Anton Mobin - Hugh Davies Project Residency Performance -
Alex McLean (Livecoding), Benedict Taylor (viola) and Adrian Beentjes
Friday 11th March 7.30pm-9pm No Door Tax
Access Space, Sheffield
Access Space has been hosting Paris based musician and instrument builder Anton Mobin as artist and instrument builder in residence.
Anton is building a new performance instrument ("Prepared Camber") based on the ideas of British composer, experimental musician and musicologist Hugh Davies (1943–2005). See below for more info on Hugh Davies.
These improvised performances bring together musicians from four different areas of musical instrument creation, three of whom create their own music making tools: Anton Mobin (mic-ed acoustic "prepared chamber"), Alex McLean (performing with his own Livecoding software, Tidal), Adrian Beentjes (who creates electronic instruments to his own design), and Benedict Taylor (viola player and improviser).
About the performers:
Anton Mobin is an experimental musician, improviser and radio producer.
He has developed D.I.Y principles for experimental self-built instruments, which he calls "Prepared Cambers", in which there are arranged a multitude of every-day objects amplified by piezo-electric contact microphones.
Anton Mobin has run the label H.A.K. Lo-Fi Record since 2001.
and collaborated and performed with many musicians over the last 15 years including Jello Biafra, Sonny Simmons, Bryan Lewis Saunders, London Improvisers Orchestra, Alexei Borisov, Chrs Galarreta, Benedict Taylor, Naoto Yamagishi, Daniel Thompson, Ayato, Roberto Lazzarino, Will Connor and Simon Henocq.
Benedict Taylor is an award winning composer & solo violist specialising in contemporary music and improvisation. He studied at the Royal Northern College of Music & Goldsmiths College, and is a leading figure within the area of contemporary composition & string performance, at the forefront of the British & European new and improvised music scene.
He composes, performs & records internationally, in many leading venues and festivals including: Royal Court Theatre, Rambert Dance Company, BBC Arts Online, Berlinale, Venice International Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival, Huddersfield Contemporary Festival, London Contemporary Music Festival, Aldeburgh Festival, Cantiere D'Arte di Montepulciano, Edinburgh Festival, CRAM Festival, Cafe Oto, The Barbican, Royal Albert Hall, Southbank Centre, The Vortex, Ronnie Scott's, ICA, BBC Radio 3 & 2, Radio Libertaire Paris, Resonance FM London.
Through his work he is involved with a number of higher education institutions, giving composition, improvisation & performance lectures at the Royal College of Music and Goldsmiths College, amongst others. He is the founder and artistic director of CRAM, a music collective and independent record label dedicated to new music.
Anton Mobin and Benedict Taylor work together in Paris and London since 2012 as soon as they met at the Boat Ting. Since that they tour intensively on short period and record their first album in duo "Stow | Phasing" released on Raw Tonk Records.
Alex McLean is a research and teaching fellow in the School of Music, University of Leeds, and associate researcher of FoAM Kernow.
He currently lives in Sheffield and performs solo as Yaxu.
He is one third of the live coding band slub, and half each of the spam-pop band Silicone Bake (with Jake Harries), algorave duo algorithmic yorkshire (with Ash Sagar), the Hession/McLean Duo (with Paul Hession) and Canute (with Matthew Yee-King). I also work with Kate Sicchio on the code+dance project Sound Choreographer <> Body Code and have sometimes improvised with such good folks as xname and Leafcutter John.
His solo Peak Cut EP was released on Computer Club in 2015.
Alex completed his PhD thesis “Artist Programmers and Programming Languages for the Arts” in late 2011, supervised by Geraint Wiggins within the ISMS group in Goldsmiths.
He is co-founder of ChordPunch, an on-line record label promoting algorithmic music, and also event promoters algorave, software art repository runme and on-line forum lurk. He is also co-founder of TOPLAP (a temporary organisation for the promotion of live algorithm programming), co-organiser of dorkbotsheffield, and latterly dorkbotlondon.
This will be the first time Anton and Alex have played together.
Adrian Beentjes born 1973 in Philadelphia, USA. He lives and resides with family in Northwest England. His passions align in sound explorations, experiments and improvisations, mixed/multi-media arts, DIY culture and field recording.
He works on his own simple electronic machines and home-made instruments, applying a subtle dose of circuit bent electronics which tips over totally; the composition to an analogical universe. Co-founder and member of Classwar Karaoke Collective.
Adrian and Anton played several times in Paris and collaborated in 2010, their first duo collaboration released on suRRism Phonoethics “Wired Fruits” and in 2011, a long term collaboration on the internet to compose “Micro Sounds Biopsy” release on Zeromoon label in the USA.
This performance is hosted by Access Space (http://access-space.org/
) in collaboration with Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project, ‘Hugh Davies: Electronic Music Innovator’, led by Dr James Mooney (University of Leeds) in partnership with Dr Tim Boon (The Science Museum, London). Some further information on the project can be found here:http://hughdaviesproject.wordpress.com
Access Space, 3-7 Sidney Street, Sheffield S1 4RG
The arts programme at Access Space is supported
using public funding by Arts Council England
All the best
Director of Arts and Innovation, Access Space