sonADA 2015: MESS

30/04 - 02/05 2015

sonADA 2015 | Theme: MESS

If music is organized sound, composing really starts by identifying chaotic elements. sonADA invites and challenges artists to showcase mess of their own.

What a Mess! How Interesting!

sonADA 2015 | Artists

sonADA invites 34 Aberdeen, UK, and international aritsts.

sonADA 2015 showcases sound artists, performers, experiment filmmakers and dancers whose work is centered on new and explorative approaches to sound. This year's theme, MESS, is a hwadu, a questioning or a doubt on what has been considered settled, sedimented, fixed, established. The invited artists are free to respond to, challenge, or ignore the theme. Regardless, the hwadu is here and will shape whatever the artists will do. What a mess! How interesting!

sonADA 2015 | Programme

Representing Works by Aberdeen, UK, and International Sound Artists

sonADA are a fledgling experimental music and sound art festival based in the North East. They made an exciting entrance to Aberdeen last year with a weekend of sound performances and discussions around creativity in the North. Since then they have been involved with their own hospitality and exchange project, sonADA inTransit, inviting the hugely interesting Papay Gyro Nights collective to present work in Peacock Visual Arts and traveling to Orkney to contribute to their 2015 festival.

In collaboration with SCAN (Scottish Contemporary Arts Network), Music department at the University of Aberdeen, Papay Gyro Nights, Seventeen, SERG (Sound Emporium Research Group) in Aberdeen and Citymoves Dance Agency, this second sonADA festival has expanded its programme to include international guests Ji Youn Kang + Mei-Yi Lee and the Sheffield based improvisors' group The Noise Upstairs. Furthering the collaboration between sonADA and Papay Gyro Nights, sonADA also present Papay Gyro Nights artists based on the theme of BABABADALGHARAGHTAKAMMINARRONNKONNBRONNTONNERRONNTUONNTHUNNTROVARRHOUNAWNSKAWNTOOHOOHOORDENENTHURNUK, which include video works by Genetic Moo, Arnont Nongyao, Rikke Benborg, Bjarni Gunnarsson and Cédric Dupire, Silje Linge Haaland, and Ryo Ikeshiro.

sonADA 2015 also offer two workshops on performance and technology,each run by Ji Youn Kang (Composing/Performing Live Electronic music for Percussion) and Colin Austin (Hardware synthesisers and sequencing for beginners). Alongside guests a range of local talent will be developing new works in a programme of performance, dance, sound, workshops and discussion around the theme of mess.

Programme by Date

Time

Venue

Programme

Artists

4.30-5.30

Citymoves Dance Agency

sonADA Performance I: The Point is This

A new production by Imogene NEWLAND and Suk-Jun KIM

Choreographer Imogene NEWLAND

Sound Suk-Jun KIM

Dancers Ruth KENT, Amy LONGMUIR, Richard WHITE and Lucy WILSON

5.00-7.00

Seventeen

PAPAY GYRO NIGHTS@sonADA 2015: BABABADALGHARAGHTAK- AMMINARRONNKONNBRONNT- ONNERRONNTUONNTHUNNTROVARR- HOUNAWNSKAWNTOOHOOHOORDENENTHURNUK

Video Installation Loops (No Sound)

BEASTY EYES
 by Rikke BENBORG

MOTHER by GENETIC MOO

7.00-8.30

Seventeen

Moderator Caroline GAUSDEN

Panel Artists Kristin BORGEHED, Ji Youn KANG and Imogene NEWLAND

8.30-9.30

Seventeen

PAPAY GYRO NIGHTS@sonADA 2015: BABABADALGHARAGHTAK- AMMINARRONNKONNBRONNT- ONNERRONNTUONNTHUNNTROVARR- HOUNAWNSKAWNTOOHOOHOORDENENTHURNUK

Video Installation Loops (No Sound)

BEASTY EYES
 by Rikke BENBORG

MOTHER by GENETIC MOO

9.30-10.30

Seventeen

sonADA Performance II: 氣 CHI

Ji Youn KANG + Mei-Yi LEE

Time

Venue

Programme

Artists

3.00-5.00

Seventeen

sonADA Workshop I: Composing/Performing Live Electronic Music for Percussion

Free and open to the public; seats are limited and booking recommended.

Coordinator Ji Youn KANG

5.00-7.30

Seventeen

PAPAY GYRO NIGHTS@sonADA 2015: BABABADALGHARAGHTAK- AMMINARRONNKONNBRONNT- ONNERRONNTUONNTHUNNTROVARR- HOUNAWNSKAWNTOOHOOHOORDENENTHURNUK

Video Installation Loops (No Sound)

BEASTY EYES
 by Rikke BENBORG

MOTHER by GENETIC MOO

7.30-8.30

Seventeen

sonADA Performance III (+ Papay Gyro Nights)

Rikke BENBORG SLEEPWALKERS (video)

Luca NASCIUTI

Paul MCFADYEN

Bjarni GUNNARSSON + Cédric DUPIRE GREY SEED (video)

Richard CRAIG

9.30-10.30

Seventeen

sonADA Performance IV: The Noise Upstairs

Sam ANDREAE + Rodrigo CONSTANZO + Anton HUNTER + Richard KNIGHT

3.00-5.00

Seventeen

sonADA Workshop II: Hardware Synthesisers and Sequencing for Beginners

Free and open to the public; seats are limited and booking recommended.

Coordinator Colin AUSTIN (Binary School)

5.00-7.30

Seventeen

PAPAY GYRO NIGHTS@sonADA 2015: BABABADALGHARAGHTAK- AMMINARRONNKONNBRONNT- ONNERRONNTUONNTHUNNTROVARR- HOUNAWNSKAWNTOOHOOHOORDENENTHURNUK

Video Installation Loops (No Sound)

BEASTY EYES
 by Rikke BENBORG

MOTHER by GENETIC MOO

7.30-8.30

Seventeen

sonADA Performance V (+ Papay Gyro Nights)

Arnont NONGYAO Drink Sky on Rabbit's Field (Lost Control) (video)

Dæmons

Silje Linge HAALAND On the top of the mountain the snow is the rain (video)

Nathan BISSETTE + Kristin BORGEHED PARTIALS

Ryo IKESHIRO CONSTRUCTION IN KNEADING (video)

Francesco SANI

9.30-10.30

Seventeen

sonADA Performance VI: (+ The Binary Quintet)

Shaun STABLES

Ross WHYTE

The Binary Quintet (Colin AUSTIN: synths, Tony PARKER: synths, Jason MURPHY: beat machines, Ben SEIVWRIGHT: visuals, Lee HZ: visuals)

sonADA 2015 | Workshops

Two Hands-on, Free Workshops on Live Electronic and Percussion and Hardware Synthesisers and Sequencing

sonADA 2015 organise two hands-one, free workshops for participants in all level. This year, the main topics for these two workshops focus on practical aspects of working with hardware and software to explore various live performance possibilities.

While these workshops are free and open to the public, the seats are very limited and if you are interested, we strongly encourage you to book your seat. For those who would like to know more about these workshops please contact the sonADA 2015 team or send us an email.

Workshops

Coordinator: Ji Youn KANG

Workshop Description: In this presentation, I’d like to share my experiences on composing/performing music for percussion, not only for the conventional percussion instruments, but also objects and newly built instruments and how we could approach to those instruments and treat them in such a way that one can express his/her own colour. Most of my pieces are influenced by Korean traditional ritual music, especially the rhythm and musical development from it are applied deeply throughout the pieces, so that I’d like to include how I apply the old, traditional music into a new creation too. The means of electronics has the same important role as the instruments: I use both computer processing with Supercollider and handmade analogue synths. I’d like to show and explain how those involvement of electronics can be used in order to help and musically support the instrument or to create a duo. The presentation will include a number of video/audio clips and live -open- performances. Questions and discussion will follow.

Free and open to the public.

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Coordinator: Colin AUSTIN

Workshop Description: My approach to composition revolves around using hardware sequencers, synthesisers and samplers to create evolving and immersive soundscapes. The workshop will begin with a description of the tools that i use as a live performer and how they are set up to work together. I will then move on to discuss my particular approach to using the machines along with a demonstration that exemplifies my approach. I plan to end the workshop with a hands on session with a variety of machines. There are 7 programmable hardware sequencers and two hardware synthesisers (one digital and one analogue) that i will have set up to give workshop participants the opportunity to get hands on and ask questions.

Free and open to the public.

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About sonADA

sonADA (Sonic Arts Days in Aberdeen) is a three-day sonic arts festival that highlights experimental music, sound art, performance and sound installations in the North East of Scotland. sonADA focuses on sound artists and performers in this region as well as inviting international artists during the festival in order to promote artistic and cultural exchanges between local and international artists.

sonADA was established as a sonic art festival by sound artists Suk-Jun Kim and Francesco Sani in October 2014. After the success of their three-day pilot event held at Seventeen in October 2014 which was followed by a successful exchange programme with Papay Gyro Nights Festival in Orkney, sonADA has been re-formed in a format of not-for-profit organisation in February 2015 in order to create/host festivals and events on an even more ambitious scale.

sonADA aims to promote all forms of sonic arts from experimental electronic music to sound installations and performance arts in the North East of Scotland by providing both aspiring and professional sonic artists in the region with an interactive platform where they can experiment and explore new ideas and share them with other artists and audiences. Here the audience is an integral part of the platform; not only do they witness such experiments by artists, but they also challenge and seek new and alternative approaches. sonADA also strives to encourage mobility and presence of the Aberdeen sonic arts and to promote artistic and cultural dialogues between local, regional, and international artists.