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Bank Holiday events…

I am involved in two events over this bank holiday weekend…

THIS EVENING, I shall be recreating the tape-loop powered “Proximity Mixer” – a collaboration with Tom Fox of Vulpestruments – at Hackoustic Presents… at Iklectik. This piece was previously shown at Tate Modern’s “Tate Lates” last November.

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Full details here: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/157051164821066/

Then, on TUESDAY 30th May, I shall be performing at Gwaith Sŵn’s NOSON at the Victoria in Dalston. It’s a great line up:

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DISINFORMATION is a pioneering electronic music and installation art project. Disinformation artworks mostly focus on the creative potential of electromagnetic interference – radio noise from live mains electricity and from the sun etc – as perceptual equivalents of synaesthetic phenomena, and on the psychology of auditory and visual illusions. www.rorschachaudio.com/

JENN KIRBY is an Irish composer, based in Wales. She is a Programme Director and Lecturer in Music at the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David. Her work ranges from instrumental composition, to electroacoustic, to laptop orchestra and the performance of live electronics, sound art and performance art. Jenn’s work explores elements of theatricality, humour and subversion. www.JennKirby.com

ORBS ASUNDER, Leipzig DE. A sprawl of roaring macrocosmic synth concreté from the Saxony based Kabbalistic Synthesizer with algorithmically controlled live electronics and visuals. www.samconran.com/

KEVIN KA WEI CHAN is a London-based artist and musician whose work primarily focuses on the use of redundant and discarded consumer audio technologies. His live performances typically focus on the manipulation of homemade cassette tape loops. www.kevinkaweichan.com

PAUL FREEMAN is a sound designer, composer and sound artist producing work for theatre, gallery, film and radio. His live performances regularly use bells and other metal sound objects along with digital manipulation to create improvised electroacoustic soundscapes. www.paultqfreeman.com/

 

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Tickets will be available on the door for both events.

 

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Upcoming events…

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I will be involved with the first ever “Tate Lates” at Tate Modern on Friday 28/10/2016. I have collaborated with Tom Fox of Vulpestruments, providing cassette tape loops for his new creation the “Proximity Mixer”. Come and check it out, along with loads of other interesting stuff from Hackoustic and others.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1809890635958315/

I am honoured to be performing at GWYL NAWR Festival in Swansea on 20/11/2016. It is a stellar line-up, and raising money for a very worthy cause.

https://www.facebook.com/events/658070144351457/672131582945313/

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These events will be my last contributions to the world of sound in 2016, aside from Sonic Darts, which continues to be broadcast on the first Monday of every month at 8pm on Resonance 104.4fm.

Roof performance for Sonica FM

Duo with Dan Linn-Pearl. Tape loops and voice. ‘Last of the Summer Sound’ on the roof of Sonica FM’s new studio. 19/09/2015

Performance in full:

Latest Sonic Darts: Space/Sci-Fi

Logic v Pro Tools/New episode of Sonic Darts

I first used Pro Tools around six years ago, having spent the previous decade flitting between various DAWs – Sonar, viaCubase, via Cakewalk, as I recall. After a couple of years, I found myself gravitating more towards Logic, for a number of reasons – I love a lot of its native plugins/sample libraries, the superior midi aspect makes it better for putting together scores or sketching ideas quickly, and I don’t have to plug in anything external if I want to get my laptop out on a train and work on something.

The last big project I did in Logic was the recording, editing and mixing of a Heck Tate track for the excellent Rip This Joint Compilation Vol. 1 (available as a free download or LP here).

The Logic session for Heck Tate's 'Drip Dry' track for the RTJ comp.

The Logic session for Heck Tate’s ‘Drip Dry’ track for the RTJ comp.

Since we were generally satisfied with how ‘Drip Dry’ turned out, we began work on recording the first (and last) Heck Tate album in the same way. Tracking is almost complete, and the size and complexity of the sessions is starting to make Logic unworkable. Consequently, when it came time to do some interim test mixing, I fired up the old copy of Pro Tools. Immediately, I was struck by how much ‘cleaner’, quicker and intuitive dealing with pure audio files seemed to be. Crucially, the ease and speed with which one can overcome CPU overload by making tracks inactive or sub-mixing to a bus track made all those Logic-induced headaches go away.

Naturally, when it came time to edit and mix the latest episode of Gwaith Sŵn’s Sonic Darts, I saw an opportunity to make my life easier by using Pro Tools. It was all going so well as I raced against the clock to meet Resonance’s submission deadline. After  8-hours solid working on it, I reached the 3am hinterland in surprisingly good spirits. That was, until I clicked on ‘Bounce’ and was greeted with a 1-hour countdown. In my enthusiasm, I had completely forgotten the exporting in PT takes place in realtime, and I had condemned myself to another 2 hours (one to wait for the mix, another to listen through and check for errors in final file) before any sleep.

This month’s edition of Gwaith Sŵn’s Sonic Darts is broadcast tonight at 8pm (then repeated tomorrow at 9am) on Resonance104.4fm.

This time around, we’re tackling the subject of conspiracy theories. I contributed a piece that explores Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP) and alien conspiracies.

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You can listen online here: http://radioplayer.resonancefm.com/console/

Some photos from SPACE Gallery performance…

Enjoyable, if somewhat gruelling (I think we played for over 40-minutes, which is around twice what we/I usually manage) show.11035618_875280655840606_9138136313595485738_n

As usual, the performance was dictated and directed by the P.A. we were playing through, which on this occasion wanted us to play a mushy, ambient, primal set, rather than the more song-like vignettes we managed last time out at LimeWharf . We duly obliged.

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Thanks to Sonica for having us again. Dan and I are working on an album, more details to follow…

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Performance at SPACE Gallery 14/06/15

I am performing in a duo with Dan Linn-Pearl this Sunday at SPACE Gallery in Hackney, as part of Sonica FM‘s 3-day festival. Our set will combine my tape looping with Dan’s vocal loops.

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Here’s a recording of our last performance at LimeWharf:

Event details HERE: