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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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New Collaboration #04 – Herbert & Bullen

The final event in our 2014 Series takes place on 28th November at VIVID Projects and features our fourth New Collaboration from composers Chris Herbert & Nicholas Bullen. We are delighted to have these two Birmingham based artists perform together for the first time at SOUNDkitchen, a commission made possible through the generous support of Sound and Music.

Drawing on their shared interest in field recordings and found sound Herbert & Bullen have been exchanging sounds that they will develop in an improvised performance with a focus on textural soundfields and extended listening.

Herbert’s work utilises the extensive manipulation of field recordings and found sounds scavaged from domestic environments. This musical pallate may be augmented with short-wave radio, degraded cassettes and processed guitar and cymbals. His resulting sound worlds drift into deep spaces of undulating tonal drones with waves of pulsating, crackling noise – abstract and absorbing.

Bullen works across a range of media including sound, text, film, installation and performance. Like Herbert, his sound performance focuses on the use of environmental field recordings which become the basis of fixed media acousmatic composition extended with real-time signal processing and live improvisation. Bullen’s recent release ‘Component Fixations’ on Type clearly demonstrates his interest in strategies for the transmutation of elements and systems of communication. His use of sound as material and its subsequent transformation, removing all traces of origin, produces works reminiscent of classic musique concrète.

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