Formuls – James Dooley & Matt Parker

We are continuing our live music programme with SOUNDkitchen Series #03 on 13 September at VIVID Projects in Birmingham. This event presents three duo performances from Midlands based artists including our third New Collaborations commission from bass player Chris Mapp and electronic musician Ben Ramsay. After performing for the first time as a duo earlier this year SOUNDkitchen’s own Annie Mahtani and Iain Armstrong will play a live laptop set featuring field recording and live electronics. The third act was selected from our call for Birmingham based artists and presents a live AV set from Formuls a.k.a. James Dooley and Matt Parker.

Formuls is the algorithmic performance environment built with Pure Data by James Dooley. James performs slowly emerging feedback patterns that gradually build into a rich, oscillating backdrop of finely tuned noise. He performs alongside collaborator, Matt Parker who works with real-time fractal visualisations that are responsive to both the feedback systems generated by Formuls as well as the external environment.

James Dooley
Matt Parker
Matt Parker






James Dooley is a digital artist and creative coder based in Birmingham. James’ performance and installation works focus on creating a sense of place — a meta-environment. Influenced by complexity science, his works rely on the interactions between many simple elements acting autonomously that coalesce to produce emergent forms.

Matt Parker is an audio/visual artist creating immersive experiences that reveal and amplify hidden connections between every-day technology and the environment.


Alan Brooker

Earlier this year we issued a call for local emerging artists to perform at our events. Last month we had an exhilarating set from Joe Snape and this month we are very pleased to be welcoming Alan Brooker to our platform.

Alan is a digital media artist with a background in Vjing, glitch aesthetics and creative coding. His work investigates live sounds and visuals gleaned from unusual sources both digital and physical, from the sonification of computer source code, electrical magnetic interference and use of forgotten technology. With Birmingham based Audio/Visual collective FreeCode, Alan has performed at the Fierce, Superbyte and Network Music Festivals

During his performance at SOUNDkitchen, Alan will create a collage of mangled cassette tape ambience, pulsating tones controlled by water purity sensors and live coded bleeps and beeps.


Join us on Friday 25 July at Vivid Projects, Digbeth 7.30PM

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Robert Curgenven

We are delighted that Robert Curgenven will be returning to SOUNDkitchen next week to perform MASS, a work that is created from pipe organs in Cornwall and treated through dub aesthetics via early 20th century acetates, dubplates, new vinyl and custom low frequency oscillators to blend the all important hiss and doubling of displaced time inspired by the deep bass-soaked physical immersion of dub sound-system culture.

This month Curgenven recently released his new 12″ of pipe organ works, SIRÈNE which was one of Boomkat’s Albums of the Week. Check out this excerpt and more on his site

Robert Curgenven is a composer/sound artist drawing on the physicality of sound – not just the physical impact on the body but the way in which the auditory can shape our perception of space and the flow of time, from architectural to open space. His works span pipe organ through to feedback, immersive resonances via turntables and custom-made vinyl, as well as carefully detailed field recordings from remote areas in Australia where he lived for many years. The Wire surmises that “behind the music—to these ears at any rate—lurk such [disparate] presences as Alvin Lucier, King Tubby, Murray Schafer and Eliane Radigue.”

Feed your ears!