BiLE Perform at Symphony Hall – 29 May 2012

A FREE post-concert performance of new and older works by BiLE (Birmingham Laptop Ensemble) in the Birmingham Symphony Hall Cafe Bar after Dracula: The Music and Film.

We will be performing Back to Front by Julien Guillamat, a new work by Shelly Knotts and Chained Melody, a new collaborative work by BiLE specially composed for this great occasion. Not to miss!

If you want to attend Dracula: The Music and Film’s event performed by the Kronos Quartet and Philip Glass at Symphony Hall go here.

Join on our Facebook event page here.

See the video links of the Dracula event :
Dracula. La musique et le film. by NuitsdeFourviere


//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.

© Antonio Roberts

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!

A SONICpicnic @ VIVID…

Since February 2011 some great artists have been on the stage of SOUNDkitchen. They are coming back to celebrate the summer at SONICpicnic at VIVID the garage, the 29th July from noon till late!

Some of my piece will be played through out the day:

  • De Part Et D’Autre – my tape piece will be played in the immersive listening room all day.
  • Entre Terre et Ciel – a sonic impression of the Vallée d’Aure, a new collaboration with Annie Mahtani on the main stage in the Evening.
  • Back to Front (EA Cello Sonata) – that I will perform with BiLE on their own stage in the evening.
  • STONEsoup – a collective film to which I contributed with 12 other artists will be screened during lunch time.

Back to Front (Electroacoustic Cello Sonata) by BiLE

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.

NiME 2011, Oslo 30 May-1 June

The 2011 New Interfaces for Musical Expression selected us (Birmingham Laptop Ensemble) to perform this year in Oslo.
The NIME conference draws a varied group of participants, including researchers (musicology, computer science, interaction design, etc.), artists (musicians, composers, dancers, etc.) and developers (self-employed and industrial). The common denominator is the mutual interest in groundbreaking technology and music, and contributions to the conference cover everything from research on human cognition through experimental technological devices to multimedia performances.

We will be playing a new piece by Shelly Knotts using motion capture devices such as iphones, wiimote or kinnect where each player has to fight for their sounds!
So if you’re around, we’ll be performing the Tuesday 31st of May @ 9.00pm in Chateau Neuf (Street address: Slemdalsveien 15).

BiLE in Liverpool the 15th May @ 5.00pm

® A. Roberts

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:

BiLE, 29th of April 2011.

The Birmingham Laptop Ensemble performed my new piece for cello and laptop ensemble Electroacoustic Cello Sonata n°1 and for metal objects and laptop ensemble Partially Percussive by Charles Hutchins. We also have been performing network music classic Stucknote by Scot Gresham-Lancaster of The Hub. The audience had a chance to get involved and find out what’s happening ‘behind the scenes’ with demo performances of Stucknote and Charles Hutchin’s piece.