July 30th, 2013 | Published in Artifacts
“Curgenven makes the point that sounds are fundamental to our perception of the world… hearing the complexities of a place and time is intersected by memories of the familiar which are in turn displaced and transformed.” Realtime Magazine (AUS)
Robert Curgenven (1974) is an Australian composer/sound artist living in Cornwall. His work spans immersive resonances via turntables and custom-made vinyl, instrumental harmonics and guitar feedback, through to carefully detailed field recordings from remote areas where he lived for many years. Drawing on the physicality of sound – and 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 – 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.”
After much of the past six years in Europe, relocating to Cornwall has facilitated a return to the pipe organ, following over 30 years of active engagement in composition, radio and performance since his beginnings as a classically trained organist.
Curgenven has performed over 200 concerts since 2005 throughout Australia and Europe, including Club Transmediale , Ultrahang Festival (Budapest), Feste dell Acqua (Vicenza/Italy), Audiograft Festival (UK), Define Festival (Denmark), Centre for Contemporary Art (Gdansk) and Alice Springs Desert Festival. He has presented sound, audiovisual and sculptural work in group exhibitions which include Transmediale (Berlin) and 10 Years of Microsound (Diapason Gallery, New York) as well as galleries throughout Australia, Italy, France, UK, Germany and a solo exhibition at the Centre for Contemporary Art, Torun (Poland).
Watch streaming video of him performing live at Bang the Bore XV: Depth Sounding at the John Hansard Gallery, Southampton 29.09.2012. – below.
Curgenven will be performing for us again at Cafe Kino, Bristol, 25.09.2013.