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Stuart Estell & Sam Underwood – Tuba

Ore play slow music using two tubas and amplification, informed (but not limited) by their enthusiasm for drones, doom metal, improvisation and minimalism.

Ore describe themselves as ‘heavy, but our heaviness comes from the way our bass, contrabass, and subcontrabass sounds hang in the air and relate to their surroundings – natural echoes, natural silences.’
“…authentically unusual sounds from the deep, resonant depths of their instruments, almost pulsing at times as they generated a marvellous, foghorn-deep drone, punctuated by snatched breaths, like hissing gas or the wind’s whistle. The primordial noises were somehow more impressive for being organic in nature and all the more so when you consider that this was the duo’s first public performance.” – The Line Of Best Fit

ROADSIDE PICNIC PERFORMS THE DOBERMAN VARIATIONS

Justin wiggan (Dreams of Tall Buildings, Red Cross Stare) will begin the exploration into an on going series of works called The Doberman Variations, based on the artists unfounded fascination with dobermans, Grace Jones and abandoned theme parks using fractured and broken records, manipulated ferric cassettes, home made norwegian synths, prepared dictaphones and vocals.
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SZILÁRD

Szilárd is the solo musical alias of emerging Brooklyn-based sound artist, Jeremy Young. His music has been reshaping constantly since he first began composing, but currently takes the form of tone&tape textures that eschew notions of musical stability and consonance. Young is interested in exploring the dialogues between sonic elements, creating interesting environments of sound and utilizing narrative and theory from literature. In performance, he uses multiple simultaneous reel-to- reel tape players, wave oscillators, contact-mics and a wash of reverberating guitar tones, though historically he has made use of elements as diverse as sand, motors, radios and a guzheng. Spokes, his debut full-length release, was created in experimentation with obscure tape-loop installations both around a room and outdoors; taking 1/4″ tape recordings in the woods and immediately playing them back to record along with the natural layering of clean outdoor ambience being woven together in a moment. In this respect, Young sees his solo work as a combination of installation and performance, documented by specific recording treatments.

Young has been awarded a project residency for January, 2013 at the SoundFjord Gallery in London.

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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!

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.

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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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).



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!

SOUNDkitchen returns with another great line-up this time the menu taking a slavic twist.

Tickets £4 advance, £6 on the door – available from theticketsellers.co.uk

PLEQ

Pleq is the solo project of Bartosz Dziadosz,an experimental musician who combines elements of drone, down tempo, glitch and modern classical. He creates his work by fusing together independently synthesized sounds, often incorporates violin, the unexpectedly melancholic sound of a piano, sometimes female vocals.

JAMES KELLY

Leicester based turntabilist and composer will be remixing some of his new album, Transformation of the Mind.

MARK HARRIS

Artist and musician Mark Harris will perform a solo improvised set using generative systems and gradually evolving sound material.

For more info, visit soundkitchenuk.org

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BiLE will be performing my Electroacoustic Cello Sonata, Quince Minutos Para BiLE by Jorge Garcia Moncada, Right Durations from Aus den Sieben Tagen by Karlheinz Stockhausen, Stuck Note by Scot Lancaster-Gresham (The Hub) and Partially Percussive by Charles Celeste Hutchins in Liverpool @ Holy Trinity Church Hall, Church Road, Wavertree, L15.
We will also give the audience a chance to perform live with us.

You can listen to Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Right Durations on BiLE’s SoundCloud:


12 May at 20:00 – 13 May at 00:00
Hare And Hounds
106 High Street, Kings Heath

SOUNDKitchen presents… Roadside Picnic, Ben Ramsay, Charles Céleste Hutchins and Chromatouch.
SOUNDkitchen returns to the Hare and Hounds with a Hot Pot of electronic and experimental artists from the Midlands.
Following in our tradition of new and experimental music we will open the night with a H&H favourite, Chromatouch (Leon Trimble featuring Rich Batsford) who will be presenting a special AV set for us. Charles Céleste Hutchins will be performing a solo set of synthesis and live sampling whilst Ben Ramsay will be using object tracking and multitouch technology to manipulate and control pre-recorded sounds combining field recordings, acousmatic music and IDM. Ending the night will be a rare live outing from noisician Justin Wiggan moonlighting as Roadside Picnic and featuring Chris Mapp, Laurence Hunt (Modified Toy Orchestra), Percy Pursglove and Nicholas Bullen (ex Napalm Death).

Not to be missed!

Advance tickets available from theticketsellers.co.uk