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Long Timeline

Martin Franklin & Marcus Romer on sofa at Beyond The StageI’ve got a new season of podcasts lined up over the next couple of months which were recorded at the “Beyond The Stage” conference on creative live streaming which I organised back in December.

This post I wrote back in April provided the title for the conference, and I also used if for a podcast with John Darvell of Nocturn Dance and Joumana Mourad of iJAD where they discussed their experiments with online engagement and pushing the boundaries of live performance.

Starting first up we have Marcus Romer, Artistic Director of Pilot Theatre and the Shift Happens conference, who talks about Pilot’s long history of wrapping digital thinking around their company projects and the spectacular 6 camera interactive performance of the York Mystery Plays showcased on the BBC/ACE online arts portal, The Space.

Other presentations that we’ll feature from Beyond The Stage are: John Darvell “Dare You Watch” / James Morris “Reinventing Shakespeare” / Martin Franklin “Digital Culture” (hmm a podcast introduced by me and featuring me ?… it will be a first at least)

Gene Pool#66: Beyond The Stage/Marcus Romer

Still Podcasting…

VCS3 Synthesiser at Oxford Brookes UniversityI’ve not posted about the Gene Pool podcast for a while, but I’m still rolling out the weekly episodes of media arts-talk on Soundart Radio 102.5FM and iTunes.

The 2012 season has had a slow start with a few technical issues with the stations web stream, but I’m blessed to still pretty content-rich and have some great material coming up between now and April 2012. My Twitter followers will already know about this, but after the 4step app test in Oxford a couple of weeks back, I went up to Oxford Brookes University to meet Stephen Cornford, Research Fellow and sound artist to talk about his own work and the forthcoming Audiograft 2012 Festival.

Stephen was a charming interviewee, kind, genuine and obviously immersed in his practice. I really meeting him and hearing about his work generating voices from the playback mechanisms of obsolete tape machines. A mighty side-note of my visit to the SARU studio was clapping eyes on the ancient VCS3 synthesiser in the corner of the room. Needless to say, we cranked it up for a short demonstration during the podcast.

Other shows in the pipeline for this season are a roundtable with dance artists involved in the 4step app, a catch-up with Helen Frosi of the SoundFjord Gallery to hear about the new fund raiser album that has released on Audio Gourmet and the latest waves that the sonic arts-focussed gallery has been making in London. One of the other projects that I’m really excited about at the moment is Digital Berkshire, where I’m working alongside a team of people involved in the digital/tech/social media industries in my county to create a friendly, networking event with guest speakers each month. My colleagues are truly well connected, so it’s very stimulating. This is a very timely project for the culture industry to get onboard with (though I don’t see too many people doing anything similar). I’ve always been on both side of the fence as a self employed digital producer, so hanging out with people who see the idiosincrasies of the funded culture section is definitely good for my sanity.

Digital Berkshire’s second event rolls out on 16th February, so we’ll be podcasting some of the material generated during that event too.



Hidden Sounds

I’ve been swapping my work roles with even greater frequency lately, recently tutoring a workshop in using “WordPress for Web Design” and this last weekend, one of my favourites: building “DIY Contact Microphones

We had a good group assemble for the day, which involved part building our own piezo contact mics, and part sound-hunting around the 18th Century mansion that houses our venue,  South Hill Park Arts Centre with the working microphones.

After doing this a few times, I’ve found some real hotspots within the building like the Plant Room that houses all of the heating and ventilation equipment, but there are always a few surprise discoveries too.

Here are a couple of samples from the day:
Glass Table Top

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Plant Room Pipes

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My notes for the Contact Mic construction, with a small list of parts and UK sources can be downloaded here: Contact Mic Notes 2a 

In a forthcoming episode of the Gene Pool podcast, we’ll be featuring some new contact microphone recordings, donated by members of the Phonography email group. Current contributions range from Ferry and Bridge recording from UK artists, Joe Stevens and Matt Davies to deserted factory sounds and tramlines in Prague from Steve Barsoti, Udo Noll and Pablo Sanz.

Keep an eye on the Twitter for the schedule.