[microsound-announce] Amplified Objects: The Hugh Davies Project Exhibition

Jake Harries jakeharries at gmail.com
Thu May 12 02:12:31 EDT 2016

Amplified Objects:
The Hugh Davies Project Exhibition

Exhibition Preview
Improvised Performance, featuring Anton Mobin and Charlie Collins

Friday 13th May 6pm-9pm
No door tax
Exhibition runs until 30th June - open Wed, Thu, Fri 11am -5pm.
Facebook event:https://www.facebook.com/events/1740093549545754/

Access Space, 3-7 Sidney St, Sheffield, S1 4RG  0114 249 5522

This is an exhibition of some of the activities of the Hugh Davies Project,
dedicated to publicising and celebrating the work of the 20th century
English experimental composer, Hugh Davies (1943–2005) .
The exhibition takes place in our Foyer area. There will be listening
stations, displays of photographs together with a couple of strange and
wonderful music making objects for you to try.

Performance: This year Paris based Anton Mobin completed an artist
residency based on the ideas of Hugh Davies at Access Space. Sheffield
musician Charlie Collins played with Hugh Davies in the 2000s. He is a well
known experimental percussionist with an international reputation.

Hugh Davies was an experimental musician and composer well-known for his ad
hoc self-built musical instruments. Davies’s instruments were constructed
from every-day objects, amplified via contact microphones or magnetic
pickups so that the otherwise inaudible tiny sounds could be heard. His
first concert instrument—the Shozyg (1968)—included two fret-saw blades, a
ball-bearing furniture castor, and a spring, mounted inside the cover of a
book. The amplified sounds of these objects created a mesmerising
sound-world of metallic crackles and scrapes as Davies played the
instrument with fingers or accessories such as screwdrivers and toothpicks.
In March 2016, Access Space hosted a two-week residency with the
instrument-builder Anton Mobin. The purpose of the residency was to build a
new musical instrument that was both an extension of Anton’s own practice,
and a ‘tribute’ to Hugh Davies. The result was a new ‘Prepared Chamber’—a
custom-built wooden box fitted with strings and electric motors as well as
several contact microphones and magnetic pickups, to which various
sound-producing addenda such as springs can be attached, amplified, and
Anton Mobin’s new Prepared Chamber had its debut performance at Access
Space on Friday, 11 March 2016, in a concert of improvised music by Anton
Mobin (Prepared Chamber), Benedict Taylor (viola), Adrian Beentjes
(self-designed modular electronic instruments) and Alex McLean (live
coding). The concert included four categories of live electronic music:
amplified conventional instruments; amplified self-built instruments;
modular electronics; and live coding.
At the end of the residency (12–13 March), a weekend workshop was held.
Eight participants built their own instruments, using contact microphones
and magnetic pickups to amplify the sounds of every-day and found objects.
The workshop made full use of the fabrication facilities at Access Space.
Eight new Prepared Chambers were built by the workshop participants.
More info: https://hughdaviesproject.wordpress.com/
Anton's blog: http://antonmobin.blogspot.co.uk/

This exhibition is supported by:
The Science Museum, Arts and Humanities Research Council, Arts Council
England & Leeds University

Anton Mobin & Charlie Collins - Improvised Performance:
Anton will be using the "prepared chamber" he created and played to such
great effect during his residency at Access Space earlier in the year.
Here's a brief biog of Charlie:
Charlie Collins is a creative percussionist, free polyrhythmic drummer, and
sound artist, based in Sheffield, UK. His music continues to explore the
boundaries between pure sound and rhythm, frequently incorporating metal
percussion and/or freely associative drumming. In the 1970s he was involved
in the nascent “Industrial” scene, being an early member of ClockDVA, and
founder of The Box, recording for cult labels Industrial, Fetish and
Doublevision. He has received a number of awards for live performance and
composition, worked in dance and theatre, taught improvisation at
Nottingham Trent University, and toured the live soundtrack to Teinosuke
Kinugasa’s silent masterpiece “A Page Of Madness”. More recently he has
been a member of altoist Sonny Simmons Quartet, performed and recorded with
komungo player Eun-Jung Kim, worked with Japanese experimentalist Ryoko
Akama, has duos with both legendary New York trumpeter Ted Daniel and
pianist Yoko Miura, and collaborates with visual artist Bongsu Park. He is
one of a handful of musicians to have played both Derek Bailey’s Company
Week and Top Of The Pops.
More info on Charlie: http://tinyurl.com/hvzf237


All the best

Jake Harries, Director of Arts and Innovation
www.access-space.org  +44(0)114 249 5522
@accessspace facebook.com/accessspace
3-7 Sidney St, Sheffield, S1 4RG, UK
jake at access-space.org
The arts programme at Access Space is supported
using public funding by Arts Council England
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