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Series #04 – Elías Merino

The third act on our line up for the final event of our 2014 Series #04 is Spanish composer and sound artist Elías Merino.

Merino’s work explores computer-generated composition, electroacoustic music, soundscape and concrète sounds as an abstract and imaginary object away from the acoustic environment, and involves sound processes achieved mainly through digital technology.

For his solo performance Merino will combine different practices of electroacoustic music through the hybridisation of digital synthesis, traditional instrumentation and transformed soundscapes. These sound elements are developed under an algorithmic/non-objectified approach, influenced more by ideas about freedom, autonomy and the moral subject of Immanuel Kant, than emergence systems or artificial intelligence.

In Merino’s music, shards and traces of musical instruments blend with obscure concrete sounds and pure digital tones and drones in reverberant acoustic spaces of depth and intrigue.

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Series #04 – Antonio Roberts

We are pleased to announce the addition of another local Birmingham artist to our next SOUNDkitchen event on 28th Nov.

Antonio Roberts is a new-media artist and curator whose work focuses on the errors and glitches generated by digital technology. He will be joining our New Collaboration artists Chris Herbert & Nicholas Bullen to improvise live visuals to their audio.

Regular SOUNDkitchen followers will be familiar with Roberts’ work, where his programming of custom built software in Pure Data is often characterised by crisp, complex abstract manipulations exploding with vibrant, contrasting colour. For this performance the introduction of analogue technology promises a deviation into a more organic aesthetic, gauzy and murky in quality. We’re very excited to present the opportunity to see and hear these three artists work together for the first time.

As a performer and visual artist Roberts’ work has been featured at galleries and festivals including Databit.me in Arles, France, Loud Tate at Tate Britain in London and f(Glitch) at Stony Brook University, NY.  Since 2007 he has curated a number of exhibitions and projects including fizzPOP (2009 – 2010), GLI.TC/H Birmingham (2011), the Birmingham edition of Bring Your Own Beamer (2012, 2013) and Dirty New Media (2013).

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Series #04 – Samuel Rodgers

Samuel Rodgers is returning to SOUNDkitchen for our final event of the 2014 Series. We enjoyed his appearance with Jack Harris back in 2012 and are looking forward to a solo performance on this occasion.

Rodgers is a musician and artist working across improvisation, composition, performance and installation. His approach is often characterised by restraint, tending toward silence and sounds on the threshold of perception; sounds in relation to space and the surrounding environment. His work has a gentleness that is often subtle and fragile. Carefully controlled sonic elements, including field recordings, feedback, noise and other electronic sounds, are added and subtracted to the continuum of ‘silence’ in the physical space. This is restrained work, encroaching on the listener’s perception and engaging them in an active listening state.

Rodgers co-curates the Consumer Waste record label and has recordings published by Another Timbre, Cathnor, Organized Music from Thessaloniki, Copy for Your Records and Notice Recordings.

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