A big thank you to the hundreds of people who came along yesterday, and for all of the really positive comments and feedback on social media. We really enjoyed the day, and are already discussing our next event.
We’d also like to thank Thomas, Katie, Rhi and Mike for helping us set up, Mike and Pete at Pick n Styx for the PA hire, Alan, Colin and the team at CET, and of course Tschock for the fantastic visuals.
Attached are a few pics, and links to some video clips from the day.
A reminder that it is our rescheduled Live Sound Installation at CET in Coventry tomorrow. The Synthcurious curators will be joined by local musician Tim Seeley for what promises to be a truly unique sonic experience.
The performance will start at 12 noon with a 440Hz tone. After that, anything is possible, as the event will involve live modular patching and synth programming.
Our event at CET has now been rescheduled for Saturday 24th February.
Synthcurious and friends will be performing a Live Sound Installation at the CET building in Corporation Street, Coventry.
Set in one of the print halls of the former Coventry Evening Telegraph building the event will be an improvised experiment using analogue synthesisers to exploit the acoustics of this unique space.
Apologies again for having to reschedule this, but it was beyond our control. We look forward to seeing you on the 24th for what will be a unique sonic experience.
Congratulations to the City of Culture 2021 team from Synthcurious!
We have seen ourselves how much hard work has gone in to winning this, and it will be absolutely fantastic for the city.
Let’s make some noise for Coventry.
Synthcurious will be joined at tomorrows event by local musician, Tim Seeley.
This is not the first time we have collaborated with Tim. He played a key role in The Tin Music and Arts and Synthcurious schools project for the Deliaphonic event, devising and delivering the in-school sessions, as well as playing a central role in the performances at Coventry Cathedral on the afternoon of the event.
The visuals for tomorrows event will be provided by Tschock.
Indian born Jerry Dammers is best known for being the founder member, primary songwriter and keyboard player with The Specials.
Educated in Coventry, he formed the 2 Tone Record label, which helped develop the SKA revival of the 1970s and 1980s. Jerry went on to became an anti-apartheid campaigner, famously writing the song Free Nelson Mandela.
In 2006 Jerry formed the music ensemble The Spatial AKA Orchestra, a project that encompasses many different influences, proving that he continues to challenge music conventions.
Jerry will be playing ambient and electronic “Library Music” including some by Delia Derbyshire.
Northern Ireland born Hannah Peel is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist electronic composer now based in London. A member of The Magnetic North, her recent collaborations include with Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve (aka Erol Alkan & Richard Norris) John Foxx and the Maths.
She has also been composing under her new synth-based, space-age alter-ego Mary Casio with an experimental piece combining analogue electronics and a 33-piece colliery brass band (it debuted to a sold out Manchester audience in May). Although modestly she shies away from any comparison, it’s little wonder The Observer recently described Peel as ‘a latter day Delia Derbyshire’.
Howlround create recordings and performances entirely from manipulating natural acoustic sounds on vintage reel-to-reel tape machines, with additional reverb or electronic effects strictly forbidden. In an age where one can create all manner of electronic music with a simple swipe of a mouse, Howlround prove not only how much fun is to be had in making things complicated again, but conversely just how little effort is sometimes needed to create a genuinely uncanny and beguiling sound world.
‘Manually manipulating reels that feel like they’ve only recently been exhumed, the duo weave a dense tapestry as haunting and immersive as Delia Derbyshire and Brian Hodgson‘s Legend Of Hell House Soundtrack’ – The Wire, Nov 2016.