Tuesday 23 May 2023, 8pm

Image: Streambox on the Greenway, Bow, 16 July 2019 | Photo: Sam Baraitser Smith

Music and Other Living Creatures x EnCOUnTERs: Acoustic CommonsACSG + Tim Shaw + Listening Room + Soundcamp

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The Acoustic Commons is a network of partners collaborating to share live sounds from points of acoustic and ecological interest across Europe and Japan. It aims to widen participation in work with environmental sound, making connections between places, among species and across scales.

This evening will be an amalgam of material developed through the events associated workshops (Assembling streamboxes and Making DIY Microphones), together with work from across the Acoustic Commons project, with presentations and performances by contributing artists.

Tickets to this evening are free to anyone booking on the following workshops:
11am-12:30pm: Acoustic Commons: How to Assemble A Streambox
1pm-3pm: Acoustic Commons: How to Make DIY Microphones

Music and Other Living Creatures is a series at Cafe OTO (curated by OTO Projects) dedicated to music about, with, or by other living creatures. Birds, tigers, chickens, insects and many other living creatures are explored through sound-walks, listening sessions, commissioned performances, live responses and discussions.

EnCOUnTERs is a series of inter-disciplinary events that reside at the intersection between inter- and intra-species encounter and the sonic imagination. Events direct attention to curiosity, the speculative as well as the scientific, and to notions of multiplicity of being, experience and philosophy surveying creative and research-based practices that reference aspects of ecology, ethology and other creature-ologies, bioart and bioacoustics, sound/scape studies, zoömusicology, ethnobotany, critical plant studies, and related fields.

EnCOUnTERs is curated by Helen Frosi (SoundFjord).


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Ella Finer | acoustic commons study group (ACSG)

Wind Study: an acoustic commons study group
The acoustic commons study group (ACSG) was first conceived and convened by Ella Finer as a way of gathering diverse considerations of what a commons is in sonic terms. The group has met in many iterations on site and offline. Ella first curated Wind Study: an acoustic commons study group with Flora Pitrolo for Soundcamp 2021. For this occasion they mix the live streams of London and Palermo with 8 tracks composed with wind, voicing in and through the winds with their text London—Mars—Palermo. With wind tracks by Lia Mazzari, Benjamin Parry, Vidisha Fadescha, Folly Ghost, Saso Puckovski, Aleksandar Ordev, Dolphin Club and Robert Jack.

http://www.ellafiner.com/ . http://acousticommons.net/

Tim Shaw – Net Walk

For Net Walk, Tim Shaw will take a walk around Dalston wearing a camera and a variety of microphones, broadcasting a live stream of environmental sound and video back to the Cafe OTO performance space. As he moves through the different ecologies of the city, carrying a collection of listening and sensing devices, he will respond to and improvise with the wide range of signals from the immediate environment. Despite the urban context Shaw will attempt to encounter diverse sonic ecologies. Wandering through this complex space will reveal various pockets of sonic activity, each of which will be worked into the unfolding performance-composition. This piece also embraces the limitations of the technology it uses, folding latency, dropouts and freezes into the character of the work.

Tim Shaw is an artist working with sound, light and communication media. Presenting work through performances, installations and sound walks, Tim is interested in how affective environments can be constructed or explored using a diverse range of techniques and technologies.. He presents work in galleries, forests, warehouses, caves, public spaces, festivals, museums, through residencies and cultural events both nationally and internationally.

Image credit: Francois Gendre

Listening Room

Live streams from CONA (Ljubljana), OTO workshop participants and more.

Institute for Contemporary Art Processing is a non-governmental organisation based in Lubljana (Slovenia) that works in the public interest in the field of culture. Their main activities are the (post)production and promotion of intermedia and sound art in connection with nature, environment and sound. With the goal of socially and ecologically responsible cultural collaboration, they collaborate with recognised and established national and international artists and institutions in the fields of bioacoustics, sound ecology, radio art and sound art.


Soundcamp are an arts cooperative based at Stave Hill Ecological Park in South London. As part of the Acoustic Commons network, they coordinate the long-form radio broadcast Reveil (2014–), and a series of sound and ecology events (soundcamps) on Dawn Chorus Day each year. Recent projects include: Spree ~ Channelsea Radio Group – a transmission project between rivers in London and Berlin (2023); l a g – a residency with Kate Donovan for Sonic Acts’ Inner ear(th) programme (2022); As if radio.. (AIR): An experiment in ecological activist radio at COP26 Glasgow (2021).

STREAMBOX. Sonic Acts Biennial 10/2022. Engraved safety tag. Design: Sam Baraitser Smith

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