1. On Friday November 23rd 2012, the galleries of the Pitt Rivers Museum were plunged into evening darkness and bathed in Bayaka music and sound from the Central African Republic. Visitors were given torches to explore the galleries that were transformed into a rich forest soundscape with sung fables, snatches of laughter, beautiful variations on harps and flutes, and the stunning polyphonic singing of Bayaka women. Hidden surprises included mini projections from the rainforests and a visualiser designed by Nathaniel Mann, the PRM's Embedded Composer in Residence. The evening was filmed By Mike Day of Intrepid Cinema as part of the Reel to Real project designed to digitise and deliver the museum's unique ethnographic sound archive, and complemented the Oxford City-wide Christmas Light Night organised by Oxford Inspires. A four hour playlist of Bayaka music from the PRM's sound collections, originally recorded by Louis Sarno, was curated on the evening by Nathaniel Mann, and the PRM's ethnomusicologist, Dr Noel Lobley. The event was webcast and streamed live, and was watched live in the Central African Republic by Louis Sarno and some of the Bayaka community who walked for over an hour to get to the nearest satellite phone.

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  2. In November 2010 Oxford Contemporary Music presented Phil Kline's Unsilent Night. Unsilent Night is a heart warming musical creation of twinkling percussion, ethereal voices and resonating bell sounds that takes the form of a street promenade in which everyone performs. Anyone can join in, you just need something to amplify the music (from ghetto blaster to laptop) and a copy of Unsilent Night. The promenade took this magical music through the streets of Oxford for the first time, becoming part of a worldwide phenomenon that began in New York 19 years ago.

    This video was commissioned by OCM and created by Christopher Baines (christopherbaines.com).

    For more information about OCM visit ocmevents.org.

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  3. Sonic adventures inspired by dusk in Oxford's beautiful Botanic Garden

    Dusk is a very special time of day, a time of transition, a time when some go to sleep and others wake up, when the light changes from one moment to the next and the air is full of mysterious sounds, a time aptly named by photographers The Magic Hour.

    For three nights in the autumn of 2008, the beautiful University of Oxford’s Botanic Garden opened its gates after hours and invited people in to immerse themselves in a September sunset. Artists Rob Kesseler, Rag and Bone, Max Eastley, David Rothenberg, IOU and Robert Jarvis were commissioned by OCM and the Botanic Garden to create new works in response to the garden and to dusk. Together they conjured up an evocative sonic and visual world that examined and celebrated nature.

    The artists explored the garden and its plant and animal life since that spring and witnessed the changes over the summer. They also worked with community and school groups and picnickers on Saturdays through the summer to create other works of art that inhabited the garden.

    The project was generously supported by Arts Council England Lottery programme and by BMW Group Plant Oxford through Oxford Inspires.

    For more information about OCM visit ocmevents.org/ocm/index.seam

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  4. A sound and light experience

    Oxford Contemporary Music teamed up with the University of Oxford Botanic Garden to commission 8 artists to transform the Garden at night into an extraordinary world of sound and light. For three nights audiences could explore the garden in the moonlight, take a magical musical and visual journey amongst intriguing constructions and installations around the walled garden, water garden, plants and trees. The project was led by Mark Anderson of artists’ collective Blissbody who has a long history of co-ordinating and creating site specific work in unusual locations. Combining sound, fire, pyrotechnics and light, he created strange, subtle and awe inspiring sonically visual installations. In the weeks preceding the event, he worked with locally and nationally renowned artists including Jony Easterby, Ray Lee, Anne Bean, Bruce Gilchrist, Ulf Mark Pedersen, Kirsten Reynolds, Miche Fabre-Lewin and z’ev to create the Botanic Garden night-time environment.

    There were live performances by z’ev using Mark Anderson’s circular saw blade installation suspended from the famous Black Pine (said to be Tolkein’s favourite tree). Ray Lee’s “Hum” was a series of whirling hand-made speakers on tripods amongst the flower beds emitting eerie hums, buzzes and insect sounds. Kirsten Reynolds created a series of installations including a phantom fountain, with the sound but not the operation of the fountain and her gramophones, playing circular saw blades and sections of a tree trunk. Mark Anderson created a number of pieces around the garden, including the pyrophones, a group of horns emitting gas flames which played tunes controlled by a musician and a keyboard.

    Power Plant was attended by over 3000 people during the three nights and we were blessed with perfect weather.

    For more information about visit powerplant.org.uk/

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    OCM is funded and supported by Arts Council England, PRS for Music Foundation, Oxford City Council and Oxford Brookes University.

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  5. Sat 5th May 2012, 11am-5pm
    Modern Art Oxford, Oxford OX1 1BP

    Janek Schaefer’s latest sonic creation is an orchestra of radios. With a Transmitter Trunk full of FM transmitters, Janek’s pirate station hijacks and saturates the entire radio spectrum within a short radius. His selection of classic portable radios is used by the audience to pick one of twelve separate parts of a composition, tuning in and out to make infinite new arrangements.

    The Local Radio Orchestra will play two pieces of music composed by Janek:

    Love Hz uses recordings of an Indian bellows organ called 'The Shruti Box'. Twelve separate notes from this intricate hand pumped drone instrument have been recorded. Each will be broadcast on a different frequency across the FM radio spectrum in ascending order. The lowest note at 88FM and the highest at 108FM. You are encouraged to join the orchestra and perform your own arrangements by retuning the dial and influencing the character of the work.

    Secret Service [all creeds all colours] collects examples of religious celebration music and sound from around the world. It showcases the glorious diversity of the cultural melting pot we inhabit. There are twenty eight recordings to tune into on the radio dials. This music was originally produced for Colourscape, Clapham Common 2010.

    Local Radio Orchestra was commissioned by OCM, South Hill Park and Beaford Arts with support from PRS for Music Foundation.


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