Space Invaders exhibition launch

December 14th, 2009
SPACE-pv-250pxsyphus-Blip_Festival_New_York-PHOTO_CREDIT-James_Bentley-250pxPhoto: James Bentley

Space Invaders: Art and the Computer Game Environment
FACT, 88 Wood Street, Liverpool, L14DQ
Preview: Thursday, 17 December 2009, 6.00pm – 8.00pm

FACT explores the increasingly blurred boundaries between videogame spaces and real spaces with an exhibition featuring artists including Bill Viola, Blast Theory, Aram Bartholl, Cao Fei, Ludic Society and more, alongside playable, commercial games that push the limits of the medium. Space Invaders is part of a season of gaming at FACT which includes interactive games events, competitions and a game-themed film programme.

Gallery 1 & 2, Media Lounge, Public Spaces and online, FREE entry
Space Invaders is open to the public from 18 December 2009 to 21 February 2010

Opening Night 8-Bit Performances
Music shaped by computer game culture selected by Cybersonica; Firebrand Boy (Glasgow) and the Kittenrock label use gameboys, Nintendos and other consoles to get you dancing! Plus a special Marching DS Orchestra with kids, siblings and parents led by Ross Dalziel of SoundNetwork.

Then follow the 8-bit music over to Chameleon for an afterparty:
8.00pm-9.00pm, Soundmatrix – a Liverpool-based musician who makes glitchy, 8-bit beats on a Gameboy running LSDJ
9.00pm-10.00pm, Syphus – a UK-based demoscene and chiptune musician who has been composing and performing for most of his life

Breakfast With The Artists
The Box 18 December
Price: £4.00/£3.00 (Members & concs)

Join us for breakfast with a selection of Space Invaders artists, who will be in discussion with Neil Thompson, Studio Art Director at Bizarre Creations, formerly of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe.

More details, including artist biographies, media links and a downloadable 60 minute mix of “some of the best modern chip sounds from the past few years along with a few classics” compiled by Jellica of Kittenrock can be found at the Cybersonica Social website:

Cybersonica Road Trip

November 14th, 2009

Wednesday, 23 – Tuesday, 29 September 2009

5 artists – 5 events – 500 miles! (roughly)

With support from Arts Council England, Cybersonica’s Autumn 09 programming included the first outing of the Road Trip – a hectic week of roving activity and collaborative programming that saw a small but select group of invited UK and international artists make a succession of interventions – artist talks, demonstrations, performances, workshops, exhibition, installation etc. – to bridge and contribute to a series of events in London, Leeds and Liverpool.

Road Trippers included:

and Road Trip ‘stopovers’ took in:

  • Musion Academy, London
  • i-Design 09, London
  • Unconference @ Expo Leeds
  • Interface Amnesty @ AND Festival, Liverpool
  • ‘Market Day’ with Kinetica Museum and TINT @ Old Spitalfields Market, London

For artist biogs, descriptions of works and more detail visit the
Programme page.

For photographs visit the Cybersonica 09 Road Trip
Flickr set – or use the lovely
Road Trip TiltViewer.

For videos from Jens Heinen’s i-Design 09 presentations visit
Cybersonica on Vimeo.

For additional blogosphere posts and media check out the following links:

Interface Amnesty:

i-Design 09:


The Cybersonica Road Trip was supported by Arts Council England, i-Design 09, Sound and Music’s Expo Leeds, Kinetica Museum, Musion Academy, SoundNetwork and FACT.

Virtually Real: Cybersonica @ i-Design 09

September 20th, 2009

Thursday, 24 September 2009, 9am-7.30pm
University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, London W1B 2UW
Conference: Standard £135, Design Week Subscriber £99, Students £75
Online Booking:
Exhibition, Talks and Portfolio Clinic (must register): FREE
Nearest Tube: Oxford Circus

i-Design 09 is an essential one day conference and showcase for anyone with an interest or passion for interactive design and the digital arts. The programme aims to inspire, entertain and explore how our digital future looks set to unfold and the central role interactive design will take in our cultural, work and social life.

Cybersonica’s contribution to i-Design 09 includes:

  • Virtually Real – an exhibition of digital interactive artworks and installations, technology showcases and demonstrations in the Old Gymnasium that present our unique – and often sonic – viewpoint on the i-Design 09 theme;
  • Two 5D Interludes by MOTH & Jens Heinen of Lichtfaktor and Visionlabz within the i-Design Conference programme;
  • and as part of the i-Design 09 early evening Film Screenings in the Old Cinema – a re-enactment by MOTH & VC Kristi of Plinth – their recent site-specific audiovisual performance responding to the De la Warr Pavilion (the UK’s first public building designed in the Modernist style).

It features the following contributing artists, works and collaborators:

  • Two interactive works by SquidsoupGhosts – text-based communication in the digital age – and a commission for PortablePixelPlayground Glowing Pathfinder Bugs – which enables you to engage with a hybrid centipede/caterpillar in a recreation of its natural habitat – the sandy desert of Faroffistan.
  • Soda‘s Generative Art System – a custom and highly reconfigurable native windows application that takes feeds of still and video images and text and montages them together in real time, never repeating.
  • The Sancho Plan‘s Spacequatica installation – play drumpads to explore an audiovisual aquarium populated by a varied cast of musical sea creatures.
  • VisionLabzGold – your movements effect a screen of dynamic, glistening, golden fluid.
  • Kinetica Museum featured artist:
    • Balint Bolygo‘s Epicycloidoscope – a visual theremin producing complex lightwaves by a moving laser beam
  • TINT featured artists:
    • Tanja Vujinovic‘s Extagram 2 – part of a series of tactile-sonic objects that recode events into audio-visual noisy data streams
    • David Strang & Vincent Van Uffelen‘s Transmission+Interference – uses laser light to transmit audio signals through hacked laser pointers that are received by photocells and amplified through speakers.
    • Stuart Dunbar‘s Bad Faith – what at first glance appears to be a solid sculpture shifts it’s position in relation to the speed and distance of the viewer via motion sensors and servos.
    • captincaptin‘s Circling Sounds – a single user, 10 speaker immersive sound installation using found and engineered audio recordings.
  • Jason Bruges Studio‘s Study In White – a new piece by the studio continues its exploration of the relationships between qualities of light and depth of surface.
  • SHOWStudio – an online fashion and art project that documents the creative process of the interactive and motion image projects it broadcasts via its online studio presents some of its latest work.
  • Musion Academy – the company behind the Madonna and Gorillaz holographic performances present the Musion Academy – a forum for visual artists, creatives, academics and digital artists to come together and explore new technology and holographic projection.
  • MOTH – bridge the divide between club visuals and street art, generating site-specific HD 720p video graffiti designed in response to the morphology, texture and ambience of the spaces and structures of the outside world.
  • Lichtfaktor – the Cologne based “light-writing” team use light to give expression to their creativity taking advantage of a variety of light sources to produce photos and videos in cities by night.
  • OWL Project – the collaborative group of Manchester based artists who share interests in human interaction with technology and process led art – exhibit, demonstrate and contruct their distinctive range of wooden musical and sculptural instruments.
  • Monome – design adaptable, minimalist interfaces in the catskills and seek less complex, more versatile tools: accessible, yet fundamentally adaptable – presented by Boston based Matthew Davidson aka Stretta – musician, software interface designer and monome virtuoso who fuses the worlds of harmonic theory and intelligent software.

with the following schedule:

5D Interludes
Old Cinema
11:15-11:20am – MOTH
12:45-12:50pm – Jens Heinen – VisionLabz and Lichtfaktor
Conference ticket required

Short, sharp and shocking artistic and creative interjections into the i-Design Conference programme.

Film Screenings
Old Cinema
Conference ticket required

A live re-enactment by MOTH & VC Kristi of Plinth – their recent site-specific audio/visual performance responding to the De la Warr Pavilion as part of the Film Screening by Onedotzero of their recent Adventures in Motion festival’s Wow + Flutter programme and film highlights from Future of Sound artists.

Virtually Real
Old Gymnasium
An exhibition of digital interactive artworks and installations, technology showcases and demonstrations that present our unique – and often sonic – viewpoint on the i-Design 09 theme.

For artist biogs, descriptions of works and more detail visit the Programme page.

i-Design 09

September 15th, 2009

University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, London W1B 2UW
Thursday, 24th September 2009, 9am-7.30pm
Conference: Standard £135, Design Week Subscriber £99, Students £75
Online Booking:
Exhibition, Talks and Portfolio Clinic (must register): FREE

More details at:

i-Design 09 is a unique one-day conference at the London Design Festival.

It aims to inspire, entertain and explore how our digital future is shaping up, and what role interactive design will take in our cultural and social life.

A day packed with discussion, debate and demonstration of the best in interactive design and arts, hosted by Nicolas Roope.

Speakers include…
Adrian Shaughnessy, Desiree Collier, Andrew Chitty, Bill Thompson, David Taylor, Tali Krakowsky, Martyn Ware, Daniel Hirschman, Malcolm Garrett, Andrew Shoben and more…

With programme strands by 5D, Cybersonica, Onedotzero and Future of Sound.

Get your ticket now …

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Cybersonica at i-Design 09

Cybersonica have been regular contributors to i-Design since its inception in 2007 and this year present: ‘Virtually Real’ – an exhibition of digital interactive artworks and installations, technology showcases and demonstrations in the Old Gymnasium; afternoon artist talks in Deep End; ‘5D Interludes’ as part of the main conference programme; and live performances as part of the i-Design 09 early evening showcase in the Old Cinema – the oldest cinema in the UK!

These various contributions present our unique – and often sonic – viewpoint on the i-Design 09 theme and how our “daily engagement with interactive stuff has made the inexorable move away from the office and desktop towards an experience that is decidedly in the real world”.

Featured artists and creative agencies include Squidsoup, The Sancho Plan, Soda and Fiddian Warman, Jason Bruges Studio, MOTH, SHOWStudio, Musion Academy, a selection of artistic work presented by Kinetica Museum and TINT and more guest contributors yet to be announced.

SoundLife London

May 29th, 2009

Leicester Square Gardens, WC2
4th – 14th June, 9am-7pm
Launch event: Thursday, 4th June, 11am,  Leicester Square Gardens, WC2
Evening talk with Martyn Ware: Thursday, 4th June, 7pm, Westminster Reference Library, St Martin’s Street, WC2H 2HP
Please RSVP to: alexa@arts-com

More details at:

SoundLife London

is a unique sound composition created especially for Leicester Square Gardens by sound artist and musician Martyn Ware which reveals the 3-dimensional sound world that surrounds us at all times in the most fascinating and diverse city in the world.

SoundLife London plays continuously each day between 9am and 7pm. Sonic events occur on the hour, quarter, half, and three-quarter hours.

SoundLife London is an hour long, looped ‘soundscape’ mixing found and collected sounds with an ambient musical composition. It aims to augment the everyday background noise of Leicester Square with subtle melody and musical refrains that appear to float on the wind and distant sounds from the city moving ghostlike around the park.

A variety of sonic themes are introduced at ten minute intervals each hour throughout the day: 00 – Music | 10 – History | 20 – Locations | 30 – Theatre & Film | 40 – Ethnicity | 50 – Wildlife

Making SoundLife London

The London Borough of Westminster’s unique geography and demographic – from city centre to the river, street market to shopping mall, council estate to leafy suburb – provides a unique opportunity for the creators of SoundLife London to work with local residents to include sounds that reflect the makeup of their communities and
improve awareness of Westminster’s diverse cultures.

Audio clips for SoundLife London have been collected through an outreach and education programme in which a team from Future Of Sound, including musician Lewis Sykes and storyteller Natacha Bryan, ran a series of workshops with participating groups exploring the creative and practical challenges involved in collecting sounds which could be imagined as a ‘sonic postcard’ of their community and integrated into the 3D sound composition.

Participating Westminster Organisations

Barrow Hill Junior School, St John’s Wood
College Park School, Westbourne Green
Digital Media Unit, Bayswater
Ebury Bridge Youth Centre, Victoria
Open Age Hub, Victoria
Queens Park Play Group, Queens Park
St Marylebone C of E School, Marylebone

More information about SoundLife London can be found in Westminster Reference Library

Please visit the exhibit in the ibrary, on St Martin’s Street at the south side of Leicester Square, for a full background to the project, and to leave your comments.

SoundLife London has been made possible by

City of Westminster, Arts Council England, Illustrious, Arts Co, Future Of Sound, Audio Boo, Starbucks Coffee, AIG.

Future Of Sound / Future Of Light – Arnolfini

April 20th, 2009

Saturday 25th April
Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA
Afternoon Workshop and Talks: 2-5pm, £4/£3 concs
Evening Showcase & Installations: 7-11pm, £7/£5 concs
To book and for more info: +44 (0)117 9172300/01

Modified Toy Orchestra, The Sancho Plan, Owl Project, Sarah Nicolls & Simon Whetham

An international collective of vanguard musicians, animators and visual artists come together for the Future of Sound – a tour of interactive presentations and performances exploring the latest innovations in experiential art and sound.

Hosted by electronic pioneer Martyn Ware, co-founder of Human League and Heaven 17, the Future of Sound unveils a ground breaking 3D surround sound system. ‘This is the holy grail of audio; 3D sonic imaging that challenges audiences to embrace a new take on experiencing sound.’ says Ware.

Workshop, artist talks, installations and evening concert (please contact Arnolfini Box Office to book tickets)

Workshop – Steve Symons (Owl Project) – Muio workshop –
2-3.30pm / Light Studio / £4/£3 concs
Limited to 10 places – please bring a laptop (preferably Mac) & headphones
Hands-on workshop using the muio interface – a modular system and USB hardware device for sensing and controlling the real world via programmes such as Pure Data, MAX/MSP, SuperCollider, Processing etc…

Artist Talks & Q&A
3.30-5pm / Dark Studio / £4/£3 concs
Exploring notions of the future of sound and light each artist has 15 mins to present a selection of work, respond to questions from the Chair and then participate in a group Q&A with the audience.

Chaired by Lewis Sykes, Cybersonica
Anthony Rowe – squidsoup
Kathy Hinde
Nicolas Boritch & Joanie Lemercier – AntiVJ
Brian Duffy – Modified Toy Orchestra

Installations – Dark Studio & Light Studio
6.30-11pm / Free
Blackout Arts – Rod Maclachlan & V.I., Kathy Hinde, squidsoup, Wrap3

More details at the Future Of Sound website –

Produced by Illustrious and Cybersonica. Bristol show co-curated by Blackout Arts.

Part of a weekend of sonic activity at Arnolfini with Interesting Sounds on Sunday, 26th April. Limited early bird ticket with Interesting Sounds event £15 / £10 concs – contact box office for bookings.

Future Of Sound / Future Of Light – Goldsmiths

March 17th, 2009

Tuesday 24th March
Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross, London SE14 6NW
Symposium: Media Resources Building, Screen 1, 2pm-6pm, Free
Showcase: The Great Hall, 7pm-10pm, Free
To book and for more info: +44 (0)20 7919 7640
Nearest tube: Canada Water – replacement buses to New Cross/New Cross Gate
Nearest overground: New Cross/New Cross Gate

Presented by Future Of Sound, Goldsmiths Screenschool, Sound Practice Research Unit and Centre for Contemporary Music Culture, Illustrious and Sonic Arts Network

Media Resources Building, Screen 1, 2pm to 6pm

Keynote speaker: Andrey Smirnov –
“Graphic Sound: technology, music and science”
Andrey Smirnov is an interdisciplinary artist, composer and researcher and developer of electronic music techniques. He is a founding director and the Senior Lecturer of the Theremin Center for Electroacoustic Music at Moscow State Conservatory. His SOUND_in_Z project was recently on at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris.

Presentations from experimental artists, including:
Dr Mick Grierson:
Derek Holtzer:
Rob Mullender:

Great Hall, 7pm to 10pm

Hosted by Martyn Ware, founder member of The Human League and Heaven 17 and a pioneer in electronic music. Using a ground breaking 3D surround sound system, this multi-sensory show fuses an international collective of cutting edge audiovisual practitioners.

body>data>space –
The Sancho
United Visual Artists –

More details at the Future Of Sound website –

Cybersonica Social: Kinetica Art Fair

February 23rd, 2009

Sunday 1st March, 8-10pm
P3, 35 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LS
VIP OPENING PERFORMANCE EVENT: £15 (Limited tickets available)
FULL TICKET: One day Art Fair entrance plus all events and performances: £12/£10 conc
ONE DAY: Art Fair entrance only: £5
WEEKEND PASS: Includes Art Fair entrance for Sat, Sun, Mon and all Art Fair events and performances on these days: £20
Please note that Full and Weekend Pass ticket holders must sign-up to events on the day.
For bookings please go to
Nearest tube: Baker Street
Nearest overground: Marylebone

Threep & Vent Media, VC Kristi & Oddscene, Steve Nosurname & Barry Gene Murphy

Cybersonica Social creates a little slice of Cybersonica – London’s annual celebration of music, sound, art and technology – for a brief but enjoyable two hours this Sunday evening at the Kinetica Art Fair.

The seventh in a now somewhat irregular night, the evening features a select line-up of new and previously featured talent including the idiosyncratic granular textures and analogue rhythms of Threepaccompanied by the minimalist visual waveforms of Vent Media; the edgy electronic grooves and live, gutsy vocal FX of VC Kristi with the evolving and surrealist imagery of Oddscene; and the old-skool electro to 8-bit freakouts to drum n’ bass mentalism of Steve Nosurname with the kinetic and potent visuals of moving image artist Barry Gene Murphy.

Kinetica Art Fair, the UK’s first art fair dedicated to kinetic, robotic, sound, light and time-based art opens in London on Friday 27 February – and carnivorous art, man-animal-machine hybrids, mechanical drawing machines, subliminal installations, pole dancing robots, light sculptures and cybernetics are just some of the exhibits to be found there – providing unparalleled opportunities for the public and collectors alike to view and buy work from this thriving international movement and to participate in the programme of talks, workshops and performances.

Longtime Kinetica Museum collaborators, Cybersonica’s contribution to the Art Fair showcases established names and emerging talent who make their own music or audiovisual work using inventive technologies and then perform it live (as opposed to just pressing play in Ableton Live). We strongly recommend progressive electronic music makers, audiovisualisers, digital artists and fans looking for somewhere to meet like-minded people, share ideas and enjoy fresh, vibrant music and performance to come along and check it all out.

For biogs, photos, links, video & downloads visit the Cybersonica Social website <>.