Hear Th↓s Space Workshop

Hear Th↓s Space workshop
Saturday 14th June, 10:00-17:00
Cookes Studios, Abbey Road, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, LA14 5QR
£5 / £3 – Tickets from eventbrite.co.uk

The first in a series of bi-monthly events leading into Full of Noises 2015, each exploring a particular theme, idea or body of work. For this first event, you are invited to join Hear Th↓s Space and take a sonic journey around Barrow-in-Furness, working with us to compose and perform a piece of music or performance sound art.

The workshop includes:

Soundwalk: This will be a walk through the local area, listening to and recording sounds, stories and moments that make this place special to you. You will get a chance to work with a range of recording devices and processes, with experienced field recording artists from Hear Th↓s Space. The focus is on sound but in the broadest sense. This may include listening to accents, dialects and rhythms of speech, or the rhythms or acoustics of the locality. To this end we welcome working with musicians, dancers, poets, architects, town planners, film makers, visual artists, naturalists and any one who has a story, or just wants to have ago.

Composition and Devising: In the afternoon we will demonstrate some approaches to assembling work, working with recordings made in the local area and discuss spatial performance possibilities. This will include an introduction to basic sound editing on computer or iOS devices, in addition to some multi-loudspeaker sound and performance systems. From there you will be encouraged to create a work, or works, for a forthcoming concert in September when your work will be played or performed alongside commissioned pieces by established composers, curated for the event and the place.

We look forward to collaborating with you and sharing ideas, perspectives and skills with the potential to create a unique and special event. Places are limited to 10 people. The Hear Th↓s Space team will consist of:

Brona Martin is an Electroacoustic composer and sound artist from Banagher, Co. Offaly, Ireland. Brona is in the final stages if her PhD in Electroacoustic Composition under the supervision of Professor David Berezan at NOVARS Research Center, University of Manchester. Her research interests include narrative in Electroacoustic music, soundscape composition and acoustic ecology. Her site specific works composed in stereo, 5.1 and 8 channel have included the creative exploration of soundscapes from Ireland, Manchester, West Coast Australia, Spain and Germany. Her works have been performed internationally at EMS, ACMC, ICMC, NYCEMF, ISSTA, NOISEFLOOR, Balance/Unbalance, SSSP, iFIMPaC and MANTIS. Have a listen to some of her work here.

Andrew Hill is a composer of electroacoustic music, specialising in studio composed works both acousmatic (purely sound based) and audio-visual. His works have been performed extensively across the UK, Europe and the US on a wide range of surround sound performance systems. His works are composed with materials captured from the human and natural world, seeking to explore the beauty in everyday objects. Andrew’s website is here.

Simon Smith: Simon is a founder member of Hear This Space a site sensitive spatial music events organisation. He is also a technician for the Music Technology and Innovation department at De Montfort University. Simon studied Sonic Art and is completing a Masters in Listening to Acousmatic Music in the Concert Hall. Simon’s compositions have been performed at the CBSO Concert Hall (BEAST) and at De Montfort University. He has also performed live (electronics / laptop) with Dirty Electronics Ensemble at amongst others the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London and with KAIROS Electroacoustic Improve group at The Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall and Futuresonic Festival Manchester. In addition Simon has had installations at the Truman Brewery, London, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Bristol Arts Trail. Simon has taken two field recording workshops with Chris Watson (BBC sound recordist for David Attenborough) and has had the privilege of realising one of his works for Hear This Space and for Future of Sound Festival.