Simon Whetham … free

Active Crossover

VA are:

Douglas Benford, Gints Birznieks, Jez Riley French, Iris Garrelfs, John Grzinich, Joined By Wire, Jaanika Kakluse, Kaspars Kalnins, KIWA, Shawn Pinchbeck, Merilyn Püss, Piibe Piirma, Maksim Shentelev, Toms Siklovs, Silver Stairs of Ketchikan, Sound Meccano, Toomas Thetloff and Alexander Thomas.

Throughout May 2009 I participated in a residency at the Polymer Factory Culturehouse in Tallinn, Estonia, to compose new work, collaborate with other artists using sound and run deep listening, field recording and composition workshops.

This residency has resulted in ‘Active Crossover’, a touring exhibition and exchange project which has been hosted by the Arnolfini in Bristol and The Grey Area in Brighton, incorporating a large scale sound installation in two sonically treated chambers, creating three separate listening experiences.
In one you hear my composition created during and following the residency, in the other work by all the artists i worked and performed with. When outside the enclosed spaces, the listener will hear both, combining my work with that of the guest artists. The track released by Impulsive Habitat is a composed approximation of being in the exhibition space and moving around the three chambers. You will hear my work in isolation, and that of the guest artists, but also a combination of the two.

Tracks included are:
Simon Whetham: ‘Active Crossover II’
John Grzinich: ‘Sentience of Spring’
Jez riley French: ‘Pelure #10′
Maksim Shentelev: ’16-36’;
Sound Meccano: ‘Walking through’
Kaspars Kalnins, Toms Siklovs, Gints Birznieks, Maksim Shentelev and John Grzinich: ‘Bungu Tanks / Turbine Hall’
KIWA: ‘Structural Divisibility’
Toomas Thetloff: ‘Buckwheat on Steel Brushes’
Shawn Pinchbeck: ‘Ajulennuline’
Merilyn Püss: ‘From Butterflies to Crows’
Piibe Piirma: ‘Sound for Babies’
Jaanika Kakluse: ‘The Walk’
Silver Stairs of Ketchikan/Joined By Wire: ‘Active Crossover 18Oct09’
Alexander Thomas: ‘Active Crossover 18Oct09’
Iris Garrelfs / Douglas Benford: ‘Active Crossover 18Oct09’

My thanks to all the artists and galleries involved so far, all at Polymer during my residency, John Kannenberg, Patrick McGinley, Arts Council England and Impulsive Habitat.