Concert performance for “moving painting” illustrating changing face of Stoke-on-Trent

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Posted on 17 January 2011

An audiovisual work exploring the changing landscape of Stoke-on-Trent is to be screened as part of a concert presented by Keele University’s Music Technology Group.

Outsourced, by postgraduate student Steve Bird, was filmed during 2006 on the sites where the big name pottery factories once stood. Much of the audio was recorded in Spode’s 200-year-old factory in Stoke.

Steve, who is currently undertaking a PhD at Keele in composition, said: “I think of my works very much as moving paintings and my subject matter frequently reflects the changing face of my surroundings.

“This video is dedicated to all those men, women and children who made The Potteries a unique place – a city with a soot-blackened pride in its existence – a place you were proud to come from.”

Other works by Keele staff to be performed include: Penumbra by Sohrab Uduman, Embodiments 1 by Miroslav Spasov, In Memoriam… (layer 2) by Mike Vaughan and ¡A Que No Me Quemas! by Rajmil Fischman – all for bass clarinet and electronics, with Keele PhD student and professional bass clarinettist Sarah Watts – and the audiovisual work Patah by Diego Garro.

The concert , eMBODYments, will take place on Friday, February 25, at 7:30pm at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery in Bethesda Street, Hanley. Admission is free. It kicks off DATFEST, Stoke-on-Trent’s first digital arts and social media festival, which takes place across the city from February 25 to 27.

Students can study Music Technology at undergraduate and postgraduate level at Keele and have access to seven studio areas equipped with a wide range of equipment, hardware and software.