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Thursday Scratch Nights

Sound Art: Porcelain Music

Porcelain Music

Porcelain Music

Porcelain Music

Porcelain Music

Porcelain Music
Porcelain Music

Porcelain Music

Sound Art: Porcelain Music – Tobias Stürmer, Tom Mudd and Akashamitra

Thursday 6 February 2014 / 7pm / Free but donations welcome*


Porcelain Music is an ongoing project, initiated by musician and composer Tobias Stürmer in 2003 when he began working with the sculptures of his father, the German porcelain artist Walther Stürmer. Akashamitra and Tom Mudd use a variety of methods to work with this sound world electronically - using analyses and recordings of the sounds as material.

In performance, a variety of conventional musical instruments are played live by Stürmer, which are processed using a series of electronic resonant filters modelled on the complex sonority of the original porcelain objects, while Akashamitra works with raw and processed recordings, creating a backdrop of sonic washes and textures.


The results expose the different facets of the objects: the rich timbres that open up unique harmonic worlds and the contrasting brittleness and coarseness of the rough unvarnished surfaces.


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Akashamitra / James Alaska grew up in Northumberland and was obsessed with music from an early age. He began DJ’ing at the age of 16 and played continuously for 20 years or so with residencies in London and Liverpool. He began producing and composing in 2002. Having come full circle from DJ’ing he now produces intricate and delicate noise-infused soundworks as ‘The Alaska None’, using lo-fi obfuscated fragments from vinyl and tape which are heavily processed, re-contextualised and augmented with synths, guitar and field recordings. Over recent years he has worked with choreographers and performers to create live soundtracks for contemporary dance productions, most recently producing  and performing the soundtrack for 'Settlement' by Robbie Synge, which was nominated for the Place Prize. 

Tobias Stürmer is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger, performing in the UK and internationally. He is a graduate of Mannes College of Music, New York and completed an MA in Ethnomusicology at SOAS, University of London in 2002.  In the same year, he composed and recorded his debut CD Brixton Beach with his own band Émigré, exploring the relationship between Jazz and West African rhythms, after spending a year living and studying in Casamance, Senegal. Tobias initiated and produced musician support programmes for Senegalese and Ugandan musicians, recording and producing numerous Cds for disadvantaged local artists in these countries. He is the guitarist of the London based Hi Life Orchestra Yaaba Funk.

In 2002 Tobias started to explore porcelain music and porcelain based sound art – music, played entirely on porcelain art objects, which were made by his father, the German porcelain artist Walther Sturmer. The resulting CD Porzellan Musik, was later used in various productions by international performers and choreographers. In 2012, he joined Tom Mudd and Akashamitra, exploring porcelain sound-scapes together with improvised electronics and visual projections. 

Tom Mudd is an electronic musician who works with creates software to develop unique live performance systems and compositions and explores the blurry terrain between the two. He lectures in live electronics, live performance systems and music computing at Goldsmiths, University of London and curates a concerts series entitled 's o l o s’.






February 2014


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