Environmental Sound, Sonic Art, Physical Computing, Performance
Sonic ArtLab is a collection of experimental sonic art studies and compositions by UWE Bristol final year students on the BSc Audio & Music Technology and the BSC Creative Music Technology programmes. The work was composed for my Sonic Art classes.
The compositional challenge given to the students was to create a 5-minute piece without rhythm or harmony, focusing instead on the internal characteristics of sounds and how these might be explored through compositional innovation and use of sound manipulation techniques.
Sonic ArtLab is thematically organised in number of playlists:
This online repository of work summarises my teaching in creative sound design and sonic art between 2010 and 2020. Related paper: Palmer M. (2017), Revisiting Site-related Sonic Practices. Paper presented at Sounding Out the Space Dublin 2017
Gestural Composition by Joel Ramsbottom, 2018. Playlist: Gesture and texture.
The work experiments with isolated sonic events and explores their relationships when functioning with one another to build a conceptual narrative structure in a poetic space.
The River by Mark Summerell, 2017. Playlist: Site-related composition.
Using hydrophones and underwater speakers, it explores the water’s ability to create and carry sound. The fascination with water stems from Herman Hesse’s Siddhartha: “the river is everywhere at the same time, at the source and at the mouth ...in the ocean and in the mountains ... the present only exists for it, not the shadow of the past nor the shadow of the future”.
Chant by Chris Dreher, 2017. Playlist: Site-related composition.
An exploration of meditation and Buddhist prayer.
Cassette Tape Performance by Dan Wackett, 2015. Playlist: analogue digital experiments.
Recording of live performance.
Sonic Art Piece by Ben Waller, 2017. Playlist: analogue digital experiments.
“My piece explores the tones and harmonies you can get from distorting and delaying signals. There is something about certain frequencies that just sends tingles up your back and your hairs stand on end, I am fascinated by these frequencies and what they mean.”