Adam Denton and Luke Twyman began collaborating under the name Trans/Human at The Audacious Art Experiment HQ in Sheffield during 2011.
Employing several noise making devices and techniques in their performances, including mobile phones, radio, cassette tape, prepared electric guitar, processed drums, strobe lighting, contact microphones, field recordings and feedback systems, Trans/Human’s concerns lie within the physical act of music making and its relationship to environment and audience. Through their collaboration the duo sought to reflect their inclination towards creating ritualized sonic and visual experiences via a series of improvised performances, resulting in the cassette release, The 8 Hour Dance (2011). A further release on Blackest Rainbow, The Wider, was recorded in early 2012.
Trans/Human’s improvised performances led to important collaborations with New Aktionist artists Nick Kilby and Kris Kanavan. Throughout 2012 Trans/Human have developed their performances to use the artist’s body as a conduit between noise and audience. By amplifying objects used by Kilby or Canavan during these performances, Trans/Human have added to their repository of noise making devices, bringing together performance and sound art in an innovative and engaging way.
Trans/Human have toured the UK and Europe, including appearances at the Festival de M.A.I. in Nice alongside Jean Marc Montera (2012), Tapette Fest in Bretagne (2012), Festival of the Mind, Sheffield (September 2012) and SpaceFest in Gdansk (2013). In March 2013, Trans/Human headed out to the west coast of Scotland in the Audacious Mobile Research Library (A.M.R.L.). They roamed in their motor home, collecting rogue radio frequencies and playing a number of isolated and impromptu performances. An exhibition based on the trip is scheduled throughout 2014.
Releases available to buy/hear
Released on the 3rd March 2014 on limited 12″
Released on the 17th December 2012 as a free download.
Released on the 2nd September 2011 on 100 limited cassettes and download.