Black Swan Arts
Friday, July 26, 2019
07:00 PM
2 Bridge St Frome Somerset
South West England
Black Swan Arts

Introduced by LISTEN curator Helen Ottaway

Jem Finer is an artist, composer and musician with a background in mathematics and computer science. An enduring fascination with deep time and space, self-organising systems and long-durational processes has been the impetus behind much of his work including his Artangel commission, Longplayer, for singing bowls, famously the longest non-repeating piece of music ever composed. It has been playing continuously since the first moments of the millennium, performed by computers around the world. Recent work includes Kung Fu Pinball, a pinball machine modified to auto-compose music, Slowplayer, a 3 r.p.m. sound system and Spiegelei, a 360-degree spherical camera obscura. Supercomputer, a new work in Cambridge, finds Jem Finer’s “post-digital” thinking having come full circle in the form of a sculptural machine of a computational process, indebted as much to Jean Tinguely’s Métamatics as to John Conway’s Game of Life.

Michael Ormiston is the UK’s most experienced Mongolian Khöömii (Overtone) Singer, a multi-instrumentalist, composer, inspirational teacher, workshop leader and therapeutic sound practitioner. Michael has travelled to Mongolia many times studying with herdsman and Khöömii expert, Tserendavaa and other leading singers. He has been teaching and passing on his knowledge for over 20 years. Michael’s Overtones, instruments & Compositions have been heard on ‘The Golden Compass’ Hollywood film, Planet Earth, BBC’s acclaimed TV series and ITV’s Beowulf.


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