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Guitar Drag by Lee Riley

Guitar Drag by Lee Riley | SARU | Scoop.it

At audiograft 2012 Lee Riley performed guitar (drag) on two occasions. On March 3rd Lee walked from Headington into the centre of Oxford dragging an electric guitar behind him...

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SARU presents significant landscapes

SARU presents significant landscapes | SARU | Scoop.it

SARU presents significant landscapes an exploration of sound, silence and writing including a realisation of Michael Pisaro’s July Mountain; Givens 1-16 a work written specifically for the event by Stefan Thut; writing sound a symposium featuring contributions from Salome Voegelin from CRISAP, artist and writer David Stent, Composer Michael Pisarro (CalArts), cultural geographer Amy Cutler, writer Daniella Cascella, and artist Patrick Farmer; and eight hours of new works written for The Set Ensemble and James Saunders‘ ensemble Material.

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UK Soundmap / sonic time capsule archive now online

UK Soundmap / sonic time capsule archive now online | SARU | Scoop.it

In May 2011, Felicity Ford created a Sound Diary inspired by the idea of making a sort of sonic time capsule. This project was undertaken in conjunction with the British Library’s UK Soundmap initiative, and sounds typical of Felicity’s daily life in Britain in 2011 were recorded, considered and presented here on the Sound Diaries website, and uploaded to the UK Soundmap via audioboo.

 

Felicity’s introduction to the project, recordings, and notes are presented below:

 

I recently attended a meeting at The British Library, in which a group of us reviewed the progress of The UK Soundmap project. During his presentation there, Ian Rawes* played some sounds from earlier times in history, and described the specific way in which sound recordings document eras and ages. One of the recordings Rawes played featured people whistling in the streets while another featured street barkers. Both of these sound clips prompted discussions about changes in the nature of advertising and behaviour in public spaces. Street barkers are no longer an ubiquitous feature of city life, and whistling isn’t the fashionable past-time it once was… those features in the recordings date them, and also convey something of the texture of life in previous times.

Also, I noticed that there were a great many more bicycle bells in those recordings than would be heard out walking today, and the car engines had a distinctive tone to them, reflecting the mechanics and materials used in an earlier period of manufacture. The recordings evidenced subtle changes in the way our streets feel and the ways that we behave in them, because they captured time passing in actual minutes and seconds, and because they captured the things that were happening in those minutes and seconds.

This made me think about time and the way that sound recordings literally record time passing, and everything that takes place during that time.

After listening to Ian Rawes’s presentation, I found myself thinking about the sounds which typify the time in which we now live. Since the UK Soundmap is due to close for contributions in June 2011, I decided that in May, I will make a concerted effort to record sounds which sonically document my existence in 2011 Britain. I have developed a list of sounds which typify – for me – the sounds of my daily life. My plan is to create and upload recordings of these sounds to Audioboo via the sonicartresearch Audioboo account throughout May 2011, and to present them here with a little contextual commentary. The idea is to explain to the listener in the year 3000, what the UK sounds like now; to create some sense of how this time which we live in sounds right now.


- Felicity Ford, May 2011

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SARU presents LOST & FOUND | Sound and Music

SARU presents LOST & FOUND | Sound and Music | SARU | Scoop.it

SARU presents LOST & FOUND featuring [rout], Parkinson-Saunders, The Albion Players with Stephen Cornford, Patrick Farmer and Sarah Hughes, Kerry Yong, Stephen Cornford & Paul Whitty and sounds from James Saunders, Andrew Poppy, Paul Newland, George Brecht, Juliana Hodkinson. LOST & FOUND features the first London performances of Tim Parkinson's Songs 2011, Paul Newland's  

nicholas givotovsky, James Saunder's nothing reveals itself without at the same time concealing something else, Paul Whitty's ...it lasted twenty years, seven months and twenty-seven days/1804/and if they don't believe us now - will they ever believe us/now i know how Joan of Arc felt/my man, get your vile soul dry-cleaned..., Andrew Poppy's Lost Speaking, and a new realisation of George Brecht's Water Yam from The Albion Players.

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...bury your love like treasure... Paul Whitty with Shirley Pegna

Extracts from ...bury your love like treasure... written by Paul Whitty with Shirley Pegna and performed by Exeter Contemporary Sounds featuring a recording of Jackie Oates singing the folk song An Acre of Land. The performance took place at Exeter Phoenix (27052012) as part of ECS program Back there on Earth also featuring work by Simon Belshaw and Steve Reich. Exeter Contemporary Sounds are Julie Hill (violin); Emma Welton (violin); Andrew Gillett (viola); and Jane Pirie (cello). This film was shot and edited by Paul Whitty.

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Animal Renderings: The Library of Natural Sounds

Animal Renderings: The Library of Natural Sounds | SARU | Scoop.it

Today we bring you the latest post in SO!’s spring series, Live from the SHC, which follows the new research from the 2011-2012 Fellows of Cornell’s Society for the Humanities, who ha...

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Seijiro Murayama & Sarah Hughes, Bruno Guastalla, Kostis Kilymis; in concert

Seijiro Murayama & Sarah Hughes, Bruno Guastalla, Kostis Kilymis; in concert | SARU | Scoop.it

SARU is inviting noted Japanese percussionist Seijiro Murayama to Oxford for a rare improvised performance. Seijiro’s unique and cross-disciplinary approach to improvisation will be sharing the stage of one of the most inviting locations in downtown Oxford with noted local artist Sarah Hughes. Also performing that night, will be the cellist Bruno Guastalla, stepping away from his instrument to deliver a reading of Francis Ponge’s prose poetry, and SARU practitioner Kostis Kilymis, who will be performing a pared-down set of feedback-based electronics.

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Can you guess your favourite novel from these sounds?

Can you guess your favourite novel from these sounds? | SARU | Scoop.it
Now that the ebook of Andrew Motion's sequel to Treasure Island is to benefit from sound effects, can you identify these four novels rendered in sound?
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guitar (duo) - New Recording

guitar (duo) - New Recording | SARU | Scoop.it

guitar (duo) - Re-recorded at Oxford Brookes Uni 230312Stereo mix of a 4 Channel recordingPhoto taken by Pier Corona at Audiograft 2012...

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Compost and Height: Out Now | try i bark by Patrick Farmer

Compost and Height: Out Now | try i bark by Patrick Farmer | SARU | Scoop.it

"This book is written to be read out loud and outside" Patrick Farmer

 

Compost and Height and Organized Music from Thessaloniki are pleased to announce the joint publication of try i bark, Patrick Farmer's first book of prose.


Limited to an edition of 120, try i bark is the direct result of Farmer's time spent in the Estonian parish of Mooste, where he was MOKS artist-in-residence during the summer of 2011.

 

Having undertaken the residency with the intention of making field recordings, Farmer found his response to the environment generating a body of writing. The work explores what he describes as the "delicateness of interpretation, of knowing one's own [response] and how easy it is to misplace". As well as capturing something of his encounter with the landscape, try i bark also questions the authorship of this encounter, posing questions as to how our experience, both internal and external, affects our reception of an object, event or situation.

 

Farmer's observation that "silence is louder the moment one begins to listen" no doubt contributed to his decision to respond through text rather than microphones and recording devices. This strategy ties in with his wider conception of field recording, which he describes as having connections with Charles Olson's 'projective verse', Roland Barthes' 'extreme disparity of structure' and William Carlos Williams' 'variable foot'. During the composition of try i bark Farmer suggested he was often "unaware of what [he] was doing" yet proceeded intuitively finding that the "teeth of silver birch, the pine needles, the yawning cats, collapsed structures and wild boar all became shapes in the book".
Since it was first written in July 2011, the text which now comprises try i bark has taken many forms. This includes a series of large scrolls exhibited alongside the work of Manfred Werder and Ben Owen in New Works, an exhibition curated by Compost and Height and shown at the Old Fire Station, Oxford as part of the Audiograft Festival 2012.

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Shirley Pegna – Sound Sessions at Fir Tree School

In July 2012 Shirley Pegna, Felicity Ford and Paul Whitty from SARU visited classes at Fir Tree School in Wallingford to work with students from years three and four. They devised three sessions where the pupils could interact and experience sound using geophones, hydrophones, contact mics, party poppers, wind-up toys...

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The Walk 2012 Sound Diary | Sound Diaries

The Walk 2012 Sound Diary | Sound Diaries | SARU | Scoop.it

During the London 2012 Olympic Games, Mark Stanley and Felicity Ford walked 187 miles between the Olympic Sailing Centre in Portland, Dorset, and the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, London. The journey took 12 days to complete with each day involving between 10 – 18 miles of walking. The purpose for the walk was to establish a long-distance path linking two major sites connected with the Olympic Games, and to personally undertake a fitness challenge during them.

 

Throughout the walk, Felicity created many recordings on her Edirol R-09, documenting the experience in sound. The collected sounds will be presented here, throughout the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

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SARU presents LOST & FOUND | Kings Place

SARU presents LOST & FOUND | Kings Place | SARU | Scoop.it
SARU presents LOST & FOUND, an ongoing project which explores a variety of approaches to the use of found, salvaged, revealed and rediscovered materials including texts, sounds, scores, images, objects, instruments and contexts in the creative arts.
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Wandelweiser composers Radu Malfatti and Jürg Frey in concert

Wandelweiser composers Radu Malfatti and Jürg Frey in concert | SARU | Scoop.it
Radu Malfatti - Darenootodesuka [ensemble] Angharad Davies & Dominic Lash [duo] Jürg Frey – [ensemble] Sarah Hughes & Kostis Kilymis [duo] Thursday 28th June St Columba’s United Reformed Church Alfred Street, Oxford OX14EH Doors 7.30pm...
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New Sound Diaries Project launched today, featuring sounds from The Wool Trade in Britain and Estonia

New Sound Diaries Project launched today, featuring sounds from The Wool Trade in Britain and Estonia | SARU | Scoop.it

» New Sound Diaries Project launched today from Felicity Ford, featuring sounds from The Wool Trade in Britain and Estonia...

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Sonic Wallpapers

Sonic Wallpapers | SARU | Scoop.it

Felicity Ford explores recording with hydrophones, applying EQ and noise-redux effects and other aspects inherent in the design of Sonic Wallpaper...

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BBC - Proms - Prom 47 Cage Centenary Celebration 2012

BBC - Proms - Prom 47  Cage Centenary Celebration 2012 | SARU | Scoop.it

Patrick Farmer from the Sonic Art Research Unit will be appearing at this great looking prom celebrating John Cage's Centenary...

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back there on earth

back there on earth | SARU | Scoop.it

Paul Whitty and Shirley Pegna from SARU are currently collaborating with Exeter Contemporary Sounds as part of back there on earth. As part of the project Paul is creating a new work - bury your love like treasure - for string quartet and resonating double-bass. The project explores the distinctive soundscape of the stained red soil common across Devon using geophones, transducers and folk songs. The title of the piece is the title of a song by the Blue Aeroplanes that Paul first heard in a field somewhere in rural Devon…

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23 April 2012 – Kostis Kilymis – I stayed in this room for a year (meditations on sonic space) |

23 April 2012 – Kostis Kilymis – I stayed in this room for a year (meditations on sonic space) | | SARU | Scoop.it

For Sully, Kostis will be presenting some of his recent video work. The pieces shown are built through a detached relationship with image, and investigate issues of place and our experience of it. There will also be a short audio presentation, demonstrating how this approach has emerged as a result of earlier forays into sound and installation work.

 

more on Kostis: www.kostiskilymis.com

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'guitar (duo)' photos & video

'guitar (duo)' photos & video | SARU | Scoop.it

guitar (duo) - photo's & video by Pier Corona at Audiograft 2012 open evening. See more of Pier's work - HERE...

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