Sound+Environment 2017, University of Hull

A four-day conference of sound incorporating the overlap between art and science.  The format was three parallel paper sessions in the morning and afternoon, lunchtime and evening concerts and installations running from 11.00 to 19.00.  Keynote sessions were given by Chris Watson and Leah Barclay.

Over four days and multiple sessions and works attended, the memorable works for me were:

Dave Burraston’s Rainwire (processed) – recorded from contact microphones on long cables and installed as a series of seven different loops the sound was unpredictable and absorbing.

Jez Riley-French’s Teleferica work – contact microphone recordings from long teleferica cables in Italy was a tour de force for durational recording and selective presentation.  It was surprising to be told that the recordings had not been processed in any way.

Annie Mahtani’s performance of Aeolian, an evocative wind based piece recorded in the College Valley in Northumberland.

Rob Mackay’s Equanimity, mixing environmental sounds and clarinet was one of the successful mergings of sounds and music.

Overall, an enjoyable and stimulating conference.

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