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After 25 years since the first Oscillate club nights in Birmingham U.K. , & over 12 years as off-shoot Modulate,  Oscillate Sound System is attempting regeneration, Dr Who style, for a few special events in 2017/18. The first took place as part of a Cyberculture exhibition in Leicester June 2017 ( flyer below).

Next will be a special Oscillate after show party on September 15th 2017, at Centrala, which will take place after the nearby Beyond The Tracks Festival which features Orbitol, Leftfield and Higher Intelligence Agency. More soon.

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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

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

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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

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 .

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

Bobby Bird will be exhibiting a newly commisioned sound installation at The Herbert Gallery in Coventry as part of A Thing About Machines, Festival Fri 19th – Sun 21st September. 

“Purpose Built” is a multiple speaker sound installation, using as
source material location recordings made at LTI, one of the last
outposts of manufacturing in Coventry, where Black Cabs are still
being hand built. The piece will be both a sonic re interpretation of
the process of manufacturing, and an exploration of sound as a
by-product of the manufacturing process.

Bobby Bird is a musician and sound artist. In the 90’s he released
experimental electronic music albums as the Higher Intelligence
Agency, while in recent years he has also been designing site specific
sound and light installations, and is currently a member of audio
visual collective Modulate.

Also at the Herbert will be a new sound installation ‘Re: Construction” by Cormac Faulkner, , and Kinopixel  a screen based installation curated by Darryl Georgiou

Venues:The Herbert : Jordan Well, Coventry, CV1 5QP, UK 
Late Opening Fri 10.00 -21.00 /Sat 10.00 – 5.30 Sun 12.00-5.30

Inspire Cafe Bar: Christchurch Spire New Union St, Coventry, CV1 2PS

Frank Bretschneider, co founder of one of our favourate labels Raster-Noton, came to visit us in Birmingham on 31/05/2008, and gave an audio visual performance of his album ‘Rhythm’. …some more photos here on  Flickr 

It was a pleasure to host this event and we appreciated his taking the time to come to Birmingham, after his performance at the  ICA in London the night before as part of “12 years of Raster-Noton“.

Modulate’s Bobby Bird first made friendly contact with Frank after noticing his use of a Higher Intelligence Agency sample on his ‘ Looping 1-V1’ album, which he took as a great compliment!

 

 

 

 

 

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 Modulate collective member Bobby Bird will give two rare live Higher Intelligence Agency performances this summer, the first at  Muzyczne Ambient, a festival in Gorlice, Poland where he will headline, and the second at the Boom Festival in Portugal. 

After not playing live for a few years, spending time creating multi speaker installations and AV works with Modulate, bringing up a young son, converting a Dodge truck, building a new studio, and using his programming skills in projects such as last years PLUS installation  Illuminate , there seems to be something of a resurgence of interest in HIA. Last year he was invited to play at the prestigious Detroit Electronic Music Festival U.S.A