Bangor Sound City & INTER/actions present Singing Menai Bridge

Bangor Sound City in collaboration with INTER/Actions presents
Singing Menai Bridge “In and Out” and Audio Walks.

10th April, 2012
15:30 – 17:00

On-site concert Location: Bridgemasters House, Menai Suspension Bridge

A live quadraphonic concert on the Menai Suspension Bridge, with bass recorder, toy piano and spectra sonic system. Amplifying the cables and structure of the Menai Suspension Bridge, Jodi Rose invited musicians to improvise with and reinterpret the sound and space of the bridge in this unique setting.

Site visit preparation walk-over via skype

Musical Composition/Improvisation: “In and Out” – for Menai Singing Bridge

SITE: Jodi Rose invited musicians at INTER/actions: Symposium to improvise with live sounds from the Menai Suspension bridge in a concert at the bridge master’s house, a small space on the bridge. This event is organised by Bangor Sound City, accompanied by guided audio walks with the Thomas Telford Centre.

QUADRAPHONIC AUDIO: The sounds of the bridge will be processed in real time with multichannel audio (multilayer granular synthesis, Spectral Delay, FFT Filtering) by Andreas Weixler using his Spectra Sonic System, instrumental improvisation by Se-Lien Chuang on bass recorder and Xenia Pestova on toy piano.

INTER/actions: Symposium on Interactive Electronic MusicBangor University School of Music 10-12 April 2012
Audio Walks in collaboration with The Thomas Telford Centre

Jodi Rose (Australia / Germany) and Bob Daimond (Wales)

Audio Walks, £3 (free for under 16s accompanied by an adul)

  • 3 pm & 4 pm, Sunday 1 April, Menai Suspension Bridge
  • 3 pm & 4 pm, Sunday 8 April, Menai Suspension Bridge

In a unique collaboration, Bob Daimond guides an historical Bridge Walk along the Menai Suspension bridge during which Jodi Rose reveals the innate sounds of the bridge. Call the Thomas Telford Centre on 01248 715046 or email mbcht@btconnect.com to book your place. Walks start from The Thomas Telford Centre. Combined ticket for walk and exhibition, £5.

Sound Car

Richard Higlett (Wales)

Tour & Open Workshops, FREE

  • Saturday 7 April, 2 – 4 pm, Clock Tower, Bangor
  • Sunday 8 April (Easter Sunday), 2 – 4 pm, Betws y Coed
  • Monday, 9 April, 2 – 4 pm, Bethesda

Watch out for Richard Higlett’s sound-car taking the sound of Menai Suspension bridge into Bangor and Snowdonia. You could see (and hear) the car anywhere, anytime as he and Jodi Rose take the car-roof mounted mega sound-system around North Wales. You can be sure to catch him in Bangor, Betws and Bethesda when you can drop-in to a free sound-art workshop in the sound-car boot!

Dinas Sain Bangor ~ Bangor Sound City is a not-for-profit project aiming to make positive contributions to Bangor and its environs through the sound arts.

SINGING BRIDGES

Every bridge is connected to all other bridges through the vibrations in their structure, like gigantic telegraph wires circling the globe. Singing Bridges is a state of mind that you enter every time you cross a bridge. Transcending the outlines of geography, crossing the bridge transports you into another dimension of reality. Sounds from the bridge are woven into a “dark, industrial, chaotic, strange and beautiful” composition, a psycho-geographic performance exploring mythology and poetics of bridges.

“In and Out” – for Menai Singing Bridge

Amplifying the cables and bridge structure, the Bridge becomes an instrument in an on-site intervention with live multichannel audio processing and instrumental improvisation, taking us on a mysterious journey through a suddenly unfamiliar urban landscape. Listening to the strange music of the bridge and Spectra Sonic System is an aural glimpse into the inexpressible, the intangible. Opening a space between where we live and where we dream, suspended across the threshold into another state…

CREDITS:

Jodi Rose : Singing Bridge (bridge amplification, concept, live bridge sounds)
Andreas Weixler : Multichannel realtime sound processing (musical concept, Spectra Sonic System)
Se-Lien Chuang : Bass recorder (musical concept, Instrumental improvisation)
Xenia Pestova : Toy piano (musical concept, Instrumental improvisation)
Production: Bangor Sound City & Jodi Rose
Technician: Depth PA

Andreas Weixler & Se-Lien Chuang
Atelier Avant Austria
composition & media arts

Dr Xenia Pestova
Pennaeth Perfformio / Head of Performance
Ysgol Cerddoriaeth / School of Music
Prifysgol Bangor University

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