BEAST and SOUNDkitchen present: BEASTdome Pantry Sessions

13-14 FEBRUARY 2016

On 13 and 14 February we will return to the BEASTdome for the next instalment of our collaboration with BEAST. Together we have prepared three concerts of local, national and international electronic music spread over two evenings. A ticket bundle for all three concerts is available for £16 (£12 concessions, £5 students), but tickets are also available individually for £10 (£7 concessions, £3 students). On sale now!

Dispatches From the Field
13 Feb – 7pm 

London-based composer and winner of the 2012 Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica Jo Thomas performs live, filling the BEASTdome with her large landscapes of composed sounds. Local artist Justin Wiggan will perform Dead Song Disco as part of his Dead Songs project, in which exhumed vinyl records that have been buried will be given one last chance to reveal their swan song. SOUNDkitchen duo Annie Mahtani and Iain Armstrong perform a new live work developed for the BEASTdome utilising field recordings collected in and around Birmingham.

14 Feb – 5pm

An event featuring Sufi infused electronic music opens with Eliot Bates’s music for Turkish oud and live electronics, presented over the soaring BEASTdome sound system. We then hear from the Qawwali Research Unit’s evolving audiovisual palimpsest on the music and recordings of the legendary Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, with particular emphasis on his breakout performance at the Luxor cinema in Balsall Heath in 1980. This work is a sonic collaboration between Tasawar Bashir, Charlie Lockwood, Helene Hedsund, Emma Margetson and Scott Wilson.

Digital Hyperboles
14 Feb – 7pm

Composer and performer Michael Edwards presents a new version of his algorithmic work hyperboles 5 (‘the seven stars go squawking’) performed by cellist and Music Department alumna, Ellen Fallowfield. BEAST composer Tsun Winston Yeung performs his piece (un)touched for Leap Motion and computer. Canadian sound artist, hacker and coder David Ogborn performs his new work Sinfonia, a large-scale live-coding+ work for soloist programmer and unspecified performer.