Soundworks #9

Saturday, 1 October 2016 to Sunday, 2 October 2016

Saturday October 1st / 12pm to 5pm / Allin Institute / Free

Sunday October 2nd / 2pm to 5pm / Allin Institute / Free

ENGAGE Artists-In-Residence, Crash Ensemble, present Soundworks #9, works of electro-acoustic composition from Irish composers and artists, selected to create unique aural experiences.

Ricochet (2015)

by Enda Bates


To ricochet is to rebound from at least one surface. In this instance the terms refers to the sonic recoil of the strings of an electric guitar when they are played with electric drills, screwdrivers and bows. These sonic ricochets in turn give rise to movement in space, as each individual string of the guitar shifts its position in response to these same gestures.

At some point, we will all be hit by a ricochet from one of life’s many slings and arrows. To take up arms, or suffer in silence is supposedly the choice we must make, but perhaps there is another answer? Maybe to be an artist is to suffer loudly but cathartically, and therefore perhaps rebound from the blows, both indirect and direct, that life often inflicts upon us.


Six Minutes of Music Created from Sounds Around My Home (2015)


In the summer of 2014 I started recording environmental sounds I liked for no real reason other than they grabbed my attention in some way. I now have a large collection of recordings from different parts of the world, including North America, Turkey, Sweden, France, UK and Ireland. In the summer of 2015 I started working on a number of pieces that used a dialectical structure that I have been devising over the past number of months. I believe this structure to be a useful way for organising musical material. Six Minutes of Music Created From Sounds Around My Home is made up entirely of two different sounds from my collection: my freezer defrosting, and me snoring (a joy for anyone who has ever shared a room with me). It uses the above mentioned dialectical structure, and was built entirely on an OP-1 Synthesiser.