Simon Whetham has been capturing and composing with field recordings since taking part in a research trip to Iceland in 2005.
[audio:simon whetham – thorbergur egillssaga2.mp3]Since then he has been gaining a steadily increasing profile: exhibiting in Iceland; recording in the Amazon Rainforest of Brazil; performing at a large number of festivals and events, both nationally and internationally; having work accepted for release by labels Trente Oiseaux, 1000fussler, Mystery Sea, Entr’acte, Install, Lens and Gruenrekorder; commissioned by Creative Labs to build a surround sound installation to demonstrate their equipment and software.
Commissioned by painter Kathryn Thomas to compose a surround soundtrack to accompany her ‘Lightyears’ series of exhibitions; producing radio works for Resonance FM, Overlap.org and Kunst Radio Austria; recording and performing a commissioned piece for Audio Art 2010 in Krakow; and invited to participate in two residencies at the Art Container in Tallinn, Estonia, the second to compose new work, collaborate with other artists using sound and run deep listening, field recording and compostion workshops.
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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.
The exhibition also features performances by Simon and a number of invited guest artists, such as John Grzinich, Iris Garrelfs, Jez riley French, Douglas Benford, Daniel Jones and Dylan Nyoukis, as well as presentations and workshops. The exhibition continues to tour across the UK throughout 2011.
Simon Whetham will perfom at the MADEIRADIG Festival 2010. To get an idea what goes on there and why it is so unique have a look at the last year Pictures & Comments, watch the documentary or visit the Website.
THE MADEIRADIG FESTIVAL 2010
03-06.12.2010 | Madeira Island / Portugal
with Simon Whetham & Hugo Olim, Ben Frost, Janek Schaefer, Richard Skelton, PITA, The Beautiful Schizophonic, Peter Broderick, Caro Mikalef & Stephan Mathieu, Max Tundra uvm.