Sixth Quiet Night In

Very pleased to announce that the programme for our sixth Quiet Night In is all about voice. It’s at the Friends Meeting House in Exeter on Saturday 19 March at 7:30 and will include …

James Saunders
Each will appear or not appear (voice and two bowed strings)

Alvin Lucier
Wave Songs (soprano and pure wave oscillators)

Catherine Lamb
of animal (voice and viola solo)

John Cage
Litany for the Whale (2 voices)

Sarah Owen
Compact Mirror (CD players)

Alice Kemp
inhale as if to speak (solo performer)
cupped hands vessel (performers)

Tony Whitehead
shhhh (two performers)
What can’st thou say (solo performer)

There may be one or two tweaks, and perhaps one extra piece to add in.

Tickets £10 (£6 under 18’s, MU & ISM members, full-time students) from Exeter Phoenix 01392 667080 Or on the door.

Fifth quiet night in

Our fifth quiet night in, on Friday 29th January 2016, 7.30pm at Spacex Gallery, Preston Street, Exeter is the second of three supported by the Composer-Curator Programme from Sound and Music, the national charity for new music. The venue will be the white-walled main gallery space, with the sounds of central Exeter all around.

The programme will feature:

with the same material, or still, to vary the material
Time, Intent, Memory
The Distance Between You and I (new work)
Grade Two

Performed by Emma Welton (double bass), Ruth Molins (flute/alto flute), Andrew Gillet (violin), Jeremy Loysen (trombone), Hugh Nankivell (Chinese moon guitar) and Tony Whitehead (breath and objects).

Also, Tony will be performing a selection of short Fluxus pieces.

Tickets £10 (£6 under 18’s, MU & ISM members, full-time students) from Exeter Phoenix 01392 667080 Or on the door.

Fourth quiet night in

Our fourth quiet night in, on 6th November 2015 at the Devon and Exeter Institution at the request of Wendy Smith, was supported by the Composer-Curator Programme from Sound and Music, the national charity for new music. The venue was the Institution’s 200 year old library, and the audience was seated among the books, some lucky listeners on extremely comfortable leather armchairs.

One audience-member described the concert as ‘Thoroughly enjoyable: intellectually challenging and yet also very calm and relaxing. Great venue and a beautifully curated programme.’

The programme featured:

John White ‘Newspaper Reading Machine’

Antoine Beuger ‘Landscapes of Absence’ (with film by Els van Riel)

‘Ark’ a brand new piece by Emma Welton composed for the evening, and for the Institution

Laurence Crane ‘Riis’

The pieces were performed by Victoria Cornet Loram (clarinet, newspapers and voice) Sarah Moody (cello, sonography and voice), Sarah Owen (voice and sonarian) Emma Welton (viola, hammond organ and voice), Tony Whitehead (glockenspiel, sonarian and voice) and we were joined by members of the Devon and Exeter Institution for ‘Newspaper Reading Machine’.

Released today, Transfer, 3​/​10000 by Seth Cooke

Released today, Transfer, 3​/​10000 by Seth Cooke

Seth Cooke is a sound recordist, drummer, improviser and process performer based in Bristol, UK.

As a field recordist he deletes, displaces and distorts material, preferring failed representation, aberrant modelling and perturbed or transient environments. He frequently overlooks microphones and omits to record the loci in which he operates.

His solo performances currently involve feedback and resonance. As a percussionist he plays traps and waste disposal sink. He sometimes enjoys the flexibility of improvisation and open composition.

He used to play drums for Hunting Lodge and Defibrillators. Current projects include a recurring duo with Dominic Lash and the Every Contact Leaves a Trace CDr label. He co-founded the Bang the Bore collective with Clive Henry in 2009.

Bidwell Brook School

In October Chris Booth from Sound Art Radio and myself worked with the children of Bidwell Brook School at Dartington on a radio project about healthy eating. Much fun was had making healthy food, and the first show featuring the material was broadcast on 30 October. It can be heard here (about thirty minutes in) …

This work has been supported by Health Watch Devon and is part of a series of programmes about young people and health on Sound Art Radio called “What the Health”.

Released today, Gil Sanson’s beautiful, quiet, “Untitled (for Po Chu-i)”

Gil writes about these pieces:

Untitled (for Po Chu-i) has to do mainly with the sound of air inside small and medium chambers such as a large bottle, the inside of a guitar, a long cardboard tube, etc. This process of selecting a chamber or a number of chambers has the property of giving a tonal undercurrent to any stretch of incidental sound recorded inside of it, and the simple act of layering one or two more recordings of different chambers can give enough tonal interest as to engage the listener. The incidental sounds themselves are already blurred by the sound and tone of the chamber, filtering some frequencies and highlighting others. The ancient Chinese poem revels in its uneventfulness and so does this piece, which is basically just long stretches of coloured silences.


Third quiet night in

Our third, and most ambitious quiet night in, on 25 June 2015 at St Matthews Church, Exeter, featured a ten piece ensemble. The programme featured:

Antoine Beuger ‘Lieux de Passage’
Joanna Bailie ‘Artificial Environments’
Short piano pieces by Howard Skempton
James Saunders ‘imperfections on the surface may occasionally be apparent’
John White ‘Drinking and Hooting Machine’
‘Your Hearing Test’- a brand new piece by Hugh Nankivell composed for the evening

The pieces were performed by Charlie Sheppard-Vine, Ruth Molins, Andrew Gillett, James Mitchell, Alex Wilson, Emma Welton, Hugh Nankivell, Tony Whitehead and other guests

Soundcamp 2015 with Soundart Radio

Despite the rain we had a lovely overnight camp at the Sound Art Radio studio on the Dartington Estate with a small and hardy group of listeners enjoying the varied songs of birds around the estate. The event was part of the REVEIL 24 HOUR BROADCAST 2015 – as the name suggests a 24 hour continuous broadcast of dawn chorus’s by listening stations around the world.

We started the camp with a Somatics workshop with Tzara Grey. Somatics is a practice that focuses attention on the soma, or “the body as perceived from within” and included some activities that explored the feeling of voice, a very appropriate introduction to bird song.

After that we took our ears for a stroll around the gardens, recording bird song as we went. Here’s a recording of the walk, mixed by Sound Art Radio’s Chris Booth …

A short soundwalk through Dartington Gardens with Tony Whitehead. Various mics used. Badly mixed 🙂 by Soundart_Radio on Mixcloud

We then retreated for the evening to the studios as the rain set in, with lots of talk of recording, bird song (and speculation as to why people don’t whistle anymore?)

After a few hours sleep we were up at 4:30am to broadcast our dawn chorus for REVEIL 2015 … which you can hear here:

Dawn and Dawn Chorus _ Dartington Hall Gardens in the rain. 03052015_0500-0600hrs by Soundart_Radio on Mixcloud

As the dawn chorus, and at last the rain, died down, we strolled to the River Dart and enjoyed some quiet in the company of blackbirds and wood pigeons to finish off the weekend.

Many thanks to Tzara Grey and Chris Booth for making sure everything ran smoothly, and to our intrepid group of listeners.

Released Today: Jōgashima by Hiroki Sasajima and Eisuke Yanagisawa

These are soundscape recordings from a small island called Jōgashima. Jōgashima is situated off the southernmost and western tip of Miura Peninsula in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. The island is diamond-shaped and stretches 1.8 km east to west and 0.6 km north to south and is connected to the peninsula by a bridge. From the end of the Edo period (1603-1868) when Perry and his famous black ship sailed into Tokyo Bay, the island functioned as a strategic point for coastal defence. During the Meiji period (1868-1912) until the end of World War II, the peninsula, including the island, was a fort. After the war, especially from the 60

s until mid 70s, the island attracted many tourists. From the mid 70s the number of tourists has been declining.

Misaki harbour, on the north coast of the island, is home to cargo boats, fishing boats and small ferries. The harbour also includes houses, souvenir shops, restaurants and hotels. Jōgashima lighthouse stands on the western edge of the north coast. The south coast of the island faces the Pacific Ocean and is more natural. Jōgashima park covers the eastern half of the south coast. Through the park threading east, you can get to Awazaki. To the west, you can get to Akabanezaki (a promontory) with a small beach. Cliffs stand between Awazaki and the beach. At Akabanazaki there is a natural rock arch called Umanosedoumon.

Recording period: from November 2011 to January 2013

All recordings and photos by Hiroki Sasajima and Eisuke Yanagisawa