SSSP Conference 2013 – Leicester

Screen Shot 2013-06-15 at 09.28.30I’ll be premiering my 8-channel work Ailleurs today at the Sound, Sight, Space and Play (SSSP) 2013 Conference at the Music Technology and Innovation Research Centre (MTIRC), De Montfort University.
Tomorrow, I’ll be presenting a paper entitled: Acousmoniums and Sound Systems, Evolution – Proposition.
I’ll also have a piece being played in the listening room.
For more info click here and
here.

Other Topics include:
● Sound Diffusion
● Acousmatic composition
● Multi Channel Approaches to Composition and Sound Projection
● Installations
● Interactivity
● Audio-Visuals and Media
● Sound design
● Electronics and Circuit Bending
● Performance Practice
● Education and the sonic arts
● Theoretical Implications of the above

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BEAST presents… Encounters

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I’ll be performing my new piece Musique Hivernale, a stereo electroclip of 4 minute on the Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre this Sunday (17/02/13) at 2pm at the new Elgar Concert Hall – Bramall Music Building – University of Birmingham in Edgbaston. The programme also includes pieces by M. Clemente, C. Kontos, R. Coull, N. Lorway and M. Malavasi. More info here.

SOUNDkitchen perform in the Sonic Arts Series – 29 Jan 2013 The Forum, Norwich (UK).

NorwichpicOur composers’ collective SOUNDkitchen will be presenting a live multi-channel performance in response to the theme of ‘Acoustic Architecture’. Working with field recordings, live processing and spatialisation we will explore three sonic spaces. Travelling between natural environment, man-made structures and unreal soundscape, the performance ends in an entirely abstract soundworld that plays with the spatial and acoustic properties of the Forum itself.

Performed by Iain Armstrong, James Carpenter and Julien Guillamat

For more info and book tickets click here.

SOUNDkitchen play NoiseFloor 2012 – 3rd May 2012 @ 17.45

Annie Mahtani and myself will be performing Entre Terre et Ciel during a performance of SOUNDkitchen team along with James Carpenter, Shelly Knotts, Iain Amstrong and Chris Tarren at NoiseFlorr festival of experimental electronic music and sonic art at the Staffordshire University, Stafford. A continuous performance from 6 performers involving live electroacoutics, fixed media and diffusion.  FREE ENTRY!  www.NoiseFloor.co.uk



Between 12th and 19th July we were resident in Azet, a small village in the middle of the Pyrenees where we began the first stage of a long-term collaborative project.

We spent three days trekking and field recording around the area which we explored on three different levels: the bottom of the Vallée d’Aure at 800m, the valley of Arsoué and Azet at 1200m and the mountain path of Azet at 1580m. The sonic environments on these three levels were dramatically different from very populated towns to deserted open spaces.

We spent the majority of our time on the deserted valley of Arsoué where we collected a wealth of sound material from the natural environment. The valley changed day to day, one moment shrouded in clouds and mist and the next blue skies and strong burning sun which meant aural changes as well as visual.

We also encountered the Tour de France in Guchen and Bastille day festivities in the local town Saint-Lary-Soulan.

After our recording sessions we retired to our temporary studios where we worked on the material in preparation for it’s first presentation at SOUNDkitchen’s SONICpicnic.

To whet your appetites here are some photos and sounds from the trip but be sure to join us on the evening of 29th July for the full performance!

Entre le 12 et 19 Juillet nous avons été résident à Azet, un petit village au milieu des Pyrénées, où nous avons commencé la première étape d’un projet de collaboration.

Nous avons effectué trois jours de randonné et d’enregistrement sur le terrain autour de cette zone que nous avons exploré sur trois niveaux différents: le fond de la Vallée d’Aure à 800m, la vallée d’Arsoué et Azet à 1200m et le col d’Azet situé à plus de 1580m.

Les environnements sonores sur ces trois niveaux sont radicalement différents, on y trouve des villes très peuplées et des espaces ouverts désertiques. Nous avons passé la majorité de notre temps dans la vallée inhabitée d’Arsoué où nous avons recueilli une foule de documents sonores provenant de l’environnement naturel. La vallée change au jour le jour : un moment enveloppée de nuages et de brume puis un ciel bleu et un soleil brûlant signifiant des changements sonores ainsi que visuels radicaux.

Nous avons également rencontré le Tour de France à Guchen ainsi que les festivités du 14 Juillet dans la ville locale de Saint-Lary-Soulan.

Après nos sessions d’enregistrement nous nous sommes retirés dans nos studios temporaires, où nous avons travaillé sur le matériel en préparation pour la première présentation de notre travail au SONICpicnic de SOUNDkitchen (Birmingham, UK).

Assurez-vous de nous rejoindre dans la soirée du 29 Juillet pour l’exécution finale de cette première partie!

BiLE performance at TEDxBrum

Sonnation II, the live version (for cow bells and laptop ensemble) of Sonnation I (8 channel acousmatic work) will be performed at the first TEDx in Birmingham on the 24th of March 2012 by BiLE. The event has sold out but you can watch a live stream of it here!

Birmingham’s inaugural TEDx event will bring the TED spirit of ideas worth spreading to our city for the very first time, igniting a passion for spreading ideas in local communities and beyond. The aim is to spark deep conversations and connections, bringing together people from different backgrounds from across the city to inspire both thought and action.

//NMF// & SOUNDkitchen 26-29.01.12.

SOUNDkitchen are pleased to announce our first tasting menu of the new year. This special event will launch Birmingham’s first Network Music Festival and to whet your appetite for the hi-tech musical mastery in store we are presenting some of Birmingham’s best home grown electronic acts. The NETWORK MUSIC FESTIVAL PRE-FESTIVAL PARTY co-curated by SOUNDkitchen takes place on Thursday 26th January, 8pm at The Edge, Digbeth.

And the Network Music Festival will take place in Birmingham (UK) 27th-29th of January 2012. A weekend of hi-tech musical performances and workshops that presents new musical forms and ideas where networking is central to the aesthetics, creation or performance practice of the work. In association with BEAST.

BiLE will be performing XYZ by Shelly Knotts and premiere the first ever written LaptOpera by Charles Céleste Hutchins Saturday 28 at 6pm.

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Workshop at the MAC – Harmonic Jazz Festival – 30.09.2011

Pierre-Alexandre Tremblay with musicians from Cobweb, Shelly Knotts and myself (as SOUNDkitchen) will be giving a FREE jazz live instrument plus electronics workshop at the MAC for the Harmonic Jazz Festival the 30th of September @10.30am in the Foyle Studio. For more information on the workshop look at the festival programme here.

Artsfest September the 10th.

  BiLE has been selected to play at famous Birmingham festival Artsfest.

We will be playing at the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery in the Round Room Gallery Saturday the 10th of September at 15.30. BiLE will be performing my recently re-titled electroacoustic cello sonata Back to Front’ and Stucknote by Scot Gresham-Lancaster of our favourite laptop band: The Hub. As usual, there’ll be visuals from Antonio Roberts.
Hope to see you in a week!

BILE a été sélectionné pour jouer au célèbre festival de Birmingham : Artsfest. 
Nous allons jouer au Musée de Birmingham & Art Gallery dans le cycle de chambre Galerie Samedi 10 Septembre à 15h30. BILE interprétera ma récemment ré-intitulée ‘Back to Front’ sonate électroacoustique pour violoncelle ainsi Stucknote par Scot Gresham-Lancaster de notre bande préférée: The Hub. Comme d’habitude, il y aura des visuels d’Antonio Roberts. A la semaine prochaine!

Post-SONICpicnic

Here are some videos from SOUNDkitchen’s SONICpicnic at VIVID. An exciting evening, I really can’t wait for the next one! Voici quelques vidéos de SONICpicnic de SOUNDkitchen à VIVID (Birmingham UK). Une soiré très excitante, vite, vite… la prochaine!

‘Back to Front’  an electroacoustic cello sonata (with BiLE, visuals A. Roberts).

Entre Terre et Ciel (with Annie Mahtani, visuals A. Roberts).

Laptops Meet Musicians Festival – VENICE – 11&12.07.2011

The Laptops Meet Musicians Festival selected BiLE for a performance in Venice.

This is the first world festival of laptop orchestras and laptop ensembles. Laboratorioarazzi of the Giorgio Cini Foundation‘s “Istituto per la musica”, in collaboration with the Conservatory of Music “B. Marcello” and the “Ca’ Foscari” University (Venice, Italy) organizes two days of concerts, round tables, demos and posters about laptop orchestras and ensembles and interactivity between musicians and portable technologies taking place the 11th and 12th of July.

We will be playing 2 pieces written by members of BiLE : XYZ by Shelly Knotts and Partially Percusive by Charles Celeste Hutchins.

So if you happen to be in Venice, come along. Otherwise, we’ll be updating the blog when we get back!

Here are the programme notes:

XYZ (or ‘Sonic Arm Wrestle’) is a structured improvisation using motion capture devices such as iPhone, Wiimote and Xbox Kinect. Each player can fight to take control of another players sound.

In Partially Percusive, players sample the sounds of striking metallic objects and then manipulate the sounds in software. Players are instructed to listen for whether other players are playing sounds that are percussive vs sustained, pointillistic vs flowing, sparse vs dense, or loud vs soft and situate their own sounds accordingly. Players can sample a new sound after a pause and can pause for as long as they’d like, when they feel they should.

You can hear a recording here.