January King | Mellon Charles

January King

January King // Mellon Charles

Past traditions, potential futures and a psychedelic present collide in Mellon Charles’s January King, a meditation of Scotland’s history and its possible destiny. The members of Mellon Charles – Matt Zurowski, Elise Haller-Shannon and James Dixon – have travelled the country making field recordings and documenting local customs; here they present their findings in an ark-like space looking out on luridly coloured landscapes, where sheep-like beings make music that fuses the folkloric, the analogue and the futuristic.

10 – 20 MARCH at THE PIPE FACTORY

Instagram: @mattzurowski
Images: January King credit Mellon Charles 

Acoustic Pendulum

Acoustic Pendulum // Virgile Abela

Steve Reich’s Pendulum Music (1968) set microphones swinging over speakers, generating rhythmic sonic oscillations. Virgile Abela extends and inverts Reich’s format, placing the speakers in a pendulum over a floor-based microphone. Starting in total stillness, over time the pendulum begins to swing in response to acoustic feedback, at first gently and ultimately in wide arcs or circles, forming an acoustic picture of the venue. Deceptively simple, Acoustic Pendulum is physics – and metaphysical poetry – in motion.

Supported by Institut Français d’Écosse & Alliance Française Glasgow

10 – 20 MARCH at THE PIPE FACTORY

Website: virgileabela.com
Images: Acoustic Pendulum photo credit Etienne Rey 

Silhouette, Hình Bóng

The sun on water – a glowing amulet – a watchful eye – a viral particle: the mysterious circular motif Heather Lander places at the centre of Silhouette’s screen remains a focal point while around it light fluxes and flares, hinting at patterns that hover always just out of view. Linh Ha’s soundscape whispers and clicks, slithers and soars. Together, sound and visuals suggest an enduring yet elusive but stability, a still point in the midst of constant, unsettling change.

Created with British Council: Connections Through Culture UK-SEA 2020 support

10 – 20 MARCH // TRAMWAY // 12.00 – SEE DIARY FOR TIMES (CLOSED MONDAY) // FREE

Website: hrlander.com
Image: Heather Lander

Cadie Desbiens-Desmeules, Michael Gary Dean, Previz

Cadie Desbiens-Desmeules

Michael Gary Dean 

The term ‘previz’ stands for previsualisation, an artist’s impression of how their eventual artwork might look. Continuing their investigations into how we might ‘see’ sound, Cadie Desbiens-Desmeules and Michael Gary Dean go a step further by picturing how an entire audiovisual event may eventually look, including computer-generated 3-D figures watching a 2-D performance within which 3-D waveforms visualise music. The watchers become the watched, and the spectators are all part of the spectacle.

1 – 31 MARCH // ONLINE // FREE

Website: push1stop.com/previz | desbiens-desmeules.com | michaelgarydean.com
Image: copyright Cadie Desbiens-Desmeules / Michael Gary Dean 

Lux æterna | Louis-Philippe Rondeau

Lux æterna

A world premiere for Louis-Philippe Rondeau’s new interactive artwork. A mystical vortex hangs in the air, swirling with light and fog, while a deeply resonant choral soundtrack plays out. The real magic comes as you step inside the tunnel of light, to discover how every movement not just creates beautiful shadow-play, but alters the music itself, transforming audience members into light and sound.

WATCH our 2022 launch video at https://vimeo.com/666775283/003e328ac5

Supported by Conseil des arts et des lettres du QuébecQuébec Government Office, London and the Canadian High Commission, London

10 – 20 MARCH // THE LIGHTHOUSE // 11.00 – 17.00 (CLOSED MONDAY), 12.00 – 17.00 SUNDAY // FREE

Website: patenteux.com

L’Apparition - Ela Orleans

DOUBLE BILL: L’Apparition + Sinti Holo

L’Apparition | Ela Orleans

Ela Orleans presents a new audiovisual work, L’Apparition, based on Gustave Moreau’s 1874-76 painting. British-Rwandan sound artist Auclair presents her debut live performance of her Giramata EP. Developed at Cryptic’s Cove Park residency, Sonia Killmann provides additional music-reactive elements. TICKETS

Gustave Moreau’s 1874/6 painting L’Apparition depicts the character of Salome, long considered a lascivious, wanton woman. In this new audiovisual work, musician Ela Orleans collages hundreds of preparatory images made by Moreau along with historical texts and glimpses of literary, artistic and dance works, sampling and remixing them into what she calls a ‘composed novel’, both celebrating and deconstructing Moreau’s work and historical narratives around Salome. The sonic accompaniment likewise distorts and transforms classical works, including Richard Strauss’s opera Salomé.

Sinti Holo | Auclair

Sinti Holo - Tanya Auclair - copyright ©2014_Sophia Schorr-Kon
British-Rwandan sound artist Auclair presents the first live performance of her Auclair trio’s new EP Giramata. Acoustic guitar and soft sweet washes of synthesiser meet melodic, processed vocals and jazz-tinged percussion in Auclair’s narratives of desire and transformation. Visuals for the show, developed during Auclair’s Cryptic residency at Cove Park, turn movements of water and shadow into a flowing, freeform accompaniment to her music, with additional music-reactive elements provided by visual artist Sonia Killmann.

‘a delirious reconnaissance mission into the deeper spaces of synth pop music’ Q Magazine on Auclair’s Semaphore EP

[Her] voice has a fuzzy warmth to it, crackling below layers of lo-fi hiss or languishing with a dead-eyed ennui that sounds extra unsettling against her jaunty synthesiser rhythms .” The Wire

FRIDAY 11 MARCH // TRAMWAY // 21.00 // £14/£7 CONC. + TRANSACTION FEE TICKETS // RUNNING TIME: 80 MINUTES

A Cryptic Commission, in partnership with le Générateur, supported by The William Syson Foundation

Website: elaorleans.com | auclairmusic.com
Image (Ela Orleans): Ela Orleans
Image (Auclair): Sophia Schorr-Kon

Frozen Music | Cadie Desbiens-Desmeules and Michael Dean

Frozen Music

Frozen Music transforms the familiar shape of audio waveforms – music made visible – into three-dimensional shapes that twine and revolve, stately and vast, in this mesmerising installation. Montreal media artist and VJ Cadie Desbiens-Desmeules and composer/digital artist Michael Gary Dean work together to produce music that moves from the minimal and delicate to the cinematic, generating jaw-droppingly spectacular visuals that seem to hold time still even as the music evolves.

Supported by Québec Government Office, London

10 – 20 MARCH // THE LIGHTHOUSE // 11.00 – 17.00 (CLOSED MONDAY), 12.00 – 17.00 SUNDAY // FREE

Website: desbiens-desmeules.com | michaelgarydean.com
Image: Sébastien Roy

Bloom | Maotik

Bloom

Maotik’s Mathieu Le Souard is concerned with patterns in nature, and how these can be technologically reproduced and manipulated. In his installation work, Bloom, visitors are encouraged to move fingers and hands across touch-sensitive surfaces, generating abstract floral shapes that burst vividly across the screens. As the flowers blossom and grow in unpredictable patterns, so too the accompanying music modulates, shifting in relation to the flowering of this virtual garden.

Supported by Institut Français d’Écosse & Alliance Française Glasgow

10 – 20 MARCH // CCA // 11.00 – 18.00 (CLOSED MONDAY), SUNDAY – SEE DIARY // FREE

Website: maotik.com

(ex)tension | ReConvert

(ex)tension

Swiss-based duo ReConvert, utilising the simplest of elements, the striking of a bell, plain white bulbs, – reveal a near limitless potential in (ex)tension, as they bring Sonica 2022 to a close – sonic art for the visually minded. [TICKETS]

A chime rings out in a darkened room. A light glows, then dims. A second chime and light reply from elsewhere in the space, then another – and soon a conversation begins, at first delicate and tentative, then bursting into vibrancy. Swiss-based duo ReConvert work with the simplest of elements – the striking of a bell, plain white bulbs – as they reveal that even the most austere audiovisual apparatus has near-limitless potential.

Supported by The Swiss Cultural Fund

SUNDAY 20 MARCH // TRAMWAY // 15.00 // £10/£6 CONC. + TRANSACTION FEE [TICKETS] // RUNNING TIME: 50 MINUTES

Website: reconvert.org
Image: Niklas Ottander

Sing the Gloaming | Simon Kirby, Tommy Perman and Rob St John

Sing the Gloaming

Sing The Gloaming | Simon Kirby, Tommy Perman and Rob St John

Language research has shown that our ‘light words’ – words like ‘glimmer’, ‘gleam’, ‘gloaming’ – all derive from a single word form some five thousand years old. In Sing the Gloaming, a series of sound sculptures placed around the Hidden Gardens feature sung ‘light word’ pieces from some of Scotland’s most renowned vocalists, including Aidan Moffat, Emily Scott, SHHE, Hanna Tuuliki and Andrew Wasylyk. Progressing through the installation, audiences will draw towards the sound of the word ‘ghlei’, the linguistic ancestor from which all those modern words for light descend.

10 – 20 MARCH // HIDDEN GARDENS // 12.00 – SEE DIARY FOR TIMES (CLOSED MONDAY) // FREE
ARTIST GUIDED TOUR: FRIDAY 11 MARCH 18.00 // SUNDAY 20 MARCH 14.00 // FREE (but TICKETED)

Website: singthegloaming.surfacepressure.net
Image: Tommy Perman

Liminal | Louis-Philippe Rondeau

Liminal

Liminal is a playful interactive artwork by Louis-Philippe Rondeau investigating transformation, mutation and portals into the unknown. In Liminal, participants can step back and forth through a hooped scanner to generate moving funhouse collages that stretch and distort their own image, streaming and fading out in an unending chain. Try different movements to see the shapes that result, variously comical, grotesque or strangely beautiful.

‘a work of the ephemeral ‘par excellence”– Art in the Digital Age (France)

Supported by Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Québec Government Office, London.

10 – 20 MARCH // TRAMWAY // 12.00 – SEE DIARY FOR TIMES (CLOSED MONDAY) // FREE

Website: patenteux.com

There is No Point of No Return | Madeleine Flynn & Tim Humphrey

There is No Point of No Return

There is No Point of No Return by Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey

In a new work commissioned by the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Digital Ethics, Flynn and Humphrey investigate how our physical actions and movements generate ‘second bodies’ – virtual selves, quantities of data that can be monitored and harnessed, environmental impacts. Using technologies from the 1970s to the present – from classic analogue synthesisers to the latest in artificial intelligence – their contemplative, thought-provoking installation asks what these shadow selves amount to, and what world(s) they might be building.

10 – 20 MARCH // THE LIGHTHOUSE // 11.00 – 17.00 (CLOSED MONDAY), 12.00 – 17.00 SUNDAY // FREE

Website: madeleineandtim.net
Image: Madeleine Flynn & Tim Humphrey

Talks and Workshops

Talks and Workshops Sonica 2022 | Credit: Michal Augustini

Halina Rice performing live with lap top, synth and audio visual graphics in the background, image copyright Michal Augustini

WORKSHOP | The Art of Probability | Sat 12 March // 15.00 – 18.00 // CCA Clubroom // £30/£20
A half day workshop with visual artist, Maotik, introducing TouchDesigner techniques, randomness and probability to create and animate generative visuals. BOOK TICKETS

WORKSHOP | How to Draw Sound | Tues 15 March // 17.00-20.00 + Wed 16 March // 17.00-20.00 // CCA Creative Lab // £50/£30
A two part workshop with visual artist and coder Alba G Corral to learn how to use sound data to create generative graphics, and how to use generative graphics to create sound using Open Source software, Processing Tool and Sonic Pi. BOOK TICKETS

WORKSHOP | Hydra SoftwareSun 13 March // 15.00-17.00 // CCA Clubroom // £20/£15
Artist Sonia Killmann leads a workshop on how to use and integrate Hydra software as a tool in contemporary visual performance. BOOK TICKETS

NFTs – Re-drawing the Art Market Thurs 10 March // 13.00 – 14.00 // CCA Clubroom | Women of Crypto Art member, Etta Tottie (aka Bitcoin Madame) in conversation with journalist Claire Sawers will explore the who/what/where/why of NFTs. RESERVE a TICKET

Ritual & Connection Fri 11 March // 13.00 – 14.00 // CCA Clubroom Artists Roly Porter, Matt Zurowski and Hannan Jones discuss the role of ritual and its connection with individuals and community across their work with journalist Colm McAuliffe. RESERVE a TICKET

The Artist as Curator Fri 11 March // 15.00 – 16.00 // CCA Clubroom Batman Zavarese (Festival Multipicidade) and Marcel Weber, (Atonal and UnSound) joins Sonica Curator, Cathie Boyd in conversation with journalist, Colm McAuliffe. RESERVE a TICKET

Artist Guided Tour Fri 11 March 18.00 – 18.30 // Sun 20 March 14.00 – 14:30 // The Hidden Gardens Join artists Tommy Perman and Simon Kirby in a guided tour of Sing The Gloaming at the magical Hidden Gardens. RESERVE a TICKET

Artist Guided Tour Sat 12 March // 12.00 – 13.00 // The Pipe Factory Join artists Kathy Hinde, Virgile Abela and Mellon Charles in an exploration of their work at the iconic Pipe Factory in Glasgow’s East End. RESERVE a TICKET

Artist Guided Tour Sun 13 March // 12.00 // The Lighthouse Join LP Rondeau in a family friendly exploration of Lux Aeterna, a new playful sonic installation where you create the music. RESERVE a TICKET

When Architecture & Music Meet Sun 13 March // 13.00 – 14.00 // CCA Clubroom Paris-based acoustician Sebastien Jouan (Theatre Projects) takes us on a journey of the architectural and aural evolution of the welcoming performance halls of music, opera and theatre around the world, presented in partnership with 360 Architects. RESERVE a TICKET

Art in the Digital Age Thurs 17 March // 13.00 – 14.00 // CCA Clubroom Artists LP Rondeau, Annabelle Playe & Halina Rice explore the integration of virtual reality, gaming and the periphery of photographic practice in conversation with journalist, Colm McAuliffe. RESERVE a TICKET

Sound & Space Fri 18 March // 13.00 – 14.00 // CCA Clubroom Artists Roberto Maquedo, Lorenzo Colombo, Alex Smoke and Virgile Abela explore their use of sound in response to space as part of their creative practice in conversation with journalist, Claire Sawers. RESERVE a TICKET

Country Focus: France Sat 19 March // 13.00 – 14.30 // CCA Creative Lab Art critic, historian and curator Dominique Moulon introduces French artists at the festival and their diverse practices – Annabelle Playe, Maxime Houot, Maotik, Guillaume Cousin and Virgile AbelaRESERVE a TICKET

The Impermanence of Being Sun 20 March // 12.30 – 13.30 // T4 Tramway Artists Kathy Hinde, Guillaume Cousin and Maotik discuss the fragility of our landscape within the context of their work. RESERVE a TICKET

Lecture About Myself | ReConvert & Kaj Duncan David by Niklas Ottander

DOUBLE BILL: Lecture About Myself, HERETIK

Lecture About Myself + HERETIK [TICKETS]

Kaj Duncan David’s Lecture About Myself, is both a lecture on cybernetics and post-humanity, and an audiovisual piece for two musicians, featuring a fictive supercomputer delivering a treatise on artificial intelligence. Duo muto major, aka Samm Anga and Veronica Petukhov, perform HERETIK, drawing on Nigerian storytelling traditions to suggest routes out of our increasingly dystopian present.

Cheekily reclaiming and exploding the omnipresent TEDTalk format, Kaj Duncan David’s Lecture About Myself (2019) is both a lecture on cybernetics and posthumanity, and an audiovisual piece for two musicians. As a fictive supercomputer delivers a treatise on artificial intelligence – both its benefits and its darker implications – Swiss-based electronic music duo ReConvert (Roberto Maqueda and Lorenzo Columbo) engage in a dramatic percussive battle that seems to comment on the speaker’s ideas – and perhaps even to be guided by them.

Supported by The Swiss Cultural Fund

Heretik | Samm Anga & Veronica Petukhov [TICKETS]

muto major perform HERETIK photo credit Eleanor Macdonald

muto major aka Samm Anga and Veronica Petukhov perform HERETIK, drawing on Nigerian storytelling traditions to suggest routes out of our increasingly dystopian present. Sonica Next Gen a unique showcase of the best young audiovisual artists in Scotland supported by PRS Foundation and PPL in association with Youth Music.

Cryptic is a PRS Foundation Talent Development Partner

THURSDAY 17 MARCH // TRAMWAY // 20.30 // £14/£7 CONC. + TRANSACTION FEE TICKETS // RUNNING TIME: 75 MINUTES

Website: reconvert.org | Samm Anga @skinnysammson & Veronica Petukhov @vnc.ptk

Credit Photo ReConvert: Niklas Ottander | Photo Samm Anga & Veronica Petukhov by Eleanor Macdonald

End of Engines - Robbie Thomson

End of Engines

Robbie Thomson’s new multimedia installation End of Engines is inspired by our growing realisation that we have to stop our dependence on fossil fuels. Robots, deformed car parts and clattering sonic sculptures fifill the CCA Cinema, and wall projections invoke the glistening, eerie, alluring sheen of oil. Above everything, a vast clockwork structure slowly rotates, twitching and glittering, a monstrous combustion engine symbolising
how our reliance on outmoded power sources has led to our current environmental predicament.

A Cryptic Commission, Supported by The William Syson Foundation

10 – 20 MARCH // CCA // 11.00 – 18.00 (CLOSED MONDAY), SUNDAY – SEE DIARY // FREE

Website: robbbiethomson.co.uk

Deltaic Visions Alba G. Corral & Namba

DOUBLE BILL: Deltaic Visions + New Worlds

A Sonica Glasgow 2022 world premiere, as renowned coder Alba G. Corral, under her musical alter-ego Namba accompanies herself in Deltaic Visions. Meanwhile, Halina Rice’s New Worlds combines new pop and beat-driven electronic dance music with innovative audiovisuals enabling the audience to influence and interact via their phones. 

Deltaic Visions | Alba G. Corral & Namba [TICKETS]

Over the last decade, Alba G. Corral has become known for her live visual improvisations, providing swirling digital imagery to accompany the performances of her musical collaborators. In a world first for Sonica Glasgow 2022, Alba will accompany herself: using preset algorithms and live coding she will generate visuals that respond to the waves of warm sound she produces as her musical alter ego Namba, in an immersive piece inspired by and dedicated to the always moving Mediterranean Sea.

New Worlds | Halina Rice [TICKETS]

Talks and Workshops @ Sonica 2022 | Credit: Michal Augustini

Halina Rice credit Michal Augustini

Begun in 2020, Halina Rice’s cutting-edge audiovisual project New Worlds project draws from music, art and technology alike. With elements of ambient, new pop and beat-driven electronic dance music, Rice’s live performances are mutant events: part art happening, part rave. Innovative visuals allow the audience to influence and interact with projections via their phones, while a live-action avatar of the artist herself dives in and explores the unfolding digital world.

Rising London talent … a world of fragmentary beauty – Clash (UK) on Halina Rice

DOUBLE BILL // SATURDAY 19 MARCH // TRAMWAY // 21.30 // £14/£7 CONC. + TRANSACTION FEE TICKETS // RUNNING TIME: 75 MINUTES

Website: blog.albagcorral.com | halinarice.com
Photo of Alba G. Corral credit is the artist | Photo Halina Rice Credit Michal Augustini 

Creation - Alex Smoke

Alex Smoke, Creation

For his new audio work Creation, musician and composer Alex Smoke draws on the Eastern musical tradition that a performance should respond to its own unique environment, circumstances and audience. He has devised a new musical instrument: a third bridge zither, which generates harmonics and overtones when its strings are played. As the zither’s repeated, amplified notes encircle and flow around his audience, Smoke will use vocals and the chimes of bells to build a spiralling sonic meditation. TICKETS

‘contemporary experimental electronic music at its most rewarding … Spectres may circle in Smoke’s sounds, but they are friendly ghosts’ – The List on So Below

The List on So Below

Creation - Alex Smoke

SATURDAY 12 MARCH // PAISLEY ABBEY // 15.00 // £14/£7 CONC. TICKETS // RUNNING TIME: 40 MINUTES

A Cryptic Commission, supported by The William Syson Foundation
Website: alexsmoke.com 
Image: Florence To

Failed System Test | Sonia Killmann & Aidan Lochrin

DOUBLE BILL: Disintegrations C + Trials at the End of Loops

Disintegrations C | Failed System Test TICKETS

Based on their remotely composed 2022 album {unshift}, this semi-improvised set from Scottish duo Failed System Test (Sonia Killmann and Aidan Lochrin) uses coded visual projections whose bold geometric shapes first respond to then, in turn, guide the musicians’ improvisations, generating an audiovisual loop of cause and effect. Dubby overtones and wistful saxophone suggest a sense of memories glitching, of things that once seemed solid drifting asunder. Next Gen: is a unique showcase of the best young audiovisual artists in Scotland.

Trials at the End of Loops | Cucina Povera & Katie Shannon TICKETS

Trials at the End of Loops | Cucina Povera & Katie Shannon - Photo credit Arne Schramm
Cucina Povera’s Maria Rossi (Finland/Luxembourg) layers loops of delicate sounds into shimmering webs formed as much from the absence of sound as from the notes themselves. From glittering synth arpeggios and murmuring voices to tape hiss and the particular pregnant silences of newly vacant buildings, Cucina Povera makes music from the overlooked and the under-heard. Visuals by Katie Shannon mix footage from bodycams and recorded movement to accompany Rossi’ subtle, stark effects.

Supported by TelepART Mobility Support

“Cucina Povera (Maria Rossi) uses simple yet high quality ingredients to create her beautiful, emotive compositions.” Ransom Note

“Katie Shannon spans video installations, cassette music recordings, high-vis illustrated jackets, latex clothing design – a radically creative artist…” Dazed & Confused 

SAT 12 MARCH // TRAMWAY // 21.00 // £14/£7 CONC. + TRANSACTION FEE TICKETS // RUNNING TIME: 80 MINS (including interval)

Website: sonia-killmann.com | cucinapovera.bandcamp.com/
Image (Failed System Test): self credit
Image (Cucina Povera): Arne Schramm

There’s No Prayer Like Desire | Pinky Htut Aung & Heather Lander by Simon Ko

DOUBLE BILL: Pinky Htut Aung and Harry Gorski-Brown

There’s No Prayer Like Desire, Pinky Htut Aung | I.Been a bad boy:- cut me loose, Harry Gorski-Brown | Fri 18 March 2022 at The Glad Cafe | TICKETS

Multi-instrumentalist Pinky Htut Aung’s improvised new work, There’s No Prayer Like Desire is completed with visuals by Heather Lander. Harry Gorski-Brown’s I.Been a bad boy:- cut me loose is inspired by Iain Banks’s The Wasp Factory and the notion of waste, real and metaphorical.

Wordless sighs swoon over pizzicato strings; distorted strings buzz through chipped, skittery beats – evoking the sounds of mystical spaces and bustling streets, this is the world of multi-instrumentalist Pinky Htut Aung (Myanmar). A kind of lively moving meditation, this improvised new work (a UK and European premiere) is inspired by pioneering sonic experiments, the movement of clouds and the notion that thought itself can have tangible presence. ‘It’s party time!’ she announces, introducing a celebration like no other. Visuals by Heather Lander.

I.Been a bad boy:- cut me loose by Harry Gorski-Brown

Harry Gorski-Brown

Harry Gorski-Brown’s I.Been a bad boy:- cut me loose is inspired by Iain Banks’s The Wasp Factory and the notion of waste, real and metaphorical.  Sonica Next Gen: is a unique showcase of the best young audiovisual artists in Scotland

FRIDAY 18 MARCH // THE GLAD CAFÉ // 20.00 // £10 Adv TICKETS (£12 OTD) // RUNNING TIME: 60 MINS

Website: linktr.ee/pinkyhtut | harrygorskibrown.com
Photo Harry Gorski-Brown credit the artist | Photo Pinky credit Simon Ko

The Golden Filter by Colm Laverty

Golden Filter & Loosen Up DJs

The Golden Filter is Penelope Trappes and Stephe Hindman. Formed in 2008 in New York, the duo make twisted Italo disco, new wave-influenced alt-pop and grubby mutant techno. Having released records with Kitsuné and Vinyl Factory, The Golden Filter are now signed to Glasgow’s legendary Optimo Music. This one-off performance will showcase the dark disco of these doyens of the dance-music scene.

Support comes from Loosen Up DJs Fergus Clark (12th Isle), Charlie McCann and David Barbarossa, playing selections from the most extensive and diverse record collections in Glasgow (and beyond!) – all exclusively on vinyl. TICKETS

‘a touching experience for body and mind. The music drifts like a train passing through a neon-lit metropolis, where there’s space for dance and contemplation’ Resident Advisor

SATURDAY 12 MARCH // THE RUM SHACK // 22.00 (DOORS 21.00) // £10 ADV/£12 OTD TICKETS 

Website: thegoldenfilter.com | rumshackglasgow.com/
Image (Golden Filter DJs): Colm Laverty

Sonic Bites | Credit: Veronica Petukhov and Samm Anga

Sonic Bites

During the height of the pandemic in 2020, Cryptic launched Sonic Bites, a sensory series of audiovisual appetisers aimed to invigorate and inspire, providing an escape from emails and online meetings. 40 artists presented work specififically for screen rather than video or typical live performance. Highlighted artists include Heloise Tunstall-Behrens & Auclair, Diane Edwards, Lucian Fletcher, Veronica Petukhov & Samm Anga, Hammy Sgìth & Marianne Wilson.

10 – 20 MARCH // TRAMWAY // 12.00 – SEE DIARY FOR TIMES (CLOSED MONDAY) // FREE

Image: Veronica Petukhov and Samm Anga

Mother’s Blood A/V - Penelope Trappes

Peneloppe Trappes, Mother’s Blood

Penelope Trappes’ otherworldly 2021 album Penelope Three is transfigured into ethereal new form for this live show. Shorn of lyrics and percussion, these re-workings are constructed solely from drones and Trappes’s wordless vocals, building into meditative, womblike ambient pieces with devastating emotional heft. Accompanying this performance of all ten songs from Penelope Three is Mother’s Blood, a surreal film on the theme of motherhood by Trappes and filmmaker Agnes Haus. [TICKETS]

‘heavily steeped in the dreamy sounds of classic 4AD … like This Mortal Coil and Cocteau Twins’ Pitchfork (USA)

THURSDAY 10 MARCH // TRAMWAY // 21.00 // £14/£7 CONC. + TRANSACTION FEE [TICKETS] // RUNNING TIME: 50 MINUTES 

Website: penelopetrappes.com
Image: Agnes Haus

Ataraxie | Collectif Coin

Ataraxie

Ataraxie means ‘peace of mind’, and in this new installation from Maxime Houot the artist asks us to question what this might mean in a changed and still changing post-pandemic world. A row of lasers fifills the space with beams of red light that fifirst form simple crosses, before building up complex, tesseract-like structures. Ataraxie investigates the void of the unknown and asks us whether we might fill it with the comforting and familiar, or find fresh ways to live.

Supported by Institut Français d’Écosse & Alliance Française Glasgow

19 & 20 MARCH // THE ENGINE WORKS // 11.00 – 17.00 // FREE

Website: collectif-coin.com

New Horizons | Hannan Jones by Hicham Gardaf

New Horizons

Hannan Jones’s work investigates her personal history, reclaiming her own story and disintegrating it to form new patterns. Her approach is symbolised by the deconstructed car of New Horizons: a vehicle for moving forwards, but one who’s fractured rear-view mirror displays video not just of Hannan’s real past, but of alternative histories. Maghreb, Algerian and Raï music, similarly manipulated and fractured, plays through the ‘car’s’ speaker stacks, in an audiovisual investigation of what is, was and could have been.

In partnership with Civic Room at North Street, supported by Box Hub

10 – 20 MARCH // NORTH STREET // 11.00 – 17.00 (CLOSED MONDAY) // FREE // RUNNING TIME: 10 MINS APPROX. (LOOPED)

Website: hannanjones.com
Image: Hicham Gardaf

MA - Maxime Houot-Collectif Coin ©David Gallard-3

DOUBLE BILL: Maxime Houot + Recurrence

Maxime Houot | Collectif Coin TICKETS

Maxime Houot presents installations and performances, combining experimental music with innovative lighting effects. In MA a vast apparatus hangs spider-like over the darkened stage; as Maxime Houot’s rhythmic electronic music bubbles and ticks, powerful lights on each dangling limb come alive, criss-crossing in a dazzling choreography of beams, sometimes duelling, sometimes dancing playfully, at other times working singly or together to produce stunning mathematical patterns, from simply spinning cones to intricate webs of light.

Supported by Institut Français d’Écosse & Alliance Française Glasgow

Recurrence | Alex Augier & Heather Lander TICKETS

Recurrence | Alex Augier & Heather Lander by Virginie Megnié
Long rows of mirrored screens hang in a darkened space, like portals to another dimension, in the UK premiere of this new audiovisual work by Alex Augier (Paris) and Heather Lander (Glasgow). As Augier’s music, played live, washes through the space, first soothingly then growing danceably martial and propulsive, Lander’s pseudo-holographic patterns respond by forming kaleidoscopically reflective patterns, or skirmishing across the smart-film screens in squares of contrasting colour and shards of brilliant light.

A Cryptic Commission, in partnership with Station Mir / Festival [interstice], Stereolux and Cove Park, supported by Diaphonique and The Hope Scott Trust

THURSDAY 17 MARCH // TRAMWAY // 19.00 // £16/£8 CONC. + TRANSACTION FEE TICKETS // RUNNING TIME: 65 MINS (including interval)

Website: collectif-coin.com | alexaugier.com
Image (MA / Collectif Coin): David Gallard
Image (Recurrence / Alex Augier): Virginie Megnié

Iron Harvest | Oscar van Heek

Iron Harvest

A siren wails, warning of imminent explosions – yet the impacts that follow are oddly regular, almost rhythmic. A century on, unexploded World War I ammunition is still being dug up and detonated safely
in what is termed an ‘Iron Harvest’. Oscar van Heek’s video and photography of controlled explosions recalls not just the Great War, but other wars fought since and still ongoing, the lethal legacy of former and current battlefields.

10 – 20 MARCH // THE DEEP END // 12.00 – 18.00 (CLOSED MONDAY) // FREE

Website: oscarvanheek.com
Image: Oscar van Heek

Acoustic Pendulum | Virgile Abela by Etienne Rey

DOUBLE BILL: Acoustic Pendulum, January King

Physics – and metaphysical poetry – in action with Virgile Abela’s Acoustic Pendulum while past traditions, potential futures and a psychedelic present collide in Mellon Charles’s January King. SUN 13 March at The Pipe Factory from 15:00 TICKETS

Steve Reich’s Pendulum Music (1968) set microphones swinging over speakers, generating rhythmic sonic oscillations. Virgile Abela extends and inverts Reich’s format, placing the speakers in a pendulum over a floor-based microphone. Starting in total stillness, over time the pendulum begins to swing in response to acoustic feedback, at first gently and ultimately in wide arcs or circles, forming an acoustic picture of the venue. Deceptively simple, Acoustic Pendulum is physics – and metaphysical poetry – in motion. 

January King | Mellon Charles

Credit Mellon Charles

Past traditions, potential futures and a psychedelic present collide in Mellon Charles’s January King, a meditation of Scotland’s history and its possible destiny. The members of Mellon Charles – Matt Zurowski, Elise Haller-Shannon and James Dixon – have travelled the country making field recordings and documenting local customs; here they present their findings in an ark-like space looking out on luridly coloured landscapes, where sheep-like beings make music that fuses the folkloric, the analogue and the futuristic.

TICKETS only £7.00

Supported by Institut Français d’Écosse & Alliance Française Glasgow

SUNDAY 13 MARCH – LIVE PERFORMANCE // ACOUSTIC PENDULUM / JANUARY KING / VIRGILE ABELA & MELLON CHARLES // THE PIPE FACTORY // 15.00 // £7.00 TICKETS // RUNNING TIME approx: 60 MINUTES

Website: virgileabela.com | Instagram @mattzurowski
Images: Acoustic Pendulum credit Etienne Rey | January King credit Mellon Charles 

Solareye by Cameron Brisbane

Solareye + Becky Sikasa

Just as the Covid crisis first hit the UK, Solareye – aka SAMA-winning, Stanley Odd frontman Dave Hook – was putting the finishing touches to a new set of solo works, imagining a future Scotland recovering from a fictional disaster. Given new urgency in the wake of Covid and COP26 alike, these new songs are tales of outsiders and communities, new technology and old myths, borders and migrations. A chance to catch a star of Scottish hip-hop on the rise and rise who is joined by DJ Harvey Kartel.

Support comes from singer-songwriter Becky Sikasa, who incorporates soul and indie into her mellow, emotive alt-pop. TICKETS

Becky Sikasa by Susan McFadzean

FRIDAY 11 MARCH 2022 // THE GLAD CAFÉ // 20.00 // TICKETS £10 ADV / £12 OTD // RUNNING TIME: 60 MINUTES 

Supported by The Hope Scott Trust TICKETS

Website: solareye.co.ukbeckysikasa.com/wandering
Image (Solareye): Cameron Brisbane
Image (Becky Sikasa): Susan McFadzean

Unusual Ingredients Vinyl Only_landscape (Photo by Angus McDonald 2019)

Unusual Ingredients

Unusual Ingredients with Caroline Hobkinson, Jacob Thompson-Bell & Adam Martin TICKETS

The fascinating relationship between food and flavour is explored in this multi-sensory experience – Unusual Ingredients – can varying musical frequencies make the same food seem sweeter, spicier, even crunchier? All food is vegan, gluten and nut free, suitable for everyone 8 years and over.

Unusual Ingredients explores the fascinating relationship between food and flavour in a multi-sensory experience served up specially for Sonica Glasgow 2022. Through a series of quirky experiments designed by Hobkinson, audiences will learn how varying musical frequencies can make the same food seem sweeter, spicier, even crunchier, as they taste nine different foods, including popping candy, Szechuan pepper and ginger, alongside nine soundscapes newly composed by Martin and Thompson-Bell. You’ll never look at – or listen to – food in the same way again.

‘as invigorating as it is absorbing’ – The Times (UK)

All food served is vegan, and gluten-free and nut-free. Age restriction: 8 years

FRIDAY 18 MARCH // TRAMWAY // 19.00 // £16/£8 CONC. + TRANSACTION FEE TICKETS // RUNNING TIME: 55 MINUTES

Website: unusualingredients.co
Image (Unusual Ingredients): Angus McDonald

Soudain Toujours - Guillaume Cousin by Guillaume Cousin

Soudain Toujours

Fuelled by his fascination with quantum physics, in Soudain Toujours, scenographer and lighting designer Guillaume Cousin investigates the uncertainties that lie at the heart of what we think of as permanent. Mountain ranges may seem immutable, but they do still move: representing their geological slowness, Cousin sends light and smoke creeping through a wind tunnel uncannily free of turbulence. The score, by experimental composer Clement Édouard, plucks apart and recomposes the human voice’s own unheard vibrations.

Supported by Institut Français d’Écosse & Alliance Française Glasgow

10 – 20 MARCH // CCA // 11.00 – 18.00 (CLOSED MONDAY), SUNDAY – SEE DIARY // FREE

Website: guillaumecousin.fr
Image: Guillaume Cousin