Saturday, 16 January 2010

Review - Noise and the Performer

Percy Harper's latest night of sound structures was a thrill to watch. The finale consisted of Harper playing a snare drum, taking the tempo from his own heartbeat. As the tempo of his heartbeat increased he would play with a greater intensity which would in turn excite his heart further. Harper's strongest work asks who we are by highlighting our primitive assets and 'Noise and the Perfromer' did just that.

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Call For Papers - "Specifics of the Avant-garde - towards a cognitive dignity regarding Caged Cubicals"


The next HHC Research Students' conference is due to be held at 'HHCBristol' - Music Department (For The Nose) on 20 - 22 November 2009. The conference will feature a mix of student papers, panel discussion, social events, invited speakers (4 confirmed thus far) and concerts featuring music of ethnographic interest, 5 of the 6 Brandenburg concertos (2,3,4,5,6) and chamber music of the 20/21 Century. There will also be a chance to perform/display short films, art pieces and(depending on forces required) compositions in the venue over the three days.*

The theme of the conference is:

'Negative Capability' - exploring specifics of the Avant-garde, reactions to the Avant-garde and Byrd Boxes.

Broad topics for papers may include, but are not limited to:

* The late John Cage
* The early Avant-garde artists
* The tardy Avant-garde artists
* 2001: a Ken Doddery
* The rise of the sound artist
* Film as objet d'art
* Elliott Carter, Iannis Xenakis Vs. Cage, John

Proposals should not exceed 200 words in length, the deadline for electronic and paper submissions, compositions, films and art pieces is 2 November 2009.

REGISTRATION (NB/ registration closes one week prior to the conference start date)

Registration for the conference is free of charge, refreshments are included, though there will be a charge for each of the concerts.

Your registration pack will provide the conference schedule, booking sheets for each of the concerts (plus an exclusive invitation to an exciting concert on the 18 November), accommodation information and 8 details on each of the events.

Please register by e-mail, post or Telephone:

AK-B (Head of operations, HHC)
7 Southleigh Rd (Flat 10)


As well as informing the HHC through one of these medii, as we are dedicated to improving our service we would appreciate it if you would fill in the equal opportunities questionnaire found via the following link:

Many thanks,

Yuri Bedwetter.

(HHCBristol - Music Department (for the Nose))

* Contact us before the deadline for further details regarding guidelines for submission of art pieces, films, compositions.

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Present Arms

Charles Ranchero, rumoured to have at one point been thrown out of the Mid-Movement Chorus for inappropriate outbursts, is performing at Hill House on Saturday the 6th of June. His latest piece is an arrangement for a musket quintet. The muskets will fire volleys at one of Ranchero's latent sound structures. The piece is another venture into the play between sounds and smells for Ranchero and promises to be very exciting indeed.

Friday, 15 May 2009

If rocks could talk...

Andrew Beswick of the HHC has a new exhibition opening at the HHC Honestly gallery. Beswick has arranged for a prominent geologist and renowned linguist to team up and tell us what the earth is trying to say. Measuring the seismic vibrations in different parts of the world and comparing them to different forms of human and animal communication they have come up with some interesting conclusions.

Opening May 26th 8pm

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

The Free Painting Club

The Free Painting Club will take place on the 2nd of May in Berkeley Square at 12:00 noon. This club is open to all abilities. Anyone is free to come along. There is no charge. Sessions are free. Sessions will involve games intended to encourage confidence and stylistic freedom. Feel free to make suggestions about the content of sessions. The intention is to maintain quite a free structure.

Saturday, 25 April 2009

Potato Cake

Irish poet CaitrĂ­ona Devery has generously donated a poem to the HHC. Her latest work explores poetry as a means of illustrating a process. Though not vastly different from her usual work, CaitrĂ­ona's latest writing uses humour as a bed for her ideas. "I like to write about what I know. This poem explores a process of memory, inference, guestimation and experimentation."

Potato Cake

100g flour
400g mashed potato
50g grated mature cheddar cheese
tablespoon chopped parsley

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Sticky Bindings

Sarah Fotheringay-Phipps and Barmy Carthwrite's latest creation "Sticky Bindings" is a tape bonanza of withering proportions. An avalanche of different coloured sticky tape has transformed the Honestly gallery into a giant psychedelic spiders lair.

Barmy, a good friend of the HHC, said of the exhibition in his typically ambiguous fashion; "with these current economic troubles boring the arse off everyone and his gran it falls to artists like us to waste a load of time and money watching gallery technicians stick a load of tape round the inside of a white box. We see the obvious Jim Lambie connection but our work is much better because we don't restrict ourselves to the floor."

The local church will be holding flower arranging classes in the gallery every Wednesday and Thursday at 11am.