Sat 5 Feb 2011 | Thurs-Fri: from 10am // Sat: from 12 noon | Festival Pass: £20/£15 // Day Pass: £8/£6
SATURDAY 5TH FEBRUARY
Katie McCain: An Unpleasant Vagueness
Two skeleton cassette mechanisms, one recording, another playing; both, inevitably, victim of their own death drive. In a thought-provoking sound installation, Canadian artist Katie McCain uses outdated technologies to examine our yearning for the past and what it represents, (provoking) the concepts of nostalgia, luddism and existential crisis.
Jenny Soep and Gavin Fort: Drawing/Sounding or Call and Response V Audio/Visual Fusion
Can music be drawn? Can a drawing be musical? Renowned visual artist Jenny Soep specialises in documenting live music performances using different mediums and technologies, including iPad, iPod, mobile phone, Wacom tablet and good old-fashioned paper and watercolours. Together with sound engineer and ‘audio wizard’ Gavin Fort, she explores the possibilities in this stimulating new experiment.
David Thomas Duncan: String Quartet
Uniting mathematics and music, David Thomas Duncan uses L-systems to determine the harmonic, rhythmic and structural patterns of this work. With harmonic material inspired by a symmetrical pitch series treated as rotational arrays – a technique most famously associated with the late music of Stravinsky – the result is a texture filled with subtle gradations of colour.
Christopher Hoddinott: The Piece Unnamed
Composer/artist Christopher Hoddinott disposes with titles in an attempt to allow the listener to make their own assumptions. Severing the music’s perception from the intention of the composer, the audience’s imagination shapes their experience of this electroacoustic sound diffusion performance.
Ben Knight: Dear Library…
‘Dear Library, Fuck you and fuck the library’. Inspired by a date sheet found torn from a book and attacked with a felt tip pen, sound poetry performance Dear Library… is a part of an ongoing collection of everyday detritus, marking a sporadic and anonymous correspondence within the community.
INSTALLATIONS (all day)
Iain Campbell: POSTFACE
The installed recording of a process of making analogues of itself overwhelmed by investigation of capture, repetition and stoppage. Iain Campbell is composer/superimposer and performer/clown. He is interested in sound and consumption and considers audience to be a problem.
Gary Naylor: Scrubber Fox and DJ Stuff
ABOUT SOUND THOUGHT //
Sound Thought is the annual music composition, performance and research conference run by music postgraduates at the University of Glasgow. Each year, the festival presents a wide range of new composition work alongside paper presentations and workshops in an event which exists to explore contemporary music via practical and theoretical research, within and beyond the discipline of music.
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Supporting the best examples of the known and the not-so-known, the Arches stage is host to everything from the latest stars of leftfield pop, such as Grimes and Chvrches, to alternative indie rock acts such as Peace and Yeasayer, prog and rock heroes such as The Fall, Swans and Dinosaur Jnr, and cutting edge electronic talent, from Rustie to James Blake.
We also regularly plays host to international legends – from Martha Reeves to Ben E. King to Jane Birkin – and provide the perfect multi-room setting for various festivals, from Celtic Connections to the Glasgow Jazz Festival. In 2012, the hallowed arches played hosted to the UK-wide Africa Express tour, featuring Damon Albarn, Baaba Maal and a trainload of world music stars, and in 2013, the building was transformed into a sonic Cineplex for our own co-curated cult event the Glasgow Music and Film Festival, featuring live film scores and AV sets from Jeff Mills, Dieter Moebius and Raime.
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