Sonorities Festival

Back in April, I went up to Belfast to cover Sonorities Festival, an experimental music and sound art festival that is organised by the Sonic Arts Research Centre at Queen’s University Belfast.

The report has just been published in the July/August issue of the Visual Artists’ News Sheet and is available to read online here. It’s also in the print version of the publication (see image above). You can pick up hardcopies of the issue at various art centres and galleries throughout Ireland.

 

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Cycling Study #1

I recently exhibited a new piece of work at Framewerk’s Annual Cycling Exhibition, which took place as part of Fred Festival and Belcycle in Belfast.

The piece is called Cycling Study #1. It’s a print and accompanying audio recording. In order to make it, I planned a cycle route around Dublin which included parts of Terenure, Rathgar, Rathmines, the Grand Canal and Harold’s Cross. I then cycled the route and recorded the sounds of my bicycle using contact microphones (thanks Jez Riley French for the lovely handmade equipment). The recordings are also binaurally spatialised, so they sound as if they’re coming points in space where they would actually be coming from if you were sitting on the bicycle, following the route.

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The Public Pulpit

On Saturday 17 March, I took part in Ben Weir’s event ‘The Public Pulpit‘, which took place as part of the Imagine Festival in Belfast.

Erected outside St Anne’s Cathedral and facing out onto Talbot Street, the pulpit was opened to the public through open call for presentations that reflected on the nature of the contemporary city.

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Robin Price Interview – Visual Artists’ News Sheet (January/February 2018)

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 – Pictures and Video

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.

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Club Curious: Digital Tropical

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:

Billious Bills
Cleveland Watkiss
The Sohmm

See ya there (if you’ve been invited).

A4 Sounds Creative Technology for Artists and Makers

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.