A day of site-specific performances, installation and discussion. YARMONICS festival of sonic art and new music will open the Open Music Archive; Great Yarmouth at Ex Marks the Spot, from 21 September - 19 October.
CLIP is a Colchester-based experimental music and sound collective that meets every Monday. Their current programme of activities includes explorative workshops on subjects such as improvisation, tape looping, field recording and deep listening.
For YARMONICS 2018 CLIP produced an amazingly charming and brave performance of Terry Riley’s ‘In C’ but actually in the C, it was the culmination of a series of workshops that focused on many of the techniques used. This year CLIP will create an improvised performance of circuit bent instruments and toys, again incorporating skills, experience and learning from their rich offer of workshops.
Originally from Norway, Emil Karlsen is a young drummer/improviser currently based in Leeds, UK. He is active on the UK jazz and improvised music scene currently establishing himself as a new, original voice. His musical philosophy highlights dynamics, timbre and textures, all done with an organic mindset. His work as improviser consists of doing both acoustic and electro-acoustic solo performances, working in ensembles spanning from duos to octets and beyond, working with graphic scores with an interest in audio visuals using both digital and analogue medias, all done with a focus on creating boundary-pushing music.
When we invited Emil to perform at YARMONICS he was very keen to learn of the various acoustic properties of each of the proposed performance spaces. Intending to perform acoustically, the resonant properties of the performance space is of unique importance and Emil made no hesitation in choosing to perform in the Minster; one of the the countries largest parish churches, the Minster is of giant proportions, a gentle and quiet space that commands acute attention from its visitors.
Heavy Lifting is the performance moniker of electronic artist, Lucy Cheesman. Heavy Lifting performances are created exclusively using live coding; algorithms and sample banks are the instruments of choice to create sometimes recognisable, sometimes totally alien electronic music. Due to the unpredictability of live coding and its pattern-based origin, the music of Heavy Lifting is morphs continuously whist grabbing your attention with washes of techno.
Whilst performing at YARMONICS, this Heavy Lifting performance also marks the opening of the Open Music Archive; Great Yarmouth project which sits alongside the festival. As part of the project three electronic artists have been invited to create unique performances using specially collected sample libraries created from the Open Music Archive process (pre-1962 records from Great Yarmouth are stripped of their rudimentary musical parts and sorted into banks). For her performance at YARMONICS Heavy Lifting will use only samples created from the Open Music Archive, sounds originating and possibly recorded from Great Yarmouth more than fifty years ago.
John Bowers (UK) works with modular synthesisers, home-brew electronics, reconstructions of antique image and sound-making devices, self-made software, field recordings and esoteric sensor systems. He makes performance environments which mix sound, image and gesture at a fundamental material level, sometimes accompanied by spoken text. His practice often combines improvised performance with walking, urban exploration and the investigation of selected sites to conduct research in an imagined discipline he calls ‘mythogeosonics’.
He has performed at festivals including the collateral programme of the Venice Biennale, Transmediale/CTM Vorspiel Berlin, Piksel Bergen, Electropixel Nantes, BEAM Uxbridge and Spill Ipswich, and toured with the Rambert Dance Company performing David Tudor’s music to Merce Cunningham’s Rainforest. He contributed to the design of The Prayer Companion - a piece exhibited twice at the Museum Of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, and acquired for their permanent collection. Amongst many musical collaborations, he works with Sten-Olof Hellström, Tim Shaw, Kerry Hagan and in the noise drone band Tonesucker. He helps coordinate the label Onoma Research and works in Culture Lab and Fine Art, Newcastle University.
The second half of the YARMONICS programme is housed in the basement of originalprojects; premises ‘Ex Marks the Spot’, we have selected artists that can make the most use of the great acoustics, atmospheric setting and high quality club PA. Creating richly textured swathes of electroacoustic sound, intercepting VLF radio and licks of modular synthesiser, John Bower’s performance will feel quite at home in this unique space.
Luciano Maggiore lives and works in London. Active in the field of electroacoustic music, in recent years he has developed a strong interest in the mechanisms of sound diffusion, using speakers and several analogue and digital devices (walkmans, CD players, tape recorders) as principal instruments. His interest is focused on the architectural and psychoacoustic as well as dynamic and directional values of sound with a strong emphasis on fixed sounds.
Louie Rice uses electronic and acoustic systems utilising the physicality of the medium, signal chain and spatial context to create disruptive audio, performance and installation. The duo regularly perform together and have released several recordings, most recently ‘Actions for Synthesisers’ on the ‘N O P A O N’ tape series.
Also utilising the Ex Marks the Spot basement, the duo will build a sonic an environment where the audience will be deprived of light, enhancing sound and spacial perception to create a delicate and immersive performance.
Polly Wright is a composer and performer; having played in bands such as The Tiger’s Bride in London, Polly’s approach to making music is now much more connected and informed by place and landscape, in particular the bucolic Suffolk countryside where she now lives. Her most recent project with Suffolk based musician, Laura Cannell is a wonderful exploration into the voices of the lost, forgotten and hidden people who have lived through the centuries in the rural landscape of the Norfolk/Suffolk border.
Details of Polly’s YARMONICS performance coming soon
Sophie Marritt is a Norwich based artist working with sound, video and painting. Paintings distil sparse landscapes with traces of urbanisation, industry or habitation. Videos capture passing moments, enhanced by temporal distortions and layered sound to create an extended contemplation of place.
Born in Sheffield (1965), Sophie moved to Norwich in 1990 to work as a researcher in biophysics at UEA. She graduated in Fine Art Painting at the Norwich School of Art and Design (NUA) in 2001.
For YARMONICS Marritt has created the immersive installation ‘submarine’. Composed of a selection of recordings - both processed and in their raw form - from various sources of water in and around Great Yarmouth. The piece can be heard in the crew’s quarters of the extraordinary Lydia Eva; the last surviving steam drifter from Great Yarmouth’s herring fishing fleet. The piece, heard in this unique setting, submerges the listener into a place where thoughts of Great Yarmouth’s past, present and future swim around simultaneously.
WOODLANDS PRIMARY ACADEMY & NNSAC
Woodlands Academy opened as a community primary school in September 2008, catering for children between the ages of 4 and 11 years. There are two classes in each year from Reception to Year 6.
As well as producing the live series ‘Plink Plonk’, running fortnightly improvising group ‘The Plank’ and co-producing YARMONICS, the Norfolk & Norwich Sonic Arts Collective (NNSAC) also produce and facilitate outreach and educational activities focusing on experimental sound art and improvised music.
For this unique performance Woodlands Academy have invited NNSAC to work with a group of Key Stage 2 and 3 children to explore digital and analogue instruments, and to to experiment with alternative and extended techniques. The workshops will culminate in a performance of improvised ambient music that will bathe the bustling Saturday market in beautiful shifting patterns of electronic music.
Lingering in the golden gleam
Open Music Archive will be visiting Great Yarmouth to explore the musical scene from the early 1950s to the end of 1962, recording the music of the age and making the sounds available for contemporary electronic musicians to work with.
Open Music Archive is a collaborative project, initiated by artists Eileen Simpson and Ben White, to source, digitise and distribute out-of-copyright sound recordings.
There will be an accompanying exhibition of memorabilia from the period collected by Peter Jay (from Peter Jay and the Jaywalkers).
Drop in to listen to recordings, see performances and share your memories, music and memorabilia
Open Thursdays - Saturdays 12 - 6pm
Saturday 21 September - Saturday 19 October
Free and all welcome
Ex Marks the Spot 3-7 King Street Great Yarmouth NR30 2BB
Closing performance Saturday 19 October from Graham Dunning & LOFT (full details to follow).
Here are a few images from previous OMA projects: