A.S.M.O. Electronics Workshop at South Hill Park DMC

Electronic Instruments for gestural performance
South Hill Park Digital Media Centre, Bracknell
11th & 12th June 2011

Stu Smith (A.S.M.O.) will be returning to Bracknell again in June for another 2 day electronics workshop.
Participants will build an electronic sound / noise instrument designed for gestural performance, utilising very simple oscillators, filters, modulation and feedback.

By taking a modular approach to electronics, quite complex instruments can be made by combing several very simple circuits. Using touch controls, tilt switches, light and temperature sensors the performer becomes an integral part of the instrument, tone, pitch and rhythm are controlled by body resistance and movement.
Participants will learn how to assemble circuits from readily available standard components and how they can be adapted to enhance circuit bent devices.

No previous electronics experience is necessary although good eye sight and a steady hand is recommended

Dirty Electronics at the ICA : A.S.M.O. remixes

Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
16 – 17, 19 – 20 Feb 2011

The composer and instrument maker John Richards takes up temporary residence in the gallery with Solder and Score – a unique participation opportunity for visitors to the ICA. Over the course of five days workshop attendees will build a large patchwork quilt-like instrument and co-write a musical score with John culminating in a group performance and auction.
Bathysphere’s resident solder maestro A.S.M.O. will be “hardware remixing” John’s instrument during the event.


Dirty Electronics: Twisted Bodies Carry Electricity

Dirty Electronics: Twisted Bodies Carry Electricity
Wed, Dec 8, 2010 7:00 pm
Pace Building, Studio 1
Entry free

A concert of balancing on books, Faraday generators, twisted bodies carrying electricity and drunk tin cans. New works by: Simon Langdon, Amit Patel and Adam Chetty, Visa Kuoppala, Leigh Landy and John Richards. With special feature from wearelab (Nottingham). The concert will include a sixtieth birthday dedication to Simon Emmerson.


The End

Bathysphere have been working with long time collaborator Michael Pinchbeck on a soundtrack for his latest production “The End”

Inspired by the stage direction from The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare – ‘Exit pursued by a bear’, The End explores endings and exits and continues an interest in the reenactment of real life events to investigate absence and loss. Developed at The Junction (Cambridge), Brighton Dome and Festival, New Art Exchange and Lakeside Arts Centre (Nottingham). Commissioned by Chester Performs. Supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
The show will be touring in 2011.

Dirty Electronics: In Our Blood

Build the classic Dirty Electronics Skull Etching and take part in a large group performance where the improbable and ridiculous collide through electronic sound and the technological unknown.

Dirty Electronics Workshop 12 Oct, 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
London Electrowerkz (Islington Metal Works) next to Angel Tube station
Price: £25.00 (includes Skull Etching and gig 13 Oct)
Tickets: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/94660
More info at: http://www.dirtyelectronics.org/

Dirty Electronics Performance 13 Oct, In Our Blood, c. 35 mins

London Electrowerkz (Islington Metal Works)
7 Torrens St, off City Rd

Sawako live at St Nicholas Church

12k artist Sawako brings her own brand of sonic alchemy to Leicester on the 16th July for a special performance in the atmospheric surroundings of St Nicholas’ Church, plus support from Annelie Nederberg.

Friday 16th July 2010, £5 on the door
doors open 7.30pm concerts starts at 8pm
St. Nicholas Church, St. Nicholas Circle, Leicester, LE1 5LX
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Sawako is a sound sculptor, a timeline-based artist and a signal alchemist in the urban life environment who understands the value of dynamics and the power of silence. Once through the processor named Sawako, subtle fragments in everyday life float in space vividly with a digital yet organic texture. She is interested in the soundscape and the media scape of digital era, and her activities are making bridge between public and private, virtual and actual world.
Sawako released her albums from 12k (USA), and/OAR(USA) and Anticipate (USA). She had collaborated with Taylor Deupree, asuna, HYPO, Ryan Francesconi, Toshimaru Nakamura, Taku Sugimoto, Andrew Deutsch, Jacob Kirkegaard, Kenneth Kirschner, Daisuke Miyatani, Nobuko Hori, Radiosonde, among others. Her unique sonic world has been called “post romantic sound” by Boston’s Weekly Dig.
She has performed internationally as an audio and/or visual artist in MUTEK (Canada): Warm Up at P.S.1, Armory Show, Diapason, Le Poisson Rouge, Tonic, Diapason, Monkey Town, Issue Project Room, Roulette, World Financial Center Winter Garden, Starbucks Salon, BAP Festival (NYC); Corcoran Gallery (Washington DC); UCLA Hammer Museum (LA); OFFF Festival (Lisbon); Glade Festival, Resonance FM, ICA (UK); Batofar (Paris); m12(Berlin); Offsite, Super Delux, Bullets, Apple Store (Japan).


Annelie Nederberg
Annelie Nederberg is a composer and performer from Gothenburg, Sweden. She is currently studying for a BA in Music, Technology and Innovation at De Montfort University in Leicester, UK. She has a background as a theatre sound designer. Her works move freely between concrete and abstract sounds, between music and sound art, with the human voice as an important component. Her performances incorporates a conï¬Â?uence between her voice and electronics, in a poetic and slowly evolving manner. Her music has been represented at festivals in London, Los Angeles, Nice and Amsterdam; on radio in Europe and the USA; and in concerts mainly in the UK.

Solder Soldiers v2.0 exhibition and concert

Solder Soldiers v2.0
Bathysphere take over the gallery space at Fabrika for a 2 week exhibition of DIY electronic sound art, installations and hardware hacked instrumentation.
Buttons to press, knobs to turn, strange and bizarre sounds to be heard.

Works by Stu Smith (A.S.M.O), Michael Emanuel Gatt, John Richards, Neil Unreal, Circuit Ben

The exhibition runs from Monday 14th to Saturday 26th June at Fabrika Independent Arts Centre, 68 – 70 Humberstone Gate, Leicester.
Open daily 10am to 5.30pm

Solder Soldiers v2.1

On Friday 18th there will be a special concert with performances by John Richards, A.S.M.O., Circuit Ben, Neal Unreal, Gez McCoy and hardware hacked visuals by Iain Sharp.

£5 on the door, bring your own beer


(Anti Social Musik Order) is the ‘circuit bending’ project of artist and musician Stu Smith. He works with self made instruments custom built from the modified circuits of electronic toys, keyboards and other discarded gadgets. His work explores the sonic landscape of ‘circuit bent’ instruments and their integration into existing modular synthesizer systems. He writes and performs with the groups Threep and The Buoys and has performed at concerts and festivals across the UK, Europe and New York.

Michael Gatt
Michael Gatt is an acousmatic composer and sound installation designer who deals with site-specificity and site-type specific works. He studied in Leicester within De Montfort University and completed a degree in Music, Technology and Innovation and a Masters, which focused on site-specific sound installations. He has worked at the Groupe de Recherches Musicales (GRM), under the supervision of Yann Geslin, for a year as part of a European project (CASPAR) that investigated the long-term preservation of digital objects. Whilst at the GRM he became fascinated with musical projection and their tool for performance – the Acousmonium. This experience affected his appreciation of sonic arts and has had a clear impact on his compositions since then. He has also created a number of different site-specific compositions/installations for various places around the East Midlands.

John Richards
John Richards’ (1966) work explores performing with self-made instruments and the creation of interactive environments. He has worked with many leading improvisers and musicians in the field of live electronics, and is a founder member of electro-noise improvisers kREEPA, the post-punk group Sand (Soul Jazz Records), and the composers’ collective nerve8: an experimental electroacoustic diffusion group. Recent concerts have included performances at IRCAM (Paris), Fylkingen (Sweden), the Bent Festival (Los Angeles), Sonar (Barcelona), and the Purcell Room, Southbank Centre (London).

In 2002, his work with kREEPA helped initiate the OIK project at STEIM, Amsterdam, that involved the hacking of commercially available hardware to create economic musical interfaces. Since 2005, he has directed the Dirty Electronics Ensemble, giving workshops and performances internationally that has included collaboration with Japanese noise artist Merzbow. He performs regularly with Nic Bullen as Black Galaxy and kREEPA, as well as releasing solo material on Bullen’s label monium. In 2007, he released a piece on Gabriel Prokofiev’s nonclassical label for piano and electronics performed by GéNIA with re-mixes by Vex’d and Max De Wardener amongst others. Recent work includes collaboration with Tim Wright as sevenlegspider developing systems for live performance, installations, and music for Japanese choreographer Saburo Teshigawara.

He has written numerous articles on hybridity, post-digital theory and dirty electronics: DIY and bricolage approaches to working with sound. John Richards completed a doctorate in electroacoustic composition at the University of York in 2002, and he is currently part of the Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre at De Montfort University, Leicester. Since 1990, he has also taught improvisation at Dartington International Summer School.

Neal Unreal
Neal Spowage is an artist and musician who has been building unusual noise instruments from household devices and appliances for the past three years. He re-uses, re-houses and re-appropriates familiar objects with recycled components. Things found in skips, things that are about to be thrown out. Iconic objects of desire that he feels need teaching a lesson in humility. He is currently learning how to play the things he’s destroyed.

Circuit Ben
Circuit Ben is a self-denying artist, currently resident in Leeds, UK. Ben records and performs under various pseudonyms, including AsPushkin, Wrongbot, and The Circuit Ben Reaction. Continual interest is held in the exchange of personality between well put-together electronics, and a less well put-together human.

You can witness this exchange at – AsPushkin.Posterous.com

Gez McCoy
Gez McCoy is a vocalist, guitarist and producer of Alternative, Experimental and Popular music who has worked professionally as a musician and audio engineer throughout the Midlands.

In recent years he has completed a HND in Popular Music Studies at South Birmingham College before successfully completing a BA(Hons) in Popular Music Production at Derby University, where he designed and built a multi-pickup, surround sound, lap slide guitar.

As a postgraduate at DMU, studying a Masters in Music Technology he is exploring electroacoustic music in order to integrate his experimental guitar and live electronics in a spatial sound environment. This has led to the development of ‘The Gusto’, a modular unit comprising self-built and ‘hacked’ effects alongside an eight-step sequencer and oscillator.


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