Another interesting day exploring the few hundred metres surrounding the People’s History Museum in Manchester using a pickup as a listening device. This is for a piece of sound work with accompanying map that I’m preparing for an exhibition curated by the Loiterer’s Resistance Movement at the PHM opening on 23rd July. See more here http://www.thelrm.org
The sound clip above is of the most interested thing discovered today; recording outside the Nat West in Spinningfields; super high end drone generated by who knows what wifi or security signal but interestingly its accompanied by internet office work sounds/conversation. Wondering if this is being transferred by radio or CCTV signal somehow? Even could be that the higher sound is a carrier frequency for whatever electronic signal is making the office sounds audible. Or completely unrelated.
The other interesting discovery (perhaps not surprisingly) is that there is a huge huge voltage present on the corner of Bridge St and St Mary’s Parsonage just behind the Tax Office. Very pleasing massive low ground/high voltage hum and then a much higher frequency modulation patterned trigger at regular internals.
Here’s the map shaping up
An interesting first day making field recordings to go in the Loiterer’s Resistance Movement exhibition taking place in the People’s History Museum in July. The starting point I’m working with is mapping and exploring the area surrounding the museum using electromagnetic signals captured by a pair of pickups as my starting point.
Some notes below. The above recording is an interesting spot being generated by signals emitting from a bank in Spinningfields.
013: Stretford Metro-Deansgate/Castlefield Metro. Headphones. Sort of muted response compared to some previous pickup/tram recordings. Not as much harmonic tonal material being generated by speeding up and slowing down of trams as I expected.
014:Deansgate Metro-People’s History Musuem. High level of background crackle rumble. City type vibe. Some sound from recording device electronics: maximise distance between it and pickups. Round Eyed CCTV camera on top of massive tower on corner of Quay St/Peter St/Deansgate generating a bunch of interesting high end noise. Outside of burger restaurant on Deansgate near start of Spinningfield some nice flurocesent sign sounds. Eyeballed by staff on break on 4th floor of office as I’m trying to find a sweet noise spot on Hardman St. Realise it looks pretty weird as I’m moving back and forth looking about trying to ascertain how a electromagnet signal and possible sound source are matching up. Remember to wave and smile next time.
015: PHM -Salford Central. On listen back lots of nice little electronic gulps and spluters but nothing super interesting. The line that runs through Salford Central appears to be diesel powered.
016 Salford Central-New Bailey Bridge-Hardman Boulevard-Hardman Sq-Deansgate. Started to get very interesting. Nice loud electronic glitch and gulp near restaurant at end of New Bailey Bridge. Then heavy clicker rhythm outside bank just further up on Hardman Boulevard. About 30m metres up a line of powered bollards was emitting a intense top quality roar of noise, then strangely as I crossed Gartside St. a shift to a different frequency band of noise and then a high end drop out with magnified bass. Interesting little spot. I’m guessing since this area is newly built there are some heavy weight web and electrical connections buried around and about. The bollards are obviously powered by motors and have some kind of sensor/trigger generating the sound.
Me and Vicky will be presenting our Noise Orchestra work so far and prototypes along with our fellow Art + Tech colleagues at this event next Friday at Madlab. More info and what to do if you want to attend here.
If you are free this Saturday afternoon 2pm-5pm come along to the reading group session for mine and Sam Andreae’s Penthouse Residency http://noiseabovenoise.tumblr.com/readinggroup
Is going to be a really busy one, two really exciting performances and a bookfair!
Exhibiting zines/records/cds and my new zine of birdsong drawings on Friday 12th & Saturday 13th at Manchester Artists Bookfair.
Then making music for the performance/installation ‘The Dreaming’ with Bekke Platt and Aliyah Hussain on the Saturday @ 2pm as part of Emergency in Castlefield Gallery. The excellent image above was taken during rehersal for that project.
Finally after the bookfair on the Saturday will be a music drawing performance with Naomi Kendrick and Dan Bridgwood-Hill @ Whitworth Gallery. We’re on about 9pm also on the bill is sound project from Huw Bunford from Super Furry Animals & artist Naomi Kashiwagi.
One of just a whole bunch of photos taken of the Levenshulme Bicycle Orchestra gear the other week with art direction by Jack Alexander. The images will be turned into posters and exhibited as part of the papergirlmanchester exhibition opening on 1st October @ The Soup Kitchen in Manchester.
If you’re around in Manchester tonight pop by to the opening of an exhibition of DIY gig posters organised and hosted by Kraak Gallery in the Northern Quarter! There’s a wall of helpyourselfmanchester posters a couple of which I drew and printed (some pics above) and loads of other great stuff from various promoters. Open from 8 apparently, Kraak is down an alleyway off Stevenson Square behind Hula bar. There’s a map on their site.
The exhibition is on for another two weeks and the space is definitely worth seeing and supporting.
Hopefully post some pictures up soon. Keep checking the helpyourselfmanchester digital archive for new updates and images.