LAB12: Claudia Molitor, Louis d’Heudieres, James Saunders

Wednesday 10 January, 2-4pm (CM119 / CM106)

Claudia Molitor will present some recent work in Lab 12 that explores listening and looking in relation to environment, and ways this is altered through technology. In the first half of the lab, Louis d’Heudieres and James Saunders will test some new work involving instructions, consensus, and association.

12-2pm / CM119

Louis d’Heudieres – Developing audio score instructions

Over the last two years, my compositional practice has centred upon using sound as a notational medium. Taking field recordings that I have recorded myself or found in sonic archives on the internet or elsewhere, my scores involve instructing performers in how to interpret these field recordings. Whilst the pieces in the Laughter Studies series have predominantly used two instructions, “describe” and “imitate”, I have increasingly been expanding the range of instructions I give the performers to give my pieces more scope and variety. In this session, I would like to explore further instructions which ask the performers to imitate vocal sounds facially and sing precise pitches.

James Saunders – Association and consensus

I will be testing some group behaviours in relation to two forthcoming pieces that build on recent work exploring association and consensus. The session will test a mechanism where participants move between different groups while attempting to agree on a stable arrangement, and an early draft of a mechanism for associating a wide range of sonic materials with no predetermined correspondences.

2-4pm / CM106

Claudia Molitor – Listening on the move

In many daily situations the relationship between our listening and looking, as well as all our other senses are disconnected and disrupted or, if you approach it more positively, enhanced and enriched by the way we alter our environment through various technologies. I will look at three examples of my work that attempt to connect the listener with their environment and draw attention to their relationship to this environment through mobile listening.

Claudia Molitor is a composer, artist and performer whose work draws on traditions of music and sound art but also extends to video, performance and fine art practices. Exploring the relationships between listening and seeing as well as embracing collaboration as compositional practice is central to this work.

Her work is regularly commissioned, performed and broadcast throughout Europe, working for example with festivals such as Wien Modern, hcmf//, Spor, BBC Proms and Sonica as well as organisations such as Tate Britain, NMC Recordings and the Science Museum. Recent work includes Sonorama with Electra Productions, Turner Contemporary and the British Library, Vast White Stillness for Spitalfields Festival and Brighton Festival and The Singing Bridge, installed at Somerset House during Totally Thames 2016.

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