No Hollows and No Projections – workshop led by Ingrid Plum

MONDAY 11TH DECEMBER 2018 | 6-8pm | PERFORMANCE STUDIO, GRAND PARADE

A workshop led by Ingrid Plum exploring deep listening exercises, sonic meditations, improvisation and extended vocal technique following the teachings of Pauline Oliveros and Meredith Monk as well as a wealth of techniques gathered from teachers and traditions around the world. This workshop is suitable for all levels of experience and is best suited to those with an interest in sounding the voice, sound art, experimental music and sonic meditation, but previous practice in those fields is not necessary. Learn a range of listening exercises to benefit production and performance skills along with breathing and vocal exercises with a focus on deep listening and harmony, involving discussion and working with the natural voice to develop confidence. By the end of the workshop participants will have a ‘tool kit’ of exercises they can work with to expand their own practice and the opportunity to perform at a gallery event in 2018.

About Ingrid
Ingrid Plum is a sound artist and singer who uses her voice with extended technique, improvisation, field recordings and electronics in improvisation and composition.

‘Gorgeously atmospheric vocal techniques woven around field recordings & electronics’ – The Guardian.

Plum uses her voice with extended technique, improvisation, field recordings and electronics, to create layered soundscapes, spoken word and songs. Having performed and exhibited installation sound art and visual art since 2002, she creates work that sits between sound art, improvisation, multi-media installation, neo-classical and contemporary Nordic folk music.

www.ingridplum.com

Mini-feature: Louis Sterling (Y2 Student)

 

In anticipation of Loadbang~, we talk to Louis Sterling, a 2nd Year DMSA student who was in the organising team for the evant and who will be performing under his AUXX alias.

DMSA: Three words that describe you as a creative person?

LS: Observant, Exploratory, Technical.

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

LS: I’ve been practically approaching music and sound from a very early age – around 8/9 years old. I’d been classically trained at the Bath Abbey under Dr. Peter King for a few years before leaving to explore my own musical interests. On early visits to Leeds, around 2010 – my dad and uncle still had copies of music production software from their contemporary electronic group from the early 1990’s, from where I naturally gained a curiosity in digital music and would persistently ask about their creative process. It was through an organic interest and drive for solving problems that I gained the technical knowledge and hands-on experience with composition, sequencing and sound design, with digital music technology now being is the center of my practise. This is through which I have progressively studied and self-taught different production techniques, and eventually settled with Ableton Live, occasionally dabbling amongst the MaxMSP and Gleetchlab environments.

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

LS:The course here in Brighton has an incredibly strong community within such a thriving city for the arts. Back in my hometown the educational programs would section you into “academic” or “enterprise pathways, which is why I find it quite surreal to now be in touch with professionals such as Dr. Kelly Snook, formerly of NASA – who utilises the sound arts and her experience with digital music as the backbone to creating innovative technology, projects and scientific research. If it weren’t for these encouragements I’d assume the end-goal was to release more records and play gigs (which has been done in the past), as opposed to now planning for installations, composing soundtracks for films, studying projection mapping, programming computers or planning live events to name the very least.

Auxx – Underlying The Beautiful from Louis Sterling on Vimeo.

DMSA: Can you tell us a few words about your AUXX project?

LS: Auxx is an exploratory electronic project I’d began back in 2012. The alias was created to express my conventional approach to music, through which eventually branched out to more technical musical production, sound design and experimental compositional approaches. So far the project has achieved a discography of 5 releases, two of which were released this year; entitled “Spirit Image” (7” vinyl) for record store day 2017, and 23/09 (10” vinyl) signed to URBNET records, North America – and since been supported by BBC music. Sonically speaking, I’m from a background of hip-hop culture, but later came the influences of Warp, Detund and Ninja Tune, which is why the recent work is relatively up-tempo, full of breakbeats/glitches and more recently remixed by artists such as Kidkanevil (Red Bull), Valance Drakes (Detroit Underground) and later distributed onto vinyl for DJ mixes, radio shows, not to mention great followers of (relatively weird) electronic music.

DMSA: What are your plans for the near future? projects, events, visions?

LS: As for my artistic direction, I’ve discovered new musical and sonic approaches, writing and drafting new projects and gathering together an archive of works to be sent out for the new year. Recently I’ve been bridging the influences of my older work with ambient, electroacoustic and industrial soundscapes – not paying as much attention to genre, style or scene – and quite literally going down my own lane. A few weeks ago I’d been talking to The Dedekind Cut (Ninja Tune/Kranky), and through studying his work, it has really encouraged me to showcase my new material and live performance through the unfamiliar, but always maintaining the roots of hip-hop and soul that had brought us up. Whether this is showcased through future cover art, installations/performance or just through aesthetic, I don’t yet know, but it’s an approach that I’m in the process of refining for the new year.

I’ll be playing in Green Door Store and Komedia (Brighton), as well as the Art House and Exchange in Bristol. These will be followed with some new live/radio shows in London for early 2018. I’ve recently been in touch with NTS Radio London and some guys at Radar Radio, but as always, it will be a case of feeling most comfortable to showcase and perform the new works to these new and larger audiences as and when.

DMSA Mini-feature: Olivia Louvel (Y2 Student)

Olivia Louvel

Olivia Louvel is a French-born, British composer, producer and artist whose work draws on voice, computer music and digital narrative. As with many of the DMSA students, Olivia has come to  engage with sound, and eventually the course, through a unique pathway.  She has produced a body of  exiting and critically acclaimed projects and we are very happy to have her on the course, currently in her second year.

DMSA: Three words that describe you as a creative person?

OL: carver, organiser, experimentalist 

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

OL: My initial artistic outlet was voice then theatre. Some time after I graduated from the National Conservatory of Dramatic Art but nothing was really happening for me as an actor (which in hindsight was probably for the best!) I began making some weird sound objects on a mini-disc with voice and found sound objects, it was very fragile, I didn’t have yet access to a laptop. Then I finally got an  iBook and with an Mbox I could run Pro-Tools and that was it, the liberation! My liberation of sounds. 

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

OL: The DMSA course is helping me fill in some theory gaps and contextualise my practise. Being self-taught, I am joining the dots and it’s wonderful to learn to articulate my thoughts, talk, write an essay. It’s a laboratory for ideas, experiments and exchange. It is a privileged moment and I’m enjoying every aspect of it. Last year, I had the opportunity to compose a piece for multi diffusion channels, this was exhilarating. I also took part in a DMSA collaboration with the Brighton Youth Orchestra, supervised by senior lecturer Jean Martin. Along with two of my fellow students, Sonny Bacon and Luke Vosper, we had the opportunity to perform with the BYO at the Brighton Festival, it was a wonderful challenging experience. Throughout the course, I also stepped into the world of Pure Data, Max/MSP which opened new avenues of experimentation for me. There were certain projects last year which I am now planning to develop further into a new composition.

DMSA: Can you tell us a few words about your ACE-funded project ‘Data Regina’?

OL: Data Regina is inspired by the reigns of two queens/ rulers of the 16th century, Mary Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I. I was drawn to the life and writings of Mary Queen of Scots, a poet and essayist herself and one of the most read woman of her time. What surprised me the most is that we know very little about that creative aspect of her life. She documented her turmoil, her captivity (19 years) through writings. The last sonnet she wrote ‘Feb.8 1587’ was on the morning of her execution. I’ve assembled a digital narrative through songs and ‘battles’ which are instrumental tracks inspired by the 16th century battles on the Anglo-Scottish border. As well as the publication of a CD, there is a dedicated online platform www.dataregina.com  to showcase the 3D animations produced by young animator Antoine Kendall as well as curated historical references. I am very grateful for the Grant for the Arts received from the Arts Council. 

DMSA: What are your plans for the near future? projects, events, visions?

OL: I’m participating in our DMSA night at Komedia, ‘loadbang ~’, a night of electronica, experimental, ambience, glitch with live projection mapping. I will perform a short set of material from Data Regina, the event is the 5th of December. [fb event page]

Last month we launched with the DMSA the audio walk, ‘ReHear’, partnering with ‘Echoes’ a platform which allows you to create and explore immersive geolocated experiences. This fascinated me, it opened up new possibility to envisage sound in space, in the virtual in a near future…

Website:  http://www.olivialouvel.com/

PUNCTUREKIT DEMO



PUCTURE KIT DEMO | 27 NOVEMBER 2017 | PERFORMANCE STUDIO | 4:30-6:30PM

Dave Osborne is Puncture Kit…a live drummer and electronic composer. His bicycle is his transport and drum kit and on 27th November, he’ll be setting up in the Performance Studio to give you a live demo.

You are invited to submit a work to be used in the session. Please send your compositions/field recordings and loops to m.e.papadomanolaki@brighton.ac.uk by no later than 23/11/17.

Dave has performed for the Brits, Glastonbury, The Tour de France and many other events throughout the world. He loves the outdoors and is also regularly seen performing in the streets both here in Brighton and in London.

For the DMSA demo, he has recently written a bunch of new electronic music…weaving in and out between many different time signatures and tempos…he loves the challenge of making sometimes complex timings sound danceable!
As an extra experimental side to the performance, Dave will be using abelton to trigger an array of sounds/ effects whilst improvising with his live beats.

www.puncturekit.co.uk

SAVE THE DATE: Loadbang~ | Komedia | Dec. 5th | 21:30

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A night of Electronica | Experimental | Ambience | Glitch
+ Live projection mapping.

From electronic artists to visual programmers, we’re bridging experimentallism with the knocks of the UK soundsystem. With an eclectic line-up of artists and DJ’s, it is an honour to showcase such innovative music from digitally-oriented creatives.

If you’re a fan of Warp Records to the more contemporary works of Ryoji Ikeda, Tim Hecker or Alva Noto – then this is not one to miss.

LINE-UP :
Jeph Vanger/Jack Lister
Olivia Louvel [Catwerk]
Auxx [BBC Music x URBNET]
Aki Purser & Oli Johns
Luke Vosper & Tarek Goraicy
Martia
Jamie Moore & Thomas Aurelius
Nile Ezra
Patrick McCauley

DJ’s
2LATE (High Focus)
Danny Baron
Samiriah Roye

DMSA Mini-feature: Jeph Vanger (Y3 student) received Breakthrough Award

Greek sound artist/sound designer/music producer (aka Jeph1) and DMSA student Jeph Vanger was recently awarded the Norman Cook Digital Music and Sound Arts Breakthrough Award 2016/17 for finishing first in his year (Level 5). This is the second year this award has been around and it is a way for  showing appreciation to students who excel at their studies. The award was established by famous music producer Norman Cook aka Fatboy Slim.

On the occasion of the award, we asked  Jeph a few questions.

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

JW: Sound, Vibration, Viscerality

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

JW: It was right after school (18 years old) when I sold my video game console to buy my first turntable and start experimenting with records, music and sounds.

Ithaca: upon every arrival, Teaser from Gesamtatelier on Vimeo.

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

JW: The Digital Music & Sound Arts course in Brighton has made me believe that every single creative idea can be possible through experimentation and exploration. It has also widen my music horizons and helped me to open my ears and listen. In a world where overwhelming amounts of information and screens are taking over our lives through passive immersion, I think that is important to return back to pure non-distractive listening processes. More importantly, the DMSA course has filled me with hope in regards to make my goals and dreams reality as, over this year, I have been already involved in 6 theatre and performance professional projects as a sound designer and composer. Moreover, through the course, I have exhibited sound and visual installations which have been originally made for one of the course’s modules. 

Henosis Installation Preview from Jeph Vanger Sound on Vimeo.

DMSA: What are your plans for the near future? projects, events, visions

JW: I am currently focusing on the development of my dissertation and also my final sound installation. Both of those are going to be related with how hand-made speakers can sculpt the final sonic result in a specific space -“Physical Sound Design” as I’d like to call it- and they are going to examine the relation of space and sound in general through the construction of original replicas of the historic Altec 1505b Horn which has been used in theatre spaces during the 60’s & 70’s. 
 In addition, in regards to my sound design & composition projects, I’m putting the finishing touches on the modern take of “The Picture of Dorian Gray” theatre play directed by John O’Connor. This play is touring in Italy for the next two months. I’m also going to be working on the sound design of “The Opportunist” short film about kleptomania directed by Matt Page
 
When it comes to events, after my last gig in Brussels, I’m about to announce new dates for my Dub music project “Jeph1”. I’m also performing an experimental set at Green Door Store in Brighton on the 4th of December for “Splitting the Atom” experimental/free/noise all dayer. 

My overall vision for the near future is to continue working on various sound and music projects which are different, but at the same time influencing each other. 

ACTION: there is no better place to find partners in crime than the end of the world 

Presentation/Talk by AGF spirit on the curation of the big three day Avantgarde Festival ‘AVANTGARDE is HAPPENING’

20 November, 5:30–7 p.m.
Performance Studio, Grand Parade, University of Brighton

An evening with Ines, Julia und Jeanne-Marie from AGF spirit.

A label and event hub for all the arts, networking, community and social plastic.

In June 2017 the label staged a big three day Happening

‘AVANTGARDE is HAPPENING’

www.avantgardefestival.de

 

It grew out of the longstanding Avantgarde Festival,

a gathering of creatives and lovers from around the world.

A place not just for experimental music but an experiment itself!

Finding new partners for upcoming projects

Finding support and hope on our way to a better world.

Taking this Happening as a starting point to introduce ourselves and our work, we want to invite you to an open discussion about collective action, rural art, art production, the arts market, political activism, new|experimental|avantgarde art, and anything else that pops into our minds

AGF spirit will forever be in movement – in Flux; open to you and your ideas ’cause we will find a way to include you all!

Anarchy for ever, for ever Anarchy

 

Image by Hosental @ AGF spirit Office Launch 2014

Friday Screening event: Blade Runner (1982: Ridley Scott)

Performance Studio Film screening

Friday 13 Oct at 5.30pm (sharp)

Blade Runner (1982: Ridley Scott)

This week’s screening of the original Blade Runner film will be a timely response to the current release of Blade Runner 2049. As sound designers and musicians we are particularly interested in the haunting and evocative music by Greek composer Vangelis.