

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Workshop | Collected Silences | Lead by Softday


Dates:
Sat Jul 14, 2012 12:30 - Sat Jul 14, 2012

Location:
London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

14 July: Workshop | Collected Silences | Lead by Softday | 12:30-6pm | (S//S Project Space)
wegottickets.com/event/168828

“Silences,” said Murke, “ I collect silences. . . . When I have to cut tapes, in the places where the speakers sometimes pause for a moment – ir sigh, or take a breath, or there is absolute silence – I don’t throw that away, I collect it. (Böll, 1966, p114)

For this workshop investigating a specific text as source for inspiration, Softday invite participants to read a short story by the German writer Heinrich Böll (who had a long association with their homeland, Ireland), entitled 'Murke's Collected Silences', which is available free on Google Books.

Having read the short story Softday ask participants to thus prepare some field recordings using the short story as a reference point. Together, Softday will work with participants in a workshop situation to edit, manipulate and de-construct these recordings. Once complete there is the option to then play the new sound work as an ensemble.

Participants on the workshop may also be selected to play live on stage with Softday during their performance is F2 Hall on SUNDAY 15 July.

NOTA BENE Numbers to this workshop are limited. Please book early to avoid disappointment

Artist Biography: Since 1999 Softday have engaged with issues relating to natural cycles in time, climate change and its global effects. Early projects such as Bliain Le Baisteach (A Year of Rainfall) (2000) looked at fluctuating annual rainfall patterns in Ireland. Further, Cóisir an Tsionainn (The Shannon Suite) (2003) focused on the four-year life cycle of the wild Atlantic salmon and the effects of overfishing and pollution on the species ability to survive. Recently the Marbh Chrois (Dead Zone) (2010) project addressed the impact of two ‘contested’ marine dead zones as a key stressor on marine ecosystems in Donegal, Ireland. As a collaborative team they use their arts practice to explore relations to and understandings of nature, expressed through sonifications and multimedia artworks and performances. Both artists are interested in exploring the cracks between various media and creative genres such as expanded theatre, sound art, socially engaged practice, sculpture, music, dance and the application of new technologies.

softday.ie

NOTA BENE Releases by the artists will be available in-store! www.sound-space-store.co.uk


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AV Screening and Performances | Gruenrekorder Label (Rodolphe Alexis, Budhaditya Chattopadhyay, Angus Carlyle and Lasse-Marc Riek ) + Softday (Sean Taylor & Mikael Fernstrom)


Dates:
Sun Jul 15, 2012 16:00 - Sun Jul 15, 2012

Location:
London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

15 July: Performance + AV screening | Gruenrekorder + Softday | 4pm-6pm + 6pm-10pm | (F2 Hall) | £7/£5conc wegottickets.com/event/176844

As a prelude to this evening's Gruenrekorder/Softday performance, we shall screen Michael Trommer's: Ghostwood (35’:36”). It shall be looped from 4pm-6pm.

Tonight performance will be a showcase of the length and breadth of Gruenrekorder’s musical spirit from artists that span the globe. Expect performances from Rodolphe Alexis, Budhaditya Chattopadhyay, Angus Carlyle and Lasse-Marc Riek. Joining them this evening will be Softday, the art-science collaboration of artist Sean Taylor and computer scientist Mikael Fernström.

Performances tonight include:

Rodolphe ALEXIS (FR) | SEMPERVIRENT

Forthcoming release dealing with wildlife sound from Costa Rica: rodolphe-alexis.info

Budhaditya Chattopadhyay (IN) | Eye Contact with the City

Forthcoming release dealing with urban sound from Inda: gruenrekorder.de/?page_id=12

Angus Carlyle, (UK) | Air Pressure

Forthcoming release dealing with noise pollution at the Narita Airport, Japan: gruenrekorder.de/?page_id=1144

Lasse-Marc Riek (DE) | Helgoland

Forthcoming release dealing with wildlife sound recording from the island, Heligoland, Germany.

Label Biography: Gruenrekorder understands itself as an organisation with the aim of promoting experimental music and phonography. To them phonography considers nature/the environment as an acoustic experience, loaded with musical sounds. It is as a form of art and culture, that Gruenrekorder promotes phonography, organising events, lectures, publications and exhibitions as well as artistic projects in the fields of phonography and experimental music. gruenrekorder.de

Artists Biographies: Rodolphe Alexis lives and works in Paris. As a sound recordist, sound artist and designer, his work is based on field recording and electroacoustic composition. He is a founding partner of Double-Entendre (publishing & audio events) and the revue Vibrö, he is also a member of the sound performance duo OttoannA (with Valérie Vivancos). He collaborated with the Groupe de Recherches Musicales INA-GRM, the collective of designers START XXI, the MU collective, artists Guillaume Aubry and Yoko FUKUSHIMA and has taken part in events such as: CitySonics, ESD, SoundLab, Silence Radio, ArteRadio + Popsonics Radio. rodolphe-alexis.info

Budhaditya Chattopadhyay is a sound artist, composer, media practitioner and researcher; primarily working with digital-acoustic manipulation and quasi-musical mediation of location-centric auditory situations, Budhaditya incorporates field recording, processed visual image and spatial practice to produce sound-based artworks for site-specific installation, gallery-based exhibition and live performance. Budhaditya is also involved with practice-led research in audio media; his writings on sound appear on journals such as Organised Sound, IASA and Journal of the Moving Image. Budhaditya is currently working on his PhD in cinematic sound at University of Copenhagen. budhaditya.org

Angus Carlyle is a Joint Director of CRiSAP (Creative Research into Sound Arts Practice) at the University of the Arts, London. In parallel to a long-standing critical engagement with contemporary photography, his writing has tackled subjects as diverse as the suicide of situationist Guy Debord and the sense of place experienced by long-distance truck drivers. His explorations of sound in artistic contexts have involved exhibiting at various galleries, appearing on CDs and performing. He co-curated the Sound Escapes show at Space in London in the summer of 2009 and his first solo album Some Memories of Bamboo was released by Gruenrekorder in the autumn of that year. The aesthetic qualities of the album reflect Angus’ enduring interest in how we humans inhabit our landscapes, a theme that is present in his creative writing, his photographic criticism and in his soundwork. crisap.org

Lasse-Marc Riek’s works are interdisciplinary and can be conceived as groups of works of both visual art (action and conceptual art) and sound art. His art of sound can be described in terms such as acoustic ecology, biophony and soundscapes. Riek uses acoustic field recordings, storing them with different recording media, editing, archiving and presenting them in different contexts. Since 1997, he has operated internationally with exhibitions, concerts, lectures and projects and given guest performances in galleries, art museums, churches and museums. Contributions in public media as well as in broadcast. Awards, Scholarships and Artist-in-Residence programs realised in Europa and Africa. lasse-marc-riek.de

Since 1999 Softday have engaged with issues relating to natural cycles in time, climate change and its global effects. Early projects such as Bliain Le Baisteach (A Year of Rainfall) (2000) looked at fluctuating annual rainfall patterns in Ireland. Further, Cóisir an Tsionainn (The Shannon Suite) (2003) focused on the four-year life cycle of the wild Atlantic salmon and the effects of overfishing and pollution on the species ability to survive. Recently the Marbh Chrois (Dead Zone) (2010) project addressed the impact of two ‘contested’ marine dead zones as a key stressor on marine ecosystems in Donegal, Ireland. As a collaborative team they use their arts practice to explore relations to and understandings of nature, expressed through sonifications and multimedia artworks and performances. Both artists are interested in exploring the cracks between various media and creative genres such as expanded theatre, sound art, socially engaged practice, sculpture, music, dance and the application of new technologies. softday.ie


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Residency: Lee Patterson, Patrick Farmer and Stephen Cornford


Dates:
Thu Jul 19, 2012 17:00 - Sat Jul 21, 2012

Location:
London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

19-21 July: Residency
Stephen Cornford + Patrick Farmer + Lee Patterson
19-20 July: 5-10pm | (S//S Project Space)
21 July: noon-8pm | (S//S Project Space)
Free - Drop in

Related Event: Performance | Stephen Cornford + Patrick Farmer + Lee Patterson | SUNDAY 22 July | 5-9pm | F2 Hall

Stephen Cornford, Patrick Farmer and Lee Patterson will, over the course of a week-long residency at SOUND//SPACE explore the resonance of the building using a diverse range of found and reappropriated materials. These three artists share a preoccupation with the amplification of normally inaudible processes, be they mechanical or organic: the photosynthesis of pondweed, the dissolution of liver salts in water or the quiet grinding of tape player mechanisms. At V22 they will apply these strategies to and within the reverberant hull of the old Peek Frean factory.

Artists Biographies: Primarily concerned with sound, and working across disciplines including improvised music, environmental sound recording, film soundtrack and installation, Lee Patterson attempts to understand his surroundings by using both the aided and the naked ear.

New works have been commissioned by 41st International Film Festival Rotterdam 2012; 25th MIMI Festival, Marseille and AV10, Newcastle. His collaboration with film maker Luke Fowler, A grammar for listening pt1 featured in The British Art Show 2010: In The Days Of The Comet. Between 2009 and 2011, he was artist in residence at Stour Valley Arts, Kent where he created the works, Elemental Fields (July 2010), and Fold, (September 2011).

Solo releases include Egg Fry #2 and Seven Vignettes Wunderkammmern with David Toop and Rhodri Davies was released in December 2010. His solo and collaborative works have featured in exhibitions, festivals and on radio stations worldwide as well as on UK TV.

Stephen Cornford works at the intersection of sculpture and music, using sound and noise to investigate the physical qualities of the world around me. His work inhabits both gallery and gig, taking the forms of kinetic installation and process-based performance by turns, always searching for situations in which the material; whether solid, spatial or sonic; controls the outcome as much as himself. Recent exhibitions include a solo show, Binatone Galaxy at Campbell Works, London; Body/Controlled at LEAP, Berlin and Creative Machines Minimalist Sculptures at TROVE, Birmingham.

Patrick Farmer is a musician and sound artist working within improvisation, poetry, field recording, and prose composition. Still most often referred to as a percussionist, though he hasn’t performed on a drum kit for nearly three years, Farmer will commonly enlist the help of a drum or turntable to act as a resonator for natural materials or filtering field recordings. He is a founding member of the Set Ensemble and is currently studying towards his Ph.D. entitled, the role of audition in the notion of field, at Oxford Brookes, where he spends most of his time scrawling out short spatterings of prose poetry postulating towards how what we hear can tacitly influence movement and disposition. Throughout 2011 he was fortunate enough to be artist in residence at a series of inspiring galleries and artist run project spaces through Europe. Over the last two months Patrick has been walking the entire Welsh Coast, creating a work entitled, We do not stop hearing, when do I stop writing? He is currently working on his first book, try I bark, a collection of writings relating to how we react to being surrounded and the impression of words on a page reflecting what is heard in environment.

scrawn.co.uk

ideasattachedtoobjects.blogspot.co.uk

NOTA BENE Releases by the artists will be available in-store! www.sound-space-store.co.uk