"Octopus is a Cumbria-based sound art and music organisation founded in 2009 by artists John Hall, Andrew Deakin and Glenn Boulter.
Our first project was the 2009 FON Festival, taking place in a former shipyard canteen in Barrow-in-Furness and featuring performances and new work from Mobile Radio, Faust, Richard Youngs, John Wall, Haco, Susan Matthews, Pram and more.
This was followed in 2010 by a series of residencies, performances and public realm sound art commissions in partnership with other arts organisations across the North West. Events included film screenings, residencies from AGF and Hildur Gudnadottir, workshops and a series of commissions for Barrow Park bandstand from artists including Paul Rooney, Dan Fox, Mary Stark, Ellie Chaney and C97.
After establishing a permanent base at Piel View House in Barrow Park and achieving Arts Council England National Portfolio Status in 2011, we delivered the second FON Festival, featuring outdoor works for the park Crazy Golf Hack and the Open Source Swan Pedalo, residencies from Philip Jeck, AGF and Tetsuo Kogawa and performances from Dopplereffekt, Boxcutter, Lee Gamble and Tom Scott.
Projects for 2012/13 include continuing our ongoing residency programme, further collaborations with Black Combe and Sacred Heart Primary Schools, a monthly hardware hacking group and a series of live broadcasts under our FON Air radio banner.”
"2013 :: Recomposed is a field recording/collage project in 365 parts. Armed with a lo-fi voice recorder, I record for one year the sounds of my daily surroundings, in order to reorganize them in new entities. No soundclips or oscillators were used, every single sound is taken from real life and recorded the very same day as I recompose them. In a way, I rewrite a part of my life in music" Helsen Giles
For a number of weeks I have been adventuring into the notion’s of sound with the very talented Roisin Foley, Claire Guerin, and Irene Murphy.
For me this exploration is away to conquer the view I have of soundscape to pull in and express the sounds in my everyday waking. To be able to gel together within a collabration and invite in the everyday noises of the city scape, be that the clipclop horse shoe noises of high heels on tarmac, conversations of passersby, buses, cars catching on footpaths and crunching onto the road again.
I have always had the view that the noises we make, the fall of our feet on ground, coming down the stairs thuds,the way we cough, even the way we knock on a door, is in essence a part of our vast way of expression.
It is a wonder to me how many of the things we hear in our everyday life becomes part of our language. How does this affect the way we speak we make music the very tones expelled from us?.
In watching a program On channel 4 “When Bjork Met Attenborough” David attenbrough stated
“Actually the human larynx is capable of so much more variety of sound than is required for language.
“That to a biologist would mean that there was a function of the human voice, which preceded language. So that it’s actually singing is more fundamental to us than speaking.”
Not only did it make me love david attenbrough even more it made me ponder and wonder to the latest bells on the tick tock.
The sounds I grew up listening too were the crash of the waves, the impressively loud clock on my mothers wall, the dogs bark, the rooster crow incessantly I have wishes for him to be in the pot. the wails of donkeys, sheep bleating. and the rain tapping on the windows and the howls of the wind whirling around the house. countryside
Mostly natural noises with very little interference from the man made world http://www.ifi.ie/film/silence/ this film is quite brilliant here is the trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ezydfR4JM0
There is something to be said about Pat collins film but it is an odd one too sum up, the very notion of silence is foreign to me and so very arduous for me to fathom. It is another ponder in a life time of ponders.
To now explore the world I live in now the city streets with the buses and the drunken mismatched wandering crowds, shop front music, traffic light beeps to hurry you across the roads, the clinks of metal, buskers and cars and traffic jams. people rushing about on bikes on skateboards. ambulances, fire engines, garda cars, rushing we are all rushing to our destinations. cityscapes
To invite in the outside world to the noise we are making connections connecting things that have been connected but we are now listening to our world to an expression of our selfs and this soundscape we live in.
Its been fun its been an eyeopener and long may it continue the adventure is only starting.
*192 page lavishly-illustrated publication edited by Bruce Russell (the Dead C.) exploring the rich experimental music heritage of New Zealand, including pieces on Mr King’s legendary lathe-cutting vinyl service, The Dead C, Peter Wright, Rosy Parlane, Pumice and more* ‘Erewhon Calling’ is an endearingly ambitious attempt to illuminate the enigmatic world of New Zealand’s internationally renowned experimental music scene.
2 track album
Gheybi & Lagomasino revisit Tambuco & Mourad’s “Pencils”. This reprise performance was intended to illicit participation and creative expression while exploring the range of sound most often not perceived. Sound exists beyond our perceptible frequency range, a direct analogy to the selective hearing we employ in our everyday lives. Not only are we limited by our exposure, but also by our willingness to listen beyond what we can hear. This piece seeks to challenge those limitations by amplifying the miniature sounds we hardly hear.