Sunday, 25 May 2014

VERNISSAGE AT LES MUSICOPHAGES

Here's some photos from Thursday nights gallery opening at Les Musicophages. After a very intense week installing and putting the finishing touches on the our joint exhibition; we (Tobegote and I) had a great night celebrating with everyone who came. Thanks to Christophe Jube and Lena Haueis for putting it together, as well as everyone else from Les Musicophages and finally to Black Sheper for playing that night.

Check out the photos below:
(photos by Cédric Boyé)

Links:

Les Musicophages
Tobegote
Black Sheper

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

TESTING STAGE 1

I just received a whole bunch of euro-rack modules for use in my upcoming sound installation in Capitole (Toulouse, France) this year. It's been a long time since I've injected some new blood into the modular and so far it's certainly been welcome.
The new arrivals were a 4ms VCA Matrix, Orthagonal Devices ER-101 quad indexed sequencer, Make Noise Echophon, Harvestman Tyme Sefari MkII and an Intellijel Audio Interface MkII. These will form the basis of the sound processing rig for my exhibition "Faded Recollections of an Urban Void", which means it's heavy testing time.

So anyway below is a bad quality video of me putting the new modules through their paces. Basically the patch started from me learning to program the ER-101 and went on from there. The ER-101 is sequencing a Hertz Donut (1V/oct input) going into an Optomix which is being triggered by one channel of Maths, whose release time is also being controlled from the ER-101. From there it's split off into the 4ms VCA matrix and Tyme Sefari. I've got the Tyme Sefari in delay mode (short repeats) and that is then sent into the VCA matrix too. Both the raw Hertz Donut Signal and Tyme Sefari are then being sent to the Echophone using the 2nd output of the VCA Matrix. The send levels are also controlled by the ER-101 in smooth mode which works really well for complex envelope shapes. After that there's the Sport Modulator (in S&H mode) cross-modulating with channel 4 of Maths that is clocked by the gate out of another ER-101 channel.
Now an interesting thing I discovered is if you take the END out of the Sport Mod and plug it into the direction input of the Tyme Sefari, you can do reverse delays in time with the track. Basically when the END out is low, the Tyme Sefari records and plays back normally and when END goes high the TS plays that recorded audio backwards but then records the audio coming in backwards, so when the gate goes low again the new audio plays backwards. I will definitely be using that trick again. After that its just a bunch of tweaking, patching and messing around.

So far I really like all the new additions, the ER-101 is superb, it's exactly what I want in a sequencer. The ratcheting mode is lovely and programming it is fairly straight forward and will only become easier with time. I've only started scratching the surface of what it can do, I haven't even tried the Maths operations, user reference tables or multiple patterns. Finally, the build quality is really second to none, the attention to detail is really nice and the photos really don't do it justice.

Here's a photo of the patch:

 




Thursday, 24 April 2014

RAYONNEMENTS SYNTHETIQUES @ Les MUSICOPHAGES


I'm very happy to announce my involvement in an upcoming exhibition at Les Musicophages, Toulouse, France this May. It features an installation by me and several visual works by Tobegote. Description below:

"Rayonnements Synthetiques" at Les Musicophages, Toulouse, features new works from visual artistMarie-Christine Couture, Aka Tobegote and sound artist Matthew Williamson. Both artists implement synthetic processes in their works in completely different ways but in this exhibition they come together to explore a common theme: Sound.
Matthew Williamson's sound installation "FWD /// RWD" features multiple stereo systems literally exploding out of their respective shells and engulfing the central space of the gallery. Together they create a single, constantly evolving composition using multiple cassette loops groaning and crackling as if the stereos now possessed a hive mind echoing their collective memories.
Flanking this on either side, are the hyper-coloured works of Tobegote. Patterns collide and reverberate throughout the internal surface, growing denser and denser like sonic reflections frozen in time. For these works Tobegote took inspiration from the properties of sound and fused them with her unique visual production process. "Rayonnements Synthetiques" will be at Les Musicophages from the 22/05/2014 to the 18/06/2014 with the vernissage taking place at 7:30 pm on the 22nd of May 2014.

To read more about the exhibition, follow the links below. Also check out the exhibition page for a more detailed explanation of My sound installation "FWD /// RWD".

Matthew Williamson.

Tobegote: www.tobegote.com
Musicophages: http://musicophages.org
Exhibition Page: http://www.fabricastronaut.com/p/exhibitions.html
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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

WELCOME TO FABRIC ASTRONAUT



Fabric Astronaut is run by Matthew Williamson (Toulouse, France) and Miles Stevens (Melbourne, Australia). We'll be using this site to explore developments in the world of music, sound design/installation, music equipment, electronics, gigs and whatever else takes our fancy.

The Exhibition section features some of the Sound Installation work and concepts we're working on or are soon to be exhibited.

Things coming up soon:

A Music section with our forthcoming releases on the Fabric Astronaut Records label.
A Projects section containing various endeavours ranging from Electronics and DIY music equipment to upcoming ideas we've got in the pipeline.

If you want to sign-up for email updates, you can do that using the "Sign up for email updates" box to the right and if you want to contact us there's a contact form on the right hand menu or contact us directly at: contact@fabricastronaut.com
Our Soundcloud page can be viewed here: https://soundcloud.com/fabricastronaut 
and it features selected tracks from the various artists on our Fabric Astronaut Records label. 

Check back in a few days for more news and developments as we get this website off the ground.