Announcing funding of £42,600 awarded by The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a programme of activities and events to celebrate the late Delia Derbyshire’s 80th anniversary year.
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Machine listening in music: a beginners guide
Dr Amy Beestonhttp://dcs.shef.ac.uk/~amyb
At Leeds University and the University of Huddersfield
This workshop introduces the idea of Machine Listening in music. It demonstrates how computers hear and process sound in comparison with your ears, to help you make the best of this information in your own music/sound work. More information will be released along with the dates – yes there will be two, one in Leeds and another in Huddersfield. If you want to see events happening in your area give us a shout! You may need to help find sponsorship but together we make things happen.
Thinking, researching and writing about…
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Source: DD DAY on TOUR
Further Information here –
A new 17 minute audio collage of Delia Derbyshire archive material compiled by Delia Derbyshire archive lead researcher David Butler
3 music performances of DD Day commissions inspired by the Delia Derbyshire Archive by The Architects of Rosslyn (Mandy Wigby & Howard Jacobs), Caro C and Daniel Weaver
This is the season of the Festival and I am giving a plug to those that look interesting and include many of the artists that Feminatronic has highlighted,( also discovering new artists along the way). Last weekend was Full of Noises in Cumbria http://fonfestival.org/ which included such artists as Andie Brown, Leslie Deere, Aine O’Dwyer and Helen Frosi among the great line up overall. Will have more on this soon.
Next weekend – August 7-9th,is Supernormal Festival http://www.supernormalfestival.co.uk/ and artists include Jennifer Walshe, Karen Gwyer, Vicky Langan amongst another eclectic and looks like, joyful arts experience. Here is Poulomi Desai performing at Supernormal 2013.
Performance and film screenings at Supernormal Festival 2013: Sitar, Circuit Bent, Slide Projectors, axe, knives, kitchen implements + Electronics.
The full series of “Experiments with Noise” videos were also screened at the festival.
Supernormal Festival (Braziers Park) is a wonderful small festival of experimental arts and music. Big thanks to Sam Francis. See: http://www.supernormalfestival.co.uk/programme/2013
So, I began with thoughts of focussing on Experimental Electronic Music and like most went down the route of the standard history that everyone charts.
As some of you by now will realise, although I do post a lot about the well known electronic artists, genres and histories, I also try to give those well under the radar a space to get their music heard or the genre a wider audience. This includes trying to bring to attention the scene in the rest of the world.
I had heard about Hugh Davies and his catalogue of ‘alternative electronic history’ but until today had not had a chance to explore further. So glad I did !
As I knew in my heart, there was and still is an alternative electronic music scene and one where many artists are quietly creating music unknown or ignored.
This is why I am reblogging this article as part of the Experimental Season, as many of the themes are still so relevant today and why Hugh Davies’ work is still vital as a challenge to the traditional historical theory.
Listening to the Soundcloud discussion is recommended as it gives an insight into roles of Daphne Oram ad Delia Derbyshire in the development of British electronic music and technology. Some interesting questions and answers.
Here is the original overview of the concert and presentation on Daphne Oram and Delia Derbyshire –
In February 2015, a concert of tape music works by Delia Derbyshire and Daphne Oram was staged as part of the Electric Spring Festival at University of Huddersfield. The concert was preceded by a public conversation between the curator of the concert, Dr James Mooney, and one of the festival’s artistic directors, Prof Monty Adkins. A complete recording of this pre-concert discussion is now available via SoundCloud: click here.
The conversation addressed the context of electronic music in Britain in the 1950s and 60s and included discussion of Hugh Davies, his self-built instruments and – in particular – his International Electronic Music Catalog. The tools and techniques of electronic music production in the 50s and 60s were discussed, as was the institutional context of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, where both Derbyshire and Oram worked.
While simultaneously extolling the challenges and contingencies of archival research, Mooney and Adkins discussed the work of some of the key figures in British electronic…
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