SOUNDkitchen are pleased to announce our first tasting menu of the new year. This special event will launch Birmingham’s first Network Music Festivaland 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 theNetwork 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.
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!
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.
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 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:
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.