Very pleased to be working in residence at ISRO in December - I’ll be testing out some new ideas for works based around the sounding body in urban habitats.
About the ISRO:
The Indian Sonic Research Organisation is a collective of instrument builders and artists dedicated to the proliferation of experimental music and sound art. We experiment with old and new technologies including DIY and home-made instruments made with discarded electronics and found objects. We run a community music lab where we make, perform, teach and collaborate through workshops, performances and artist residencies. Our independent record label disseminates works by Asian composers, sound artists and musicians from India and abroad.
I had the pleasure of launching this lovely thing at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum in Coventry the other weekend, working with Kaffe and the BRI and Nick of Imagineer Technologies. Having spent a week earlier in the year with Kaf and Nick in the cov lab developing this into it's earlier stages of prototype, and following many discussions in the BRI London lab in earlier years about making sonic cycling more accessible to people of all ages and abilities - it was amazing to meet the final product and then help lots of enthusiastic people have a go on it.
The Buzz Bike is quite an experience to ride and to be ridden in - the whole cargo box vibrates the music to you through transducers set along it's sides, in accompaniment to the speakers flank the edges of the box playing audible sound. Even the rider's seat vibrates thanks to the butt shaker below it. Plus the unique steering and smooth riding make it a joy to cycle. Kaf had composed a piece for the launch that used organ samples and field recordings, based from her recent work On golden hares, a sonic bike opera that's on now in Germany, and it made for the most dreamy rides.
Ultimately this sonic Buzz Bike is being made for a big sonic bike opera opening in Coventry in 2021, set along an exciting new canal side cycle path opening then. Part two of the weird and wonderful bicycle creations commissioned by Imagineer Productions for this will be a sonic 'Pal' / 'companion' bike, brilliantly described by Kaf as possibly the most dangerous BRI idea yet.... but if it works, this side-by-side tandem, with GPD located sound compositions is going to be something else.
Full details on the sonic Buzz Bike are on the BRI website.
Our new work, Listening for Instruction, by myself and Hannah Kemp Welch is now up at Fringe Arts Bath's exhibition 'It Sounds Devicive. Show'. On till June 10 - info here: www.fringeartsbath.co.uk/devicive
If you're not in Bath this week, have a listen online to some extracts and have a digital flip through the zine: Listening for Instruction
Hannah and I are showing a new work in this exhibition investigating themes of devices & machines that surround us creating sound all day, every day. More details.
Hannah and I are taking our Laziness Lounge to Soundling Festival this Sunday - performing it through a sonic game of cards as Sonic Sloth
With anti-work theory texts and sounds of relaxation, we'll be sounding out a space for consideration of a life without 'jobs'.
We're on at 1.30, Canvas Cafe, Brick Lane. Full details here.
There's a great line up through the rest of the festival too - Riot Ensemble & Heather Roche, Cath Roberts, Dee Byrne, Ute Kanngiesser, Crystabel Riley, Ingrid Plum, Poulomi Desai, a Free Improv Workshop, a Turntable Workshop which includes works by; Jennifer Walshe, Pauline Oliveros, Ingrid Plum and Ryoko Akama and a pop up record store on Sunday too.
The festival is celebrating new music created by non-cis-male artists as a response to growing social concerns over equality in the arts and worldwide. Full details here.
I had the pleasure of curating this programme of audio interventions at City Sonic Places: experiencing the urban soundscape symposium, led by Peter Cusack & Cathy Lane at CRiSAP:
More coming soon ...
Join sound artists Hannah Kemp-Welch and Lisa Hall to reclaim your right to be idle! Relax, collaborate, and mix together sounds in this audio activation, whilst barely lifting a finger.
I had the pleasure of working on the design and build of this earlier in the month - a new sonic bike design by Kaffe Matthews and the BRI:
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