Today the Apartment House ensemble is going to workshop my three new works – ‘Turner Piece’, ‘Apartment House’ and ‘Metro’.
By turning the score’s pages of both ‘Turner Piece’ and ‘Metro’, the sound of paper features as an instrument. I’ve been having a great time going to an art supplies shop listening to their paper qualities.
Printing on tissue paper needs some extra attention.
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I have an AMAZING advertisement opportunity on offer for companies in the Crafts and Tourism Industry to show their business at Vogue Knitting Live NYC! I’ll be performing my ‘Killing Time – A knitted Soundscape’ at the Vogue Knitting Live Gala Dinner, with speakers such as Arne & Carlos, plus all the fashion shows.
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Apartment House is celebrating their 20 years anniversary in style with many exciting concerts in upcoming months. BBC3 Radio made a wonderful programme about Anton Lukoszevieze and Apartment House – it’s the last couple of days to catch this broadcast on iPlayer here: Apartment House @20 http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b065wvmf
For the latest concert updates follow on Twitter or Anton Lukoszevieze on Facebook. Website www.apartmenthouse.co.uk
Three works from my Apartment House ‘Embedded’ commission will premiere in Cafe Oto on October 22nd.
Wonderful article written by Katy Bevan, @thecrafteruk, about my composition with prepared knitting needles for MATA knitting soundscapes of Pembrokeshire, her own experiences moving away from the city and about Felicity Ford’s Knitsonik
After a long period of quietly working away, three new pieces, commissioned by Sound And Music ‘Embedded’ for Apartment House, will have their premiere on October 22 in Café Oto in London.
More info in due time.
TWENTY YEARS OF APARTMENT HOUSE
Very happy me. I’m working on a composition for paper and strings. The first movement is called ‘Turner Piece’ using the sound of the paper score sheets, sonically referring to abstract landscape sounds and Impressionistic paintings by Turner.
Just now I finished the sketch for a next movement called ‘Metro’ – about the underground newspaper. This is what inspired me in the first place. One time I was sitting in a crowded carriage, no one uttered a single vowel or cough. All you could hear was the rhythm of the train and the rustling of the free newspaper. I was mesmerised.
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Taking you to your childhood photo album;
to the lady in a documentary proudly illustrating her history with newspaper cutouts;
to the uncle with the exotic stamps collection.
It also sounds a bit like a sea wave.
Or like it just as it is.
The music within a sheet of paper
While we where walking around in the hills on holiday, we could hear a faint water stream running for a long time. Yet, it sounded a bit odd for a stream, plus we couldn’t see any water anywhere?
After a while walking around the sound grew louder and we could spot hundreds of goats all with their own bells. Just my luck. Beautiful sonic texture.
Beyond thrilled to be experimenting with printing on newspaper, glassine, tissue and tracing film. It looks and sounds fabulous. So much to do. Haven’t even touched the graphics side of it yet. So far all is about functionality only. #turnerpiece
So what’s this knitting business you’re going on about like forever? Are you a knitter?
I’m someone who often is so disappointed in re-listening to a field recording I took from a place which I thought sounded gorgeous. The recording would sound like a document from the past, much like a photograph. Not the alive and kicking thing I was witnessing, with lots of sound coincidences that make a moment.
I started to dissect the soundscape sounds into little separate pieces. As if Wind, Oystercatchers, Dry Grasses all walked into the recording studio to have their take recorded. If you throw these recordings in a sampling machine or sequencer they will make a nice cheesy house tune.
Hmmm – how to trigger them in their natural-ish timing so they start to sound like the actual thing. It would need very many random little trigger points. A swarm of them. That’s what the needles do.
Imagine listening to the dense ticking sound knitting needles make when many people are knitting at the same time. That’s how many times a sample from my recording can get triggered, that’s what I needed. Record one leaf of a tree, play it back as the rustling of an entire tree.
I had my soundscape in my pocket.
Below is a recording of the soundscape sounds we used in the Millennium Centre workshop of last Saturday. They are sounds you can hear on Strumble Head, close to where I live. Or my sonic translation of them.
You can hear the soundscape change from a subtle wind which rustles the grasses, to breezier weather with the sea in the distant. The sea closer. Closer to hear a flock of Arctic Terns on a rock in the middle of the sea. Walking along the coastal path, you pass a rock and the terns sound further away and other coastal birds come in earshot. The ever-turning Lighthouse is always present. Then it’s early April and the temperature changes between land and sea causes sea fog and the foghorn will sound. Slowly it turns night and the wind, the sea, the lighthouse, the dolphins and sirens all make for a good folk tale.
This Saturday, May 16th, I’ll be doing a knitting music workshop, followed by a performance of ‘Killing Time’, with Connor Hęnrýk Fogel on piano.
The workshop will start at 11:30am in the Sony Room of the Millennium Centre. Feel free to come and join in. It’s going to be quite a hoot. Literally.
The concert is at 3pm on the Glanfa stage,also in the Millennium Centre.
All events free of charge.
MATA NYC – photo Ted Schaeffer
I need help of my friends with the knitted music project, as I’m not much of a knitter myself.
Fiona has been a star, we’ve been trying out several stitches and what different kind of timing they would generate.
“What’s the most awkward thing to knit, Fiona? The light house knitting need to have pauses in, just as the light shines. Every lighthouse has their own light code.”
“Vertical stripes in different colours, because you have to tidy up the wool in the back, as well, to avoid big loops.”
And we struck upon a great pattern idea that would match the light code beams of the light house visually, in the shape of the vertical stripes, which in turn correspond with the timing to trigger the sound samples of the light house. The whole concept becomes one. To be continued.
The Knitting Music workshop is going to be awesome. You’ll be sitting in a Strumble Head soundscape, which can change from stormy to foggy. From chirping daytime to the a nightime folk tales are made of. All by people triggering these textural field recordings using their knitting needles.
As Bernie Krause said, whilst listening to a recording of nature sounds: “The texture of the recording is as delicate and lovely as a piece of fine Irish lace – an expansive sonic fabric that sucks me deep into the time and space of the original moment, as only sound can do.”
Somebody will be knitting wind and the more regular you knit the gustier it gets. Someone else will be knitting the Lighthouse and has to keep the chirping cog wheels running by trying not to drop too many stitches.
Wind and Light house in place, flock of arctic terns, check, fog horn, grasses, check – just the sea. The sea. Hope I’ll have the sea done in time.
How my music evolves over time often relates to how my eyes wander over a landscape, architecture or an object. In my mind this little nothing piano snippet – which reminds me of another piece, but in this case that doesn’t matter – follows how my eyes would follow the rocky surface of a cliff.
A sketch out on paper to show me what it is I like, is what I get from it. It might translate into the next stage of a work. Or not.
Having my own private workshop repairing and fabricating more prepared knitting needles for my Knitting Music workshop in the Millenium Centre in Cardiff this Saturday. Great computer free moment just with the radio and me.
Gwanwyn is a month-long national festival held across Wales in May each year celebrating creativity in older age. The festival began in 2006 and is supported by Arts Council of Wales and Welsh Government.
At 3pm the ‘Killing Time‘ concert will be performed on the Glanfa stage. A concert for piano, simulated guzheng and 5 knitters on prepared knitting needles. More info here http://gwanwyn.org.uk/events/knitted-music-2/
‘Killing Time’ performance at MATA festival NYC – photo Daniel Lopera
Earlier in the morning, at 11:30, I’ll be giving a knitting music workshop in the Wales Millennium Center, where I’ll be talking about developing my composition with prepared knitting needles. Followed by a music session: there are spaces for 8-10 knitters of all ability to experience ‘knitting music’. Together we’ll be knitting the Strumble Head soundscape in Pembrokeshire. More info http://gwanwyn.org.uk/events/knitted-music-strumble-head-soundscape/
All events are free to attend.
Pwll Deri in Pembrokeshire is a big influence on the composition – photo Philip Clarke
New Music South Africa magazine republished the Sound And Music article about my MATA commission ‘Killing Time’ with prepared knitting needles in their current issue, alongside other very interesting reads and updates about New Music in this part of the world. Thank you very much Chris van Rhyn for sending this down.
This is a sketch true to the background photo you see on this website, all sounds are by the ARP2500. Apart from a bird called William. I was interested in mixing the textures of the tweeting ARP sounds with actual chirping.
I made this music with a laboratory set in space in mind, for my sonic comic book DR.NAUT
On May 16th my piece ‘Killing Time’ will be performed on the Glanfa stage in the Millennium Centre. More info very soon.
This is a sketchbook, right? No sketchbook can be complete without cut outs of some sort. A scrap of newspaper, a photograph, a paper wrapping.
Field recordings like these are my main inspiration, clippings from the ongoing soundtrack I’m subscribed to, called Life – I find them fascinating and abstract and often also witty. About what we Would Like to hear and what life Actually sounds like.
My phone is full of these little recordings, and I don’t care about poor quality, coat rustling, volumes. It all adds to what the sketch will spark in my imagination.
I was looking for a certain recording and stumbled upon these two little gems – we’re in the NYC subway.
Easter holidays have been lovely – glorious sunshine, fabulous company. So much so I felt like writing a love song. I thought “no bells and whistles, be a purist Bard, for god sake stick to a genre”.
There was júst this little break I wanted to fit it…….
…..an entire Sunday later I found myself here, on this musical spot – let’s see if Love can agree on my deafening take on Love. It’s more of a sonic representation what happens neurologically, I suppose. Yet not entirely sure whether it’s going to fit in into the song as the break I was after.
Picture: CD Howe’s Neural Network was created using EEG recordings of the artist’s brain activity in a variety of states. This data was assigned numeric color values and projected onto a standing wave of water which corresponded to the dominant recorded brain wave. http://miascreen.com/archives/419
A study of concrète and instrument sounds – and quite cheerful.
I was sitting in my room in Hotel Monopol in full appreciation of their choice of leather chair. It’s only slightly present in this sketch. I’m sure there will be more celebration of it at some point. In a lead role.
Simon Edmonds shared this great note on my fb. It’s taken from a New York Philharmonic program, dating from 1915.
It puts my ‘Killing Time’ composition for prepared knitting needles and ensemble in such a different light.
Oh glory! Ha! I was wondering how to print a score on delicate tissue paper, as relatively thin newspaper paper still seems to be a bit too heavy for the sound that I’m after…. the answer came through the letterbox in the shape of a (new) phonebook, today. Put straight into good use.
It sounds particularly nice pre-crinkled. #turnerpiece
I’m scoring out the page turns for my new work which features the sound of various qualities of paper page turning. It’s not only about its timing and paper type, but I’m also scoring the stereo panning.
So very much can’t wait to see this happening.
Last few days the tide has been very far out, a Spring spring tide. It creates a great opportunity to collect seaweed. While I was clumsily vacuum packing some sun dried crispy Irish Moss, one package wasn’t air tight and starting to refill with oxygen, which created a fabulous sound. I shot up with the faulty package to a mic and recorder, before it finished refilling, and captured it.
This particular sonic texture is something I have a fascination with lately, as such this recording made my day. Tried some effects processing on it. It’s interesting how clearly and metally the bell sound effect rings – using only a filterbank – which is all to do with the versatility of the raw sound.