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The Ashmolean in association with the
University of Oxford's Faculty of Music presents





22 February 2013, 7–10.30pm

22 February 2013 - Musical Technologies: Old and New

Following the inaugural event in January, the second LiveFriday in the series of free late night events at the Ashmolean is Musical Technologies: Old and New on Friday 22 February. Working in partnership with the University of Oxford's Faculty of Music the evening will explore the relationship between music and technology over the last century through free workshops, demonstrations, and performances.

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Listen to an introduction to the event by Professor Eric Clarke

Expect to encounter a range of performances and demonstrations from members of the Music Faculty including:

  • Live improvisation by Dr David Maw to the silent film, Un Chien Andalou by Luis Bunuel, as it is projected onto the walls and ceiling in the Ashmolean's vaulted subterranean café.
  • Professor Eric Clarke, and Dr Roger Allen demonstrating gramophones in the Cast Gallery and the Music and Tapestry Gallery.
  • M@SH ensemble (Music at St Hilda's), centre for experimental music at St Hilda's College, will perform in the Ashmolean's Atrium.
  • The ambient sounds of OxLOrk (Oxford University Laptop Orchestra)
  • A presentation on the research project Music, Digitization, Mediation: Towards Interdisciplinary Music Studies (MusDig).

In addition the Ashmolean and the Faculty of Music will play host to special guests and acts:

  • Performances and workshops from world-renowned theremin artist, Lydia Kavina.
  • The Ethometric Music created by British Composer of the Year 2012 for Sonic Art, Ray Lee.
  • Interactive DJs, led by Dr Lisa Busby, demonstrating and encouraging participation around the galleries with sets composed using bespoke instruments.
  • Fixers band-member, Jack Goldstein, and Gloria Lin performing John Cage's Indeterminacy: New Aspect of form in Instrumental and Electronic Music.

Numerous other activities across the museum from collectors demonstrating contemporary tracks cut to wax cylinders played on a 1905 Edison Phonograph, to an accordionist making impromptu appearances in the rooftop dining room and on the Ashmolean's forecourt.

Later, as the doors to the main museum close at 10.30pm, there will be a ticketed late-night performance in the vaulted café from Oxford's infamous seven-piece jazz band, The Original Rabbit Foot Spasm Band, and a special performance from members of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in the Ashmolean Dining Room and Bar.

Most events on the night are free, however, some will be ticketed. Follow this link to book tickets.

Since the invention of sound recording at the end of the 19th century the way we encounter, listen to and make music has been revolutionized. Now at a time where smartphones have the power of a small recording studio and mobile listening devices are carried in pockets, people are more aware than ever of the powerful relationship between music and technology. This LiveFriday will take visitors on a tour of technical advances from the invention of the gramophone to the digital age. The evening will be a unique opportunity to explore a century where technology brought access to more music across a wider diversity of cultures and epochs than ever before.

The Original Rabbit Foot Spasm Band
Lower Ground - Café
Performance: 10.15pm
Tickets: £7 / £5

Oxford's infamous folk-inspired Rhythm and Blues Calypso Jazz band, The Original Rabbit Foot Spasm Band, will perform the closing set in the Ashmolean's vaulted café. The Original Rabbit Foot Spasm Band is a seven-piece jazz band that plays original material influenced by 1920s and 1930s jazz and 1940s jump blues.

The Original Rabbit Foot Spasm Band are currently working on their second album, due to be released in Summer 2013, and will be performing tracks from the album in the Ashmoean cafe. Championing the eccentricity of the characters within the band the new album is inspired by the spirit of carnival and draws inspiration from Trinidadian Calypso, Delta Blues and the English countryside, where it is set.

(Total number of tickets available 198)

Purcell & a Pint with musicians from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Level 4 - Dining Room
10.30pm start (30 min duration)
Tickets: £5 / £3

Musicians from Southbank Centre's resident orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, will bring the rooftops of Oxford to life with an after-hours lock-in style set in the Ashmolean's Dining Room for Musical Technologies: Old and New.

The OAE aims to create as authentic a musical experience as possible, using period instruments and musical techniques from the day to recreate the sound-world the composer would have known. Together with that, OAE performances are characterised by a sense of passion and warmth, with the aim of making every concert an edge of seat experience. Taking classical music outside of the concert hall, three OAE musicians join us for a late-night relaxed Purcell jam in the sophisticated surrounds of the Ashmolean's rooftop Dining Room and Bar.

(Total number of tickets available 90)

The Ethometric Museum by Ray Lee
Level 2 - Room 44 - Mallett Gallery
Performances: From 7.00 to 10.15pm

Created by British Composer of the Year 2012 for Sonic Art, Ray Lee, The Ethometric Museum takes the visitor on an immersive journey into a hypnotic and mesmerising world of sound, a gallery of amazing electrical curiosities. Bathe in the resonant Ethometric waves of the 'Sonionic Analyser', marvel as the 'Multiwave Oscillethergraph Generator' begins to spin, and wonder at the mysteries of the 'Ethomagnetrons'. Each machine, or exhibit, emits specific harmonic frequencies and through their precise manipulation the skilled operator will realign your 'super-electrical field'.

Fascinating, compelling and hauntingly beautiful The Ethometric Museum was commissioned by OCM and supported by BAC as part of the Scratch Festival.

(Total number of tickets available 300 over the course of the evening)

John Cage's Indeterminacy: New Aspect of form in Instrumental and Electronic Music performed by Jack Goldstein and Gloria Lin
Lower Ground - Lecture Theatre
Performances: 7.15, and 9.00pm

John Cage's "Indeterminacy" was originally recorded in 1959, with David Tudor making Musique concrète determined by the I Ching and John Cage reading aloud 90 stories, each lasting one minute. It was originally released on Folkways Records, a label owned, operated and financed by recording engineer Moses Asch (1905-1986), that deliberately set out to document and preserve "people's music" from around the world.

Jack Goldstein is a member of the Psychedelic Pop quintet, Fixers. His interest in Avant-garde and experimental forms of performance and sound have led him to study Sonic Art at Brunel University. Gloria Lin is a visual artist, studying MA Fine Art at Central Saint Martins. Her work deals with memory glitches and ruptured narrative through moving image, installation and performance. For their collaborative performance at the Ashmolean's Musical Technologies: Old and New event they will use contemporary domestic objects alongside those from the museum's Education Department to draw from their sonic qualities and make sounds using contact microphones.

(Total number of tickets available per performance 85)

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