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‘Freudian Feedback’ (modified sitar + tabla) + ‘Turtlebox’ (hand-made instrument) at the Noise Colloquium – University of Greenwich 22 March 2015.
© Poulomi Desai and Dushume (aka Amit Patel)

The University of Greenwich hosted a two-day colloquium to explore noise as a concept that embraces the expressive, the idea of noise as a resistance and, through mutating repetition, a catalyst for creative production. Other speakers and performers included David Toop, Nicolas Collins (Art Institute of Chicago), Atau Tanaka (Goldsmiths University), Andrew Hill, Stephen Kennedy, Ian Thompson (University of Greenwich) Melanie Clifford, Sarah Sparkes, Rie Nakajima and Dirty Electronics.

Special thanks to John Richards (Dirty Electronics) and Andrew Hill (University of Greenwich).

Free “Noise Colloquium” 21 – 22 March 2015 at University of Greenwich.
Book: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/greenwich-noise-colloquium-tickets-15873470979

I am performing with Dushume (who will also be presenting a paper) – we will be deciphering and/or dissolving ideas of “Asian Noise”.  Speakers and performers include,  David Toop, Alice Eldridge, Andrew Hill, Nicolas Collins, Ian Thompson, Sarah Sparkes, Rie Nakajima, Steve Kennedy, Atau Tanaka, Melanie Clifford, Nuno Salihbegovic, Manuela Barczewski + Dirty Electronics.

“The University of Greenwich is hosting a two-day colloquium to explore noise as a concept that embraces the expressive, the idea of noise as a resistance and, through mutating repetition, a catalyst for creative production. From this perspective noise moves out of the solely auditory register into a multisensory realm of non- representational logic.”

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Usurp | Experimental Electronics – Day of the Dead.

Experimental Electronics – Day of the Dead

Thursday 30 October 2014. 7pm onwards

The Castle (upstairs), 44 Commercial Road, London, E1 1LN

Day of the Dead ////// dia de los muertos with artists from Mexico and London.

DIY electronics, pd, feedback systems, live coding, circuit bending, sound and performance, electroacoustics, field recordings, software-based soundworks, experimental electronics, open call for artists, benders, noisers, improvisers, engineers, freakers, hackers, coders. I will be creating a soundscape with two modified sitars, sine waves and sub-bass, and light effected oscillators – an immersive performance to remember my ancestors who fought against the British Raj and fought as anarchists in the Spanish Civil War.

Poulomi Desai, Juan Jose Rivas, Miguel Ortiz, Charlie Wheatley.

Organised by Lara Pearl of Experimental Electronics.

‘Miss Havisham presents’ at The Cholmondely Boys Club, Dalston, London. Extracts from 20 minute freely improvised performance.

Poulomi Desai (prepared sitar and electronics), John Butcher (Saxophone), Tania Chen (Electronics, Piano), BJ Cole (pedal steel guitar), John Edwards (double bass), Lore Lixenberg (Mezzo-Soprano). Programmed by Steve Beresford and Tania Chen as part of an ongoing series of free improv nights at this iconic venue.

“The statue was now giving out an intermittent high-pitched whine, a sitar-like caterwauling that seemed to pull apart the sutures of my skull. Responding to the boos and protests, it suddenly began to whoop erratically, the horn-like sounds confusing the traffic on the far side of the square”. Venus Smiles by J.G. Ballard 1957. Part of the collection of stories in Vermillion Sands.

Extracts from video of prepared sitar performance rehearsals at Usurp Art Gallery. Conspirators of Pleasure are a new free improv duet of prepared sitar (Poulomi Desai) and prepared bass (Simon Underwood). See www.usurp.org.uk for forthcoming gigs and events. Recent performances include Cafe Oto, The Vortex and The Cholmondely Boys Club.

“The statue was now giving out an intermittent high-pitched whine, a sitar-like caterwauling that seemed to pull apart the sutures of my skull. Responding to the boos and protests, it suddenly began to whoop erratically, the horn-like sounds confusing the traffic on the far side of the square”. Venus Smiles by J.G. Ballard 1957. Part of the collection of stories in Vermillion Sands.

Extracts from video of prepared sitar performance rehearsals at Usurp Art Gallery. Conspirators of Pleasure are a loose free improv duet of prepared sitar (Poulomi Desai) and prepared bass (Simon Underwood). See www.usurp.org.uk for forthcoming gigs and events. Thanks to Adam Bohman for being and doing over the years.

Orford Ness “Over The Horizon” (2004)

Field Recordings by Poulomi Desai 

In the cold autumn of 2004, artist Poulomi Desai (Usurp Art) and Joe Banks (Disinformation) visited Orford Ness, a once top secret military testing base abandoned in the 1980s and now a protected nature reserve with a precious shingle eco-system. A series of large-scale photographs, field recordings and this video are among the artworks created by Poulomi Desai. The ghostly musical tones heard in this location recording are created by wind swirling across and through metal structures – no manipulation has been used.

A ferry crosses to this seemingly bleak spit of land that is both un-nerving and captivating. The contrast between feeling a sense of menace and yet delight at the tough wildness with spiky plants crawling over the remnants of dereliction was strange. The mood was eerie and the place was deserted. The architecture of the numerous buildings is steeped in secrecy and closure from the outside world. The conversation veered from details about the site’s past, reminiscence about Greenham Common and CND, and into sadness upon the impossible possibility of nuclear disarmament.

The title “Over The Horizon” refers to the 1968 top secret Anglo-American System 441A radar project, finally codenamed “Cobra Mist”. This cold war project was set up to carry out several missions, including detection and tracking of aircraft, detection of missile and satellite vehicle launchings, fulfilling intelligence requirements and providing a test bed for research and development. Orford Ness was used as a Ministry of Defence weapons and testing site from the beginning of the First World War to the mid 1980s, and was the site for testing Britain’s first atom bomb, the “Blue Danube”. The site was handed over to The National Trust in 1993 and is one of the largest naturally formed shingle spits in the world. © Poulomi Desai

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“The war against death, dear Harry, is always a beautiful, noble, and wonderful, and glorious thing, and so, it follows, is the war against war. But it is always hopeless and quixotic too.” – Hermann Hesse, Steppenwolf.

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