School of Arts

Audiograft festival 2013

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Audiograft is a festival of experimental music and sound art curated by the Sonic Art Research Unit (SARU), promoted in collaboration with Oxford Contemporary Music.

Highlights of this year’s festival include:

  • 2012 Sonic Art British Composer of the year, Ray Lee’s latest work, Chorus. An extraordinary, monumental outdoor sound performance, featuring towering metal machines with rotating arms which generate a chorus of pulsing, musical tones. Red LED’s at the end of arms trace the whirling motion conjuring up images of planets in orbit, or swarms of fireflies.
  • An exhibition of works at Modern Art Oxford by pioneering German sound artist Rolf Julius. Julius coined the term ‘small music’ to sum up his conviction that the sound of his installations should not detract from nor overpower their acoustic surroundings.
  • On the Friday evening the current Director of the Groupe de Recherches Musicales, Daniel Teruggi will present his own compositions alongside a programme of classic works made at the GRM during its distinguished history. Virtuoso recorder player Susanna Borsch will perform works for recorder and live electronics, including the British premiere of Sohrab Uduman's composition, Chants, Airs, Dances.
  • An evening of text, sound, and action in the Holywell Music Room; featuring a realisation of Samuel Beckett's radio play Cascando by John Tilbury, and the SET Ensemble performing James Tenney's Swell pieces. Whilst Tim Parkinson performs Phill Niblock's bracing Pan Fried 27.5. Austin Sherlaw-Johnson's Explicit Sounds completes the evening and features activities including throwing forks at an oven shelf and gaffer taping two keyboards to a table!
  • Phill Niblock, will present his dense microtonal droneworks at the closing night of the festival.
  • Artists Felicity Ford and Stavroula Kounadea will be hosting HEARth, mixing the sonic and the social, providing opportunities for hanging out, talking, sharing ideas and reflecting on what's been seen and heard.

The Sonic Art research Unit (SARU) provides a focus for dialogue between the fields of Composition and Sound Art; including acousmatic, collaborative, electroacoustic, experimental, interdisciplinary and site-specific practices alongside engagement with field recording, and soundscape studies. Creative Practitioners based at the SARU are involved in a wide range of sound-based research including investigations of the domestic soundscape; our everyday encounter with sound, experimental approaches to composition, improvisation, the creation of kinetic sound art, the use of geophones to record subterranean sound, transforming found sound with MaxMSP and PureData, exploring the auditory and cultural life of obsolete technology and creating sound sound-making devices using Lego.