IKLECTIK presents,

AURA MACHINE – Vicky Clarke
Talk + Live performances by Vicky Clarke + Hayley Suviste

Thursday 18 November 2021 | 6pm – 11:30pmThursday 18 November 2021 | 6pm – 11:30pm

Talk: 6pm – 7pm
Free Admission (Registration Required)

Live performances: 8:45pm (doors 8:30pm)
Tickets: £6 Students / £10 Advance / £13 General Admission

AURA MACHINE, a material experiment with neural synthesis.

A sound object has an aura. Part of her machine learning and musique concrete NOVARS residency, Vicky Clarke’s piece takes the listener through the process of training a neural network, beginning with a concrete training dataset of mills, materials and machinery recordings through transmutation to a state of AI generated output. Can a machine produce an aura? The piece will be performed alongside tracks from her forthcoming album.

Hayley Suviste will perform a brand-new soundscape work, bringing her fixed media practice into the live realm. The performance will be a sonic exploration of space and texture, weaving together live clarinet, field recordings, and analogue landscapes.

The event will start with a talk held by Vicky Clarke presenting AURA MACHINE, and will be followed by live performances by Vicky Clarke and Hayley Suviste.


Ph credits: Vicky Clarke

Vicky Clarke is a sound and electronic media artist from Manchester, UK. Working with sound sculpture, DIY electronics and human-machine systems, she explores our relationship to technology through sonic materiality, Winner of the Oram Award 2020, she is currently artist in residence at NOVARS, University of Manchester exploring musique concrete and machine learning in collaboration with PRiSM. The residency builds on her AI research trip to St Petersburg as selected artist for UK-RUSSIA Year of Music and her project ‘MATERIALITY’ exploring sound sculpture to interface the physical and digital, collaborating with the National Graphene Institute to create a conductive performance interface. Her work has featured on ‘SONIC FUTURES: How technology is guiding electronic music’, British Council and FACT magazine and she has performed/exhibited with National Science & Media Museum, MUTEK and CTM. Vicky is co-director of Noise Orchestra and promotes DIY music culture, demystifying tech and women in sound.


Ph credit: Rob Herissone

Hayley Suviste is an award-winning sound artist and composer from Manchester, UK.
She works with field recordings, archival recordings, electronic hardware and live instrumentation to create long-form pieces, sonic installations, and multimedia art projects. From her background in Electroacoustic Composition, Hayley has established a unique sound art practice through which she explores topics of community, cultural identity, and heritage. Inspired by the rich tradition of oral history, she creates intimate sonic explorations of voice and space which animate broader sociohistorical themes.