CTM Festival: Music Makers Hack lab

DSC_0006As part of CTM: Festival for Adventurous Music and Art. Music Makers Hacklab brought together 20 international sound artists, inventors, technologists, artists and musicians for one week to create new musical performances, instruments and concepts to be performed live at the end of the festival; ‘Emotional Invention’ at Hau2, Kreuzberg. The programme was led by Peter Kirn of Create Digital Music and hosted by Native Instruments.
DSC_0001The week was a mixture of fascinating talks on software building (Reaktor blocks), physical instrument design, graphical notation. For Noise Orchestra it was the first time we had tested the Noise Machines as collaborative instruments and within a live performance context. Vicky worked with two artists, Mateusz Radz (Poland) and Pyotr Modesti (US) to create a new composition reflecting the theme of the festival Fear, Anger, Love. I was interested in the concept of the human and the machine and keen to explore and collaborate with ways of getting human emotion into a machine and performing from within the circuitry.

DSC_0005My collaborators worked with turntables, live instruments, music production software and our final piece took raw tones known to induce certain emotional states such as 528Hz (love frequency). We created a series of sonic movements to take the audience on an emotional journey and worked with samples and found sounds and live improvisation in the final performance. It was a good test to work with electronics and other timbres/instruments/musicians in live performance to investigate mixing, eq and playability. Here’s a video about the project featuring Vicky and the machines.

Delia Derbyshire Archive: Manchester After Hours performance

mahExcited to have been invited to respond to the Delia Derbyshire archive housed at John Rylands Library for a new live performance for Manchester After Hours. I’ve been reading her ‘juvenile papers’ looking over the physics and geometry books featuring her first explorations into sound. It’s fantastic being able to see drawings of Delia’s sine waves and mathematical equations which had such a profound influence on her process for sound creation. Also in the archive are BBC Radiophonic letters and correspondence and to me most fascinating are the working notes of iconic pieces such as the ‘Inventions for Radio’ . The archive houses an extensive list of tapes which have been digitised. As part of the piece I want to explore the medium of tape itself and bring this as a material to life within the performance.

Z Sound wave Sculpture

Soundwave Alphabet jpgI created a soundwave Alphabet by recording my own voice speaking each letter of the alphabet and then recreating the wave fragments to form 3D individual soundwave sculptures . The pictures below are of the letter Z. I then started to think about  the sound of the sculpture so I used Audiopaint to convert the visuals back into sound to realise the new sonic shape and complete the circle.