Towards An Infra-Instrumentarium by J. M. Bowers

Thursday 9th of August, 7pm.
John will describe a number of music hacks he has wasted energy on over the years. This will include a project to make a synthesiser only from materials available to the Victorians, explorations of the musical potential of random combinations of electrical components, various attempts at translating image to sound and vice versa, amongst other diversions. John will also give an account of his work with the Rambert Dance Company realising David Tudor’s score to Merce Cunningham’s Rainforest, as well as a clue to his current projects. A performance with Jean-Baptiste Thiebaut will complement the talk.

J. M. Bowers works with homebrew electronics, reconstructions of antique technologies, and digital media to combine sound, image and embodied action as fundamental material energies. He has performed at international festivals including Electropixel Nantes, Piksel Bergen, and BEAM London. He co-founded the Onoma Research label, playing guitar in the noise band Tonesucker. He is part of the Interaction Research Studio, Department of Design, Goldsmiths, University of London, and was a contributor to the Studio’s Prayer Companion, which has been acquired for the permanent collection of MoMA, New York.

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