Artist Spotlight: Zest Theatre

Established in 2007, Zest Theatre is a national touring theatre company creating eye-opening work for young people. Delivering over 100 performances and reaching nearly 20,000 people annually, they tour to theatres, outdoor spaces and schools with a variety of interactive, immersive, site specific and promenade productions. Their new work Monolith is in Frequency’s online programme, so we asked them a few questions about the theme of this year’s festival.

October 31, 2021 on Blog

Book Now: Digital Democracies Masterclass #2 immersive sound

As a proud partner in Digital Democracies we are pleased to announce the second Artist Development event – Masterclass #2: The Art of Sound.

This free online session on Wednesday 21 July, 1pm-4pm (BST) is led by artist and sound designer Thor McIntyre-Burnie (Aswarm GB).

July 14, 2021 on Blog

Artist Focus: Richard Knight

Richard Knight works creatively with the form of the radio show, exploring W.S. Burrough’s premise that the cut-up is a means to travel in both time and space.
Last year, his eighteen ‘The Four Points Are Thus Beheld’ radio shows for Tyneside Cinema’s were well received. These were a series of ‘uncurated’ explorations of sound, focusing on spoken word, poetry and field recordings.
His arts practice has developed over a period of forty years, from the early days of the London Film-makers Co-op to community arts in Lincolnshire. He is an experienced performer, graffiti artist, and a collaborator in a variety of fields. He teaches, writes and broadcasts.
The themes of his work are not always ‘conscious’, rather, they emerge through the process of the work.
‘Internal Landscapes’ is a radio show that represents a complex drift though the city of Lincoln, moving through both space and time.
Through the use of the cut-up we encounter different characters, times and places in Lincoln’s history as a city, folding in characters both real and invented, incorporating moments from the festival, conversations, monologues and various field recordings which use binaural sound to create perspective and a poetic sense of the City as a Whispering Gallery of haunted memories.

October 15, 2015 on Blog, News updates

Artist Focus: Jo Thomas

Jo Thomas is a composer of electronic music, based in London. Her music has been released by Holiday Records (Mermaids 2013) the left field label Entr’acte and the contemporary music label NMC, as well as studio productions she performs live and site-specific works. Jo Thomas’s work has been performed at Tate Modern, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, Prix Ars, Linz, Salon de Messian, Radio France, Paris, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. Jo Thomas has a post at the University of East London teaching sound design, composition and music technology. She lives in North London and has her own studio in Highbury.
Agna Rita combines medieval music, text from Magna Carta and contemporary
digital artifacts. Commissioned for the soundwall, the 22 channel piece is composed for this acoustic space in the Lincoln Collection gallery. The music is liberated in the space, allowing it to fill the gallery for a immersive experience.
The walls will speak sound.

Jo Thomas will be at the Collection Sound Wall with Agna Rita throughout the festival.
Jo Thomas gratefully acknowledges support from PRS for Music Foundation, Arts Council England and the Britten-Pears Foundation.
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October 5, 2015 on Blog, News updates

Artist Focus 26: Touch presents… Chris Watson and Hildur Guðnadóttir, Anna von Hausswolff

Touch presents a world premiere for Frequency 13. Performing in Lincoln Cathedral, sound recordist Christ Watson and cellist Hildur Guðnadóttir will collaborate for the first time on Sönghellir (The Cave of Song), a new, multi-channel sound work. Swedish singer, pianist and songwriter Anna von Hausswolff will also perform a new score for the organ, and together the artists present will close the event with The Eternal Chord, an improvisational work.
Since its first release in 1982, Touch has created sonic and visual productions that combine innovation with a level of care and attention that has made it the most enduring of any independent company of its time.
Chris Watson
Chris Watson is one of the world’s leading recorders of wildlife and natural phenomena, and for Touch he edits his field recordings into a filmic narrative. He has developed a particular and passionate interest in recording the wildlife sounds of animal, habitats and atmospheres from around the world. As a freelance recordist for film, TV & radio, Chris Watson specialises in natural history and documentary location sound together with track assembly and sound design in postproduction.
Hildur Guðnadóttir
Hildur Guðnadóttir is an Icelandic cello player and singer who has been manifesting herself at the forefront of experimental pop and contemporary music. In her solo work she draws out a broad spectrum of sounds from her instrument, ranging from intimate simplicity to huge soundscapes. Guðnadóttir likes to explore the nature and movement of sound, and often turns her experiments into sound and visual installations. She recently co-composed a live soundtrack to Derek Jarman’s 1980 film In The Shadow of The Sun with legends Throbbing Gristle.
Anna von Hausswolff
Anna von Hausswolff is a Swedish singer, pianist and songwriter. Her debut single, “Track of Time”, was released in 2010 and was quickly followed by her debut album Singing from the Grace. She is noted for her expressive voice and her live performances. She played in several festivals such as the Way Out West Festival, Peace and Love, Storsjöyran, Arvika, and Made Festival. She has also opened for artist such as Tindersticks, Lykke Li and M. Ward.
Sönghellir (The Cave of Song)
The Cave of Song is a sound journey beginning under the water off the coast of Faxafloi, Iceland moving up onto the lava beach where it continues up into the snow mountain Snaefellsnes and ends inside Sönghellir, the song cave. The groaning of ice in an Icelandic glacier is what Chris Watson describes as “putting a microphone where you can’t put your ears” and is a perfect description of his work.
60 miles from Reykjavik, the Snaefellsjokul glacier is one of the most popular and mysterious in Iceland. French author Jules Verne even chose this glacier as his doorway into space in his book Journey to the Centre of Earth. Its beauty embodies the entire Snaefellsnes Peninsula and some of the best and most important sagas took place there.
Touch presents… Chris Watson & Hildur Guðnadóttir, Anna von Hausswolff will be premiering at Lincoln Cathedral on 19th October.
Tickets available here.
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October 7, 2013 on Blog, News updates