18 August 2020
SAN have had a very busy first half of 2004.
In January we started with Nicolas Collins leading a weeklong hardware hacking workshop in Bristol, April we were in Belfast for a 25th Anniversary Retrospective Concert and Cut and Splice with BBC Music Live, June we went to Leicester for SoundCircus, and in July we spent two weeks in Yorkshire for the Max/MSP Residential Summer School followed by Chris Watson and Justin Bennett running courses on environmental recording and sound installations as part of the COMA Summer School.
We have been taking our well-earned summer holidays over the last few weeks but come September we will be full steam ahead in particular by rolling out Sonic Postcard workshops in schools in Shetland and Slough.
Are You Up To Date?
Last week when we mailed out the Agents of Impurity CD (which goes out free to SAN members) we were surprised to find that only 250 out of 600 members had entered their addresses in the database at the online shop. This means 350 members have missed out on the CD. Also, if you usually renew your membership in June and have not received the usual 1st and 2nd reminders this would also indicate that we do not have your address in the online database.
Due to increasing numbers in our membership we have needed to look at alternative ways of managing the membership scheme. For such a web savvy community as ours an online database where members keep their own details up to date was the best solution. So if you are yet to submit your details, please go to www.sonicartsnetwork.org
First choose shop, then click my account (you should already have an account so enter your email address and the password you set when we first transferred to the new system in January). Once logged-in click update, then new address – you need to select both a billing and postal address for the account to activate. The whole process takes no longer than three minutes and you do not need to enter any credit card or bank details.
Once you have done this if you email me firstname.lastname@example.org I will send out an Agents of Impurity CD and a membership renewal form if that applied to you.
SAN Job Opportunity
The closing date for applications for the SAN Information Manager position is 5pm this Friday - 20 August.
For a job description and further information please visit www.sonicartsnetwork.org
To apply please send a CV and covering letter, detailing relevant skills and competencies to: The Chief Executive, Sonic Arts Network, The Jerwood Space, 171 Union Street, London SE1 0LN or email your application to email@example.com
The Agents of Impurity
The second in our series of specially curated themed CDs was released last Thursday 12 August. Curated by Kenneth Goldsmith who created the online resource www.ubuweb.com, The Agents of Impurity is a celebration of guilty pleasures, as viewed through the lens of the historic avant-garde - a place which despised such impulses.
The Agents of Impurity was sent out last week to SAN members as part of your membership entitlements, extra copies of are available from the webshop for £15
Thursday 19 August
Acid On Sea
Line up; Luke Vibert, Plaid, Ceephax Acid Krew, DJ Rephlex Records, DJ Townsend Vs DJ Thoresen
Warp, Rephlex and WIOH invite you aboard The Dutch Master for a nautical 303-soaked adventure downstream and back again along the river Thames. Leaving at 9pm from London Bridge Pier we head downriver, around the Woolwich Flood Barrier and back again for 5 hours of mayhem aboard our 3-decked craft, enjoying drinks on the poop deck and the riverside sights along the way.
Friday 20 August
Mira Calix’s ‘3 Commissions’ Album
Haywood Gallery, London
Joining Mira Calix at the Hayward will be Andrea Parker, Plaid DJS and Mark Broom. The evening will include the performance of two contrasting versions of ‘NuNu’, her ground breaking interplay between human and insect worlds, recorded at the Royal Festival Hall last year.
Wednesday 25 August
Volks Tavern, Brighton
With Aural Addiction, Shitmat, Hardoff, DJ 100,000,000
Sunday 29 August and Sunday 5 September
Optophonic Lunaphone - A performance by Brian Duffy
Mac Outdoor Arena, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham
Conceived by Birmingham artist Brian Duffy, Optophonic Lunaphone is a performance which takes place at night. An ensemble, comprising one conductor and two operators, will slowly explore and reveal the celestial soundscape in a unique collaboration between the Lunaphone, the conductor, the operators and the earth’s atmosphere.
Thursday 2 September
Rrum: Open Perceived
Macondo, Hoxton Square, London
Live music by: Manyas (multi-laptop electronic music) feat. Le Hub (multi-laptop visual improvisation), Sonicity (London-based electroacoustic music) feat. Ian Stewart, Eric Pessel, Ambrose Seddon.
Short experimental films & music videos by: D-fuse, Jonny Voss (RCA), Ron908 (Berlin), Yuko Ichimura (Independent Cyclist Collective), Max Hattler (RCA). Video performance art by Monica Alcazar (Mexico/New York)
For further information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 4 September
Digitonal + Support
Fresh from playing in one of the headline slots at The Big Chill, Digitonal return to London for a live show in anticipation of the release of their new EP "The Centre Cannot Hold" in September, featuring singer Kirsty Hawkshaw - famous for providing the vocals on Orbital's seminal "Halcyon & On & On"
Support comes from the Rephlex camp with a live performance from Aleksi Perala (also known as Astrobotnia, and Ovuca) and the Rephlex DJ's, plus live electro & breaks Kansas City Prophets, from Keith Tenniswood's Control Tower imprint.
Saturday 18 September
Sonic Arts Discussion Meeting
Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds
An informal discussion forum for composers/sonic artists creating electroacoustic music. Present your own music or simply come along to listen and discuss ideas. Everyone welcome, regardless of background or level of experience.
A range of equipment is available - including a small diffusion system – it may be possible to provide other equipment on prior request. Some details as to equipment can be found on our new website along with pictures from the last event, location map etc.
If you are interested in presenting your work or taking part in discussions, please contact email@example.com before September 1st as we need to know numbers.
18 September - 6 November
Radio 101 by Zoe Irvine
(Sound Installation and Performance)
BCA Gallery, Bedford
Visitors are being invited to embark on a sonic journey and revisit history through an art installation created by sound artist Zoe Irvine for the Radio 101 exhibition opening at BCA Gallery on Saturday 18 September. Radio 101 is an extraordinary exhibition that retraces the stories surrounding the R101 airship and its fatal voyage to Karachi through a sequence of sound recordings.
Irvine is a sound artist and audio producer whose work often responds to a particular historic episode. Like the events she has explored in previous work, the R101 serves as a real and imaginative trigger for her sonic archaeology, a story for her to unravel with various strands to explore.
To commemorate the anniversary of the R101 crash BCA Gallery will be hosting a live radio broadcast as part of the Radio 101 exhibition. Radio 101 FM will air from 6.24pm the precise time that the R101 left Cardington and end at 2.04am the same time that the airship crashed. Visitors are invited to attend the broadcast at BCA Gallery or contribute their thoughts and memories via a live phone in.
Prior to the broadcast visitors to the exhibition will be able to get involved with the various audio work in preparation for the broadcast.