Professional Practice Masterclass: Fraser Owen

Monday 18 November, 5.30pm
Performance Studio, GP

We are happy to have Fraser Owen, one of our current students presesenting on our next masterclass. Fraser, under his alias Vince Vanity, has been producing cutting edge electronic music combined with drag performance and visuals.

For this masterclass Fraser will guide us through his experience combining these mediums, performing as a queer artist, and developing artistic identity.

Follow Fraser on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vince.vanity/

Professional Practice Masterclass: Akiko Haruna

Monday 28th October
5.30-7pm, Performance Studio

We are extremely happy to have Akiko, one of our alumni, back to give a masteclass on her practice. Akiko has emerged into the sound world from a background in performance. Entering the dance industry at the age of 16, she has worked for mainstream pop artists such as John Newman and AlunaGeorge in videos that have received tens of millions of views. Throughout this time period, she has worked for the Universal Music group, Island Records, the BBC and Sky. Akiko has won a prestigious Nagoya Award of Excellence for her degree show piece titled 記憶 (Memory).

About the masterclass
The masterclass will cover the delicate relationship between self value, creativity and ego. More specifically, the focus will be on the students and how they will approach professional work after DMSA. I will speak about my experiences working freelance in the sound industry and the mental and financial demands that come with it. We will explore options of how they can prepare now, to help them navigate through the transition from university into the industry in the future.

About Aki
Sound and Audiovisual artist Akiko Haruna constructs experimental sound and vision for the moving image. In her projects as a musician, Akiko dances along to a wandering beat. With cutting drums that tear through delicate sound design and flashes of extravagant melody, her dizzying sonic constructions are constantly evolving. Her musical works gained her a place at the 2018 Red Bull Music Academy in Berlin, after which she has been working on multiple projects including her release with Where To Now? Records earlier this year.
https://vimeo.com/akikoharuna

Professional Practice Masterclass: Anna Celeste Edmonds

Monday 14th of October, 5.30pm-7pm
Performance Studio, GP

We are excited to have Anna Celeste Edmonds with us to learn more about her site-specific practice and research merging sound, heritage sites and new media technologies. Anna is currently pursuing PhD research supervised by Dr Papadomanolaki, Dr Behrendt and Dr Winter.

About the masterclass

‘Songs of the Sea’ – A masterclass on audio as a tool for exploration and engagement in heritage

This masterclass will involve discussions around audio as a tool for exploring and engaging with heritage; drawing on past work as well as a recent site-specific project titled ‘Songs of the Sea’, located at Brunswick Square in Hove. The processes of assembling different kinds of audio content for an outdoor public engagement setting will be examined, looking specifically at local composer Roger Quilter and her interpretations of his piece ‘The Sea-Bird’.

About Anna

Anna Celeste Edmonds is a sound artist and SEAHA-CDT doctoral student at the University of Brighton, exploring the areas of field recording, composition and voice in a heritage context. Her passion for landscapes and monuments has been present throughout her field and compositional work; researching different perspectives on audio capture and listener engagement. Previous work took the form of site specific and performative projects, with her current research moving towards locative immersive audio in outdoor heritage settings.

Website: https://annacedmonds.com/
Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anna-celeste-edmonds/
Twitter: @annacedmonds

Professional Practice Masterclasses 2019/20

As the new academic year kicks in, we have prepared a series of masterclasses for our existing and new students both for our BA and MA courses. As with previous years we will focus to showcase various strands of professional practices and carreer pathways from within our BA, MA and PhD student & staff community and beyond. This year we are happy to have a wide range of topics ranging from Artist Identity Development, Sounds Queer? experimental music production, Heritage Sites and sound art, music and mental health, freelancing work, cross-dressing and sound arts, composing for film and video games as well as, radio plays and music production projects.

Professional Practice Masterclasses are supported by Creative Sound & Music, University of Brighton.

Songs Of The Sea

Songs of the Sea

Anna Celeste Edmonds and her immersive audio work in Brunswick Square
The Regency Town House,
13 Brunswick Square, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 1EH

Dr Papadomanolaki’s current PhD tutee, sound artist and field recordist Anna Celeste Edmonds will be stationed at The Regency Town House to discuss her doctoral work on heritage engagement through immersive audio, as well as her recent project involving three interpretations of local composer Roger Quilter’s ‘The Sea-Bird’, using the geo-locative mobile audio application ‘Echoes’.

Come along for a chat, or an opportunity to test the ‘Songs of the Sea’ audio experience in Brunswick Square, Hove.

Opening Times

Saturday 21 September: 12:00-13:00 and 14:00-15:00

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/songs-by-the-sea-tickets-66565692779
Booking opens: 12 August 2019 12:00
Booking closes: 20 September 2019 16:00

Additional Information

Max 10 people per tour/session. 60 minutes

‘Place Language’ International Compilation inspired by Robert Macfarlane’s ‘Landmarks’

Dr Maria Papadomanolaki has contributed a piece to ‘Place Language’ a international non-profit compilation album project inspired by the themes found in Robert Macfarlane’s widely-acclaimed book ‘Landmarks’. In particular it focuses on the book’s extensive topographic glossaries, the “word-hoard” of depictive landscape terms gathered from 30 different languages, dialects and sub-dialects around Britain & Ireland which are divided into sections by type of terrain (Flatlands, Uplands, Waterlands, Coastlands, Underlands, Northlands, Edgelands, Earthlands and Woodlands). Relying on these topograms, or “tiny place poems”, as creative prompts, Place Language seeks to inspire a renewed interest in our natural surroundings and reinvigorate our appreciation for the audible textures & patterns that characterize them in keeping with the book’s stated desire to “re-wild” our vocabulary.

The collection features the work of 28 different sound-artists, field recordists, and musicians from around the globe each of whom chose a topogram and recorded an impression of it thus lending new aspects of dimensionality through sound. These selections cover all nine Landmarks glossaries along with place-words of new coinage as prompted by the blank glossary which Macfarlane leaves at the end of the book for readers to fill in for themselves. The end result is a truly global, collaborative survey of place, language, and sound.

More info on the project can be found here.

Environment, Sound and Engagement: Workshop with David Velez (Sonic Field, Impulsive Habitat)

26/09/2019 1.30-6.30pm
Performance Studio (Room 225)
University of Brighton
Grand Parade Campus

We are very happy to have Colombian Sound Artist and researcher David Velez. David is the co-initiator of the very successful online resource Sonic Field and owner of the online imprint Impulsive Habitat. David is currently based in Huddersfield conducting PhD research. David’s body of work includes numerous releases, installations, sculptures, performances and community engagement workshops, encompassing sound as a textural, social, embodied and political material.

David has designed a workshop to coincide with our welcome week. The workshop is open to all students. The workshop primarily focuses on collaborative work and low tech and DIY techniques in Public Space Sound Art Performance, and also in the familiarisation with the sound phenomena through graphic means. This workshop is perfect for people who are not necessarily familiar or engaged with the aesthetic sound practice
and aims to create a bonding experience with key aspects of this line of work.

More specifically, Public spaces and can work as blank canvases for collaborative Sound Art performances where low tech elements and basic objects can be of great use. The immersive and expansive nature of sound phenomena are key factors in the way we experience our surroundings and visualizing it could help to have a better understanding of its physical and emotional characteristics.

The students will be exploring the above themes through different methodologies including:

– Sine Wave Flash Mob
Using mobile phones and tone generating apps, the participants will intervene the library by quietly projecting sine waves and moving around the building. This performance aims to question the boundaries of what is perceived as silence and as disturbance, and exploring the spatial possibilities of working with independent and portable acoustic sources.The performance is set for 15 minutes.

-Drawing Field Recordings
The workshop participants will draw a sequence of sound waves in a paper roll using a charcoal pen and a stencil based on the intensity of sound stimuli.

Initially the group records the sounds of passing cars near the university, and the doppler effect they produce will be used as cues for drawing. The blindfolded participant listens to the sound of passing cars on headphones and responds to its intensity drawing zigzag patterns with the help of a guiding stencil. The zigzag movements are more dramatic when the car approaches the subject and more subtle when disappears. The paper roll rotate with a simple mechanism similar to a cassette or reel to reel tape. The participant will also be fully isolated from any visual stimuli in order to focus his attention on sounds and on his tactile interaction with the pencil. This session aims to analyze the acoustic perception of movement
and intensity in an acousmatic context and in isolation conditions.


-The Environment is the Performer

The participants will outline a basic structure to be performed by a group of collaborators to be recruited in campus. The collaborators will perform by rubbing two sheets of sandpaper in circles and increasing and decreasing the speed depending on the cue. The subtle sound product of the sandpaper friction builds up when performed by a group and becomes louder and louder as the piece progresses until it disappears.

This three minute performance looks to strengthen the empathy and convening power of the group and their ability to engage others in the discourse and practice of Public Space Sonic Art performance.

The workshop will run from 1.30pm – 6.30pm in the Performance Studio (Room 225).

Places are limited. Please contact m.e.papadomanolaki@brighton.ac.uk to reserve a place.

Opening Today: Salon Exhibition

Today is the opening of Salon, an exhibition celebrating the artistic work of professional services and technical staff at the University of Brghton’s School of Media. Salon has been organised by academic administrator Claire Levitt, curated by SSGT Haley Moyse Fenning and showcases the work by eleven technical and administrative staff from the School of Media. Included are a sculpture and 500 copies of a new instructional text piece by Joshua Legallienne.

More information:
https://www.facebook.com/events/499486080806736/
https://www.instagram.com/uobsalon/

Forever Stardust

Join University of Brighton lecturers and guest speakers for a tribute to the art and music of David Bowie, celebrating 50 years since the release of ‘Space Oddity’. Covering music, journalism, photography and graphic novels, ‘Forever Stardust’ will include a talk by DMSA Staff Dr Stephen Mallinder and live music from Bowiesque.

The event is on Friday 12 July, 1900-2130 at Sallis Benney Theatre, Grand Parade, University of Brighton.

£8 tickets

£4 concessions

Free entrance for all David Bowie impersonators.

More info: http://blogs.brighton.ac.uk/davidbowienight/

DMSA Feature: Amanda Brooks

Before the official launch of our Master’s programme and a much needed holiday break we talk to our recent graduate Amanda Brooks who presented a very ambitious experiment in immersive and 3D sound titled ‘SINKHOLE’. We hope to be able to present Amanda’s project again in the coming year! Stay Tuned and read below to learn more about her.

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

AB:Progressive, Classical, Spooky

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

AB: Live bands since 1984, sound phenomena since 2009 after my guitarist/sound guy had a stroke and there was no-one else who wanted to engineer the bands sound. I took the job on.

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

AB: The DMSA course has inspired me to compose differently, it has helped me to develop technically which is one huge reason why I applied for the DMSA B.A and to understand the concept of sound art on a deeper level.

DMSA: Can you tell us a bit more about ‘SINKHOLE’, the piece you presented in our degree show this year?

AB: My final degree project ‘Sinkhole’ is about travelling sound lines, vertically, horizontally, and diagonally engulfing and surrounding the listener on a large scale (5 meters high sound cylinder) Inspired by Austrian architect and sound artist Bernhard Leitner. The concept derives from modern life as a human being where everything seems to be a race against time. ‘Sinkhole’ represents standing in a insurmountable sink under a giant tap where the listener hears pipes creaking and swelling, then the inevitable ‘water’ comes as sound, crashing vertically onto and around the listener. It is sonically big as well.

DMSA:You have been performing in quite a lot of bands. Any gigs coming up?

AB: I don’t have any gigs right now as I ‘walked’ from my two bands, ‘Undercover Agents’ and 20+ year old ‘Soul x Press’, I felt stuck and stagnated. Personally, from time to time, I do feel the need to maintain my place in the ‘un-comfort zone’ so I started a new project ‘Ditch the Demon’ where the music and band members are a little more ambitious.

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

AB: The future: I have applied for the DMSA M.A. which I am very excited about, I feel I need to continue my journey into all the aspects of sound phenomena in the field of sound art and design. I have a vision to gig, compose, freelance as a sound artist/designer and a session vocalist. I may even become an acoustician as well and sort out some live music venues !!