Category Archives: Events
So, It’s IWD tomorrow and the theme is #ChooseToChallenge. Well, I’m choosing to challenge the norm and not getting involved with anything on the day.
Hello – we’re here everyday
In the meantime, here are some playlists I put together for 2018 of about 150 artists but as I keep saying, this is just the tip of the iceberg –
National Poetry Day..at least here
National Poetry Day gives me an excuse to repost a couple of playlists and a favourite of mine by electronic music pioneer Ruth White : )
Words translated from Charles Baudelaire, “Brumes et pluies” (Mists and Rains) Cover artwork by Henri Matisse.
‘late autumns, winters, springtimes steeped in mud,
o drowsy seasons i love and i praise you…’
News / Event
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.
via Announcing: Delia Derbyshire 80th birthday electronic music heritage project — Delia Derbyshire Day
NEWS – YSWN Spring schedule
NEWS – DD DAY on TOUR
Source: DD DAY on TOUR
Further Information here –
Screening of the award-winning documentary The Delian Mode by Kara Blake
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
Live music will be accompanied by a digital visual art commission by Andrea Pazos.
NEWS / EVENT – Brighton Digital Festival Radio // Future Sounds Conference
I will be talking at Brighton’s Digital Radio Festival on Sept 24th part of a day long conference being run by Totally Radio a day of inspiring conversation, music, live broadcast and sound art at radio’s cutting edge. More info
NEWS / EVENT – Announcing: Delia Derbyshire Day 2016 at HOME, MCR
EVENTS – Supernormal Festival 2015
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
Electronic Music in Britain in the 1950s and 60s: James Mooney and Monty Adkins in Conversation
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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