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  • ...tiny lights...

    Trumpet - Gary Farr
    Violin - Gemma South
    Bass and E flat Clarinet - Marianne Rawles
    Electronics - Norm Skipp

    A newly commissioned work with the Vonnegut Collective as part of the Didsbury Arts Festival. '...tiny lights...' draws inspiration from the novel 'The Wind-up Bird Chronicle' by Haruki Murakami and delves into that space between sleep and wakefulness, combining electronic and acoustic sound, notated and improvised music, to create a surreal, dream-like sound-space.

    The performance took place as part of a charity evening at the Siemens Building in Manchester on the 25th June 2015

  • 45 RPM

    This video is the short film 45 RPM, beautifully shot in Northland New Zealand 2014 by Mark Solter. Produced by 3's a Company in association with PaXifica Moving Image Production. The film is set at a time when there has been social collapse, leaving a troubling absence of other human beings, three 'survivors' make uneasy companions—nostalgia and revenge make awkward companions for survival.

    Over winter 2013/14 I worked closely with Jeff Gane to create the soundtrack to this short film. We had many long and interesting Skype discussions to try and find a soundworld that would help create the wider world of this short film. Although Jeff is in New Zealand and myself living in Manchester, UK, there was a flow and freedom to the way we worked together. Recordings of improvised cello (Rod Skipp) and cor anglais (Bethan Roberts) were made and sculpted into this piece. In April 2014, I completed the soundtrack for this short film.

    45 RPM received its premiere in Auckland, September 2014.

  • ...tiny lights... 25th June 2015

    Tomorrow night I will be performing a newly commissioned work with the Vonnegut Collective as part of the Didsbury Arts Festival. '...tiny lights...' draws inspiration from the novel 'The Wind-up Bird Chronicle' by Haruki Murakami and delves into that space between sleep and wakefulness, combining electronic and acoustic sound, notated and improvised music, to create a surreal, dream-like sound-space.

    The performance takes place as part of a charity evening at the Siemens Building in Manchester.

    Also as part of the evening, MIF Artistic Director and CEO Alex Poots and MIF Creative Learning Director Jennifer Cleary will talk about what Manchester International Festival has achieved over the past decade and how this might relate to Didsbury Arts Festival’s theme ‘In-between Places’; they will also preview the MIF15 programme, Alex’s last as CEO and Artistic Director.

    The MIF Sacred Sounds Choir and the Siemens Choir will also be performing

    25th June 2015, 7pm
    Siemens Building, Princess Road, Manchester M20 2UR

  • ...tiny lights... 25th June 2015

    I will be joining forces with the Vonnegut Collective to present a newly commissioned work as part of the Didsbury Arts Festival. '...tiny lights...' draws inspiration from the novel 'The Wind-up Bird Chronicle' by Haruki Murakami and delves into that space between sleep and wakefulness, combining electronic and acoustic sound, notated and improvised music, to create a surreal, dream-like sound-space.

    The performance takes place as part of a charity evening at the Siemens Building in Manchester.

    Also as part of the evening, MIF Artistic Director and CEO Alex Poots and MIF Creative Learning Director Jennifer Cleary will talk about what Manchester International Festival has achieved over the past decade and how this might relate to Didsbury Arts Festival’s theme ‘In-between Places’; they will also preview the MIF15 programme, Alex’s last as CEO and Artistic Director.

    The MIF Sacred Sounds Choir and the Siemens Choir will also be performing

    25th June 2015, 7pm
    Siemens Building, Princess Road, Manchester M20 2UR

  • An Aversion to Light [2]

    Experimental film collaboration across contemporary dance, video art and sonic art. Initiated by Kristian Larsen, An Aversion to Light [2] began as an innocent attempt to compose arbitrary dance footage in a way that somehow made sense. From improvised free shots, captured on a borrowed camera in a single room, Kristian and Norm Skipp worked these into shape over an extended dialogue. Kristian╩╝s long time friend, Leyton (Epsilon Blue, Rotor+), then developed the soundtrack. Although worked on in isolation by each artist, there is a common aesthetic thread that is amplified through this piece.