I have just received the new Prescott album Thing or Two in the post, on account of me having contributed a few seconds of vocal madness to one of the tracks. It is lovely to have a real CD in my hand again, and this one is so worth buying when it is released on 1st May!
For International Women’s Day on 8th March, Jude Montague Cowan and myself will released a film around the London anti-Trump women’s march on 21st January of this year. The sound was created live on Resonance FM, using tweets and material from other media outlets whilst the images are photographs taken on the March. Find the film here.
I am also hugely looking forward to my research trip to Beijing later this month to explore a project around Beijing Opera and contemporary vocal performance. I have never been before so doubtlessly I shall be doing all those delightfully tacky touristy things such as visiting the Forbidden City! On 28th March, 9pm I shall be performing at fRUITYSPACE at 13 Meishuguan Dongjie, Dongcheng, Beijing, run by the lovely people of the fRUITYSHOP shop record shop, which I shall doubtlessly spend some time in! I’d be up for other performances/workshops/talks too so do get in touch for anything that is happening between 25/3 and 9/4.
January is shaping up to be a surprisingly busy month. I have just started as a Senior Lecturer in Sonic Art at Goldsmiths, University of London and feeling very stimulated by my new fab colleagues and students. I wish there were more hours in the day to chat and exchange ideas! As it is, on 10th January I will be giving a talk about my recent work entitled Sounding ceramic sculptures at the Music Research Series at Goldsmiths.
On 21 January (from 2.30pm) I will appear on The News Agent, on Resonance FM, talking with Jude Cowan Montague about process, and, more importantly, improvising with tweets and such like in response to the anti-Trump women’s march in London. Later that week, on 29th January, my “installation” of sorts Listening Wall, featuring a collection of listening scores contributed by fellow artists, will open as part of the Chinese Open, in a multi-story car park in London’s China Town. The exhibition continues until 5th February. Find the details here.
November has been a very busy month! I very much loved being in Athens for the Soundscapes Landscapes (City Above Life Below) residency, working on a range of pieces celebrating the notion of a “Bifurcation of Time”. A small taster can be found below, the final project with be launched in Mat 2017 as part of Documenta Athens.
Christmas Eve will see the release of Faulty Retrieval, a compilation track for the Linear Obsessional compilation Utterances, amongst 111 (yes, you read correctly…) other
fabulous artists and their works. It celebrates my lacking ability to remember any lyrics correctly and a budding personal nostalgia for the CD format.
I am delighted to say that I have been awarded the Sound and Music Francis Chagrin Award, which will go towards purchasing some recoding equipment. It’s very timely as I will be able to use it during my upcoming Soundscapes Landscapes (City Above Life Below) residency in Athens (Greece). The projects brings together a group of international artists to work on a joint project to be exhibited at the Onassis Cultural Center in Athens. You’ll be able to follow what’s happening on my residency blog.
Very exciting news is another development, I am starting a new label with Jude Cowan Montague. It’s called Hardy Cuttings and is dedicated to nurturing sounds from avant-pop to post-dada. I will be releasing my next album on Hardy Cutting in December. It’s called Brighton Variations and contains compositions made from ceramics sounds recorded during the making of Littoral Assembly over the summer.
Lastly, below a documentary covering my performance Eclipse and other offerings from Switched On at the Beaney Art Museum in Canterbury (UK) earlier this year.
Littoral Assembly, the ceramics and sound installation developed with Icelandic artist Ingibjörg Gudmundsdottir for the Brighton Digital Festival has opened at the Phoenix Brighton and will continue till the 25th. You can read an interview with one of the curators, Joseph Young, at http://www.attnmagazine.co.uk/features/10411. There also is a gorgeous documentary about the whole Landscape : Islands residency project produced by Tela Films:
My Landscape : Islands residency has gone off to a good start with traveling down to Brighton, meeting everyone involved and comparing ideas. We will give a public talk about our ideas and experiences at the Spotlight event on 30th August and our installation opens at the Brighton Digital Festival on 1st September. In the meantime I’ll be posting regular updates on my blog.
On 4th September, 4-7pm I am playing with Jude Cowan Montague at the delightful Manor Park Arts Cafe in Lewisham (London SE13 5QZ) again. It’s a fab Linear Obsessional event and hence reliably quirky. Also playing will be Viv Corringham and we might end the day with a trio if the mood takes us. In any case, I hope the weather will hold and we can play outside!
A few days later -10th September to be precise – I’ll be decamping to Margate, playing at Electromatronic alongside CSMA and the Athelstan Sound Ensemble. The venue we’re playing at – the Tom Thumb Theatre – is one of the smallest theatres in the world, originally built as a Victorian coach house. Should be intriguing! Find all the details at https://www.facebook.com.
From 1st to 8th November I will be artist in residence at Soundscapes Landscapes, City Above Life Below, produced by Medea Electronique at the Onassis Cultural Centre in Athens, Greece. There will be some public activity around the residency which I will post about at a later date.
Lastly, my paper “Listening lives: how some sound artists understand inputs to their practice” has been excepted to Sonologia in Sao Paulo. Now I just have to find the money to get there!
After a little summer break, I am springing back into action. First up, on 11th July I will be giving a paper Traces in/of/with Sound: an artist’s experience of audio-visual space at Sonic Environments/NIME in Brisbane. Sadly I can’t be there in person but will be delivering the paper via skype at 4.30am in the morning. That’ll be an early night then. Find the proceedings here.
After our Lab of Sonic Possibilities performance for beach and microphones at the Whitstable Biennale’s Silent programme, I am very much looking forward to our next outing, this time with a performance for angle lamps. It will take place on 28th July, 3-5pm. at V22 Louise House in Forrest Hill, 3-5pm. You can see pictures from Whitstable here.
I am very happy to have a little remix of sorts on the limited edition Longstone remix project Kinka-zan (Risaikuru Remixed), released on Linear Obsessional. It is full of great tracks and can be ordered or downloaded from https://linearobsessional.bandcamp.com
In August, I will be busy with my Landscape : Islands residency – a collaboration with Icelandic ceramics artist Ingibjörg Gudmundsdottir. The installation we are creating will open on 1st September at the Phoenix Brighton. You can follow our progress on my blog. There will be some talks around it which I will post about later.
I am currently in the process of preparing a new audio-visual performance piece called Otzi for the MuseRuole Festival, to take place at the Museion Museum for Modern and Contemporary Art in Bolzano/Italy, on 27th May 2016, curated by Valeria Merlini, aka JD Zazie. The piece loosely 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 now on display in the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology, just down the road from the festival venue.
Later this summer I will be working on a collaborative installation with Icelandic ceramics artist Ingibjörg Gudmundsdottir for the Brighton Digital Festival. The project is part of the Landscape : Islands series devised by Kay Aplin and Joseph Young.
I am also looking forward to revisiting another collaboration, the Lab of Sonic Possibilities with Tansy Spinks. We are currently developing a performance for microphones and beach for the Whitstable Biennale’s Silent program curated by Marcus Leadley on 4th June. The Lab of Sonic Possibilities explores the sonic and performative potential of objects and I greatly enjoyed the exhibition “Conceptual Art in Britain 1964–1979” (on at Tate Britain till September), where some of the artists revisited sculpture from the perspective of process (e.g Bruce McLean’s work)
Lastly, you also might want to have a look at a video from my performance Lauschen at the Lewisham Art House in March, which can be accessed here. Documentation from the recent J.I.G performance is also now online.
On 3rd May I‘ll be talking about Procedural Blending: a model of process in sound art practice at Goldsmiths University. It’s from 5-7pm in the Richard Hoggart Building,Entry is free.
Three days later, on 6th May 1-2pm I’ll be at the University of Brighton for a talk as part of a the Landscape : Islands series by ceramics artist Kay Aplin and sound artist and Joseph Young. My talk is called Swallows and Amazons: a collaborative residency in the Lake District and ‘ll be revisiting a project with the artists’ collaborative Urbania in a off-grid farm house in the Lake District where we made work for Royal Academy GSK Contemporary show in 2009. And yes, we did build a lake-going vessel and conveyed it to an island in Coniston Water…
I am delighted to be playing again with JIG – consisting of Jude Cowan Montague, Georgina Brett and myself. It’s at Sonic Imperfections, The Montague Arms, Queens Road, Peckham SE15 on 10th May, 7pm. Jig combines electronic voice manipulations with spoken word poetry to produce an ever-changing surreal conversation, spanning music, comedy and even map reading. Fun!
And, as a reminder, on 29th April Finnish label Tavern Eightieth will release an extract of my first ever duo with the excellent Poulomi Desai (modified sitar + electronics) at Salon des Refusés/Sonica FM. It’s on a double CD full of other superb artists (including AGF, Richard Sanderson), all in aid of Alzheimer’s UK, so do pre-order TVEI24 now!
I hope you will be able to join me at the Lewisham Art House on Thursday 7th April for an acoustic improvised set of voice and whispers. It’s at Lausch II, a series of performances and events exploring new sounds and experiences curated by Adam Jaro and Rahel Kraft. Also playing will be Artur Vidal with Grundik Kasyansky, and Khaled Kaddal. Entry is £5. More details at https://www.facebook.com/events/177798912599567
My contribution to Jeremy Young‘s Chants Beneath Project, which features commissions based on his unique cassette-tape loops, is now available on his podcast Space Space which also features work by Simon Whetham, Yan Jun, Magali Babin, John Chantler, Doron Sadja, Josh Mason, Ella Joyce Buckley and Steven Vinkenoog. It’s available from itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-chants-beneath-project/id1050494341?mt=2 or http://jeremyyoung.bandcamp.com/album/the-chants-beneath-project-new-sound-works
My paper From conceptual blending to procedural blending: applying a model of cognition to process in sound art practice has just been published as part of the OFF THE LIP: Transdisciplinary Approaches to Cognitive Innovation conference proceedings. Download the paper here.
On 1st March you can catch me in conversation with Graham Dunning on his fabulous Fractal meat show on NTS Live. It’s at 1am in the morning, so if that’s a bit too early, you can listen to the archive later. It also contains loads of other interesting interviews and great music, so definitely wort spending a bit of time with!
A few days later, on 4th March I’ll giving a seminar about sound arts process at the Bodleian Library for Digital Scholarship in Oxford. You can find out more and register here.
Last but not least, here comes some of the creative stuff. An extract of my first ever duo with the excellent Poulomi Desai (modified sitar + electronics) from Salon des Refusés/Sonica FM last year will be released on the Finnish label Tavern Eightieth. The double CD is full of other superb artists and their music (including AGF, Richard Sanderson), all in aid of Alzheimer’s UK, so do pre-order TVEI24 now!
Just in time for the New Year, the fourth issue of Reflections on Process in Sound has been completed. In it, Chris Weaver considers the development of Variations for Rooms and a Tone during a collaborative residency with Fari Bradley in Dubai; SoundFjord‘s Helen Frosi and Stephan Barrett muse about their collaborative project Postcards from the Volcano; Melbourne based Catherine Clover gives us an example of her species-spanning listening practice; Salomé Voegelin and David Mollin explore their writing practice via the transcript of a talk for Nietzsche, Cyclists and Mushrooms in Switzerland; Magz Hall introduces Tree Radio, an out-door installation at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. You can find it at http://www.reflections-on-process-in-sound.net.
To continue with reading matters, check out a very nice blog post about the CREAM workshop Art/Science: Observations on Commonalities of Process led by myself and Graham Klyne at the Jisc Research Data Spring gathering in December on the Digital Curation Centre blog here. You can find out about my and others’ 2016 New Music Predictions, and see a list of the top 100 releases of 2015 – with my album Breathing Through Wires on Pan y Rosas Discos coming in at number 4!
My first concert of the year will take place on the 22nd January, with JIG at Club Integral, The Others, 6-8 Manor Road, London N16. Find the details here. Or listen to an interview with JIG member Georgina Brett on Resonance FM, which also features some excerpts of recordings at https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/club-integral-radio-show-6th-january-2016.
The next outing will be to the International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC) in Amsterdam, where I will participate in a joint CREAM paper Using metadata actively and workshop Metadata in action. The paper will be published at a later date.
Before the year is out I managed to deal with a backlog of photographs. So, below are links to sets from the CRiSAP trip to Venice, including the symposium at the Venice University School of Architecture, the Biennale, eating pizza, staying in a convent, and travelling on canals.
The second set is from a trip to Plymouth to the “OFF THE LIP: Transdisciplinary Approaches to Cognitive Innovation” conference, convened by CogNovo and the Plymouth University Cognition Institute last September.
I am looking forward to playing a rare 8-channel concert at SOUNDkitchen‘s SONICpicnic event at Vivid Projects, Birmingham. It’ll be streamed via SonicaFM and should be up on the archive afterwards. Also playing are Justin Wiggan, another voice artist Girilal Baars and many others. More info is here.
I am also very much looking forward to the CRiSAP outing to the IUAV University of Venice, School of Architecture, Venice, Italy, where I shall be be giving stalk about Sound and the Imagination in Urban Spaces at the Sound Passages: passaggi di suono Symposium.
Here – finally – an extract from my performance/talk at the National Gallery‘s Soundscapes Late event in September. Thanks to John Kannenberg for the recordings and Lisa Hall for organising!
I am emerging from a week in bed to the good news that Getty Images are sponsoring FOG, the follow-on project to SMOKE. I will use images of London’s famous pea-soupers from their archive for a second audio-visual piece. Elsewhere, on 223rd of October one of my composition features in the Vox Novus Festival at Brookfield Place New York, 230 Vesey Street, New York, NY.
Earlier this year I was a judge on the JTTP competition, held by the Canadian Electroacoustic Community. Its winner Xavier Madore features in Akousma 12 on 8th October in Montreal, QC, Canada. On the same day I will be playing at EAVI XIII by Goldsmith’s Embodied AudioVisual Interaction Group in London, with Graham Dunning, Kim Kate, Rose Dagul, and plenty of others. See more here.
Should you be interested in reading material, cheek my blog post Procedural Blending for Collaboration on the CREAM blog here. A very nice review of Meditations on Light by Simon Whetham , released on Monochrome Vision in 2011, includes an equally nice mention of my contribution, Lonesome Alien Rider. Read it here.
To start off with here is a link to the wonderful performance with Jude Cowan Montague and Georgina Brett at New River Studio last month. We’ve decided to take this collaboration further in future, so do watch out for J.I.G activities – currently planned is a performance around mental health on The News Agents on resonancefm.com, planned for early next year,
I am also looking forward to another voice trio, taking place on 1st October with Jude Cowan Montague, Viv Corringham and myself at The Potting Shed vs Friends of Jude at Full Stop Cafe, Brick Lane, London 8-11pm.
Earlier this month, I will travel to “OFF THE LIP: Transdisciplinary Approaches to Cognitive Innovation” convened by CogNovo and the Plymouth University Cognition Institute to give a paper “From conceptual blending to procedural blending: applying a model of cognition to process in sound art practice” has been accepted to the conference. It will be published In january.
On 4th September I will create a performance-walk around the Soundscapes Exhibition at the National Gallery. The performance is part of Soundscapes Late and essentially I will do realtime responses to several paintings.
Below are some images of my new voice/electronics performance collaboration with the amazing Jude Cowan Montague and Georgina Brett at New River Studio. It was a great pleasure! I very much enjoyed the sound in that place and I’ll put a recording up shortly.
An extract of the concert will be released on the Finnish label Tavern Eightieth early next year. In the meantime, here is a low res sneak preview:
Lastly, I am delighted to announce that my research into process is continuing, as I will be applying my notion of procedural blending to the investigation of active metadata as part of the JISC funded cross-institutional research project CREAM.
On 2 July, 9pm, My Radio Arts Dreamlands commission Morse Code Choir will receive another airing at http://www.phonic.fm. For the rest of the month it will be streamed via http://www.youarehear.co.uk/radioarts/iris-garrelfs.
My paper “From conceptual blending to procedural blending: applying a model of cognition to process in sound art practice” has been accepted to the conference “OFF THE LIP: Transdisciplinary Approaches to Cognitive Innovation” convened by CogNovo and the Plymouth University Cognition Institute. I know, it’s a bit of a mouthful, but I’m expecting it to be a nourishing one! It will take place from 9-11 September in Plymouth.
A little earlier, on 26 July a new vocal performance collaboration of mine with Jude Cowan Montague, Georgina Brett will have its premiere at New River Studios, 199 Eade Road, N4 1DN. Streamed at sonica.fm. We are intending to develop it into a full-blown Orchestra of Voicea in due course!
On Sunday 14th June at 2pm I’ll be playing my first duo with the fab Poulomi Desai, which I’m very much looking forward to! The concert takes place as part of SonicaFM’s 3-day sound art festival for Salon des Refusés in 129 – 131 Mare Street, E8 3RH. It will be streamed so if you can’t be there in person, listen online at SonicaFM’! All the details inludiung line-up can be found here.
Cycling74’s Max Connect is in town and I’ll be giving a performance/lecture to demonstrate how I use the software in performance. Also on are Nick Rothwell, Leafcutter John and Ned Rush. It’ll all happen on Thursday 18th June from 7pm at Music Hackspace, E2 9DS. All the details are here.
I’m very happy to making sounds again with Jude Cowan Montague . On 27th June at 2.30pm we’ll be creating the imaginary City of Irisjude live on Resonance FM for the hybrid news-arts programme The News Agents, a hybrid news-arts show Listen live or online via http://resonancefm.com.
Also, for all your process-oriented folks, I have uploaded my thesis From inputs to outputs: an investigation of process in sound art practice here and the fourth issue of Reflections on Process in Sound is under way with an expected publication date later this summer.
I’ll be performing a new version of my stargazing radio/performance piece (Talking) Space to Space at the The Beaney Museum in Canterbury. Free tickets for the Switched On event on the 9th May, which also features The Bohman Brothers, Blevin Blectum, Poulomi Desai and more, can be obtained from eventbrite.
I’ve received a few great images from recent talks and performances. The photographs directly below are from Field Studies, taken by Joseph Kohlmaier. I was responding to notes and drawings from participants.
The following pictures were taken at Sonic Imperfections, Telegraph Hill Festival, by Jay Alix @jayalixphoto.
Also in April I’ll be part of a live voice, electronics and live visuals quartet featuring Blanca Regina, Sharon Gal and Nathan Jones. It’s at LimeWharf in London and will be broadcast at Sonica.FM. For more information click here.
Delighted to say that my performance piece Unwitting Scores has made it into an amazing collection of works curated by Poulomi Usurp Desai for the Google Cultural Institute from material in the British Music Collection at Sound And Music on occasion of International Women’s Day. It also features works by the fab Magz Hall, Riz Maslen, Ain Bailey and many other amazing women! Find it here.
My Radio Arts commission Morse Code Choir, a composition made from historical events throughout the 20th century translated into sonified Morse Code can be heard on Resonance FM on 11th March, and for a month afterwards via youarehear.
Garrelfs’ gymnastic flexibility is remarkable. Her falsetto has this incredible pinball elasticity, zipping suddenly upward in playful excitement or sudden shock, reaching pitches that seem to shrink her into miniature.
After a fabulous residency at Tate Britain, inviting stories and stories around the theme of listening into my Listening Room earlier this month have now finished putting some further documentation online, including a link to the radio broadcast featuring extracts from the conversations. You can find it all here.
Jude Cowan Montague and myself have started a new venture, called The Potting Shed. It’s all about nurturing sounds and connections with a lighthearted approach to creating things on the hoof. Our first event takes place on 21st Februatry at 100 Years Gallery, London with John Bisset, Rabbit and Cos Chapman. Find out more details here.
Also a new concert has just come in: On Tuesday 17th March. 7.30pm I will be playing at Sonic Imperfections, Telegraph Hill Festival, St Catherine’s church, Pepys road, SE14. Also on the bill are Barrel, Bei Bei Wang and the Iyatra quartet. You can still listen to me in conversation with Sonic Imperfections curator Ian Faragher on Resonance FM.
Lastly, on Thursday 26 March I will give a talk entitled Voice and Material at the ICA, London as part of Critical Waves, a collaborative project around research and radio.
After my last album Bedroom Symphonies made it into a list of the best albums of 2014 on Future FM, my new release Breathing Through Wires is now out on the best net label of the year (according to CC Music), Chicago based PanY Rosas Discos. Breathing Through Wires features a selection of live improvised and processed voice performances, recorded in the UK between 2012 and 2014. Expect to hear a wide range of sounds and sonic modalities, from aggressive screams to delicate melodies, intricate rhythms to machine noises all constructed from and through live voice in an act of listening. Listen for free here.
For all my New York based friends:, my sound work Sofa Surfing USA will feature as part of Circuit Bridges at Gallery MC in NYC on January 29. Find the details here.