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Day One


*Tramway 4, one of the two spaces we'll be using during our two week residency*

Day one of Rough Mix was a chance to get to know one another and learn about each other's work. After a morning of introductions and group warm-up work led by Nick, some of the lead artists (Linda, Chris, Bill, Miguel and Kate with more to come tomorrow) shared their work through presentations and workshops. Each discussed what they want to use their time on Rough Mix for, ranging from experimenting with storytelling and darkness, playing and the form of comedy to exploring mimicry and repetition in text and physical gestures. It's been interesting to see connections between dance, sound, text and visual art already emerging which will doubtless lead to some great discoveries and an exciting two weeks ahead.

I'll keep blogging with more photos once we're into workshopping individual ideas from tomorrow afternoon.


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It's not every week you get the opportunity to work with a company you have wanted to work with for well lets just say a long time. I'm getting to spend the next two weeks 'playing' with Magnetic North and their exciting collaborators for the rough mix programme 2013.

The anticipation of meeting and working with so many new people is always a little scary but i think it is the best way to keep your game up and your passion alive. We can all become complacent even in our dream jobs and I'm a firm believer that it is when you put yourself out there into new and unknown situations with people you have never met before that you can learn and excel the most.

Cant wait!

Sharron x

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Hello from the documenter

Hi all,

I just wanted to post ahead of the Rough Mix residency starting on Monday. My role is to document the residency for Magnetic North and the artists involved. I'll be armed with an iPad, camera, voice recorder, notebooks and any other equipment I can find to create a record of the ideas developed and of the event as a whole. I'm really excited to get to sit in on such a variety of work.

I'll try to blog as much as I can over the next two weeks and keep you updated.


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First Thoughts and Hellos

Hm, seems that my post disappeared into the ether somewhere around Wigham on the train up from Glasgow. 

Anyway, I was writing that I'm super excited about the upcoming Rough Mix residency. The past two days were spent packing gear and trying to not forget that 'one thing' that I inevitably will. During my time, I'll be exploring ideas using transducers to send sound through objects.  It's not a new idea and I'll be standing on the shoulders of giants (David Tudor), but I think there's still a lot that can be done with them and that it'll open up new territiory in my own practice at least.

I was reminded about transducers when working with Kathy Hinde during the Exchanging Worlds project at Aldeburgh Music. There we built them from scratch with students from Suffolk New College who then wrote electroacoustic pieces for the public to play through structures as they wandered the grounds. Since then I've performed with transducers in Austin, Texas during the Cage Centanary and in Scotland in a recent project, Trees Talk, with Ian Spink. I enjoyed it so much that I've invested in a further 6 units and about 600 feet of cable (I want to play the building)! Of course, in addition to the transducers, I've also brought my usual ton of gear to play through as well, so I'll be fully kitted out for whatever presents itself during the two weeks.

I'm looking forward to meeting everyone (and seeing Ian and Chris Devaney again), and seeing what we can all get up  to together.



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Rough Mix 2013 participating artists announced

Rough Mix 2013 participating artists announced

This year's Rough Mix will take place at Tramway as part of the Rip It Up season.  The residency runs from 11th March and there'll be a public showing at 7.30 on Friday 22nd March - more info here.

The artists at this year's residency are:

They'll be joined by emerging artist Sarah Bradley and a group of performers.  The residency is led by Nicholas Bone. 

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Very much enjoyed your show at the Brunton Theatre last night and the silent walk to start was an excellent addition, creating the perfect atmosphere....