Sound of light promo video from Sound Festival 2016
Strata performed by 6daEXit Improvisation Ensemble
Guildford International Music Festival, March 4th, Guildford
Sound artist Bill Thompson will lead a soundwalk through Guildford’s urban and rural landscape.
An ‘excursion whose main purpose is listening to the environment. It is exposing our ears to every sound around us no matter where we are’ (Hildegard Westerkamp), this is an opportunity to engage with the world and your experience at a very deep level.
The walk is conducted in silence and phones and other devices should be turned off. The walk will take approximately 1 hour, setting off from the Electric Theatre and finishing at Holy Trinity Church where drinks will be served. A short discussion will be held to reflect on participants’ experience. More information.
Meet at Electric Theatre, Onslow Street, Guildford, 11am, GU1 4SZ. Free.
Guildford International Music Festival, Feb 28th, Guildford
An evening of experimental music featuring live electronics, acoustic and electromagnetic feedback, and digital improvisation, curated by Bill Thompson.
The evening opens with DIG, an ensemble of Creative Music Technology students from the University of Surrey, who explore live electronics, acoustic and digital improvisation. DIG are followed by Mudd/Hendrickse/Thompson, a new collaboration between veteran sound artists Tom Mudd, Jan Hendrickse and Bill Thompson. The final set features the plunderphonic, electro/acoustic, computer composer John Wall who came to prominence in the late 90s and early 2000s when he released a range of critically acclaimed works on his own Utterpsalm label featuring micro-edited sample based compositions. More information.
Holy Trinity Church, High Street, Guildford, GU1 3RR. £8, £6 conc, £2 students/U18
Radio Guest, Feb 10th, Longwave Radio
Mike Harding introduces UK-based American sound artist Bill Thompson, who talks about his work as a sonic teacher and practitioner heavily influenced by Pauline Oliveros, Steve Reich, Earl Brown, Eliane Radigue, Max Neuhaus, Alvin Lucier and others. Listen here.
fast+Dirty, Jan 4th -7th, The Workroom, Glasgow
fast+Dirty is a multidisciplinary creative workshop which aims to combine ideas, movement, performance, image and sound in new ways. Each day a new task. Choreographer Ian Spink will be joined by composer Bill Thompson and film-maker Alan Paterson to lead participants throughout the workshop. More information.
Mudd/Hendrickse/Thompson, November 26th, 100 Years Gallery, London
Overland for Organ, November 12th, Electronics, Bagpipes and Bass, Austin Tx
US premiere of Overland, a new work for organ, electronics and bagpipes, November 12th, Austin Texas for the Austin New Music Coop at the University Presbyterium Church, featuring Storm (organ), Brent Fariss (bass), Josh Ronsen (video), Bill Thompson (composer and live electronics). Email for more information.
Overland for Organ, Electronics, Bagpipes, and Cello, October 25th, Sound Festival Aberdeen
UK premiere of Overland for organ, electronics, bagpipes, and cello. Sound Festival Aberdeen, October 25th, Kings College Chapel, Aberdeen. Featuring Roger B Williams (organ), Claire M Singer (cello), Josh Ronsen (video), Bill Thompson (composer and live electronics), and Calum Brown, Ian Leah, Katrina Lovie, Jack Taylor (bagpipes).
Light Field (Installation and Sound of Light Performance), October 21st & 22nd, St Nicholas Kirk, Sound Festival Aberdeen
Lightfield installation with Saffy Setohy at St Nicholas Kirk in Aberdeen on Friday and Saturday. Friday will also feature a live electronics set Sound-of-Light performed by Bill Thompson made from the sound of light.
Further performances, October 22nd, Sound Festival
Featuring tracks by Burkhard Beins, John Butcher, Ziggy Campbell, Kim Cascone, Martin Clarke, Clark Crawford, Angharad Davies, Rhodri Davies, Brent Fariss, Will Guthrie, Holland Hopson, Adam Jansch, Alex Keller, Tom Mudd, murmer, Josh Ronsen, Matthew Sansom, Claire M Singer, Pete Stollery, Ian Stonehouse, Luke Sutherland, Bill Thompson, Mark Wastell, Travis Weller, James Wyness and others.
October 7th-9th, Organ Reframed, Union Chapel, London
Interview about the installation: https://player.fm/series/rt-culture-file-on-classic-drive/culture-file-a-knowing-space
October 7th, Otherwise Josquin, Kings Place, London
A continuation of the collaborative work between sound artist Bill Thompson, composer James Weeks and poet James Wilkes. Otherwise Josquin involved working with elements and procedures taken from Renaissance sources and scores to produce a sound-world rooted in Josquin‘s music whilst also drawing on shared interdisciplinary compositional practices. Featuring Exaudi.
September 16th, CPP Launch event, Guildford
Performing with Matt Sansom at launch even for the Centre for Performance Philosophy in Guildford. For more information and to book: http://www.surrey.ac.uk/arts/theatre/centre-performance-philosophy-launch-event
August 24th – 29th, Mushroom! Gayfield Square Spaces, Edinburgh Fringe
A multi-artist/multi-art form collaboration over 10 days involving the “collective devising and presentation: shared with immediacy and produced ephemerally.”
August 5th, Lightfield, Supernormal Festival, 10pm, Oxford
July 3rd, Contingent Events, Light:Sound:Object, The Great Hall, Goldsmiths College, London
Light:Sound:Object, a new work that explores converting light into sound to resonate found objects.
June 28th, Catstrand Cultural Hub, Light Field w/ Saffy Satohy, Dumfries
Otherwise Josquin, City University, May 25th
These new works for voice and electronics apply the principles of “centrifugal translation” to two secular chansons by Josquin des Prez. This collaboration between sound artist Bill Thompson, composer James Weeks and poet James Wilkes has involved working with elements and procedures taken from Renaissance sources and scores to produce a sound-world rooted in Josquin‘s music whilst also drawing on shared interdisciplinary compositional practices. Featuring Exaudi.
What Remains, Siobhan Davies Studio, May 21-22
We each take a slightly different approach to ‘every contact leaves a trace’. Our separate influences combined and overlapping. Alan Paterson‘s approach through images, are both permanent yet transient views, of past events. Bill Thompson revisits his own work, extracting, remixing, revealing the drift within, laying bare the remaining traces, revealing what has dissolved. In Ian Spink‘s older body, physical memory has faded faster than the connections he attaches to objects or images. On revisiting these he sees a new landscape; layers, sediments, compressed. He may discover new ways through but will never be able to grasp the whole thing.
Space/time Residency, Magnetic North, March 21-25
STRATA premiere by Red Note Ensemble, Feb 1st.
New work, Strata, premiered by the Red Note Ensemble, Noisy Nights, Summerhall, Edinburgh, Feb 1st. More info.
Symposium in Interagency, Bournemouth, Jan 29th
Performing live electronics with the Emerge research group as part of Bournemouth University’s Symposium in Interagency in Technologically-Mediated performance.