Posted on 2015-06-05 11:00:31 .
I have created a new installation piece for the Make||Sound sound art festival that runs in Leicester from Saturday 6th June to Thursday 11th June in a pop up venue in the Highcross shopping Mall. The venue, a former Virgin Media store, will be transformed into an exhibition space for new sound works. My installation, entitled ‘Jack’ explores an idea I wrote about some 15 years ago, the Anxious Sound Object. Drawing on Harold Rosenberg’s notion of the anxious object, and artwork so realistic it causes anxiety in the viewer. The anxious sound object uses a concealed sound source to similarly evoke a possible reality. ‘Jack’ looks like a load of old rubbish!
Posted on 2015-06-05 10:03:24 .
In conjunction with the Make||Sound exhibition (see above) I will be giving a keynote talk at the Make||Sound symposium at The Curve in Leicester on Friday 12th June. Using examples from my own practice, my talk, entitled Public Engagement, Private Divorce, Contexts and Motivations in a Sonic Arts Practice eals (in part) with the relationship between the Artist’s motivations and narratives and the requirements of audiences, commissioners and funders.
Posted on 2015-06-01 10:52:59 .
I have just completed a short (50 seconds!) piece for a concert at my Alma Mater, York University Music Department. The concert features 50 such work from composers who have graduated from the department in its 50 years of existance. It is part of a reuniun/celebration event to mark this Aniversary. I had a lot of fun writing for Cello and Bass Clarinet and am looking forward to the premier on Saturday 13th June.
The concert will be at 4pm in the Jack Lyons concert hall of which I have many happy memories!
Posted on 2015-05-05 10:49:22 .
I recently returned from a visit to Porto Digital, a hub for new media companies in Recife, Brazil. I was invited to talk and give a one day workshop on sound for interactive installation as part of a week-long series of training opportunitiesfor local sound designers and artists. The event was sponsored by the Department of Trade and Investment, through the British Consulate in Sau Paulo, and focussed on sound and music for film, games and interactive installation. The workshop included practical work with camera sensing techniques (colour tracking and frame differenceing) and gestural control using wii controllers. The day ended in style with a roughy hewn but entertaining performance of Frevo, a local dance, with a colour tracked umbrella!
Posted on 2015-02-07 17:39:08 .
Cathy Lane’s installation BEAM opens in Kochi in Kerala India on Sunday 8th February. The installation, created together with students from the Srishti media school in Bangalore, explores the lighthouses and maritime life of Kochi, through interviews with lighthouse keepers, field recordings and other found sounds. Sounds are mixed in the space according to real time AIS shipping data using custom software I developed for the piece, which allows the artists to assign sounds to different categories of shipping. the software tracks local shipping in real time and updates the mix according to the distances of ships from the local lighthouses as well as other data. The exhibition runs till 18th February at the Artry Gallery, Kochi and is satellite event of the Kochi Bienale.
Posted on 2015-02-07 17:30:57 .
My installation Bird Cage was featured as part of the Parallax05 event at the ICA on 7th Feb. The event aimed to unite “irreconcilable” musical approaches in a single concert and featured installations, improvisations and composed works in and around the theatre space in the ICA, featuring music from composers such as Ed Jesson, Paul Newland, Gwyn Pritchard and Sam Hayden. It was organised by the composition and research departments of Trinity Laban Conservatoire.
Bird:Cage, originally created for the John Cage festival Out of the Cage in 2012, features a single partial of the voice of John Cage, presented as a chirping speaker cone in a bird cage and is a kind of forerunner to my installation Significant Birds. At the ICA it was presented in the entrance to the concert and merged into the performance through a new sound clip revealing the source of the sound through the gradual transformation of an increasing number of electronic virtual birds into the recognisable sound of Cage reading his famous Lecture on Nothing.
Posted on 2015-02-07 17:17:33 .
I have written a paper describing in detail the technical and aesthetic processes adopted in the Exploded Sound and Significant Birds installations. The paper appears in the current issue of the online sound arts journal Divergence Press and can be found here.
In it I discuss technical aspects of my approach to spatialising individual partials of complex sounds, alongside the aesthetic aims, describing the research process and some conclusions that have been drawn from experiencing the works in situ. The discussion locates the work within my wider research on navigable sonic structures.
The issue, edited by Eric Lyon, is devoted to approaches to novel approaches to sound spatialisation and also features a paper on the ZKM Klangdom, for which I am currently composing a new piece, growing out of a month long residency in Karlsruhe last summer.
Posted on 2015-01-16 09:21:15 .
Madi Boyd’s new solo show opens tomorrow, 17th January, with a private view from 2 – 4pm and thereafter each Saturday from 12 – 4pm. The show features two large installation works, The Point of Perception and Projective Distortions, in which moving image is combined with sculptural objects in intriguing ways, playing with our perception of movement and form. I have designed the sound for both pieces which interact sonically to create an immersive environment to complement the play of light in the space. The show is at the Gerald Moore Gallery in the grounds of Eltham College on Mottingham Lane, London, SE9 4RW until the 28th February. The exhibition is co-curated by Art x Neuroscience (AXNS) and you can find more about the exhibition on their website.
Posted on 2015-01-16 08:42:03 .
The Dublin Science Gallery’s touring exhibition ILLUSION will open in Charlotte, North Carolina on 3rd February. The exhibition features my installation Significant Birds, in which spoken word (a reading from Helmholtz) is disassembled into individual partials presented on little speakers in bird cages. The exhibition also includes a version of Madi Boyd’s The Point of Perception, for which I designed the sound (and which can currently also be seen in the Gerald Moore Gallery in Eltham).
The exhibition at the Discovery Place will be on until May 10th and follows a long run at the Reuben Fleet Science centre in San Diego. All pieces in the exhibition focus on forms of illusion, playing with and interrogating our perception. There is more about Significant Birds here.