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Dawson Road,
Glasgow, G4 9SS
(Glasgow Canal)
Subway: 15 minutes walk from St. Georges Subway
Bus: 75 or 54

City Halls, Candleriggs,
Merchant City,
Glasgow, G1 1NQ
Train: 5 minutes walk from High St/Argyle St Station
Subway: 5 minute walk from St Enoch

Sonica has created a fun and engaging programme of events for all the family to get involved with sonic art and music. The programme will take place between 20 October and 20 November 2012.

All workshops are free but pre-booking is essential as spaces are limited. To book a place on one of the workshops please send us an email to engage@cryptic.org.uk.

Please note that all children under 8 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

Digital Design Studio, The Hub / Produced by Cryptic & ARUP / Age 5+
Saturday 11, Sunday 12, Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 November
11.00, 11.30, 12.00, 12.30, 14.00. 14.30, 15.00, 15.30
£2 per person (up to 6 people per performance)
ccaglasgow.ticketsolve.com or 0141 352 4900

What do your dreams sound like? Sonic Dreams is a fantastic sound world for children and adults alike. Meet Barney the cat, who dreams of catching fish in the ocean, fly to the jungle in your own helicopter and become a Commonwealth Games gold-medalist! Anything is possible on this 3D sound journey where the only limit is your imagination! An intimate sonic installation for families. Age 5 upwards.

“a wonderful journey into the world of 3D sound and an experience that shouldn’t be missed.” (Edinburgh Spotlight)

Commissioned by Edinburgh’s International Science Festival created by Cryptic and ARUP. Developed with support from the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund. Supported by Digital Design Studio.

The Hub / Saturday 10 & Saturday 17 November @ 11.00 – 13.00 & 14.00 – 15.30 / 11 November @ 11.00 – 13.00 / All Ages

Explore stories through sound! As part of Sonic Dreams, build a sonic story to tell of places you dream of going and things you dream of doing!

Scottish Music Centre at City Halls / Saturday 20 October / Workshop 10.00 – 13.00 / All Ages

Free & Fun! Drop-in at any time.

Designed to accompany Piano Migrations, Music Box Migrations explores the idea of using a picture as a musical score. Images of birds, bird migration patterns and maps are printed directly onto strips of card. Holes are punched according to chosen points on the images or map. These holes trigger notes when the score is wound through a music box – creating a (usually pleasing) melody.

Supported by Scottish Music Centre.

The Hub / Saturday 10 November / Performances throughout the day / All Ages

Sarah Kenchington builds her own remarkable mechanical instruments, including a pedal-powered hurdy-gurdy, a giant rotating kalimba and her own brass band, powered by tractor inner-tubes.

The Hub / Talk – Sunday 11 November @ 14.00 – 16.00 / Workshop Day – Sunday 18 November @ 11.00 – 16.00 / All Ages

The Skoog is not just one instrument but lots of instruments in a multi-coloured box of technology! Come and explore, through workshops and performances and have a go – anyone can play!

The Hidden Gardens (Tramway) / Saturday 10 November @ 13.00 – 14.00 (Pre 5yrs) / Saturday 17 November @ 13.00 – 15.00 (5–8 yrs) & @ 13.00 – 15.00 (9–12yrs)

You can’t just hear sound and music, you can SEE it too! How? Find out in this workshop exploring how music and sound look!

City Halls / Saturday 20 and Saturday 27 October @ 14.00 / 5–8yrs

Be your own conductor and be your own music in this interactive workshop exploring sound, colour, light and movement!

The Whisky Bond / Saturday 10 & Sunday 11 November

See behind the scenes of how cutting edge electronica theatre is created: workshops in live soundtrack and physical theatre combine in front of an audience.

Scotland Street School Museum / Saturday 3 November @ 14.00 – 15.30 (Pre 5yrs) & 15.30 – 17.00 / (5–8yrs)

Explore all the fantastic possibilities of weird and wonderful noise-makers which you can use in other workshops around the city throughout November!

Marc Yeats, Ralph Hoyte & Phill Phelps

Available to download free / www.satsymph.co.uk

Your own personal sonic experience….simply download the app, head to The Hidden Gardens, Maxwell Park, Creative Clyde, Kelvingrove or any open space and enjoy a sonic stroll.

www.thelisteningmachine.org / Peter Gregson, Daniel Jones and Britten Sinfonia / Until October 2012

An automated system that generates a continuous piece of music based on the activity of 500 Twitter users around the United Kingdom. Their conversations, thoughts and feelings are translated into musical patterns in real time, which you can tune in to at any point.

The Listening Machine was created with funding from Arts Council England in partnership with the BBC, as part the digital pop-up arts service www.thespace.org.

22 Farnell Street, Garscube Industrial Estate,
Maryhill, Glasgow, G4 9SE
Subway: 10 minutes walk from St Georges Cross Subway Station
Bus: 75, 54 or 20

350 Sauchiehall Street,
Glasgow, G2 3JD
Train: 5 minutes walk from Charing Cross Station
Bus: 3, 4, 4A, 18, 38, 19, 6A


Weekends only
70 Pacific Quay (beside Science Centre)
Glasgow, G51 1EA
Subway: 15 minutes walk from Cessnock Station
Bus: 23 or 23A

225 Scotland Street,
Glasgow G5 8QB
Subway: Shields Road
Station, directly opposite
Bus: 89 or 90

25 Albert Drive,
Glasgow, G41 2PE
Train: 2 minutes walk from
Pollokshields East Station
Bus: 38, 38B, 38C, 57A, 3, 4, 6, 29

Festival Hub
14 Albion Street, Merchant City

During Sonica 2012 there will be a pop-up Festival Hub at 14 Albion Street. The space will be transformed into an event space for workshops, performances, screenings and exhibitions; as well a place to meet and eat after shows.

Fri 9 (Launch party), Sat 10, Thurs 15 and Fri 16 November // 8-11pm

The festival hub will host 12 Foot Diner, the launch of a new culinary project serving delicious food in temporary locations. Food will be cooked by Rosie Healy and served between 8-11pm, around a single table. For large groups please book in advance – 12footdiner@gmail.com. Please note this is not a licensed premises, we will be operating a BYOB policy.

Mon 12, Tues 13, Wed 14 November // 6pm- onwards (8pm on Wed 14th)

Jane McInally will present a site-specific video installation made for Picture Window at Sonica, a new moving-image work using the rhythms and patterns of traffic-flow, pedestrians, and the regular movements of the street surrounding the exhibition window. At 25 frames every second, McInally uses video in order to allow the audience to listen and reconsider the urban environment often overlooked.


Tues 6 November, 9-10pm // Wed 7 November, 6-7pm

Steve Hollingsworth and Jim Colquhoun present Two Ruins (II), a live performance exploring the potential of neon to create sound. The artists bodies and their close proximity to a field of neon fragments create a slowly shifting landscape of sound and light.

Wed 14 November // 6pm

Mathew Colling’s performance focuses on live performance with an electric guitar and ‘prepared amplifiers’, a technique he has been exploring in his work for an extended period. The guitar will be used as both a traditional instrument and a control advice, influencing the behaviour of custom-made computer software in real time. The work presents sound in a physical, audible and visual manner.

Alex Hetherington continues an interest in live spoken word with his re-enactment of Ulrike Müller’s The New York Times, presenting immediate live narratives from newspaper headlines and stories, local, national and international in a context divorced from their original location and meaning, examining journalistic notions of truth and fact.

Tell us what you think of Sonica and we’ll translate your words into music. Please visit Dora in the Tramway foyer. Simply type three sentences about the event you just saw and compose your own piece of sonic art!

Feeling a bit tired after all the action? Fancy something a bit more relaxing? Come and enjoy a selection of films exploring sound. Selected by Sonica and Grampian Mountains.

Featuring, Tape Crackers by Rollo Jackson: A fascinating fan’s-ear recollection of an amazing period in UK music culture, charting the shifts between Happy Hardcore, Jungle, D&B and Garage in the mid-late ‘90s. Preceded by a selection of sonic shorts.

14:00 – 15:00
Prime Composition by Daniel Jones (03:12)
Emergence of Nothingness by Bill Millett (06:00)
Beginning of the End by Mairead McClean (03:11)
Linear Shift by Taryn Edmonds and Lauren Healey (17:28)
A Surrealist’s Piano 1924 by Emma MacLeod (01:17)
Visions of the Invertebrate by Edwin Rostron (02:35)
Lux by Allison Clifford and Graeme Truslove (04:33)
Luminous by Matthew Pell and Sebastian Buccheri (05:00)
Oblique Theorem by Jung In Jung, Skye Reynolds, Tamsyn Russell and Chih Peng Lucas Kao (06:33)
Nobody by Rosie Toner and Mark Vernon (10:00)

15:00 – 16:30
Tape Crackers by Rollo Jackson (1hr 30)

16:30 – 17:30
Regenerator by Ross Finnie (04:43)
Escape by Mic Dessi, Alessandra Spano and Cirian Lyons (05:17)
Of Unknown Origin by Edwin Rostron (03:00)
State of Mind by Mairead McClean (10:17)
CS2 by Louise Harris (08:43)
Ghost Band by David Webster (01:30)
Traces of Places by Roddy Simpson/Articulate Animal (10:00)
Insomnia by Peter Hastie (00:36)
Dead Reckoning by Stephen Hurrel (15:00)

17:30 – 19:00
Tape Crackers by Rollo Jackson (1hr 30)

A series of inspiring, fascinating and jaw-dropping talks, curated from a selection of TED Conferences, exploring music, listening and the way we experience sound.

Glasgow based filmmaker and 2012 Turner Prize nominee Luke Fowler’s kaleidoscopic and enigmatic view of the life and work of composer Cornelius Cardew, founder of experimental musical collective the Scratch Orchestra (1968 – 1973).

Juxtaposing first-person interviews, recent and archive footage, still photographs, short animated sequences and predominantly unreleased music, Fowler has created an appropriately unconventional and compelling film-work, which highlights the issues raised by and the synergies between Cardew’s and his own creative practice.

Courtesy of The Artist and The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow.

The Whisky Bond’s unseen spaces host an exhibition to celebrate and explore the intrinsic relationship between Glasgow’s music and arts culture. A group of artist/musicians including Raydale Dower (Tut Vu Vu), Steev Livingston (Errors), Richard McMaster (Silk Cut), Tom Marshallsay (Dam Mantle) and Tom Scholefield (Konx-om-pax), will visually expand on a piece of music they have made through light, installation, film and sculpture.

Includes preview night party and a variety of musical happenings, throughout Sonica 2012. For more info please check website and our social networking sites (#sonica2012).

Free & Fun! Drop-in at any time.

Designed to accompany Piano Migrations, Music Box Migrations explores the idea of using a picture as a musical score. Images of birds, bird migration patterns and maps are printed directly onto strips of card. Holes are punched according to chosen points on the images or map. These holes trigger notes when the score is wound through a music box – creating a (usually pleasing) melody.

Supported by Scottish Music Centre.

Following the success of Chunky Move’s Mortal Engine at the Southbank Centre in October, audio visual performance artist Robin Fox presents the results of a four week residency at The Glue Factory. For one performance only, Fox uses lights, smoke and electronic composition, to fill the cavernous spaces of the Glue Factory, creating an awe-inspiring, three-dimensional, synaesthetic experience.

The light show will be followed by a club night with a DJ Set as part of Sonica’s closing party.


Sonica 2012 Artist in Residence. Supported by Australia Council IETM Collaboration Project.

A ground-breaking, reactive sound installation, through which the audience attempts to unravel the truth about The Narrator’s life by playing records from his collection. The viewer plays a record, which controls a series of customised, self-playing instruments, providing a soundtrack to The Narrator’s story. Just as a real narrator alters the way they tell a story depending on their mood, audience and context, the memories embodied in the installation will distort, evolve and warp depending on external influences.

A year in the making, this project required Aidan Moffat to write 10 short stories with multiple variations of each, to be sound tracked by a total of 160 new musical compositions by FOUND. For Sonica, FOUND are presenting a specially prepared intimate version of the installation.

#UNRAVEL was created with investment from Creative Scotland’s Vital Spark Programme and New Media Scotland’s Alt-w Fund, with support of the Centre for Design Informatics, Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art, SWG3 and The University of Edinburgh.

Glasgow based filmmaker Luke Fowler and musician Jean-Luc Guionnet’s recent collaboration resulted in the creation of Turner Prize nominated film All Divided Selves.

For Sonica the pair will debut a live performance piece, which explores their relationship to Dance and Electronic Music.

For this performance, Luke and Jean-Luc will push their basic analogue instruments to the extreme, opening up fresh possibilities of sound.

The inspirational Extended Play is a thought provoking installation, reflecting on the lives of children who have survived conflict, continuously and positively celebrating hope, survival and new beginnings.

Artist Janek Schaefer’s score in three parts for violin, cello and piano is played on nine multi-speed record players arranged within the space. As visitors navigate around the installation, their movements cause the record players to stop and start. The visitors’ influence over the ever-changing composition is a reminder of our place in the global community and the impact we can have on its stability.

“A piece to return to again and again… haunting and lulling.” The Times


Winner of The British Composer of The Year Award, for Sonic Art 2008 and Paul Hamlyn Award for Composers 2008. Commissioned by hcmf// 2007.


Drawings in pencil. Drawings in light. Traces of journeys, mappings, sketches, networks, rhythms… Two artists create live sketches, drawings and video projections and, using graphite sequencers, translate them into an ever-adaptable musical score of techno rhythms and electronic pulses. This hypnotic performance work transfixes the viewer, as they begin to lose track of where the drawings end and the music begins…


Created for the Sounds of Stockholm Festival 2010, commissioned by Stockholm’s Electronic Music Studio (EMS) and WELD experimental arts space.

Four cellists are shrouded in transparent columns. As they play, traces of light flit down the columns like grains of sand in an hour glass. The music and visuals become increasingly powerful, and the viewer becomes submerged, slowly losing their sense of time and space.

Created in collaboration with Italian video artist Luca Scarzella and performed by the Gaida Ensemble, Justė Janulytė’s Sandglasses is a three-dimensional, audio-visual exploration of the acoustic, visual and symbolic meaning of sand-timers.


A production by Gaida Festival Vilnius, supported by Réseau Varèse – European Network for the Creation and Promotion of New Music, with funds from the European Union’s “Culture” Programme. Supported by the Lithuanian Culture Fund.

It was said that the rooms in the Bluebeard legend mirrored the workings of man’s psyche and that the relentless quest by the female protagonist to enter these rooms, regardless of the consequences, represented women’s pursuit of truth.

In our production the conventions of classical theatre are shifted, transforming the male protagonist into a virtual circumstance. And the female protagonist, of the same virtual making, leads the audience through the several doorways enabling a sense of what is happening behind ‘closed doors’. The resultant atmosphere is that of experiencing the inside of the chambers whilst witnessing a fatal destiny.

In collaboration with ten musicians the score was written by improvising on our visual themes. Additionally a soundscape was created by Michael de Roo.

Collective 33 1/3 is a collaboration between artists Douwe Dijkstra, Jules van Hulst and Coen Huisman.  The collective create images, atmospheres and theatrical scenes to  develop multimedia environments. Their acclaimed production of Bluebeard premiered at Voi-Z Festival (Zwolle, Netherlands) in 2011 and recently enjoyed critical success at Operadagen 2012 (Rotterdam, Netherlands).


Supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Hundreds of giant, skeletal, kinetic ‘fingers’ surround you, determinedly tapping on individual desks. As the ‘fingers’ grow more impatient, the sense of tension builds, climaxing in a mind-blowing cacophony of sound. Korean artist Mookyoung Shin has created Our Contemporaries in response to a growing sense of the repetitive nature of everyday life. This eerie and disquieting piece poses metaphysical questions about the dreams and ideals of individuals, living increasingly constrained and monotonous lives in a modern society.

A mysterious door presents itself; should you open it? You look through the peephole… Suddenly, you find yourself sitting in an old train carriage, rattling through the night.

Following the sell-out success of Tales of Magical Realism – Part 1 at Cryptic Nights last year, Sven Werner once again invites you to embark on an illusion fuelled journey to darkly poetic places.

Based on his feature film Oculista, in which a lone traveller meets a beautiful, mysterious girl at a train station, this intensely atmospheric installation, allows audiences to truly experience Sven’s steampunk style film ‘from within’. Take a peek into Sven’s miniature, peep-show world with this curiously vaudevillian sonic experience, featuring live music by Graeme Miller.

“…a rare chance to completely immerse yourself in art.” BBC News Scotland


Commissioned by Cryptic Nights and supported by The Luxembourg Ministry for Culture, The Craignish Trust and The Hugh Fraser Foundation.