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Audiograft is the annual festival of Contemporary Experimental Music and Sound Art curated by the Sonic Art Research Unit (SARU) at Oxford Brookes University. The festival aims to engage the widest possible audience from Oxford and beyond with the challenging contemporary practices that are the focus of the Research Unit. The festival features concert performances, installations, exhibitions, and participatory activities and workshops; the aim is to showcase the wide variety of practices and approaches to working with sound which exist in the SARU.
The Audiograft collection on RADAR is continually being updated with assets from previous years, and will continue to archive resources created in future editions of the festival.
"Through Walls" was a sound piece created for Audiograft 2011 where people inside a room could hear sounds through the walls or through the glass window. Viewer-listeners could press their ears on the walls or the glass window, or use a listening device like a tumbler, funnel, horn, stethoscope etc. to enhance their natural hearing. Speakers played sound into the walls - a track of random domestic sound recorded in Shirley's house. These sounds were hardly audible in the room but could be heard if you put your ear or a listening device to locate them. Walls and plate glass surfaces acted both as amplifiers and filters to the sounds heard through them.
A recording of [rout] featuring the compositon by James Saunders at the Holywell Music Room
This aeolian device was created by Max Eastley for Audiograft 2011. Set in the grounds of the Richard Hamilton Building at Oxford Brookes, it was created from strands of latex which were activated by the activity of the wind in the area. The device remained in place for several weeks, until the latex perished and it no longer worked.
A recording featuring the installation 'Through you' by Shirley Pegna presented at the Gipsy Lane Campus
A recording of the sound atmosphere inside Old Fire Station gallery during the opening night
A recording featuring the sound of the gallery during the opening of the exhibition
A recording of the composition '36 notes' by Austin Sherlaw-Johnson held in the basement of Richard Hamilton Building
A recording featuring the introduction by Trevor Wishart on the piece 'Fabulous Paris' at Jaqueline Du Pre Concert Hall followed by an excerpt of his diffusion
A recording of [rout] featuring the composition ''Nicholas Givotovsky' by Paul Newland played at the Holywell Music Room
A sound walk from Headington Hill Campus to Oxford town made during the Ford&Merlini 'Documenting Sound' workshop in progress
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