Wednesday 6th March, 8pm: Nonclassical - monthly club-night The Macbeth, Hoxton Street N1 6LP Audiovisual instruments inspired by the life and work of Daphne Oram. Daphne Oram created the Oramics machine in order to make her own unique experimental art - a sound unlike anyone else. Each act in this programme presents a new tool for audiovisual performance and interaction, designed to create new sounds and images to reflect their specific character and approach. The night is part of Nonclassical's monthly series, also featuring resident DJs Richard Lannoy and Nwando. This event is in association with Goldsmiths EAVI Research Group.
Saturday 9th March, 1pm: Dirty Electronics Synth Lab St. Margaret's House Settlement, 21 Old Ford Road E2 9PL
Professor and regular Wire contributor John Richards leads a 'synth lab' in which participants learn to build their own synthesiser. This approach to building a synth makes for a truly hands-on, practical experience, allowing anybody to take part. All participants will be invited to perform at the XOYO Club Night.
7pm: Peter Zinovieff and Aisha Orazbayeva Following the workshop, a performance and Q+A with legendary electronic innovator Peter Zinovieff and violinist Aisha Orazbayeva. The pair will be performing some of their recent collaborative work including extracts from OUR, a concerto for violin and computer.
Also featuring a screening of the documentary What The Future Sounded Like, with contributions from Zinovieff among others.
Sunday 10th March, 1pm: Cinema Double Bill: The Day The Earth Stood Still / Forbidden Planet Rio Cinema, 107 Kingsland High St, E8 2PB
We present a double bill at Dalston's Rio Cinema, celebrating two 1950s classics whose use of forward thinking electronic music opened up new worlds of sound: The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951), scored by Bernard Herrmann, and Forbidden Planet (1956), scored by Louis and Bebe Barron.
These films will be preceded by introductory talks from Dr. Miguel Mera, a renowned film music expert at City University.
Tuesday 12th March, 7:30 pm: 'Deconstructing Dad' Hackney Picturehouse, 270 Mare Street E8 1HE
We're honoured to present the first London screening of Stan Warnow's critically acclaimed documentary Deconstructing Dad, on the life and times of the great American composer and innovator Raymond Scott.
Tickets: £5 / 7 >>> Book tickets from the Hackney Picturehouse website / tel: 0871 902 5734
Thursday 14th March, 8pm: Pioneers of Electronic Music XOYO, Cowper Street EC2A 4AP
At the centre of the festival, we return to XOYO following two hugely popular nights in 2012. A programme celebrating the often unrecognised connections that bridge the pioneers of the 1950s to today's most forward thinking producers:
Raymond Scott's legendary Manhattan Research Project. Scored and arranged by Leon Michener for an ensemble of rare vintage synthesisers. Performed by Michener and guests.
Messiaen | Oraison (1937). Performed on ondes Martenot and 5 mono synths. Performed by Augustin Viard, Matthew Schellhorn, and guests. Stockhausen | Kontakte (1958, version for percussion, piano & electronics). Performed by George Barton and Siwan Mair Rhys Varese | Poeme Electronique (1958) With original film by Le Corbusier.
Dirty Electronics: A 30-piece all electronic ensemble led by John Richards, performing works inspired by Andrew Bentley, Hugh Davis and Richard Orton.
Plus new arrangements and versions of music by Delia Derbyshire, Daphne Oram, and Tristram Cary.
*** Headline DJ set: ALEX PATERSON (THE ORB) *** A very special set traversing the history of cutting edge electronic sound, from one of modern dance music's pioneers.
Sunday 17th March, 7:30 pm: The Same Trade As Mozart - Documentary Evening Hackney Picturehouse, 270 Mare Street E8 1HE
A selection of films exploring the lives and works of some of the great figures of electronic music, plus performances and presentations.
Films to include:
Practical Electronica (Ian Helliwell, 2011), a boldly experimental film surveying the innovative tape-based work of British pioneer FC Judd. The Same Trade as Mozart (BBC, 1969), an earlier look at electronic music with contributions from Stockhausen, Daphne Oram, Tristram Cary and others. The Delian Mode (Kara Blake, 2009), award winning short documentary on the iconic British sound pioneer Delia Derbyshire.
- A presentation from celebrated electroacoustic composer and writer Simon Emmerson, whose career spans five decades at the forefront of new electronic music.
- A rare performance of Tristram Cary's Trios by Ian Helliwell (with reel-to-reel tape, slide projections, and CD players).
Tickets £5 / 7 >>> Book from the Hackney Picturehouse website / tel. 0871 902 5734