::: events :::
always looking for performance and workshop opportunities throughout the year. if you have a proposal, please get in touch!
w/ kate carr, simon whetham, solo operator, bērnu rīts, bred blondie, britis(c) petroleum
saturday 10 september
goethe institut riga
torņa iela 1
i will be performing my live mix of field recording from the räpina papermill, accompanied my footage from the mill shot by my collaborator daniel allen. more details and links about the event’s other live performances, djs and visual artists:
Space Textures X
Simon Whetham [uk] – live
Murmer [us/ee] – live
Solo Operator (Kotä Records) [ru] – live
Bred Blondie (Kotä Records) [ru] – dj-set
Bērnu Rīts [lv] – live
Britis(c)h Petroleum [lv] – visuals
“Zebra” [de] – poetry film programm
w/ dave phillips, tommi keränen, taavi tulev, daniel allen
tuesday 23 august
(museum ticket needed in case of rain)
helikoosolek returns with the first of it’s series of occasional events in tartu, featuring live performances in an amazing setting by:
dave phillips (CH)
tommi keränen (FI)
taavi tulev (EE)
patrick mcginley & daniel allen (EE/UK/US)
THIS OUTDOOR EVENT IS FREE, HOWEVER, IN CASE OF RAIN IT WILL BE MOVED INDOORS TO THE MUSEUM’S BEAUTIFUL VALGE SAAL. IN THIS CASE A REDUCED PRICE MUSEUM TICKET (4€, 3€ STUDENTS) WILL BE REQUIRED.
dp (aka dave phillips) re/searches and ponders existences and behaviourisms humanimalistically. sound as communication in direct and primal form, a language, a tool of metaphysics, a conscience and a consciousness. opposing the omnipresent restriction and reduction of life and living. sound communications that activate primordial shared emotions otherwise hidden under the debris of civilisation. inviting rumination, encouraging intervention, endorsing catharsis. therapeutical stimulation is acknowledged. sonic activism, ritual protest music.
dp is based in zürich, switzerland and has worked solo as dave phillips/dp since 1987. he is part of schimpfluch-gruppe since 1991 (with rudolf eb.er/runzelstirn & gurgelstøck, joke lanz/sudden infant etc.), co-founded ohne in 2000 (with tom smith, daniel löwenbrück, reto mäder), started the one-man-doom-project dead peni since 2004, co-founded fear of god in 1987 and has played in numerous bands, projects and collaborations.
dp has been sonically active for 30 years, has appeared on more than 200 releases and has played near to 500 concerts in 40 countries.
the VIDEO ACTION he will perform in tartu is an actionistic and physical performance accompanied by visuals. loops and samples of voice and objects are played live over prepared sonic structures and follow a compositional narrative. the visuals communicate personal and existential matters, questions, thoughts and criticisms, on personal, social and global levels. this set is an evocation of ‘humanimal’, a sonic ritual, a catharsis, an audio-visual exorcism or a type of neo-shamanist healing.
VIEWER WARNING: SOME VIEWERS MAY FIND SOME OF THE VIDEO CONTENT IN THIS PERFORMANCE DISTURBING OR UPSETTING. WATCH AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION.
tommi keränen is a noise maker from helsinki. active since the late 1990s, he performs and records as a solo artist, and is a member of testicle hazard, large unit, köttskogen, gentle evil and the truckfuckers. He primary uses primitive electronics and non-standard digital synthesis – the resulting music is rugged slabs of vivid swirling noise. his discography consists of over two dozen entries ranging from cryptic tapes to critically acclaimed releases like the bats in the attic cd (among the wire’s rewind picks in 2010). he has collaborated with many artists including florian hecker, the incapacitants, lasse marhaug and phill niblock.
taavi tulev has produced and released several albums of music. he’s been making field recordings in nature for many years. besides that, his main work experience is in interior and architectural design and engineering.
creating soundscapes is a symbiosis of those two different fields of work. taavi’s ultimate goal is to make urban environments sound better.
patrick mcginley (aka murmer) is an american-born sound, performance, and radio artist who has been based in europe since 1996. since then he has been building a collection of found sounds and found objects that has become the basis of all his work. in 2002 he founded framework, an organisation that produces a weekly field-recording themed radio show, broad- and podcasting around the world. in 2005 he first visited southeast estonia, and relocated there permanently in 2009. most recently mcginley has been giving presentations, workshops, and performances based on the exploration of site-specific sound, and sound as definition of space. in live performance his interest in field recording has developed into an attempt to integrate and resonate found sounds, found objects, specific spaces, and moments in time, in order to create a direct and visceral link with an audience and location.
daniel allen produces work as an experimental photographer, and latterly an experimental filmmaker. he focuses on the estonian landscape and on human interaction with it, and on estonia as a transition society. these themes are expressed through the shared boundary between abstract painting and abstract photography; through a filmic examination of abandoned soviet military buildings; through modern estonian architecture, and the country’s remaining unmodernised traditional industry. he is an analogue film fan and is active in trying to bring experimental film to a wider audience through the experimental film evening, held regularly in tartu.
in 2015 mcginley and allen collected the material for their experimental documentary film about the old papermill in räpina. the material is being used in many different contexts: for the film itself, but also in exhibition, installation, and performance. for this event mcginley will improvise a live mix of field recordings from the mill, while allen will improvise a live mix of the video footage; sound and image react, coincide and conflict in an abstracted anti-representation of space.
wednesday 17 august – saturday 20 august
throughout the day, in various locations
throughout the tartu city festival UIT, my social sound installation kuulamispunkt (listening point) will appear around the city, sometimes near other events, sometimes on its own, presenting hidden and not-so-hidden sounds of tartu to passersby in the form of an information booth.
from the UIT website, in estonian:
Patrick McGinley on Ameerikas sündinud, ent Eestis resideeruv heli-, performance-, ja raadiokunstnik. Tema looming (nime all murmer) põhineb väikestel avastustel ja tähelepanu suunamisel, keskendudes leitud helidele, heli välisalvestistele ning leitud objektidele. Aastal 2002 rajas ta Framework Radio, mis esitleb iganädalast helivälitööde teemalist programmi. McGinley korraldab ka Eesti Rahva Muuseumis toimuvat töötubade sarja “Helikoosolek”.
Nelja päeva jooksul ootab Patrick McGinley heliinstallatsioon “Kuulamispunkt” kuulajaid Tartu eri paigus, et jagada nendega linna lähedalt kuulamise kogemust.
saturday, 21 may
both free entry
Pixelache visits Jyväskylä and its’ Yläkaupungin Yö -festival 21. of May. The program of the visit reaches also to the neighbouring municipality, Petäjävesi. The program is based on the Pixelache Festival 2015 – Living Spaces, organised in Helsinki in autumn 2015. The festival explored the thematics of cultural decentralisation.
From Pixelache 2015 – Living Spaces program, sound artist murmer (Estonia/US) will bring his ‘Echo Surveys’ sound art performance to Jyväskylä in Taavettila riihi (the oldest wooden building in Jyväskylä, Seminaarinkatu 15, Jyväskylä) at 17-18. All the sounds in the performance will be produced by the materials found in the Taavettila riihi or are pre-recorded in the same space. Murmer wants to create an unique and straight-forward connection to the space and the audience as well as maintain an aspect of risk or surprise in his performances. ‘Echo Surveys’ can be experienced as a performance or as a pop-in-out sound installation.
Patrick McGinley (murmer) and Johanna Juvonen & Biagio Rosa talk about their work in ti-la 2016 -gallery (Kauppakatu 19, Jyväskylä) the same night at 19-21. Pixelache 2015 – Living Spaces Festival co-director John W. Fail will talk about the festival. The co-directors of the 2016 Pixelache Festival Interfaces for Empathy -festival Mari Keski-Korsu and Petri Ruikka will talk about Pixelache theme for this year. Pixelache 2016 – Interfaces for Empathy festival will bring program to Jyväskylä in November 2016.
The sound performance, workshop and other program is realised in collaboration with Live Herring Ry, Yläkaupungin Yö, Petäjävesi municipality and ti-la 2016 -gallery. Live Herring Ry. produces (S)low communication workshop in the context of ‘Placing Media Art on the Map’ -project.
At 12-15 Johanna Juvonen and Biagio Rosa: (S)low communication workshop in Toinila, Petäjävesi (Koulutie 8, Petäjävesi). The workshop is free of charge and suitable also for kids. Children under 7 years can take part together with their parents. The workshop has max 20 participants. Register to participate by sending email to email@example.com or calling 050-305 3540 before 12.5. There’s an effort to organise shared rides to the workshop from Jyväskylä.
At 17-18 Sound artist murmer’s (Estonia/US) Echo Surveys sound performance in Taavettilan riihi (Seminaarinkatu 15, Jyväskylä).
At 19-21 Pixelache presents itself ti-la 2016 gallery (Kauppakatu 19, Jyväskylä)
Murmer from festival 2015 program will perform also in Rovaniemi 7. of May. The visit to Rovaniemi is organised in collaboration with Magneetti Ry. The collaboration in between Pixelache, Live Heriring and Magneetti will continue in autumn 2016 when program of Pixelache 2016 – Interfaces for Empathy will tour both Jyväskylä and Rovaniemi. The events are supported by Finnish Cultural Foundation.
saturday, 7 may
both free entry
As a part of Pixelache 2015 Living Spaces festival touring program, sound artist murmer (Estonia/US) perform in Rovaniemi on the 7th of May. Murmer will bring his ‘Echo Surveys’ sound art performance to Culture House Valsa, soon to be torn down house in the centre of the town. All the sounds in the performance will be produced by the materials found in the Valsa house or pre-recorded in the same space. Murmer creates a unique and straight-forward connection to the space and the audience while maintaining an aspect of risk or surprise in his performances. ‘Echo Surveys’ can be experienced as a performance or as a pop-in-out sound installation.
Patrick McGinley (murmer) talks about his work in Napa -gallery the same day at 14 – 16. Pixelache 2015 – Living Spaces co-director John Fail will tell about the 2015 festival, as well as the co-directors for year 2016 Interfaces for Empathy -festival, Mari Keski-Korsu and Petri Ruikka, will talk about the theme for this year’s festival. Pixelache 2016 – Interfaces for Empathy festival will bring program to Rovaniemi again in November 2016.
The program is produced in collaboration with Pixelache, Northern Media Culture Association Magneetti ry, Napa-gallery and Culture Association Valsa.
At 14-16 Murmer and Pixelache in Napa-gallery (Kairatie 3, Rovaniemi)
At 18-19 murmer’s ‘Echo Surveys’ -performance in Culture House Valsa (Valtakatu 19, Rovaniemi)
Murmer from festival 2015 program will perform also in Jyväskylä 21. of May. The visit to Jyväskylä is organised in collaboration with Live Herring Ry. The collaboration between Pixelache, Live Herring and Magneetti will continue in autumn 2016 when program of Pixelache 2016 – Interfaces for Empathy will tour both Jyväskylä and Rovaniemi. The events are supported by Finnish Cultural Foundation.
Northern Media Culture Association Magneetti ry is an organisation which gives exposure to northern artists and connects them to the international art world. Our foundations lie in internationalism and professionalism. Magneetti was set up in 2005 by Jetta Huttunen, Minna Rainio and Mark Roberts.
thursday, 26 november
Patrick will be presenting, in the context of his approach to field recording and environmental sound at large, sounds and images from the Räpina Papermill, the oldest continuously-operating industry in Estonia, where he had been recording and filming extensively over the past few years for various projects, in particular the upcoming documentary film ‘The Mill’ with collaborator Daniel Allen.
w/ debbie fieldhouse & christopher morley
tuesday, 24 november
arts at the old fire station
40 george street, oxford
Ep.25: The one with Sonic Bicycles, Documentaries from Estonia, and collaborative music making
Less than a week to go until some of the most exciting and fresh off the oven art projects are coming to an arts centre near you!
Tuesday 24th November, 7pm at the Gallery of Arts at the Old Fire Station Playground will be bringing you…..
Debbie Fieldhouse, straight out of the Contemporary Arts MA at Oxford Brookes, will be bringing her wondrous “Velophones” for you to experience up close! Do you like bikes? Do you like sounds? You should be getting very excited about this one! Some of Debbie’s work https://vimeo.com/user17376793
Patrick McGinley (aka Murmer) who some of you might have seen using the Hollywell Music Room as a percussion instrument in last year’s Audiograft festival, will be showing the makings of his recent documentary film, about a Peppermill in Southeast Estonia. His site: http://www.murmerings.com/
Christopher Morley (aka Crusoe) is a musician and composer who likes getting people to collaborate by adding and/or changing his music in real-time! Get your music loving fingers into that pie! Ie: https://soundcloud.com/the-diplomatic-core/satans-clans-are-coming-to-town-28102015
See you on Tuesday! Don’t forget to bring your curiosity, playfulness and of course your Instant Noodles!
tuesday, 17 november
cinema, richard hoggart building
Music Research Series and SPRS present:
Patrick McGinley, AKA murmer
One Square Meter: Small Scale Sonic Exploration
McGinley presents his experiments in small-scale sonic exploration.
We will examine and discuss perspective, perception, attention and focus through sonic surveys of small or unexpected spaces, as in his ongoing projects ‘One Square Meter’ and ‘Hidden Sounds’.
The Music Research Series is designed to help postgraduate students advance their research and careers. The events stimulate exchange, hones skills, facilitates the creation of professional networks and helps to consolidate the department’s postgraduate community, all over a glass of wine! Attendance is strongly recommended for all postgraduate students (MA, MMus and PGR) in Music but of course undergraduates, music researchers, and visitors from across the college and the community are also most welcome to these public lectures.
w/ adam cadell & film: talousennustajat
sunday, 27 september
Krunan keikka #13
Syyskuun lopun Krunan keikalla, klo 15 alkaen –
Äänitaidetta sekä sooloviulu:
MURMER (Patrick McGinley, USA/Viro)
ADAM CADELL (Australia)
TALOUSENNUSTAJAT (ohj. Reetta Huhtanen, 2015)
Tapahtuma on osa Pikseliähky-festivaalia,
(vuoden 2015 Krunan keikkoja tukee Helsingin kaupunki)
saturday, 26 september
meets at Käntöpöytä
monday, 21 – thursday 24 september
11:00 – 17:00
Echo Surveys for Living Spaces
Echo Surveys will be a sonic exploration of, and interaction with, a series of found spaces around the city of Helsinki. We will focus our activity on improvised sonic actions in which we attempt to give voices to our locations by producing sound using only the space itself and objects found therein (tools for resonance – mallets, bows, etc. – can be used). Participants will develop their attentive listening skills while learning to find sonic potential in everyday materials. No artificial amplification will be used, but our explorations will be documented for later examination, presentation, and discussion. Our work will be presented publicly towards the end of the festival as a series of live site-specific group acoustic performances. The workshop is led by Patrick McGinley (US/EE).
The workshop will begin with an extended listening session and discussion centering on environmental sound, attentive listening, and sonic perception. We will then move through a series of exercises and games designed to draw attention to the perceptive possibilities of listening and of sonic interaction with a space and a group. From day two we will begin exploring a preselected group of locations, developing techniques of interaction and improvisation that will lead to a public performance in each space. Participants are encouraged to recommend spaces that they think may be appropriate for our explorations around the city, particularly spaces that are in the Pasila district. They are also encouraged to bring any resonating tools they may have that would be useful in our activities: old violin bows, drumsticks, rubber mallets, etc. No prior sound or music experience is necessary, all that is necessary is a good set of ears and a willingness to listen carefully and respond.
The workshop will meet daily at Dodon Kääntöpöytä, in Pasila Railyard, from 11:00 until 17:00. The workshop will be mostly mobile, in the chosen locations, but will return to Kääntöpöytä at the end of each day for review. On Saturday at 18:00, the workshop will present and perform to the public, and this performance will also begin at Kääntöpöytä.
A pre-festival interview conducted by Pixelache can be found here: http://livingspaces.pixelache.ac/posts/interview-with-patrick-mcginley-murmer
Echo Surveys is co-sponsored by Âänen Lumo/Charm of Sound.
tuesday, 11 november
i have prepared a playlist of recordings made with ‘extended’ recording techniques (contact microphones, hydrophones, etc) for the group to explore and discuss before i reveal their origins. i will also be showing the mics i use and explaining their construction and use and how i think about them in my work. if we have time we’ll also try them out in/around the lecture room.
w/ villem jahu & derek holzer w/ marco donnarumma
saturday, 26 july
departing tartu @ 12:00, võru @ 14:00
The project of non-existent villages deals with culturally organized areas of landscape and activates spaces where human habitation has ceased. These villages are considered as null pointers; those points existing on maps and in cultural memory but which have lost the objects being refered to. The exhibition connects the villages in question conceptually and/or technologically to the exhibition space, links proto machines and/or rural symbols to contemporary technological culture.
Participating artists excavate embedded meanings in these culturally changing environments and search for intersections of traditional and contemporary cultural practices.
The closing event, a joint tour, takes place on SATURDAY 26th of July starting 12:00 from Tartu / 14:00 from the Võru City Gallery and passing by all the installations in the landscape, also featuring sound performances by Derek Holzer + Marco Donnarumma, Patrick McGinley and Villem Jahu.
thursday, 24 july
kiila beach & westers café
Kiila International Sound days.
Jooklo duo (IT), Murmer (Patrick McGinley) (US/EE) and Tommi Keränen (HKI).
Murmer 16:00 at the beach
Tommi Keränen 18:00 at Westers
Jooklo 20:00 at Westers
saturday, 19 july
presentation of my (light-hearted) project mushroom(ears) in the context of the estonian road museum’s road art festival, about the use of a quasi-jecklin disk recording set-up to record sounds from the perspective of mushrooms in the ihamaru forest just off the historical tartu-võru postal road where the museum is situated.
each recording was made from the perspective of the pictured mushroom, with a pair of small-capsule omnidirectional microphones placed on the mushroom cap as ‘ears’, with stereo separation created with a cardboard and felted-linen semi-circular barrier, amounting approximately to one-half or a jecklin disc. observations: at this time of year, mid-july, bird sound is low in the forest, leaving more space for distant sounds and insects. as such, i would like to repeat the experiment with a lower-noise microphone. also, the black windshields seemed to attract insects – a more neutral color would be preferable. here are three examples:
kitsemampel (gypsy mushroom):
monday, 9 june
hanut 31 gallery
hanut 31, jaffa
early evening artist talk, listening session and discussion.
sunday, 8 june
early evening artist talk, listening session and discussion.
sunday-tuesday, 25-27 may
orient & dance theatre
16 nablus road
Field Recording and Ephemeral Listening
So much technology is associated with sound-work and field recording, but in this workshop we will begin with the first and most important piece of equipment: the ear. We will focus on the act and art of listening, exploring perception and the effects of sound through extended listening sessions, soundwalks, and exercises that will warm and sharpen our ears. A strong focus will be placed on environmental listening, and the development of the ear toward detailed sonic perception. Only from this new position or aural attention will we explore different microphones and recording techniques, as we embark on a group recording expedition that will make it clear that a sharp ear can make amazing recordings with any kind of equipment, while the best equipment in the world can do nothing with an inattentive ear.
- Day 1: extended listening session of endemic and exotic sounds, exploration of active and passive field recording, discussion
- Day 2: participatory sound exercises, ‘alternative’ methods of field recording, blind and sighted group and individual soundwalks and soundsits, discussion
- Day 3: field recording techniques and technology, group recording excursion, closing listening session, discussion
Patrick McGinley is a sound, radio, and performance artist who has been living and working in Europe (currently Estonia) since 1996. He works primarily with found sound, found objects, and site-specific sonic interactions. He also produces a weekly field-recording themed radio show which recently celebrated it’s 11th anniversary. He frequently teaches and leads sound workshops, group actions and experiments.
thursday, 20 march
132 Kingsland Road
For our night of site-related, if not site-specific sounds, we feature a range of perspectives on the subject:
We have American Estonia- based artist murmer, fresh from his collaboration with Felicty Ford at Audiograft Festival, will be performing via a model of site-specific exploration and interaction. All sounds, whether live or pre-recorded, amplified or acoustic, emanate from the performance space itself.
We also have a collaborative project between Steve Beresford, Blanca Regina, Jack Goldstein and a solo performance by Matthias Kispert, who is interested in the city and the relationship between its sounds and everyday life.
Iris Garrelfs’ audio-visual piece Twine was made during a residency at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Celje, Slovenia – a slow, quiet and atmospheric portrait of a specific location at a specific time.
thursday, 13 march
holywell music room
audiograft is an annual festival of contemporary experimental music and sound art curated by the sonic art research unit (SARU) at oxford brookes university. the festival aims to engage the widest possible audience from oxford and beyond with the challenging contemporary practices that are the focus of the research unit.
in live performance patrick & felicity’s shared interest in field recording has developed into an attempt to integrate and resonate found sounds, found objects, specific spaces, and moments in time, in order to create a direct and visceral link with an audience and location. For this evening they will give a site-specific performance making use of the unique acoustic of the space.
saturday & sunday, 8-9 june
oxnam village hall
oxnam, near jedburgh
A weekend of workshops, social listening and field trips investigating common ground between textiles and sound, with visiting artists Felicity Ford (Reading) and Patrick McGinley (Rapina, Estonia)
Saturday 8 June
Materials Provided: one small pillow speaker, pure wool stuffing, pure wool yarn. Participants should bring: your own knitting needles, circulars or DPNs, sizes 3.5mm and 4mm. Maximum participants: 10. Booking essential, to make sure there are enough materials for all! This workshop is for people with some experience of knitting. Participants will know how to knit in the round, and how to cast stitches on and off. At the end of the workshop you will have a very wee 100% wool covered and stuffed pillow which you can bring with you anywhere or keep in your actual pillow at home, for listening to woolly sounds. You will need your own iPod, mp3 player or similar device to plug the woolly speaker into, and all workshop participants will be given a specially-created mix of wool-themed field recordings to play back through their speaker pillow!
For this workshop, as a basis for the afternoon field recording session, we will begin from the beginning, avoiding technology and concentrating on our most important tools: our ears. We will explore listening as an active endeavour, examining our perception via both pre-recorded and natural soundscapes, through listening exercises, soundwalks, and discussion. We will actively examine our hearing and how it works, attempting to consciously experiment with the perception and filtering that our brain typically uses unconsciously. Most of all: we will listen.
13.00 – 14.00: lunchbreak – good cafes and restaurants in Jedburgh, or bring a packed lunch
Materials Provided: dyestuffs, yarn to dye, tags for labelling results of experiments. Participants should bring: an apron, notebook, and pen. Maximum participants: 10. Booking essential, to make sure there are enough materials for all! In this workshop we will experiment with dyeing a range of primary shades, using madder, indigo, and onion skins. At the end of the workshop you will have a small collection of mini skeins in different shades, plus notes on how to repeat those shades if you want to have a go at home. While we are dyeing wool, workshop participants working with Patrick McGinley will be recording and collecting some of the sounds produced by the dyeing process.
Following on from the morning ephemeral listening session, we will use both ears and microphones to explore the sounds and textures being produced in the course of Felicity Ford’s natural dyeing workshop. We will provide a variety of microphones to try out, including contact microphones and hydrophones, as we put our newly warmed-up ears to the test through the mechanical, chemical, textural, and human sounds of the wool dyeing process. Feel free to bring your own recorders, microphones, and headphones if you have them.
All workshops cost £10.00 which includes the cost of all materials. To book please contact .
A social listening event in a relaxed setting with curated sound works, performances and
contributions from guest artists. Cost: £10.00
Sunday 9 June
A rare opportunity to work in the field with sound artists Patrick McGinley and Felicity Ford, supported by James Wyness. Meet at the Glebe Car Park, Jedburgh (just off the A68 overlooking the Abbey and the river, across from the swimming pool) at 1030am. Bring a packed lunch. Cost: £10.00
t: 01835 863061