Sonic Graffiti with Mr Underwood

Starting the day with a healthy dose of nutrients for the imagination, the Ideas for Breakfast programme is serving up another stimulating bowl of figurative mind-muesli this week with a talk from sound artist and instrument designer Mr Underwood.

one of the devices embedded in the city for Mr Underwood's Sonic Graffiti project
Mr Underwood’s Sonic Graffiti installation in action

Mr Underwood is an instrument creator and hacking impresario who loves little more than tinkering with instruments and technology to create new sounds and interfaces, as exemplified in his recent Sonic Graffiti project.

 Mr Underwood's Sonic Graffiti project
one of the devices embedded in the city for Mr Underwood’s Sonic Graffiti project

Sonic Graffiti saw Mr Underwood’s previous  experiments with leaving sonic electronic devices in public places extended to building new sound-making technologies left in public spaces. The idea is that people stumble across the devices, which are embedded in specific areas, the first of which was Digbeth in Birmingham.

 Mr Underwood's Sonic Graffiti project
Mr Underwood’s Sonic Graffiti project

A series of small audio devices were concealed in the area, with a four-composition Crash EP contained within each one.  Each piece was based on a field recording taken close to the site in which it was found, which were activated by touch or by plugging headphones directly into the surface where a device was hidden.

Mr Underwood's Sonic Graffiti installation in action
Mr Underwood’s Sonic Graffiti installation in action

For the talk on Sunday, Mr Underwood will be discussing the project and will also allow breakfasters to have a sonic tinker and try making some sounds of their own.

Ideas for Breakfast: Sonic Graffiti & Active Listening takes place on 19 August at W London, 10 Wardour Street W1D. You can buy tickets here

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