6 August: Goldsmiths AV workshops + performances take over ICA London

Calum Gunn

London’s Institute of Contemporary Art hosts a day of workshops and performances curated by Goldsmiths Computing research assistant Dr Adam Parkinson.

Goldsmiths’ Embodied AudioVisual Interaction Group (EAVI) convenes a day of audiovisual workshops with Howlround, Calum Gunn and Ewa Justka. Each workshop is led by a musician who will teach participants how to make and use the unique tools they use to create music. Participants will then have the opportunity to perform alongside the artists in an evening concert.

“You can spend the day working with different musicians, making / learning the tools they use to make music, and then perform with them in the evening,” says Parkinson (aka musician Dane Law). Follow the links below for full details.

  • When: Sunday 6 August
  • Where: ICA, The Mall, London

Workshops at 2pm

Algorave Noise Unit with Calum Gunn
Algorave is a new musical practice that enables people to make music in real time by typing code: “live coding”. Each workshop is led by a musician who will teach participants how to make and use the unique tools they use to create music. This workshop requires participants to bring their own laptop

  • Calum Gunn is a musician and web developer whose practice encompasses academic computer music and rave culture and sounds. Inspired by ‘classic’ rave sounds, modern EDM and early techno, he reproduces familiar sounds, arranging them into new patterns and tones.

Voice Odder Workshop and Ewa Justka’s Acid Orchestra
Make your own Voice Odder, a unique electronic instrument used to create echoes, delays, reverbs, distortion and world domination. During the workshop you will learn how to make an electronic circuit, how to solder, read schematics and data sheets, use a multimeter and more. All materials will be provided, and by the end of the workshop you will have a Voice Odder of your own. You will also have the opportunity to perform with other workshop participants in Ewa Justka’s Acid Orchestra as part of the evening concertThis workshop will involve the use of soldering irons

    • Ewa Justka is a Polish electronic noise artist, self-taught instruments builder and electronics teacher. Her main field of research is based on an exploration of the materiality of objects, vibrant, ontological systems, and an investigation into modes of quasi-direct perception through noise performance actions, interactive installation, DIY electronics, hardware hacking, plant-molesting, breaking, deconstructing and collaborating. She recently received the Oram Award from PRS.

Tape Loop Workshop and Howlround’s Tape Orchestra
In this workshop, participants will learn how to make and manipulate tape loops. Tape splicing and manipulation is one of the oldest and most powerful techniques used to create electronic music, though one that is sometimes forgotten in the age of computers. Join Howlround to learn their unique approach to recording, cutting and playing with tape. This workshop will involve the use of sharp tools

      • Howlround normally operate as a six-piece featuring Chris Weaver, Robin The Fog and four tape recorders. They work with magnetic tape in sculptural configurations to loop and layer sound in often dense and haunting compositions. Their performances evoke the experimental era of emerging recordings played live with hands-on manipulation of their material, creating immersive soundscapes of mournfully melodies from a half-remembered past that might never have happened.

Courtesy Ewa Justka

Ewa Justka

7pm: EAVI Live
Live performances by Howlround, Calum Gunn, Ewa Justka and newly-assembled groups from the day’s workshops. There will also be DJ sets from Chloe Alice Frieda and CXLO.

Aligning with other aspects of the ICA’s In formation programme, EAVI locate audiovisual performance within spaces of collaboration and sensory connectivity, articulating new ways for collective and individual interaction to promote learning and participation.

EVENT: Film Sound Performance in Brunel Tunnel Shaft


A festival of experimental sound, film and performance – co-curated by Goldsmiths and London College of Communication – takes place in Rotherhithe this December.

On Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 December, the dark and uncanny Brunel Tunnel Shaft space hosts a festival of experimental sound, film and performance, curated by Goldsmiths’ Embodied Audiovisual Interaction and LCC’s Creative Research into Sound Arts Practice groups.

Where: Brunel Museum, Railway Ave, Rotherhithe, London SE16 4LF
When: 7pm Saturday 10 December // 7pm Sunday 11 December
Tickets: Saturday £10 // Sunday £10 // Both nights £18

Saturday 10 December

Guy Sherwin >> ‘Sound Cuts’ – 4 projector performance
Sherwin’s film works often use serial forms and live elements, and engage with light, time and sound as fundamental to cinema. Sherwin was guest curator of ‘Film in Space’ an exhibition of expanded cinema at Camden Arts Centre. His films have screened at  Hayward Gallery, Whitechapel Gallery, Tate Modern and Tate Britain.

Alice Kemp >> live art performance
Kemp works with dream-image-language and subtle trance states to create live-art performances and audio compositions. Her practice involves composition, public and private rituals, doll-making, drawing and painting. Her performances have been described as hypnotic, intense, unnerving, beautiful, dark and reflective, aggressive, confusing, meditative, pointless, brave, sensual, baffling, delicate, and absurd.

Simon Katan >> ‘Conditional Love’ – participatory networked device performance
Katan is a digital artist with a background in music and a strong preoccupation with games and play. His work incorporates hidden mechanisms, emergent behaviour, paradox, self-reference, inconsistency, abstract humour, absurdity and wonder. He is a researcher and lecturer at Goldsmiths’ Embodied Audio Visual Interactions group.

Heather Ross >> Domestic Dawn Chorus
Ross is concerned with how human experience is mediated, by exploring the tensions between reality and representation. How do the technologies of reproduction and representation affect the way we understand the world through our senses? Dealing with themes of alienation, melancholy, remoteness, disembodiment and longing, her work conjoins realities and fictions, to convey ambiguous environments, spaces and forms.

Claire Undy & Bill Leslie >> Video work
Claire Undy is an artist and curator, working largely with performance, video and time-based media. She graduated from the Royal Academy Schools in 2016, and co-founded the curatorial project Skelf. Bill Leslie is a visual artist whose work draws on Modern abstract sculpture, 1950s B-movies, as well as Russian Constructivism and modern architecture. Concerned with the relationship of sculpture and the photographic image, his works develop through transformations of scale, context and media.

Sunday 11 December

Lee Patterson >> Amplified devices and processes
Working across various forms, including improvised music, field recording, film soundtrack and installation, Patterson attempts to understand his surroundings through different ways of listening. Characterised by revealing subliminal and barely audible sound materials within commonplace things, his unorthodox approach to generating sound has led to collaborations with a host of international artists and musicians.

Áine O’Dwyer >> DJ set with field recordings
With a background combining Irish traditional music and contemporary performance, Áine O’Dwyer creates multi-layered, experiential work that begs questions of historicism and the social proximities of the everyday, as well as the presumed nature of records themselves. For this DJ set, she will play her collection of field recordings, drawing on her knowledge of the acoustics of the Brunel Tunnel from her two year residency there.

Howlround >> Live tape manipulation on 3 reel-to-reel machines, tape loops stretching across the space…
Howlround create recordings and performances entirely from manipulating natural acoustic sounds on vintage reel-to-reel tape machines, with additional reverb or electronic effects strictly forbidden – a process that has seen their work compared to William Basinski, Philip Jeck, Morton Feldman and the sculptures of Rachel Whiteread.

Wajid Yaseen & Anthony Elliot >> Oscillators, Extended vocal performance, drawn circuits
Anthony & Wajid’s ‘Crossing Lines’ recently opened the Tempting Failure festival. An improvised vocal and sound-drawing performance, it involved Wajid Yaseen’s experiments in extended vocal techniques with Anthony Elliott’s sculpture-sound-printing rheostat to explore a balance between all-gate square wave generators that allow on-off vocal input. A contrast in frequency and sound texture generated by the two performers and two systems was suspended between the systematic and the unplanned.

Where: Brunel Museum, Railway Ave, Rotherhithe, London SE16 4LF
When: 7pm Saturday 10 December // 7pm Sunday 11 December
Tickets: Saturday £10 // Sunday £10 // Both nights £18

Download Goldsmiths’ new audiovisual memory game


ShapeTones, an accessible audiovisual memory game for iPhone and iPad, and developed at Goldsmiths, is now available to download for free.

The game resulted from a collaboration between two research projects – Enabling AudioVisual User Interfaces (at Goldsmiths) and Design Patterns for Inclusive Collaboration (at Queen Mary, University of London).

Nuno Correia, part of the Goldsmiths team, describes the game here.

“The game can be played by anyone, including players with hearing or visual impairments. A sequence of three shapes and tones (we call them ShapeTones) is played, and the player tries to reproduce it with three taps. Tapping different areas of the screen triggers different ShapeTones.

“The game starts with three ShapeTones. As the game evolves, more ShapeTones become available. When a new ShapeTone is added, a trial screen is shown to demonstrate where each ShapeTone is triggered. Some surprises happen along the way!

“As a one-player game, the sequence is created automatically. As a two-player game, one player creates the sequence, and then passes the device to the other player, who tries to repeat it. They then swap the roles.

“The collaboration between the two universities aimed to create an audiovisual game accessible to sound or vision impaired users, and allowing for multiple players. The research results from ShapeTones will be presented in May at CHI, the top conference for Human-Computer Interaction, in San Jose, California.”


ShapeTones resulted from a collaboration between the research projects Enabling AudioVisual User Interfaces (AVUIs) and Design Patterns for Inclusive Collaboration (DePIC).

Nuno Correia from Goldsmiths’ Embodied Audiovisual Interaction (EAVI) group participated with the Enabling AVUIs project, and the DePIC team consisted of Fiore Martin, Nick Bryan-Kinns, Oussama Metatla and Tony Stockman from Queen Mary University of London.

EAVI XV: Electronic & experimental music gig


EAVI is back for 2016 with a killer line up of Vindicatrix, Acolytes, Human Heads, Recsund, Rebecca Wilcox and Marguerite Latica – plus DJs.

This month we are celebrating being awarded funding by Goldsmiths’ Annual Fund. This will help EAVI to build audiences for events – and pay performers for their work.

8pm till late, Thursday 21 January 2016
Amersham Arms, New Cross Road, London SE14 6TY
Tickets £5 on the door or buy online

We’re thrilled that Vindicatrix is bringing his inimitable, murky style to EAVI, where the macabre crooning of Scott Walker meets the cavernous bass of early dubstep and fragmented rnb.

Acolytes is a new signing on Helm’s Alterstock label, and is soon to go on tour with Helm and Drew McDowall (ex-Coil). He brings a unique blend of smoked (or should that be vaped?) out beats, sliding in and out of ‘pop’, and has drawn comparisons to the Residents and the Art Cows.

Human Heads
Acclaimed in the Wire for their “lightly broken music”, Mancunian improv trio Human Heads sound on occasion like Throbbing Gristle reconstructed using keyboards found at a car boot sale, with both uncanny menace and a skewed pop charm.

Recsund is the musical moniker of prolific digital artist Clifford Sage. His most recent music is being released on the ever compelling Quantum Natives. He combines glorious acid-tinged melodies with occasional raps and heartbreaking ambiences.

Rebecca Wilcox
Glasgow based artist Rebecca Wilcox has organised and curated a number of exhibitions, including work at the Glasgow International Festival. She is described by the CCA to be “one of the most outstanding young artists working in Scotland today”. She will be performing using spoken word and sounds with a loop pedal.

Marguerite Latica
This is the debut performance for the duo of designer / musician Adriana Rojas Viquez and performance artist Cliodhna Murphy. Expect dismantled, disorientating pop (George Michael?) alongside compelling, intriguing performance art.

We are thrilled to be having DJ sets from the always excellent Chloe Alice Freida (who hosts the Alien Jams radio show on NTS and runs the Alien Jams label) and Team GBH (the DJ alter ego of recent EAVI performer Quitters). Expect dancing late into the night!

Supported by Goldsmiths’ Annual Fund

EAVI is the Embodied Audio Visual Interaction research unit at Goldsmiths Computing. We’re interested in motion capture, brain- computer and bio-interfaces, machine learning, auditory culture and more. EAVI gigs take this research from lab to stage, with exciting, up-and-coming performers playing alongside big names in electronic & experimental art and sound. Learn more about EAVI

UK premiere: Laetitia Sonami performs Radigue’s “OCCAM IX for Electronic Spring Spyre”


We are pleased to announce a rare and intimate concert by Laetitia Sonami for the UK premiere of Eliane Radigue’s “OCCAM IX for Electronic Spring Spyre”.

WHEN: Wednesday 2 December 2015. 7.30pm for 8pm start
WHERE: SIML Space (G05), St James Hatcham, New Cross. View map
BOOK TICKETS: Free online registration

There will be an open Q&A session with Laetitia after the performance. Laetitia will also hold a free workshop on 3 December 2015 at Goldsmiths (separate registration required).

OCCAM IX inscribes itself in a larger series of compositions entitled OCCAM OCEAN created by composer Eliane Radigue for, and with instrumentalists and composers. Compositions for harp, violin, viola, bass clarinet, and cello have been created with Rhodri Davis, Carol Robinson, Charles Curtis, amongst others and received critical acclaim.

This ninth composition was created with Laetitia Sonami on electronics with an instrument designed for the occasion by Sonami, named the Electronic Spring Spyre. Sonami originally studied with Radigue in France in 1976. While her music took on a very different expression through her design of unique controllers and live performance, they both remained vey close. In 2011 Sonami requested Eliane to create a piece for her new instrument. This instrument is made of springs which are being analyzed by neural networks. These “impress” the activity of the mechanical springs onto the sound synthesis in real-time.

Composer, performer, and sound installation artist Laetitia Sonami was born in France and settled in the United States in 1975 to pursue her interest in the emerging field of electronic music. She studied with Eliane Radigue, Joel Chadabe, Robert Ashley and David Behrman.

Laetitia Sonami’s sound installations combine audio and kinetic elements embedded in ubiquitous objects such as light bulbs, rubber gloves, bags and more recently toilet plungers. She collects electrical wire and embroids them in walls.

Her work combines text, music and “found sound” from the world, in compositions which have been described as “performance novels. Her signature instrument, the Lady’s Glove, is fitted with a vast array of sensors which track the slightest motion of her enigmatic dance: with it Sonami can create performances where her movements can shape the music and in some instances visual environments. The lady’s glove has become a fine instrument which challenges notions of technology and virtuosity.

Please note that there will be no admission to the concert once the performance has started. Seating is limited, if you require a seat or have any accessibility requirements please email sh@goldsmithsdigital.com in advance of the concert.

The concert is organised by the Embodied Audio Visual Interaction group (EAVI) and Goldsmiths’ Music department.


EAVI Gigs XIV – Thu 26 November


EAVI Gigs return for their second outing this November at the Amersham Arms. A night of free improv, music using interactive textiles, dismantled grime and more, with DJs til late.

Performances from fluxtrio (Hayes/Schroeder/Pestova), Yearning Kru, Phantom Chips, Gorenidal and Chi Po-Hao. Post-show DJs Spacer Woman and Team GBH will be running the whole gamut of human emotions with their excellent selections, so bring dancing shoes and emotional armour.

Where: Amersham Arms, 388 New Cross Road, London SE14 6TY
When: 8pm – late, Thursday 26 November 2015
Tickets £5 – or buy £4.50 tickets online

fluxtrio (Hayes/Schroeder/Pestova)
fluxtrio brings together three performer­/composers who are known for their unique approaches to performance and their use of innovative instrumentation, both acoustic and electronic. This collaboration will combine their diverse skills, which include building digital instruments, pioneering novel technologies, improvisation techniques, and live electronic treatment of acoustic sounds.

Yearning Kru
Yearning Kru combines some of the finest moments of the past twenty years of electronic music: the glitched, disjointed, sad beauty of Fennesz and Mego artists alongside the sample mangling genius of 0PN that finds the alien in the everyday. He has been critically acclaimed by Tiny Mix Tapes and the Wire, and releases on Quantum Natives.

Gorenidal wrestles algorithmic beats and noise from an Atari and an fm synth running on an iPhone. He has a forthcoming release on Quantum Natives.

Phantom Chips
Tara Pattenden aka Phantom Chips is an artist, musician and maker of electronic noise instruments. For the past 5 years she has been working with soft circuitry to create interfaces that manipulate sound through touch and movement. As Phantom Chips she performs with an array of home-made instruments, concocting rhythms from manipulated found and recorded sounds. Phantom Chips has been known to invite the audience to wear and play her costumes and join her in creating sound through movement.

Chi Po-Hao
Chi Po-Hao is a Taiwan based sound artist. He has been granted residencies at V2_Institute of Unstable Media in Rotterdam and Cité internationale des Arts in Paris. His works involve live electronics, referencing popular music and electroacoustic composition.

New audiovisual performance app developed by Goldsmiths researcher

Goldsmiths researcher Nuno Correia has developed AudioVisual Zones, a new iPad app for audiovisual performance which will be available at the App Store soon.

AVZones is open source and work in progress, built with openFrameworks and Maximilian, and part of Goldsmiths’ Enabling Audiovisual User Interfaces research project.

It’s composed of an audio sequencer/looper with a visualizer. By default, three audiovisual columns or “zones” allow for the manipulation of three audio loops. Each zone had three XY pads for audio manipulation: pitch shift, delay and filter. There are nine sounds available per zone. The application is scalable: the number of zones, XY pads and sounds can be modified in the code.

Nuno Correia has performed using AVZones in Berlin and at London’s EAVI XIII. In a performance, only the iPad is used for audiovisuals; the visuals from the iPad are projected behind the performer, and the sound comes from the iPad as well.

The project is supported by a Marie Curie EU fellowship, and hosted by the EAVI research group in Goldsmiths Computing. The code for AVZones is available on GitHub, and the app can be sideloaded manually on an iPad using Xcode 7.