gap in the air: a festival of sonic art

Talbot Rice Gallery, 15 Nov 2014 - 14 Feb 2015

Martin Parker

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nature overview

February – Limits to Growth by Owen Green and Martin Parker has just been installed. This is a sonic parasite that feeds from the auditory environment of the gallery space in order to make itself heard. Over the course of its infestation, its relationship to the environment will change. Initially, the system is closed, prescribed and deterministic. However, as time passes a sequence of interventions from Owen and Martin will.. Read More

a gap in my words by James Clegg

A sound crystallising between that of a harp and breaking glass. Yet like breaking bread – a soft generous activity shared with a mesmerised audience. Through the lungs, the mouth and teeth, the guttural intersection of the body, saliva and the saxophone; noises pushed and pulled the space; piercing yet delicate rhythms formed by soft tissues and tongue; then sudden sheiks from unseen sirens and invisible harmonic orchestras. I offer.. Read More

orientation overview

touch here to begin – throughout January – presenting the work of University staff, students and recent graduates, touch here to begin features works that test the potential of mobile technologies in a gallery settings. Works by Adam Campbell, Kirsty Keatch, Christos Michalakos and Martin Parker explore how smart-technologies can involve us in dynamic listening experiences. If you have one, bring your smart phone along. 19 January – A mobile.. Read More

playroom – multispeaker live performance 15th Feb

playRoom is around 30 minutes long and was written as an anti-sweetspot mutli-speaker rant, come and sit where you like. You may never hear any of the courageous orators whose passion inspired the piece but the music is propelled entirely by the conviction of innumerable speeches harvested from youTube and other soapbox platforms. Voices on the verge of tears, laughing, arguing, defending, attacking and reflecting give this piece both its.. Read More

touch here to begin – throughout January 2015

Touch here to begin features the brand new work of four sonic artists based in Edinburgh, each one using smartphones or tablets in some way. Adam Campbell’s new project Recurring Points brings a series of sonic sculptures for Android OS to the Georgian Gallery. Kirsty Keatch has built Katakata, a Jacob’s Ladder that responds to the movements of your mobile phone. Christos Michalakos’ Skins and Stones is a responsive automated.. Read More

Katakata by Kirsty Keatch

  Kirsty Keatch is a sound design researcher, who’s work is focused on designing interactions with sound to benefit inclusive user experience. Katakata is a kinetic sound sculpture that can be triggered using the visitor’s smart phone. By using the orientation of the mobile device through a web-based application,  the user can interact with the sculpture, manipulating subtle variations of it’s sound in real time.

recurring points by Adam Campbell

Sound artist Adam Campbell presents three audio visual pieces exploring nonlinear generative processes using dynamical systems. Patterns of sound, shape and colour develop and mutate in relation to external conditions within the gallery, leading to the emergence of new forms and structures. Audio and visual components are synthesized in real time, where an analysis of sound within the gallery influences subsystems which determine their timbral and formal characteristics.  Each piece’s.. Read More

journeyMan by Martin Parker

journeyMan has been composed for ambulant listener and smart phone. Walking, moving, turning and standing still are the actions that propel this piece forwards. Rather than playing from start to finish (like most songs you’ll listen to on mobile phone), this piece is spherical in form. Start the piece and the phone will perform for you. Change direction and harmonies might shift, stop moving and the piece may hover, until.. Read More