2023 / 21:30 – 21:50 [UTC] FREIBURG

VENUE: E-Werk Freiburg
RADIO STATION: Deutschlandfunk Kultur / SWR
LINKS: http://ewerk-freiburg.de/event/arts-birthday-2023-2/

Chickens: hatching to farmed – by Ella Kay & Hugh Jones (part of the Matthew Herbert and The New Radiophonic Workshop)

Ella Kay (Live-Sampling, lots of chicken- and egg-related stuff)

Hugh Jones (Live-Sampling, egg-controller, chicken-feeder)
(A link to the Eggiphone used in the recording can be found here)

Futuristic music in the best sense: that was the trademark of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. For 40 years, artists like Daphne Oram and Delia Derbishire set standards for work with electronic sounds, noises and instruments.

Now the Radiophonic Institute has taken on the legacy of the workshop. Since 2012, it has been creating, connecting and promoting innovations in sound and music. Led by composer, artist and curator Matthew Herbert, the Institute aims to inspire a new generation of creatives to collaborate and challenge the conventions of music and sound design.

As part of Art’s Birthday, Matthew Herbert and The New Radiophonic Workshop will play two concerts at E-Werk Freiburg.

Hugh Jones and Ella Kay live at E-Werk-Freiburg (Photo: Marc Doradzillo)

Ella Kay:

Hugh Jones Bio (http://www.crewdson.net/)

Hugh Jones is a musician and instrument builder who produces music under the name Crewdson. He has released two full solo albums on the Slowfoot Records label and has produced remixes for the likes of Ninja Tune, Lo Recordings, Sunday Best, One Little Indian and Brownswood Records. He has been the right hand man to renowned electronic producer Matthew Herbert both on and off stage since 2009 and also now runs Herbert’s Accidental Records. He is an associate lecturer in the department of music at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He has written music for fashion shows for prominent designers Paul Smith and Phoebe English and tours with Thom Yorke as his stage technician. His self designed instruments include The Odd Box, The Concertronica, The Eggiophone and The Sonic Bonnet and in 2015 he begun a collaboration with fashion designer Jodie Cartman to create the Senseries range of playable musical headpieces: www.senseries.net

Matthew Herbert is an award winning composer, producer and writer. His range of innovative works extends from numerous albums (including the much-celebrated Bodily Functions) to film scores for Oscar-winning movies (A Fantastic Woman) as well as music for the theatre, Broadway, TV, games, radio, opera and installations. He is most known for working with sound, turning ordinary or so-called found sound into electronic music. His most celebrated work ONE PIG followed the life of a pig from birth to plate and beyond and debuted at the Royal Opera House. He is the creative director of the new Radiophonic Workshop for the BBC and set up the Oram Awards, The Sound of The Year Awards and the Radiophonic Travel Agency. His debut play The Hush was performed at the National Theatre and his debut book called The Music was published in 2018. He has a PhD in composition entitled ‘Listen while you work’ about ethics and is an artistic researcher at Canterbury Christ Church University.

The Radiophonic Institute, born from the profound legacy of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, creates, connects and champions innovation in sound and music. Led by composer, creator and curator Matthew Herbert, we aim to inspire and enable a new generation of diverse creative practitioners to collaborate, and to challenge the pre-existing conventions of music making and sound design. Our work is supported through partnerships with the PRS Foundation, BBC R&D, The Daphne Oram Trust, and is funded by Arts Council England, and a range of public and private organisations. TRI initiatives include Estuary Sound Ark, The Museum of Sound, The Radiophonic Travel Agency and Sound Of The Year Awards