Well we have settled in to the new studio nicely, new sofa cover (red), nice blind and working on super fast wifi throughout.
Big projections for conference calls, kitsch storage options and lovely sound system.
Artisan Studios is coming along well. bITjAM, Letting in the Light and Wayne at Artisan Music have big plans for the future.
Already in the past week we have had meetings with deputy heads, film makers, members of our local council cultural arts team, visiting European social animators and our digital arts officer for Arts council England.
Various bids being penciled up and planned for the start of next year and the beginning of the new school year in Sept.
September will see the first Transmission from the new studio. This is very exciting and a new development for biTjAM and will be a natural progression from the monthly biTjAM presents at the Rigger. Don’t worry. We aren’t leaving our monthly residency, it’s just time for a re jig and something innovative.
Expect a mix of Geeklab interviews and hacklabs along with intimate jams and hack sessions. All this will be streamed live and archived.
Also we were proud to be asked (twice) to be part of the launches of the new Bad Edit Gallery space/venue in the old post office in Burslem. Saturday 11th was the private launch with press, councillors and business partners, saturday 18th was the successful public launch. We provided live sound activated visuals and audio compositions to the mingling crowd. Check out http://www.facebook.com/BADEDIT for more info.
If you are interested in how digital things work and how to hack almost anything in life then Geeklab will be for you.
Geeklab will be a live streamed TV show featuring digital artists and a generous helping of gadget loving folks from the bITjAM.
Tune in to see how to hack into Xbox Kinect sensors, turn your iPhone into a guitar, build a dubstep bass out of old hard drives and how to build insultabot, a roaming robot that loves to insult.
Geeklab will be a live streamed show focusing on topics such as working with multi media and multi platforms, app development, digital arts, hacking, open source technologies and creative computer programming.
We plan to stream an online TV show with guest artists talking about their favourite gear, gadgets, techniques, experiences and also a few tutorials thrown in.
Geeklab will be a very hands on programme with the ability to replay the tutorials and learn form experienced digital artists.
Geeklab will be streamed on Ustream and the Geeklab TV app (found on the bITjAM Facebook page) with a live audience at the Burslem School of Art. We will be using Twitter, Facebook and live chat features on Ustream.tv.
Saturday 14th July 12-4pm
Well we made it, our 4th birthday!!
It was a fabulous night lot’s of new faces and beautiful friends, thank you to everyone who came!
Many thanks for the performances (Robert and Sarah, Pete C, Matt on the deck, Noisy Ninja), the party accessories, the many many jars of (bIT) jam thanks to Charlotte, the photogs from Staffs uni, the wonderful Iona Makiola for gestural artwork via max/msp, the audience and Dudd for letting us make a mess!
Finally, a special message to my buddy Bigun for his massive input for last night and 4 years of commitment towards the bITjAM!
We are privileged to announce 3 guest performers for the 4th Anniversary of bITjAM 4/11/10 at The Rigger Marsh parade NUL, free entry, cake and chaos.
The guests are:
Composer and pianist, graduated from Keele University with a first class honours degree in Music and Music Technology, specializing in composition and performance. Subsequently, he was the recipient of an AHRC award to undertake a Master of Research degree in composition, which he passed with distinction.
A further AHRC award allowed him to undertake a PhD in composition at Keele (New Forms of Hybrid Musical Discourse), which he is currently completing under the supervision of Mike Vaughan and Rajmil Fischman. During this time he has continued to study the piano privately with David Fanning (University of Manchester).
His works are regularly selected for international concerts and festivals, including performances by Rarescale, Sarah Watts, and Susanna Borsch. Most recently, performances and selections have included: the Borealis Festival (Norway), the Breizh Entropy Congress (France), Esta Casa Esta Sonada (Spain), the International Computer Music Conference (US), NIME 2010 (Australia), Sonic Art Oxford (UK), and Keele University (UK). Last year, his electronic piece, Phoenix was selected for the 60×60 2009 international mix, and is due for CD release on the Vox Novus label. His piece for bass clarinet and tape.
Wake up Call is also due for CD release, performed by Sarah Watts.
SARAH WATTS studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Angela Malsbury and Victoria Soames Samek (bass clarinet). Sarah then decided to specialise in the bass clarinet and studied at the Rotterdam Conservatorium on the postgraduate solo bass clarinet course with Henri Bok, funded by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and in 2002 a Leverhulme Trust Studentship. At the end of her course in Rotterdam Sarah was awarded the Exxon prize for the best classical music student.
Successes include: Winner, UK Howarth Clarinet Competition 2000; Winner, Hawkes Clarinet Prize (RAM) 2001; Winner, Sir Arthur Bliss Chamber Music Prize (RAM) 2000; Winner of wind section and Faber Prize, UK Performing Australian Music competition, 2001 (her clarinet and bass clarinet recital was broadcast on ABC radio); Finalist, Wind section, Royal Overseas League Competition 2000.
Sarah specialises on the bass clarinet with the intention of increasing it?s popularity as a solo instrument, she has performed solo repertoire in England, Ireland, Scotland and the Netherlands and has attracted composers such as Marc Yeats, Ian Wilson, Kevin O Connell, Alicia Grant and Sungji Hong to write works for her. In January 2003, Sarah performed a solo bass clarinet recital in London?s Purcell Room as part of the Park Lane Group Young Artist Series.
Here is a MySpace link: http://www.myspace.com/sarahkwatts
IONA MAKIOLA: Viral artist interested in infectious art and highlighting the unseen or overlooked
Iona will be performing improvised visuals using max/msp and gestural drawing.
We will also have the beautifully chaotic audio Gods and serendipitous magic known as the Noisy Ninja, Bigun, Philsy, Matt the commander, Pete C, numerous new Matts and the unknown.
We invite you to celebrate 4 years of chaos and digital love that is known as bITjAM.