I’m organising a symposium on Turntable music at The University of Northampton as part of Subject Futures Week. The talks will present unique approaches to music performance and composition using turntables, including the styles of hip hop, minimalism and experimental music.
Our guests are Dr Sophy Smith, Reader in Creative Technologies at De Montfort University and author of Hip Hop Turntablism, Creativity and Collaboration and composer Shiva Fashreki who’s work explores concert music for turntables.
Fashreki’s recent concerts include a live session for BBC Radio 3 at St John’s in Hackney, as well as the realisation of Daphne Oram’s work ‘Still Point’for Double Orchestra, 78rpm vinyl discs and microphones at the Southbank Centre, London. Discussing her work with Turntables, Fashreki states:
“My turntabling practise can be described as a manipulation of pre-recorded sound to create new gestural movements and textures not always apparent in the record being manipulated. I often modify and prepare the turntables using sculptures that use the electricity, magnetism and circulation of the turntables to create sound and shapes.”
I will be presenting my PhD research which explores the use of a vinyl disc cutting lathe as a compositional tool for the creating of new music. My talk will discuss recent experiments cutting locked groove records to create minimalist music. In the evening I will present a performance – exhibition creating a turntablist remix of the records accompanied by live video feeds of the records.
Both the talks and concert are free.
Date: Monday 23rd January 2017
Venue: University of Northampton Avenue Campus, MY89
10am Sophy Smith
Hip Hop Turntablism, Creativity and Collaboration
11am James Kelly
1pm Shiva Fashreki
Daphne Oram’s Still Point and Concert Music for Turntables
7pm Jim Frize and James Kelly Concert
Isham Dark, Avenue Campus
Jim Frize performs live electronic music with a collection of his original instrument designs. His analogue, digital and electroacoustic instruments create a unique blend of experimental electronica. Jim began performing live electronic music with the Dirty Electronics Ensemble in 2006 and has since t performed around the world.
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