Wanderlust #33: Ilha Verde.1
25 March 2019
SOUNDkitchen (Iain Armstrong & Annie Mahtani) – Ilha Verde.1
In April 2017 SOUNDkitchen visited ‘Ilha Verde’, the green island of São Miguel in the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores. From our base in Ponta Delgada we explored and recorded the island. These recordings document the calls of native wildlife, the interactions of wind and water on the natural and build environment and the sound of human activity and technology. ‘Ilha Verde’ is a recording of a live performance at Sound+Environment, Middleton Hall, University of Hull 02 July 2017. The performance combined field recordings, live electronics and live spatialisation in ambisonic format on the HEARO (Hull Electroacoustic Resonance Orchestra) 30 loudspeaker system.
The track is also available on Bandcamp in a choice of 4.0, 5.0, ambisonic B Format multichannel files.
Self-released April 8, 2018, Bandcamp
This piece is licensed by PRS.
Iain Armstrong is a composer and sound designer based in Birmingham, UK. He is particularly interested in exploring the creative potential of recordings of the sound environment and encouraging people to engage in the act of listening. His work is presented internationally and spans, electronic music, sound design for theatre, dance and film, site-specific soundwalks, multi-channel sound installation, phonography and live performance.
Iain is also a co-director of SOUNDkitchen, a Birmingham based collective founded in 2010 to support the presentation and creation of sound art and experimental electronic music. SOUNDkitchen curate live events, create sound installations, live performances and soundwalks on their SOUNDwalker app. Iain regularly performs with co-director Annie Mahtani creating live soundscape compositions incorporating field recordings and multichannel spatialisation.
Iain’s phonography album ‘Sacred & Profane’ is available on Gruenrekorder and he has self-released recordings of live laptop performances on his Bandcamp page.
Annie Mahtani is an electroacoustic composer, sound artist and performer working and living in Birmingham, UK. After completing her doctoral studies in composition in 2008 she has worked as a
freelance composer, performer, curator and educator. Her work encompasses electronic music composition from acousmatic music to free improvisation. As a collaborator, Annie has worked extensively with dance, theatre and on site-specific installations. With a strong interest in field recording, Annie’s work often explores the inherent sonic nature and identity of environmental sound, amplifying sonic characteristics that are not normally audible to the naked ear. Her music explores abstract and recognisable sound worlds and all the spaces in between. With a preoccupation with space, Annie works extensively with multichannel audio both in concert pieces and in live performance.
Annie is a Lecturer in Music at The University of Birmingham. She is co-director of SOUNDkitchen, a Birmingham based collective of curators, producers and performers of live electronic music and sound art.
SOUNDkitchen is dedicated to the promotion of composers and artists working in the field of sound. At our core is a collective of composers with a background in electroacoustic and experimental music. From 2011-2015 SOUNDkitchen provided a regular platform for local artists to explore, experiment and present their work alongside that of international composers and sound artists. They offered a programme of exciting and eclectic new music that uses technology to form part of the aesthetic experience. SOUNDkitchen members examine different approaches to listening and performance, depending on venue and context. They have developed site-specific SOUNDwalks, sound installations and seek new approaches to live acousmatic music. In 2018 SOUNDkitchen launched their SOUNDwalker app which hosts their soundwalks. Based in Birmingham UK, their work has featured regularly in the city along with appearances nationally and internationally.
Co-directors: Annie Mahtani, Iain Armstrong, James Carpenter