Oct 302014
 
Morse Code Choir

I am currently in the process of developing Morse Code Choir, a Dreamlands Commission from Radio Arts. It is due in late January 2015 and will be broadcast on Radio Reverb, Resonance FM, Phonic FM, BCB, Radio Papesse, WGXC (90.7-FM) and Wave Farm Radio (1620-AM). Click here for more.

May 252014
 
Unwitting scores | A performance for voice and projector at IMT Gallery

Unwitting scores is a performance commissioned for Forms of Ventriloquism curated by Maria Papadomanolaki. It took place at IMT Gallery, on 24.7.2014.

For Forms of Ventriloquism Iris Garrelfs re-interprets the relationships between puppeteer and dummy, performer and score, by “throwing her voice” (as the act of ventriloquizing is also known) and giving expression to another time, another place, and another’s experience. These were relayed by visual and textual recordings of the initial activities. Iris Garrelfs now zooms into their fragmented traces, which become unwitting scores and prompts to a performative transposition of place.” For more information, click here

Apr 092014
 
Bedroom Symphonies

Bedroom Symphonies is an album of eight compositions made from voice practice sessions during a number of tours and residencies.So, imagine me sitting on a hotel bed, or friend’s sofa, laptop on the night table with a head microphone plugged straight into it and you won’t be too far from reality. As the practice microphone wasn’t […]

Apr 092014
 
Barbican live

An extract from a live performance at the Barbican Centre (a Hack the Barbican event curated by Music Hackspace) in summer 2013 was released on the compilation VOIX BRUTES | Vol.I on Audition Records in June 2014.

Apr 092014
 
Brixton Lullaby

Brixton Lullaby is an extract from a collaborative live improvised studio session at Clifton Mansions, Brixton, between Viv Corringham and Iris Garrelfs, using voice and electronics. The original recordings were made in autumn of 2007, the edit was made in spring 2014 and  published as part of the temporal benefit release For Syria on Linear […]

Mar 312014
 
Stone Table

Stone Table is an improvised performance work for locally collected stones and an amplified metal table. It was developed for Sonic cueB Festival in London, curated by Luca Nasciuti. The first performance took place on 24/3/2014. I spent the afternoon collecting stones in the local area – mostly in Hilly Fields – which where then used in the performance […]

Jan 092014
 
Button Box - remix

Find a 2-min contribution to Button Box on Linear Obsessional which contains 46 re-workings of Richard Sanderson’s recent album Air Buttons. It’s called eating through wires and you know why when you download it for free here.

Nov 152013
 
ACTS RE-ACTS residency

Fellow sound artist and photographer Tansy Spinks and I have been selected for a collaborative residency at Wimbledon Space as part of ACTS RE-ACTS Festival, organised by Wimbledon College of Arts to set up a debate about contemporary performance in fine art and theatre. It will take place from 25/2/14-26/3/14 and Tansy and I will have fun exploring collaborative, site specific sound performance through objects and improvisation. We played with similar ideas during a one-day workshop last year (which made it into my piece  Object and Process), and it will be very interesting to see where this may lead to.

You can find the residency blog here.

Oct 162013
 
Object and Process

Introduction Object and Process began life as one-to-one workshops with three fellow artists, Tansy Spinks, Mark-Peter Wright and Dan Scott, trying of get a feel for how sound artists interact with objects through improvisation. The idea to the first part of  Object and Process was prompted by the first practitioner in the series, Tansy Spinks, asking if I considered using the […]

Oct 162013
 
Multilogue

Multilogue was developed as multi-channel sound installation using a selection of interview materials conducted with artists such as Aura Satz, David Toop, Trevor Wishart and many more. It presents a multi-angled dialogue, a blend of views from which the piece emerges at their intersection. The title derives from a contraction of the words ’multi’ and ‘dialogue’. […]

Jun 082013
 
Who says banshees have no fun

A piece that I have made years ago with Viv Corringham is available as part of Museruole. The track with the fab title of Who says banshees have no fun can be downloaded for free here.

Jun 072013
 
Remembering Worlds

A 9-channel  sound piece made for the BeOpen Sound Portal as part of Sounding Space

By Iris Garrelfs with Charlotte Rose Desborough, Robbie Judkins and  Peter McKerrow

Sound Portal Designer Stephen Philips said in an interview that the main inspiration for the design of the structure was Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. Coincidentally London College of Communication holds the Stanley Kubrick archive  and when combined with a love of sci-fi in general this seemed the perfect embarkation point for the sound artists’ sonic explorations.

Remembering Worlds builds on these influences and creates a journey in sound and space. The piece weaves together memories from the Kubrick Inner Circle oral history project at the archive with more personal ones to the piece’s creators, intersected with sounds that primarily live in cultural imagination: those of alien landings, titan battles and human exploration.

The result is a playful narrative that comments on  perceptions of imagining future and past, whilst folding these into the act of listening.

Here a stereo compression of the installation

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For more documentation click here.

May 202013
 
In Memoriam

A little while ago I was invited by Mexican composer Israel Martínez to contribute to his brilliant project  In Memoriam alongside other artists such Francisco López, Murcof, Janek Schaefer, Philippe Petit, Simon Whetham and many more interesting folk. The piece is based on Israel’s experience strolling throughout the eccentric cemetery Jardines del Humaya in Culiacan (Mexico), capturing shocking messages that relatives and friends leave to their dead printed on canvas. You can now download this for free via http://www.suplex.mx.

Sep 212012
 
Traces in/of/with sound

A live performance / installation series exploring vocal improvisation and drawing

The beginnings of the piece are my line drawings, which I want to connect with sound. It is also a series that charts the relationship between image and music by following the project’s development in performance using my live improvised voice and a film of my drawings.

for more on the project click here