UWTSD hosts concert in historic BBC Hall in Swansea


The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was pleased to host a concert at the University’s historic BBC hall in Swansea. The concert was part of the NAWR series that has been taking place across the city and featured some of the newest cutting edge experimental musicians. 

The concert was the second to take place in the BBC hall which has recently been opened up for public events, including concerts, gigs, and recitals. It is part of the university’s school of art and design, Swansea College of Art and is home to students who are enrolled on the university’s music technology, performance,, and production courses, as well as still functioning as a broadcasting studio. The department offers BA Music (Performance and Production) and BA Music Technology as well as an integrated Masters course (MMusTech Music Technology).The courses are delivered in the BBC building on Alexandra Road in Swansea, which was built in 1951 and contains three purpose-built music studios, including the BBC Hall which is perhaps most famous for being the studio in which Richard Burton made his famous recording of Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood.

This latest concert featured up and coming artists Olivia Louvel, The British Space Group, Bill Thompson, and Deaf Pictures. Dr Jenn Kirby, Lecturer in Music at UWTSD, said: "It was exciting to welcome NAWR back to Swansea Studios at UWTSD. The experimental music scene is really taking off in Swansea and we are thrilled to be a part of it."

Olivia Louvel is a French-born, British composer, producer and artist whose work draws on voice, computer music and digital narrative. Her latest release 'Data Regina' is a multimedia suite in which she explores the reigns of Mary Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I, delivering her own singular transposition through a cd publication and an interactive digital platform hosting a series of 3D animations. Her work has been supported by the Arts Council of England and she was awarded the Qwartz Album for 'Doll Divider' at the Qwartz Electronic Music Awards in 2011. She has received extensive airplay on significant radio programs throughout the world (BBC Radio 3, Radio Eins, Resonance, RTVE radio 3, Rai 3, RTE, France Musique). Olivia Louvel has opened for artists such as Planningtorock at the Earsthetic Festival Brighton Dome, Japanese avant garde artist Phew at Iklectik, London and Recoil for various concerts on the European 'Selected' tour.

The British Space Group is the electronic music project of Ian Holloway whose work encompasses hauntology, radiophonics, post-industrial found sounds, field recordings and drone. Since 2003 Ian has produced numerous albums under various guises for labels such as Fungal, Phonospheric, Siren Wire, Bivouac, Agharta, Persepolis and more.As well as his solo work Ian has worked in collaboration with musicians such as pianist and composer Susan Matthews, renowned drone musician Darren Tate, field recordist Banks Bailey, film maker Rhodri Thomas and artist Tessa Garland. Ian also runs the Quiet World label that has released work by many of the artists listed above as well as legendary Fluxus composer Philip Corner, Texan plunderphonic maestro Colin Andrew Sheffield and New York’s ambient ace Mike Fazio.

Bill Thompson is a sound and video artist currently living in the UK. His work involves the combination of found objects, field recordings, repurposed live electronics, and digital media to create evolving structures for installation and live performance. He has earned numerous awards and commissions including the PRS for New Music ATOM award, the GAVAA visual arts award, a PRS for New Music Three Festival commission, the 2010 Aberdeen Visual Arts Award, and was nominated for the Paul Hamlyn Award in 2012. As a sound artist, Thompson creates immersive environments that slowly shift and evolve over time and that focus listeners’ attention on the act of perception as much as on the work itself. His installations have been shown across the UK and abroad with his most recent being A Knowing Space premiered in London at Union Chapel in 2016. Similarly, as a performer and improviser, he works primarily with live electronics and found objects to create immersive pieces that bring awareness to perception and presence through close listening. His compositions often involve long sustained tones, slowly evolving textures, and indeterminate or improvised structures.

Rose & Dan Linn-Pearl are the Welsh-born musicians who perform together as Deaf Pictures. Collaborating as a partnership for over 15 years, they have performed throughout the UK. Beginning their musical life as a busking partnership in North America, they have since traversed alt rock (Alpha Rise), political folk (Linear Bug), and experimental electronic pop (Karma junkie).Currently they are experimenting with improvisation, working within the confines of violin and electric guitar. Recently they worked with Sam Grant at Blank Studios in Newcastle to produce their first album, which is due to be released in the coming months.

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