Sonitus Sound Art and Synthesiser Symposium
Sonitus was founded in 2016 to promote sonic arts in Suffolk and beyond with the particular aim of addressing the inclusion of currently under-represented groups in electronic music and sound art. We hold open jam sessions and synth meets and run community workshops to try and reach beyond the usual sonic arts audiences. Our principal members have professional backgrounds in inclusivity in the arts.
We believe that deep immersive music positively impacts humanity. Becoming immersed in sound, learning to create your own sound environment and messing about with electronics all have huge benefits: for example, mental health (creative activities are great for relieving stress and patching a module or making drone music is particularly meditative) and education (sonic arts are a fun and accessible entry point into science, technology, engineering & math subjects). Our mission is to promote this message and include as many people at possible.
The first two Sonitus gatherings took place on October evenings in 2016. First at Asylum Studios in Suffolk with a second event three weeks later in the gallery space at The Island, Bristol. Both events ran alongside the Corrumpo exhibition and featured open electronic jam sessions involving a number of other musicians – Slim Chance, Laurie Micro Rave, Dave Stitch – and had visual elements: Nick Diacre provided live projections for the Bristol session.
On 17 February 2018 a larger two-room day-long event took place at Old Jet Studios in Suffolk with special guests Mira Calix, Luke Sanger, Nina Richards and Zoe Blade. One room for talks and performances, another for our sonic jumble sale and modular set-ups.
In Spring 2019, Sonitus was commissioned to run a 6-week sonic arts course for people with access needs at the Smokehouse, Ipswich. Follow this link to find out more!