Masterclass with Metrist: Injecting the surreal into a dancefloor

Monday 29th October | 5pm | Studio 1

We are excited to have Joseph Higgins (DMSA Alumni, 2017) back to lead a masterclass. Please note that the session starts at 5pm (not 4:30) and it is relocated in Studio 1.

Metrist is an outlet for Joseph Higgins’ idiosyncratic, constantly evolving dancefloor tailored endeavours. The Brighton based artist’s intensity and sense of humour can be heard through his approach to alien-like sound design and mangled beatwork in his jaunty oddball shaped work. Through his collaborations with labels such as Opal Tapes, Where To Now? and most recently Timedance, Higgins’s work has been described by Hardwax as a “Dare-to-be-different true techno explorer”.

https://soundcloud.com/black-opal-1/metrist-petrol-arses

https://soundcloud.com/timedance/metrist-auld-flaurist-clip

https://soundcloud.com/dimensionsfestival/dim134-metrist

Injecting the surreal into a dancefloor

The session will be looking into how we approach sound design in club music, keeping what is essentially nearly 40 years of electronic music fresh and exciting by adding experimental techniques and approaches to dance music formulas. I will also be talking about working in the industry, how to garner releases and DJ’ing.

New Opportunity: OUTLANDS – Ambassadors

Friday 26th of October, 5-6pm | Performance Studio (R225), GP

On Friday 26th of October, Caleb Madden, artist and member of the Creative Sound & Music Research Group, will do a presentation about his upcoming OUTLANDS Project to our students and will offer them an opportunity to work with in the festival as ambassadors helping out with curatorial, technical tasks, event and stage management management, publicity etc.

About OUTLANDS:

OUTLANDS is a new national experimental music touring network, which brings together progressive producers, venues, and artist agencies from across the UK. The OUTLANDS programme includes original collaborations and bespoke productions from international musical artists such as Beatrice Dillon (UK), Eartheater (US), Boris (Japan) and UK visual artists Semiconductor and Keith Harrison. Caleb Madden will be coming in to introduce the aims and scope of the project and there will specific details about the forthcoming Raster Noton/Drift multi-projection AV production with artists Kyoka and Grischa Lichtenberger – including how to get involved through the creative producer placement opportunity and the workshops that run alongside each tour. There will also be information about how to access reduced / free tickets for UoB students.

Links:
https://www.outlands.network/

DRIFT FT. KYOKA / GRISCHA LICHTENBERGER / YTAC UK TOUR

Students will have the chance to register for free entry and artists Q&A for the upcoming concert of KYOKA / GRISCHA LICHTENBERGER / YTAC UK TOUR, on Sunday November 11th at De la War Pavillion.

More info about the event: https://www.dlwp.com/event/drift-ft-kyoka-grischa-lichtenberger-ytac/

Contact to register: s.w.mallinder@brighton.ac.uk

Masterclass: Life in Sound: A freelancers perspective on how to make what you love, a profession.

The first session for our series of Masterclasses is led by our recent alumnus Jeph Vanger. The sesison is scheduled for Monday 22nd October, 4:30-6 in the Performance Studio (R225, GP).

More info on the session below.

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Jeph Vanger is an Athens-born electronic composer, sound designer and loudspeaker enthusiast working with the medium of sound in connection with the fields of contemporary dance, theatre and installation art. He graduated from Digital Music & Sound Arts course at the University of Brighton last June and over the last couple of years, his works have been performed, presented or exhibited at Fort Process Sound & Art Festival, Tate Modern, London Design Festival, and Athens & Epidaurus Festival to name a few. He just finished his mini UK tour with the 3D audio installation Sφera and in addition, he’s working on various compositions for contemporary dance and theatre productions as well as working as a Performing Arts Technician.
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Life in Sound: A freelancers perspective on how to make what you love, a profession.
During my lecture/presentation/workshop I will share my experiences as a freelance sound artist while giving practical guidance and perspectives on where to find sound and music related work, how to chase up projects, design your website & CV as well as sharing unusual stories from my freelance career. Most and foremost it will be about motivation on how to make the most out of the DMSA course and on how to make what you love a profession, not only after graduation, but also now, whilst still being at university.

Note: In case the students are willing to share their existing CVs and websites, it would be a great chance for discussion and exchange of ideas on how to adjust/improve them, based on their niche and their aspirations.
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Visit Jeph’s website:

https://www.jephvanger.com/

Professional Practice Masterclasses

We are happy to launch our series of masterclasses for this semester with talks and hand-on presentations on music production, arts curation, sound design and composition for theater, dance, film and radio. Most importantly, for this first round of sessions we focused on bring back alumni of the DMSA course who have succeeded in the professional world along with current students and members of the newly established Creative Sound & Music Research and Enterprise Group.

Joshua Legallienne On Tour

Joshua Legallienne, DMSA Alumnus and currently member of our team, will be on tour in late October with UK sound artist Timothy Didymus. The two artists will present a series of acoustic sound performances in Vienna and Berlin. As part of the tour, Joshua and Timothy will be doing an hour of live sound on Kunstradio and Austrian Ö1 radio which will be broadcast online and accessible worldwide 28th October 23:00-00:00.

More info on the dates:

24/10 | VIENNA – ALTE SCHMIEDE:
https://www.alte-schmiede.at/programm/2018-10-24-1900/

28/10 | VIENNA – ORF Ö1:
https://oe1.orf.at/programm/20181028/530674

and KUNSTRADIO.AT:
http://www.kunstradio.at/2018B/28_10_18.html

01/11 SPEKTRUM BERLIN:
https://spektrumberlin.de/events/detail/joshua-legallienne-timothy-didymus-500.html

DMSA Feature: PJ Davy

PJ Davy’s ‘Heads In The Cloud 2.0’ opens tomorrow at The Basement in Brighton as part of the Exploring Boundaries exhibition, Brighton Digital Festival. We briefly talk to PJ about his background, his creative vision and projects his is currently working on.

DMSA: Where do we find you now?

PD: I recently moved to London where I’ll be starting a new role as a Production Technician Intern at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. I’ll be helping the production team provide sound and lighting for contemporary dance, orchestras, and operas. I’m looking forward to getting stuck into London, for a while. I miss the sea and fresh air, already, though.

DMSA: Three important words that represent you as a creative person

PD: Always be yourself.

DMSA: When did you start working with sound and music?

PD: I started working with sound and music, electronically, when I was 14 years old. A friend introduced me to Fasttracker 2, and I was hooked. It’s interface looked like the Matrix. You had to program in volume, panning, and other effects by sequencing numbers that scrolled up or down the screen. It forced some pretty nifty creativity within its limitations, but that’s always where the good stuff comes from.

DMSA: In what ways has the DMSA course supported or helped you to develop into who you are today creatively and professionally?

PD: DMSA opened up my eyes and ears to areas of sound and music I’d not yet explored. It broadened my horizons and opportunities to work with amazing artists I never thought I’d be working with, in worlds I’d never associated myself with. It challenged me to focus my time and effort into projects in a professional way, but always with experimentalism at its heart, and never in a direction that felt forced upon me. I feel like the course has developed my creativity to push my own work within the global art and music community.

DMSA: Other plans for the future? projects, events, visions?

PD: I’ll be with Trinity Laban until next September, so I’m currently looking for a masters program to continue studying in 2019. I have some projects I’m currently working on that I’m really proud of, something very personal, and some others I look forward to being able to share, nearer completion. On the 4/5/6th of October, I’ll be exhibiting my multichannel sound and light installation, Heads in The Cloud 2.0, for Exploring Boundaries at The Basement, in Brighton, at part of Brighton Digital Festival 2018. This second iteration of my installation will focus more on the traces of memories left behind once time has passed since originally posted. It’s easy to forget what of ourselves we’ve submitted onto the world wide web, but we leave behind our ghosts in the machine, possibly forever.

I aim to remain focused, be productive, and keep learning.

Heads In The Cloud 2.0 opens tomorrow and will be running till Saturday 6th.

PJ’s website: www.pjedavy.com

DMSA Feature: Guoda Dirzyte

The first feature for the new academic year is with our alumna Guoda Dirzyte. Guoda is currently based in Scotland and about to start her MA at Glasgow School of Art. We talk to her ahead of her workshop on experimental music instrument building (Friday 28th, Performance Studio, GP).

DMSA: Where do we find you now?

GD: After graduating I was all over the place for a little bit doing different projects, but now it looks like I will settle down for at least a year in Glasgow where I will be studying for Masters of Design in Sound for the Moving Image.

DMSA:Three important words that represent you as a creative person


GD: Ambitious. Imperfect. Explorer.


DMSA: When did you start working with sound and music?


GD: I started playing piano when I was 8 years old, but got bored after a few years and decided to switch guitar. However, that wasn’t satisfying enough either, so when I was 13, I started looking more into sound experimentation and instrument making. It got me hooked up then and it still fascinates me today.

DMSA: In what ways has the DMSA course supported or helped you to develop into who you are today creatively and professionally?

GD: DMSA gave me a lot of technical and conceptual knowledge of my own practice. Before starting my bachelor’s, I wasn’t sure what I was doing or why I was doing it. So DMSA gave me a lot of knowledge about different fields of sound studies, from creative programming to audio production, as well as connections for collaborations and different events.

DMSA: Can you tell us a bit more about Más Hangok?

GD: Más Hangok is an experimental ambient music collaboration between me and Maja Mihalik. I play a Japanese heritage inspired handmade instrument which is a crossover between the traditional Japanese lute also called shamisen and the western cello, as well as other experimental instruments (handmade synths, mechanical percussion gadgets). Instrumental experimentations are accompanied by Maja’s eerie vocals that are inspired by Hungarian folk traditions. We started this project at the beginning of our third year at Brighton university, as part of DMSA night event.

DMSA: Other plans for the future? projects, events, visions?

GD: My current plans are to be part of Fort Process festival this weekend were I will be showcasing my new interactive kinetic installaition – Skaņas laukums. Projects and visions wise, I always have some ideas spinning in my head, but it needs time and funds to make it actually happen. For some time now I’ve been looking to put together a solid record of collaborations with different artists, so hopefully this will happen in the future. But for now I mainly plan to concentrate on my Master’s.

Web: https://www.guodadirzyte.com/

Workshop with Ingrid Plum

Composition techniques for electronic and acoustic ensembles, structured improvisation and score notation techniques
Thursday 27th September 2018
11:30-6:30
Performance Studio, Grand Parade

We are happy to have Ingrid Plum back to give a workshop to our students.

About the workshop

A workshop led by Ingrid Plum exploring composition techniques for electronic and acoustic ensembles, structured improvisation and score notation techniques. In this workshop you will learn a range of listening exercises to benefit composition, production and performance skills. Following this we will explore structured improvisations and students are welcome to bring any acoustic instrument of their choice or use their voice. After a break for lunch we will work in groups on compositional techniques and explore this through practical workshopping. By the end of the workshop participants will have a ‘tool kit’ of exercises they can work with to expand their own practice.
This workshop is suitable for all levels of experience and is best suited to those with an interest in sound art, experimental music, composition and improvisation, but previous practice in those fields is not necessary.

About Ingrid Plum

Ingrid Plum uses her voice with extended technique, improvisation, field recordings and electronics, to create layered soundscapes, spoken word and songs. Described by The Guardian as “gorgeously atmospheric vocal techniques woven around field recordings & electronics” she has performed and exhibited installation art internationally since 2002, creating work that sits between sound art, improvisation, multi-media installation, neo-classical and contemporary Nordic folk music. Incorporating her research into folk traditions with field recordings and studying directly with Meredith Monk her recent performances have been described as “succinct and nourishing… a luxuriant space between almost excessive precision and looser improvisation” by The Wire.

Distant Animals (Hallow Ground Records) to perform at ID Spectral Soft-Launch

We are incredibly proud to announce that Distant Animals (Hallow Ground Records) will be performing at the ID Spectral soft-launch event, to be held in the Grand Parade Performance Studio, Brighton on Wednesday 26th September.

Distant Animals has continually refused to conform. Being label mates with
The Dedekind Cut, Siavash Amini and Kali Malone – he has produced, written and engineered a plethora of contemporary projects and socially-oriented sound works across Europe, often choosing to work with a diverse range of collaborators, including visual artists, choreographers, theologians, lawyers, and political activists.

Link :
https://hallowground.bandcamp.com/album/distant-animals-lines

His critically-acclaimed LP ‘Lines’ employs a highly conceptual approach to its genre, incorporating the notion of the drone as both a compositional method, a spiritual approach, and a participatory tool for engaging its audience.

Facebook Event :
www.facebook.com/events/300183130772731