Come along to a night of hacked sound - experimental performances, instruments and installations featuring some of the most exciting makers, musicians and artists in London. We're really excited about our lineup this month - we have another incredibly diverse array of artists performing and talking about their work, as well as some wonderful installations. The prolific and exciting Tim Murray-Browne will be talking about his installation work. We'll have performances from Mother Disorder who creates brooding electronica using contact mics attached to her body and Laurel Smith-Pardue who will be performing with her augmented violin as well as Stephen Shiell and Hannah White playing their beautiful hand-made acoustic instruments.
I’Klectik Art Lab, 20 Carlisle Lane, SE1 7LG
Tickets from £5: Available here
We’re excited to announce our first Hackoustic Presents of 2018 with an incredible lineup of performances, installations and presentations. We have the wonderful Gouda Dirzyte performing with hand-made electro-acoustic instruments, and the versatile and fascinating Ana Berkenhoff presenting instruments she’s made with Yuri Landmann, along with her own work. We also have a presentation by our Director Tim Yates on work he’s been doing at Drake Music, a charity working in music, disability and technology, in helping to develop open-source accessible instruments for non-techie workshop leaders and teachers to be able to use cheaply and easily.
There’ll also be two exciting installations, this time from Gawain Hewitt who’ll be bringing a selection of his recent pieces for you to try out including a singing plant, a sonic suitcase and a recording stethoscope. Our Creative Director Tom Fox will also show for the first time ever the Proximity Mixer Jacket, a wearable version of his Vulpestruments installation, made in collaboration with Nick Murray. The jacket will have hidden audio signals running through the fabric that the wearer will explore and mix their own audio compositions through the magic of physics!
No Hackoustic event would be complete without our resident and most wonderful DJ #BarrysLounge spinning discs for us. There’ll also be a small instrument building workshop so you have something to take home with you!
Check out more info on our artists below and book your tickets quick!
Gouda is an experimental music instruments designer, composer and sound artist living between the UK and Lithuania. Diržytė creates generative sound installations and performances centred around self-built instrumentation, augmented with electronics and kinetic elements. Her work critically examines the Eurocentric approach towards musical culture traditions, exploring the phenomena of orientalism and exoticism, taking influence from African and Asian sonic cultures.
Check out video of her performing here: https://vimeo.com/233489258
Ana is an incredibly versatile artist working in music, theatre, film, poetry, instrument building and installations. She performs regularly in both the UK and Germany and has made recent appearances on Radio 3’s Late Junction, BBC introducing, Radiophrenia Glasgow and received a special mention from WISWOS.
With homemade instruments like some Yuri Landmann versions (12-string table top & steel-on-foam), electrix repeater, samples & field recordings and voice Ana Berkenhoff creates sonic song-landscapes. Witnessing the planets destruction and self empowerment is the main source of her music adventures. Last year these made her recording ice&snow, screwing together passion fruits, studying the relation of tomatoes to theories of Einstein, examining cooking recipes of E.Presley…
Gawain is one of our most regular artists showing work with Hackoustic. He’s shown his stunning audio tapestry work in collaboration with Stewart Easton at many of our biggest events, Wonderbox, a collaborative musical instrument as well as sharing his work as head of R&D at Drake Music, the country’s leading charity working in music, disability and technology. In February 2018 Wigmore Hall learning held a series of participatory early years music making sessions called Family Sounds. As part of this Gawain Hewitt was commissioned to make a singing plant, a speaker out of a suitcase that contained the sound of a beating heart and a stethoscope that could record sound. He’s bringing these pieces for you to experiment with!
Tom is Creative Director of Hackoustic and, as Vulpestruments, inventor of all manner of wonderful and inventive up-cycled experimental musical instruments. He’s shown his work both in the UK and abroad including at the Tate Modern, The Royal College of Music, Music Tech Fest Sweden. This time he’s bringing his first wearable instrument, a re-imagining of the wonderful Proximity Mixer that’s been shown at a host of different events. There may also be another trick or two up his sleeve for this one, so keep your ear to the ground as we announce further info!
Tim is the Founder and Director of Hackoustic, and a musician and sound-artist. He’s shown his work in the UK at the Tate Modern, the V&A, London Design Week and internationally including as guest of honour at the International Maker Faire, Xi’an, China in 2017. He’s been working with Gawain Hewitt on the Drake Music R&D program over the last few months in an effort to develop their program to make accessible musical instruments for people with disabilities. He’ll be talking about the early progress that’s been made, demonstrating some of the prototype instruments that are being developed and talk about exciting ideas for the future.
An evening of performances, talks, demonstrations, installations and mingling with some of London's top sound artists, builders, hackers and educators. We are very excited to have Kuljit Bhamra, one of the most inspiring and influential musicians, composers and record producers on the British Asian music scene. He'll be demonstrating his very exciting 'Evolution of the Tabla Drum'. We'll also have Dom Aversano playing hacked tunes on his amazing hang-drum and Jacob Harrison, currently studying for a PhD in accessible instrument design, showing his one-handed bass guitar.
An evening of performances, talks, demonstrations, installations and mingling with some of London's top sound artists, builders, hackers and educators.
This time we've got John Kelly and Gawain Hewitt with the Kellycaster, Jenn Kirby with repurposed controllers, Antosh Wojcik from the sound art duo Post Everything, along with installations by Nick Murray and Jen Haugan.
We had a fantastic evening at Machines Room with Johannes Lohbihler, founder of dadamachines, a Berlin-based studio making music machines accessible to everyone. They are ran a Kickstarter campaign for their first product automat toolkit which was 600% funded by the time of the showcase. Amazing work!
An evening of performances, talks, demonstrations, installations and mingling with some of London's top sound artists, builders, hackers and educators.This time we've got acoustic circuit bending, Memory Boxes to help people with dementia, levitation and manipulation of objects with sound, didgeridoos made out of toilet rolls and a completely new experimental system for mixing audio. You'll also have the chance to make your very own instrument for yourself! This is the third in the series, and the last two have been absolutely fantastic. Don't miss this one - you won't be disappointed!
The second installment of our new night featuring performances, talks, demonstrations, installations and mingling with some of London's top sound artists, builders, hackers and educators. The last one sold out so make sure you get your tickets early!
Featuring Stephen Shiell, Tim Yates, Nick Murray, Robert Blaauboer with #barryslounge.
We had an incredible night at the first ever Uniqlo Tate Late event at the Tate Modern this month. It was a chance to explore the Tate after-hours and take part in an amazing array of different activities and art including DJ's, workshops, puppet shows and much more. We were overwhelmed by the positive and enthusiastic response to all our projects from the over 14,000 people who were there!
We had an amazing time at the Hackoustic Festival this summer. It was our first ever festival, and gave us chance to showcase some of the exciting musicians and artists associated with Hackoustic. Thanks to all those who came and those that performed and showed their work, and especially to the wonderful folk at Machines Room who hosted us for the day and gave us access to their excellent facilities! More media and info to follow, so watch this space!