Duo with Phil Durrant, Iklectic, Oct 22nd
Performing using Moog guitar and electronics with Phil Durrant (Modular Synth and electronics). Also performing are composer/digital artist Bernhard Living and Graham Dowdall. Iklectic, Oct 22nd, 7pm.
Out now: Escardrone
What is Escardrone? Only a revolutionary way to listen to music. Tiny solar-powered turntables are mounted on snails and set loose in your Garden … more info.
Unveiling Choreographies, CCA, Oct 18th
Video works of Sanctum and Dream/21 Solos (choreograhy Ian Spink, video Alan Paterson, sound/music Bill Thompson) being screened at The Work Room’s Unveiling Choreographies event at the CCA in Glasgow. More info.
Sonic Atlas with Caroline Bergval and Sarah Gail Brand
Performing with Caroline Begval (Voice) and Sarah Gail Brand (Trombone) on Bergval’s latest piece for voice, field recordings composition, trombone developed for her Documenta 14 commission. A work-in-progress assembled for Poetry International at the Southbank Centre (14-15 Oct) and the Arts & Humanities Festival, Kings College, London (17 Oct). More info.
Solo Moog Guitar and Electronics, SoundSpace, Sept 23rd
Performing solo Moog and live electronics as part of SoundSpace‘s summer program. Also performing are Phil Durrant (live electronics) with Mark Sanders (percussion) and Charlotte Keeffe (trumpet & flugelhorn) with Joe Smith Sands (guitar).
STASIS, with Airfield, Glasgow, Sept 4-21
Further development of Stasis and performance – with Airfield (Ian Spink, Alan Paterson, Selina Boyack, Steinvor Palsson Penny Chivas, Sarah Kemal and David Ireland. Performance Sept 21st, The Glue Factory. More information via The Workroom.
Gates 2017, Goldsmiths, Sept 2nd
Gates 2017 features 20+ local performers (musicians and otherwise) performing Gates by Bill Thompson.
Gates was written in 2001 with the aim of creating a work using the minimum amount of information possible – when to play and when not. Otherwise the piece is completely open, even allowing players to leave the venue when not performing. Durations are based on prime numbers to keep the times staggered and unpredictable, and no two players’ scores are the same. The result is a constantly evolving work that reveals different layers suddenly or gradually, building up and breaking down in unforeseen ways, yet always reflecting the players at any given moment.
This realisation will be the most ambitious both with regard to duration (4 hours) and the number of performers. Drawing from London’s pool of experimental musicians, improvisers, and other, Gates 2017 will feature over 20 performers interacting across the 4 hour duration in the open space of Goldsmiths Great Hall (SE14 6NW). Entry is £5 donation.
Performers include Prof_lofi, Tom Mudd, Jan Hendrickse, Phil Durrant, Sylvia Hallett, John Butcher, Claire M Singer, Mira Benjamin, Ian Stonehouse, Lucia H Chung, Sue Lynch, Emmanuel L. Spinelli, James L Malone, Electric Elizabeth, Artur Vidal, Richard Sanderson, Adam Campbell, and more tbc.
Live at the Brunswick Club – Touch Radio 131
Reviewed by Touching Extremes here.
Swings & Roundabouts, Edinburgh Fringe, Aug 7, 14, 21
Airfield Residency at Cove Park, July 10-12
Bill Thompson : Matthew Olden : Kathy Hinde, Bristol, June 19th
Brunswick Club, Brunswick Square, Bristol, BS2 8NX, June 19th, 8pm – 10:30pm, £7/£5
NAWR #7, June 18th, Swansea
Sylvia Hallett / Phil Durrant /Hendrickse-Mudd-Thompson
A night of live electronics, feedback and improvisation. Performing in trio with Tom Mudd and Jan Hendrickse. Also performing solo sets are Phil Durrant and Sylvia Hallett. June 17th, 7-10pm. More details here.
Deptford Town Hall, New Cross Rd, London SE14 6AF, £5
Doing it Wrong: Repurposing Technology to Inspire Learning
Giving a talk at the Teaching and Creativity on Popular Music, University of Surrey, June 10th. More info.
Sound of light promo video from Sound Festival 2016
Strata performed by 6daEXit Improvisation Ensemble
The Organ: A Modern Classic
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.