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Faster Than Sound: Soundfields [uk Suffolk]

Faster Than Sound: Soundfields — featuring Blast Theory, Chris Clark, Beaconsfield ArtWorks, Bruce Gilbert, James Bulley :: May 28-29, 2011 :: Suffolk, UK.

Faster Than Sound presents a unique electronic musical exploration. New technological and musical works will guide visitors on a journey around Snape Maltings, and reflect outside conditions with music that develops in parallel with changes in the weather during a 24-hour long performance.

In a unique collaboration between digital artists Blast Theory and musician Clark, Faster Than Sound invites visitors to explore the landscape surrounding its home at Snape Maltings. Further sound installations explore the climate around Snape, highlighting the issue of rising sea levels on the Suffolk coast and changes in the weather through innovative new musical projects.

A collaboration between Beaconsfield ArtWorks and musician Bruce Gilbert will create an audio-visual work generated from organic sound, using recordings of the rising Suffolk coast and River Thames; and James Bulley brings his musical exploration of the relationship between human society and the weather, Variable 4, to Snape, making the weather the composer in a unique electronic music project.

Fixing Point

In their first musical collaboration, innovative interactive artists Blast Theory explore the area surrounding Faster Than Sound’s home in Snape in a project which focuses on finding a missing person. With musician and composer Chris Clark they will create a musical and electronic guide which visitors can follow on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 May from 10am-6pm. Played through headphones, the guide is triggered by geographical hotspots which alter the music being heard, leading users through the fields surrounding Snape Maltings, discovering the area and parts its history.

Blast Theory

Renowned internationally as one of the most adventurous artists’ group using interactive media, Blast Theory’s work ranges across the internet, live performance and digital broadcasting to explore the social and political aspects of technology. Their most recent genre-bending project, A Machine to See With, enabled users to participate in an urban gaming experience, staring in their own mobile movie at the Sundance Film Festival. Nominated for a BAFTA award on four occasions, including for Technological and Social Innovation, Blast Theory’s work has been shown internationally in Tokyo, Chicago, Sydney, Taiwan, Berlin, Barcelona and more.

Clark

Signed to Warp records, Chris Clark’s refined sound bring an exciting electronic musical element to Faster Than Sound. His meticulous production style uses drum samples and complex beats. For Fixing Point he will compose an experimental work using resonant frequencies that reflect the soundscapes of the fields surrounding Snape Maltings.

Variable 4

For Soundfields, Faster Than Sound, in association with sound artists James Bulley and Daniel Jones, will explore the complex relationship between human society and the weather by harnessing natural elements in an unusual musical installation. From midday on 28th May until midday on 29th May, Variable 4 will transform weather patterns into a living, evolving musical work which has the same unpredictability as the weather.

Variable 4 is a surround-sound installation which uses sensors to respond to weather data in real time, generating and manipulating pre-composed electronic musical material which reflects the atmospheric conditions.

Diluvial

The final sound installation, which completes Soundfields, is Bruce Gilbert and Beaconsfield ArtWorks’, Diluvial. Creating an audio-visual experience through organic sound and colour, the installation will take on board the theme of the rising sea levels which preoccupy the rural Suffolk coast and the urban riverbank of the Thames.

The artists will create a musical response to video footage and field recordings taken from rural and urban beaches at Aldeburgh and Vauxhall. A sonic electro-mechanical score will be generated during a 30-minute performance that dwells on the dynamic between creation myths, flood geology and the concept of global warming. During the performance, panels will be painted from white to black, visually expressing a shift from one extreme to another.

Faster Than Sound

Encouraging innovation through collaboration, Faster Than Sound is blurring the boundaries between classical and electronic music, stimulating an exciting new genre. Redefining the traditional perception of music, technology and the arts, the groundbreaking strand of programming invites pioneering advocates of new music and visual and digital artists to collaborate as part of a week-long residency. Faster Than Sound’s approach to music making embraces a sense of spontaneity to create innovative performances for the 21st century, regarding the experimental journey as being of equal importance to the result itself. Joining the dots between experimental music and digital art forms, Faster Than Sound and the artists with whom they work are creating striking sonic fusions.


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