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The Wee Red Bar
Edinburgh College of Art 74 Lauriston Place, EH3 9DF Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Design Informatics Research Talk followed by performances by John Bowers, Tim Shaw and Unrivalled Jetsam. Please note later time of our Thurs Research Talk and different venue! Everyone is welcome to attend both the talk and performances or just the talk or performance.
Research Talk by Tim Shaw and John Bowers 5-6pm
Sound performance by Tim Shaw and John Bowers followed by Unrivalled Jetsam gig 6-8pm
Tim Shaw and John Bowers
Since 2015, John Bowers and Tim Shaw have been developing a creative practice we have come to call ‘mythogeosonics’. We study the many, layered significances which can be attached to places and investigate their traces by working with sound. Adapting the concept of mythogeography, we acknowledge the multiple and contested characters of place and the value there is in creatively juxtaposing them, making this friction audible.
We work with multiple and extended timescales.
Think of the simultaneity of cosmology, geology, landscape, history, biography, fiction.
We resist fixed uniform ideologies of the sort that can be found in heritage discourse. Rather than ‘responding' to a space, we prefer to participate within it, unfixing and reformulating its many meanings.
Think of this place as a noisy transmission that can be tuned in to and played with/in.
Mythogeosonics works with an extended conception of field recording to incorporate such diverse practices as geophysical data sonification and paranormal investigation.
Think of all the fields: radio, magnetic, electric, esoteric.
We cross between on-site investigation, installation-making, soundwalks, and an improvisatory performance practice combining soundscapes, documentary recordings, film, text, and process material using modular synthesizers, resonant found objects, DIY software and self-made instruments.
Think of all the ways that the mythogeosonic can be heard, witnessed, appreciated and transformed.
Tim Shaw and John Bowers work in the Digital Cultures Research Group, Culture Lab and Fine Art, Newcastle University, UK. Their practice crosses between art, design, music, computing and critical theory and creates performances and installations in addition to academic writing.
Unrivalled Jetsam is a new collaboration between Martin Parker, Jules Rawlinson and Dave Murray-Rust. Jules and Dave play together with Owen Green as Raw Green Rust, a laptop trio that makes gnarly glitch-dub by exploiting the interconnectedness of its constituent members & technical ecosystems. A founding principle of the trio when it formed in 2008 was to try and make a virtue of the confusion of agency that collective laptop music can exhibit. To this end, an important aspect of our improvising approach is to be constantly sampling and transforming each other, in pursuit of an organic, shifting sound mass. We can embellish this basic approach with various technical mediations that, for instance, (mis)use machine listening technologies to promote or disrupt the continual co-tuning of the three humans on stage. For this concert, we are exploring what happens when we collaborate with Martin’s very own brand of growling, honking and expressive noise making to find new accommodations between people and technology.
In the words of Martin Parker “I think sound is at its best when you know what you’re doing but you don’t know what’s going to happen.”
Jules Rawlinson designs sounds, visuals and interactions, and performs with live electronics. His output includes 'A Requiem for Edward Snowden', a collaboration with Matthew Collings which blends live electronics with a chamber trio and realtime visuals. He is a founding member of the LLEAPP network which has fostered an ongoing series of events at UK institutions. Jules has a PhD in Composition from the University of Edinburgh, where he is a lecturer in Digital Design.
Dave Murray-Rust is a Lecturer in Design Informatics at Edinburgh University, researching the messy areas between humans and computational systems. Musically, he improvises using laptops and controllers, trying to make computer performance as responsive and generous as possible. As well as Raw Green Rust, he is a core member of Edimpro and Grey Area, exploring how computers, acoustic instruments and scores can all be layered around improvisational practice.
Dave Murray-Rust mo-seph.com/
Martin Parker tinpark.com
Jules Rawlinson pixelmechanics.com