DMSA Feature: Jasmyn Bloch (Y3 Student)

This month’s feature welcomes third year student Jasmyn Bloch, a classiclally trained singer with an electronic music twist who through her explorations in our course developed new and engaging pathways of addressing issues such as voice, embodiment, femininity and the emotional affect of sound and music. Her upcoming multimedia installation entitled ‘FEMPORIS’ will be exhibited at this year’s degree show.

DMSA: Three important words that represent you as a creative person
JB: Feminine, intimate, emotional 

DMSA: When did you start working with sound and music?
JB: I started working with sound at a very young age, experimenting with all sorts of different instruments, but nothing really stuck. My true musical beginnings started when I found my passion for Classical Singing; this was the portal through which I found what sound, and especially voice, meant to me and what it could communicate to others. I remember being gob smacked the first time I sang in front of an audience, because by the end of my performance a lot of the audience were crying. I always knew music effected my emotions deeply, but to see others react so vividly to something I had sung was a turning point, I knew then I had to work with my voice and my emotions.

DMSA: In what ways has the DMSA course supported or help you to develop into who you are today creatively and professionally?
JB: The DMSA course opened my eyes to a lot of experimental, more artistic ways of approaching music. Before this course I was well versed in more mainstream electronic music, but had no idea of the plethora of ways music and sound can be used, creatively and powerfully, to evoke emotions and create statements. During my time here I believe I have created projects that I will continue to work on well past my graduation, but also planted seeds of ideas for my future work and concepts.

DMSA: What are your plans for the near future? projects, events, visions
JB: I am currently working on a multimedia sound installation called Femporis, which is a conceptual womb piece that will be a part of the Brighton University Degree Show this June. This piece is an exploration into the soundscape of the womb, but also considers the concepts of safety, nurturing and rebirth. I hope to continue down this vein of feminine works and create a trilogy of pieces that are focused on the female body and voice. Post University I plan to create a platform for young female artists in Brighton, a website and bi-monthly exhibition space, where they can show their work and be a part of a supportive collective, showing female sound and artworks in a unified space. 

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Todays Spotlight: Digital Music and Sound Arts Degree Show 2017

Every year, our students’ interests, talents and curiosities are manifested in many surprising and innovative ways. Each degree show delivers a whole new range of explorations, provocations and creative outputs. Either in the form of instrument building, video game design, sound installation art or sound for film and new media, the DMSA students offer new perspectives into what is possible through sound and a way of thinking about and doing with sound that goes beyond the audible into other senses, materials, technologies and the body. The 2017 Degree Show presented a series of ambitious, at times, large scale projects that grasped the attention of audiences and industry specialiststs who attended the Degree Show. Our students Guoda Dirzyte and Jordan Edge won awards for the outstanding quality of their pieces. This is of course the result of hard work often involving the extensive support of our technical staff and mentoring and guidance by our academic team.

List of Works
Guoda Dirzyte – Kokon Dansetsu Ma (Sound Installation)
Charles Pender – Maelström (Sound Installation)
Joseph Higgins – Many Gods, Many Voices (Sound Installation)
Maja Mihalik – bio.adversity (AV installation)
Jordan Edge – acclimate (Installation)
Justin O’Brien / John Doe – 2.1 Audio Piece – Number Stations and Short Wave Radio (Radio Art Composition)
Navid Asghari – Circadian (Found Footage / CCTV Film)
Ben Murphy – Avatar Arms (Video Game Design)
Lorcan Thompson – To Eternity (Experimental Film)
Rory Williams – Bend-A bespoke instrument for neurological disorders (Interactive/Instrument Design)

Today’s Spotlight: DMSA 2012 Degree Show Showreel

Digital Music and Sound Arts students come from a variety of backgrounds and through the three years of the course they undergo a trajectory of transformation. They are encouraged to challenge existing deas, explore new methodologies and technologies, develop in a focused manner sets of skills that will make them confident in their craft, critical in their thinking as practitioners and ready to keep up with the challenges of a rapidly changing and competitive field. The degree show is an important platform for both students and staff to demonstrate these concepts, to interface with industry people and establish a network.

Today’s spotlight revisits the final degree works by 2012 DMSA students showcasing the breadth of approaches and interests and the level of quality students aim to achieve. Either sound design and music for film, interactive audiovisual installations or music production, preparing the final degree project is a chance to be ambitious and to refine a creative vision so as to allign with the chosen career pathway of each student.

Featured Works

  • Roland Szabo – Preface (film)
  • Jack Ritchie – Symbiotic (Experimental Music Film)
  • Henry Holmes – Tape Requiem (Sound installation)
  • Marcel Kennard – Anxiety E.P (Music Album Production)
  • Melody Woodham – Character Building (Film)
  • Sean Tierney – Fair Use (Music Album Production)
  • Anthony Weigold – Political Signification (Experimental AV production)
  • Tom Bartlett – Necropolis (Sound Design)
  • Tanya Taylor – Tinkerings (Performative Sound Installation)
  • Sean Halsey – Dream Without A Dream (Film)
  • Anton Browne – Breakaway (Music Video)
  • Joseph Yates – Passages (Audiovisual Installation)
  • Jack Fletcher – Wild Bill (Sound Design for Film)
  • Peter Mines – Revenant Tapes (Experimental Electronic Music)
  • Chris Hoad – Vastec (Interactive Audio System for Music Performance and Production)
  • Joshua Clark-Legallienne – Restraint (Experimental Music)
  • Nicholas Keate – Triptych (Weltschmerz) (Audiovisula installation)
  • Joshua Feder – The Catatonic (Film)