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.
We did our own audio Visual Arts camping weekend in Hereforedshire more images here
We performed a retro Oscillate / Modulate set, in a geodisic dome at Shambala.
more pics/clps here
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
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.
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.
“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.
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,
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.