New Sheffield-based experimental music and filmmaking collective Peak Signal 2 Noise are holding their inaugural mini-festival The OptoPhonic Workshop on Sat 26th July at The Montgomery Theatre Studio – a one day mini-fest of workshops, instrument building, improvisations and sonic experimentations… Nested within the city-wide Tramlines festival, this Arts Council funded fringe event aims to draw in adventurous new listeners, curious instrument builders and potential experimental musicians of the future. Bringing some true legends to the Steel City, such as Adam Bohman, Heather Leigh and Rhodri Davies, this new festival sees the organisers further their vision of participatory music events, with a focus on igniting creative contagion and breaking down audience/performer divides…
Peak Signal 2 Noise brings together Singing Knives Records, Tinnitus Jukebox, The Audacious Art Experiment, Another Timbre and other similarly messy-minded artists in Sheffield. Initially formed to produce the self-titled TV show for the forthcoming Sheffield Live Community TV, the collective are keen to spread their ethos of communal creation further by curating exploratory and participatory live events.
Full line up:
ADAM BOHMAN | SHARON GAL | RHODRI DAVIES | HEATHER LEIGH | CONSPIRATORS OF PLEASURE | LORAH PIERRE | BLOOD STEREO | MICK BECK, STEPHEN CHASE, SARAH MCWATT, NATHAN BETTANY | MURRAY ROYSTON-WARD | HUMAN HEADS | LUKE POOT | BLUE YODEL more info: http://ps2n.org/optophonic-lineup
And in the afternoon pop in for a workshop – book yourself a spot, get tea and cake!
Build your own laser microphone – with Lorah Pierre – spend the afternoon soldering away to make a microphone receptive to vibrations from solid surfaces.
VOCALISE – with Sharon Gal – a group workshop exploring and experimenting with the use of voice and improvisation – accomplished singer or total novice! (NB: time 12-2pm)
Speakers from objects – build a transducer – with Murray Royston-Ward – make your own gadget that will make everyday object surreal speakers and explore their sonic properties!
Contact microphone masterclass and talk – with Adam Bohman – a legend of sonic exploration, Adam will guide you in the marvellous worlds of contact microphones to expose the hidden sounds of the world around you.
PhonoPollock noise painting – with The Conspirators of Pleasure – what would it have sounded like as Jackson Pollock thrust and spattered across the canvas? Come and find out for yourself!
Film screenings of PS2N’s work and others, a live experimental participatory documentary being filmed across the day, noise-making interactive installations, a bar, cakes, and loads of merch…
Free entry during the day 2pm-6pm
Some workshops have a nominal booking fee to reserve a slot (£5 waged, £3 unwaged/u21) – but you get free tea and cake!
Evening performances – £5 waged, £3 unwaged/u21 – or free if you paid for a workshop in the day!
Workshop tickets via: http://ps2n.org/optophonic-workshops/
Evening tickets on the door or via: http://sivtickets.com/event/tramlinesfringetheoptophonicworkshop
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/287063471448838/
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