By KLTV Newsdesk –
The University of Huddersfield School of Arts & Humanities has launched Cultures of Sound, a programme of events for Kirklees Year of Music, consisting of public exhibitions, residencies, performances, workshops, experiments, talks and discussions.
Events will take place throughout the year and draw on the innovative research being conducted in all subject areas at the university.
The first event, held in February, was an experimental screening of a new film by Contemporary Art & Illustration lecturer Alison J Carr, which was live-scored in nyckelharpa and electronics by Prof. Rob Bentall from Leeds Conservatoire.
The film delves into the 2019 reunion of the famous Tiller Girls; the original precision dance troupe formed in Manchester in 1889.
The next few events are open to everyone and are free to attend.
The first event is “Measuring Sonority & Identity in the Pop Music Accent,” a workshop on Monday, 13 March, at the Oastler Building, University of Huddersfield.
This workshop invites attendees to explore their own pop music singing styles and discover how and why their accents and tone change when singing different genres.
Linguistics PhD candidate Ryan Gibson will lead the workshop, and attendees will receive a visual summary of their singing style following the event.
On 16 March, the Steinitz Building at the University of Huddersfield, will host “Electric Sufi,” a project by singer Sahrah, instrumentalist Mina Salama, and producer Professor Chill.
Drawing on ancient spiritual traditions, the syncretic mysticism created by the trio aims to inspire audiences to find common ground within climate change.
Attendees can enjoy an immersive lunchtime performance followed by an optional masterclass with the musicians.
Register here: hud.ac/omg
From 19 March to 8 April, Bath House Galleries, University of Huddersfield, will host “Sonic Palette,” a residency and exhibition by experimental electronic producer and performer SABIWA, in collaboration with a.m.e, an internationally recognized arts organization founded by UoH graduates.
Register here: hud.ac/oti
‘The Message Inside Sound’ & ‘Afterimages’
On 23 March, Dr Eddie Dobson will discuss the power of sound for speaking directly to the subconscious at “The Message Inside Sound” talk held at the Holocaust Centre North, University of Huddersfield.
The talk will be followed by Daria Martin’s “Afterimages” film installation and archival displays that tell the story of Holocaust survivors and refugees who made new lives in the North of England.
Register here: hud.ac/hooq
‘The Outspoken Pilgrim’
Finally, from 3 April to 5, Heritage Quay and Greenhead Park will host “The Outspoken Pilgrim,” a series of activities led by Leah Stuttard to celebrate visionary and mystic Margery Kempe’s 650th birth anniversary.
Participants will learn about the music Kempe might have heard and explore how singing and walking can produce well-being just as they did in centuries past.
Register here: hud.ac/otb
Look out for monthly listings and free bookable events that will be released over the coming weeks, and find documentation and reflection on Cultures of Place in the recently published catalogue here: bit.ly/CulturesofPlace