Like everyone who’s new to streaming, we’re ‘learning on the job’ so we expect the Sonitus LIVE! concept to grow, adapt and evolve over time.
To date, we only have two parameters: we prompt audiences to make donations directly to artists; and, to include those living in areas with poor internet provision, we’re happy to stream video as long as it’s been pre-recorded for Sonitus.
Our end goals are to build a platform with an engaged audience that supports paying all contributing artists a fee, and to be actively reaching out to performers from under-represented backgrounds to make sure performance opportunities aren’t just benefitting one group of people. At present, we don’t have much to offer beyond a stream key 😃 so we’re concentrating on Phase 1 – delving into our list of contacts to establish the platform and build an audience. So, thanks for watching! And to those we’ve asked to play so far, thanks for being involved.
Incredible bunch of sets during our couple of months from the likes of UKAEA, Stormfield, AJA, Jen Kutler, Gleeetch, Mariam Rezaei, Me Lost Me and Paula Anne Maddox.
I’m super excited to have been invited to play a [null+void] LIVE event in Dalston on 20 March 2020. [null+void] is a record label and club night run by the inimitable Kirsti that only goes from strength to strength. And the LIVE editions are just that: focusing on artists pusing the boundaries and bringing a live element to their sets. The line-up for 20 March is a cracker! Headlining are Welsh Futurists, Petwo Evans: sound system-primed, innovative club tracks making use of found percussion objects and consumer DJ equipment – which I am really hyped about getting my ears round tbh. As well as sets from Begg, Killig, and Kirsti herself of course! See you at The Glove That Fits.
I’ll be returning to the Rose Hill in Brighton for a live modular set on Thursday 27th February, alongside Matthew from ALM (Busy Circuits) and artist and composer Anthony Elliott. This is the first in a series of gigs from Threads, the amazing people behind Brighton Modular. The events have a visual as well as an aural perspective so expect lots of top notch audio-visual experimentation across the series.
TR-33N is part of a long-term collaborative life experiment between myself and Dave Stitch. Having been away working on solo music projects during 2018 and 2019, TR-33N are BACK for Das Booty NYE! We’re seeing out the decade as part of a fantastic club night that has only gone from strength to strength during 2019. We’ll be descending on their North London warehouse in extravagantstyle, combining our two monster modular set-ups with as many synths, FX boxes and drum machines as we can cram in the car, to serve up some slamming techno, breaks, acid, and all-round hands-in-the-air goodtimes with serious BANG.
J𝗘𝗥𝗢𝗠𝗘 𝗛𝗜𝗟𝗟 (Super Rhythm Trax / Don’t) 𝗜𝗧𝗢𝗔 (Exit) 𝗧𝗥-𝟯𝟯𝗡 : Live Hardware Set (Yo Sucka) 𝗘𝗞𝗨𝗟𝗔 (Six Sunsets / In:Flux Audio) 𝗦𝗧𝗢𝗥𝗠𝗙𝗜𝗘𝗟𝗗 Live Hardware / DJ Set (Combat Recordings) 𝗛𝗨𝗚𝗛 𝗧𝗔𝗬𝗟𝗢𝗥 (KALLIDA) 𝘃𝘀 𝗕𝗘𝗡 𝗗𝗥𝗘𝗦𝗡𝗘𝗥 (Carpe DMs) 𝗕𝗢𝗬𝗖𝗘𝗬 (Botox Rave Kru / Das Booty) 𝗥𝗢𝗥𝗬 𝗠𝗢𝗥𝗢𝗡𝗜𝗞 (Das Booty) 𝗧𝗜𝗧𝗨𝗦 & 𝗩𝗔𝗡𝗗𝗟𝗘 (Moneyshot / Deja Vu FM) 𝗧𝗘𝗡𝗦𝗢𝗥 (Das Booty / Deja Vu FM) 𝗖𝗛𝗥𝗜𝗦𝗧𝗢 (You Taste Like the Tropics / Threads)
Last Saturday found me dodging flying skateboards at House of Vans at the CV Freqs modular showcase event. I really enjoyed playing alongside and chatting with some of the most innovative modular musicians and weird-ass instrument builders out there! Excellent brain food and enjoyable noises from somewhere far beyond the edge of reason 🤣 Thanks for having me.
LDOLS was included in October’s Best Electronic Releases on Bandcamp. Many thanks to Joe Muggs for the support. Having the release in a feature on the Bandcamp Daily homepage for 2 days was incredible!
LDOLS was included in the Leftfield section of DJ Mag in late August 2019 thanks to AJA and Tristan Bath.
LDOLS was included by Bandcloud in Issue #270 (25-10-2019), thanks to Aidan Hanratty.
My first physical release is on its way! It’s a cassette made from a session recorded straight to tape at Rum Records in Ipswich on 23 July 2019. ‘LDOLS’ [pronounced ‘el-dolls’] is due to drop in late September, and is dedicated to my eldest daughter as it was recorded on her … last day of little school 🌼
Cover art is the “L” glyph from the Xenoling series by Dave Stitch.
Sonitus ran a series of workshops during May/June 2019 for Outloud Music, a brilliant organisation in Ipswich that brings music tech education to people with mental health difficulties and other access needs. Considering our remit to engage hard-to-reach groups in sonic arts, it was a perfect match 🙂
We ran 12 ‘iHack’ sessions over 6 weeks with a different theme each week, all inspired by reading Nicholas Collins’ ‘Handmade Electronic Music’. Our aim was to use our skillset to reach beyond the usual boundaries of music tech and encourage participants to get creative with non-standard methods and tools for music-making – for example by ‘mis-using’ various bits of hardware, building our own instruments, and trying to get things that weren’t designed for music-making at all to try and … ummm … make some decent noise!
All of our sessions ultimately invite participants to sit back, close their eyes, listen to the world around them, and ask themselves the question: “… what even IS music, anyway?”
So, what did we get up to?
Week 1: Using electric current to ‘twitch’ the piezoelectric crystals in speaker cones so the cones themselves make the noise. No audio signal necessary!
Week 2: Circuit bending toy piano keyboards to create unexpected results.
Week 3: Revealing hidden sounds using contact microphones.
Week 4: Data in sound: ‘listening’ to credit cards with a tapehead, playing graphic scores using the Phonopaper app, and creating spectagrams in Audition so we could see and hear our hidden handiwork.
Week 5: ‘Sliiiiiinky and Bass Drill’: sonic experimentation using a metal slinky to create a spring reverb and making sub-bass by repurposing an HDD hard drive from an old PC.
Week 6: FM Synthesis: the group customised their own battery-powered, portable FM synths by adding controls and cases, ready to take home!
Is there an album in the pipeline?
Part of our practice is to record a selection of noises from each session with the aim of eventually creating a cohesive record that brings it all together. We have a large folder of recorded snippets with which to create a piece of music, perhaps even a selection of pieces that become an EP? Watch this space for that magic moment when time is available and inspiration strikes.
Opportunities and learnings
There’s a brilliant opportunity to create more synth-building activities that use light-reactive and gestural elements to help engage more people who have limited motor skills.
Thanks to CLIP for the lend of their fantastic shocking-pink keyboards for the cirucit bending session. It was really nice to pool existing resources and work collectively rather than having to invest in buying more plastic. Re-use, reduce, recycle!