SONVA Winter Fest week
Sonva is a Cornish word meaning a ‘place of sound’ and is the name of the Research Group and the Music community at large at Falmouth University.
From analogue to digital…and back?
Mike Harding introduces Touch (1982-2016+), an art project which has witnessed much change in the world of sound and its relationship not only to art but also how the “real world” of studios, record stores and distribution has changed; how perception of the role of artists, now largely dominated by public funding, has shifted. He will look at the way artists have adapted to working in a digital environment (even if the essence of the work is analogue) and how they see themselves and their role, and also the role the growing number of female artists has played and the influence this is having on the artistic community.
He will look specifically at the work of Chris Watson, Jana Winderen, Hildur Gudnadottir, BJNilsen, Philip Jeck and Christian Fennesz, all artists with whom he has a long-standing relationship. Mike will also discuss copyright and the realities of a world where music has virtually lost all monetary value, and how this unfolded. He will also look at what can go wrong, often more illustrative than what goes right, with an historical glance at the incompatibilities of the laws and digital technology…
Mike will also introduce the students to “freq_out”, a project created and curated by CM von Hausswolff, which asks them to participate in a collaborative frequency experiment which will be presented by them at the end of the period.
I might be doing something at this event at Cafe Oto…
Friday September 5th.
12:00-12:45 Michael Engelbrecht – Storytelling for burning songs (Or: how to make radio magic)
13:00-13:45 Jana Winderen & Mike Harding – From Punk to Punkt
14:00-14:45 Laurie Anderson – A meeting with Laurie Anderson
Saturday September 6th.
12:00-12:45 Henning Bolte & Jan Bang …
Minute of Listening is an exciting and innovative project that has the potential to provide all primary-aged children with the opportunity to experience sixty seconds of creative listening each day of the school year. By downloading a simple application to their laptops, desktops or interactive whiteboards, teachers can bring a wealth of sonic resources into their classrooms.
For a full list of contributors:
SATURDAY, JUNE 14th | 17h | Media Center of Evreux
LECTURE | CONFERENCE
Denis BOYER (Feardrop) | Mike HARDING (Touch) | Thierry WEYD (Ésam Caen-Cherbourg)
Collaboration |’Atelier(s) | Media Center | Ésam Caen-Cherbourg | Feardrop
Media Center, Square Georges Brassens, 27000 Évreux – France
Before Jana Winderen and Thomas Köner concert the same day at the Museum of Art History & Archeology cloister, a lecture will be provide by Denis Boyer, director of sound review Feardrop, on its texts on the Ice musical Imagination (L’imaginaire musical des glaces) and german musician Thomas Köner.
Presentation of the British label Touch with the presence of its director Mike Harding (who publishes among other works, Jana Winderen and Thomas Köner), and Thierry Weyd (teacher and editor) in the matter of Jana Winderen residency at the Laboratory of Art and Water initiated by Esam Caen-Cherbourg (Art Academy).
Franck Dubois, director of |’Atelier(s) and Frédéric Cosset, president of |’Atelier(s) will question Denis Boyer, Mike Harding and Thierry Weyd.
freq_out 10 will be held from February 25th to March 1st 2014
The tenth version of the sound installation freq_out will be executed in Theatre Royal in Marrakech, Morocco, in conjunction with the 5th Marrakech Biennial.
The pre-opening of the exhibition is on February 25, 2014. The 5th Marrakech Biennial is curated by Hicham Khalidi. Additional concerts and performances by freq_out artists will occur from February 27th to March 1st.
Curated by Carl Michael von Hausswolff and Jacob Kirkegaard
Maia Urstad, JG Thirlwell, Franz Pomassl, The Sons of God (Kent Tankred & Leif Elggren), Mike Harding, Christine Ödlund, Tommi Grönlund & Petteri Nisunen, leif e. boman, BJ Nilsen, Brandon LaBelle, Kamarstudios, Jacob Kirkegaard
Click here for participants’ biographies.
Thursday 13th February, 10.45am
Performing Arts Lab
Within the metropolitan area of London, select, record and describe a suitable LISTENING POST (in contrast to viewpoints of scenic vistas, with car parks, telescopes and waste bins). It could be an audio oasis or parenthesis to escape the urban audio assault, or it could be an enclosed space with peculiar acoustics. The aim is to encourage engagement and thereby involvement, with your urban area by LISTENING, which is the essential forerunner (and possible substitute) for any audio recording.
Mike will introduce the morning and play recent works by BJNilsen and Jana Winderen, amongst others, whose recent works have described contrasting areas of spaces, one urban the other invisible.
From midday to 3pm, students will be ‘on location’ before re-assembling to discuss their experiences.
Sounding Poetry of Perception – storytelling in soundscapes
Pepa is currently mentored by Touch
Here you can hear a sample of the overnight storm (“St Jude”), which hit the UK in the early hours today. This recording was made at 6am on 2 x dpa omni mics in Balham, south west London
The full recordings can be heard in November on Long Wave, resonancefm
Recently I gave a talk to the students on the Audio Culture module at Lincoln University
A blog has been made here by David McSherry, who also took the photo
Mike Harding hosted a new show, “Long Wave”, on resonance104.4fm starting 8th October 2013… and continued for 13 episodes at 2230 UK time each Tuesday (repeated 0430 Wednesdays).
Long Wave Series 1 
Also, at 10.30pm every day from 23rd December to 3rd January inclusive, the whole series will be repeated, “so the new shows (the last two in the current series [due on 24th December and 31st December] will slot into the entire sequence, a little anti-intuitively perhaps.” [Ed Baxter, resonancefm]
Mike Harding hosts a new show, “Long Wave”, on resonance104.4fm starting 8th October 2013… at 2230 HRS GMT Tuesdays and repeated Thursdays at 0430
A weekly 90 minute show will feature new recordings, archives, live shows, interviews and other items. The first show will look at the extensive career of Phill Niblock, who will have just turned 80 (born 2nd October 1933) and has a new album out on October 14th…
There will also be interviews with Charles Matthews & Marcus Davidson (Spire), Jóhann Jóhannsson, Irene Moon (Katja Seltmann), Andrew Lagowski, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Ken Montgomery, Finnbogi Petursson & others. Watch this space for more info.
Long Wave will be archived here at the end of the series.
Any audio considerations for this show, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to:
Praça Coronel Pacheco 2
Photo: Jon Wozencroft
Also please reference TouchRadio…
6400 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
8-10pm 16th August
Mike Harding (Touch) presents a selection of tracks from the extensive Touch archive… including tracks from Biosphere, Fennesz, Bruce Gilbert, Hildur Gudnadottir, Rosy Parlane, Sohrab, Mika Vainio, Chris Watson, Jana Winderen and others…
Since its first release in 1982, Touch has created sonic and visual productions that combine innovation with a level of care and attention that has made it the most enduring of any independent company of its time.