A brief, belated heads-up about an essential occasion for all those with more than a passing interest in new electronic and electroacoustic music. Huddersfield University’s Electric Spring festival begins tomorrow and runs until Sunday, celebrating the 20th year of its existence (a celebration anticipated at HCMF 2014). There are some tantalising performances scheduled, including an opening-night homage to the music of two of the UK’s most radical electronic experimentalists, Delia Derbyshire and Daphne Oram, plus concerts featuring the work of, among others, Isnaj Duj and Monolake’s Robert Henke, alongside new pieces from Ben Potts and Aaron Cassidy. There are assorted additional events for those wishing to immerse themselves more deeply, including daily pre-concert talks, a week-long installation by Spanish sound artist Elías Merino, sound projection and live coding workshops, a late evening ‘algorave’ and an msp power-user symposium. Personally, i’m especially looking forward to Sunday afternoon’s ‘great Yorkshire wiggle’; i don’t pretend to know what it has to do with modular synths, i just know i want to be part of it.
All concerts take place at the Phipps Hall in Huddersfield’s swanky Creative Arts building, and each and every one of them is free. Detailed info can be found at the Electric Spring website. All being well, i’ll be there for the duration, reporting back on the great and the good. And of course the wiggle.
Thanks for the heads up Simon. I do wish i had heard about this event sooner, is it new? I so want to hear the Cassidy piece. Will any concerts be broadcast? I will look forward to your reports.
Compared to HCMF, it’s a relatively low-key (but well-attended) affair, Alan, so there’s zero BBC presence here. Next time I see Aaron I’ll ask if a recording of his piece is forthcoming. Meanwhile, if you haven’t seen it already, Aaron’s website has info & videos about the work he & Diego have been doing to prepare the piece for the festival: http://aaroncassidy.com/the-pleats-of-matter/
Thanks Simon. I checked the website and find this Festival has been running for ten years! I will check out the Cassidy site. Look forward to your first report.