DMSA Feature: PJ Davy

PJ Davy’s ‘Heads In The Cloud 2.0’ opens tomorrow at The Basement in Brighton as part of the Exploring Boundaries exhibition, Brighton Digital Festival. We briefly talk to PJ about his background, his creative vision and projects his is currently working on.

DMSA: Where do we find you now?

PD: I recently moved to London where I’ll be starting a new role as a Production Technician Intern at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. I’ll be helping the production team provide sound and lighting for contemporary dance, orchestras, and operas. I’m looking forward to getting stuck into London, for a while. I miss the sea and fresh air, already, though.

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

PD: Always be yourself.

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

PD: I started working with sound and music, electronically, when I was 14 years old. A friend introduced me to Fasttracker 2, and I was hooked. It’s interface looked like the Matrix. You had to program in volume, panning, and other effects by sequencing numbers that scrolled up or down the screen. It forced some pretty nifty creativity within its limitations, but that’s always where the good stuff comes from.

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

PD: DMSA opened up my eyes and ears to areas of sound and music I’d not yet explored. It broadened my horizons and opportunities to work with amazing artists I never thought I’d be working with, in worlds I’d never associated myself with. It challenged me to focus my time and effort into projects in a professional way, but always with experimentalism at its heart, and never in a direction that felt forced upon me. I feel like the course has developed my creativity to push my own work within the global art and music community.

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

PD: I’ll be with Trinity Laban until next September, so I’m currently looking for a masters program to continue studying in 2019. I have some projects I’m currently working on that I’m really proud of, something very personal, and some others I look forward to being able to share, nearer completion. On the 4/5/6th of October, I’ll be exhibiting my multichannel sound and light installation, Heads in The Cloud 2.0, for Exploring Boundaries at The Basement, in Brighton, at part of Brighton Digital Festival 2018. This second iteration of my installation will focus more on the traces of memories left behind once time has passed since originally posted. It’s easy to forget what of ourselves we’ve submitted onto the world wide web, but we leave behind our ghosts in the machine, possibly forever.

I aim to remain focused, be productive, and keep learning.

Heads In The Cloud 2.0 opens tomorrow and will be running till Saturday 6th.

PJ’s website: www.pjedavy.com

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

Exploring Boundaries at Brighton Digital Festival

1-6 October 2018 | 12-5pm
The Basement
24 Kensington St, Brighton
BN1 4AJ
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Two of this year’s graduates will be presenting work as part of this year’s Brighton Digital Festival in an exhibition titled ‘Exploring Boundaries’ curated by Digital Music and Sound Arts in partnership with Our Future City (Brighton Dome) for Brighton Digital Festival.

Merging the physical experience of sound with the digital realm, Exploring Boundaries brings two works by UK-based artists PJ Davy (UK) and Jeph Vanger (UK/GR) to this year’s Brighton Digital Festival.

Vanger’s s ‘Sφera’ is a multichannel sonic environment where the physical presence of sound and the ongoing engagement become the priority. The piece pays tribute to the mournful sound of the Foghorn, using original recordings from the Foghorn Requiem (2013) field performance in which more than 50 ships gathered on the North Sea (UK) to perform an ambitious musical score.

PJ Davy’s ‘Heads in The Cloud 2.0’ is a multi-channel, sound and light installation concerning the digitisation of our lives through the internet. Heads in The Cloud presents a physical, human experience to reflect on our relationship with technology and each other, in an increasingly digitised world.

Programme

Sφera | 1-2 October 2018, 12-5pm
Artist Talk: 1st October, 2pm

Heads in The Cloud 2.0 | 4-5 Octber, 12-5pm and 6th October 12-3pm
Artist Talk: 4th October, 2pm

Please note that the facilities can be only accessed through stairs

Poster and Banner Design: Jedd Winterburn

ID Spectral Soft Launch Event

Thursday 26 September 2018, 6:30pm
Performance Studio, Grand Parade Campus,
University of Brighton
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We are very happy to be hosting a special “soft launch” event of the student-led ID Spectral imprint. Our students will have the opportunity to meet the label team, learn more about the project, its partners, official distribution contract, IDS radio and future plans as well as experience two unique live electronic music performances from the label’s artists. Students are invited to submit demos for consideration.

The event is scheduled for Wednesday 26th of September at 6.30pm in the Grand Parade campus performance studio.

Live (A/V)

RHGT (Opal Tapes/Panatype)

Luke Vosper (IDS)

You can listen to the label’s radio programmes on Resonance Extra.

DMSA Alumni featured at Fort Process Festival.

DMSA alumni Jeph Vanger, Jack Lister, Jordan Edge and Guoda Dirzyte will present work as part of this year’s Fort Process Festival.

The line-up is exceptional featuring music, talks and installations by Rhys Chatham, Aja, UKAEA, David Thomas Broughton, Kyoka, Grischa Lichtenberger, Max Eastley and more!

You can check out the full line-up here.

A nice feature of the festival can be found over at The Quietus.

Olivia Louvel to headline Synth Remix UK Tour

DMSA student Olivia Louvel will be headlining the Synth Remix 2018 UK Tour, a project presenting music by musicians including Delia Derbyshire, Daphne Oram, Laurie Spiegel and Éliane Radigue.

Olivia will be touring the UK. Below are the dates:

08.11 – London @ 93 Feet East + @ Resonance Extra
09.11 – Manchester @ Anthony Burgess Foundation
10.11 – Leeds @ Belgrave Music Hall
11.11 – Birmingham @ Ikon Gallery
Featuring Jo Thomas, Olivia Louvel (Data Regina AV), Benjamin Tassie

Tickets on sale: 28.08
More info: https://www.classicalremix.org/synth-remix/

DMSA Feature: Aki Purser

This month we talk to Aki Purser. Aki has just graduated from our course and her astonishing audio-visual piece 記憶 (Memory) has won her the ‘Incentive award’ from our partner University in Nagoya Japan. Aki has a few exciting projects ahead, including RBMA Berlin this coming September.

DMSA: Three important words that represent you as a creative person
AP: playful, meticulous, intricate

DMSA: When did you start working with sound and music?
AP:Aged 6/7 playing the piano

DMSA: In what ways has the DMSA course supported or helped you to develop into who you are today creatively and professionally?
AP: It broadened my approach to sound and encouraged me to explore past the rigid rules of traditional music.
Over my three years there, the teachers were very supportive and I am incredibly grateful.

DMSA: Your degree piece 記憶 (Memory) has won one of the Nagoya awards this year. Can you tell us a bit about the project?
AP: 記憶 (Memory) is an audio-visual piece that explores the fragmented structures of human memory. Developed around the poem 記憶 (Memory) by Tian Yuan and taking inspiration from Phillip Larkins’ An Arundel Tomb, the piece examines the expiration of memory and its inability to withstand interference. The 4 minute film consists of rapidly fluctuating rhythms, upon which runs a continuous stream of black and white imagery. The broken rhythms are used to portray the fractured nature of memory and this is emphasised through sequences of still photography that have been adapted for the moving image.

DMSA: You will be attending the RBMA in Berlin in September, this is exciting! Was it difficult to get in and what do you hope to get from it?
AP: Honestly I don’t know how I got in. I had been told about it and sent off an application last minute on a whim. I really did not expect anything from it and it was a wonderful surprise. I am trying to approach it with no expectations and am generally trying not to think about it too much, but I am really looking forward to it and feel very privileged to have been offered such an opportunity.

DMSA: Other plans for the future? projects, events, visions?
AP: We’ll have to see! My first love is sound for film, so hopefully I will find myself going down that route in the near future.

Call for Artists

Homelessness – An art exhibition for the homeless.

Are you Interested in sharing your skills with others and gaining experience curating and leading workshops that align with your knowledge? We are looking for artists who will run workshops for the homeless community, with the goal of showcasing the resulting work over a weekend exhibition in The Basement in the north lanes. You will act as the catalyst between your artistic medium and the homeless! We are keeping an open mind in regards to the disciplines we wish to work alongside, if you’re interested in the project tell us about what you do!

About the project

The project is a collaboration with Our Future City, which is associated with the Brighton Dome. It will take place on the 5th week of September from the 24th -29th, we will hold the workshops from Monday to Thursday and exhibit the work from Friday to Saturday. Hours are flexible, and no one has to spend the whole week at the space, the weekend will be busy as we will have the public coming in to view, the extra hand will be needed.

Applying

Send an email to jackclearymusic@hotmail.co.uk! State the department you study in, your interests and how you see yourself fitting into the project!

ID Spectal: Call for demos

ID Spectral is a new student-led record label and multidisciplinary arts collective, pushing the works of forward-thinking and innovative creatives across the UK and worldwide.

To celebrate the launch of the label’s official website and radio show via. Resonance Extra and Radio Cascabel London, ID Spectral are currently accepting demo submissions for the IDS001 launch compilation.

This will be the first of the imprint’s series of compilation albums, showcasing the vast spectrum of experimentalism and contemporary music; derriving from the concepts of ambience, modern-classical, techno and IDM.

Newcoming and existing students and members of staff will have the opportunity to meet artists and listen to DJ sets and performances from the label’s roaster on Septemper 26th 2018. More info to be announced soon.

In the meantime, you can submit your demo here.