On 10 September 2021 Slow Media released a soundscape composition of sorts entitled Thameside Soundwalk. It was created at the tail-end of Covid lockdowns and my daily walks around Deptford Wharf, London. At some point I began to take photos with my phone, posting them on Instagram every day through which I discovered a community […]
Over the years Viv and Iris have explored their joined interest in improvisation and voice. Below are a few examples: 2013 – Composition “Who says banshees have no fun?” for MuseRole-women in experimental music, Italy. Listen here OnTheAirJukeBox 2019 – Composition “Brixton Lullaby” for Down to a Sunless Sea. Listen on bandcamp 2019 A short […]
“Breathing Through Wires”, is an improvised voice and wearable lo-fi electronics performance. This involves a head worn mic and a small hand-held speaker “by which sound is re-combined with body, re-focusing schizophonic experience” (Tahiroğlu et al., in press). The performance is part of Garrelfs’ longstanding interest in the relationship between human expressivity and technology […]
A somewhat strange (in an interesting way) set with Tansy Spinks as Lab of Sonic Possibilities, recorded at the Being Human Festival at the Horniman Museum and Gardens in November 2019, is now available on bandcamp. Our theme for the day is “tea”, due to the fact of course that Horniman also founded one of the […]
I was invited to participate in Transmedia Borders, a project based in Mexico exploring the subjects of immigration, displacement, language, visual and sound friction. It is curated by the poet Rocío Cerón and also features Aki Onda and Abraham Chavelas amongst others. You can hear all our works here. The works I prepared for Transmedia Borders are: – 3 […]
Described as the ‘Diamanda Galas of Glitch’, Iris Garrelfs’ begun improvising with voice very early on. Her parents sang in the village choir, and would often practice at home with Iris making up new melodies, 2nd and 3rd voices to whatever was being sung.
Just in time for International Women’s Day 2017, Jude Cowan Montague and myself created a film called Paw’s Off. It uses an improvisation by us two live on air at The News Agents, on Resonance FM during the woman’s march on 21st January 2017, responding to tweets and other media outlets. We’ve combined this with […]
Bifurcation of Time is a collection of text-based works developed during the collaborative, international residency project Soundscapes Landscapes (City Above Life Below) in Athens, Greece. The project, instigated by Greek media art collective Medea Electronique in conjunction with the Onassis Cultural Centre sought to create a works for a series of site-specific mobile phone walks and a VR experience; […]
Faulty Retrieval is a compilation track for Linear Obsessional. Released 24 December 2016 on Utterances amongst 111 other fabulous artists and their works. I’ve been singing a lot recently, various old tunes to brighten up dark days. But, my grip on words is tenuous at the best of times so whilst happily singing away, the lyrics […]
Site specific sonic post-Dada madness with Iris Garrelfs and Jude Cowan Montague. “Oddest moment was that I was complaining about the fact that I’d forgotten about the Dada event the previous day, then we rushed in to watch those women do that thingy…” About a performance at Linear Obsessional Live in the Park No.11.
An extract of my first ever duo with the excellent Poulomi Desai (modified sitar + electronics) from Salon des Refusés/Sonica FM in 2015 was released on the Finnish label Tavern Eightieth in spring 2016. The double CD is full of other superb artists and their music (including AGF, Richard Sanderson), all in aid of Alzheimer’s UK. Buy double CD here To buy the single bandcamp click […]
Otzi is an an audio-visual work developed for the MuseRuole Festival at Museion Museum for Modern and Contemporary Art in Bolzano/Italy, on 27th May 2016. It is inspired by the story of the Ötzi the ieceman, an extremely well-preserved natural mummy who was found buried in ice in the nearby Ötztal Alps (hence the name). His body and belongings are […]
Lauschen is a performance work by Iris Garrelfs for improvised voice, environment and listening cones. It was originally devised in 2016 specifically for Lausch II at Lewisham Art House, London, UK as a series curated by Rahel Kraft, but has since been performed elsewhere. Lauschen is a German term, meaning “close listening” or “eavesdropping”. The performance […]
Room 61 was a site-specific performance at the National Gallery, as part of Soundscapes Late. The event took place in Room 61 of the Sainsbury Wing (see floor plan) in September 2015. As a live response to images in these galleries, the piece includes growling lions, lute music, readings from a Middle Age treatise on painting and […]