Join us for a discussion between Luci Holland, Yann Seznec and Niall Moody about the design and construction of unique, idiosyncratic, improbable musical instruments, and the challenges and pleasures specific to performing with a large group of such instruments. The discussion will be followed by a group improvisation of just such a collection of instruments, built by the participants of the afternoon’s workshop.
Luci Holland is a Scottish (Edinburgh-based) composer, arranger, sound designer, conductor, oboist/vocalist, voice actor, and arts producer who composes for film, games and concert. She works regularly as a Programme Manager & Musical Director with youth music charity Tinderbox Project, Resident Composer & Lead Tutor with classical music organisation Absolute Classics, and occassionally coordinates artistic interactive seminars and performances as the Edinburgh Game Symposium and with her music-for-media band Mantra Sound.
Niall Moody is an artist and games/software developer who has been releasing games and interactive art since 2005. He has a PhD in Music Technology from the University of Glasgow and lectures in games audio at Abertay. He is interested in the intersection of sound, visuals and interaction. His work often makes use of procedurally-generated elements, whether visual, aural, or textual. He is particularly interested in musical play and games that involve improvisational play among a group of participants.
Yann Seznec is an artist and musician whose work focuses on sound, music, physical interaction, games, and building new instruments. Recent projects include residencies at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, the Floating Cinema in London, Playable City Lagos, and Timespan in the Scottish Highlands. Much of his work involves building custom instruments such as musical pigsties, slinky instruments, candle-based sound installations, electromechanical mushroom spore reactors, and more. He is founder of BAFTA-winning creative studio Lucky Frame and is a lecturer at Abertay University. In December 2015 he received the British Composer Award for Sonic Art for his 2014 Edinburgh Art Festival work “Currents”.
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Platform is a monthly talk series from Weave by Abertay bringing artists, designers and scholars to Dundee to share their practice.
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