Francesca Heathorn‘s exhibition of oil paintings of rural Norfolk opens this weekend at Yallop’s Gallery, Norwich. I’ve created an accompanying sound installation based on field recordings made at sites depicted in the paintings. The show is open 11am-4pm, 15-16 August, 2015. Here’s a preview of one of the sound works:
Here’s a recording from 2014 of a live performance-improv/duo with Natasha Lohan, vocal artist and composer.
Two performers move around a bespoke performance space. Each performer’s voice is recorded and processed using the electronic music software, MaxMSP. Meanwhile, their physical movements are captured by a Kinect camera and used to control the sound processing.
I’m pleased to announce that an article of mine has just been published in an exciting new book from The Orpheus Institute, edited by Bob Gilmore and Darla Crispin. My article is titled, ‘Composing as a Way of Doing Philosophy’. In it, I talk about the works I wrote between c. 2005-9, including An Audience with the Trees (2005), The Bravery of Women (2006-7).
Leuven University Press describes the book as follows:
This book is the first anthology of writings about the emerging subject of artistic experimentation in music. This subject, as part of the cross-disciplinary field of artistic research, cuts across boundaries of the conventional categories of performance practice, music analysis, aesthetics, and music pedagogy.
More information here
I’ve added a piece from my archive about Robert Wilson’s ‘Walking’ project, which I experienced at the 2012 Norfolk and Norwich Festival. It is in the ‘Writing’ section of the site. Click here to read it.
Here’s a short video of an interactive sound installation from my recent exhibition, From Birdsong to Light. It shows Medicatio and its companion piece, Chant.
Medicatio allows participants to control the live sound of an automated monochord by vocalizing the same pitch. Chant is a collection of thirty-nine spectrograms that investigates the formation of random vowels over the course of several weeks.
Medicatio / Chant address the use of the voice as a form of healing.