Here are LINKS to some great organisations that feature Sound Art and sound design
Plus networking organizations and listings for makers working in a huge variety of experimental ways with Sound.
PLUS some good websites of contemporary sound Artists
Is University of the ARts London’s very own creative research centre into Sound Art Practise- they do lot of events, conferences etc that you can go along to
An extensive archive of sound art specializing in sound poetry http://www.crisap.org/index.php?aboutand Musique concrete, through to contemporary works. UBU web is also a great resource for Avantgarde video and critical writing.
French Based international sound-art research group, that does loads of interesting projects- some of which are open to apply for
resources and debates for film sound enthusiasts
‘Many users of FilmSound.org share with me a common goal which is the love for film sound in all it’s forms’
DesigningSound.org is a resource dedicated to the art and technique of sound design, with the aim of sharing information and knowledge for free.
it is what it says… a great forum for collecting audio recordings if you are too busy / lazy to make your own. – join in and share audio, but make sure you use the good quality clips- read the reviews, and learn what a good audio recording is
Resonance FM.comAn extraordinary and courageous project- an artists radio station, based in London, broadcasting through FM and online. Contains a vast range of practises, from experimental writing/plays, art-bands, Sonic art works, very unusual radio programmes, and some of the most interesting and experimental DJ’s that work in London. P+TBM has a good relationship with Resonance, and the director Ed Baxter is a regular visitor, with students encouraged to do placements at Resonance and contribute their art and time.
“A radio station that makes public those artworks that have no place in traditional broadcasting. A radio station that is an archive of the new, the undiscovered, the forgotten, the impossible. That is an invisible gallery, a virtual arts centre whose location is at once local, global and timeless. And that is itself a work of art”
“Sound and Music is the UK’s landmark agency for new music and sound, working in partnership with complementary organisations to raise awareness of this vital and inspiring art form.”
Lots of listings of live events and opportunities that cross over with contemporary experimental music and sound art.
SoundFjordis a gallery, research unit and venue dedicated to the Sonic Arts. Set up by an Ex- Wimbledon Fine ARt Graduate ( Helen Frosi) the gallery was founded to redress the current lack of exhibiting space exclusively for works of sound art and focuses on the exhibition and documentation of art works, the development of artists within their creative and research practices, and ultimately, the promotion of sound art and its related interests to a wider audience.
A great cross-over place for sonic art and non-mainstream music…
Cafe OTO opened in April 2008 with the aim of providing a home for creative new music that exists outside of the mainstream. It comprises one large cafe/performance space open during the day serving food and drink with an evening programme of live music almost seven nights a week.
Magazine and online portal for … adventures in Modern music and frequently in Sound ARt too.. Good links to various blogs in their Links section
SOME CONTEMPORARY SOUND ARTITS JENNET RECOMMENDS!:
Check out LEAFCUTTER JOHN
a London based sound artist/musician – he does some nice online tutorials in how to make unusual recording devices- Try : ‘Weekly Music Thing No.2: Inductive Pickup’ at http://leafcutterjohn.com/?cat=284
high profile UK based sound artists- lots of nice stuff on his website
The superlative London based Audio/video Collagist Vicki Bennett! ( aka ‘ People like us’)
Since 1991 British artist Vicki Bennett has been an influential figure in the field of audio visual collage, through her innovative sampling, appropriating and cutting up of found footage and archives. Using collage as her main form of expression, she creates audio recordings, films and radio shows that communicate a humorous, dark and often surreal view on life.
Nice little documentary on CHRISTIAN MARCLAY
Longplayer is a one thousand year long musical composition. It began playing at midnight on the 31st of December 1999, and will continue to play without repetition until the last moment of 2999, at which point it will complete its cycle and begin again. Conceived and composed by Jem Finer, it was originally produced as an Artangel commission, and is now in the care of the Longplayer Trust.
An extraordinary and Pioneering British sound artist- especially if you are interested in the possibilities of the Human Voice. Check out his stuff on UBU web too.
Wishart’s compositional interests deal mainly with the human voice, in particular with the transformation of it and the interpolation by technological means between human voice and natural sounds. This is most evident in his albums Red Bird/Anticredos (composition period: 1973-77, publishing date: 1992) and VOX Cycle (1980-1988, 1990), and also in the compositions Tongues of Fire (1993-93, 2000), Globalalia (2003-2004, 2010), Two Women (1998, 2000), and American Triptych (1999, 2000).
He is also a solo voice performer and an improviser of extended vocal techniques, using the recordings of his own improvisations to compose his electroacoustic pieces as well, like he did for Red Bird and Vox 5.
Turner prize winner 2010
Her Artangel audio walk, The Missing Voice: Case Study B (1999), guides visitors on a physical and psychological journey through the streets of Spitalfields, you can still experience it at the Whitechapel art gallery,
her stuff is on UBU web at
plunderphonics pioneer (check out his excellent article ‘Bettered by the Borrower; The Ethics of Musical Debt’ in ‘Audio Culture’ (ed. C. Cox).- see that and other great things in the ptbm reading list on this blog
Pioneer whose most famous piece ‘I AM SITTING IN A ROOM’ (1969) is on UBU web)
also see here for more works/info
and don’t forget the Immortal KURT SCHWITTERS: