Well, you may have heard of Delia Derbyshire Day, and there is also an Ada Lovelace Day which takes place at the Royal Institution of Great Britain in London on TUES OCT 14th 2014.
Who is Ada Lovelace (1815-1852)? Only the woman who is said to have written the first computer programme and was instrumental in the development of the Analytical Engine (a mechanical computer) credited to Charles Babbage.
The event is described as a cabaret of science hosted by presenter, comedian & geek songsmith Helen Arney (from the amazing Festival of the Spoken Nerd and to whom I will be eternally grateful for granting me the opportunity to break a glass with my voice). Ada Lovelace Day is an international celebration of the achievements of women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).
And amongst the clever lasses taking part, they have invited little me to present a little about the late great Delia Derbyshire, her pioneering electronic music making techniques and perform part of my DD Day commission ‘Audient, my dear’ which is a creative response to the Delia Derbyshire archive here in Manchester, UK as well as fellow DD Day 2013 founder and artist Naomi Kashiwagi.
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According the Royal Institution, many of the ground-breaking scientific discoveries made here over the past two centuries have been achieved by women. For instance, did you know it was Kathleen Lonsdale who determined the structure of Benzene in 1925, Dorothy Hodgkin who advanced the technique of X-ray crystallography and won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1964, and Louise Johnson who helped determine the structure of the enzyme lysozyme in the 1960s? Me neither..
Excited to announce a new piece of music that myself and Eve Harrison (trumpeter, classical composer) have come up with for Durham Brass Festival 2014 which takes place in July.
Electro-Brass is a commission by Durham Brass Festival through their Brass:Pitch commission series which looks at fresh perspectives on Brass Music. Given my love of playing with found sounds, I was particularly interested in recording the non-musical sounds of a brass instrument – such as the valve actions and the nice pings the instruments make – and then using them as a palette for electronic music textures, drums and percussion. And I got a surprisingly nice kick drum from the trumpet after some creative studio sculpting.
I will be playing these banks of sounds live alongside a brass trio – Eve Harrison (trumpet), Helen Beauchamp (French horn) and Matt Krening (Euphonium). Over approximately 15 minutes, we aim to take the audience on a journey from non-musical inner mechanical sounds of the brass instruments through pure, lyrical brass melodies and harmonies culminating in uplifting, beat-led classical and electronic music fanfare.
So, if you are based anywhere near Durham, our performances will take place on Sat 12 & Sun 13 July. For more info see the Electro-Brass page on the Durham Brass Festival site.
We intend for the piece to be played elsewhere after the festival – so do look out for opportunities to experience this rare musical journey