Stocker / Eyes with Suzanne Ciani at York Mediale.

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We are really proud to be supporting the legendary composer and synthesist Suzanne Ciani at York Mediale on October 5th.

https://yorkmediale.com/events/suzanne-ciani

Over the course of her 30+ year career, Ciani has carved out a niche as one of the most creatively successful female composers of electronic sound in the world. A five-time Grammy award-nominated recording artist, her work has been the soundtrack to the most iconic advertising commercials, video games and feature films of a generation.

In this time, Ciani has released 15 solo albums, most recently, LIVE Quadraphonic, of which only 227 copies were printed and sold at $227 each. In 2017, Ciani received the Moog Innovation Award, recognising her peerless use of synthesisers to create entirely new sounds that opened minds around the globe to electronic music as a valid form of expression.

Joining for the show are very special guests Stocker / Eyes, (percussionist Beau Stocker and multi-instrumentalist Ben Eyes) who will grace The Stained Glass Centre with an improvised tour through their sound world of hypnotising beats, passages of doom influenced drones and modular wig outs.

After launching at York Mediale, Suzanne’s tour will continue to:

Bristol | 6 Oct 2018 | Colston Hall 

Brighton Digital Festival |8 Oct 2018 | Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts

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New Album – Earth Asylum

Having worked hard on this one it is our great pleasure to announce the release of our latest album “Earth Asylum”.

Beau has written some words about it :

Complementary musical approaches fit together to create Stocker/Eyes, with the staccato like linear drum rhythms interwoven with layers of elongated electronics and melodic guitar motifs. Depictions of a giant’s laboring footsteps lumbering along, sometimes frantic and sometimes leisurely random, but always searching for something. These are enveloped by atmospheric electronic sounds and stratospheric granular pitches, a culminating representation of the unhinged societies we see in the Earth Asylum today.

We hope you enjoy it.

 

The Brain In Performance

 

Come along and explore our connections with nature, outer space and the brain through an immersive audio-visual experience. The collaborative project, presented by Beau Stocker, Ben Eyes and Mohammed Mohanna, all postgraduate students at the University of York, will include live experimental electronic/acoustic music and immersive full-wall video projections in the 3Sixty room.

As the performers respond musically to the visual stimuli, head mounted biosensors monitoring their brain waves will create further audio responses in real time in order to explore how the brain can be used as ‘another limb’ in live music performance.

 

About the performers

Beau Stocker and Ben Eyes are postgraduate students with the University of York’s Department of Music, while Mohammed Mohanna is a postgraduate student with the University’s Department of Theatre, Film and Television.

 

Beau is a professional drum set percussionist and educator of 25 years and has performed and taught in his home country of Canada, the UK, and various countries in Europe and East Africa. He has studied and performed numerous styles of music including improvised music, Javanese Gamelan, jazz, blues, rock/pop, Cuban, Brazilian and Sudanese music.

 

Ben is a composer and sound artist. His work is typified by large, complex textures and sound collages using field recordings, heavily treated guitars, acoustic instruments and vintage analogue synthesisers. 

The Brain in Performance Ben Eyes, Mohammed Mohanna and Beau Stocker

Come along and explore our connections with nature, outer space and the brain through an immersive audio-visual experience. The collaborative project, presented by Beau Stocker, Ben Eyes and Mohammed Mohanna, all postgraduate students at the University of York, will include live experimental electronic/acoustic music and immersive full-wall video projections in the 3Sixty room.

As the performers respond musically to the visual stimuli, head mounted biosensors monitoring their brain waves will create further audio responses in real time in order to explore how the brain can be used as ‘another limb’ in live music performance.

About the performers

Beau Stocker and Ben Eyes are postgraduate students with the University of York’s Department of Music, while Mohammed Mohanna is a postgraduate student with the University’s Department of Theatre, Film and Television.

Beau (Project Manager)  is a professional drum set percussionist and educator of 25 years and has performed and taught in his home country of Canada, the UK, and various countries in Europe and East Africa. He has studied and performed numerous styles of music including improvised music, Javanese Gamelan, jazz, blues, rock/pop, Cuban, Brazilian and Sudanese music.

Ben (Collaborator) is a composer and sound artist. His work is typified by large, complex textures and sound collages using field recordings, heavily treated guitars, acoustic instruments and vintage analogue synthesisers.

Mohammed (Collaborator) is a technologist. He worked as a lecturer for five years teaching film production. His previous studies in computer science and multimedia arts inspired him to focus his career on exploring game designs to help children to understand computing and electronics in a concrete way. His projects included creating multimedia installations to use analog sensors and the human brain as generative instruments to create audiovisual experiences.