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Modulate will perform a live AV set at AVA Exhibition -Seeing With Sound  , at the Hexagon theatre MAC Birmingham on 22/03/2015.

Modulate member Bobby Bird has also been working with a group of home educated children to build a two and a three pendulum harmonograph.

Part of the live set will be based on this instrument.

Been a bit lax on the blogging, but heres a quick round up of selected highlight from 2012 to start to bring the pages up to date.

AVA-Camp  

We did our own audio Visual Arts camping weekend in Hereforedshire more images here

geodome-gig

We performed a retro Oscillate / Modulate set, in a geodisic dome at Shambala.
more pics/clps here

OZORA _stage

And some of us set off on a long road trip to Hungary, where Modulate member Bobby Bird played a Higher Intelligence Agency  live set at the amazing O.Z.O.R.A. Festival , in the beautiful thatched roofed ambient / electonic music stage

Retrospective post

Modulate performed at Supersonic Festival in the afternoon and, although we were very pleased to be there, we were surprised to discover when we arrived that the large skylights in the ceiling above the stage had not been blacked out – not an  ideal  situation for an audio visual group –  and it was too late to do anything about it. So, we did our set with bleached out visuals, &  feeling rather exposed by the light, as we like to not be seen and for audiences to focus on the sound and image, not on us.

However, the PA was magnificent, full use of the bass frequencies was made, & Bobby & the two Marks kept on having to rescue their laptops as they vibrated off the tables!

Perhaps Supersonic will have us back one day to play in the dark – that would be nice.

retrospective catch up post!

Live Cinema Performance Image

Modulate gave a live Cinema performance  at the Midland Arts Centre Haxagon Theatre as part of ‘Freecode Hexagon‘, performing as a three piece , Bobby Bird /Mark Harris audio,  Scylla Magda visuals.

We were surprised on arrival to find that the new speakers in the other wise rather nice little venue, had been installed behind the large drop down, permanent video screen –  making the sound  somewhat muffled . We therefore opted to have the screen rolled up out of the way and to project the visuals straight onto the dark wooden walls behind, in order to retain decent sound quality. This made for some interesting additional texture  & with some adaptations to colours / saturation etc, the visuals worked out surprisingly well.

Pete Ashton gave a nice review afterwards :

“Modulate did a gig at the MAC the other month which took my understanding of audio-visual art-music to another place. Theres a maturity and subtlety to their work which most VJ’s can’t hope to achieve, yet they still have the power to shock”


Modulate were invited to spend a week at SONM in Murcia, Spain – a new Centre for  Sound Art and Experimental Music curated by Francisco Lopez. Here we gave a presentation, performed a concert, and showcased a new  installation , the “Modulate Octophonic Loop System” ,  an 8.1 sound installation developed by Bobby Bird exploring new ways to present Modulate’s unique sound, which remained exhibited at SONM after we left.

Stereo excerpt from The Modulate Octophonic Loop System

More images from SONM 

Excerpt from our live AV concert 

New work was developed by Modulate with support from Arts Council England

see more images here: Modulate in the Woods
Hear excerpts from our live set on Modulate Soundcloud
For this years Shambala Festival, Modulate created a series of unique sound and visual experiences in the woods , partially inspired our setting, being situated in the center of the beautiful Wilderness area. Here we designed a magical light tree to sit beneath, an expanded UV Totem space, a three screen  projection installation, plus we brought our quality sound system, emanating a warm and resonating space amongst the trees. Through this we played our own selection of experimental electronic sounds and AV for three nights, plus, on the Saturday we premiered an entirely new Modulate audio visual live set at around 3 in the morning-
All in all, another creative and fun time was had by us all- thanks Shambala, Des, and to all of the extended Modulate team .

Congratulations to Modulate member Mark Harris , who has just had his album  “The Boy Observes the Ocean”, released on Hibernate Records.  A series of beautifully crafted soundscapes, the album has been gaining some excellent reviews, and can be bought in CD format from  Hibernate or as mp3s download from  boomkat,

Sample mix

Buy CDr | Buy digital

Mark will be giving a solo performance in our Modulate space in the woodands at Shambala Festival on Sunday August 29th

In March we gave a 45 minute Live Cinema performance at Flatpack Festival , an  improvised, slowly unfolding abstract sonic visual journey, which was very well received by the audience.

recording of our  performance below :

Prior to our performance we also curated a selection of screenings,  including an exclusive preview of EXP /Frank Bretschneider plus some clips of  a beautiful  video installation ‘Forever’ by Universal Everything

Modulate gave a live AV performance at Noisefloor Festival,  held at  Staffordshire University, Stafford. See clip here: vimeo.com/modulate

Conceived to help bring the fields of Electroacoustic music and IDM/Electronica closer together,the festival featured daytime multi-channel Electroacoustic fixed media compositions, played through a 14 loudspeaker diffusion array, plus live concerts in the evenings, at which modulate played alongside Soundhacker, Autistici , Michael Santos and  Simon Scott

Modulate member Mark Harris also gave a solo performance.

Another in our occasional series of  Sonic Culture Salons, Modulate presents ” Lago de Mamori : An Aural Environment by Annie Mahtani”.

Annie was a participant of our Birmingham Sound Matter project with
Francisco Lopez last year, after which she successfully applied for a
sound artist residency at Mamori Arts lab in the Brazilian Rainforest,
a yearly residency directed by Francisco. Annie will present field recordings from the Brazilian Amazon in the form of a 16-channel sound installation. She will also speak about her experience in residence at Mamori Art Lab and engage the audience in an open discussion around the recordings and possibilities for future development of this work-in-progress.

Date: Saturday 9/01/2010
Location:The Gallery Space, Custard Factory Digeth
Time:  1-2.pm Sound Installation playback
2-3.pm Presentation / discussion
3-4pm Sound Installation playback (repeat)
4-5p.m Sound Installation playback (repeat)

Cost: Free

Feel free to drop in and out at any time, although to experience the
full hour of field recordings / and for the talk, arrive on the hour.
Refreshments will be provided

Supported by  Arts Council England / Modulate / Mamori Arts Lab / BEAST

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