Electromatronic 5 at St Columbas Church, Oxford 19th November 2016

On a cold and wet Saturday evening Electromatronic welcomed a pioneer of live electronic improvisation Lawrence Casserley performing with Martin Hackett on a heavily circuit bent Korg MS10, Lori E Allen’s band Tears|OV- consisting of Cello, Percussion, synthesizer and live sampling, then us as CSMA

Lawrence Casserley has been working with live electronics since before synthesizers and  before commercial music technology was available; in those days equipment was largely self built and Lawrence  started off as a student of Tristram Cary at the Royal College of Music, who co-founded EMS and help design the VCS3 synth.

These days Lawrence works with a laptop, Max and various control surfaces including Launchpad in order to control the samples and manipulate them in real time, often with various improvising bands. On this occasion he teamed up with Martin Hackett, who played a heavily circuit bent Korg MS10, often putting passive components in circuit with the patch bay.  The output of the synth was routed into Lawrence’s soundcard. This set up a dialogue with Martin Hackett generating sounds on the synthesizer and Lawrence live sampling the signal and transforming the sound, often while the original sound is still being played, other times Lawrence generated a sound and Martin responded to it- so role of action /reaction could work both ways. Martin’s approach was also to include some spectacular keyboard playing as well as control manipulation on the synth – again this added another dimension.

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Martin Hacketts circuit bent Korg MS10

Lori E Allen’s Band Tears¦OV

This continued the theme of the evening set up by Lawrence Casserley and Martin Hackett exploring live sampling and playback/ manipulation- this time with Synthesizer, percussion and Cello, with additional samples from various sources including speech being played out into the mix. This created some very interesting textures and structures, building up complex patterns and some intriguing effects, and some very atmospheric ensemble music where the instruments played without manipulation, again making another contrast and like Lawrence and Martin, the direction of action/reaction moved around.

Stills from the evening

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Electromatronic 4 at Sonophilia, Lincoln 2nd October 2016

We were delighted to be asked by Amie Slavin to host an Electromatronic evening as part of Sonophilia, Lincolns festival of Sound and Music at St Nicholas Church, Lincoln. For this event we curated two acts, firstly Simon Le Boggit did an ambient piece using both live synthesizer and tape parts that fitted the atmosphere of the spacious church well, often creating chanting-like sounds. he explains his piece here:

Simon Le Boggit will be performing a single electronic piece called DNA, which explores the way apparently meaningful patterns and structures may emerge from chaos and repetition. Various examples of Simon’s sonic artwork may be found on his Quantum Soup Orchestra website.

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Simon Le Boggit

Next Algobabez  Live coding duo Shelly Knotts and Joanne Armitage created a piece, specifically for the event, projecting their code onto the screen behind as they go..

 

 

Finally myself and Chrissie Caulfield performed as CSMA

 

Some Stills from the evening:

 

 

 

Electromatronic 3 at Margate

We started out Autumn series mini-tour at the wonderful Tom Thumb Theatre in Margate. This lovely intimate space made for a different atmosphere than the usual large open spaces we’ve played in. We had a good appreciative audience in the snug space which made it feel all the more special.

The line up this time consisted of local sound art collective Athelstan Sound, who derive their name from the street in Margate where their rehearsal space is located. This night their line up consisted of Martin Tanton on his home made Aiophone, Ruth Duckworth on Flute,  Dan Scott on Electric Guitar and Adam Flowers on Soprano Sax. They played three pieces written for the group- ‘Untitled’ by Robert Stillman, ‘Steamtalk’ by Ruth Duckworth and ‘Radio Replay’ by Dan Scott. The last two pieces (written by ensemble members) were by far the strongest pieces in my opinion, Steamtalk was particularly well played with ensemble sounds mixing seamlessly with processed steam driven equipment recorded at the Manchester Science Museum, Radio Replay, consisted of Dan Scott listening to a radio with a pair of headphones and repeating into the microphone what he heard whilst constantly scanning the stations as the ensemble improvised.

Iris Garrelfs performed solo with her laptop, live recording and looping some object from a current installation project, adding vocalisations as she went, merging repeating sounds into neatly defined rhythms and back again, pitching these sounds through all the ranges, continually evolving the material as she progressed.

 

Finally Chrissie and myself performed as CSMA, this time adding a new algorithmic piece originally devised for a fellow electronic composers birthday, this piece is based on iteration but is in effect a palindrome: in the first stage the idea is to fill each semi-quaver slot on my step sequencer with beats but only a few at a time and only additions, no removals, until all slots on all 3 channels are filled, then removing them all by the same process- so its addition/subtraction. The time signature doesnt change- the notes/beats are substituted for rests, the piece stops at the point I have a rhythm that is similar (but not the same) as where I started- Chrissies part starts as additive harmonies in the first, additive bit, then melodic in the subtractive part.

 

You can also read Chrissies blog about portability on tour here

 

 

 

Electromatronic 2 at St Laurence Church, Catford 11th June 2016

Our second electromatronic gig took place on Saturday 11th June 2016 at the familiar modernist church of St Laurence Catford, the venue of our first electromatronic concert in 2015. Again much thanks to Huw Morgan for facilitating and assisting our programme.

 

At electromatronic 2  we curated 3 very different artists:

Steve Gisby brings his iterative pieces to the live stage for the first time ever.


https://stevegisby.bandcamp.com/

http://www.iterative-music.com/  – this allows the user to create their own version online

 

 

raxil4  (Andrew Page)

raxil4 is multi disciplinary sound and sculptural artist Andrew Page, specialising in analogue electronic dronescapes he is active on the London sound art, improv and noise scenes.
https://raxil4.bandcamp.com/

 

 

Vera Bremerton:

Blends classical harmonies with industrial, avantgarde, techno beats and aggressive sounds.
My songs have been broadcast on several national radio channels and I have played underground noise nights in Europe.
https://verabremerton.bandcamp.com/

 

CSMA

We performed three new pieces from new album and one from our current album “Collision Rate