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Oxford University’s EMPRES Collective takes over the Modern Art Oxford galleries once more to present innovative performances and installations that explore the boundaries between music, sound and technology. All works in The Art of Noises will be in response to the current exhibition, Akram Zaatari: The Script.

EMPRES Collective are joined this time by celebrated electroacoustic composer Trevor Wishart, sound artist Satya Hinduja and sound art label Optophono. Trevor Wishart creates music with his own voice, for professional groups, or in imaginary worlds conjured up in the studio. His most well-known works include The VOX Cycle, Red Bird, Tongues Of Fire, Two Women, Imago and Globalalia, and pieces have been commissioned by the Paris Biennale, IRCAM, Massachusetts Council for the Arts and Humanities, the DAAD in Berlin, the French Ministry of Culture and the BBC Proms. For the Art of Noises, he will talk about working with sound in the community (recording, preserving, transforming) and he will give a multichannel electronic music performance using live vocal improvisation.

Optophono will be back to talk about their new edition which explores the spatial traces of memories, cultures, and bodies ingrained into the physical fabric of cities.

We welcome Satya Hinduja for a performance which is both sound installation and group meditation. Satya’s Alchemic Sonic Environment is influenced by the Hindu concept of Nada Brahma (the primal sound of being) and merges experimental electronic sound with Yoga sutras and Vedic philosophy to create a unique immersive, multi sensory experience designed to invoke states of deep reflection, receptivity and exchange.

There will also be performances from the EMPRES Synth Ensemble, and by the Oxford Music Faculty and Ruskin School of Art graduate and undergraduate communities.

Finally, there will be a showing of short film City of Impulse, focused on the hidden sounds of Beirut.


Photo of Trevor Wishart


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Trevor Wishart

Trevor Wishart (b 11 October 1946)is a composer whose interests deal mainly with the human voice, in particular with the transformation of it and the interpolation by technological means between human voice and natural sounds. Wishart pays special attention to the objectives of musical education, to holding collaborative perform-projects and solo practice with the use of original vocal techniques.

Satya Hinduja

Influenced by the philosophies of Universal Sufism, Vedantic teachings and her knowledge of western electronic music, Satya works with frequencies to promote change in the human psyche.