Sound art and new music in Cumbria


Full of Noises occupies sites of architectural and acoustic interest around the post-industrial town of Barrow-in-Furness for three days of new compositions, performances, installations, talks and audio-visual works. Starting life in a former canteen building on the fringe of a Trident submarine manufacturing plant, the festival has invited a wide range of artists to explore the locale and create new work, from Faust, AGF, Philip Jeck, Hildur Gudnadottir and Tetsuo Kogawa to Felix Kubin, Mobile Radio, Haco, John Wall, Lee Gamble and Richard Youngs.

For our fourth edition, we are joined by guest curators Helen Frosi (SoundFjord) and Ryoko Akama, with design work from Tom James Scott (Skire), this year’s expanded festival programme takes in specially commissioned live performances, talks, installations and workshops by a broad spectrum of composers, musicians and sound artists from across UK, Europe and Japan.

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Full of Noises is an Octopus project. Octopus Collective are a sound art and new music organisation based in a public park on Cumbria’s Furness Peninsula. Dedicated to developing and exporting new work and acting as an incubator for emerging artists, we offer an ongoing programme of activities including performance, education and research projects, artistic commissions and a biennial festival. Octopus is: Glenn Boulter, Andrew Deakin and John Hall.