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Cultural Wonders In The Mix: Soundscapes, Music and Films

17 Oct

I’m excited to announce that all of the soundscapes, remixes and films have now been uploaded, so have a listen and look at the University of Manchester’s cultural wonders in new ways.



In The Mix Hack Weekend Photos

17 Jun

The In The Mix Hack Weekend brought together computer programmers, composers and museum staff together to explore the potential of the soundscapes, remix and Manchester Museum data sets to animate collections and exhibitions and visitor experiences  in museums and galleries. This ranged from creating laser cut rumble strips of sound waves (from soundscapes) to site-specific sound installations around museums that would give insight into what sounds might be behind the scenes and beyond the physical public space of the gallery or museum. There are more photos in the In The Mix Hack Day Flickr SetHck Day 2

Rescheduled: In the Mix Hack Weekend at MadLab

16 May

Just to let you know that the In The Mix Hack Weekend has been rescheduled for the beginning of June- more info coming soon.

In The Mix Hack Weekend at MadLab (17-19 May)

11 May

I’m working with MadLab and a colleague at Manchester Museum, Steve Devine (New Media Officer) to organise ‘In The Mix Hack Weekender’ which will be happening Friday 17-Sunday 19 May! If you are a sound hacker, audio producer, or developer who’s keen to play with Manchester’s richest auditory dataset, then come down! Click here for more information about the event. To book onto this free event, then click here.

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In the Mix featured in UniLife

26 Mar

In the Mix was featured in this month’s UniLife (The University of Manchester’s monthly magazine) as part of a series of features profiling ‘Investing In Success’ projects. Investing in Success is £1 million initiative to boost staff development at University of Manchester. Read the feature here:

In the Mix

Photos from Bunford & Kashiwagi in the mix!

12 Dec

Here are some fantastic photos taken by photographer, Richard Manning:

Bunford & Kashiwagi on film!

16 Nov

Here are some videos taken during ‘Bunford & Kashiwagi in the mix’. Enjoy!

CBBC & Clore Award for Museum Learning winners!

21 Jun

I’ve been invited this morning as a special guest to talk to CBBC staff at BBC MediaCityUk about ‘In the mix’, my sound related work and also look forward to giving them insights into the learning programmes at Whitworth Art Gallery and Manchester Museum. This leads into some exciting news that was announced earlier this week:

The Whitworth Art Gallery (in partnership with Manchester Museum and Manchester Art Gallery) has won the Clore Award for Learning for the work with under 5s!

The Clore Award 2012 has a focus on work with children and young people. The Award celebrates quality museum and gallery learning with children and young people (from early years up to the age of 25) in any setting, in or out of school/college. It recognises achievements in learning programmes which develop the skills, knowledge, values and enjoyment of the participants.

About the Clore Duffield Foundation
The Clore Duffield Foundation is chaired by Dame Vivien Duffield DBE and has a strong focus on supporting cultural learning, particularly within museums and galleries and at heritage sites. It is one of the founding partners of the Cultural Learning Alliance, a collective voice working to ensure that all children and young people have meaningful access to culture in this difficult economic climate.

Exciting news: University of Manchester invests in ‘In the mix’!

13 Jun

I’m excited to announce that I have been awarded funding from University of Manchester‘s  £1.2 million scheme, ‘Investing in Success: Developing Staff Potential’ for ‘In the mix’!

Here’s my proposal below and all of this will be taking place before May 2013, with my next exciting announcement coming towards the end of June!:

‘In the mix’ proposal

‘In the Mix’ is a series of music/sound/art commissions, events and an interactive website that will animate the University of Manchester’s cultural resources: Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester Museum, John Rylands Library, Jodrell Bank and Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama. The commissioned soundscapes and bank of recorded found sounds are inspired and influenced by electronic music producer, Delia Derbyshire, whose archive has been recently acquired by the University of Manchester. Commissioned soundscapes have been produced for Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester Museum and John Rylands Library by Huw Bunford (Super Furry Animals) and the funding from ‘Investing in Success’ will be used to commission further soundscapes for Jodrell Bank and Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama, performances & events and an interactive website. In this way, all of the University’s cultural resources can be innovatively linked through music/sound/art, and thus the possibilities for highlighting these inherent links can be developed through the ‘Investing in Success’ funding. This project aims to contribute to student engagement and the student experience at University of Manchester for current and prospective students.

Working as Host Producer for PRSF (Performing Rights Society Foundation) for Music New Music Plus 2010 at Whitworth Art Gallery and as Student Engagement Coordinator has given me the insight into the dynamic role that music and sound can play in cultural organisations, in terms of public programming, diversifying audiences and also as alternative modes of interpretation. ‘In the Mix’ would be an opportunity to bring my role as Student Engagement Coordinator, artist & producer to an ambitious project that wouldn’t be possible without either role . As an artist, this is an exciting collaborative and interdisciplinary project. The ‘In the Mix’ Interactive website will be a platform where people can play, mix, loop and make a sequence of the commissioned sound recordings from all of the University’s cultural assets. This project aims to enhance the student experience at University of Manchester, through innovative, playful and interactive modes of engagement.

This project is a legacy of recent previous projects (at Whitworth Art Gallery (New Music Plus), Manchester Museum (Umbro Creative Industries) and John Ryland’s Library (Umbro Creative Industries). ‘In the Mix’ will build upon the success of current commissions to produce a cohesive pioneering project that acts as both a platform for showing how cultural organisations can innovatively animate collections, archives, resources and cultural wonders through music and also as a platform that highlights the extraordinary resources that University of Manchester has.

Super Furry Animal in the Gallery

26 Aug

No pest control required! Over the weekend, Huw Bunford from Super Furry Animals explored and recorded everyday sounds in the Whitworth for a commissioned soundscape. He will be coming back to Manchester to perform his sound piece on 2 October for Krysko & Kashiwagi…In The Mix, part of Manchester Weekender.

When I met up with him in London to discuss the commission, he showed me a collection of cassette tapes with found sounds from his travels. Instead of taking pictures, he records sounds. I even spotted a tape from Tokyu Hands in Shibuya, Tokyo- the most amazing DIY department store.


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