Thursday 17 March 2016, 8pm
Japanese sound artist, Tomoko Sauvage, presents waterbowls – porcelain bowls of different sizes, filled with water and amplified with hydrophones (under-water microphones). She plays with different forms of water – drops, waves and bubbles resonating in the bowls as well as underwater feedback creating waving drones and natural overtones.
“The wobbly, chiming vessels turn tuned water into a sort of natural synthesizer, complete with organic forms of envelope, modulation, pitchbend and decay. …. The result is soothing and sensual, like a long hot bath. I could soak in it forever.” – Momus, The WIRE
Tomoko Sauvage, Japanese musician and artist active since mid 2000’s, investigates the sculpturality of sound and improvisation in relation to the environment. Mainly known for a musical / visual research about ‘natural synthesizer’ of her invention, composed with diverse fluid, bowls, ceramic, light and underwater amplification, Sauvage’s approach is attached to questions of alchemy, meditation and balance between hazard and mastery. Under the form of performances, installations and musical compositions, her work is regularly presented in Europe, Asia and America. Her second solo album "Musique Hydromantique" was released on Shelter Press in October 2017.
Thomas creates his immersive music using contrabassoon, samplers, loop pedals and activated percussion.
Blurring the boundaries between electronic and acoustic sound production the compositions explore themes of ritual and presence.
An enforced simplicity runs throughout the dreamlike sound world conjured from slowly evolving motifs using the lowest and highest notes possible on the contra' accompanied by a hiss and murmur from the percussion and pulse driven samples breaking to moments of fragile beauty.