Live from The Fire Room
Collaborative workshop and networking event in Birmingham for artists working in sound and improvising experimental musicians: Open Sound Group.
Friday 20th August: Collecting sounds and exploring The Rea Garden.
Saturday 21st August: Workshop and networking event at The Lombard Method.
On Friday 20th August, participants are invited to visit The Rea Garden artists’ project space to collect field recordings, sound objects or ideas; to explore and get a feel for the site; and to talk to Graham about his work on the residency there. The site itself is a former industrial unit which was derelict for 20 years following a fire. As such it contains a wealth of interesting objects and scrap, including pieces of broken shellac from its former use as a record warehouse. The site will be open from 11am to 4pm.
The workshop will take place on Saturday 21st August in the project space at The Lombard Method (known as “The Fire Room”) from 12 noon onwards. The session will be informal and exploratory with no specific deadlines or rigidly defined outcomes, though the process will be documented with the possibility of collating some recordings for release. Participants are invited to bring instruments, sound making equipment, field recordings, effects processors, objects, etc. The workshop is open to any artists working with sound and improvising experimental musicians based near (or with connections to) Birmingham.
The starting point for the workshop will be a breif discussion about the Rea Garden and any ideas which may have arisen from the site visit. The day will then see people sharing ideas and processes, talking about their work and demonstrating their equipment as appropriate, leading to an exploration of how different sounds can work together or in contrast; how different processes can be connected; and ways of collaborating in a performance setting.
Towards the end of the session participants will be encouraged to take part in live recordings, improvisations or performances which will be documented. Different combinations of instruments can be explored; small groups, large ensembles or solo performances; artists remixing or otherwise manipulating others’ sounds; experiments with new or untested techniques.
The Rea Garden
1 – 8, Floodgate Street
The Lombard Method
68a Lombard Street