A free-flowing weekend festival celebrating the innovative edges and fault-lines of music and digital technology — genuinely interactive systems, real-time and just-in-time composition solutions, home-grown interventions in consumer electronics, generative music, circuit bending, web-based and network distributed performance.
Friday 6th Saturday 7th Sunday 8th July 2001
University of East Anglia campus, Norwich
Festival Pass £30 (£20 concessions/SAN members) or £75 (£65 concessions/SAN members) with 2 nights B&B; on-campus accommodation. The Festival pass includes entry to all events*
info from UEA on 01603 592450 (Mon-Fri 9.00-12.30 and 2.00-5.00)
Booking by cheque only. To book by post send details of your name and address with a cheque made out to 'University of East Anglia' to Alex Flack, Music Centre, University of East Anglia, Norwich NR4 7TT (indicating whether you have Sonic Arts Network membership/enclosing proof of concessionary status if applicable)
* Workshops have a limited number of spaces.
Hybrids has secured accommodation at UEA. Located in the heart of the festival, the on-campus, low cost B+B accommodation means you will be immersed in the weekend's events. This accommodation is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis only, so book early.
University of East Anglia, Norwich, Norfolk NR4 7TJ
Hybrids is at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich, a concrete example of modernist architecture surrounded by Norfolk parkland, lakes and woodland. Opened in 1963, UEA is set on a campus with award-winning architecture by Sir Denys Lasdun, Rick Mather and Norman Foster and is home to the internationally famous Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts.
Main Stage 250 seat concert hall with multi-speaker system
Green Room 8-channel interactive/installation space
Black Box Dedicated sound diffusion—video projection space
Grass Amphitheatre Outdoor amphitheatre mix space
Access info Information for wheelchair users and for people with disabilities can be obtained by phoning 01603 592 450.
The University and the city of Norwich are well served by road, train and air connections from all regions of the UK.
From London take the M11/A11; just outside Norwich take the A47 (Southern Bypass)
in the direction of Swafham; the University is signposted off at the next exit.
If you are driving from the North or the Midlands, you can use the A47 via King's
Lynn, or the new A14 as far as Newmarket and then take the A11 to Norwich. UEA
is situated on the outskirts of Norwich, around two and a half miles west of
the city centre, just off the Earlham Road (B1108) which is one of the main
roads out of the city.
By coach: National Express coaches run from all major cities in Great Britain to the Surrey Street Bus Station in the city centre. Buses 4, 5, 26 and 27 run regularly from nearby Castle Meadow and St Stephen's Street in the city centre to the University campus. Bus and coach enquiries: 0500 626116 (freephone from UK only) National Express enquiries: 0990 80 80 80
By train: Norwich is less than two hours from London by train (£30 saver return) and there is an InterCity link with the Midlands, the North of England and Scotland via Peterborough. Trains run from London Liverpool Street approximately every hour. The easiest way to reach UEA from the station is by taxi, which costs about £4.00 and takes approximately 15 minutes. There are regular buses direct to the University from just outside the station on nearby Thorpe Road (numbers 4 and 5), and the number 25 bus runs straight from the bus station to the University. Rail enquiries: 0345 484950
By Air: Norwich Airport has regular flights to and from Aberdeen, Amsterdam, Edinburgh, Manchester and Paris, and international connections to 200 cities worldwide through regular direct flights to and from Schipol Airport in Amsterdam. The easiest way to reach UEA from the airport is by taxi. Flight enquiries: 01603 411923
For further information about Norwich and the University:
- University website
http://www.norwich.gov.uk/ - City of Norwich website
http://www.go-planit.com/tourism/tourism.htm - Tourism website
Rob Flint will be filming the weekend's events and mixing and projecting the results on the surrounding buildings at night. Rob Flint (aka scopac) is an artist whose video performances reverse the convention of a sound artist/DJ improvising a live soundtrack to a pre-existing movie. Instead he uses video feedback and samples to make live audio-responsive cinema. He is also a member of the electronic ensemble "Ticklish" and performs occasionally with The High Llamas. He recently co-curated 'motor:show' at proof showing the work of Brian Catling, Hayley Newman, Brown Sierra and others.
This programme may be subject to change without further notice. Timings are approximate. During the weekend please consult the Hybrids Information Board by the Grass Amphitheatre for latest changes, updates and additional events.
Day 1, Friday 6th July
I Am The Mighty Jungulator
Matt Olden's Jungulator is a real-time granular synthesiser. "it makes wicked shindig and bangs away all night. AIFF samples can be synchronised then beaten up. samples can be sped up... slowed down..turned around....chopped up...rearranged...chopped down... timestretched.... shortened....frozen.....panned...ponged...VST plug-in effects applied...any little ting can go in....jungle through to ambience.....speed garage through to slowdive… mimick or orginate...."
Shigeto Wada hosts this interactive MAX/MSP improvisation space in which programmed performances alternate with participatory workshop jams - featuring Jonathan Impett, computer aided Sonic Twister and a Tug of War sound toy.
Walter Fabeck demonstrates and performs with The Chromasone, an instrument employing motion and position sensing technology developed at STEIM, Amsterdam. It combines a unique chrome and perspex structure and a pair of specially made data-gloves. Performances take the form of structured improvisations, moving quickly between extremes of rhythmic and textural density; from bands of noise to focussed quasi-melodic lines; from driving percussive patterns to floating ambience.
The Zapruda Trio
The Zapruda Trio (John Bowers, Simon Vincent, Sten-Olaf Hellstrom) explore the extreme dynamics of glitch electronica alongside environmental sound, combining sonic materials into laminal improvised forms.
Matt Rogalsky and Gregg Wagstaff present a programme of works which explore the North American experimental tradition, including David Tudor's 'Rainforest 3', John Cage's 'Mureau' and new solo work from Rogalsky. Digital artist and musician Rogalsky studied with Alvin Lucier and Ron Kuivila, and is currently pursuing doctoral research on Tudor. Environmental/ Soundscape artist Wagstaff's most recent and ongoing project involves working with the community in the Western Isles of Scotland. Rogalsky will also premiere work using his latest SuperCollider patch, which emulates devices used in US 'talk-radio' shows by digitally editing 'redundancy' from speech and other sound sources in real-time. Whereas the function in the US is to make way for as many as eight extra advertising minutes in an hour, Rogalsky is characteristically more interested in the 'sweepings from the virtual cutting room floor'.
Wired, the ever popular Norwich club night joins forces with Hybrids for a night featuring MSP improvisations, circuit bending and glitch with performances by Lone Shark and Sebastian Lexer.
The Sonic Arts Research Archive is a new publicly accessible hypertext/multimedia/digital audio research resource. A national resource, offering online access to a wide cross-section of Sonic Arts Network's collections of compositions and published texts, a comprehensive composer/institution/work/contact/sound database including all Sonic Arts Network members and others working in the field in the UK. It will also offer access to much of UEA's vast archive of electroacoustic music in digitised form, in addition to electroacoustic video, and to papers on aesthetic and technical issues relating to electroacoustic music and areas of 'electronic arts' activity associated with it - Sonic Art, Soundscape, Sound Installation Art, and multimedia work.
Day 2, Saturday 7th July
Green Room, Grass Amphitheatre
A day-long adventure with SuperCollider, incorporating demonstrations, participatory workshops and performances curated by Extractor’s Martin Robinson. SuperCollider is an environment for real time audio synthesis which runs on a Power Macintosh with no additional hardware. Extractor are sonic artists concerned with creating real-time sonic landscapes using diffusion and ambisonic techniques. They custom build hardware and software systems into unique gestural interfaces and instruments.
Sound & Image
Animator Clive Walley's most recent project involved creating the visuals that formed an interactive backdrop to singer Faith Hill's live performance of her song 'Breathe' at this year's Grammy Awards in February. Clive is best known for the unique 'multiplane' paint-on-glass animation technique used in the making of his award winning film series 'Divertimenti'. The Wales-based animator shows his work in a unique multi-loudspeaker environment, and discusses the relationship between sound and image with composer Simon Waters.
A solo performance by Johannes Bergmark of 8 recorded saw solos + one live saw, including the Whalefish, the Brillolin, the Metal Harp, the Finger Violin, the saw, live electronics with the Micro Moog (if it's back from repair), radios, fuzzbox and voice.
Studio Tonne has created a series of sound toy utilities played live as sound and image instruments.
Machines, bodies and interaction seminar
John Bowers works as an improviser of electroacoustic music (currently most notably with the Zapruda Trio) and as a computer science researcher and lecturer. He is concerned to design, develop and use new interfaces to technical systems, as well as to reflect on the cultural significance of machines and human engagement with them. His presentation at Hybrids will attempt to develop some 'against the grain' orientations to improvised music, electronic and computer treatments within improvisation, performance aesthetics, and approaches to interactive computer systems.
Evan Parker, Jonathan Impett, Richard Barrett
The saxophone virtuoso works with two of his previous partners for the first time ever in this trio formation using real-time computer systems and acoustic instruments including Jonathan Impett’s groundbreaking "metatrumpet". Saxophonist Evan Parker has been involved with free improvised music ever since its beginnings in the mid-to-late sixties. He has had an incalculable influence both on the direction of that music as a whole, and on how it is played on the instruments in which he specialises - the tenor and soprano saxophones.
Sonic Arts Network’s own listening space mixes analogue to digital, digital to analogue, manipulation, transformation, and stimulation. At Hybrids it features Tom Wallace and guests Brown Sierra. Brown Sierra (aka Paddy Collins and Pia Gambardella) are a performing duo whose work remains resolutely analogue in a scene where digital sound is the norm. Although referencing (and resembling) kinetic works of the 1960s and’70s, their sculptural objects engage in an entirely contemporary way with the physicality of sound.
Matt Rogalsky presents this work in progress: an online physically remodelled realisation of David Tudor's Rainforest. In association with the Digital Arts Network.
Day 3, Sunday 8th July
Listening Walk led by members of the UK and Ireland Soundscape Community (UKISC). We walk. We listen. Come rain or shine. The route takes in the lake and UEA campus. Approx. 45 mins.
Nick Melia's work investigates the edges of human hearing in both the frequency and amplitude domains. His background in critical theory and experience in the now defunct noise/improvisation band Navigator lead him to unusual solutions to aesthetic problems.
Open Music and IRCAM software
Since 1997 Hans Tutschku has been teaching computer music at IRCAM. He has given master classes at the University of Sčo Paulo, the University of Singapore, the Music Academy in Budapest and at 'Tempo Reale' in Florence. Here he presents an advanced workshop demonstration of IRCAM software.
Jo Hyde, Matt Olden and Nathan Hughes
Olden, Hughes and Hyde make semi-improvised performances, representative of an evolving, practical research process, each performance being a snapshot of an experimental multi-media conversation. At present, the primary source material is audio generated by Matt Oldens' real time manipulation of his own I Am The mighty Jungulator program, written in Max/MSP, and is a sonic alchemist's dream come true. Joseph Hyde uses versatile nato.0+55 software. Nathan Hughes uses Arkaos X<>pose software to respond to, and prompt both of the above.
Sonic Arts Network’s listening space returns with Tom Wallace. Sound artist Tom Wallace's solo work is primarily in the acousmatic medium. Recent work has included sound design for the architects Foster and Partners as well as many projects at LMC studios. He DJs regularly in London at the SAN Diffusion nights which he co-runs and also at festivals with Ecotrip's 12Volt Solar Sound System.
Sonic Arts Network is a performance, education and information resource with members worldwide. Founded as the Electroacoustic Music Association in 1979, our focus lies in experimental approaches to sound and the ways in which new technology is transforming the nature and practice of music.
The electroacoustic music studio at UEA has formed the hub of consistent research activity over the past 25 years, maintaining a position within the top three UK centres for the composition, performance and aesthetics of music involving electronic technologies.
Hybrids is presented in association with the University of East Anglia and is supported by East England Arts.