IKLECTIK and Hackoustic present
Friday 14 Sept doors 7.00pm – music 7.30pm | £5-10 adv / £10 / £5 students otd BUY TICKETS [fees apply]
Hackoustic with Amy Cutler, Sylvia Hallett, Giacomo Lepri, YOAF
No Hackoustic event would be complete without our resident and most wonderful DJ #BarrysLounge spinning discs for us. There’ll also be a small instrument building workshop so you have something to take home with you!
Dr. Amy Cutler
Dr. Amy Cutler is an artist, geographer, poet, and film-maker. She’ll be talking about “hacking” the nature documentary through live cinema and music in her touring project NATURE’S NICKELODEONS, which recently premiered Sheffield Doc/Fest. Recent work includes a collaboration with data artist Anna Ridler in which a neural network trained on romance novels re-interprets the “birds & the bees” of original nature documentary footage, and “LET’S DO AN ANIMAL POEM!”, a collaboration on Resonance FM with Sylvia Hallett and Ivor Kallin using soundbites sourced from archival nature broadcasts along with animal masks with sound effect noses. Amy often works on unsettling ideas of nature by “hacking” original source narratives and pedagogical voices, from radio and TV to 19th century science textbooks. Her musical collaborations have included converting cobwebs into scores for improvisation, and an episode of BBC3’s Late Junction themed around forest ecology, created with field recordist Lee Patterson and the string trio Barrel.
Sylvia Hallett is a multi-instrumentalist and composer whose ritualistic improvisations include “White Fog” and “The Onyx Rook”, and many collaborations with dancers, choreographers, geographers, and poets. Sounds produced by her bowed bicycle wheel are described in one review as “subterranean echoes conjuring up a murky, frozen world, vibrating with ugly undercurrents”. As a duo, Amy and Sylvia perform improvisatory settings of pieces inspired by the harrowing language of natural history texts, such as “you, the stingbearers”, based on Jean-Henri Fabre’s C19th chronicle of human desolation, The Life of the Fly. Amy and Sylvia’s live compositions use instruments including viola, musical saw, wind-up animal toys, tree branches, and bowed Russian vines from Sylvia’s garden, while the lyrics draw on the dark sides of nature: from sea parasites to forensic botany to elegies based on Arctic bird migrations and Icelandic ballads.
Giacomo Lepri is a musician, improviser, composer, sonic interaction designer and researcher. Although he is specialised in not being specialised, his work often involves the development of interactive musical systems and instrument for electroacoustic improvisation. He studied at the Conservatory of Genoa N. Paganini (electroacoustic music composition and performance) and at the Institute of Sonology – STEIM (Instruments & Interfaces master program). He is currently a PhD student at the Augmented Instruments Lab, Centre for Digital Music, Media & Arts Technology Program, Queen Mary University of London.
He will be discussing is latest work, the Cembalo Scrivano .2 which is an interactive audio-visual installation based on augmented typewriter. By detecting the typing activity it generates and manipulates audio and visual materials in real-time.
YOAF are a London based textural music improv trio comprised of Tim yates, Tom Fox and Jon Saunders. They use unique, DIY instruments to create sonic landscapes and rhythms that are guided more by the instruments than the musicians playing them.