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Lock, Stock and Barrel

Saturday 23rd | 12.30pm – 5.30pm | New Cooperage Building, Royal William Yard, Stonehouse
Installations Only: Sunday 24th June | 12.30pm – 5.30pm | New Cooperage Building, Royal William Yard, Stonehouse

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Expo refills the historic New Cooperage building, once the backbone of the British Navy, with sounds, films and performances.

Performances

David Prior – Swash (15’)

Swash is a permanent 24 channel sound installation created for the opening of the Living Coasts visitor attraction in Torquay. On returning to the recordings made for the original installation, I was particularly struck by a characteristic of many of the underwater recordings I had captured. Nearly all of them exhibited a very dense, complex, yet almost static, immersive quality that I hadn't yet exploited. Responding to James Tenney's notion that "You don't expect a river all of a sudden to change its speed, to make itself more interesting" I have in this version concentrated on the creation of a slowly evolving soundscape.

In the mid 90s David Prior created a series of works for multi-speaker environments that were performed around Europe and North America. He has spent this century twisting his practice towards music production, sound design and an ongoing collaboration with architect Frances Crow (as liminal). Liminal's recent work includes acting as lead artists on a large-scale development project in the east side of Birmingham and as head sound designers for the Imperial War Museum's new Churchill Galleries. David is a part-time senior lecturer at Dartington College of Arts.

Becoming Animal: I Believe I Can Fly (for Pauline Oliveros) (10’)

An instructional performance piece for audience participation.

Becoming Animal are a group of organisms who create sound using field recordings along with collaborators such as the arctic fox, black vulture, pot-bellied pig, blackbird, pigeon, spaniel, eagle owl, Canada goose & turkey. They've been together, on and off, for decades.

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Leigh Landy: Oh là la Radio (9’)

This work, a GRM/French Cultural Ministry commission, is based on sonic recycling and on the desire for composers to plunder archives. Diverse French radio programmes covering a very few days over the last year were recorded and used as source material. The role I chose was simply to re-compose what was supplied. For those familiar with the French radio, many familiar voices and logos can be heard. The piece seeks to take the known, tilt it ever so slightly and re-present it as a sound-based artwork. Humour is one of the work's key elements.

Leigh Landy directs the Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre at De Montfort University. His compositions include several for video, dance and theatre. He has worked extensively with the late playwright, Heiner Müller, the new media artist, Michel Jaffrennou and the composer-performer, Jos Zwaanenburg and was composer in residence for the Dutch National Theatre. Currently he is artistic director of Idée Fixe – Experimental Sound and Movement Theatre. His musicological publications focus on the study of electroacoustic music, including the notion of musical dramaturgy, contemporary music in a cross-arts context, access and the contemporary time-based arts and devising practices in the performing arts. He is editor of “Organised Sound” (CUP) and author of “What’s the Matter with Today’s Experimental Music?” and “Experimental Music Notebooks”. His fourth book, “Understanding the Art of Sound Organization” will appear next autumn. He directs the ElectroAcoustic Resource Site (EARS) project and is a founding member of the Electroacoustic Music Studies Network (EMS). Leigh Landy will be guest speaker at the Expo Conference day on Monday.

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Eduardo Reck Miranda: Tiergarten (12’)

Tiergarten is an 8-channel electroacoustic piece and is inspired by the Tiergarten Park in Berlin. This piece is a subjective and surrealistic auditory journey through this park, full of mysterious noises, combining cries of imaginary animals and insect calls. The piece also includes slightly disguised references to two of my favourite composers, Maurice Ravel and Igor Stravinsky, which are allusions to the impressive building of the Berlin Philharmonic situated at the Potsdam end of the park.

Eduardo Reck Miranda is a Professor in Computer Music at the University of Plymouth and head of the university's Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research (ICCMR). His music is devoted to the quest for new forms of musical expression. His academic background reflects his commitment to basing his compositions on coherent musicology and cutting edge technology. He likes to experiment with a diversity of musical styles and modern media, with a view to creating new frameworks to foster and express multi-cultural practices.

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Tommaso Perego: Incastro di Mondi (4’48”)

Luca Bossi - Flute, Eloisa Manera - Violin, Grazia Mari - Bass Clarinet, Tommaso Perego - Wireless Gamepad and Max/MSP

The instruments are connected to computers through microphones and are creating musical events according to a set of game-like rules. They listen to the electronic real time processing of their sound, expecting unexpected and sudden changes coming from the computer. The role of the Wireless Gamepad Controller player is to provoke and manipulate the electronic responses.

Born 1975 in Milan, Tommaso Perego obtained degrees in Double Bass, Composition and Electronic Music in Milan at Conservatorio G.Verdi, He has also studied at STEIM, Hochschule Stuttgardt and ESB Basel for a masters in Computer Music, Composition and Interfaces. He has taught seminars on sensor interfaces and technologies applied to music in Milan and in Lithuania. His pieces have been performed at festivals all over the world.

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Ron Herrema – Let Freedom Ring (10’)

In this live performance recordings of the 2000 Republican National Convention are combined with recordings of automated telephony, patriotic music and old radio commercials, all in an effort to shed some light on (and parody) algorithms of power. For me, the political speeches and phone menus both fall under the rubric of social control exercised under the guise of good will: both make use of communicators who present us with various forms of propaganda in order to prevent us from having any real power in the system.

Ron Herrema is a composer, teacher and researcher working at De Montfort University's Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre in Leicester, England. He is a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan and received his PhD in composition from Michigan State University, where he studied with Mark Sullivan. He composes both acoustic and electroacoustic music, specializing in algorithmic composition and in interdisciplinary approaches to music composition. His theoretical work has focused on the relationship between music and architecture, on music technology and politics, and on the evolving relationship between composers and programming.

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Paul Jones & Matthew Lovett - +/- (15’)

+/- originated during an improvised performance at the John Wesley Chapel where the output of the chapel’s 18th century organ was combined with that of its modern digital counterpart. By combining sustained sounds from two electronic organs and slowly drifting the pitch on one instrument oscillations or ‘beats’ can be clearly identified in the air. This piece seeks to bring to the surface the latent activity inherent in all pitches, and their impact on the environment in which they are placed.

Paul Jones lectures in Free Improvisation and Piano at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. He was Composer in Residence at the Brecon Jazz Festival 2006 and has received commissions from The Cardiff New Music Ensemble, The PRS Foundation and The Wales Jazz Composers Orchestra. He runs several groups including the improv/noise trio Sound Engineer and The Jones O’Connor Group.

Matthew Lovett is Senior Lecturer in Creative Sound and Music at the University of Wales, Newport. He is an improviser, composer and multi-instrumentalist and has worked with Keith Tippett, Paula Gardiner, the improvising ensemble Full Circle, The BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Welsh National Opera.

Georg Holzmann – The Electronic Unicorn (14’)

The unicorn is the only fabulous beast that does not seem to have been conceived out of human fears. In even the earliest references he is fierce yet good, selfless yet solitary, but always mysteriously beautiful. He could be captured only by unfair means, and his single horn was said to neutralize poison.

Georg Holzmann was born 1982 in Austria. He studied of computer music and signal processing at the Institute of Electronic Music, Graz. He is involved in the development of audio (mainly Pure Data) and video (GEM, PDP) open source software. He has performed widely throughout Europe.

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Patrizia Paolini and Adam Bohman – Words, Words, Words (60’)

They talked with difficulty about what they had had for lunch.
He stammered so much he went purple.
She spoke in broken English about Tottenham Court Road Internet cafés

He scraped his tiles and broken metal
She played lullabies on her toys

He read out a train timetable
She tried to speak like she was to the manor born
He fell off his stool
She fed him grapes like he was a roman emperor

He scraped his tiles and broken metal
She played lullabies on her toys

They made parping noises through elongated toilet rolls together
They dressed themselves up with table clothes and sheets
They drunk wine out of giant round vases

He scraped his tiles and broken metal
She played lullabies on her toys

By telling her about the actress and the bishop
He tried to explain to her what innuendo is
He stammered so much he went purple
And finally
They sung together with matching hand movements

He is Adam and She is Patrizia. They are trying to communicate. They don’t hide their mistakes. They are brave. Sometimes they look a bit ugly and at other times they are beautiful. Sometimes they pretend to be something they’re not. They want to connect. They want to be loved. They are me and you. Words, Words, Words is an excursion into the world of sound and words. It was commissioned by and developed at Battersea Arts Centre. Patrizia Paolini is a BAC Supported Artist.

Patrizia Paolini worked extensively with Ridiculusmus Theatre Company until she started her solo career. She is interested in experimental work and in trying to combine different disciplines. Anarchism and confusion, essential aspects of her work, reveal her perception of life. For the last few years she has been fascinated by the world of sound and its underexploited potential. It was then when she started collaborating with Adam Bohman, one of the two of the established Bohman Brothers. They have been improvising together for the last two years. Adam plays objects, tapes and pre-violin. Patrizia plays toys. They devised this piece together. In the piece, words and sounds are equally experienced, with difficulty and amusement, to expose the nature of communication.

Film Programme

Esther Johnson – Tune In

Tune In follows the fascinating world of amateur radio operators. HAMS (translating as an acronym for ‘Help All Mankind’) undertake a rigorous licensing exam covering strict regulations and intellectually challenging technical knowledge. As well as being considered the fourth emergency, once they master the know-how, HAMS can be transported beyond the confines of their everyday existence with ‘do-it-yourself’ radio technology.

Esther Johnson is an artist, filmmaker, photographer, curator and lecturer. Her award-winning films have exhibited widely around the world. Her current work is focused on expanded and experimental forms of documentary across a range of media.

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Francis Dhomont (audio) & Inés Wickmann (video) – Moirures

In Moirures (Shimmers) the images do nothing but reveal the music, in the way of a score of shapes, textures and colours. The origin of these abstract images comes from reflections on water and panes in permanent vibration.

Francis DhomontFrancis Dhomont was born in Paris, 1926. From 1980 to 1996 he taught Electroacoustic Composition at University of Montreal working between France and Quebec. The Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec has awarded him a prestigious career grant. In 1997 he was awarded the Lynch-Staunton Prize of the Canada Council and was a guest of the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), Berlin. Prix Ars Electronica 1992, Magisterium Bourges 1988, 1st Prize, Bourges 1981. Many of his works have been selected for the World Music Days, ICMC and ISEA.

Inés Wickmann originates from Colombia. She studied Fine Arts at The National University of Bogotá and received a master's degree in visual and media arts from the University of Quebec and Montreal. She has presented numerous group and solo exhibitions, in particular in Colombia, Mexico and Canada. Her work, which has its origins in painting, is developing towards objects, installations and video.

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Claire M Singer – a’ fàs soilleir

This piece was inspired by The Storr in the Isle of Skye and captures the atmosphere of this rugged Scottish landscape through sound and film.

Claire M Singer’s work includes fixed media (stereo and multi-channel), site-specific, multi-media, live electronics and collaborative work. She has worked with numerous contemporary music groups throughout the UK, most recently performing with Marina Rosenfeld's Sheer Frost Orchestra.

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Pierre Alexandre Tremblay – Walk That Way, Tuesday Turn

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Inhale.

Exhale.

Repeat until life ceases.

Pierre Alexandre TremblayPierre Alexandre Tremblay teaches composition at the University of Huddersfield. In 1996 he formed the Montreal-based contemporary jazz ensemble [iks], with which he toured Europe, America and Africa. He is also a member of the improvisation trio 'ars circa musicae' and of the duet 'de type inconnu' in which he performs bass guitar and real-time processing devices. He also makes frequent appearances in the studio for popular music artists, both as a producer and as a session bassist.

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Bret Battey – Mercurius

Mercurius expands algorithmic animation techniques developed in my previous work and it is my first work in which the audio is constructed entirely using the modulated-feedback techniques I have been developing since the late 1990s. Both the audio and visual components of the work have no cuts or edits. What we hear is a continual transformation of one synthesis process, just as what we see is the continuous animation of nearly 12000 individual points. Mercurius ambiguously combines multiple sensibilities of the spiral. The underlying process exhibited is a multitude of seemingly-conflicting states. Mercurius is the swift messenger, a symbol of the volatile and unstable.

Bret Battey creates electronic, acoustic, and multimedia concert works and installations, synthesizing a diverse background in music composition, computer science, graphic and web design and electronics. His works have been presented in a wide range of international venues. He pursues research in algorithmic music, digital signal processing, image and sound relationship and expressive synthesis. He is a Senior Lecturer with the Music, Technology, and Innovation Research Group at De Montfort University.

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Fern Thomas – Creation Stories

Inspired by creation myths from around the world where a universe can be formed by the blink of an eye or from an egg breaking in two this work uses everyday, yet almost ancient, objects and symbols to perform simple actions where the outcome is both creative and destructive.

Fern Thomas is practicing artist based in Swansea working with image, performance and sound. She is Graduate of Fine Art, Oxford Brookes University and currently studying MA Fine Art at Swansea Institute of Higher Education.

Margaret Noble (audio) & Edyta Stepien (video) – Sonata

Sonata aims to explore the relationship between sound and video through a contemporary reinterpretation of the classical Sonata form. Through the sounds and imagery of architecture and nature, this piece works to examine our current environmental conditions.

In 2004 Margaret Noble began performing in and curating Spectacle, a monthly sound arts showcase at Sonotheque in Chicago. She is currently enrolled in the MFA program for sound at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her audio works are designed to capture an audience viscerally and emotionally. She is interested in the manipulative abilities of audio compositions to inspire comfort through harmonious resonance, discomfort through dissonance and physical motion as demonstrated through dance.

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Edyta Stepien’s passion for photography and video began in her hometown of Krakow. In 1998 she moved to Chicago where she immersed herself in the image making arts and expanded her work into more encompassing multimedia experiences. Her catalogue includes single video work as well as large-scale multi-channel video/sound installations. Her installations activate spaces visually and sonically through immersive experiences.

Sound Installations

A series of works places through out the two floors of the New Cooperage building. Artist-notes and biographies are displayed on site.

Jane Edden – Mass Movement

This installation, featuring over 60 robotic birds, has been especially commissioned by Sonic Arts Network and i-DAT for the Expo festival. Mass Movement was chosen from the results of an extensive call for works for this particular site.

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School of Fish - Ebait

Expo Youth installation featuring sub bass reactive animated fish

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Jon Pigott – The Sonic Marble Run

An amplified helter-skelter for marbles

The Marble Run

Ben Dawson – Sense Makes Everything, Everything Makes Sense. Sense Makes Nothing, Nothing Makes Sense

Explorational work in conceptual sonic photography

Emily Alexander & Philip Marston – Exploited Resonance

A psychoacoustic experience exploiting the disorientating effect of binaural beats

Simon Whitehead & Barnaby Oliver – Dulais Wade

Documentation of a performance action carried out in a West Wales river

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Jane Grant & John Matthias – Untitled (Room)

Dimensions of a space mapped through the physical application of audiotape

David Moss – RTFM

A truly noisy little hands-on piece

Osamah Salem & Patrick Sanan – Pondlife

Water used as a musical interface

Lee Nutbean in collaboration with Andy Way and Mark Cunaliffe - Deaf Sound

Deaf Sound Disorientation and sonic attack in a dentist’s chair

Leslie Deere – Amplified Science

A cross between a science experiment, Aladdin’s lamp and a sonic art object

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Hanna Tuulikki – Salutation of the Sun (Replica)

Birds calls slowed, scored, imitated by human voice, accelerated, assembled

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Dominique Mitchell – Before and After

A new twist on the reversed audio message scare

Barrie J Davies – The Story

An absurd dialogue between one man and the media

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