November

David Hopewell

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Here’s one that is a bit obscure, another find from Ed Wright’s Oscilloscope. David Hopewell improvised/performed a couple of what I thought were standout pieces, and promises to perform these again. It is understated, but this was and promises to be a finely sculpted expansive sonic landscape. Here is what he says “Two pieces featuring field recordings and live sound production using field coils capturing electromagnetic signals ‘captured from the aether'”. With the loops of experimental film that Dr Greg Bevan has curated projected o’er him this is sure to be one to watch and soak-up.

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Steve Moyes

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Possibly the most intriguing performance next week may go to Steve Moyes. Let us see! Improvisation, using amplified mechanical diverter valve, with live electronic looping and processing. A man after my own heart. “How long is the performance” I asked, “Flexible. Could be anywhere from 10 minutes to one hour”. Steve runs several improvisation and looping activities in Carms., and I’m very pleased that he agreed to perform for us next week.

 

Johann Wlight

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Wow! Johann Wlight will play at Listen to the Voice of Fire. I found this article about Wlight’s very hard to find re-co (r) dings. If you are unfamiliar with his wraithlike music this is a fine place to start. My first introduction comes many years ago via a swap with the nascent Larkfall cdr label.
 
I am both alarmed and thrilled that, a little like myself, Wlight has been living off the beaten tracks in our forgotten part of the world just a stone’s throw from where I was for a long time ensconced.
 
This will be a rare treat and actually unmissable. I am rather thrilled to be on the same bill.
 

Duncan Chapman

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Duncan Chapman is a composer and sound artist who regularly works with leading music organisations throughout the world.  Much of his composing and sound artistry results in sound installations, recordings or multi-media performances. Recent projects include co-directing a large-scale performance project for Casa da Música (Porto) and the St Andrews Voices festival in Fife.  Duncan’s other numerous projects include  Dark Januaries, an annual personal composition project with Isabel Jones;  But where do we get the water?: London Chamber Orchestra for orchestra, young players / laptop ensemble ; Rising Breath with Stewart Collinson and Mike McInerney at Seeing Sound 2016; developing and presenting family concerts (London Sinfonietta) exploring music and science ; leading the Fanfare project for young composers (Royal Opera House); Director, Link Ensemble  (Britten Sinfonia) ; Performances with Supriya Nagarajan (Manasamitra) lullabies project at the Ultima Festival (Oslo);  the Kamppi “Chapel of Silence” (Helsinki); anthem for the Choir of York Minster and orchestral lullabies (Iceland Symphony Orchestra).  The audio-visual piece Mode 5 Down the Mountain was selected for the 2016 Drone Cinema Festival and released on a Silent Records compilation.Duncan is also currently involved in touring White Cane (Salamanda Tandem) and performances for Spitalfields Music, HCMF & Firstsite Gallery. He also contributes to courses at De Montfort & York Universities and is an external examiner (Music & Communities) at Aberdeen University.

Recent performances and presentations include Rising Breath @ Noisefloor Festival 2017 (Stoke on Trent), Lead: Gold @  Listen to the Voice of Fire: Alchemy in Sound Art 2017 (National Library of Wales), Sonifying myself The Music of Sound, a sonification symposium 2017 (Oxford University). 

Current projects include: directing a project for the 2017 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (with Sound and Music) based on the Music for Young Players series of pieces from the 1960’s/70’s, further work with the Lullabies project in Oslo, Helsinki and in the UK,  ongoing work with De Montfort University MU on the pan-Eu Interfaces project and mentoring two composers (for Sound and Music) writing pieces for the Paraorchestra.