Haptic resonances and the geometric magnifying glass, or, the open and closed

PrimaryHaptic resonances and the geometric magnifying glass, or, the open and closed
Jack Harris and collaborators
Wednesday 30 October
18:30-20:00
PRIMARY, Nottingham

Jack Harris will present an evening of music in two parts, to coincide with the end of his time in residence at PRIMARY.

Part one will consist of rich and immersive works showcasing Harris’ exploration of drifting forms that mimic environmental and circadian rhythms, forms that attempt to generate a stasis or stoppage through an investigation of tone, texture, room acoustic, and the surrounding incidental soundscape, in a slow and calmly unfolding manner.

The second half of the evening will see Harris joined by collaborators to present realisations of a number of scored works that isolate, frame, and compare selected materials and phenomena, as objects of interest within abstract and geometric formal arrangements.

Recorded work and artefacts produced during and outside the residency period will be available for purchase during the evening.

Free Event

This event is a result of the Heterotic II residency, a partnership between Eastside Projects and Primary that offers an artist based in the West Midlands the chance to test and develop new work and ideas and develop networks and professional connections across the Midlands. The residency is funded by Turning Point West Midlands and is the third in a series of residencies designed to give practitioners based in the West Midlands the opportunity to spend time working elsewhere.

RICE RICE BABY

Rice FallThe aftermath of a performance of Michael Pisaro’s Rice Fall at The Round Chapel Clapton as part of a night of music convened by Patrick Farmer and supported by Compost & Height, Oxford Brookes University Sonic Arts Research Unit, and Café Oto. Featuring: Daniel Bennett, Seth Cooke, Stephen Cornford, Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga, Angharad Davies, Jane Dickson, Patrick Farmer, Lawrence Dunn, Bruno Guastalla, Jack Harris, Sarah Hughes, Kostis Kilymis, Dominic Lash, Will Montgomery, Tim Parkinson, Samuel Rodgers, David Stent, Greg Stuart, and Paul Whitty.

Photo credit: Bruno Guastalla

The evening also featured a live realisation of Pisaro’s July Mountain by the same group of musicians. The piece is made layering of multiple field recordings made in mountainous areas alongside a plethora of textural sound material, creating a very rich soundscape. My contribution was in the form of a proportion of the field recordings, of which there are 20.

A fun night in a great venue! (With recordings to follow soon I believe)

Many thanks to Patrick for inviting me to take part and all his organization.

August-September-October

An update detailing my activities during late August and September, and an announcement of an event in October:


I was fortunate enough to travel to Falmouth, Cornwall, at the end of August, to undertake some recording with Matt Davis, Rob Gawthrop and Samuel Rodgers, as well as perform at the regular Falmouth night of experimental and improvised music, School of Noises, which Rob runs.

Recording in Falmouth

Recording in Falmouth with Samuel Rodgers, Matt Davis, and Rob Gawthrop

The gig was a lot of fun, and the recording sessions equally so. We’re currently in the process of listening through the recordings, and hopefully something will be posted here soon.


September saw me undertake the first part of a residency at PRIMARY, Nottingham. The Heterotic II residency is a partnership between Eastside Projects and Primary that offers an artist based in the West Midlands the chance to test and develop new work and ideas and develop networks and professional connections across the Midlands. The residency is funded by Turning Point West Midlands and is the third in a series of residencies designed to give practitioners based in the West Midlands the opportunity to spend time working elsewhere.

My time at PRIMARY was extremely productive, with a large amount of recorded material being produced, as well as the initiation of a new collaboration with sound artist Rebecca Lee. It was great to meet lots of new people, experience Nottingham, and build new networks.

I have been blogging about my time in residence at Primary, which you can read here:

Week one: http://www.weareprimary.org/2013/09/jack-harris-week-1/
Week two: http://www.weareprimary.org/2013/10/jack-harris-week-2/

Nottingham Residency

“In search of resonance…” @ PRIMARY, Nottingham

I commence part two of the residency in late October, which will conclude with an evening of performance, details of which can be found here: http://www.weareprimary.org/2013/09/haptic-resonances/

A little about the evening from the press material:

Haptic resonances and the geometric magnifying glass, or, the open and closed
Jack Harris and collaborators
Wednesday 30 October
18:30-20:00

Jack Harris will present an evening of music in two parts, to coincide with the end of his time in residence at PRIMARY.

Part one will consist of rich and immersive works showcasing Harris’ exploration of drifting forms that mimic environmental and circadian rhythms, forms that attempt to generate a stasis or stoppage through an investigation of tone, texture, room acoustic, and the surrounding incidental soundscape, in a slow and calmly unfolding manner.

The second half of the evening will see Harris joined by collaborators to present realisations of a number of scored works that isolate, frame, and compare selected materials and phenomena, as objects of interest within abstract and geometric formal arrangements.

Recorded work and artefacts produced during and outside the residency period will be available for purchase during the evening.

Free Event


1026032_10153001700410333_841573956_oDuring the residency I was also fortunate enough to travel down to Brighton to perform with Daniel Jones and Samuel Rodgers on the opening night of the Consumer Waste UK Tour, and it wasn’t long before I was back in Nottingham after the residency, playing a gig at Lee Rosy’s Tea Rooms with Patrick Farmer and Samuel Rodgers. It was a nice set in Nottingham, very rich and fairly loud, and an enjoyable evening that opened up some interesting new avenues in terms of mine and Samuel’s collaboration; Samuel and Patrick will be joining me for some playing and recording during the second part of my residency at PRIMARY, Nottingham.

I was then very grateful to be invited with Samuel Rodgers to FIshguard, in Pembrokeshire, Wales, to undertake some field recording work, very kindly supported by David Pepper and the West Wales Arts Center. We conducted underwater and normal recordings from a small boat off the coast, as well as some recordings late at night, at the start of the Pembrokeshire National Park: it was one of the quietest places I’ve ever been, without a hint of traffic or human (or much other) noise, only a strong wind occupying the otherwise silent landscape.


At Sea

At Sea in West Wales, listening to the sounds of Shrimp

October is equally as busy.

As well as taking up the second part of my residency at PRIMARY, Nottingham, I’ll be performing the music of Michael Pisaro as part of a large ensemble coordinated by Patrick Farmer at the Round Chapel, Clapton, London on the 19th October. We’ll be performing a score entitled Rice Fall, which involves the en masse pouring of dry rice onto various surfaces and objects by performers spread around the space, as well as undertaking another live realisation of the score July Mountain (the first being in a concert by the same consort, that took place in Oxford, late 2012). July Mountain involves the layering of multiple field recordings made in mountainous areas alongside a plethora of textural sound material, creating a very rich soundscape. This realisation will involve both live and pre-recorded parts. This should be a great event, and the space is a magnificent building.

Details of the event can be found here and here (Facebook).

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The Round Chapel, Clapton, London

School of Noises – Falmouth Cornwall

Really excited to announce I’ll be performing in a trio setting with Matt Davis and Samuel Rodgers as part of a School of Noises event on the 24th August, in Falmouth, Cornwall, at Jacob’s Ladder inn.

The three of us will also be doing some recording the day before, and I will also be making field recordings whilst in Falmouth for October’s performance of Michael Pisaro’s July Mountain at The Round Chapel, Clapton, London (details here: http://www.cafeoto.co.uk/saru-compost-and-height-michael-pisaro-makiko-nishikaze.shtm)

School of Noises

School of Noises is a platform for contemporary experimental music and sound art based in Cornwall. Through regular events we bring together practitioners and audiences from a variety of backgrounds, creating a social context for the work.

The Heterotic II Residency – Primary, Nottingham

Primary-1I am extremely pleased to announce that I will be in residence at Primary in Nottingham in September and October.

During my time at Primary I will be working in the empty spaces of this former Primary School and Caretaker’s House, improvising and recording, alone and in collaboration, exploring the acoustic properties and soundscape of these spaces, as part of a music that seeks to find material interactions and formal shapes analogous to those found in a notion of environment / nature.

I will also be exploring new material, media, and working processes available to me as a musician within a contemporary visual arts context, engaging in dialogue with the current use of the building as artist studios and the inhabitants of these spaces.

“The residency, a partnership between Eastside Projects and Primary offers an artist based in the West Midlands the chance to test and develop new work and ideas and develop networks and professional connections across the Midlands. The Heterotic II is funded by Turning Point West Midlands and is the third in a series of residencies designed to give practitioners based in the West Midlands the opportunity to spend time working elsewhere.”