Sunday, 19 July 2009

Noise tool workshop

Firstly a huge thank you to Berit and Andere for an inspiring and fun workshop. I'm just in the process of editing the video recording we made. We also took a whole load of sound recordings of each noise tool we created. So watch out for those in future postings.

In the meantime here's a short video clip of one of the sampled pixel drawings played through a player piano machine. We took a sample from one of the samples, from one of the collective black on white grid pixel drawings we created back in December 08, and used a whole punch on each of the black squares to create a hole and then fed it through the player. Not an original idea by any means, but we thought it would be interesting to see what the resulting sound would be. And I like the fact that it comes from a random sample of a random sample taken from an improvised drawing created collectively by 8 people.

Apologies for the quality of the recording, and the background noise. We'll get some good quality recordings done, but it gives you an idea of the sound coming directly from a black and white drawing as the machine plays it.

It's going to be interesting to see how we weave these in to our performances and in future recorded compositions.

Saturday, 11 July 2009

Noise Tool Workshop

Quick post on a few fronts.

I'm looking forward to Monday as Berit Greinke and Andere Monjo, both of whom have recently graduated from the MA Textile Futures course at Central St.Martins, are running their Noise Tool Workshop with the sampler-cultureclash embroiderers. I can't wait to see what they come up with at the end of the day.

You can see Berit's wonderful textile sound machine at this link SHhH

And on another front, check out Earth, Wind and Pyre, presented by Candi Staton which discusses the event "Disco Sucks" led by Chicago rock dj Steve Dahl where there was mass burning of disco records in the White Sox's baseball stadium. It's been likened to a Nazi book burning event for its anti gay and anti black and anti-urban stance.
BBC Radio 2, Sat 11 July 10pm.