Posted on 2014-09-08 20:01:37 .
On Saturday September 13th the 25th Colourscape music festival will kick off with my piece Ludus which was their Rawsthorne Commission for 2009. Billed as Round 3 (Rounds 1 and 2 were performed in Clapham 2009 and Turku 2011) this vast musical game pits the Apollo Saxophone Quartet (veterans of 2009) against newcomers the Kaleidoscope Quartet! Ludus was created especially for Colourscape and treats the amazing structure as a giant board game. Players’ movements through the space are controlled by the throw of dice (usually by unwitting audience members) and the music is shaped by the colours the players land in according to rules of performance and computer processing which is controlled by wireless colour sensors. The central “performance space” is transformed into a games room and is particularly popular with families. Its a great day out and performances run from 1 – 5pm. For a taster you can watch the video of the 2009 performance here and you can download a full brochure for the colourscape festival from their website here.
Some of my suite The Seasons, an old Colourscape favorite will also be performed at the grand 25th birthday bash on the following Saturday 20th September.
Posted on 2014-09-08 20:00:38 .
I’ve just returned from a month-long residency at ZKM the extraordinary centre for media arts and technology in Karlsruhe. I was there to continue my research around exploded sounds, the spatialisation of individual partials, which forms the basis of my installations The Exploded Sound and Significant Birds. I wanted to find ways of using these techniques in a more concert-oriented context. The installations rely on the ability of the listener to move around hearing sounds from different perspectives. My stay at ZKM offered me the opportunity of adapting the techniques to work with their Zirkonium software and 43-speaker sound dome.
I will post a full report shortly.
Posted on 2014-05-09 09:45:52 .
The Oxford Handbook of Interactive Audio has recently been published, containing my chapter Navigating Sound,
Locative and Translocational Approaches to Interactive Audio. The chapter grew out of work I did with locative media (GPS enabled smartphones) at the Lansdown Centre for Electronic Arts at Middlesex University some years ago, in particular the locative drama Scratch which we made with the BBC and writer Penelope Skinner. The chapter explores the notion of a form of embodied interaction in which the listener navigates a virtual aural landscape built up around their starting location by the application. I discuss the precedents for this form of interaction, in which a temporal experience is created through spatial exploration, in developments in the 1950s musical avant-garde and the increasing dominance of a view of music (in particular) in which the listener is an explorer of a landscape rather than a passive observer. This draws on Johnson and Larson’s identification of two conceptual metaphors for music, one in which music flows past a stationary listener and the other in which the listener moves through a musical landscape.
Posted on 2014-04-09 11:14:56 .
My installation Significant Birds is now touring with the exhibition ILLUSION originally created for the Science Gallery in Dublin. The installation consists of 12 bird cages with small speakers which emit fluctuating sine waves that sound like bird song. Collectively however they add up to discernible human speech, a text taken from Helmholtz’ On the Sensation of Tone. You can find more details of the piece here. the exhibition also features Madi Boyd’s The Point of Perception for which I made the sound.
The ILLUSION exhibition is currently at the Reuben Fleet Science Center in San Diego and runs until the 15th of January. The tour will continue to North Carolina in 2015 – watch this space for further dates.
Posted on 2014-04-01 11:55:56 .
Following the success of last year’s Visions of the Universe exhibition my digital composition class has again provided the soundtrack to a new exhibition at the National Maritime Museum. Guiding Lights covers the work of Trinity House, the centre that coordinates the UKs lighthouses and Maritime safety. The Exhibition runs until January 2016.
Posted on 2014-03-24 18:08:34 .
The Tate have just put up a little piece I wrote for their blog here. I was asked to evaluate and consider the potential of their project Art Maps (see below) and contextualise it in relation to my own artistic practice.
Posted on 2014-01-11 18:50:16 .
On Friday 17th January I will be speaking at a Tate research event entitled Art Maps: Field Notes.
This research seminar features presentations by three artists, myself, Simon Pope and Susan Stockwell, followed by a panel discussion, chaired by Professor Steve Benford, investigating the Tate’s Art Maps project and the relationship between art, place and technology. The Art Maps project is developing a web application that allows people to relate Tate artworks to places. Using a smartphone or computer, anyone will be able to find works in Tate’s collection on a digital map, then share local knowledge to help pinpoint locations as well as add comments.
We were invited to explore and test the Art Maps website on desktop and mobile devices and are each presenting a short illustrated response to the site, and the ideas behind it, from the perspective of our own practice and creative preoccupations. There is also a short presentation by doctoral student Cristina Locatelli, examining her findings from a series of public engagements with Art Maps. The event would be of particular interest to artists, technologists, curators and academics interested in locative media and mapping.
Full details can be found on the Tate website.