in winter 2019 the IKO loudspeaker array came to the UK, for the first time. Gerriet K. Sharma (www.gksh.net) and I presented a range of concerts, workshops and lectures to introduce our work, and the speaker itself, whose presence impacts keenly on the compositional process.
There is no substitute for hearing IKO.
Many came along to experience the affect – sonic, spatial and artistic – directly.
29 November – London – London South Bank University https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/artistic-research-with-the-iko-speaker-system-theory-and-praxis-for-sound-tickets-82583402179
Artistic research with the IKO – theory and praxis for sound sculpting. Gerriet K. Sharma and Angela McArthur highlight key learning points in their research and practice working for over 10 years with the IKO icosahedral loudspeaker array. Unusually, this system uses beamforming, producing phantom sound sources on the surfaces of the performance space. By this, sculptural sound phenomena can be produced and experienced. Unlike most so called immersive loudspeaker arrays, the IKO does not encircle its audience, which causes a very different listening and staging situation. In this way, a whole new way of orchestrating different architectonic spaces comes into play. However, this is only the start of the ways in which it develops and challenges the compositional process, as well as one’s thinking and perception about sound as space.
13 December – Newcastle – Northumbria University
Gerriet K. Sharma is a composer and sound artist. Within the last 15 years he was deeply involved in spatialization of electroacoustic compositions in Ambisonics and Wave-Field Synthesis and transformation into 3D-sound sculptures. From 2009 to 2015 he was curator of “signale-graz” concert series for electroacoustic music, algorithmic composition, radio art and performance at the MUMUTH Graz. His works have been presented at various venues and events worldwide, including Compositions for the icosahedral loudspeaker (IKO) and loudspeaker hemisphere where presented at Darmstädter Summer Courses 2014, Music Biennale Zagreb 2015, New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival 2009/16, and Sound and Music Conference (SMC) Hamburg 2016.
He has received numerous awards and grants including Scholarships by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in 2007 and 2009. In 2008 he was awarded with the German Sound Art Award. In spring 2014 he was composer in residence at ZKM Karlsruhe/Germany. He was senior researcher and composer within the three year artistic research project “Orchestrating Space by Icosahedral Loudspeaker” (OSIL) funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) with 40 publications, over 20 lectures and 12 internationally premiered compositions. He had been appointed as DAAD Edgard Varèse guest-professor at Electronic Music Studio, Audio communication (AK), TU Berlin for WS 2017/18. Since 2019 he is working on a book on „spatial practices“ and new compositions, exhibitions and a lecture series.
Angela McArthur is artist-in-residence at the Institut für Elektronische Musik (IEM) in Graz. She is a practitioner and PhD candidate, researching the aesthetics of distance in spatial sound for immersive environments.
She’s worked in studio, live and location environments, and her work draws from the technologies, perception and art of spatial sound, to tackle an intersection of the three.
She draws from eco-feminist discourse about the natural environment, and non-human ontologies. She is currently focused on spatial listening as aesthetic practice.
She co-produced a Sheffield Docfest-shortlisted VR film in 2017, is working with a US-based geo-scientist’s infrasonic sound for an upcoming installation, and has had recent exhibits at Ars Electronica (in collaboration with the BBC), and Tate Modern (in collaboration with Nathaniel Mann).