Sound I'm Particular talk series

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Who this event is for

  • Everyone


Old Fire Station, 40 George St, Oxford OX1 2AQ


The Sonic Art Research Unit (SARU) presents Sound I’m Particular, a series of Pay What You Decide talks held at The Old Fire Station, Oxford.

These evening events will take place between April 2018 and April 2019, 7:00-9:00pm.

Sound I’m Particular is a Pay What You Decide talk series curated by Patrick Farmer and Harriet Butler that aims to provide a forum to discuss and interrogate listening as both subject and object, exploring the various guises of contemporary listening practices with talks and demonstrations by artists and academics from all over the country; ranging from topics such as augury and Nan Shepherd, to Gertrude Stein and Virginia Woolf, to field recording and Twin Peaks.

All are welcome and no previous knowledge of the subjects is necessary.

Friday 6 April, 7:00–9:00pm.

Lee Patterson: Eavesdropping And Foraging For Useless Sound

For our first event in the series, we’re so happy that Lee Patterson will be talking about the dual but interrelated elements of his practice, exploring how his field recording work with hydrophones and contact microphones co-exists and has co-evolved with his live work.

With recorded examples (underwater sounds and vibrations within solids) alongside demonstrations of his unique, self built instruments, he’ll show how, given current technological possibilities, notions of studio and landscape are interchangeable and thus, how open ears, play and curiosity can deliver new perspectives on work and environment.

By using sound recording as a form of ear training, Patterson has devised and performs with a selection of amplified devices and processes.

Whether working live with amplification or recording within an environment, he has pioneered a range of methods to produce or uncover complex sound in unexpected places.

From rock chalk to springs, from burning nuts to aquatic plants and insects, he eavesdrops upon and makes a novelty of playing objects and situations otherwise considered mute.His collaborators have included some of todays most respected experimental musicians and filmmakers such as Mika Vainio, Jennifer Walshe, Vanessa Rossetto, David Toop, Rhodri Davies and John Butcher, Greg Pope, Benedict Drew, Luke Fowler, Lucio Capece, Rie Nakajima, Angharad Davies, Phil Durrant, Keith Rowe, John Tilbury, Xavier Charles and Tetsuya Umeda.

His works have featured on UK TV, BBC Radios 3, 4 and 6, Resonance FM and on radio stations worldwide. He lives and works in Prestwich, Manchester, UK.

SARU is part of MA in Sonic Art at Oxford Brookes University, and provides a forum for dialogue and exploration between the fields of composition and sonic art. Areas of further focus include electroacoustic and language based composition, interdisciplinary practices, field recording and auditory knowledge. SARU is bolstered by a community of practitioners.