Sound, noise and listening workshops and performances for people with mental disabilities and health issues
The Mental Health Noise Orchestra challenges public preconceptions concerning people with mental disabilities and health issues by demonstrating their potential for creativity and experimentation. Through workshops, the participants open their ears to the possibilities of sound and noise through listening. They culminate in performances which also confront the audience’s notions of what music and musicality are or should be shaped by the music industry and elitist traditions.
Immersive generative audiovisual performance
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Audiovisual work based on a modified Lorenz dynamical system.
Construction in Zhuangzi is a live “audiovisualisation”: the simultaneous sonification and visualisation of the same process and data in real-time. It is based on a modified Lorenz dynamical system, a three-dimensional model of convection that is non-linear and chaotic and has sensitive dependence on initial conditions or the “butterfly effect”.
A performance consists of an attempt at understanding and controlling the mechanisms of the near-autonomous generative system through an improvisation involving the modifications of the parameters of the Lorenz. Moments of human intervention are indicated by a colour inversion and an audio click. Lorenz stated that the equations do not produce realistic representations at large values of the parameters of the equations. In the work, these parameters are taken to beyond their original real-world limits in order to explore a speculative world. An appropriately machinic or post-human sensibility is evoked through a digital noise/glitch presentation of the emergent phenomena.
The work is featured in the Electronic Music volume of the Cambridge Introductions to Music series. A fixed-media version of the work was awarded 2nd prize at the Fresh Minds Festival, TX, and was part of the official selection for Videomedeja – 16th International Video Festival and MADATAC 04 Contemporary New Media Audio-Visual Arts Festival.
For more details, see the article “Audiovisual Harmony: The realtime audiovisualisation of a single data source in Construction in Zhuangzi“ Organised Sound 17(2), 2012. It is also featured in the Electronic Music volume of the Cambridge Introductions to Music series.
6 – 8 pm Wednesday 29 June 2011
Small Hall/Cinema, Richard Hoggart Building
Goldsmiths College, Lewisham Way, New Cross, London SE14 6NW
Tom Mudd feedback joypad
Ryo Ikeshiro new generative audiovisual work
Manabu Shimada glitched field recordings
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The series will present two performances of each work with a talk/discussion in between. Program notes or explanations heard prior to experiencing a piece of music can sometimes affect how we listen in an unnatural way. On the other hand, they can give us useful pointers in appreciating music that might otherwise be difficult. Having two performances is a way of hopefully resolving these issues, with the first listening being unspoilt and the second more informed.
Please join us at any point in the evening. For the discussion, see links for blurbs and related articles. With kind support from EMS and SPR.
Genosong is an improvising ensemble with live sampling. It incorporates live electronics as an augmentation of traditional acoustic instruments in an improvisational context through live sampling alone: no pre-recorded sounds or synthesis methods are used. A natural and organic electroacoustic soundscape is produced that acts as an additional voice in the ensemble; this results in further development of the musical material by the players that is then also sampled. The creation of this feedback allows for extremely interesting emergent behaviour where smooth and gradual processes are juxtaposed against abrupt and chaotic changes.
Outsider Rehearsals 2009
Play each track separately, or download album as single zip file (flac) with artwork.
Chien-Chun Lin: soprano
I-Chin Li: piano, percussion
Guillaume Viltard: double bass
Tom Jackson: reeds (track 02)
Ryo Ikeshiro: acoustic guitar, laptop
Track 01 recorded 02 Dec 2009 (take 1)
Track 02 recorded 18 Nov 2009 (take 2)