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CAVALCANTI and Noise of Art launch collaboration at Design Junction, during London Design Week, 24-27 September 2015

by noise of art on Sep.21, 2015, under Events

ben_osborne_rug_recordingTextile designers CAVALCANTI are collaborating with Noise Of Art to create ‘Comfortably Spun’, a textile and sound installation in Central St Martens ‘College’ Building, as part of London Design Week.

CAVALCANTI will be showcasing five exclusively designed rugs displayed alongside a specially produced soundscape created from the noises of the production process.

Comfortably Spun

‘Comfortably Spun’ is a celebration of the weaving and tufting techniques used in the production of CAVALCANTI rugs. The sounds and rhythms of the looms and tufting tools on the factory floor have been recorded and turned into music, while they also inform the creative process behind the rug designs. To complete the creative loop, the designs of the rugs have also been digitally mapped into the music, adding an otherworldly melody to the rhythms of the factory sounds.

The project is inspired by the visions of Luigi Russolo, the Futurist author of A Manifesto for An Art of Noise, who in 1913 envisaged people in the future finding pleasure in the sounds and rhythms of the factory. Russolo was writing in a newly industrialised world of mechanical noise. Today we live in a digital age where production is increasingly noiseless. Textiles is, perhaps, one industry where the sound and noise of production has been less changed by digitisation.

CAVALCANTI’s new collection showcases vivid colours and geometric shapes designed in direct response to the traditional processes in which they are made. With an emphasis on the sounds of production, these rugs depict an abstract visualisation of sound bites collected from the traditional machinery used to make them.

By using both the sounds of the factory floor and notation derived from the geometric designs of the rugs, Ben Osborne links every part of the creative process behind the traditional techniques in which the rugs are made.

CAVALCANTI specialises in the development and production of bespoke hand-made rugs, with a commitment to outstanding standards of design and craftsmanship. All CAVALCANTI rugs are made in Portugal, designed in London, with a new showroom opening in Peckham soon.

DesignJunction will be taking place 24-27 September 2015. Find CAVALCANTI and Noise of Art on the corridor on Level 2 of the College Building. The College, 12-42 Southampton Row, London WC1B 4AP.

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Ben Osborne (Noise of Art) joins Tate at Latitude for 10th year

by noise of art on Jul.10, 2015, under Events

Ben Osborne and Si Begg at Latitude

Ben Osborne and Si Begg at Latitude

Latitude and Tate presents
Surrealist Minecraftathon Club Night

Ben Osborne (Noise of Art)
Beatrice Dillon (Trilogy Tapes, NTS Radio)
Toby Kidd (Are We Here? Thin Man Records)
Thursday 16 July Film & Music Tent, Latitude, Henham Park, Suffolk.

Marking ten years since Noise of Art launched in partnership with the Tate and programmed the first three nights at Latitude’s Music and Film arena, Noise of Art founder DJ Ben Osborne returns to play the opening night of Latitude 2015.

The night, part of Latitude’s ten year celebrations, has been commissioned by the Tate and will seethe Music and Film arena transformed into a clash between a real festival and a virtual club night (created using Mindecraft).

Animated visuals, created by Minecraft hackers and inspired by the Tate’s surrealist artworks, will include contributions from the crowd, creating  an alternative Latitude’s dreamscape.

Festival goers are invited to contribute at the start of the evening to help create visions in Minecraft, before getting down to electronic beats, as Latitude’s virtual nightclub doppelganger emerges on the screens.

DJs Beatrice Dillon (Trilogy Tapes, NTS Radio) and Toby Kidd (Are We Here? Thin Man Records) will be responding to the music of game culture to start the evening, while DJ Ben Osborne (Noise of Art) will kick the party off against the backdrop of looping Minecraft dreamscapes from 11pm onwards.

The night is part of Tate Worlds, a collaboration between Tate, and BlockWorks.

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SmArt Lab launches Sunday

by Noise of Art Team on Jun.02, 2015, under Events

Sunday 7 June
White Noise – Live
Ben Osborne – resident DJ
Free entry to DJ bar/ restaurant and canal terrace (additional pay-as-you-go payments for bands).

The Barge House, 46a De Beauvoir Crescent, London, N1 5RY, London

3:30pm – 11pm

Our next paddle through the cultural shockwaves still rippling from the era of psychedelia draws inspiration from seminal London counter culture night club, the Arts Lab.

A short-lived experimental club night, Arts Lab was opened in 1967 by Jim Haynes, a leading figure in London’s counter-culture.

Amongst Arts Lab regulars was a young David Vorhaus, who formed pioneering electronic band White Noise in 1968, with his partner Deliah Derbyshire – herself a prominent member the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Deliah was also responsible for the Dr Who theme tune.

White Noise’s first LP, An Electric Storm, is widely regarded as the UK’s first proper electronic LP. David and White Noise will be making a rare live appearance at Smart Lab.

Other regulars at the original Arts Lab included John Lennon, Yoko Ono and David Bowie – who performed at Arts Lab in December 1968 and later set-up his own Beckenham Arts Lab in honour of the central London version.

Smart Lab is inviting people from every genre of the arts and technology to come and get creative. The original Arts Lab invited people to pay what they wanted to. For the new version the music in the bar and on the canal side is free, but to see the additional acts in the live room the audience pays per performance. The acts set the fee for each performance themselves.

Smart Lab is held on the banks of the Regent’s Canal in Dalston at the Barge House, home to the popular Sunday brunch – Breakfast in Bread.

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Saycet (Paris) joins Ben Osborne and guests. And Rocket Girl Night

by noise of art on May.06, 2015, under Events

Friday 15 May and Friday 25 May, details below:

Friday 15 May

Woodbridge Art and Music 2015 presents
Saycet (Live) (Fr)
DJ Ben Osborne (UK)
The Social
5 Little Portland Street,
London W1W 7JD.

“Paris’ Saycet conjures enigmatic, glacial electronic textures as fragile as frost on a badger’s beard, and fit for soundtracking a Nordic noir crime series.” (The Guardian, review of Noise of Art, March 2015)

Having impressed critics at his London debut show at Noise of Art in March, Saycet and band return for the first London event being organised in the run-up to the Woodbridge Art and Music Event 2015.

The free event, being held at the Social on Friday 15 May, will see Pierre Lefeuvre jet in from Paris to join Noise of Art’s Ben Osborne for an early evening session, followed by the Heavenly Jukebox club night.

A multi faceted artist, as well as creating synaps tickling electronic music, Lefeuvre, is the sound designer for the Pompidou Centre in Paris, often creates music for french national radio station France Culture and shows on Arte, ZDF and the BBC. His music for commercials includes the campaign for Audi TT.

His show tonight will offer a rare chance to see the critically praised live audio visual show in an up close and personal venue. This is part of a series of events and experiences being organised in London and elsewhere by the Woodbridge Art and Music Event, which takes place on the weekend of 8 August in Suffolk.

“Pierre Lefuevre is the chief sound designer for the Pompidou Centre in Paris, a man whose every waking hour is dominated by the way we hear things. It’s no surprise, then, to discover that the producer’s own work is a feast for the ears.” (Clash Magazine)

Friday 25 May

Rocket Girl Records is joined Noise of Art founder Ben Osborne for a Friday night of eclectic music. Details here:


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First Woodbridge Art And Music Line-Up Announcement

by Noise of Art Team on Mar.23, 2015, under Events

The Woodbridge Art and Music Event launched last weekend with a series of events in woodbridge and news about the first acts appearing on the front page of the East Anglian Daily Times. Ticket are going on sale this week. Read the article here

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Boom Room Launch in The Guardian, WAME Launch and Line Up This Weekend

by noise of art on Mar.17, 2015, under Events

noise of art review The Guardian march 2015Thank you to Mark Beaument and The Guardian for todays review of last night’s launch of the Boom Room at Village Underground. Full Article Here

The 2015 launch events continue this weekend with the launch and first line-up announcements for this year’s Art and Music Event in Woodbridge, Suffolk.

Woodbridge Art and Music Event Launch Weekend,
Saturday 21 March, Club Night at The Riverside
Sunday 22 March, New York Bloc Party at The Table and Soul Food at The Anchor
Ben Osborne
David Freeland

The Woodbridge Art and Music Event returns on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 August 2015, To celebrate the first line-up announcements on 21 March, a weekend of music’s been organised with Horse Meat Disco’s celebrated Italian Disco don Severino joining DJs Ben Osborne and David Freeland.

With the Saturday night’s event featuring more contemporary sounds, the second session will reference New York’s celebrated Sunday scene daytime events. Stand by for a New York style Body and Soul style percussive disco work out – before Severino returns to London to play his regular headline set at Horse Meat Disco later that night.

Starting at 10pm on Saturday and late afternoon New York brunch buffet on Sunday. Attendees will be monist the first people to learn who is playing this year’s event in August and will have special access to tickets.

More details, venue information and ticket prices will be available from

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Noise of Art launches 2015 activity and Boom Room 13-16 March

by Noise of Art Team on Mar.10, 2015, under Events, clubs, film, music, music and film, performance art

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Boom Room #1 - nuclear airforce base

Noise of Art launches into its tenth year of activity with a series of events in and around London’s Convergence Festival. The events, two in conversation sessions and three gigs, take place 13 March – 16 March in London.

Noise of Art’s Boom Room project is inspired by the role sound manipulation has played in electronic music. It will be turning unusual locations and buildings into musical effects units to be used live – starting with a disused nuclear airforce base at Benwaters and the Adnams brewery in Southwold.

The line up includes: Andrew Weatherall, Mental Overdrive, White Noise, Bernard Szajner (aka Z), Saycet (Paris), Ben Osborne, Eat Lights Become Lights, White Noise Sound (LP launch), Clara Brea, Addictive TV and more to be announced.

Organised in and around Convergence Festival, Noise of Art is also partnering with the Mayor of Paris, French Music Export Office, Institut Francais, Rough Trade East, The Wire, Heavenly Social, Big Chill House, Woodbridge Art and Music Event, Old Jet Studios and Adnams.

Friday 13 March
In Conversation with Bernard Szajner, David Vorhaus (White Noise). Chaired by Jennifer Lucy Allen (The Wire, The Guardian), Rough Trade East, Dray Walk, Brick Lane, London E1. 6pm-7pm. Free Entry

Friday 13 March
White Noise (Live) plus DJs – Heavenly Jukebox, Ben Osborne, David Agrella, The Social, 5 Little Portland Street. London W1W 7JD. 7pm-2am. Ticket price: £6.50

Saturday 14 March
The New Digital Wave – How Has New Technology Impacted on the Arts in the UK and France? Panel discussion with Pierre Lefeuvre aka Saycet, Hugo Arcier, Jean-Paul Fourmentraux, Addictive TV. More details, participants and venue to be announced.
Institut Français, 17 Queensberry Place, London, SW7 2DT. 2.30pm. Free Entry.

Saturday 14 March

Noise of Art presents Mental Overdrive b2b with Ben Osborne + Guests
Big Chill House, 257-259 Pentonville Road; Kings Cross; London N1 9NL. Free Entry

Monday 16 March
Noise of Art’s Boom Room with Andrew Weatherall, Eat Lights Become Lights (new live show debut), White Noise Sound (LP Launch), Mental Overdrive (Love OD, Norway), DJ Ben Osborne (Noise of Art), PLUS Saycet (France) LP Launch, Clara Brea and more. Village Underground, 54 Holywell Lane, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3PQ. £10 advance

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Convergence Festival presents Noise of Art on NTS radio

by Noise of Art Team on Jan.30, 2015, under Events

NTS_convergenceConvergence festival has announced a series of shows in partnership with Dalston based NTS radio, starting with Noise of Art’s show, presented by Ben Osborne, this Monday 2 February.

If you missed the first one you can listen again HERE.

Noise of Art is organising a weekend of events around the Convergence Festival, culminating with the launch of Boom Room with DJs Andrew Weatherall, Mental Overdrive, Ben Osborne, Clara Brea and live bands Saycet, Eat Lights Become Lights and White Noise Sound on Monday 16 March.


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Noise of Art Starts Week of Events on 13 March with electronic legends White Noise and Z, live and panel discussion

by Noise of Art Team on Jan.29, 2015, under Events

szajnerNoise of Art launches into 2015 with a week of events, starting with two events on Friday 13 March, followed by panels, live shows and club nights in and around London’s Convergence festival.

At 6pm on Friday 13 March Noise of Art is teaming up with French Music Export Office, Institute Francais, Rough Trade East and The Wire to present two celebrated pioneers of electronic music – White Noise’s David Vorhaus and Bernard Szajner, aka Z.

There’s more information about this one-off event on Rough Trade’s site here.

Straight after we’ll be heading over to The Social, where 1960s electronic legends White Noise will perform a completely new set live. We heard a bit of this last night and  it’s, um, rather good. The live show will be followed by a Noise of Art vs Heavenly Social club night.

More information about White Noise live and the Noise of Art club night  - including where to get tickets for live show (the club is free) – is  on The Social’s website now.

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