Professional Practice Masterclasses 2019/20

As the new academic year kicks in, we have prepared a series of masterclasses for our existing and new students both for our BA and MA courses. As with previous years we will focus to showcase various strands of professional practices and carreer pathways from within our BA, MA and PhD student & staff community and beyond. This year we are happy to have a wide range of topics ranging from experimental music, sound art, music, mental health and wellbeing to performance and cross-dressing, composing for film and video games as well as, radio plays and music production projects.

We will be posting more information soon so watch this space.

Songs Of The Sea

Songs of the Sea

Anna Celeste Edmonds and her immersive audio work in Brunswick Square
The Regency Town House,
13 Brunswick Square, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 1EH

Dr Papadomanolaki’s current PhD tutee, sound artist and field recordist Anna Celeste Edmonds will be stationed at The Regency Town House to discuss her doctoral work on heritage engagement through immersive audio, as well as her recent project involving three interpretations of local composer Roger Quilter’s ‘The Sea-Bird’, using the geo-locative mobile audio application ‘Echoes’.

Come along for a chat, or an opportunity to test the ‘Songs of the Sea’ audio experience in Brunswick Square, Hove.

Opening Times

Saturday 21 September: 12:00-13:00 and 14:00-15:00

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/songs-by-the-sea-tickets-66565692779
Booking opens: 12 August 2019 12:00
Booking closes: 20 September 2019 16:00

Additional Information

Max 10 people per tour/session. 60 minutes

‘Place Language’ International Compilation inspired by Robert Macfarlane’s ‘Landmarks’

Dr Maria Papadomanolaki has contributed a piece to ‘Place Language’ a international non-profit compilation album project inspired by the themes found in Robert Macfarlane’s widely-acclaimed book ‘Landmarks’. In particular it focuses on the book’s extensive topographic glossaries, the “word-hoard” of depictive landscape terms gathered from 30 different languages, dialects and sub-dialects around Britain & Ireland which are divided into sections by type of terrain (Flatlands, Uplands, Waterlands, Coastlands, Underlands, Northlands, Edgelands, Earthlands and Woodlands). Relying on these topograms, or “tiny place poems”, as creative prompts, Place Language seeks to inspire a renewed interest in our natural surroundings and reinvigorate our appreciation for the audible textures & patterns that characterize them in keeping with the book’s stated desire to “re-wild” our vocabulary.

The collection features the work of 28 different sound-artists, field recordists, and musicians from around the globe each of whom chose a topogram and recorded an impression of it thus lending new aspects of dimensionality through sound. These selections cover all nine Landmarks glossaries along with place-words of new coinage as prompted by the blank glossary which Macfarlane leaves at the end of the book for readers to fill in for themselves. The end result is a truly global, collaborative survey of place, language, and sound.

More info on the project can be found here.

hearing shadows

an audio-visual installation by Jean Martin (sound/music) & Wil Pennycook (moving images)

Invitation to Preview 20/9/2019

Please join us to experience a new collaborative installation for two screens and four loudspeakers.

Performance Studio, University of Brighton,
Grand Parade, BN2 0JY

Friday,   20 September 2019 any time between 17:30 to 20:00
Saturday  21 September 2019 any time between 10.00 to 16.00

Hearing Shadows trailer from Jean Martin on Vimeo.

“If it sounds good, It is good” : Music Production Workshop with DMSA Alumni Dominic Rae

27/09/2019 11am-4pm
DMSA Computer Labs
University of Brighton
Grand Parade

We are happy to have 2019 alumni Dominic Rae back to deliver a workshop on music production.
As his degree piece, Dominic has recorded, produced from scratch the fantastic album titled ‘Fits The Frame”. The album builds upon Rae’s learnings on the course on experimental sound design and production and references artists like Surfjan Stevens and Pinegrove. Dominic has also launched his own Audio Sea Studios that covers all levels of audio production to live sound engineering.

The workshop is open to students of all levels and it will take place in the Digital Music and Sound Art computer lab, from 11am to 4pm. Places are limited so please email m.e.papadomanolaki@brighton.ac.uk to reserve a place.

Workshop overview

Brief introductory lecture on the modern state and nature of music production, highlighting the role of the music producer and common issues encountered in the professional field as a ‘producer’ (11:00 – 11:30)

Outlining the process and common methodologies of music production, based around the central maxim of “if it sounds good, it is good” (11:30 – 12:40)

Break for lunch (12:40 – 13:00)

In-depth practical work on the Mac suite computers. I will provide audio stems for the whole class to use, the practical segment will be taught using Logic Pro X (13:00 – 15:40)

Final questions and answers about any music production topics/issues (15:40 – 16:00)

Environment, Sound and Engagement: Workshop with David Velez (Sonic Field, Impulsive Habitat)

26/09/2019 1.30-6.30pm
Performance Studio (Room 225)
University of Brighton
Grand Parade Campus

We are very happy to have Colombian Sound Artist and researcher David Velez. David is the co-initiator of the very successful online resource Sonic Field and owner of the online imprint Impulsive Habitat. David is currently based in Huddersfield conducting PhD research. David’s body of work includes numerous releases, installations, sculptures, performances and community engagement workshops, encompassing sound as a textural, social, embodied and political material.

David has designed a workshop to coincide with our welcome week. The workshop is open to all students. The workshop primarily focuses on collaborative work and low tech and DIY techniques in Public Space Sound Art Performance, and also in the familiarisation with the sound phenomena through graphic means. This workshop is perfect for people who are not necessarily familiar or engaged with the aesthetic sound practice
and aims to create a bonding experience with key aspects of this line of work.

More specifically, Public spaces and can work as blank canvases for collaborative Sound Art performances where low tech elements and basic objects can be of great use. The immersive and expansive nature of sound phenomena are key factors in the way we experience our surroundings and visualizing it could help to have a better understanding of its physical and emotional characteristics.

The students will be exploring the above themes through different methodologies including:

– Sine Wave Flash Mob
Using mobile phones and tone generating apps, the participants will intervene the library by quietly projecting sine waves and moving around the building. This performance aims to question the boundaries of what is perceived as silence and as disturbance, and exploring the spatial possibilities of working with independent and portable acoustic sources.The performance is set for 15 minutes.

-Drawing Field Recordings
The workshop participants will draw a sequence of sound waves in a paper roll using a charcoal pen and a stencil based on the intensity of sound stimuli.

Initially the group records the sounds of passing cars near the university, and the doppler effect they produce will be used as cues for drawing. The blindfolded participant listens to the sound of passing cars on headphones and responds to its intensity drawing zigzag patterns with the help of a guiding stencil. The zigzag movements are more dramatic when the car approaches the subject and more subtle when disappears. The paper roll rotate with a simple mechanism similar to a cassette or reel to reel tape. The participant will also be fully isolated from any visual stimuli in order to focus his attention on sounds and on his tactile interaction with the pencil. This session aims to analyze the acoustic perception of movement
and intensity in an acousmatic context and in isolation conditions.


-The Environment is the Performer

The participants will outline a basic structure to be performed by a group of collaborators to be recruited in campus. The collaborators will perform by rubbing two sheets of sandpaper in circles and increasing and decreasing the speed depending on the cue. The subtle sound product of the sandpaper friction builds up when performed by a group and becomes louder and louder as the piece progresses until it disappears.

This three minute performance looks to strengthen the empathy and convening power of the group and their ability to engage others in the discourse and practice of Public Space Sonic Art performance.

The workshop will run from 1.30pm – 6.30pm in the Performance Studio (Room 225).

Places are limited. Please contact m.e.papadomanolaki@brighton.ac.uk to reserve a place.

ID Spectral Live (003)

We are proud to announce the third event for ID Spectral – a record label and creative agency that promotes both up and coming and established artists as part of a new creative network.

The imprint, setup in June 2017, has since signed tracks from artists including Aphex-twin approved Ability II, Hyperdub’s Loraine James, Yaporigami, Anji Cheung and more.

At IDS Live, attendees will have the opportunity meet the staff behind the agency, learn more about the project; from its partners, the official distribution contract, IDS radio and future plans, as well as to experience three live performances from the label’s artists, including performances by current students and alumni.

Label presentation : 5:00-5:30pm

Live sets / [all visuals provided by https://www.jeddwinterburn.art/)]

RF WN (5:30 – 6:20pm)
Tarek El Goraicy (6:30 – 7:20pm)
Cyphon (7:20-8:30)

The event is scheduled for Wednesday 25th of September at 5.30pm at the University of Brighton Grand Parade campus (performance studio).

Entry : £3 online (tickets – https://bit.ly/2kq05S3)
£5 on the door
DMSA Students: Free (Proof of Student ID)

Facebook Event:https://www.facebook.com/events/636617820181545/

Opening Today: Salon Exhibition

Today is the opening of Salon, an exhibition celebrating the artistic work of professional services and technical staff at the University of Brghton’s School of Media. Salon has been organised by academic administrator Claire Levitt, curated by SSGT Haley Moyse Fenning and showcases the work by eleven technical and administrative staff from the School of Media. Included are a sculpture and 500 copies of a new instructional text piece by Joshua Legallienne.

More information:
https://www.facebook.com/events/499486080806736/
https://www.instagram.com/uobsalon/

Immateriality – sonic arts tour

Immateriality is a travelling sonic arts exhibition that is touring the UK July 30th until 7th August 2019. It has been curated by DMSA staff/alumni Joshua Legallienne and features the work of DMSA graduates Ecka Mordecai and Jordan Edge, alongside newly-commissioned pieces by international artists Ingrid Plum (DK) and Robert Stokowy (DE) and UK artists Ben Jeans Houghton, Daniel W J Mackenzie, and David Leslie Stearn. More information about the tour can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/664673170668278/

Immateriality sonic arts tour

New Release on ID Spectral Label

ID Spectral are proud to present Overk (IDS003), the debut release from Egyptian-based instrumentalist Hossam Hilal. Set in hazy desert landscapes, to underground soundsystem culture, Hilal presents us with a collection of rich textural works that hint at styles of world music, packaged with the influences of psychedelic rock, ambience and electronica.

The journey begins with ‘Hurry up’, a collage of luscious tonal bodies and melodic electric guitar riffs, topped with a beauteous synthesis of sampled drums. As Hossam takes us into the more organic, off-kilter african percussions on tracks such as ‘Habitat’ and ‘Ma Fi Makan’, the artist begins to unveil his egyptian roots with more traditional, celebratory atmospheres of a city of with a rich cultural history. The EP closes with ‘Crippled Down’, a delicately dissonant blend of metallic textures and concrete basslines.

Follow Hossam :

www.soundcloud.com/hossamhilalofficial
www. facebook.com/HossamHilalOfficial

Written and produced by Hossam Hilal
Mastered by Jamie Moore
Managed and A&Red by Louis Sterling and Jamie Moore
Distributed by State51 (London)