A weekend of workshops, lectures & performances in electronic music & sonic art; an exploration of ideas, technology & sound - all welcome!
Sonic Arts Weekend
Workshops/ Lectures/ Performances
A diverse, accessible and interactive weekend programme of lectures, workshops and live performances in electronic and analogue technology. The premise of the weekend is to bring a variety of knowledge from local lecturers at AMATA, Falmouth University’s art centre and specialized sound artists to share ideas, technology, software, production and exploration of sound with the broader community, beginner to advanced.
Program of Events
Sat 25th NOV
10-1.00 Fuzz box workshop Everybody Hertz (18+ )£20
1.30-2.30 Noisemaking workshop using natural objects (All ages) Free
3-5.30 POST workshop (16+) Free
6.00-6.45 Modular Synths and Drawing ( Open Lecture/Performance) Free
Saturday Evening Performances (30 EARLY BIRD TICKETS AVAILABLE, 10£ WEEKEND TICKET GENERAL ADMISSION SAT AND SUN 7£ DOORS 7PM)
7.30-8.00 POST performance
8.40 -10.10 Vivienne Griffin performance
10.30-11.30 (ECT) Live electronic set feat: Oh Mr James and seamouse, Visuals – Jess Pemberton
10-11 Sirens logic beat making workshop (12-17 years) Free
11.30-12.30 Sirens logic beat making workshop (18 +) £5
1.00 – 2.30 Moogie Wonderland Synth Workshop (13- 16 years) Free
3.00 – 5.00 Vivienne Griffin Modular Synth Workshop (18+) Free
6 -7 Dr Simon Waite / National Trevor Lecture: Talking about his creative process taking inspiration from nature. (Open lecture) Free
Sunday Evening Performances 7.30- 8
7.30- 8 National Trevor Live performance
8.30 – 9 Charlie Murphy
9.30- 10 Gossen
10-11 Defiance Dj
Fuzz Pedal Building Workshop by Everybody Hertz
18 + £20 all equipment provided and FUZZ BOX to take home!
In this Practical workshop, you are going to dig deep into Dom Allens vintage electronic components to build some FUZZ BOXES (based on a famous 1960s model) Participants will spend some time selecting, measuring and auditioning components to create a uniquely voiced devise. This workshop does not require previous experience and will involve minimum electronics theory, however it involves using soldering irons and small components. The finished item will be a working effects unit, but not include battery or case. Dom is the mastermind behind Everybody Hertz custom audio equipment and infernal devices, some of his pedals can be found in Defiance Music inside the Fish Factory Arts Space Penryn. https://www.facebook.com/EverybodyHertzAudio
Noisemaking workshop using natural objects
Free workshop all ages
Jasmine Blackmoore will be hosting a noisemaking workshop using natural sound sources. No Musical experience necessary as there won’t be a key, string or fret in sight. You will be using contact mics on natural objects and a whole host of effects pedals and processors to explore unique sounds and unearth textures controlled by you.
POST— Experimental Music Workshop & Performance
Free 16 + Apply via email [email protected] (10 Spaces)
POST— is an experimental music ensemble focused on synths, electronics and haptic and tactile noise making. The workshop will help participants create their own parts via exercises in listening and improvisation—exploring how small interactions between players can have a large cumulative effect. Workshop participants will devise a performance over the course of the session and then perform it back to an audience. All equipment is provided, but participants can bring anything they have as long as it can make a sustained tone and has no screen.
Modular Synths and Drawing (Lecture/Performance)Dr Johny Lamb & Kuldip Singh-Barmi
Johny Lamb is a musician, songwriter and composer/producer, with a particular interest in analogue synthesis, noise, and fidelity. He will be talking about modular synthesizers. Johny will outline and demonstrate the basic principles, and will talk through his current thinking around using drawing as a compositional method with these instruments. He will also introduce his collaborator, dancer and choreographer Kuldip Singh-Barmi. Together they will talk through their methods and present a short ‘noise drawing’ live.
Sirens Studio based in Penryn is a unique gender inclusive recording and rehearsal space with the aim to give power and opportunities to women and people of diverse genders who are interested in developing skills in music and live sound. They will be running two amazing workshops that will enable participants to record and sequence a beat in logic PRO, the foundation to making a great track at home! All equipment provided, all abilities welcome!
Join SIRENS Studio for a beginner workshop on Logic Pro competency, Digital Audio Workstation skills, beat sampling and sequencing. Laptops will be dotted around to try out software and techniques!
SIRENS Studio for a beginner class in production for young people 12-17 years. (6 spaces) Free
18+ open to marginalised genders & sexualities (9 spaces) £5
Moogie Wonderland Workshop
(13-16 year olds) 80 mins with break in middle, spectators and parents welcome. Free Workshop all abilities
(8 spaces) parents and spectators welcome
Moogie Wonderland will be hosting an exciting and experimental workshop for 13 – 16 year olds to learn how to make music on a modular synth. They will learn about hydrophones, modular synths, how to make a patch on a modular synth, how to make music with a hydrophone, and how to combine the two to make music. They will also explore effects and sequencers and introduce free software such as VCV rack so that people can continue some of what they’ve learnt at home. It will be part ’show and tell’ and part ‘have a go’ and all of it will be explained in an easy to understand and fun way. The idea that it will have a kind of live music making vibe but with one of us talking on a microphone throughout to explain what’s happening. There will be a short break in the middle to play around with their synths.
Modular Synthesiser Workshop with Vivienne Griffin
2 hour (10 spaces) Free, Adults no experience necessary
This is a two hour introductory modular synthesiser workshop, during which you will look at a selection of modules and their functionality. Together you will also look at patching, sending in a microphone or a laptop through the synthesiser, and using your voice as controlled voltage. This workshop is introductory and no experience with music, computers or synthesisers is necessary.
Vivienne Griffin (they/them) is an anti-disciplinary artist who uses sound, sculpture, drawing and text in various forms. Born in Dublin, Ireland and now living in London, Griffin studied fine art at Hunter City University New York and is currently doing a PHD in Sonic Arts and Research, with a focus on sound in an art context, noise, and the voice. Vivienne is also a visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art, London.
“Dr Simon Waite / National Trevor” Lecture (Free)
Will be talking about his creative process, taking inspiration from nature, working audiovisually and using interactive software to create songs and visuals.
Dr Simon Waite is an educator and producer creating music and visuals at the intersection of popular and experimental music. As National Trevor, he is signed to Canvas Music Distribution and has recently released the album Ordinary Broken Hearts, and the remix EP No No No You’re Doing It All Wrong. He works at Falmouth University, where he leads the Creative Music Technology and Sound Design courses. He is currently collaborating with other members of the Music department on new audiovisual material.
(30 EARLY BIRD TICKETS AVAILABLE TO THE 1ST NOV 10£ WEEKEND TICKETGENERAL ADMISSION SAT AND SUN 7£ DOORS 7PM )
POST An experimental music ensemble focused on synths, electronics and haptic and tactile noise making. POST will be showcasing their workshops session to an live audience.
Vivienne Griffin: Live Set, Max MSP, synthesiser, vocals and drums
ETC Feat OH Mr James, seamouse, Jess Pemberton:
ESC is the continuation of Cornwall’s 30+ year legacy of pioneering electronic music. These three work together with a team of music industry professionals, musicians and makers to put on events under the name ESC
seamouse – after returning to the general population, seamouse set up studio in a Chapel, deep in the countryside of Cornwall. The communicative properties of music gives speech to things that can’t be spoken about with words. The Cornish wilderness is embodied in deep hypnotic drones, fractured breaks and monolithic tones. Disorientating, confrontational and uncompromising is the sound. Carried with a euphoric melancholy. A firm favourite amongst his musical peers.
Oh Mr James – The effects of the radioactive radon gas from granite and its influence on electronic musicians has been well documented. Ben is at the vanguard of the new world order of Cornish sonic gladiators, drawing together a new mix of alternative Electronic music with outsider sensibilities. His love of music, film plus years spent dug into darkened rooms, tinkering with DIY modular synths, rewiring kids toys to make sounds they shouldn’t, venturing outside only if there’s field recordings to be made – has led to a live show that has wowed audiences country wide and abroad.
Jess Pemberton – Live visuals from the artist on a journey. Her love for collage has taken many forms, from deeply emotive analog artworks, giving a new vocabulary to mental landscapes to coded self-collaging interactive works, never repeating the same experience twice. familiar things. Jess draws from years of exploration in her audio-reactive live visuals. A feast for the eyes not to be missed.
Si Waite / National Trevor performance. Si is signed to Canvas Music Distribution and has recently released the album Ordinary Broken Hearts, and the remix EP No No No You’re Doing It All Wrong.
Gossen are an improvised drone/ambient/noise duo from Falmouth. Using rehearsed workflows, they allow sound sources, synths and effects processors to interact with each other to create unique textures and happy accidents. For Electronic Symposium, Gossen intend to link the audience and the sound directly. Expect constantly shifting drone and eternal resonance. DAWless and DIY.
Defiance Music DJ Set