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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

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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‘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