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EVENT

Visiting Hours: Mem1 with Special Guests Attila Faravelli + Daniel Thomas Freeman


Dates:
Mon Jan 16, 2012 20:00 - Mon Jan 16, 2012

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

Visiting Hours: Mem1
with Special Guests Attila Faravelli + Daniel Thomas Freeman

SoundFjord, the UK's only sound art devoted gallery and research unit, is delighted to present an evening of new audio work by the US-based electro-acoustic ensemble, Mem1 (Mark and Laura Cetilia).

SoundFjord are pleased to introduce special guest performers, Attila Faravelli and Daniel Thomas Freeman (Rameses III).

The evening will be a showcase for Mem1 to present audio work created during their Visiting Hours residency/exhibition at SoundFjord. (The residency runs from 09-22 January 2012, with audio-visual installation running 21 Jan-25 Feb 2012.)

The work itself will document Mem1's experience of London and will utilise location recordings, captured radio spectra and recordings made with their musical instruments (cello, voice, and analogue electronics, as well as custom software/hardware that allow for real-time manipulation of these sound sources). For their associated AV installation at SoundFjord, the audio will also intertwine with locally recorded video footage.

Attila Faravelli is known for his specific method of injecting sound through a self-built array of modified speakers. During his live set, Attila will shape sonic output through passive acoustic phenomena. This will open up the stage and emphasise the intrinsic relational quality of sound with its reflections by physical objects and space (acoustics).

Daniel Thomas Freeman will unveil new works for violin, keyboard, tuned percussion and electronics. Daniel will also perform pieces selected from his acclaimed debut album, The Beauty Of Doubting Yourself (Home Normal, 2011).

Further information on the residency and exhibition: www.soundfjord.org

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Biographies:

Mem1 seamlessly blends the sounds of cello and electronics to create a limitless palette of sonic possibilities. In their improvisation-based performances, Mark and Laura Cetilia's use of custom hardware and software, in conjunction with a uniquely subtle approach to extended cello technique and realtime modular synthesis patching, results in the creation of a single voice rather than a duet between two individuals. Their music moves beyond melody, lyricism and traditional structural confines, revealing an organic evolution of sound that has been called "a perfect blend of harmony and cacophony" (Forced Exposure).

Founded in Los Angeles in 2003, Mem1 has traveled extensively, performing at Issue Project Room, Roulette, REDCAT/Disney Hall, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Electronic Church (Berlin), the Laptopia Festival (Tel-Aviv), the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, and the Borealis Festival (Bergen). They have taken part in residencies at Harvestworks in New York, STEIM and Kunstenaarslogies in the Netherlands and USF Verftet in Bergen, Norway.

In 2009, they created Visiting Hours, a site-specific installation for the Museums of Bat Yam (Israel); this winter, they travel to London to create Visting Hours II, a site-specific installation for SoundFjord.

Their collaborative works with media artists Liora Belford and Kadet Kuhne have been screened and installed at venues including the Institute for Contemporary Art (London), the Hordaland Kunstsenter (Bergen), the Sundance Film Festival, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco).

Throughout their career, they have collaborated with a variety of artists including the Penderecki String Quartet, Steve Roden, Jan Jelinek, Frank Bretschneider, and Stephen Vitiello. Age of Insects, a full-length album with Vitiello, is now available through Dragon's Eye Recordings. Together, Mem1 curates the experimental music series Ctrl+Alt+Repeat (www.ctrl-alt-repeat.com) and the record label Estuary Ltd (www.estuary-ltd.com).

Websites: www.mem1.com | www.laura.cetilia.org | href="http://www.mark.cetilia.org ">www.mark.cetilia.org

Attila Faravelli is an italian electro-acoustic composer and performer. His solo music is released by Die Schachtel. With Andrea Belfi he is half of the duo Tumble (their music is also released on Die Schachtel). He plays with Nicola Ratti (Coriolis Sounds/Boring Machines) and builds temporary sound installations in various urban and extra urban areas with the artist Nicola Martini (their sound work is released on the label Presto!?).

Website: href="http://www.attilafaravelli.com ">www.attilafaravelli.com

Daniel Thomas Freeman is a founding and current member of Rameses III, the South London group that has, over the last ten years, released albums on labels such as Type, Important, Digitalis and Under The Spire, and who have supported such genre luminaries as Stars Of The Lid, Current 93, Murcof, Fursaxa, James Blackshaw, Yellow Swans and Astral Social Club.

His debut album The Beauty Of Doubting Yourself was released on Home Normal in June 2011. His recordings have also been included on the fundraiser album, A Silent Swaying Breath (www.music.audiogourmet.co.uk/album/a-silent-swaying-breath).

Websites: www.descendingangel.com | www.ramesesiii.com

SoundFjord is a not-for-profit sound art devoted organisation. As a gallery and research unit (with nomadic tendencies) it supports the sonic arts in its myriad forms. www.soundfjord.org


EVENT

AudioKino Film Screening | Sound Aspects of Material Elements: John Grzinich


Dates:
Sun Oct 02, 2011 20:00 - Sun Oct 02, 2011

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

AudioKino (Sound Focused Cinema):
Sound Aspects of Material Elements - John Grzinich
Sunday 02 October | 8pm start 
Apiary Studios | 585 Hackney Road | E2 9EG
£4 suggested donation | BYOB
Further info: 
www.soundfjord.org/eventsperformance.htm www.maaheli.ee/main/archives/1419
AudioKino: The AudioKino project presents work in which film, video and sound meet: In 2011, SoundFjord, the UK’s only gallery and research unit devoted to sound art, began in earnest to present an ongoing series of film and video works under the banner 'AudioKino' (SoundCinema): a platform to interrogate the nexus between sound and image (its concept and articulation) within cinema and new media practices.
Taking place in a variety of venues including art house cinemas, galleries and living rooms, AudioKino is an ongoing dialogue between cinematic and private space, and audience; and conceptual impetus and technology. Through this programme, SoundFjord endeavours to present adventures in ‘audiocentric’ cinema – a journey through objectivity and abstraction, documentary, fiction and everything in between. And at every step, paying particular interest to sound and score.
About the Film: Sound Aspects of Material Elements reveals how our sense of hearing can use non-linguistic signals to communicate, interpret and build relations to the world around us. Using sound as the primary signifer, the film shows a specific approach to the artistic use of sound, covering a three-year period of the authors personal research and collaborations with a number of close colleagues. The film documents in-situ processes of exploration and sonification of the landscape along with the numerous objects and structures found there.
About the Artist: John Grzinich (b.1970) has been working with sound as an artistic medium since the early 1990s. He lives and works in Estonia with MoKS a non-proft artist run space. 
www.soundfjord.org


OPPORTUNITY

Open Call: SoundFjord Seeks Alternative Scores


Deadline:
Sun Sep 18, 2011 23:59

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

Open Call: SoundFjord Seeks Alternative Scores
 
SoundFjord are seeking object-, video-, multi-media- or paper-based scores for a fundraiser to benefit those affected by the unrest which ravaged regions of the UK earlier in August.
 
We invite submissions from all backgrounds to create alternative forms of notation for musicians and sound artists to perform at a community benefit concert to take place at Apiary Studios, Tower Hamlets.
 
There are no limitations as to what you might create, but scores should be accessible to all i.e. works should be ‘readable’ to those with and without formal musical training; they should also be easily transportable. You may wish to leave instructions for ‘reading/deciphering’ the score(s) you create.
 
In addition, we encourage informal workshops to be organised for groups to collaborate on ideas and the creation of scores.
 
Works will be displayed and auctioned off after the performance(s) takes place. All profits will go towards assisting those that have lost their homes and livelihoods, while helping to provide opportunities for philanthropy, creative expression and collaboration within local community projects.
 
If you have any queries about creative possibilities, would like some inspiration, or require further clarification on what an alternative score is (*), please do not hesitate to contact SoundFjord at the email address detailed below.
 
DEADLINE: SUNDAY 18 September 2011
 
Send your original works by post, or alternatively deliver by hand, Wednesday to Saturday (please give us prior notice before making your visit). We will accept multi-media scores on CD and DVD, please make works suitable for playback on Mac.
 
SoundFjord
Unit 3b – Studio 28
28 Lawrence Road
London, N15 4ER
United Kingdom
 
+44 20 8800 3024 | +44 7973 153 366
(Wednesday to Saturday; noon-6pm)
 
info[at]soundfjord.org.uk
www.soundfjord.org
 
Please visit our website regularly for further information regarding participation and involvement with related fundraisers, workshops, performances and calls for artists and musicians.
 
*An ‘alternative score’ can be loosely defined as a non-standard arrangement for musicians, performers and so forth; an unorthodox instruction manual for creative endeavour if you will. This may be created out of objects, video, text, photography, and so forth.
Image: Laurence Moxon Byrne | tottenham, 07 August 2011


EVENT

Simon Whetham | Active Crossover | Exhibition Closing Performance


Dates:
Wed Sep 28, 2011 20:00 - Wed Sep 28, 2011

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

Simon Whetham | Active Crossover.
Exhibition – 10 August - 01 October 2011 | noon-6pm | free | SoundFjord, Unit 3b - Studio 28, 28 Lawrence Road, London, N15 4ER.
Performance: Closing week event – 28 September 2011 | doors 7:30pm | entry free. Secret location - email us for details! With crossover performances from Douglas Benford, Martin Clark, John Grzinich, Kaffe Matthews, Jo Thomas & Simon Whetham.
Workshop and presentation – 01 October 2011 | 1pm | free | SoundFjord, Unit 3b - Studio 28, 28 Lawrence Road, London, N15 4ER. Simon will also present past and present work, and introduce participants to ‘Active Listening’.
Active Crossover is an electronic circuit used in speaker construction, which enables a speaker to transmit sound information consistently and accurately across space. Simon Whetham’s project reflects this process, both in terms of the way the space is actually set up, and in the way the work continues to emerge out of social relationships formed through travel and communication. Simon’s work is as much about the ‘social’ as it is the ‘sonic’.
 
The installation consists of two darkened, acoustically treated spaces that can be entered into from the main exhibition space. In one space is a surround sound composition created from field recordings made while Simon was artist-in-residence in Tallinn, Estonia, and also from Bristol, Brighton, Bracknell, Reading, Liverpool, Leeds and now London, charting the journey the project has taken so far. The second space features pieces by artists that Simon has performed and collaborated with through running the project, and through their ongoing cultural exchanges, recordings and events. If you stay in the main exhibition space you can hear the sound bleeding out and mingling from both spaces, forming a new and evolving communal work. 
 
Integral to the project is a series of performance evenings which investigate improvisation and collaborative working methods, as well as an ‘active listening’ workshop. The experience of listening reflects the conditions of the work’s creation, and the conditions of his own journey – one of interpersonal exchange and interaction – around Eastern Europe and now the UK. 
 
Simon composes with ‘field recordings’ – sound recordings made of the immediate environment using an array of microphones and a recording device. Field recordings are a form of sonic documentation, but by overlaying and reordering them Simon has created a new configuration, no longer a straightforward representation of a real place or situation, but rather a collage of places and times. It acts a lot like memory; based in real experiences and places, but altered by one’s personal and emotional recollection of them; reordered and recomposed – like memories – by influences other than the pure data involved. The work, purely sonic, may remind you of listening to a film without seeing the screen. 
Simon Whetham has performed extensively and shown in many galleries in the UK and in Europe. His sound compositions have been released through specialist record labels Monochrome Vision, Unfathomless, Dragon’s Eye, Impulsive Habitat, 1000fussler, 3Leaves, Kaon, Trente Oiseaux, Entr’acte, Gruenrekorder, Con-V,  Mystery Sea, Install and Lens Records, with forthcoming releases from Cronica and And/OAR.
Image: Iris Garrelfs | Opening Active Crossover Performance | 10 aug 2011 | Cafe Oto


EVENT

Simon Whetham | Active Listening Workshop


Dates:
Sat Oct 01, 2011 13:00 - Sat Oct 01, 2011

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

Simon Whetham | Active Crossover.
Exhibition – 10 August - 01 October 2011 | noon-6pm | free | SoundFjord, Unit 3b - Studio 28, 28 Lawrence Road, London, N15 4ER.
Performance: Closing week event – 28 September 2011 | doors 7:30pm | entry free. Secret location - email us for details! With crossover performances from Douglas Benford, Martin Clark, John Grzinich, Kaffe Matthews, Jo Thomas & Simon Whetham.
Workshop and presentation – 01 October 2011 | 1pm | free | SoundFjord, Unit 3b - Studio 28, 28 Lawrence Road, London, N15 4ER. Simon will also present past and present work, and introduce participants to ‘Active Listening’.
Active Crossover is an electronic circuit used in speaker construction, which enables a speaker to transmit sound information consistently and accurately across space. Simon Whetham’s project reflects this process, both in terms of the way the space is actually set up, and in the way the work continues to emerge out of social relationships formed through travel and communication. Simon’s work is as much about the ‘social’ as it is the ‘sonic’.
 
The installation consists of two darkened, acoustically treated spaces that can be entered into from the main exhibition space. In one space is a surround sound composition created from field recordings made while Simon was artist-in-residence in Tallinn, Estonia, and also from Bristol, Brighton, Bracknell, Reading, Liverpool, Leeds and now London, charting the journey the project has taken so far. The second space features pieces by artists that Simon has performed and collaborated with through running the project, and through their ongoing cultural exchanges, recordings and events. If you stay in the main exhibition space you can hear the sound bleeding out and mingling from both spaces, forming a new and evolving communal work. 
 
Integral to the project is a series of performance evenings which investigate improvisation and collaborative working methods, as well as an ‘active listening’ workshop. The experience of listening reflects the conditions of the work’s creation, and the conditions of his own journey – one of interpersonal exchange and interaction – around Eastern Europe and now the UK. 
 
Simon composes with ‘field recordings’ – sound recordings made of the immediate environment using an array of microphones and a recording device. Field recordings are a form of sonic documentation, but by overlaying and reordering them Simon has created a new configuration, no longer a straightforward representation of a real place or situation, but rather a collage of places and times. It acts a lot like memory; based in real experiences and places, but altered by one’s personal and emotional recollection of them; reordered and recomposed – like memories – by influences other than the pure data involved. The work, purely sonic, may remind you of listening to a film without seeing the screen. 
Simon Whetham has performed extensively and shown in many galleries in the UK and in Europe. His sound compositions have been released through specialist record labels Monochrome Vision, Unfathomless, Dragon’s Eye, Impulsive Habitat, 1000fussler, 3Leaves, Kaon, Trente Oiseaux, Entr’acte, Gruenrekorder, Con-V,  Mystery Sea, Install and Lens Records, with forthcoming releases from Cronica and And/OAR.
Image: Iris Garrelfs | Opening Active Crossover Performance | 10 aug 2011 | Cafe Oto