Series 2014 Performance Opportunity

SOUNDkitchen have four upcoming performance opportunities for emerging artists living and working in the Midlands.

We are seeking composers and sound artists working in any area of electronic music to perform in the Series 2014. Performers will be given a 20-minute performance slot and offered a fee of £75.  

When? The Series dates are: 23 May 2014 / 25 July 2014 / 13 September 2014 /28 November 2014

Where? All events will take place at Vivid Projects, Minerva Works, Digbeth

If you are interested in performing please email contact@soundkitchenuk.org with:

  • A link to some of your recent work
  • A short description of what your performance will entail
  • A short biography
  • Your availability for the above dates

DEADLINE: 6PM, MONDAY 21 APRIL 2014

SOUNDkitchen at Flatpack Film Festival

SOUNDkitchen are busy preparing for their next couple of events which we are pleased to be presenting as part of the wonderful Flatpack Film Festival taking place across Birmingham from 20-30 March 2014.

Soundwalk

Photo: Rod Gilbert

SOUNDwalk: Grand Union Canal
Saturday 29th March – various times
Meeting point: Custard Factory, Birmingham

We will be leading guided SOUNDwalks  taking in the Grand Union Canal and the backstreets of Digbeth. This often overlooked but varied urban landscape, close to the city centre, presents a rich listening environment for those who take the time to stop and listen.

Using some simple listening exercises we will guide you to tune into the sounds around you, actively listening to the ever-changing sonic features. This experience will be heightened with the use of some strategically placed microphones allowing you to rediscover the environment from differing sonic perspectives.

Places are strictly limited and tickets £8/£6 are available via the Flatpack website.

Rough Seas and Unquiet Waters
Sunday 30th March – 16:00-18:00
Electric Cinema, Birmingham

SOUNDkitchen’s Annie Mahtani and Iain Armstrong will be performing a live soundscape accompaniment to a series of short silent films from the British Film Institute on the theme of water. Curated by Bryony Dixon these eclectic, early films revel in the simple sensory pleasure of reflected light and motion, capturing sea waves and water movement.

The programme also includes more recent works like the nightmare-inducing public information film Lonely Water (1973) and Peter Greenaway’s hypnotic Water Wrackets (1975).

Tickets £7.50/£5.50 available via the Flatpack website

Live Electronics Performers Needed

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Birmingham Conservatoire’s annual Frontiers Festival will soon be bringing a taste of the New York music and arts scene to Birmingham in a fantastic programme “that seeks the ‘extra’ in the ‘ordinary’, offering experiences that are joyful, hilarious, ecstatic, surreal, and generous”.

As part of their celebration of experimental American music the festival will be staging the world premiere performance of Robert Ashley’s String Quartet Describing the Motion of Large Real Bodies. This radical take on the string quartet features 42 performers of live electronics alongside the Elysian Quartet and the performance will be recorded and broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

In order to realise this ambitious work, the festival are seeking confident performers to control the live electronics. This will be achieved using midi-controllers connected to laptops controlling different parameters of the sound e.g. delays, reverb, pitch shift etc.  Whilst you do not need any instrumental skill you will need good listening skills, enthusiasm and interest in experimental music and be confident performing in public.

If you would like to be part of this historical musical event,  all the more poignant following the death of the composer earlier this month, you must be available to attend two rehearsals prior to the concert at Birmingham Conservatoire on:

1 April 8:30-9:30pm
2 April
 10:30am with the concert at 12:15-13:20

All equipment will be provided.

If you would like to get involved please send an email to Rosie Clements by Friday 21st March: electronicperformersrequired@gmail.com