Yesterday, I took part in the annual arts festival, Art Not Apart. The festival takes place within the New Acton suburb of Canberra and makes use of the outdoor areas and various interiors and galleries. I performed as part of Experimental Music Studio, an ensemble organised by Alexander Hunter. Our brief was to experiment, improvise and create soundscapes for the people walking through one of the main garden areas in New Acton. Each performer had a set location within the area and this created a cool spatialisation effect. As people walked through the garden they would hear a number of different sounds that were all some what related or at least trying to interact with one another. I say "trying" because due to the distance between each of the performers it was often hard to hear any subtle intricacies within some sounds at time making it difficult to react with other performers and their sounds in any meaningful way. We were in the space for 5 hours, starting from 1pm and basically playing continuously for the majority of the time. My set up for the gig was an unusually small set up for me. Trying to achieve what I was unable to at Enlighten, I used my oud, a microphone and my KP3 in an attempt to combine acoustic sounds with effects processing.
I often used the sample and looping features within the KP3 to create some cool soundscapes that I would use as a basis for improvising as well as interacting with other performers. I was able to get a few recordings of some of the cooler sounds and will hopefully incorporate them into future tape pieces.
All in all it was a pretty enjoyable day and its always fun to play some music with your friends in a public space.