Fantastic week long residency at Leeds Beckett University with the talented Fine Art second years. We began by sharing our inspirations from sound art history looking at Futurist Luigi Russolo’s ‘The art of noises’, John Cage’s water walk, and the practices of Rolf Julius and Max Neuhaus and explored the concept of ‘noise’. The group created their own graphical scores based on objects they had brought in from home or from imagery drawn during a sound walk around the art school. One student brought in her tattoo gun to create a score out of, she was rather upset when she found that instead of the buzzing sound she anticipated the tattoo gun would produce, it was more of a low rumble – an interesting insight into what we think a shape should sound like! The group also experimented with uncovering hidden and small sounds using contact microphones, we recorded and sampled these using PUSH and together with the circuits the group had built we had a day long improvisation with our objects, oscillators and paper stencils.
“The best thing i’ve done at Uni”
Harry, Year 2 Fine Art, Leeds Beckett University