BEAST FEaST 2016 Real/Unreal
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April 28 - April 30
BEAST FEaST 2016 Real/Unreal
Bramall Music Building , Times: All Day

Together electronic music and field recording have the potential to confront us with worlds ranging from hyper-realistic soundscapes to the most abstract and impressionistic realms of the imaginary. Join us as we explore this terrain between the Real and Unreal in BEAST FEaST 2016, our annual festival of music and ideas. Featured artists include World Soundscape Project director and granular synthesis pioneer Barry Truax, Mexican composer Sergio Luque, whose extended non-standard synthesis approaches have established him as the heir apparent to Xenakis’ stochastic sound generation techniques, and BEAST founder and former director Jonty Harrison, who returns to bring us his latest extended opus based on field recordings from around the world. Also featuring music and performances by Carl Stone, Natasha Barrett, John Young, Hans Tutschku, Fernando Lopez-Lezcano, Leah Reid, Till Bovermann and many others.

Programme

Thursday 28 April                                 19:30 Dome Room Our festival opener includes music by Truax, Luque, Lopez-Lezcano and others.
Friday 29 April                                      10:00 Dome Room The first of several sessions of talks and demos, free and open to the public. Come and hear festival members discuss their music and ideas!
Friday 29 April                                       13:10 Barber Concert Hall Till Bovermann and colleagues perform using their amazing custom-made PushPull instruments, and Jan Trützschler returns to Birmingham to present his improvised Post Code 3 Beta.
Friday 29 April                                        14:30 Dome Room More ideas and discussion with festival artists.
Friday 29 April                                       19:00 Elgar Concert Hall The first of two evening concerts including works for video and live performance alongside fixed media works. Highlights include music by Natasha Barrett, Sergio Luque and Theodoris Lotis.
Friday 29 April                                       20:30 Elgar Concert Hall Live computer music pioneer Carl Stone performs his Chinjuuya (珍獣屋), composed especially for BEAST, alongside the premiere of a new commission by featured artist Barry Truax, and music by Savannah Agger and others.
Saturday 30 April                                   11:00 Dome Room More ideas and discussion with festival artists.
Saturday 30 April                                  14:00 Elgar Concert Hall BEAST founder Jonty Harrison returns to give the Birmingham premiere of his concert length work Going / Places.
Saturday 30 April                                  16:00 Elgar Concert Hall Highlights include music by Adrian Moore, Hans Tutschku, and Annie Mahtani.
Saturday 30 April                                 20:00 Elgar Concert Hall The festival closer features Barry Truax’s Earth and Steel, Sergio Luque’s Surveillance, and Colombian composer Jorge Garcia’s beautiful Huzun.

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