Chisato Minamimura, March 19

Join a LAB with deaf dancer Chisato Minamimura to consider visual representation of sound for Chisato, to experiment with a number of sonic/digital elements and their responses to her new score ‘Time’ which she will develop in the next few months with her dancers. This new work explores time within sound & music from a deaf perspective and cultural differences between Japan & UK including the Japanese concept of MA (negative space).

The work will be developed here and shared in Japan. Chisato is looking for collaboration to work with digital artists, engineers and programmers to visualise her new choreographic score and this is the first phase of the process.

Chisato Minamimura is a Japanese deaf dance artist, choreographer exploring the experience of sound/voice/music from a deaf perspective. Chisato has been on this journey for a while and is developing a new score exploring the notion of time from a diversity of perspectives, in London, Brighton and Tokyo.

Date: Thursday, 19 March 2015 from 18:30 to 21:30

Location: Music Hackspace, Unit 15, 5–10 Corbridge Crescent, E2 9DS

Eventbrite - Chisato Minamimura

More info about the project.

Tim Shaw and Sébastien Piquemal – Fields, April 16

Fields is an electronic sound piece diffused through the audiences smart phones, laptops or tablets.

Date: Thursday, 16 April 2015 from 18:30 to 21:30
Location: Music Hackspace, Unit 15, 5–10 Corbridge Crescent, E2 9DS

Eventbrite - Tim Shaw and Sébastien Piquemal - Fields

Sébastien Piquemal and Tim Shaw explore mobile technology as a medium for sound diffusion. The Fields system enables musicians and composers to explore the potential of smart phones and tablets for sound diffusion. It is a distributed, open-source, modular instrument that is fully configurable and extensible. In this seminar Tim and Sébastien will share the process of developing Fields, composing sound design for tiny speakers and experiences of performing a work of this nature.

The piece was originally conceived at this years Music Makers Hacklab at CTM 2014 and has since been performed in Berlin, Lisbon, Helsinki, Paris Athens and Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Fields is being performed at Cafe OTO on 12th April 2015

More information, videos and photos can be found here –

Tim Shaw 
Tim Shaw has worked internationally as a professional composer, performer, sound designer and researcher. His practice incorporates diverse approaches to sound collection and processing, and includes creating immersive and site responsive sonic installations. His compositional methods include field recordings, synthesized sounds and live electronics, providing a wide scope for creative diversity. At the heart of his work lies a concern with the auditory reflection and mirroring of real world environments through sound and technology. He is currently studying a PhD in Digital Media at Culture Lab alongside managing Newcastle based record label Triptik.

Sébastien Piquemal 
Sébastien Piquemal is a computer engineer, obsessively exploring the artistic capabilities of machines. After working several years as a full-stack web developer in Helsinki, Finland, he decided to dedicate himself fully to making music. Since then, he has been an active contributor to the open-source software community, leading various projects such as WebPd (Pure Data patches running in the web browser). As a lover of Jazz and improvised music, Sébastien is seeking new ways to place human interaction at the core of live music. He is presently doing a MA degree in sound in new media at Media Lab Helsinki.

This project is kindly supported by Sound and Music & the Newcastle Institute for Creative Arts Practice.