DMSA Alumni, Students and Staff showcased @ IWD2019

As part of the International Women’s Day 2019 campaign to #BalanceforBetter, Sound and Music showcase the profiles of 31 composers and their unique contributions to composition in the UK. Alumni Akiko Haruna and Guoda Dirzyte, current student Jade Gunner and DMSA Course Leader Dr Maria Papadomanolaki are profiled in the showcase that is part of the online archive of British Music Collection.

British Music Collection provides unparalleled access to the modern history of composition in the UK. Established in 1967 as a means for contemporary composers to deposit scores and recordings for performers to access, it now consists of almost 70,000 works and recordings from over 3000 20th and 21st century composers and sound artists.

The value in the collection is undeniable – providing access to over 50 years of contemporary composition – but it’s not without fault. The underrepresentation of female composers, or those who identify as female, across the original collection is stark, and a reminder of the progress that has been made, and must continue to happen, in and across new music.

Much of the British Music Collection now exists here online, and this provides a great opportunity to readdress this imbalance and the original aim of the collection: providing access to the work of contemporary composers.

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.

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

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