I was approached to be a part of this project after working with Frances and the University of Sussex Science department for the Misfolding Science-Art Workshop, linking music with scientific research in the areas of Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
Title: Folding and Misfolding (1st draft) Scientists: DR LOUISE SERPELL, KAREN MARSHALL Written in: May 2021
For: audio-visual presentation
First Performed: 2nd June 2021 for the ZOOM presentation following 2 days of the Misfolding Science-Art Workshop for the University of Sussex led by Frances M Lynch. A research project, employing music, theatre and digital arts to develop a public engagement performance that will make important developments in brain science and dementia research accessible to the public.
This Minimalist piece utilises a small selection of found sounds I recorded with distinctly organic timbres – gradually sculpted together and then dismantled using experimental digital processing such as feedback, delay and repetition. This serves to simulate the frightening biological mechanisms of misfolding proteins, with a deep sonorous note signifying the decline.
Musically, I was inspired by the works of Tim Hecker, Ryoji Ikeda and William Basinski.
In this piece, a sense of hope is conveyed in the dynamic release.
The piece was created with found sounds, samples I recorded and Musique Concrete style editing/processing, FM synthesis and vocal manipulation – tied up with generative compositional techniques using Max MSP and Ableton Live. Musically, I was inspired by the works of Laurie Anderson, Shelly Knotts and Arca.
Centering the voice and eliciting the notion of ‘communication’ – I experimented with manipulating vowel formants (resonant frequencies of the voice) and exploring their musicality.
Within this piece I draw upon digital/post-human musical aesthetics, serving to highlight the ways environmental factors (digitalisation/globalisation etc.) can affect Mycorrhizal networks.
I have always been creative and passionate about music – how it’s made, shared and experienced. However, my lack of access to classical training sessions eventually pushed me closer towards digital technology to actualise my ideas.
Upon completing my GCSE’s I then went on to study music production at Access to Music – alongside volunteering, temping and interning at various music industry roles throughout my education.
In 2021 I graduated from the University of Sussex with a 1st class BA in Music Technology, where I was exposed to the world of DIY electronics and creative programming!
Since 16, I have worked for temp agencies in London and Brighton, dipping my toes into roles such as a Brand Ambassador for Shelter, security for Greenwich Festival, Uni-hall Cleaner and a Film Extra for a Korean Pilates video to name a few!
Since graduating from University in 2021, I now work in the music industry as a Channel and Rights Management Assistant, whilst operating on a freelance basis as a Multidisciplinary Artist and Sound Engineer.
In my first industry role as a secondary school student intern, I set up THE cutest vintage Wurlitzer for one of my favourite artists, Eliza.
Did You Know?
I have always wanted to be a farmer and have worked at various city farms (as I was raised in central London) – once being chased by an Ostrich to the main road!
An Inspiring Woman
Lately, I have been most inspired by Carla Marie Williams, a Black-British songwriter and social entrepreneur who owns the platform “Girls I Rate”. On top of working with some big names such as Beyonce, Britney Spears and Sean Paul, her platform (of which I am a proud member ) helps young women to access all areas of the creative industry through providing safe spaces to network, mentoring and workshops!