Sound Arts Visiting Practitioner Series – Summer Term 2021
Open to All
Due to the uncertainty caused by the ongoing global Covid-19 pandemic, the Sound Arts Visiting Practitioner Series will continue to be held online for the Summer Term. The lectures this term will all happen virtually: a mixture of live and pre-recorded sessions with guests appearing for a live Q&A (where available). Join us in our virtual teaching room every Thursday (link on ‘Sound Arts & Design' page on Moodle). If you are not a UAL Sound Arts (BA or MA) student, or are an external guest, and would like to attend, please submit your registration here.
15 April | Khyam Allami
Khyam Allami (born in Damascus 1981) is an Iraqi-British multi-instrumentalist musician, composer, researcher and founder of Nawa Recordings. Primarily a performer of the Oud, his artistic research focuses on the development of contemporary and experimental repertoire based on the fundamentals of Arabic music, with a focus on tuning and microtonality. He holds a BA and Masters in Ethnomusicology from SOAS, University of London and is currently completing an M4C/AHRC funded PhD in composition at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham City University. This three-year practice-based research degree will see him explore the application of contemporary acoustic, electro-acoustic and electronic compositional techniques and processes to Arabic music through the use of technology and various instrumentation. His recent commissions include Requiem for the 21st Century, an immersive Oud-based installation for Opera North (Leeds, UK), and an upcoming string quartet for JACK quartet (NYC, USA).
22 April | Jana Winderen
Jana Winderen is an artist who currently lives and works in Norway. Her practice pays particular attention to audio environments and to creatures that are hard for humans to access, both physically and aurally – deep underwater, inside ice or in frequency ranges inaudible to the human ear. Her activities include site-specific and spatial audio installations and concerts, which have been exhibited and performed internationally in major institutions and public spaces. Recent work includes The Art of Listening: Underwater for Audemar Piguet at Art Basel, Miami, Rising Tide at Kunstnernes Hus in Oslo, Listening with Carp for Now is the Time in Wuzhen, Through the Bones for Thailand Art Biennale in Krabi, bára for TBA21_Academy, Spring Bloom in the Marginal Ice Zone for Sonic Acts and Ultrafield for MoMA, New York. In 2011 she won the Golden Nica at Ars Electronica for Digital Musics & Sound Art. She releases her audio-visual work on Touch (UK).
29 April | Tatsuya Takahashi
In his ten years at Korg Tokyo, synthesizer engineer Tatsuya Takahashi brought us the Monotrons, the Volcas, the Minilogue, and many more before leaving on a three-year hiatus from mass-produced synthesizers to work on smaller-scale productions. Takahashi now returns to KORG to set up and run its newly established lab, KORG Berlin.
6 May | DeForrest Brown Jr
DeForrest Brown, Jr. is an Ex-American theorist, journalist, and curator. He produces digital audio and extended media as Speaker Music and is a representative of the Make Techno Black Again campaign. On Juneteenth of 2020, he released the album Black Nationalist Sonic Weaponry on Planet Mu. His debut book ‘Assembling a Black Counter Culture’ (Primary Information, 2021) is a general history of techno and adjacent electronic music with a focus on Black experiences in industrialized labour systems and explores the development of on-the-ground culture in relation to a unique American art form.
13 May | Bishi Bhattacharya
BISHI is a singer, electronic rock-sitarist, composer, producer, and performer born in London of Bengali heritage. As a multi-instrumentalist, she has been trained in both Hindustani and Western Classical styles and studied the sitar under Gaurav Mazumdar, a senior disciple of Ravi Shankar. BISHI has written, performed and released two albums and five EP's on her own label Gryphon Records to critical acclaim. Her most recent single 'Don't Shoot The Messenger,' was produced by Tony Visconti. BISHI is the founder of WITCiH: The Women in Technology Creative Industries Hub, a platform elevating Womxn in Tech. She launched the podcast 'Creative Women in Tech,' in May 2020. BiISHI's collaborations and commissions for the stage include; The London Symphony Orchestra, The Kronos Quartet, Yoko Ono’s ‘Meltdown’, The Science Gallery, Joanna McGregor, Nick Knight's SHOWstudio’, a film collaboration with fashion designer Manish Arora, and recorded collaborations with Sean Ono Lennon, Tony Visconti, Jarvis Cocker, Daphne Guinness & City of London Sinfonia as a Tanpura soloist on Jonny Greenwood's Water.' BISHI produced LANDR's first-ever Sitar Sample pack.
20 May | Robin Buckley
As an artist and musician, rkss (Robin Buckley) takes a critical approach to music with their experimental productions, using sound as a series of gestures to explore complex socio-political issues by working with and pushing against social contexts. Their releases Brostep in the Style of Florian Hecker and DJ Tools (UIQ) - named one of Pitchfork’s experimental albums of the year - resist categorisation while questioning established hierarchies within electronic music. Robin has recently performed at the ICA, Mutek Montréal, Stroom Den Haag, Sonic Acts, Mutek Argentina, Café OTO, Schiev Festival and LUFF Festival. As a theorist, Robin has delivered lectures on their ideas about the political and social contexts of music at the Tate, Goldsmiths College, University of London and as part of the New Contemporaries at the South London Gallery. As a visiting lecturer they have delivered lectures and seminars as part of the BA Fine Art course at Central Saint Martins and they have contributed to the International Computer Music Association’s journal ARRAY.