29 September 2020
Sonic Arts Network presents The Agents of Impurity - a Night of Sound, Poetry and Sound Poetry
Sonic Arts Network invites you to The Agents of Impurity, a special free broadcast benefit event for Resonance FM on Sunday 17 October at 7.00pm, The Museum of Garden History, Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1
SAN is honoured to present an exclusive presentation of the work of Henri Chopin. Chopin has been a tireless explorer of the grain of the voice since the 50s and his work opens new ways of listening beyond the separation between music and language. Kenneth Goldsmith will interview Henri Chopin prior to the presentation.
We also present an exclusive performance from Caroline Bergvall whose sound poetry represents the disintegration of speech in spoken performance and a meeting point between various languages; physical and verbal, French and English, live voice and ventriloquised technology. Bergvall will present a complete performance of "About Face", a project that uses the live, oral performance of a written text to explore speech residues, spittles, hesitations and micro-particles of sense.
Also performing will be Kenneth Goldsmith, mastermind of the epochal ubu.com. Goldsmith’s writing has been described as the most “exhaustive and beautiful collage work yet produced in poetry” by Publishers Weekly.
Sue Tompkins, another of our special guests, presents "More Cola Wars", performance poetry that moves from the page to the voice, from speech to song, from song to signal, from signal to pure sound. A process of writing and a process of thought revealed in poetic performance.
The evening is rounded off by the London debut of Birmingham’s Frank Cougar, inhabitant of a surreal and enigmatic world between music and the spoken word, cabaret and a half remembered Raymond Chandler novel, darkness and the void.
Soundscape ambience during the evening will be provided by John Levack Drever who will present a mix of audio recordings of Dartmoor cattle grids, fox hunting and vintage field recordings from the 1930s.
SAN will also be launching The Agents of Impurity CD publication at the event. This publication, curated by Kenneth Goldsmith, traces a history of sound and concrete poetry from the justified and ancient to recent and morally reprehensible. It features a wealth of mind-expanding material including audio and visual work from Artaud, Beckett, Eduardo Paolozzi, Vito Acconci, Neil Mills, Jaap Blonk, Ergo Phizmiz, Sue Tompkins and Caroline Bergvall. The CD publication represents a third of our set of tri-annual releases. It can be purchased separately or, for greater value for your hard earned cash, become a member of Sonic Arts Network and receive three curated CDs over the next 12 months.
Ongoing - 16 October
Zgodlocator by Herwig Weiser
Ritter/Zamet, South Bank, London
In the gallery-filling feat of engineering that is zgodlocator, these base materials include the reduced electronic components of the computer itself: crushed and granulated circuit boards, hard drives, processors, plug connectors etc. The purpose: to create a machine that restructures the basic magnetic principles of the computer’s hard disk to create instead a fluid, fully interactive synthesis of sound with the syntax of sculptural form and visual expression.
Within the raised platform structure, the magnetically sensitive computer-fragments are laid over supercharged electromagnetic grids beneath a circular, centrally illuminated panel. Attached joysticks allow the audience to manipulate the movement of the metallic particles over the magnets—shaping dynamic transformations of the materials into uncanny landscape-like abstractions. At the same time, contact microphones and sensors sample, synthesize and amplify the raw audio generated and convert it back into sound-patterns and shifting undulations in the surface landscape. Zgodlocator may well transform the computer into something reflective and ephemeral, yet its premise as a machine remains assuredly logical. It touches on the implicit human impulse to find meaning in the random and the nonsensical, safe in the knowledge that every action has an equal and opposite reaction.
For further information call 020 7261 9510.
Ongoing - 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.
Thursday 30 September
The Music of Marcus Schmickler
The Paragon Ensemble with the RSAMD Chamber Choir present 3 pieces by Cologne-based composer Marcus Schmickler. The works to be performed include the semi-improvised aS/N; Demos for chamber choir, ensemble and electronics; and a new microtonal piece for quintet & electronics especially commissioned for this performance.
Friday 8 October
Red Rose Club
Red Rose Club, Finsbury Park, London
Black magik sonic wizards gathering with exponents of the ancient mystical art of harmonic alchemy: turning base notes into treble. An evening of performances, music and sound-art by: The Evil Demon of Images, Uniform, The Rebel, Terocal, Tiefenrausch Orchester
Wednesday 13 October
Charterhouse Bar, London
Sprawl, the experimental audio club, is back in action after a small summer break, at a new venue. Presenting another selection of oddbeats, soundscapes & eclectic sounds - it's a packed night of groundbreaking guests again, the un/usual sprawl sonic art buffet.
Live: Mike Cooper, Greg Headley, Un Caddie Renverse dans l'Herbe
Reel Times With Dr. Who
Tron Theatre, Glasgow
Directed by Katherine Morley, artistic direction by Tim Nunn, script by Nicola McCartney, music by Pippa Murphy, design by Moley Campbell, lighting by Malcom Rogan. Associated Music by Pete Dowling, Nick Fells, Zoe Irvine, Alistair McDonald, Drew Mulholland and Pete Stollery.
The extraordinary story of Delia Derbyshire - the ground breaking electronic music composer and member of the legendary BBC Radiophonic workshop who was most famously responsible for the incredible Dr Who theme music.
After the main show every night will be a different programme of music, including Delia's own work, new music commissions and electronic music from the 1920s to the contemporary.
Monday 1 November
Dal Niente 4: CHRISTIAN WOLFF AT 70
Kettle's Yard, Cambridge
Christian Wolff is one of the most influential composers living and working in America today. A pioneer of experimental music, he will perform with the leading British avant-garde ensemble, Apartment House.
Works in the programme include the UK premiere of two of Wolff's works, 'Incidental Music' and 'Septet'. Wolff and Apartment House will also perform the piece he wrote for them 'Apartment House Exercise'. Alongside his own compositions will be Charles Ives' work 'Three Page Sonata' and various piano pieces by Erik Satie. Both composers had an oblique influence on Wolff's work.
There will be a pre-concert talk at 6.30pm by the composer. Briefly taught many years ago by John Cage, he is a frequent collaborator with Merce Cunningham. Christian Wolff continues to set a striking musical example by his radical pursuit of experimentation and change.