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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

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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

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

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

Modulate Sonic Circle at Shambala 09

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For the woodland area at Shambala Festival 2009, Modulate continued to expandand and develop upon previous years multiple speaker sound installations, creating a larger version of the Sonic Circle , using a custom 10.2 rig flown in the trees comprising of 10 xNexo PS 8s,  plus a larger stereo system based on the ground,  with a smaller 10.2 monitoring system inside our Yurt control center.

With the 10.2 system, the stereo signal can be filtered & panned around the 10 speakers in different directions or in a random panning mode, the stereo system on the ground can receive the full frequency spectrum or be used as the sub for the 10 surround speakers, also effects can be added & these can be filtered & panned independently to the stereo signal. the idea is to create a moving stereo sound stage in which the system can be constantly tweaked or tuned to work with different tracks or soundscapes …. but you would really need to hear it to get the full idea!

This year, instead of the circle being visually defined by small led’s
inside the speakers, we had 40 x 1000 liter IBC containers with DMX controlled luminares inside.   Recycled IBC containers have been used by other artists to create various lighting installations, one of the better known being Modularbeat‘s Kubik installation / portable outdoor club, which has appeared in major urban spaces across Europe. However after we were asked by  Shambala  if we could incorporate the use of similar containers into the Modulate space, we thought it would be fun to try a new take on the idea, translated from an urban space into a woodland glade.

Having previously designed a number of light and sound installations using Max/MSP, multi-speaker sound systems & DMX controlled lighting within fiberglass orbs & light sticks, programmer and sound designer Bobby Bird found it a relatively smooth process to translate similar software design to the cubes, while David Checkley,  technical support,  sourced materials and pulled together a great team of able & willing assistants to build the installation on site.

Aside from the Sonic Circle and the cubes, we projected live quartz
animations onto a circular screen, laser projections onto the tree canopy, UV canvases on trees, a chilled fog machine, plus electronic sounds flying in all directions, selected all over the three nights by Mark Bunegar & Bobby Bird (Modulate).

As well as original material, some of the artists / labels played included Raster Notion: Alva Noto, Senking, Pixel, Nibo, Ryoji Ikeda, Kangding Ray, Komet, Stephan Mathieu, BJ Nilsen, Fluxion, Robert Henke / Monolake, Gerhard Behles, Frank Bretschneider + Steinbruchel, Robert Hampson, Klovn, Atom TM, Deep Chord, Hem, Autechre, Shuttle 358, Tetsu Inoue, Helena Gough, Fennesz, Rhythm and Sound, Trente Moller, Pole, Vladislav Delay, Coh, Main, Weiland Samolak, Loscil, EU, Smyglyssna, Signal, Biosphere, Sutekh, Gramm, Masters of Psychedelic Ambience, EU, Bretschneider + Dupree , Atom TMBurnt Friedman.

The Modulate team this year :

Bobby Bird: sounds +  sound design, Max/MSP programming and concept for the Sonic
Circle,  programing for the light cubes.
Dave Checkley : production manager
+ his team of helpers,  Cloe, Ant, and Bob
Liam: all round help & sound tech install
Mark Bunegar : sound selection and graphics
Sean Clark Cuttlefish : laser projections
Joseph Potts: UV canvas
Scylla : live quartz projections
Mark Harris: quartz composer programing
Dowd: professional tree climber , & Denise
Martin Vernan & Kika: mission transportation

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‘BIrmingham Sound Matter’ CD release and concert at Ikon Eastside

Concert presented by Modulate in collaboration with Ikon

Tickets sold out! CD available now

A concert featuring international sound artist

Francisco Lopez
(Madrid)  plus seven regional sound artists:
Helena Gough
Nicholas Bullen
Cormac Faulkner
Martin Clarke
Bobby Bird
Mark Harris
Annie Mahtani

Date: July 8th 2009

Time: 19.30

Venue: Ikon Eastside 183 Fazeley street, Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 5SE

Cost £6

A Birmingham Sound Matter CD (on Audiobulb Records) , will be released to coincide with the concert.  Available on the night and online from modulate.org.uk from Juy 8th for £10.

Francisco Lopez is internationally recognised as one of the major figures of the sound  experimental music scene who has, over the last thirty years, developed an astonishing sonic universe, based on a profound listening of the world.

He was first invited to Birmingham by Modulate in 2007, to give one of his legendary ‘Total Darkness’  performances, and we were delighted when he subsequently suggested returning to direct Birmingham Sound Matter. After a series of workshops led by Lopez earlier this year, the participants created a shared a pool of location recordings made in the city, which subsequently underwent a series of  transformations through further collective and creative processes. These recordings and transformations  have formed the basis of  the final compositions. which will be heard in concert on the night.

Lopez has previously directed two similar projects, Montreal Sound Matter and Brussels Sonic Matter

Supported by PRS Foundation  and  Arts Council England.

With thanks to Cuttlefish Digital Arts for web server provision,

Fazely Studios for workshops space, and SSE Audio for soundsystem

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Stage One

The workshops with sound artist Francisco Lopez , held at Fazeley Studios in Birmingham, went very well …

Participents:

Francisco Lopez  (Project Director)

Nicholas Bullen

Cormac Faulkner

Martin Clarke

Bobby Bird

Mark Harris

Annie Mahtani

Stage Two:  field recordings and composition, to take place over the next three months

Stage Three:  Live concert in Birmingham:

Wed 8th July at IKON Eastside 

Info / tickets AVAILABLE NOW!

Stage Four  CD release of Birmingham Sound Matter on Audiobulb Records

Project Director Francisco Lopez

Project facilitation Modulate

Project Co Ordinator: Scylla Magda

Photos: Mark Bunegar

Supported by The Arts Council England and PRS Foundation