All workshops will take place at The Edge, 79-81 Cheapside, Deritend, Birmngham, B12 0QH
CIRCE: collective and interactive recording with collaborative electronics
// Saturday 23rd February 4.30-6.30pm //
Level: beginner //
CIRCE… is collective and interactive recording with collaborative electronics.
Created by contemporary music practitioner Roger Thomas, CIRCE is a performance, a workshop, an open-access recording session, an ambient music installation, a demonstration, a learning opportunity, a methodology, an assemblage of hardware and software and a mobile, real-world, informal creative and social nexus for anyone interested in improvised electronic music.
CIRCE reverses the performance conventions of electronic music by inviting voluntary real-time participation from anyone present at a CIRCE event, accommodating all levels of musical ability and technical knowledge (including none).
CIRCE comprises a selection of evolving ambient/drone audio tracks which are manipulated, processed and mixed by the performer in real time, together with a range of hardware and software instruments with accessible interfaces such as touchscreens, touchpads and proximity sensors. These instruments are operated by volunteer participants who add their own improvised sonic elements to the music, contributing as much or as little to the performance as they wish.
‘The resulting mix is projected as a real-time performance but is also recorded and made available as a privately downloadable album, with participants being notified of this via e-mail (anonymous contributions are also welcomed). This gives everyone present the chance to be involved in recording an album of improvised electronic music which is then distributed to its creators. At CIRCE’s inaugural performance the result was a 4-CD length set created by 18 named and several anonymous participants.
Roger Thomas has performed at the BEAM Festival (Brunel University) the NoiseFloor Festival (University of Staffordshire) and live on Resonance104.4fm and has presented various papers on aspects of electronics, percussion and improvisation, including at the SPEEC symposium at Oxford University. He has previously worked in free jazz (with Maggie Nicols and Lol Coxhill among others), not-so-free jazz (with the Millennium Jazz Orchestra) and orchestral, rock and dance music. Widely published as a writer and editor, his work has appeared in many publications including The Wire, Sound On Sound, Gramophone and DJ magazine. He teaches at the Bishopsgate Institute in London.
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// Saturday 23rd February 11am-1pm & Sunday 24th February 10am-12.30pm //
Level: beginner-intermediate //