Professional Practice Masterclass: Caleb Madden

Next week’s masterclass is by Caleb Madden, multi-disciplinary artist and current PhD researcher (Creative Sound & Music Research Group) at the University of Brighton.

Caleb Madden is a multi-disciplinary artist who works at the intersection of critical theory and art to create audio-visual installations and performances. He is currently undertaking an PhD at the University of Brighton looking into the critical affordances of noise art practices. He is a founder member of the sonic arts collective The Spirit of Gravity, produces a monthly radio show for Resonance Extra, and is an interdisciplinary curator/programmer working both on the national experimental music network OUTLANDS and independently. He has performed and exhibited internationally at venues such as Clockenflap Festival in Hong Kong and Le Liue Unique in Nantes, France, and across the UK including Tate Modern, The Roundhouse, Fabrica Gallery and the De La Warr Pavilion.

About the session
The session will begin with an overview of my practice, focusing on relevant key works. The use of digital sound techniques will be examined through a discussion focusing on the interplay between the sonic and extra-sonic elements present in specific pieces. Various methods for the creation of sound will be explored, including the use of electro-magnetic pick-ups, circuit bending, glitch tactics, and video processing techniques. Ultimately, these experiments in sound will be grounded within a wider conceptual framework which attempts to consider the political agency of noise.

www.calebmadden.com

DMSA Feature: Hannah Kemp Welch

This month we talk to Hannah Kemp Welch who grduated from the course in 2009. Hannah has been working as a social practice sound artist, working collaboratively with communities, educators and artists. Hannah has worked with communities across the UK, and shown works at Tate Modern, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Firstsite Colchester, and Nottingham Contemporary; Hannah is currently the Open House artist in residence at Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge.

DMSA: Where do we find you now?

HKW: I’m currently at Kettle’s Yard, the University of Cambridge’s modern and contemporary art gallery, on a year long residency . I’ve chosen to focus my research on early developments in radio in North Cambridge by the Pye Group, and create radio art works with local community groups, culminating in a day of broadcasts on the local radio station and a display at the gallery opening in March. I also run a music project in Brixton for people with mental health needs, creating new routes into music education, so that people in challenging circumstances can access quality music production spaces, equipment and resources.

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

HKW: Social, committed, active.

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

HKW: I’ve been running a community music project since 2013, and working on sound art commissions since a couple of years after completing my MA. I spent a year after university interning in art galleries, and then worked at Tate for 5 years on an action research project. This was great experience; I learnt about the variety of careers in the arts and grew my networks until I started to get commissions. I’m now a freelance artist and work on a variety of residencies, commissions and education projects.

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

HKW: The DMSA course was my first introduction to sound art, a field I now work in. It offered an entry point, inspiration, and a space to experiment with ideas alongside support and guidance to create work. I learnt a lot of methodology, and was directed to artists and writers whose ideas were very influential in forming my work and values. I’ve stayed in touch Kersten Glandien, who has been very supportive of my work since supervising my dissertation 10 years ago.

DMSA: Can you tell us a bit more about Vanguard, your recent project for Art Gene?

HKW: In November 2018 I was selected for a residency in the Cumbrian town of Barrow-in-Furness, and lived and worked with ten artists to create new works in response to the local area. Barrow is famously where BAE Systems build nuclear submarines. As I’m vice-chair of the London branch of Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, I felt a pull to make work about this controversial industry, yet was aware that a high percentage of Barrow residents are employed by BAE, so any response must be highly sensitive to the context. My work in Cambridge on the Open House residency programme had put me in touch with amateur radio operators, so I found a local meeting of Furness Amateur Radio Society and asked members questions about submarine communication systems. I interviewed local residents, recorded sounds of the docks, and attempted to listen to submarine transmissions via VLF, compiling my recordings into an audio work. The residency ended with an exhibition at Art Gene, and I made a zine to sit alongside the sound work with images and texts drawn from my research.

https://www.sound-art-hannah.com/vanguard

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

HKW: I’m working on a few other projects at the moment, delivering sound art workshops for October Gallery and contributing to a publication on arts education for Tate and TENT Rotterdam. An 8-channel sound work I created with my collaborator Lisa Hall is on display at Sound Reasons festival in New Delhi [and soon to be included in a series of concerts at London College of Communication, UAL. I’m preparing for Hyperlocal Radio , my display at Kettle’s Yard and takeover broadcast on World Radio Day. I’m also delivering lectures at Goldsmiths and for the V&A in February, and hoping to help out with Soundcamp in London on International Dawn Chorus Day in May.

Past this, I’m really keen to develop social practice sound art, seeing a potential to introduce new people to artistic audio production and a need to make sound art accessible and culturally relevant outside of the framework of institutions. I’d love to set up a sound art education studio, or work in a collective of social practice artists. Ideally, I’d like to spend as much time as possible on residencies, learning about new spaces and sharing ideas through sound.

Professional Practice Masterclass: Hannah Kemp Welch

The first Professional Practice Masterclass for 2019 is with Hannah Kemp Welch on Monday 14th January, 4:30-6, Performance studio.

Hannah Kemp-Welch is a social practice sound artist, working collaboratively with communities, educators and artists, to listen to the world around. Using a range of strategies such as sound recording, audio interventions, broadcasts, performance and digital making, works explore communication and ask how do we listen? and who can be heard?
Hannah has worked with communities across the UK, and shown works at Tate Modern, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Firstsite Colchester, and Nottingham Contemporary; Hannah is currently the Open House artist in residence at Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge.

Link:http://sound-art-hannah.com/

Session:
This session will focus on setting up as freelance artist, working with large and small institutions, and packaging your practice for residencies, commissions and open calls. Within this, there’ll be focus on socially engaged practice and community arts, exploring current debates in arts education. Students will gain insight into the value of collaboration and knowledge exchange with community groups and we’ll discuss strategies for engaging new audiences with sound arts.

Masterclass with Olivia Louvel: Document and Construct: sound, women and battles.

Monday 3rd December 2018, 4:30-6, Performance Studio, GP

Our current student Olivia Louvel will be leading the next masterclass on a very inspiring range of topics: sound women and battles.

About the session

Document and Construct: sound, women and battles.
I will explore the relationship between documentation and creation throughout my most recent works, Data Regina, inspired by the reign and writings of Mary Queen of Scots as well as the audiovisual piece, Afraid of Women, produced to bring awareness to Rojava, the autonomous region in Northern Syria.

Finally I will share my experience as a member of female:pressure, the international network of female, transgender and non-binary artists in the fields of electronic music and digital arts founded by Electric Indigo.
The session will be punctuated by sound intermission and live performance.

About Olivia

Olivia Louvel is a French-born, British composer, producer and artist whose work draws on voice, computer music and digital narrative. She operates on the frontier of art and electronic music. Her work also ranges from video art to live performance. Over the last decade, she has released six solo albums published on various labels, Angelika Koehlermann (Austria), Optical Sound (France) and on Cat Werk Imprint, her own production tool.
Her largest project to date Data Regina is a multimedia suite in which she explores the reigns of Mary Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I, delivering her own singular transposition through an interactive digital platform and a cd publication. She was featured with Data Regina in The Wire magazine.

Her work has been supported by the Arts Council of England. In 2011, she was awarded the Qwartz Album for Doll Divider at the Qwartz Electronic Music Awards.

Olivia Louvel has received extensive airplay on significant radio programs such as BBC Radio 6’s Freak Zone, BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction, Resonance (UK), RTE Lyric FM’s Nova (Ireland), Radio Eins’s Elektro Beat (Germany), NRK’s Harald Are Lund (Norway), RTVE Radio 3’s Fluido Rosa, RTVE Radio 3’s Atmosfera (Spain), RAI 3’s Battiti (Italy), and France Musique’s La Matinale.

She has presented her work at venues and festivals such as Spirit of Gravity (Brighton 2017), Nawr (BBC Hall, Swansea 2017), Brighton Digital Festival (2017), Iklectik (London 2016), CTM (Berlin 2016), Dear Serge (De La Warr, Bexhill 2015), Culture Night (Dublin 2015), Earsthetic Festival (Brighton Dome 2013), at Tri XL (Antwerp 2010), Le Cube (Paris 2009), Ososphere Festival (Strasburg 2009), Electron Festival (Geneva 2008). She has opened for artists such as Japanese avant-garde artist Phew at Iklectik London, Planningtorock at the Earsthetic Festival Brighton Dome and Recoil for various concerts on the European ‘Selected’ tour.

LINK http://www.olivialouvel.com

SPECTRES, XENOFUTURISMS & THE ANTIVOID #2

This friday 16th November, Stephen Mallinder will join Creative Sound & Music member and current PhD research Caleb Madden and artist and scholar Luke Pendrell for an event combining talks, perfrormative presentations and improvisation. Titled ‘Spectres, Xenofuturisms & The Antivoid #2’ the event will take place in the Performance Studio, between 3-4pm. It is free and no reservation is needed.

Experimental Film Workshop

We are happy to have Louise Colbourne from Design For Digital Media with us to lead two workhops on experimental film.

Places are limited so please email Louise (l.a.colbourne@brighton.ac.uk) to secure your place. Information on the two sessions can be found below.

DIRECT ANIMATION Room:225 5pm 15th November 2018

This workshop will to offer you the opportunity to work directly with celluloid 16mm film using the technique of direct animation.
This is a practical workshop in which you will be provided some 16mm film stock to work on top of to create a loop of a few seconds in length. We will then join the loop and play the outcomes through a 16mm projector. It is possible to capture the projected images on a camera or phone if you would like to use them in the future.
You will also be shown how to effect and adapt the optical sound track.
The process of direct animation involves either scratching into the surface of the film’s emulsion to make sequential patterns and shapes, or drawing / painting images, textures and shapes on to clear leader.

CONTACT PRINTING Grand Parade Dark-room 7th February 2019

A further workshop will be held in a darkroom facility where you will be able to process your own short film strips. The technique used is contact printing (or photogram) and an optical soundtrack can also be created here. It is possible to create contact prints by exposing small objects and other film strips onto high contrast film stock which then creates an inverted, negative image.

Further research

Cinema of Attractions:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQpcaoc4X3Q

Stan Brackage:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALUc4cx4LZI

Liz Rhodes:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ts5uT0Pdj4c

Lynn Loo:
http://dewfields.co.uk/work/filmwork/vowels_and_consonants.html

Norman McLaren:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bqzgWkEsws

Oskar Fischinger:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Xc4g00FFLk

Ian Helliwell:
http://www.ianhelliwell.co.uk/

Sally Golding
http://sallygolding.com/performances/super-grotesquerie

Marcel Duchamp
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXINTf8kXCc

Bruce McClure
https://vimeo.com/18499974

Tutor:

Louise Colbourne:
l.a.colbourne@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

Digital Gestures | Human Contact Exhibition at ONCA Gallery

24-25 September 2018 | 24th Sept: Launch 6-8pm / 25th Sept: 12-5pm
ONCA
4 St George’s Pl,
Brighton
BN1 4GB
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We are happy to be supporting the upcoming exhibition titled ‘Digital Gestures | Human Contact‘ at ONCA gallery for Brighton Digital Festival.

The exhibition features works developed by 2nd year students in our course. The works have been developed in partnership with Fab Lab (University of Brighton) and Mi.Mu.

The two installations on display in Digital Gestures, Human Contact offer an inspiring, surprising and mesmering journey through digital motion sensor technologies, music and visuals where the audiences become interchangeably performers and observers.

54 Bones is a gesturally based performance art installation for an audience of one. It uses gestural glove controllers to trigger and manipulate sounds, using a series of gestures and movements inspired by British Sign Language. The work aims to extend the ephemeral moment at which sound, language and meaning collide, resulting in a truly intimate, human experience for each person who takes part, leaving them free to interpret what the interaction means to them.

Cogflux.01 is an interactive audio-visual installation by PRTCL Collective aiming to break the barrier between audience and performer through the use of motion sensor technology, generative audio and visuals. The piece aims to conceptually adopt the headspace one obtains whilst traveling long distances, which was inspired by Kaihōgyō, a walking meditation process used by Buddhist monks for more than 1000 years.

Artists exhibiting:
54 Bones – Duncan Cabral, Olivia Louvel, Jamie Moore, Dominic Rae
Cogflux.01 – PRTCL Collective are Jedd Winterburn, Tarek El Goraicy, Matt Were, Louis Sterling, Jack Cleary, Visuals: Joe Wheater

Poster and Banner Design: Jedd Winterburn