Alex Ward‘s musical activities are still as not as well known as they should be, despite over a quarter century of extraordinary work. As a clarinettist his virtuosity and imagination are pretty much unrivalled, and his electric guitar playing doesn’t lag behind. He’s worked with plenty of famous names (Derek Bailey, Eugene Chadbourne, Thurston Moore) […]
Tim Parkinson is one of the most unassumingly fascinating composers at work in the UK at the moment. The surfaces of his music are often free of many of the usual appurtenances of experimental music, but his work continually upsets expectations and has a logic unlike any other music around. He has written for groups […]
Café Kino, Bristol
8pm, Wednesday 17th June 2015
when is it enough?
Cassette composer and Xerox artist Jason Zeh from Bowling Green Ohio, has spent the better part of the last decade and a half forging a unique sonic vocabulary that seeks to uncover the inherent flaws in cassette tapes and to devise processes that bring those flaws into sharp focus. Zeh forces the listener to focus on the hidden traits and materiality of cassette tape: scratches on the surface, the clicking of the machinery, the magnetic fields of the motors, layering of tape hiss, and the physical manipulation of magnetic granules on the surface of the tape all become key compositional elements instead of obstacles to be overcome in the interest of producing an unblemished recording. Zeh’s work has been variously described as “noise plus,” by Frans de Waard, and as “brutally precise non-music” by Khristopher Rienshagen, accurately addressing his tireless search for an extended technique cassette music that is often difficult to pin down.
Four CRT televisions
Stephen Cornford is an installation artist and experimental musician who works by reconfiguring consumer electronics. In 2015 he is touring a new performance which ab/uses four CRT televisions in a system in which sound produces image and vice versa. Recent solo shows include Rumpsti Pumsti (Berlin), Lydgalleriet (Bergen) & Campbell Works (London). Stephen’s work has been included in international group exhibitions at ICC, Tokyo; ZKM Centre for Media & Art, Karlsruhe; Signum Foundation, Venice and Haus der Elektronische Künste, Basel. He is also artistic director of Oxford’s Audiograft Festival and co-curates the Consumer Waste label.
Ben Gwilliam is an artist whose work spans sound, film, installation & performance. His work explores how the mechanics of sound medias’ reflect the ways in which we listen to and look upon the world around us. His fascination with making sound drives a curiosity that forms as durational performances and Installations, film & video works and writing. On this tour Ben will perform a new process work for frozen dictaphones. He has exhibited & performed internationally in spaces such as La casa Encendida Madrid, The Cornerhouse Manchester, Artists Unlimited Bielefeld, Modern Art Oxford, & FACT Liverpool. His performance and composed works have been commissioned by Abandon Normal Devices Festival (UK 2010), Rumilingen new music (CH 2010), University of Salford (UK 2008) & IOU Theatre (UK 2003). His music and performances work has seen him collaborate with Artists such as Claus van Bebber, Helmut Lemke, Lee Patterson and many more.
Café Kino, Bristol
8pm, Wednesday 3rd June 2015
Italian noise by way of process and texture. Abattoir’s side projects include MDD, Nascitari, PSICOPOMPO as well as live collaborations with Chris & Cosey and GX Jupiter Larsen.
BtB founder, bone & viscera, MO slippage along the acapella-HNW axis & all in-between instruments. Runs the House of Violence distro and the Journal of the Belgae Folk Club label.
Pseudo-free-improvised, quasi-consonant, harmonics-heavy double bass solo from former Michael Finnissy student Joseph Kelly. Other projects include After the Rain and Etao Shin.
Lab Notes featuring the Set Ensemble
St. George’s, Brandon Hill, Bristol
Sunday 31 May, 6pm (doors 5.30pm)
£3 on the door
Dr Kate Hendry (University of Bristol): Ancient Oceans and Climate
Dominic Lash: Preferential uptake (2015)
Dr Mirella Di Lorenzo (University of Bath): Electric bugs used to detect water pollution
James Saunders: different water environments (2015)
Set Ensemble play two new pieces created through collaboration between scientists and composers. James Saunders has been working with chemical engineers Mirella Di Lorenzo and Jon Chouler from University of Bath to explore the processes found in microbial fuel cells. Dominic Lash has collaborated with bioeochemist Kate Hendry from University of Bristol to make a piece that engages with palaeoclimate methodology, which uses indirect chemical records to understand the links between past oceans and climate. The event will include performances of both pieces, prefaced by a short talk by each of the scientists.
The University of the West of England (UWE) Philosophy Annual Graduate Conference invites philosophical and performance submissions on the topic of sound. We take sound to mean any acoustic phenomena in nature involved in communication and information grounding theoretical and practical use of reason.
The conference takes place on the 20th June at Spike Island, Bristol.
We are looking for submissions that can go beyond the sonic’s relation to human perception but are willing to consider a wide range of topics relating, in a very broad sense, to sound. We encourage innovative and experimental submissions.
The deadline for this call for papers is the 20th May. We will notify successful applicants by the 21st May. Please submit an abstract no longer than 500 words in length, along with contact details, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Presentations will be 20 minutes long.
DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FRIDAY 22nd MAY
For further information, or for any queries whatsoever, please contact us at email@example.com