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Noise of Art Panel at MaMA 2017, Paris

by on Oct.12, 2017, under Events

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Reflecting our exhibition at this year’s MAMA festival, Noise of Art has gathered a panel of pioneers and practitioners to discuss France’s 100 year history of electronic music and whether Paris can be considered the birth place of electronic music?

The discussion will include the culture, art, politics and fashion that has accompanied French electronic music. It will look at the earliest stages of French music, including the role of Russolo, Vares, Martenot, Schaffer and Henry, as well as that of Laurent Garnier, Jack de Marseilles, Daft Punk and Jacques. It will discuss the influence of jazz and African music, the importance of gay clubs and radio stations and the role of and challenges faced by female DJs, such as Jenifer Cardini, Chloe and Sex Toy.

The panel is at 12:30-1:30, Friday 20 October at FGO BARBARA – PANEL ROOM 1, Monmatre, Paris
Restricted to MaMA delegated (subject to availability)

    Associated events

Friday 20 October, Closing parties
DJ Ben Osborne, Machine, Moulin Rouge, 90 Boulevard Clichy, Paris 22:30
DJ Ben Osborne & Eva Peel, 23, Avenue Junot, Paris 21:00-03:00

17-20 October
French Touch; Voyage Dans Le Paysage Électronique Français/ Images and artwork; the history of French electronic music
MAMA Festival 2017, La Machine, Moulin Rouge, 90 Boulevard Clichy, Paris, France 75018.

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Convergence Festival presents Noise of Art’s comfortably spun

by on Mar.03, 2016, under Events

Comfortably spun – an audio visual installation By Ben Osborne (Noise of Art) and CAVALCANTI
Noon – until 7pm
Saturday 12 to Sunday 20 March 2015
With LIVE CLUB night on Friday 18 March 7pm-2am
Red Gallery, 1-3 Rivington St, London EC2A 3DT

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For this collaboration, between textile designer CAVALCANTI and electronic music and art outfit Noise of Art, Ben Osborne uses a textile factory in Portugal as an instrument, creating electronic music out of the sounds of looms and tufting machines making CAVALCANTI’s specifically designed rugs. The design of the textiles are then also translated into digital signals and patched through synths, to create other-worldly melodies and baselines.

‘Comfortably Spun’ turns the weaving and tufting techniques used in the textile industry into music.

The sounds and rhythms of the looms and tufting tools have been recorded and arranged into contemporary electronic tracks, using techniques from early electronic ‘tape” music. To complete the creative loop, the designs of the rugs have been digitally mapped into synthesiser patterns, adding melody to the rhythms of the factory.

On Friday 18 March the AV installation will be joined by live sets from White Noise – the band behind the UK’s first electronic LP in 1969, live electronic improvisors, The Deben Collectove and DJ sets from Horton Jupiter and Ben Osborne.

“When it comes to mega multimedia events, Ben Osborne and his collective, Noise of Art, are all over it.” (Time Out London).

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Convergence presents Noise of Art’s Lab/ Comfortably Spun at Red Gallery Friday 18 March

by on Feb.29, 2016, under Events

white_noiseLive club night with DJs, live electronic music and art installation with
White Noise –  Live
Deben Collective – Live
Ben Osborne – DJ Set
Horton Jupiter – DJ Set
Comfortably Spun –  AV Installation by CAVALCANTI & Ben Osborne

7pm – 2am, £5
Red Gallery, 1-3 Rivington St, London EC2A 3DT

On Friday 18 March Comfortably Spun, Noise of Art’s audio visual installation at Convergence festival, will be joined by a live club night celebrating the legacy of the late Sixties Arts Lab club night.

Arts Lab was one of the first clubs in London to bring art installations, film, technology and experimental music into the same space. One regular who modelled his career on Arts Club’s cross platform art message was David Bowie, who was so influenced by the club that, after the central London venue closed, he started his own Arts Lab in the suburbs.

Tonight’s show features a rare live set by White Noise (pictured), the band behind the UK’s first electronic LP. More importantly for tonight’s show, they were also the band that first took electronic music into Arts Lab – using their otherworldly, futurist vision of music to soundtrack early experiments with pop video. White Noise’s appearance tonight connects today’s experiments in multi media with its London origins at Arts Lab.

Joining White Noise  are The Deben Collective, a live, experimental electronic outift formed by Jan Pulsford, whose credits include works with Cindi Lauper, The Thompson Twins and Nile Rodgers.

On the decs, throwing down a mix of twisted disco and cosmic house, will be Noise of Art’s Ben Osborne and Horton Jupiter, former frontman of krautrockers They Came From The Stars I Saw Them.

The night will also feature Comfortably Spun, an art installation by Ben Osborne and CAVALCANTI, which uses a textile factory in Portugal as an instrument.

There’s more on the Comfortably Spun installation here

http://convergence-london.com/sessions/noise-of-art-presents-comfortably-spun

“Harbingers of a future where sampling and sound manipulation would become the pop norm.” (Quietus on the legacy of White Noise).

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Noise of Art launches Carnival of Colours at Brixton Bloc, London on 12th November.

by on Oct.31, 2015, under Events

Noise of Art is launching into it’s tenth anniversary year with a month of proto-psychedelic happenings at Brixton Bloc throughout December, including an Acid Test Weekender and New Psychedelia’s Eve on 31st December.

To kick things off, there’s a special one-off on Thursday 12 November – details below.

Carnival of Colours Press & Launch Party

Justin Robertson and the Deadstock 33s, Ben Osborne (Noise of Art) and LIVE Superhero Jam

Brixton Bloc, 143 Stockwell Road, London SW9 9TP., 5:30pm-11pm

Noise of Art and Brixton Bloc are launching a series of pop-up music and art events in the heart of Brixton. Drawing inspiration from the light art, musical experimentation and avant-garde dance and theatre that pre-figured psychedelia in 1966, the events are named after the Beatles first fully electronic song, Carnival of Colour (which was only ever performed once, at London’s first electronic music festival at the Roundhouse).

The events will include live music, sound pieces, DJ sets, projected art, installations, street art, pop up restaurants and street food stalls, and a Christmas market.

Acts playing during the month include London’s original Acid House hero and DJ behind Legendary Shoom nightclub, Danny Rampling,  electronic band White Noise (who released the UK’s first fully electronic LP in 1969), Horse Meat Disco’s cosmic disco don, DJ Severino, original Balearic darlings and Glastonbury headliners, The Woodentops, Czech electronic trailblazer Boris Karloff (debut London live gig), The Deben Collective and many more to be announced.

After a free launch event on Thursday 12 November, events proper begin on 27 November and continue throughout December, with a festive closing party on 19 December followed by Noise of Art’s New psychedelia’s Eve event on 31 December.

Brixton Bloc is a pop up cultural space in a disused social housing block on Stockwell Road (behind Brixton Academy). London based music and cross platform art collective, Noise of Art, is teaming up with Brixton Bloc and other London promoters, collaborators, bands and artists, to present a series of alternative festive live music, DJ and club nights. The nights lead up to New Year’s Eve, when Noise Art will launch it’s 10th Anniversary year with a celebration of the birth of psychedelia. Full line-up and details of other collaborators to be announced soon.

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SmArt Lab launches Sunday

by on Jun.02, 2015, under Events

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Sunday 7 June
SMART LAB
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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Noise of Art launches 2015 activity and Boom Room 13-16 March

by on Mar.10, 2015, under clubs, Events, film, music, music and film, performance art

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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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Boom Room 2015

by on Dec.11, 2014, under Events

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Noise of Art starts it’s tenth year with a series of events in March, including a night on Monday 16 March at the Convergence Festival, Village Underground.
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As a part of Convergence and Noise of Art’s exploration of technology and art (and following-on from NOA’s sold out series of 100 years of electronic music shows in 2014), NOA returns with a theme that explores sound manipulation’s effect on contemporary music.

To celebrate the origins of sound effects, where early recording studios were built with “natural” echo or reverb, Noise of Art is creating a series of Reverb effects chambers using unusual architectural locations, such as nuclear aircraft hangers on a disused US nuclear airforce base.

Launching this new series at Convergence, Noise of Art has invited pioneering DJ and producer Andrew Weatherall to DJ using the Boom Room effects, alongside two launch sets from Rocket Girl acts Eats Light Becomes Light and White Noise Sound.

Eat Lights Become LightsWeatherall has been at the forefront of UK’s electronic scene since the late 1980s. A tireless innovator, and peerless producer and remixer, with a John Peel like passion for discovering music and sounds,  he’s also one of the most imaginative DJs around.

New Rocket Girl signing, Swansea’s six piece White Noise Sound, combine the hypnotic rock of Spacemen 3, with psychedelia, sonic loops and drones and indie dance floor sensibility. Tonight they launch their much anticipated new LP, Like A Pyramid of Fire, released in March 2015 on Rocket Girl.

Neil Rudd’s boundary crossing project, Eat Lights Become Lights, joins the line up to debut their new live show. Their LP, Into Forever, released in spring 2014, pre-echoed much of the drone and looped based music that followed, containing both dance floor bombs and long, swelling ambient opus’s.

Pioneering electronic musician Per Martinsen (aka Mental Overdrive) and Noise of Art founder Dj Ben Osborne, the creators of the Boom Room effects units, will be debuting new music specifically designed for the Boom Rooms.

Noise of Art has partnered with Vinita Joshi and her Rocket Girl label for this event. Long term champions of off centre music, Rocket Girl has consistently supported quality acts too often ignored by the mainstream.

The Boom Room.

Created by pioneering Norwegian electronic artist Mental Overdrive and Noise of Art’s Ben Osborne, the “natural” echo chambers being used tonight will be linked over broadband to Village Underground and used live to manipulate the music being played.

White Noise Sound

White Noise Sound

Sound effects and the manipulation of recorded music have been at the heart of modern music since Sam Philips first added echo to Elvis’ vocals and Pierre Schaeffer and Pierre Henry used magnetic tape to turn industrial sounds into music.

Early recordings effects were created architecturally – with some recording studios being purposely designed with “natural” reverb, to help recordings sound closer to the real thing.

Noise of Art’s 2015 project uses new technology to go back to these roots, linking the music  made in the venue over broadband to distant echo chambers in unusual places, such as the abandoned bunkers of a nuclear airforce base on Britain’s east coast. To help create these effects chambers, Noise of Art has partnered with The Old Jet studio, a new state of the art recording and tour rehearsal studio set up by Jesse Quin (Keane).

The acts selected to play come from a range of genres, but all have a connected interest in the core of early electronic music’s use of loops and drones.

Additions to the line up and further events to be announced soon.

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Events at Big Chill Bar, 93 Feet East in Brick Lane and The Riverside in Woodbridge.

by on Aug.24, 2014, under Events

tee_septNoise of Art’s sister club session, Slipped Disco, and Trans Europe Express are holding events in London’s Brick Lane, while the Woodbridge Art & Music Event has spawned a new night at The Riverside on the banks of the River Deben at the beginning of September.

Slipped Disco will see Noise of Art’s head honcho, DJ Ben Osborne, return to The Big Chill Bar on Saturday 30 August. The night’s open-ended music has been described by Time Out as being: “Obscenely fun electronic oddness. This pleases us very much indeed.”

The following week will see Trans Europe Express team up with funk night Trick Bag (who’re running two nights on Thursday 4 and Friday 5 September at 93 Feet East), to present two rooms of high calibre house and funk ‘n’ soul on Friday 5 September.

Finally, the successful Woodbridge Art and Music event is being followed up by the first ever club night at cinema, restaurant and Theatre complex, The Riverside, on the banks of the River Deben on Saturday 6 September.

Dates and details
Saturday 30 August
Slipped Disco presents DJ Ben Osborne
The Big Chill Bar, on Dray Walk (off Brick Lane), London, E1 6QL 8pm until 1am
Free Entry

Thursday 4 September
Trick Bag presents DJ Ben Osborne and Fred Mann
93 Feet East, 150 Brick Lane E1 6EL

Friday 5 September
Trans Europe Express Vs Trick Bag
Presents one room of house and one room of funk with
House: Nico De Cigelia, DJ Ben Osborne, Carl Loben (DJ Mag), David Agrella
Funk: Fred Mann, Tim Ott Jones (RnB123), Sonny “Scully” Evans
93 Feet East, 150 Brick Lane E1 6EL

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Saturday 6 September
Club Night with DJ Ben Osborne
The Riverside, Woodbridge, Suffolk

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Woodbridge Arts and Music Event update

by on Jul.11, 2014, under Events

woodbridge_logo_newFeaturing innovative acts from a broad range of musical genres, Woodbridge Art and Music Event is an independent happening, set in a riverside market town, opposite the Sutton Hoo Anglo Saxon burial ship. The daytime events will take place in the award winning Elmhurst Park, while evening events will be held in several venues around the town. Entry to the event is with a wristband.

Acts announced so far include Red Snapper, The Reflex, Polar Bear, Severino (Horse Meat Disco), TY, The Woodentops, Justin Robertson, Si Begg, Ben Osborne, Noise of Art, The Intermission Project, Thomas J Spieght, Ben Hauke, Oculus, Swallow and The Wolf, Charlie Law, Kevin Pearce, Rhiannon Mair, Aartwerk, Jan Pulsford and Robert Castellani, BBC Introducing in Suffolk, Blue Bus Tour, Non Such DJs, Talulah Goodtimes, Ben Allen, U2R, Planet Patrol, plus art installations and exhibitions and plenty more to be announced.

Woodbridge Art and Music Event 2014
Various venues, Woodbridge, Suffolk, England, IP12
Saturday 9 August and Sunday 10 August.
Tickets £10-£35

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE EARLY BIRD AND FIRST BATCH OF DISCOUNT TICKETS HAVE SOLD OUT BUT MORE DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE
http://woodbridgeartandmusic.weebly.com

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Trans Europe Express – Nordic Edition with Mental Overdrive & Kohib

by on Jun.30, 2014, under Events

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Friday 4 July
Trans Europe Express
Kohib (Norway)
Mental Overdrive LIVE (Norway)
Resident DJS
Ben Osborne (UK)
Nico De Ciglia (Italy)
Mathieu Maddisson (France)

7pm – 2am

93 Feet East, 150 Brick Lane, London EC1. FREE ENTRY

Having launched Trans Europe Express with a French theme in June, the crew behind TEE return with a distinctly Nordic feel, as Norwegian label Love OD flies into London.

Norways wonderKid Kohib (Beatservice Records // Cibicaldo Recods) has just released his third EP, “La Grave” for Beatservice Records and has, justifiably, been getting the  support from tastemakers and  DJs across the world. Currently working on an album, his recent remix of Volta Cab, on Lost Paradise, has been garnering heavy club rotation, as  has his Sony released Henrik Schwartz collaboration.

Often cited as the father of the Norwegian electronic scene, Mental Overdrive’s joins us to celebrate his single on Love OD, which features remixes by Full Pupp’s Daniel Blackbelt Andersen and Optimo’s JD Twitch.

For those interested in the interplay between music and film, the event is taking place in the run up to the East End Film Festival, where Mental Overdrive’s film ‘Monster’ is being given its London debut on 21 July.

With more to be announced, the night features rotating resident DJs from Italy, France and the UK, with Horse Meat Disco’s Severino, Noise of Art’s Ben Osborne, Gucci Thump’s Nico De Ciglia and Sketch’s Mathieu Maddisson taking it in turns behind the decks.

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