I’ll be providing visuals for SOUNDkitchen’s next event on Saturday the 13th. A really fantastic mix of sound artists will be performing, check it out and come down!
Series 2014 #03
CHRIS MAPP & BEN RAMSAY / FORMULS / SOUNDkitchen
SOUNDkitchen’s 2014 series continues on Saturday 13 September at Vivid Projects, Birmingham. This event presents three duo performances from Midlands based artists including our third New Collaborations commission from bass player Chris Mapp and electronic musician Ben Ramsay. After performing for the first time as a duo earlier this year SOUNDkitchen’s own Annie Mahtani and Iain Armstrong will play a live laptop set featuring field recording and live electronics. The third act was selected from our call for Birmingham based emerging artists and presents a live AV set from Formuls a.k.a. James Dooley and Matt Parker. This series is presented with support from the Sound and Music Composer-Curator programme.
As with all our SERIES events this year the gig will be taking place at VIVID Projects, Minerva Works, Digbeth, B5 5RS. Tickets are now on sale can be booked here.CHRIS MAPP & BEN RAMSAY
SOUNDkitchen Series #03 includes the third of our New Collaborations that brings together bass player Chris Mapp and electronic musician Ben Ramsay. While both artists have performed at SOUNDkitchen in the past, this is the first time they have performed together as a duo. Solos from each artist will bookend a central section where both will improvise, with Mapp shaping Ramsay’s material and Ramsay processing Mapp’s sounds. We are looking forward to hearing the blend of Mapp’s manipulated bass improv with Ramsay’s electronic beats, textures and grainy noise.
Chris Mapp is a bass player, improvisor and composer using electronics to manipulate the sound of his instrument creating soundscapes and un-bass like sound worlds. As a composer Mapp uses found sounds and field recordings as inspiration and staring points, connecting them together with improvisation through graphic scores and traditional notation.
Ben Ramsay is an electronic musician preoccupied with the relationships between acoustic music and electronica and recently completed a PhD on the topic. He is one half of electronica duo Soundhacker and works on various other solo projects. He currently leads the Creative Music Technology degree programme at Staffordshire University in the West Midlands, UK.
Formuls is the algorithmic performance environment built with Pure Data by James Dooley. James performs slowly emerging feedback patterns that gradually build into a rich, oscillating backdrop of finely tuned noise. He performs alongside collaborator, Matt Parker who works with real-time fractal visualisations that are responsive to both the feedback systems generated by Formuls as well as the external environment.
James Dooley is a digital artist and creative coder based in Birmingham. James’ performance and installation works focus on creating a sense of place — a meta-environment. Influenced by complexity science, his works rely on the interactions between many simple elements acting autonomously that coalesce to produce emergent forms.
Matt Parker is an audio/visual artist creating immersive experiences that reveal and amplify hidden connections between every-day technology and the environment.
Iain Armstrong & Annie Mahtani form a new permutation of the SOUNDkitchen collective, performing as a duo for the first time earlier this year. The pair have been developing a performance practice that brings the techniques and aesthetics of acousmatic music into a live performance situation. On this occasion Mahtani and Armstrong, working with their respective sound libraries, will perform a structured improvisation mixing and manipulating their material in real time. The music they make is representative of a shared interest in field recording and the integration of found sounds into an abstract musical discourse that is both immersive and evolving.
Iain Armstrong is a composer and sound artist based in Birmingham, UK. Working almost exclusively with recordings of the sound environment, he aims to expose the inherent musicality of this material through reduced listening, digital manipulation and the act of composition and performance. He creates works for fixed media that receive regular presentations in the UK and internationally. His work spans acousmatic concert music, sound design for theatre and visual media, multi-channel sound installation and live electroacoustic performance.
Annie Mahtani is a Birmingham based composer and sound artist. Her music is created from recorded sound objects and field recordings which are then transformed, manipulated and restructured, exploring the juxtaposition of real, abstract and surreal sound worlds. Annie composes concert and installation works, collaborates with dance and theatre companies and performs live electroacousic sets. Her work has been performed extensively internationally.
DATE: Saturday 13 September
DOORS: 7.30pm / 1st Act 8.00pm
ADDRESS: Vivid Projects, 16 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, Birmingham, B5 5RS
TICKETS: £5, available from Brown Paper Tickets:
raspberry pi b+ and a bunch of parts (light sensor, servo, potentiometer, resistors, tilt sensor). Particularly interested in the servo, could be the beginning of a sound reactive robot of some type? Anyway, the plan is that once the Pi is up and running it’s going to be used for all my creative work and gradually move away from using the laptop. The intention is to focus on producing/performing music (or visuals) controlled by sensors, servos and other types of physical computing- more updates on progress to follow!
aishlingcostello said: Your water purifier setup with ChucK is really cool! How do you find ChucK? I haven't had a chance to explore it yet, but I've heard great things.
Hi thanks! I’ll posting the Arduino code & ChucK code soon with video/audio. Yeah Im still exploring ChucK - fun to use and I find it easer then Supercollider (although I haven’t spent that much time comparing the two tbh) Chuck has some cool Ugens and STK instruments also the way ChucK uses time is very unique-but at present it is perhaps not as flexible or well documented as Pure Data…thanks again!
live performance of pulsating tones controlled by water purity sensors and live coded bleeps and beeps.
[thanks to to all @ SOUNDkitchen & Charlotte Lindsay]
Excited about performing with some great artists at Birmingham’s SOUNDKitchen on the 25/07/2014! Details below
MONTY ADKINS & MARTIN CLARKE / KOSTIS KILYMIS / ROBERT CURGENVEN / ALAN BROOKER
FRIDAY 25 JULY / VIVID PROJECTS, DIGBETH / 7.30PM
Tickets £5 advance. Book now
For the second event in our series SOUNDkitchen bring an exciting cohort of local, national and international artists to Birmingham
MONTY ADKINS & MARTIN CLARKE
For the second in our New Collaborations project we bring together composers Monty Adkins and Martin Clarke. Adkins’ work is characterised by slow shifting organic instrumental and concrete soundscapes. His work focuses on encouraging a deeper immersive listening experience and his new works draw together elements from ambient, minimal electronica, acousmatic and experimental electronic music. Clarke is a sound artist, recordist and filmmaker. His work makes extensive use of environmental sound and video material to create layered, abstract, formal spaces which are often representational in appearance.
For this collaboration, Clarke will be performing with environmental sound and Adkins will be performing a set of abstract and ambient materials.
Curgenven’s viscerally nuanced works created from pipe organs in Cornwall are treated through dub aesthetics via early 20th century acetates, dubplates, new vinyl and custom low frequency oscillators to blend the all important hiss and doubling of displaced time inspired by the deep bass-soaked physical immersion of dub sound-system culture.
Robert Curgenven (1974) is a composer/sound artist drawing on the physicality of sound - not just the physical impact on the body but the way in which the auditory can shape our perception of space and the flow of time, from architectural to open space. His works span pipe organ through to feedback, immersive resonances via turntables and custom-made vinyl, as well as carefully detailed field recordings from remote areas in Australia where he lived for many years. The Wire surmises that “behind the music—to these ears at any rate—lurk such [disparate] presences as Alvin Lucier, King Tubby, Murray Schafer and Eliane Radigue.”
Kilymis works on audio feedback systems and re-presentation. His practice touches upon music, performance, installation work and video - developed using a mixture of electronic and acoustic approaches. He has collaborated with musicians such as Lucio Capece, Nikos Veliotis, Leif Elggren, Phil Julian, Sarah Hughes and Patrick Farmer. He also runs the Organized Music from Thessaloniki music label.
For his performance at SOUNDkitchen he will be performing a set using field-recordings, electronics and live feedback manipulations.
As part of our ongoing commitment to supporting emerging artists we are very happy to welcome Alan Brooker onto our stage.
Alan is a digital media artist with a background in Vjing, glitch aesthetics and creative coding. His work investigates live sounds and visuals gleaned from unusual sources both digital and physical, from the sonification of computer source code, electrical magnetic interference and use of forgotten technology. With Birmingham based Audio/Visual collective FreeCode, Alan has performed at the Fierce, Superbyte and Network Music Festivals
During his performance at SOUNDkitchen, Alan will create a collage of mangled cassette tape ambience, pulsating tones controlled by water purity sensors and live coded bleeps and beeps.
An audio excerpt of Arduino water purity sensor setup. The Arduino board detects the amount of resistance in a dish of water (with added lemon). This data is then communicated to ChucK (audio programming language) to create sound/effects
Water sensor experiment: an arduino project to calculate water purity (or how much conductivity there is in the water). Next step is to transfer that data into ChucK or Pure Data for audio processing :)
Next live streaming saturday 14/06/2014, 8pm GMT. Created with Arduino hardware, ChucK and Pure Data software
noise cast test excerpt #3 / sound controlled by an arduino picking up background electrical noise
noise cast test excerpt #2 / sound controlled by an arduino picking up background electrical noise