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OK, doing my best to post more regularly, in between bouts of gig curation and promotion, soldering up our new lighting rig, teaching people how to DJ and dealing with the heatwave. Now the sun has returned to its default British Summer settings, I’m managing to catch up on things a bit…

So, most pressingly and most excitingly, temp0rary have been asked to perform at the Cheltenham Music Festival, and our show will be all about getting interactive with the audience, showcasing the work we’ve done in the last 7 years – here’s the press release:

temp0rary with support from Diessa
8.30pm Thursday 6th July, Chapel Arts, Cheltenham

Lee Chaos and Adrian Giddings perform and create as temp0rary – a live A/V project that operates on the outer edges of the fields of improvised electronic music & visuals incorporating audience participation, theatre, circuit bending, multi-screen projections, hand-built synthesisers and hacked consumer goods. Previous temp0rary performances have taken place at diverse locations from Latitude and Boomtown music festivals, to restored underground nuclear bunkers and abandoned police stations.

For this performance, temp0rary will be presenting a selection of pieces from their career that have been remodelled to demonstrate their fascination with audience participation and accesible technologies. Those in attendance will be able to not only watch the performance but interact and collaborate with the artists via a range of handmade, hacked and modified equipment, making music from touch, light, breath, movement and brain activity for a truly interactive experience.

Support comes from upcoming downtempo ambient electronica act Diessa.

Then there’s these two events which I’m looking forward to very much:

Zoetrope – Montpellier Bandstand, Cheltenham

Saturday 22nd July
With 360-degree sound and visuals

Lineup (TBC):

temp0rary
Charlie Baxter & Michael D Wynn
Diessa
Dan Cooper

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Sunset Lumiere II, Skillicorne Garden, Cheltenham
Saturday 19th August
Silent disco headphones, multi-projector setup
(Photos / video from last year here )

Lineup (TBC):

Krugazor
Brown Torpedo
Beinaheleidenschaftsgegenstand
Bleephausband
Binaural DJ

Summer manoeuvres

Yeah, it’s been a while since we updated, and this is going to be short and sweet too. We’re just back from running a Bleephaus event at Wychwood festival, which was all sorts of awesome, in part because it included the prototype of our new daylight visuals rig, which will come in handy for some of these future events…

Sat June 24th Wilson Arts Takeover
temp0rary will be involved in supporting the Wilson Arts Collective with their latest event, FAKE

July 1-16 Cheltenham Music Festival at Chapel Arts
I have been asked to provide a day of fringe electronic music events as part of the Cheltenham Music Festival. Date TBC.

Sat July 27th The Zoetrope
temp0rary and other live electronic acts will be performing in The Zoetrope – a repurposed bandstand in Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham featuring a custom built 360-degree AV installation.

Sat August 19th Sunset Lumiere 2017
A selection of hand-picked artists for an audio visual headhopne performance at the hidden Skillicorne gardens in Cheltenham

If you want to book us for your event, please get in touch.

temp0rary are delighted to be performing at CRUX next Saturday 18th February.

We will be doing a live talk / demonstration about the pros and cons of using networked computers for live performance, and performing an AV set alongside some other fascinating artists.

We don’t play London often, so come and pay us a visit!

https://www.facebook.com/events/655496707953634/

Back In The Fray

So, it’s been a while… Apologies for the relative silence, it’s been a hectic couple of months, followed by a couple of weeks of self enforced downtime to recharge the batteries.

Since I last update the temp0rary website, we’ve performed a longform gig in an art gallery, written music for a performance with a gamelan orchestra, put on an outdoor performance in a secret garden with all the bells and whistles, created a music installation in a fruit machine, run countless music workshops and a summer school. Then I left the country for a relaxing week in New York which unfortunately started with a security lock-down and a search for a non-existent gunman

Anyway, enough of this high drama – temp0rary are back in the labs working on a couple of exciting new projects and doing some development for forthcoming events.

frogfestFirst up, and somewhat imminently, we are delighted to announce that we will be headlining the Pool Room stage at FrogFest 2017, which is at the Frog & Fiddle, Cheltenham. We play on Friday 16th September, but the event runs all weekend and is free. We’ll be doing our best to cram our biggest show into the smallest space, as usual.

Then on Thursday 13th October, we are proud to announce that we will be collaborating with four local poets – JPDL, Anna Saunders, KA Poetry and Dan Cooper on ‘Augmented Poetry‘ at the Wilson Gallery, Cheltenham as part of the launch of the ‘Last Word In Art’ exhibition. For this performance we will be working with the poets and enhancing their live spoken word performances with surround sound and immersive visuals designed to bring the poetry to life in a unique and spectacular way.

I’m also involved in setting up a new regular music get-together under the splendid title of MODJE – Music of digital, junk and electronics. We’ve got three get-togethers planned to find out who’s about and what people want, and then we will be up and running every week from 2017. Our first get-togethers will be on 26th October, 23rd November and 14th December from 6pm at the Wilson Gallery, Cheltenham, and are free. More details to follow, but the first sessions will be a social with a show & tell / run what you brung / jam session / meet & greet vibe. Free entry, with all ages welcome.

Oh, and then we’ve been asked to be involved in another Wilson Gallery takeover night on Saturday 12th November. No idea what we’re doing yet, but if it’s as good as the last one, you’re in for a real treat.

So that’s us all up to date for the rest of the year, with a couple of collaborative bits and bobs taking shape int he shadows. Over the next couple of weeks I’ll be catching up on all the documentation for the work we did over the summer too, so if you missed out, I’ll be rounding up all of the media files and sorting them onto the website real soon. Hope to see you out and about soon.

Stay on target

OK, confession time, I’ve let the updates on this site slip a bit, but with good reason. I’ve started doing a weekly blog at leechaos.co.uk, I’m finishing up my day job and getting ready for some pretty awesome gigs. Probably best I dispense with the sugar coating and get to the details. This is where you can see what we’ve been working on recently – great if you live in Cheltenham or have been meaning to pay us a visit, otherwise we’ll come and find you after this little lot:

preservationSaturday 18th June, 6pm – 10pm
‘PRESERVATION’ – The Wilson Art Gallery Takeover
temp0rary performing ‘Suggestion Box’ – a long-form silent disco performance with audience interaction
Wilson Art Gallery, Cheltenham
Free Entry

Saturday 9th July (Time TBC)
The Great Gamelan Experiment
Lee Chaos performing with a gamelan orchestra and live electronics
Imperial Gardens, Cheltenham, as part of Cheltenham Music Festival
Free Entry

Sunday 10th July (Time TBC)
Live Electronic Music show & tell
Imperial Gardens, Cheltenham, as part of Cheltenham Music Festival
Free Entry

Sunset Lumiere_600Saturday 16th July, 7.30 – 10.30pm
Sunset Lumiere
temp0rary performing a full A/V set with Disconnects and Krugazor
Skillicorne Gardens (next to Imperial Gardens), Cheltenham, as part of Cheltenham Music Festival
Free Entry

In addition there may be one or two temp0rary music installations around Cheltenham as part of the music festival… more info soon. Plus we’ve got plans for some more events before the year is out, and I’ve promised to myself I’ll bring this site up to date in August.

 

Signal on other channels

So, it’s been another couple of months, and seemingly there hasn’t been a great deal going on in camp temp0rary. In reality, there’s been a significant amount of discussion, meetings and planning, the results of some of which can be shared now.

The big news is that I recently decided to end my part-time teaching contract so that I could focus on other music projects. This has resulted in some excellent meeting of minds in Cheltenham and a couple of forthcoming events.

Firstly, temp0rary are delighted to announce that we will be performing a long-form performance as part of Wilson Art Gallery’s Takeover event on Saturday 18th June. Our performance is scheduled to be in the late afternoon / early evening and will be using the same silent disco headphone setup we used for our collaboration with Tempting Failure at Latitude Festival last year. It’s part of a free event and there’s loads of other interesting stuff scheduled as part of the day so come along and pay us a visit!

Secondly, we’re getting involved with the fringe of Cheltenham Music Festival which takes place from 1st – 17th July in varying capacities. Firstly, I am currently doing some work modifying and augmenting a full gamelan orchestra, which I will be adding electronic elements to under the direction of some young people as part of Wilson Art Group. The performance will take place on Saturday 9th July and will feature some traditional gamelan followed by our mad experiments!

Then temp0rary play a site specific performance as part of an event called Sunset Lumiere – this will be a site-specific performance taking place at dusk in the secret Skillicorne Garden on Saturday 16th July with lights, projections and music, and again will be a free event.

There’s more coming soon, including some exciting collaborations and music un unexpected places, we’ll keep you informed.

 

Real life and holding patterns

As you may have noticed, we haven’t updated the site for a while – there has been a lot of real life breaking through our art bubble of late which has required us to act like normal, fully functional and productive members of society. But enough of that, you don’t come here for the mundane stuff…

temp0rary are slowly coming out of hibernation and warming up for the year ahead – there’s been a sudden outbreak of sketching new musical ideas, we’ve had a bit of a think about the lighting for live shows, bids have started to go in for new projects, and we are setting up some exciting collaborations for 2016. We hope to share some videos of work in progress in the coming months.

Debunking

frogfest15September already? Good heavens… So we missed our August update as I was off getting married and honeymooning, which meant that temp0rary laboratories was shut down for a few weeks, and Adrian was / is in the process of moving house. Normal service will be resumed as soon as we work out what’s normal…

So, it’s time to get back in the saddle, and our next temp0rary gig is this Saturday 19th September when we play on the Bleephaus stage for FrogFest at the Frog & Fiddle, Cheltenham, with other noisy electronic-based acts. For this performance, we’ve revisited the work we did at Craigiebarnes for Bunker Sessions II and turned it into a stand-alone performance which captures some of the sights, sounds and atmospheres of the lovingly-restored Cold War bunker.

We’re sharing the stage with some other fine artists, so come along, bring a packed lunch and enjoy a day of unique music – for free!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1477222302600105/

Summer Holiday

Only just hitting the deadline of one blog post a month this time round as I’m allowing real life to take priority during August as I get married with trusty temp0rary sidekick Adrian as my best man and regular temp0rary aide and assistant Ceri as my wife!

July was a good and busy month for temp0rary – our visuals for the Promenade Players’ production of Chess were very well received by the audience, cast and reviewers alike, and it was fantastic to be one of the components in such a large production. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience and are actively looking for other opportunities to lend our skills to forthcoming theatre productions, so if you hear of anything, please let us know.

Then we packed up our tents and camping stove and headed off to Latitude Festival to provide the soundtrack to day 2 of Silent Noise Dive, an afternoon of live performance art curated by Tempting Failure. We love working with these folks, as they provide us with some utterly unique opportunities and this one was no different. Working with 2 streams of audio, we broadcast our performance to silent disco headsets and composed music live using microphones and location sensors to enhance the performances in a 4-hour non-stop performance. It was a pretty intense experience, but we learned so much from being under these unique parameters and working with such a unique performance environment, as we always seem to when we collaborate on a Tempting Failure project.

We’ll be collecting together all the evidence of both performances over the next couple of weeks if we have time and will do a fuller write-up showing some of the behind the scenes sketches and development of both performances.

So that’s us done for the summer, but we are planning lots for the forthcoming months. Next up will be the return of the Bleephaus stage at FrogFest on Saturday 19th September, at the Frog & Fiddle, Cheltenham. Again, I am delighted to have been asked to curate my own stage and am looking forward to putting on a selection of great electronic acts. Then we’ve got a selection of new works in the pipeline, including a project with bunker manager Gavin Saxby using some unexpected technology in a way it definitely wasn’t intended for..!

Precise Coordinates

tempting-failure-600On Sunday 19th July, temp0rary will be performing at Latitude Festival. For this performance, temp0rary are providing the audio for day 2 of Silent Noise Dive, a 4-hour collaboration with artists from Tempting Failure.

This performance is going to be completely unique – we will be using a Silent Disco headphone system which allows us to broadcast 2 simultaneous streams. These  audio performances will be composed, coded, manipulated and performed in real time and in response to the performance artists on the stage.

Because the music is not amplified in the space, this opens up some really interesting possibilities for us with the audio. We can use microphones that are usually too sensitive for live work as there will be less chance of them creating unwanted feedback, so we can amplify signals beyond the usual range of human hearing – this creates a hyper-real effect when listening. Early experiments have shown this to be an extremely intense experience as any movement in the space has a dramatic effect on the sound, which can then be further effected and modulated to create some other-worldly soundscapes that are generated in part by the performance of the artist, partly by ambient sounds that are given a greater sense of presence through amplification, and partly by the responses of the audience themselves.

We will also be attempting to read data from the performers in a completely non-invasive way through proximity and other sensors on the stage so that their performances directly contribute to the soundtrack. In between performances, these sensors are directed towards the audience space and will allow a level of audience participation with the performance.

Since the soundtrack is split into 2 channels, it won’t be possible for us to monitor both at the same time or for the audience to hear them both simultaneously. However, both performance channels will be synchronised which means that moving from one channel to the other will allow a common thread to run through both live performances. Our intention is to capture both streams and then recombine them at a later date to provide a piece of music that was performed live but which it was never possible to hear in full before.

This is an incredibly exciting performance opportunity for us and we are thankful to Thomas, Helena and all at Tempting Failure for giving us a chance to create such a unique piece of work. Alongside our current work on a purely visual collaboration with our visuals for ‘Chess’, it is interesting to have the 2 disciplines of temp0rary separated out into two different projects and two very different performances.

More information on Silent Noise Dive can be found here:
http://www.latitudefestival.com/line-up/artist/tempting-failure