We are happy to have Peter Cusack with us to lead a field recording session with our students around Brighton.
Peter s a field recordist, musician and sound artist with a long interest in the sound environment. He is based in Berlin and London. He has been a lecturer in Sound Arts & Design at the University of the Arts, London from 1998 and is currently a research fellow and member of research group CRiSAP (Creative Research into Sound Arts Practice).
In 1998 he started the Favourite Sounds Project that explores what people find positive about the soundscapes of the places where they live. The project has been carried out world wide including in London, Beijing, Chicago, Prague, Birmingham, Southend on Sea and Berlin and most recently in Hull the UK culture capital for 2017.
His long term project Sounds from Dangerous Places (described as sonic journalism) investigates soundscapes at sites of major environmental damage – the Chernobyl exclusion zone, Caspian oil fields and the Italian city of Taranto (one of western Europe’s worst examples of industrial pollution). Since 2013 the project has researched the Aral Sea, Kazakhstan (where environmental restoration is having some success) and from 2016 the Bialowieza Forest, Poland, which is Europe’s last remaining area of primal forest threatened by increased logging.
During 2011/12 he was DAAD artist-in-residence in During Berlin, where he started ‘Berlin Sonic Places’ a wide-ranging collaborative project on the theme of urban soundscapes and city development. A small book – Berlin Sonic Places: A Brief Guide – was published in November 2017.
Musicially he plays guitar and uses field recordings and photographs in performance. He has played numerous concerts worldwide and collaborated with many international musicians in improvised and other musics.
Producers and sound designers, and DMSA L6 students, Ivan Camps and Álvaro Villar (aka Boogie) with Kevin Noon, recently launched the first episode of their radiophonic series Sloth Operator Radio, broadcast weekly on Resonance Extra, Thursdays 6-8pm.
Sloth Operator Radio is an electronic dance music show with special
dedication to the latest tendencies on Techno music in the U.K.
The 2 hours show is divided into two Dj sets, one run by guests, with a brief
interview from presenters , and the second half a Dj set run by hosts.
The program gives room to both emergent as well as established Djs who
give us their perspective on Brighton’s as well as U.K’s scene.
Sloth Operator streams real-time via Facebook Live, which also it is available,
at later stage, as podcast on Soundcloud and Mixcloud.
Podcasts contain a detailed track list of each set emitted on the show.
The show takes place at University of Brighton, broadcasting live with an
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…
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 email@example.com 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.
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.
Jeph Vanger/Jack Lister
Olivia Louvel [Catwerk]
Auxx [BBC Music x URBNET]
Aki Purser & Oli Johns
Luke Vosper & Tarek Goraicy
Jamie Moore & Thomas Aurelius
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.
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.
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.
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.