Expeditions

Overhead shot of control deskOur events range from our weekly listening sessions to weekend long festivals with the full-scale BEAST system. We promise to satisfy the most intrepid sonic adventurer. Explore our upcoming events below.

BEASTdome/ CrossCurrents+
February 27 - February 29
BEASTdome, Bramall Music Building

BEAST presents a mini-festival of events with virtuoso bass singer Nicholas Isherwood (U.S./France) – well known for his performance as Lucifer in Stockhausen’s Licht series, and sound artist and composer Iris Garrelfs who will bring her pulverised granules of electroacoustic babble and glitch, “generating animated dialogues between innate human expressiveness and the overt artifice of digital processing”. (Wire)

 

Thu 27 February

6.30–9pm: BOMble BEAST (Free)

As part of our BOMble BEAST series with Birmingham Open Media, local artist and creative technologist Leon Trimble, and producer and performer Jake Williams will speak informally about their work at the BOM cafe. 

Venue: BOM Cafe

 

Fri 28 February

1–1.50pm: The Electric Voice / Part 1 (Free)

Nicholas Isherwood performs works from his specially commissioned Electric Voice project, including a world premiere by the Department of Music’s composition professor, Michael Zev Gordon.

Programme

Jack Van Zandt
The Painted Veil
Aleksandra Bilińska
qui est
Michael Zev Gordon
Nigun
Adam Vidiksis
Quanta
Gene Coleman THRINOS

Venue: Barber Concert Hall, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

 

7.30-8.30pm: The Electric Voice / Part 2 (Free)

Further performances from the Electric Voice, and other vocally inspired electronic music including works by Jan-Bas Bollen, Pamela Madsen and James Dashow.

Programme

Pamela Madsen
Now the Hour Bows Down/Tenebrae
Jan-Bas Bollen
PARRHESIA
James Dashow
Soundings in Pure Duration n.8
Venue: The Dome, The Bramall

 

Sat 29 February

6–7pm: Beneath the Dome / Part 1

A concert of immersive electronic music and sound featuring works by BEAST composers Laura Jeffs, Milad K. Mardekheh, Emma Margetson and Nikki Sheth.

Programme

Emma Margetson
Isochrone
Milad Khosravi Mardakheh
Malignant Grains
Laura Jeffs
Voyage
Kevin Buckland
Fietsen (bicycles)
Nikki Sheth Mmabolela
Venue: The Dome, The Bramall

 

7.30-9pm: Beneath the Dome / Part 2

For this concert, Iris Garrelfs will perform her improvised voice and wearable lo-fi electronics piece Breathing Through Wires. After touring it internationally the Birmingham Ensemble for Electroacoustic Research brings home its Dark Matter project, based on data from the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Rounding off the mini-festival, members of the BEAST community will perform a collective electroacoustic improvisation.

Programme

Iris Garrelfs
Breathing Through Wires
Birmingham Ensemble for Electroacoustic Research
Dark Matter
BEAST collective
Live improvisation
Venue: The Dome, The Bramall

 

Please note: This is an updated schedule of events as due to unforeseen travel restrictions Dirk Johan Stromberg will unfortunately be unable to join us for our mini-festival. Furthermore, the programme for BOMble BEAST and Beneath the Dome / Part 2 have been revised. 

Full itinerary

BEAST presents a mini-festival of events with virtuoso bass singer Nicholas Isherwood (U.S./France) – well known for his performance as Lucifer in Stockhausen’s Licht series, and sound artist and composer Iris Garrelfs who will bring her pulverised granules of electroacoustic babble and glitch, “generating animated dialogues between innate human expressiveness and the overt artifice of digital processing”. (Wire)

 

Thu 27 February

6.30–9pm: BOMble BEAST (Free)

As part of our BOMble BEAST series with Birmingham Open Media, local artist and creative technologist Leon Trimble, and producer and performer Jake Williams will speak informally about their work at the BOM cafe. 

Venue: BOM Cafe

 

Fri 28 February

1–1.50pm: The Electric Voice / Part 1 (Free)

Nicholas Isherwood performs works from his specially commissioned Electric Voice project, including a world premiere by the Department of Music’s composition professor, Michael Zev Gordon.

Programme

Jack Van Zandt
The Painted Veil
Aleksandra Bilińska
qui est
Michael Zev Gordon
Nigun
Adam Vidiksis
Quanta
Gene Coleman THRINOS

Venue: Barber Concert Hall, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

 

7.30-8.30pm: The Electric Voice / Part 2 (Free)

Further performances from the Electric Voice, and other vocally inspired electronic music including works by Jan-Bas Bollen, Pamela Madsen and James Dashow.

Programme

Pamela Madsen
Now the Hour Bows Down/Tenebrae
Jan-Bas Bollen
PARRHESIA
James Dashow
Soundings in Pure Duration n.8
Venue: The Dome, The Bramall

 

Sat 29 February

6–7pm: Beneath the Dome / Part 1

A concert of immersive electronic music and sound featuring works by BEAST composers Laura Jeffs, Milad K. Mardekheh, Emma Margetson and Nikki Sheth.

Programme

Emma Margetson
Isochrone
Milad Khosravi Mardakheh
Malignant Grains
Laura Jeffs
Voyage
Kevin Buckland
Fietsen (bicycles)
Nikki Sheth Mmabolela
Venue: The Dome, The Bramall

 

7.30-9pm: Beneath the Dome / Part 2

For this concert, Iris Garrelfs will perform her improvised voice and wearable lo-fi electronics piece Breathing Through Wires. After touring it internationally the Birmingham Ensemble for Electroacoustic Research brings home its Dark Matter project, based on data from the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Rounding off the mini-festival, members of the BEAST community will perform a collective electroacoustic improvisation.

Programme

Iris Garrelfs
Breathing Through Wires
Birmingham Ensemble for Electroacoustic Research
Dark Matter
BEAST collective
Live improvisation
Venue: The Dome, The Bramall

 

Please note: This is an updated schedule of events as due to unforeseen travel restrictions Dirk Johan Stromberg will unfortunately be unable to join us for our mini-festival. Furthermore, the programme for BOMble BEAST and Beneath the Dome / Part 2 have been revised. 

BEASTdome/ CrossCurrents+
MiniBEAST -  Zach Bergman
March 4
BEASTdome, Bramall Music Building

Programme

TBC

 

Diffusion

Zach Bergman

 

MiniBEAST is a series of free weekly listening sessions curated by staff, postgraduate students and visiting guests. All welcome!

Full itinerary

Programme

TBC

 

Diffusion

Zach Bergman

 

MiniBEAST is a series of free weekly listening sessions curated by staff, postgraduate students and visiting guests. All welcome!

MiniBEAST -  Zach Bergman
BEAST FEaST 2020: Come Together
April 30 - May 2
The Bramall Music Building

In 2020, four years after the election of Trump and the Brexit vote, it has become a cliché to say that we live in an increasingly divided culture. BEAST FEaST 2020 aspires to joyously defy the idea of a disunited world, to explore ideas of optimism, reconciliation and restoration, and celebrate the ways that electronic music can bring us together.

Join us for three days of music, meeting, and ideas, with featured guest artists Beatriz Ferreyra, Hans Tutschku, Heather Roche, Eva Zöllner, Simon Emmerson and Christopher Fox.

Further information to follow soon.

Full itinerary

In 2020, four years after the election of Trump and the Brexit vote, it has become a cliché to say that we live in an increasingly divided culture. BEAST FEaST 2020 aspires to joyously defy the idea of a disunited world, to explore ideas of optimism, reconciliation and restoration, and celebrate the ways that electronic music can bring us together.

Join us for three days of music, meeting, and ideas, with featured guest artists Beatriz Ferreyra, Hans Tutschku, Heather Roche, Eva Zöllner, Simon Emmerson and Christopher Fox.

Further information to follow soon.

BEAST FEaST 2020: Come Together