A Music Residency program.
The successful applicant from Samarbeta’s 2017 Open Call residency opportunity was Wilf Petherbridge & Ben Hauke.
During their 10 day residency in the Islington Mill event space, the London based duo produced a new recording and performance ‘PLAY’ that celebrated public collaboration and inclusion.
As part of the residency the duo conduced two drop in workshops at Islington Mill introducing people to the treated record method, helping beginners and experienced music makers alike to learn about the hands on music making method. These workshops were free to attend and showed the participants how to manipulate records and ways to make different sounds with them. The sound recordings and video footage taken from the workshops helped build a library of treated records which the pair to used during their final live performance in the Islington Mill event space.
Following the workshops the pair spent time out on the streets of Manchester & Salford recording public performances. They set up a pitches in Stevenson Square and Manchester Carnival, taking with them a number of instruments and electronic effects pedals, and invited members of the public to have fun and explore the sonic possibilities of the instruments. The samples were recorded and like the sounds and videos made during the workshop, these were fed into their final performance.
The duo also worked with minimalish artish Max Pevsner who provided visuals for the end performance which immersed the audience in the process of the making the final score of music. .
A live show that culminated the residency took place on Friday 18th August which combined all the recordings, the visuals and some of the duos pre recorded sounds into an hour long immersive performance. Supporting Wilf & Ben on the night was Noami Kashiwagi; an award-winning sound & visual artist and turntablist and electronic musician and producer Raikes Parade.
About the Artists:
Wilf Petherbridge work explores the use of public performance and spontaneity in composition. By composing for the general public or utilising samples and recordings of everyday people playing, he hopes to offer an opportunity for the public to experience the benefits of making music together.
Ben Hauke treats records by scratching them, snapping them, sticking them back together and putting them under the stylus. Ben’s approach to music production has always incorporated record sampling and when he discovered ways of scoring on to the records, much like one would score drum patterns into a drum machine, he chose to research the approach further.