SoundStage 30

It’s been a fabulous week here on SoundStage sending sonic tendrils out to you festivalCHAT goers. We hope you’ve discovered some new artists to tickle your ears (and eyes), sounds to excite you and sounds to soothe you. Maybe both even. At the same time. So without further ado, here’s the penultimate SoundStage, the scritchy scratchy sounds of…..

Jon Lloyd/Walthamstow Home Keyboard Laboratory – Unparalleled Sound Pressure

Compiled from dictaphone and digital field recordings and tape loops.

https://experimentalsoundart.bandcamp.com/track/unparalleled-sound-pressure-waterworks-festival

The pieces I produce are unashamedly broken, incomplete, imperfect.

They are created quickly, seeking to capture a moment.

Unparalleled Sound Pressure was an attempt to document an event that hadn’t happened, and subsequently, never happened; the controversial Waterworks Music Festival in London in 2020. The piece intended to predict an outcome, but instead stands as false testimony to an event that never transpired. It was a protest piece for a cause that was won only through pandemic intervention.

The Walthamstow Home Keyboard Laboratory, involves childrens’ home keyboards from the 1980s and 1990s. These are the toys of my youth, but they were things I never had and could never afford until they were for sale at carboot sales and charity shops. Except, this is a conceit, because I’m very middle class, and could probably have asked my parents to buy them for me. Many of the purchases I made in my twenties I subsequently sold and have since re-purchased at inflated collectors’ rates, from Ebay.

Nevertheless, I seek to accurately portray their sonic characteristics, without the luxuries of digital intervention or external effects. Tracks are improvised, sometimes echo-ing the equipment’s time-period in a broadly Hauntological fashion, and sometimes forging more abstract noise-based arrangements. The pieces flow and each layer follows the last. The tracks are presented chronologically as they were recorded – piecemeal, over a week or so – and demonstrate a level of development in my understanding of how to use them. They are a personal exploration of the material culture of my (perceived) youth.

Twitter: @homekeyboard

Bandcamp: Walthamstow Home Keyboard Laboratory

And now…..the SoundStage finale you’ve all been waiting for……the piece made by YOU….a big round of applause please………it’s……(keep that screaming down please!)…..it’s….

Postcards from All Edges

Arr. Dave Webb with Lara Band, Jobbe Wijnen, Laura Aish, John Tierney, Dan Lee, Antonia Thomas, Rachael Kiddey, Lawrence Northall, Ursula Frederick, Jacqui Mulville, Ben Philcox, Hilary Orange

Tiny sound pictures charting your journeys to #festivalCHAT2020: A front door in East London. Late night seagulls at Ramsgate Harbour circling the fishing boats. An echoey street in Gelderland, so noisy that every falling hairpin can be heard inside, listening to some radio, going outside, a family had just passed, and then a 1950 Mercedes car passed by.

A walk through overgrown graveyard in West Cork – Kilbrogan has one of the oldest ‘modern’ headstones in Ireland dating to 1623 – the mortuary monument appears to be Protestant and it represents the divided and contested landscape of the Bandon area since the town was founded in 1608.

The sea at Dingyshowe, Deerness. The beach is a tombolo between The East Mainland and Deerness (‘nearly an island’). This beach on the east side faces the North Sea. The tide was high, and the weather calm, and small waves were breaking over a small sand shelf at the top of the beach. Sometimes the waves would wash over to the top of the sand. Nearby is a large broch mound, hence the ‘howe’ placename of the beach. Willow and Bee, the kittens purring.

A calf mooing and a bit of owl, a windy and rainy old morning, near Dartmouth, south Devon, UK. Breakfast at Zest Cafe, Ramsgate. A trip for coffee in Canberra with the general bustle of birds, people walking past, hum of building sounds (electricity?). The River taff on a  morning run, CV19 defences. And a laptop falling off a desk….

SoundStage 26

Today: a magnifying glass. The macro of The Oneirologist to the micro of Wave Debb: the everyday sonicity of familiar places. Reach for those headphones once again and listen on…

The Oneirologist – City

CLICK HERE to listen to City

City is a piece inspired by the London, both modern and ancient. A massive metropolis of life seething on top with layers of history laying beneath. The trains rumble below the people sleeping, fucking and eating, below the trains the lives of billions of people past lay in dirt, drains and webs of past lives and structures. London is a place of real life, or diversity and the comings and goings of people for millennia. We are battered by sounds, smells and sights without often thinking about what lies beneath our feet, or behind the wall, buildings older than some countries, streets walked by millions over thousands of years, life and death. As we dig below we find more and more human history piled into this space we call a city. It’s beautiful and ugly and a place of despair and inspiration.

The Oneirologist is an audio-visual electroacoustic project by Rick Jensen (member of Apocalypse Jazz Unit, SKRONK, MGF, Nuha Ruby Ra, FAT COP and more) The project has existed since 2013 and released dozens of albums and films. This recording was performed live at New River Studios on 14/10/2020.

Twitter: @SKRONKimprov

Wave Debb – Rooms

Reacting to the home by using the sounds of objects found within it and the resonant frequencies of it, then looping, mixing and dubbing them live with Ableton, a mixing desk and an array of outboard FX pedals. Another layer added by playing the sound of the resulting mix back in the space to capture its ambience further.

Webb Dave: A Hybrid DJ, mixing field recording loops with outboard fx. A long time ago forgotten combination of musique concrète, improv industrial and percussions on familiar things.

CLICK HERE to listen to Rooms

Twitter: @DebbWave

Postcards from all edges

David Webb & Lara Band (UK)

Arr. Dave Webb with Lara Band, Jobbe Wijnen, Laura Aish, John Tierney, Dan Lee, Antonia Thomas, Rachael Kiddey, Lawrence Northall, Ursula Frederick, Jacqui Mulville, Ben Philcox, Hilary Orange

Tiny sound pictures charting your journeys to #festivalCHAT2020: A front door in East London. Late night seagulls at Ramsgate Harbour circling the fishing boats. An echoey street in Gelderland, so noisy that every falling hairpin can be heard inside, listening to some radio, going outside, a family had just passed, and then a 1950 Mercedes car passed by.

A walk through overgrown graveyard in West Cork – Kilbrogan has one of the oldest ‘modern’ headstones in Ireland dating to 1623 – the mortuary monument appears to be Protestant and it represents the divided and contested landscape of the Bandon area since the town was founded in 1608.

The sea at Dingyshowe, Deerness. The beach is a tombolo between The East Mainland and Deerness (‘nearly an island’). This beach on the east side faces the North Sea. The tide was high, and the weather calm, and small waves were breaking over a small sand shelf at the top of the beach. Sometimes the waves would wash over to the top of the sand. Nearby is a large broch mound, hence the ‘howe’ placename of the beach. Willow and Bee, the kittens purring.

A calf mooing and a bit of owl, a windy and rainy old morning, near Dartmouth, south Devon, UK. Breakfast at Zest Cafe, Ramsgate. A trip for coffee in Canberra with the general bustle of birds, people walking past, hum of building sounds (electricity?). The River taff on a  morning run, CV19 defences. And a laptop falling off a desk….

Visit the SoundStage for other sonic experiences …

Original Call:

This piece is all about you and by you, collectively!

‘The journey to CHAT’ – people documenting their journey to the annual CHAT conference – has become an informal tradition over the years. In absence of physical journeys this year we’d like to recreate your journeys in sound through sound postcards, recorded from your window on your way to festivalCHAT.

Over the week we’ll arrange the sounds, sequentially in the order that they arrive and binaurally according to their position geographically. This will create a continuous soundscape hosted on our own Soundcloud and will be the final piece posted on SoundStage on the last day of festivalCHAT. Please send a recording up to 20 seconds long, ideally MP3 or .wav. Phone recordings are fine and we can also rip sound from films made on your phone if necessary. Email your postcard to drw33@hotmail.com with your approximate location, if you’re a happy to share that with us. Let us know if you’re happy for us to credit you by name in our summary of the piece too.

You can send your postcard anytime from the first day of festivalCHAT on Friday 23 October until midnight (your time zone) on Monday 26 October to give us time to put it together.

We look forward to hearing from you!

SoundStage

A sound stage for festivalCHAT curated by Lara Band, Dave Webb and Lawrence Northall (UK)

Hello and welcome to SoundStage. Over the week, every day, we’ll be here introducing soundstronauts, noise makers, musicians and sonic experimenters for all your aural pleasures.

Follow the daily entries as they emerge here:

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SoundStage 28

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SoundStage 30

Original call for contributions

We’re putting out this call for you to either create something new or share a ready made sound piece. Your piece should be a response to place, space or materiality: You may also want to consider the special themes: Archaeologies of festivals; COVID-19 pandemic; Equality & Diversity; Decolonializing contemporary archaeology; Archaeologies of protest; Togetherness & Fragmentation; Drift.

If you’ve a piece you’d like featured, send us your bio and some words about the piece (max 300 words), a link* and an image (as a separate file named ‘artist name’.jpg) to soundstagechat@gmail.com. Include your social media @s too. We’ll organise submissions into themed sets – using your own words and image as the main texts of the blog. Every day during the week long festival the festivalCHAT website will release a blog with the set as suggested listening for the day.

*Sound pieces with accompanying film are also welcome but you must be able to host this yourself. We envisage that most of you will have your own Soundcloud, Bandcamp, webpage or similar but we can help you set up a free Soundcloud account if necessary.