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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.


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.

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

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.


Modulate’s performance at the CoCArt Music Festival, at the Center of Contemporary Arts in Torun, Poland, was a big success. The  five members of Modulate performed a new  AV set,  created for CoCart,  to an audience of over 400 people.




Two Youtube clips :

One Here

One Here


“Last weekend, during the final of II CoCArt Music Festvial, the audience took a musical journey with Modulate – a British multimedia collective. The people, gathered in the CoCA’s underground car park were taken aboard a futuristic space frigate, speeding through the void of outer space. The accompaniment to this fascinating voyage was kept minimal, while also being rich in textures and musical figures. The whole spectacle was replenished with abstract and geometrical visualizations, digital  / laptop electronics appeared here as a fully developed rhythmical form … a space cruise of the highest degree”.
Excerpts from a review by Dariusz Brzostek ( translated from Polish)



Other perfromances we particularly enjoyed included those by Vitor Joaquim + Hugo Olim:


Sunao Inami:


And of course, Hatti, co curators of the festival:


Photos courtesy of Vitor Joaquim , Wojtek Szabelski /, and Rednail

With thanks to: CoCart and Hatti for inviting us

Arts Council England for additional travel funding

…  and the lovely Polish audience

Synch Festival 2006 a report by Scylla Magda
Curator – Co-ordinator Modulate / Audio Visual Arts

Modulate noticed the first Synch festival,  held in 2004, as a festival having strands in common with our own interests, and we had emailed them asking if we might contribute by  bringing an modulate octophonic sound installation / live performance but unfortunately we got no reply! 

A couple of of years later i managed to get travel funding courtesy of ACE to go to Synch 2006 to check it out myself first hand.

When I was researching the 2006 festival online prior to going,  it looked promising, and held specific areas of interest for me,  appearing to have a strand for experimental audio visual. However the website  was lacking in precise information and was hard to navigate. When I arrived this experience was replicated, with no directions to venue locations, no program times in the main festival guide and no clear indication that the venue for the second two days of the festival was 75 kilometers outside of Athens.

However, when I eventually managed find ithe Lavrio Technological and Cultural Park (formerly the first electricity production plant in the country), walking about 8 Kilometers after a local taxi driver dropped me in the middle of nowhere, the location was unique. 

Mainstream music acts and DJ’s, played on stages at the bottom of the large hillside, while other innovative and experimental  activities were were presented further up the hill, in the smaller spaces of the industrial Museums.

Here I found ‘8’ –  an octophonic speaker installation set  amongst  obsolete machinery from the early 20th century, through which a series of live performances were given by artists including John Duncan, Nikolas Valsamakis , Raphh Steinbrunchel, Coti K, Captain Miki.& J Vanzit, Ego Spastachrist. The only artist missing I felt was Modulate’s Bobby Bird, who would have been a good addition to the line up, having been experimenting with multispeaker performances and installations over a number of years.

 I tried to locate one of the a discussion panels, promisingly entitled ‘Audio and Visuals:  A New Digital Form?  However no times, locations, or even on which days the different panels would be held were to found anywhere. I asked numerous persons working for the festival, none of whom knew. Eventually I found a small sign, ‘Audio and Visuals Discussion’, above a circle of settees set outdoors around a  low table, and waited. None of the six persons listed as ltaking part in the discussion turned up, (perhaps they couldn’t find it either?), only four french people, who discussed french avaunt guard cinema, between themselves.

I was a little disappointed too, by the Moving Image section, as from the description on the website I had been anticipating a programme that included experimental audio visual and perhaps some live cinema performance. However it  turned out to be almost exclusively avaunt guard / underground films and  although this looked to be an interesting programme for film enthusiasts  it was not where my own interests lay. A lovely setting for screenings though, outdoors on a warm night, with the moon shining above.

By far the most stimulating area of the programme for me turned out to be the ‘New Media’  section, which as well as the octophonic installation/ performances, included Dutch Colony –  installations and performances by Edwin van der Heide, Roderick Hietbrink and Marnix de Nijs. I spent quite some time absorbing the textural audio from Roderick Hietbrinks sound and video piece, based on location recordings from the area, Edwin van der Heide and Roderick Hietbrink’s ‘ Spacial Sounds ‘, an interactive audio installation was awesomely scary, while Edwin’s  LSP 1, a  Laser Sound Performance was – at last! – a truely stunning audio visual exploration,  the highlight of Synch for me, and something I would love to bring to Birmingham one day. In fact all of these installations and performances re ignited  a desire to curate a sound installation and AV festival, something I first felt after being inspired by attending the Frequencies [Hz] exhibition in FrankFurt in 2002.