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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.

Bill 

 

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J. Sharp Taking A Walk
07 September 2014
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....