The second in a series of events at Bloc, using the gallery and courtyard as a platform for new and experimental work. BLOCassembly #2 took place on 24 Feb 2006, and focussed on sound art.
LOMBUTROUPE / MATTBUTT
NEIL WEBB / BOCMAN
Link to image archive (flickr.com)
A generative performance for solo laptop computer. All human interactivity and action is removed from the performance event. The computer is scheduled to automatically start up, generate some music and then shut down. What happens in between is somewhat unpredictable. The music is composed live using various pseudo-random number generators and algorithms based on Markov chains, Brownian motion and other aleatoric procedures.
Improvised laptop set.
MattButt (LOMBUTROUPE) will be performing works from his latest album ‘Dilemma’ which is an eclectic mix of soundscape and irritating repetition. Matt’s work is influenced by the soulless CAD architecture of modern cityscapes and the same default tree planted in every public space in every city in the country.
New live work using electricity, optic nerves, auditory nerves and possible colours.
Neil Webb will be performing audio visual pieces from his bocman project. Live versions of pieces from the recent Slow Motion Static and the forthcoming Solaristics CDs will be performed. Slow Motion Static compiles pieces derived from landscape and cityscape recordings that have been manipulated to create semi-conscious dreamlike soundscapes. Solaristics is a 70 Minute CD containing works inspired by Andre Tarkowsky’s film and Stanislav Lem’s book Solaris.
1. Motion Static 2. Rheya 3. Don’t Look Over There/The Gold Room
Concrete soundscapes will run throughout the evening in the courtyard.
TONY KEMPLEN: SIREN SONG
The noises from an 8-tone siren bought at Poundland have been transformed into a choral work using sound to midi software. The four-part work is diffused via four tannoy type speakers placed at different heights along a staircase. The ‘song’ lasts about 8 minutes, and in a nod towards Janet Cardiff’s Forty Part Motet, is preceded by a couple of minutes of the ‘choir’ making small talk before the recording begins. At the end a celebratory climax of multiple sirens provides a full stop.
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