Sound Matters in Crafts Council show

Sound Matters: Exploring Sound Through Forms is about the playful conjuncture of sound art and craft, where sound is given physicality and a materiality.

Yuri Suzuki Prepared Turntable

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Yuri Suzuki Prepared Turntable

It’s a Crafts Council exhibition which has brought together a host of practitioners including designer makers Dominic Wilcox and Yuri Suzuki who have collaborated on the same project.

Suzuki was the man behind Garden of Rossolo at London Design Festival, one of our favourite installations – a piece encouraging participants to shout into funnels only to hear their voice projected back to them in a number of distorted ways.

Dominic Wilcox Sounds of Making in East London

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Dominic Wilcox Sounds of Making in East London

For Sound Matters Dominic Wilcox approached Suzuki with his Sounds of Making in East London Record, which is exactly that – a vinyl pressing of recordings capturing the sounds of making.

This will be played on a record player devised by Suzuki with five arms and needles – each of which has an individual volume control.

By turning up or down each arm, you can remix the sound and create a continuous soundtrack.

Keith Harrison's Lucie Rie vs Grindcore

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Keith Harrison’s Lucie Rie vs Grindcore

Keith Harrison’s piece, Lucie Rie Vs Grindcore, takes inspiration from the work of the late potter Rie, and the esoteric and barely listenable music of the grindcore genre pitting them against each other in a brilliant and bizzare experiment.

Ismini Samanidou and Scanner Weave Waves - Map (detail)

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Ismini Samanidou and Scanner Weave Waves – Map (detail)

Two potters wheels have been adapted to make turntables, which are connected with two transistor radios. A grindcore record is played on one deck and a record made of clay on the other.  During the performance, the tone arm needle is scratched through a layer of manganese slip applied to the clay record.

Max Eastley Landscape

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Max Eastley Landscape

Sound artist Max Eastley is exhibiting Landscape, a sculpture operated by a motor fitted with magnets which causes a movement of metal fragments across a canvas, and as another consequence, sound. 

Studio Weave Polyphony

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Studio Weave Polyphony

Sound Matters Exploring Sound Through Forms is at the Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston University, Knights Park, Kingston upon Thames KT1 2QJ

Owl Project 9 Volt Speaker

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Owl Project 9 Volt Speaker

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