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TRACK 7 | IAN HELLIWELL | NEW YORK NY | 3 MINUTES
IAN HELLIWEL, untrained and self-funded, has been operating
from his current HQ in Brighton since 1992, and has
produced and developed experimental music, super 8 films,
installations, electronic instruments, light-show projections
and cinema programmes. During 2000 he assembled Electron
Guns, an electroacoustic group and he is currently putting
together 'Expo Worlds', a series of programmes on world
fairs and expanded cinema.
TRACK 8 | PETER GREEN | RESON | 3 MINS 14 SECONDS
Reson is made entirely of acoustic guitar source material
and exclusively uses the CDP system for the processing.
9 | RODRIGO SIGAL | POSTCARD OF BABEL | 2 MINS 44 SECONDS
The piece was created from an old version of Babel for
Flute, Tape and Electronics. Sounds from different environments,
the city and the jungle were selected to coexist with
the flute. It was created at the composers private
studio in Mexico and in Agon and Tangatamanu Studios
in Milan, Italy. The postcard was finished in the Electroacoustic
Studios at City University, London.
Rodrigo Sigal (Mexico City-1971) Has a BA in
composition from the Musical Studies and Research
Center (CIEM) in Mexico City, and was part of the
composition workshop directed by Prof. Mario Lavista.
Since 1991 he has been working as composer, sound and
recording engineer in his private studio in Mexico and
London, composing for dance, video, radio and T.V.,
and he was the coordinator of the Computer Music Lab
at the CIEM from 1994 until 1998. He has received
awards from the Mexican National Fund for Culture
and the Arts (FONCA), The CIEM, The
Banff Center for the Arts in Canada, the ORS
in England and the LIEM Studios and The Ministry
of Culture in Spain, the 1st. Prize (Cycles,
1999) and an honorary mention (Tolerance, 2000)
in the 1999 and 2000 Lugi Russolo Composition Prize.
Some of his works are available on CD, and his CD "MANIFIESTO"
(CIEM006), has received
positive reviews and radio broadcast in Mexico and abroad
10 | ENSEMBLE 8 | THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE | 2 MINUTES 38
Thousands of People was recorded live as part of a two
day development session in Derbyshire in December 1999.
The piece is typical of the soundworld of Ensemble 8,
live transformations of acoustic sounds coupled with
voice, sampled materials and text. The piece was collectively
devised and will form a part of the group's material
for this year's tour.
E8 are a British collective of composers and sound artists.
They produce 'sound art' together with words, sounds
and textures from different cultures and musical backgrounds.
Their music is created collectively through a devising
process, and is united by a desire to experiment with
different approaches using live electronics, samplers,
acoustic instruments, voice and live sound sources.
E8 use an eclectic mix of new technology and technological
antiquity most of which is concerned with the live treatment,
manipulation and the theatre of sound.Theremins (including
a new midi theremin), stylophones, thumb pianos, saws,
projectors, water, samplers, horn, cello, words and
voice interweave and combine to produce some of the
most stimulating and imaginative music you are likely
to hear. Over the past year the Ensemble has produced
work for Gallery Spaces, Festivals, Clubs, Inflatable
sites and live events as well as running developmental
days, courses and projects for artists wishing to explore
new material and directions. A CD created by Ensemble
8 is available on the Sound Art Label - SAVP 106CD (Voiceprint)
and more information is available at www.e-8.uk.com.
E8 Currently comprise: Duncan Chapman - Samplers, Horn,
Radios, Live Electronics, Mini Disc; Isabel Jones -
Voice, Ektar, Video; Peter Shelton - Keyboards, Samplers,
Voice, Programming; Andrew Williams - Samplers, Theremin,
Stylophone, Live Electronics, Circuits, Mini Disc; Ali
Bullivent - Voice; Kate Luxmore - Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
11 | AMBROSE FIELD | REFRIED BEANS | 3 MINUTES
Refried Beans takes you to the great American west,
last century. Along the way, we call in on some unfortunate
shootings in Tombstone, Arizona. Refried Beans was composed
specially for the Sonic Arts Network "Sonic Postcards
BIOG: Ambrose Field is a composer working in Yorkshire,
England. His music has gained international acclaim
and includes awards from the Ars Electronica (1997,1998)
in Linz, The Bourges Festival (1991,2000) and at the
ACREQ in Montreal (1994). His work has been commissioned
and funded by both commercial and art-supporting bodies
(UNESCO, CDP, The British Academy, The National Centre
for Popular Music), and has been performed and broadcast
in Europe, the USA, Russia, Brazil, and China. Most
of Field's pieces are available in surround sound formats.
For details: http://www-users.york.ac.uk/~aef3/homesite
12 | DIEGO GARRO | SIX DREAMING JEWELS | 58 SECONDS
The Dreaming Jewels, in Theodore Sturgeon's novel, have
the magic power of synthesising and duplicating living
beings as by-products of their mysterious vagaries and
nightmares. They are material. They are alive. They
feel pain and go their own inscrutable way, leaving
behind completed men and animals, along with unfinished
jobs, maimed cats, blind mutants, freaks that society
will always despise. I decided to compose six sketches
of tape music (this track is Jewel n.1 'AGATE') while
reading this fairytale. I was struck by the sort of
'mysticism of things' which does not need a supernatural
creator to transcend reality and explore what lies beyond
it. Each object can be a riddle. Every instant can carry
an enigma. Each being is a puzzle, for itself and for
its fellow beings. And every sound is a conundrum when
we sculpt it with our own hands.
BIOG: Diego Garro (firstname.lastname@example.org)
obtained his BSc in Electronic Engineering from Universita'
di Padova (Italy). He collaborated with the Centro di
Sonologia Computazionale of Padova on computer applications
for live-electronics. He studied Electroacoustic Music
with Mike Vaughan and Rajmil Fischman at Keele University
(UK). He has specialised in the acousmatic media and
composes works for digital audio tape which regularly
receive international recognition being selected and
performed in various festivals and conferences in UK
and abroad. Among his recent works, Pangea (1999) is
a large scale 'geologically inspired' soundscape which
received a 'mention' at Bourges, 1999.