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MILK
Published 21 September, 2016 by JT

MILK

Hallo ,
I was really privileged to be working in bern at the weekend where I was invited to perform with the artist's UVM exhibition in Solothurn Bern.

The event went well and I was very grateful to the support provided by the Gallery.

Over the summer I was working with the artist Jack Jelfs to commission a new instrument that would be really fluid in performance with electronic sound , distance sensitivity and vocal text. We worked together to design ' MILK' The instrument was really lovely to work with and in combination with my electronic samples was great.


Soil Flow
Published 12 September, 2016 by JT

Soil Flow

I have just written a new sound instillation.It is called Soil Flow. The work comprises of six sound miniatures. I was asked to write work based around the photos and sculptures of Ursle Von Marsle. Her work was extremely emotional and very detailed.
This exhibition is based on the connections between technology,nature and humans. Ursle Von Marsle sculptures were derived from tiny micro details of plastic and wood. Her photo's were stark images of humans or parts of bodies against images of nature. As a composer the material was rich to work with.

This is one of the most interesting and fascinating commissions I have ever worked on. I had never met Ursle before. she heard speak about my music on swiss radio . From that interview I was contacted and commissioned. we had several Skype interviews and finally met in September.

I did a live performance of the 6 miniatures which lasted around 35-40 minutes to open the exhibition.The sound was all combined together to make an electronic state of flux.I performed with combining the new instrument MILK as a performance tool with the electro acoustic material.

The titles of the works are as follows

1. my heart,it weighs a kilo

2. cave

3. soil crown

4. violence and love

5. you have atoms for eyes

6. debts dissolve in the ground

The work was commissioned by the Swiss Artist Ursle Von Marsle.The photo above is from her new exhibition.

Jo


Artist of the Week: Feminatronic
Published 16 July, 2016 by JT

== Hallo,
I was proud to be chosen as artist of the week this week for the website Feminatronic. They are a really special group that promote female music, I've followed them for a while. I enjoy the posts and really enjoy the way that the information and music is sent out, with knowledge and enthusiasm. Feminatronic has been such an extremely good resource for promoting the more left field female musicians. Really great find and be part of.
I am a keen supporter of women in public and artistic life. I feel it is important to encourage all doors to be open and paths to be free to walked.I am active on a women's group in Islington South and this is really brilliant to be involved with and I high recommend getting involved in a women's group.

Fantastic
Jo
==

https://feminatronic.com


Vein : Thoughts about scoring and process
Published 16 July, 2016 by JT

Vein : Thoughts about scoring and process

Another one of my scores from my new work Poisoned Politics

This summer I was dismayed by the political turmoil in the country and well as the world. It seemed like politics had become poisoned by a new hyper language which no one really understood, driven by fear and disengagement from general routes of communication.
I decided to channel my thoughts into a series of small scores mostly based around moment of phonetic speech and the metaphor of the word.

I'm stressing the word small .. as they are almost like sketches , I also turned to using speech text on the computer to say the words , which had quite a dysfunctional and effective affect ..
These works are I guess are still in progress , I wasn't commissioned to do them , rather I had to do them to make sense of the political world around me.
They were mostly done at train stations, waiting for busses or in moments where I wanted to channel thoughts.


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