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COMFORTABLY SPUN AT THE RED GALLERY 13/03/2016


  • RED GALLERY 1-3 Rivington Street London, England, EC2A 3DT United Kingdom (map)

unday, March 13, 2016 - 12:00 to Sunday, March 20, 2016 - 20:00

An audio visual installation By Ben Osborne and CAVALCANTI

For this collaboration, between textile artists CAVALCANTI and electronic music and art outfit Noise of Art, Ben Osborne uses a textile factory in Portugal as an instrument, creating electronic music out of the sounds of looms and tufting machines making CAVALCANTI’s specifically designed carpets.

The design of the textiles are then also translated into digital signals and patched through synths, to create other-worldly melodies and basslines.

‘Comfortably Spun’ turns the weaving and tufting techniques used in the textile industry into music.

The sounds and rhythms of the looms and tufting tools have been recorded and arranged into contemporary electronic tracks, using techniques from early electronic ‘tape” music. To complete the creative loop, the designs of the rugs have been digitally mapped into synthesiser patterns, adding melody to the rhythms of the factory.

By using both the sounds of the factory floor and notation derived from the geometric designs of CAVALCANTI’s rugs, Ben Osborne has linked every part of the creative process in the creation of the rugs that provide the artwork for the piece, and transformed them into music.

In 1913 Luigi Russolo wrote, in a Manifesto for an Art of Noise, that the music of the future would sound like the rhythms of the factory and noise of machines. Russolo was writing in the industrialising world of noise. Today digitisation is making production increasingly noiseless. Textiles are less effected by this side of digitisation. The looms recorded range from ancient hand looms to contemporary tufting machines.

Noon - until 7pm Saturday 12 to Sunday 20 March 2015 (opening party on Saturday 12 March)

And Friday 19 March Acid Lab (ft comfortably Spun) Night of DJs and live electronic music - line up to be annunced

7pm - 2am Red Gallery 1-3 Rivington St, London EC2A 3DT

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