[LAA] OT: Network Music Festival // 22-24 February // Birmingham (UK)
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*NETWORK MUSIC FESTIVAL // A hi-tech musical weekender*
*22-24th FEBRUARY 2012 // BIRMINGHAM (UK)*
*Network Music Festival returns to Birmingham to present a weekend of
innovative hi-tech musical performances and installations from local and
international artists. *
After the success of the first *Network Music Festiva*l in January 2012
the festival will return to Birmingham on *22-24th February 2013*.
We are working with some of the artists from NMF 2012 to curate what
promises to be an exciting and diverse line-up of network artists.
Benoît and the Mandelbrots (CO/DE), Wrongheaded (UK), Glitch Lich
(UK/USA) and Birmingham’s own network band BiLE have each curated a
concert at the weekend long festival. Alongside this, local curator
Samuel Rodgers (Consumer Waste) has programmed a sound installation
exhibition which addresses the theme of networking. NMF2013 will feature
specially invited artists, including audio-visual laptop duo *Alo
Allik* (EST) and *Yota Morimoto* (BRA), and artists selected from the
festival's Open Call, which received more than 90 proposals from Europe,
the Americas and Australia.
The festival will take place in venues across Birmingham’s lively arts
quarter, Digbeth, with performances and the festival hub located once
again at the home of the Friction Arts collective, the newly expanded
The Edge warehouse.
This year's very special guests are *The Hub* (USA) - considered by many
to be the inventors of network music - making a rare visit to the UK.
This legendary band first started wiring computers together for live
performance in the 1980s and remain a seminal influence for computer
music bands today.
Other highlights include the live-coding band *Slub* (UK), inventors of
the ‘Algorave’: that is, dance music produced using computer algorithms,
written live in front of the audience. The festival will also welcome
another highly innovative act, *PB_UP* (DE), who were the first laptop
band to perform entirely wirelessly. The German group describe
themselves as an 'acoustic computer folk band' in that they perform
completely 'unplugged,' without any external power or amplification.
Contemporary composer *John Eacott* (UK) will present his piece
'Floodtide', which is based on the natural movements of the river
Thames. It will see Eacott collect real-time data on the river's tidal
movement, which is automatically translated into musical notation, and
transmitted via the internet to be performed by a chamber group of
classical musicians in Birmingham.
The festival will also include a chance to explore the inner-workings of
network music with a variety of general interest and specialist talks
and workshops - open to all levels of experience.
Tickets for NMF 2013 are available now from:
More information about the festival can be found at the festival
website: networkmusicfestival.org <http://networkmusicfestival.org/> or
you can follow us on facebook: facebook.com/networkmusicfestival
<http://facebook.com/networkmusicfestival> or twitter:@netmusicfest
Network Music Festival // 22-24th February 2013 // The Edge, 79-81
Cheapside, Birmingham, B12 0QH
Web: networkmusicfestival.org <http://networkmusicfestival.org/>
Twitter: @NetMusicFest <http://twitter.com/netmusicfest> Hashtag: #NMF2013
Email: networkmusicfestival at gmail.com
<mailto:networkmusicfestival at gmail.com>
NMF2012 featured over 70 artists from Birmingham’s home-grown talent to
UK and international artists from as far afield as USA and Colombia in 5
concerts. They presented a diverse range of performances including live
coding, multiple-location performances, trans-atlantic streaming, new
instruments for network performance, installations, workshops and talks.
The festival was featured on BBC 5 Live’s Outriders program and
mentioned in several national and international publications including
The Financial Times and The Computer Music Journal. This year is set to
feature just as many artists showcasing cutting-edge approaches to
high-tech musical performance. Expect a diverse programme of laptop
performances, live coding, multi-location performances, communicating
home-made musical gadgets, immersive sound installations, interactive
workshops and more!
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