News: Supersonic, BCU and Moog artist residencies confirmed

Will Gregory Moog Ensemble credit York Tillyer

Birmingham future disco duo Free School, cutting-edge Brighton composer, producer and musician Gazelle Twin, and London-based roboticist and sound historian Sarah Angliss are among twelve artists selected to take part in a series of explorations around sound later this month.

The Moog Sound Lab Residencies, hosted at Birmingham City University’s Parkside campus in partnership with Supersonic Festival and Moog Music Inc., will see artists spend between 1-3 days with a collection of rare synthesisers and equipment such as a System 55 Moog Modular with Keyboard, Slim Phatty polyphonic towers, and Minimoog Voyagers.

The lab moves to different venues – previously pioneered at Rough Trade NYC – becoming a temporary residency space, offering a unique opportunity for artists to explore, experiment and create analog sound-scaping, synthesis and effects.

“The butterflies-inducing bassline on Donna Summer’s I Feel Love, the unmistakable melody wiggling through New Order’s Blue Monday, the sound of the Millennium Falcon taking off in Star Wars, the sounds of the guns in the new Star Trek movies, most of Kraftwerk’s seminal 1974 album Autobahn and a pretty much endless list of other game changing songs and records from the last four decades all share one thing.” – Moog Sound Lab

Artists who have previously worked with the Moog Sound Lab include Chvrches, Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger, Yacht, Sylvan Esso and Toro Y Moi.

Birmingham Moog Sound Lab Residency artists

  • Roboticist and sound historian Sarah Angliss
  • Producer and composer Gazelle Twin
  • Producer-DJ duo Free School
  • Composer Seán Clancy
  • Researcher and sound engineer Balandino Di Donato
  • Architect and artist Mike Dring
  • Design academic Jason Nicholson
  • Photographer and technical demonstrator Andy Pilsbury
  • Film and animation academic Steven Chamberlain
  • Sound artist Tom Tebby
  • Sound artist Justin Wiggan

The residencies will run between June 15 – 25.

“The greatest pioneer of electronic music wasn’t a musician, but an eccentric physicist with a longstanding love of taking things apart and putting them back together again. When Robert Moog (it rhymes with “vogue”) unveiled the Moog synthesiser to the world in 1964, he not only radically changed music, but culture itself.” – Moog Sound Lab



Supersonic Festival opens its 2015 programme with the Will Gregory Moog Ensemble at Birmingham’s Grade I listed Town Hall on June 11.

The performance will see the Goldfrapp keyboardist, composer and producer – along with Portishead’s Adrian Utley, composer Graham Fitkin and musicians perform works by J S Bach, John Carpenter, Burt Bacharach, Oliver Messiaen on an array of vintage instruments.

To mark the 10th anniversary of Robert Moog’s death, a new piece by Will Gregory features a clocking device specially built for the ensemble that enables all ten synths on stage to be synced, producing music previously impossible to perform live.

Portishead film maker John Minton will join the ensemble to create video enabling audiences to enjoy close up details of the instruments being played.

Will Gregory Moog Ensemble at Town Hall Birmingham on Thursday June 11

Read our full preview of Supersonic Festival in the June issue


Image: York Tillyer


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