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Locked Up: Overcoming the challenge of making electronic music remotely during the lockdown

Wednesday 28 October 2020, 4.00PM

Speaker(s): Ben Eyes (University of York)

Lockdown has presented musicians with a problem. No longer able to enjoy music in the same space, how do we listen to music, collaborate and create? Some would say electronic musicians are uniquely placed to explore how we can work together. Since the beginning of lockdown, I have been struggling along with others into how we make music remotely and how we might enjoy music together. In this presentation, I will look at some of the work I have done to overcome these challenges.

Ben Eyes

Ben Eyes is an award-winning composer and sound artist working in the North of England. His work is typified by large, complex textures and sound collages using field recordings, heavily treated guitars, acoustic instruments and modular synthesisers. 

His performances combine video, immersive surround-sound, live musicians and live audio manipulation. His interests lie in working outside the usual musical realms including collaborative work in theatre, performance art and film. He won the award for Best Use of Sound at ICAD in 2017 for his composition with James Cave, Fiamignano Gorge based on data from the earthquake-prone gorge in Italy: Ben has performed at festivals and concerts across Europe and the USA and released music on record labels Time Released Sound (USA), The Centrifuge and This Is Music. 

Ben’s most recent work Absent Sitters, an online binaural audio-visual piece, was made in collaboration with electronic musician Gazelle Twin, Dr Jez Wells and visual artist Kit Monkman, and was premiered at York’s own Mediale festival in 2020. Ben has recently worked with award winning-composer Trevor Wishart, Bafta Nominee Jane Horrocks and Steven Mallinder (Cabaret Voltaire) on the Manchester International Festival show Cotton Panic and worked with Mercury nominees Roller Trio. 

As a sound engineer specialising in live electronic music Ben has worked and toured with Benge, Wrangler, John Grant, Creep Show, Nihiloxica, Blancmange and worked on the recent Aphex Twin concert at Printworks, London. 

Ben has completed a Masters by Research in Music Technology at the University of York entitled ‘Multimodal Performance Approaches in Electronic music’. He is currently undertaking a PhD at York, researching the design and creation of computer-controlled electro-acoustic instruments.


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