For the latest issue of the Visual Artists’ News Sheet, I interviewed digital artist and musician Robin Price about his latest public art project Automated Bird Rave Generator. I’ve known Robin for a year or so now after meeting him in Belfast. 2018 seems set to be his year, with a bunch of residencies and interesting projects on the horizon that focus on the effect of pollution on the environment and how pollution can be monitored through the use of sonification (the process of turning data into sound). Continue reading “Robin Price Interview – Visual Artists’ News Sheet (January/February 2018)”
Umbrella in the Stairwell, an event that I contributed to as a part of the Umbrella sound art collective, was by all accounts a raging success. Everyone that was involved did a fantastic job and we received a large audience that was really receptive to everything that we presented to them. Furthermore, we were able to successfully adapt the fairly unassuming space of a stairwell into a stage for performance and spectacle, utilising the room to create a unique listening and viewing experience.
I’m going to be providing visuals for a rave happening in a secret location in Belfast on the 16th December called Club Curious. The theme is ‘Digital Tropical’, so get your swim wear out. It might get a bit nippy in this Christmas weather though.
The lineup is:
See ya there (if you’ve been invited).
The past two Sundays I attended a series of workshops at A4 Sounds in Dublin on using Arduino and other electronics for creative projects. The workshops were instructed by Claudine Chen and Andy Wilson, who both did a fantastic job.
I learnt a lot about using Arduino, which I hope to make use of in future projects. It was also really nice to get a refresher on electronics and circuits, with some applied creative uses in mind. Perhaps one of the most rewarding parts of the workshop was getting to build and solder my own phase shift oscillator from scratch. You can see mine in the picture above.
You can’t see my face but I’m as pleased as Punch.
Umbrella is Belfast-based sound art collective that recently started up a few months ago. They had their first public event HEAR YOUS on Culture Night 2017 (22 September). I’m happy to say that I’m joining the collective for their second public event, which is taking place in the stairwell of the Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC) in Queen’s University, Belfast.
The night is going to consist of several performances from different members of the collective in different parts of the stairwell. There’s some pretty interesting things in the works for the event, including: choir performances based on electrical drones; transducers being place on stair bannisters; and much more.
On the night, I’ll be collaborating with Liam McCartan. He will be performing some of his recent compositions. I’ll being responding to his compositions using some audio-reactive visuals. It all feels pretty pretty exciting.
The event will take place on 12 December 2017 at 7:30pm. See you there!
I’ve been in love with the horn part from Scott Walker’s song ‘Epizootics!’ for quite a while. I think it’s one of the most beautiful things I’ve heard. I’ve also been sort of obsessed with trying to work it into something else. I thought I could make a really banging techno track out it – but then I realised I don’t really know how to make techno that’s actually any good.
So, instead I decided to just use it as the basis for a ambient/noise-based composition. Taking the lead from the title of the song, I decided to try and make a piece that followed the time course of a disease outbreak. Rising from nothing, hitting a peak infection rate and then fading back into obscurity amongst the many other lifeforms vying for their chance to shine in the ecosystem.
I’ve recently moved to Dublin to start working for Visual Artists Ireland, a non-profit organisation dedicated to helping artists at all stages in their careers. For the past 20 years they’ve published a news sheet every two months. I’m the new Production Editor for the news sheet and we’ve just published the latest issue. It’s a special issue on painting that covers all areas of painting practice in Ireland and beyond. I’m really proud to have worked on it. It’s rammed with great articles, columns and reviews of painting exhibitions happening all over the place. It’s been a blast and a real education for me.
If you want to have a read of it, some the feature articles and critiques are available to read on our website. If you want a physical copy, you can become a member/friend of Visual Artists Ireland via their website.
I’ll let you all know when the next issue is out. It’s shaping up to be another good’un!