Wednesday 5th April

April 5th, 2017

Back in Coventry with a bike to remember the sound and shape of this city. I’m in conversation with Imagineer Productions on the making of a Sonic Bike Opera in a few years. The project involves a vital educational strand working with eight and nine year old kids over three years as well as the opportunity to design and build specialist bikes. Yes, we’re looking long term and the Companion Bike, (check HERE ) is still hot favourite. This afternoon I’m meeting a group of the teachers and being brought up to date on what’s going on in the classroom. A central aim of this entire project is facilitating creative making and thinking skills through collective and hands on Imagination Making beginning in the classroom. Stage 1 therefore is working with teachers to teach and understand how to go about this the Imagineering way. Interesting and horrifying to discover what can and cannot go on in classrooms these days with restrictive Governmental systems and emphasis on quantifiable action and assessment. Language, ie. sharing ‘fact’ knowledge and ‘meaning’ through words seems even more important than ever.  Fortunately we get down to making and Alex, me and Cheryl produce the below. Roll a ball across a table the Rube Goldberg way is the instruction. Have a go with a couple of folk you don’t know.  You’ll learn loads about how we humans communicate and how we behave asked to do something daft but really important in 15 minutes.

Friday 31st March

March 31st, 2017

A celebration to launch the successful completion of the Meta Gesture Music project with a live concert and CD release tonight for which I contributed a track of shark driven music.

Looking forward to the live performances from the gestural players which includes, Sarah Nicolls  Suspensions for gestural sensor and piano,  Laetitia Sonami  and her Spring Spyre instrument , Rebecca Fiebrink’s Wekinator machine learning system,  Atau Tanaka on sonifications of his neuron impulses, Tom Richards Mini Oramics, Renick Bell and Steph Horak vocals, Dane Law on headless computers, and Ewa Justka lighting light and generating noise.

In the bar at Rich Mix where Sonic Bed and music for bodies were installed for six months ten years ago. Ticket price includes a copy of the CD. Published by the WIRE Magazine and Goldsmiths, it’ll be distributed to subscribers of the WIRE in their Beneath the Radar series, and published by Goldsmiths Press. Further INFO

Friday 17th March

March 17th, 2017


Good. I’ve completed and sent my chapter for ‘Oscillate 1′. It will be a limited edition of risograph printed books of writings by artists who featured in the ‘Oscillate’ series at Turner Contemporary  during 2015-2017.  I perfomed Love Shark live there in January, and even though I am writing about making music that changes as it moves through outside spaces with different communitites, my conclusion is the realisation that making new music live in front of an audience, for us to witness solo human struggle and see and hear unknown music unfold in front of us seems once again vital.

Even better news is that the other contributors to Oscillate are Evan Parker, Matthew Herbert and Mira Calix. Honour.

Curated by Robert Stillman and made in collaboration with Canterbury Christ Church University School of Music and Performing Arts, it’s due to be published by Compost and Height this summer 2017.

 

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Monday 13th March

March 13th, 2017

I’ve held a secret passion for the companion bicycle and sonic biking potential since discovering one at the Coventry Transport Museum back in 2015. Interesting news in that there could well be a possibility to make one and even more within a new sonic bike opera over the next years.

Monday March 6th

March 6th, 2017

Many thanks to Philip Tagney and Sara Mohr-Pietsch for arranging and hosting such a fabulous OPEN EAR concert at Hackney St John’s church on Thursday. Having lived in Hackney for 22 years, it was a delight to finally get the chance to play this huge space. Reworking the three sectioned “in locking” composition I’d made for inside the St Pancras lock (photographed above) to 20 mins in 4 channels within the precision of my small studio, to being inside that vast resonance was a challenge. However, Jack of the beeb was ever patient and helpful, the equipment of course fantastic, and with a productive struggle of a sound check, I had things under just enough control by performance time.  With the arrival of such a large and enthusiastic audience, inspiring performances by Xeniua Pestova, Plus Minus Ensemble, Tim Etchells and Aisha Orazbayeva, ‘in locking’ the concert version could only work.

Many thanks too for Jo Hutton out in the van making a binaural recording.  You’ll be able to hear the entire concert on BBC Radio 3, 19.30h this Wednesday 8th March, International Women’s days HERE.  Hoping you can tune in.

Wednesday March 1st

March 1st, 2017

White Rabbits! Very much looking forward to revealing some hidden mysteries of inner canal life at Radio 3 Open Ear concert at Hackney St Johns tomorrow. Fantastic musicians playing too. DETAILS

Tuesday 21st February

February 21st, 2017

I’ve been offline and by a warm ocean for ten days. Swimming further out every day I stop and bob about where I see only ocean and sky. Where it’s so quiet it’s almost silent.  Yesterday a whale swam by.  Ah the ocean. Doorway to the universe.

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Friday 10th February

February 10th, 2017

Now with some fabulous images through from Kristian Buus, here some news on last weekend’s extraordinary time inside St Pancras lock, London. After a delayed and grizzly install in rain with not enough power to handle light & projection needs not to mention the dreaded H&S requriements on the Friday, Dave Hunt(sound) and Matthew Orton (visual) fought through and we were yes finally sound checking by 10pm with the show up and running in a drizzling Saturday morning at 10.  Many thanks to Hazel and Susanna for soup and warm dry boat hosting. We couldn’t have done it without you!

in locking 

is a three part composition made from the sounds and time taken to fill and empty the St Pancras lock London Regents Canal; Denham Deep, the deepest lock along the Grand Union canal and the Soulbury locks, those situated at the highest point along it. Linked by a seven verse choral work written by Kaffe when she walked from London to Milton Kenynes to make The Lock shift songs in 2014, in locking was made as a four channel work to be performed live inside the dry St Pancras lock, a unique acoustic revealed, emptied for once every 25 years maintenance work by the Canal and Rivers trust.

Open to the public over the weekend of 4th and 5th February 2017, visitors were invited inside the 3.5m deep chamber of the empty lock to hear part of the work play as a sound installation. At night Kaffe performed the entirety live over three concerts inside the lock, accompanied by underwater projections made with Kristian Buus that were beamed onto the lock chamber walls.

 

To a sell out audience it was an extraordinary night, with comments such as.. “astonishing sense of immersion”,  “made me reflect on my own relationship with water”,  “blew me away! There were choirs emerging from the sludge!”, “What a venue”, “Wild acoustics, the sense of underwater movement was astonishing”, “ The combination of these ingredients made the most ethereal music I’ve ever heard”.

 

Produced by Bill Gee assisted by Susanna Roland, commissioned by the Canal and Rivers trust, sound installation and engineering Dave Hunt, sounds and music Kaffe Matthews, underwater projections Kristian Buus. With so many thanks to all.  I’m now looking for the next empty lock. Any happening in your neighbourhood?

 

Thursday 2nd February

February 2nd, 2017


It will be great to see you

Monday 30th January

January 30th, 2017

Great weekend locked in canalwater sounds, locks filling and emptying. The piece I’m making for the St Pancras Open Lock Weekend uses the sounds and time that it takes for that lock to fill and empty, passing from raging swirling noise underwater to sudden calm.  So apart from the St Pancras lock itself, I’m using the deepest canal on the Grand Union at oh so Denham Deep, and the Soulbury Lock where I met the aforementioned Horse Engine. The Milton Keynes choir also hover amongst the detritus, with choir collaborator Craig McCleish floating skywards on the ‘Widewater’ solo. The piece also has a title, ‘ in locking’. Hoping to see you. DETAILS