Nov
29
7:00 PM19:00

Sounds from a small town: A Conversation

I am taking part in a panel discussion and music sharing event with Radar, at the University of Loughborough. It's free to attend and I'll be sharing some very very old demos and recordings made whilst I was at school, and in the early years of my first band!

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Sounds From a Small Town: A Conversation
A panel discussion exploring music in and from small towns and peripheral areas. This will be a broad ranging discussion touching on identity, infrastructure, possibilities and limitations.
Panellists: Zoe Armour, PhD Candidate, Media Discourse Group, De Montfort University, Leicester; Rebecca Lee, Artist and Musician (website); Robert Miller, musician and teacher, Loughborough

Stick around after the event for live music until 11pm from Rebecca Lee, Robert Miller and members of the Fennel Street Acoustic Club.

No booking required. For enquiries please email LUArts@lboro.ac.uk

 

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Jun
24
to Jul 9

The Heavy Note: Resounding in the Museum

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The Heavy Note is a new audio art-work by Rebecca Lee developed through research collaboration at the University of Nottingham. It takes inspiration, information and material from the history of Brewhouse Yard in Nottingham.

Situated in the caves at the Museum of Nottingham Life at Brewhouse Yard, the work draws out and explores moments of intensity and rhythm by entwining four elements of the history of the site: the 17th century non-conformist Philadelphian group who met there, the ongoing presence and influence of water in the form of the river Leen, the 'cosmic ray' experiments that took place within the caves in the 1970s, and an individual, Lucy Towers, who was born there. The experimental piece explores 17th-century magical musical theory, water flows, cosmic data, and oral history to re-characterise the histories of the site and explore new possibilities for museum auralities and temporalities.

The piece can be visited at the weekends, Use the link below for more information on access and opening times. 

https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/research/groups/nottingham-sensory-studies-network/events/the-heavy-note-an-audio-installation.aspx

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If the bell rings we will hear it: Oxford
May
14
8:00 PM20:00

If the bell rings we will hear it: Oxford

Next date for 'if the bell rings we will hear it' research project and tour with Samuel Rodgers. We gave an accompanying talk for the Listening Session series at the Sonic Arts Research Unit, Oxford Brookes University. We'll be joined for this gig by cellist Bruno Guastalla

For more information, go to the project website http://rebeccalee.samuelrodgers.info

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If the bell rings we will hear it: Nottingham Contemporary
Nov
15
6:30 PM18:30

If the bell rings we will hear it: Nottingham Contemporary

This autumn, I am touring a research and performance project, If the bell rings we will hear it, with Samuel Rodgers to venues in Lincoln, Nottingham and Oxford, working with universities, festivals, arts organisations and other musicians to explore the influence of place, space, environment and audience in improvised performance.

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Taste of a Stone performances
Oct
15
to Dec 29

Taste of a Stone performances

I am one of a group of artists, musicians, writers, dancers and thinkers who have been invited to experiment and respond to Otobong Nkanga's Taste of a Stone installation, during her exhibition at Nottingham Contemporary. I'll be exploring the sound and function of clay xun and ocarinas, taking inspiration from magical spells cast by the Ocarina of Time (The Legend of Zelda) and minimalist long form pieces to make new-new age compositions. 

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If the bell rings we will hear it: ESP #2
Oct
4
7:00 PM19:00

If the bell rings we will hear it: ESP #2

This autumn, I am touring a research and performance project, If the bell rings we will hear it, with Samuel Rodgers to venues in Lincoln, Nottingham and Oxford, working with universities, festivals, arts organisations and other musicians to explore the role of the audience in improvised performance. We will perform with prepared flute, field recordings, and an array of objects and handmade instruments, exploring resonances between materials, synchronicity, and the precarity of listening. By moving around the space and throughout the audience we hope to draw people into an active form of listening, exploring proximity and distance, and a haptic relation between body, materials and space. 

This first date for the project is with Extra Sonic Practice, a performance series led by Lincoln University. Whilst in Lincoln, we'll also be talking at an ESP research seminar at Lincoln University and delivering a workshop on improvisation with Sonophilia, the sound and music festival in Lincoln

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Scores and Sources
Sep
20
6:30 PM18:30

Scores and Sources

In 2016, Rebecca wrote the soundtrack for Yelena Popova's moving image work, This Certifies That. The piece can be seen in Yelena's solo show at Nottingham Contemporary until 25 September.

For this event, which accompanies the exhibition, Rebecca and artist Frank Abbott bring together a group of artists and musicians to introduce and demonstrate live performance works that explore notions of uncertainly, value and decline and collective decision-making as touched on in Yelena's show.  

The programme, which will include opportunities for audience members to get involved and see the original scores, will explore pieces by the Scratch Orchestra, a live version of Rebecca's soundtrack to Yelena's film This Certifies That, and Frank's 1971 piece, Solidarity Countdown.

For more information, visit http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/event/scores-and-sources

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The Element Resists
Jul
24
5:00 PM17:00

The Element Resists

SUMMER CLUB // SOUND presents...

Field recordings comprising noise sources (Brownian noise, distant traffic, or ‘silence’) are played back through glass vessels and bullions, drawing tones out of these spectra that fluctuate in relation to their ebb and flow. Samuel moves these objects in relation to one another, creating subtle shifts in the field of sound. Samuel also moves around the space, slowly moving a loudspeaker in relation to a vessel, or softly striking a glass bullion. Rebecca inserts materials into the flute, altering the passage of air through the instrument, resulting in unstable and complex noises out of which tones also emerge. Rebecca also moves around the space, exploring its acoustics, and drawing tones into the existing field of sound. By moving around the space and throughout the audience we hope to draw people into an active form of listening, exploring proximity and distance, and a haptic relation between body, space and materials.

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Accession Songs
Aug
6
8:00 PM20:00

Accession Songs

 

Live listening session at SYSON for their Cornucopia exhibition closing Event

Using materials which merge several different collections in one place. gathered during the eight months working on Song, Sung, When, this live listening session will presented live performances as well as a playlist of archive sounds, interviews, field recordings and texts reflecting on the project at Biddulph Grange.

The archive recordings used for Song, Sung, When, were gathered in Italy, California, Nepal and Morocco between 1954 and 1969 by sound-recordists and researchers and are from collections at the Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford; The Alan Lomax Collection at the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, USA; and the collection of Alfred Pietroforte, California.  

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Haptic resonances and the geometric magnifying glass, or, the open and closed
Oct
30
6:30 PM18:30

Haptic resonances and the geometric magnifying glass, or, the open and closed

Joining Jack Harris and Samuel Rodgers to present realisations of a number of scored works that were developed during Jack's residency his residency at Primary. The scores attempt to isolate, frame, and compare selected materials and phenomena, as objects of interest within abstract and geometric formal arrangements.

This event is a result of the Heterotic II residency, a partnership between Eastside Projects and Primary that offers an artist based in the West Midlands the chance to test and develop new work and ideas and develop networks and professional connections across the Midlands. The residency is funded by Turning Point West Midlands and is the third in a series of residencies designed to give practitioners based in the West Midlands the opportunity to spend time working elsewhere.

 

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