Melanie Jackson

Sound Surgery – Melanie Jackson & Lisa Busby
Thursday 11 August, 14:00-20:00

Melanie Jackson and sound artist Lisa Busby will collaboratively explore how to create and compose sound works using field recordings and other found sounds, and invite you to join them in a series of DIY experiments and improvisations.

The Sound Surgery offers constructive and supportive feedback for artists/composers who work in experimental music or sound, and the opportunity to develop ideas in a collaborative context.

Sessions are open to anyone at any stage of their practice as artists/composers. Come along to talk about developing ideas, or bring along work that we can listen to together. We may also improvise as a group or provide a hands-on demo tailored around shared interests that emerge during the day.

Some of the things that Melanie and Lisa will be working on include:

- the processing and shaping of field recording and found sounds (in software and hardware)
- the fundamentals of synthesis in the digital audio workstation, and also having fun with small homebuilt synths
- working with playback media and hardware processors as instruments

The facilities to amplify sound are provided (via a PA) but do feel free to bring along small, portable instruments and sound makers if you wish to use them, or a laptops, playback devices if you want to play existing recording or projects.

Contact gro.y1529287246ramir1529287246perae1529287246w@iki1529287246n1529287246 to schedule a visit to the surgery


A Scottish artist based in London, Lisa Busby is a composer, vocalist, and bricoleur. She performs and composes with bands The Nomadic Female DJ Troupe, Rutger Hauser and Sleeps in Oysters, as well as independently. She is particularly interested in using domestic or outdated playback media as instruments, but also works in text score, installation and site-specific and long duration performance. For her most recent album Fingers in the Gloss, she improvised with records, tapes and other devices to explore a territory where melody meets noise and collage, and song fragments float in larger structures.

She is Lecturer in Music at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she has designed and led courses in sampling, songwriting, music production, DIY music, and creative research. Lisa founded the project Editions of You which celebrates and showcases self-publishing and self-releasing musicians, and heads up the Women in Sound/Women on Sound London Network.

Melanie Jackson inhabits different tropes of art making to interrogate representation – we might find mimicry, documentation, myth fabrication, cultural voyeurism, performance, animation, political commentary, music, installation, craft and the cultivation of aesthetic delight. Much of her work has explored this against the context of work, technology and the flow of international capital. Recent works explore the oscillation between science’s rational basis and it’s wildest dreams, and the permeation of transformation myths and shape-shifting fantasy in emerging fields of knowledge from AI to synthetic biology.

Melanie Jackson collaborates with writer Esther Leslie. They have produced two publications The Urpflanze and The Ur-phenomenon and they are working on a new book Deeper in The Pyramid a meditation on bodies, milk, prescient geometries and furious abstractions. As part of the speculation into figuration and abstraction, mimesis and synthesis – purity and the excessively visceral – Deeper in the Pyramid will generate a body of accompanying ceramic sculptures and a soundtrack from field recordings, material unfoldings and digitally generated algorithmic sequences.

For her residency at Primary Melanie Jackson will explore the polymorphic properties of clay and sound in a series of studio experiments and sound workshops.

She is a Senior Lecturer at the Slade School of Fine Art. She has exhibited work internationally including Dojima River Biennale, Osaka, ZKM Karlsruhe, Art Gallery New South Wales, Sydney, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago. Solo UK exhibitions include Flat Time House, John Hansard Gallery, The Drawing Room, Arnolfini and Matt’s Gallery, London where she is also represented. She was shortlisted for the Whitechapel Maxmara Award in 2010 and winner of the Jerwood Drawing Prize in 2007.

This event is part of Back-to-front-space.


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