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Blog archive for February 2016

Ximena Alarcón : Research visit and artist talk

February 13, 2016


The artist and researcher Ximena Alarcón from CRISAP (Creative Research in Sound Arts Practice) visits BEK in week 7. Friday February 19 she will give an artist talk, presenting her artistic practise, and also discuss her ongoing work on ‘Sound Matters: a framework for the creative use and re-use of sound’.

For the remaining of the week she will be working with me on how to create interfaces for accessing archives of sound, such as archives of field or speech recordings. Together they will explore the possibility of utilising Jamoma for this, in preparation for further research relating to the “Sound Matters” framework.


Ximena Alarcón is an artist who engages in listening to migratory spaces, connecting this to individual and collective memories. Her practice involves deep listening, sonic improvisation, and the creation of screen-based interfaces for relational listening that expand our sense of belonging and place. She is interested in creating telematic performances, derived from listening in interstitial spaces, such as dreams, underground transportation, and the ‘in-between’ space in the context of migration. She completed a PhD in Music, Technology and Innovation, from De Montfort University, and received a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship 2007-2009, which led to the creation of ‘Sounding Underground’. She gained a Deep Listening Teaching Certificate in 2012, and is currently a tutor for the Deep Listening Training Program at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Since 2011 she has been Research Fellow at Creative Research in Sound Arts Practice (CRiSAP), based at the London College of Communication, where she has developed ‘Networked Migrations’. In 2015 she launched with Cathy Lane the first stage of a JISC funded project ‘Sound Matters: a framework for the creative use and re-use of sound’, which explores the creation of interfaces for interrogation and relational playback of Field Recordings and Speech.

Her visit to BEK is funded by an Erasmus grant.

Podcast Interview

February 23, 2016

Last week Darwin Grosse did a skype inteview with me for his Art + Music + Technology podcast series. The interview is online here.

Workshop in Trondheim

February 29, 2016


Last week I was in Trondheim, giving a workshop for students at the art academy. I have been teaching at the music technology study in Trondheim several times before, but this was the first workshop that I have been giving at the art academy.

The workshop followed a similar trajectory to the workshop I did in Kristiansand last fall, splitting the days into three. One session would present the history of experimental music and sound art. The next session was an introduction to audio editing in Reaper. This time I captured these sessions as screencasts, and made them available to the students. And thanks to the many brilliant screencasts that Kenny Gioia has been provided at the Reaper website they have plenty of materials for further learning. The last part of the day would be set aside for work on the students own projects.

One of the day we went to Heimdal to see and discuss how I worked on sound in this exhibition, a collaboration with Jeremy Welsh and Jon Arne Mogstad. The final day we went to Trondheim kunstmuseum to see and hear the sound installation by Jana Winderen that is part of the Lorck Schive Art Prize Exhibition.


Afternoons were spent dining and discussing with Piya, my former colleague from BEK. Saturday we did a visit to Jon Arne’s studio, seeing new paintings that he is currently working on, and doing some paint geeking. We also got to see Kaia Hugin’s work at Rake Visningsrom, curated by Jeremy. An interesting space, and a strong work.


At Jon Arne Mogstad’s studio, with Piya


This is one of the works that emerged during the workshop, SONARK03 by Anders S. Solberg.