Sarah Farmer residency

Sound artist Sarah Farmer has spent a number of months working and researching intensively at the Lapworth Museum of Geology  and the Winterbourne botanical collection. Farmer has explored the collections, spent time with the curators and staff, and has created a number of sound based works, as well as screenprints, in response to her time there.

The exhibition is now at Lapworth Museum of Geology from Thursday 7th November until Sunday 24th November. Come and explore the university’s collections in a way you would never imagine.

Lapworth Museum / 9.00am – 5.00pm weekdays 12.00pm – 5.00pm weekends / University of Birmingham, Aston Webb building, Edgbaston Campus

This project is supported through Connected – a University of Birmingham Cultural Engagement initiative.


Sunday Film Club

KINO 10 presents another installment of their Sunday Film Club as part of the Discovery Season at Library of Birmingham

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playing host to the UK’s most prominent silent film accompanist, Neil Brand, who will be doing something completely magical on the piano as he accompanies Charlie Chaplin in his 1917, 20 minute film, The Immigrant, Buster Keaton in his classic short One Week, and a surprise film from another silent comedy giant. A real treat for the eyes and ears.

The Immigrant (Charlie Chaplin) + One Week (Buster Keaton)
A programme of silent comedy shorts with live piano accompaniment.

Tickets are £5, FREE for under 12s

Sunday 10 November, 2pm, Library of Birmingham
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Charlemagne Palestine and Rhys Chatham + Ex Easter Island Head

Charlemagne Palestine and Rhys Chatham first met in the late 60’s in New York and last Saturday saw the two giants in modern composition collaborate for the first time in 30 years.

Their performance gave us an insight into 2 performers who respect and admire each other and even featured some audience participation. Their onstage banter was one of old friends enjoying themselves.

The evening began with a captivating performance by Ex Easter Island Head in their large guitar ensemble guise. 12 guitarists (plus 1 drummer) played adapted guitars that created a joyous cacophony of repeated phrases and harmonics.


All images

by Katja Ogrin


OM ticket competition / 26 Nov

Terrorizer are running a competition where you can win a single pair of tickets for the OM + ORE show at Rainbow Warehouse on Tuesday 26th November. Follow the link, answer their (easy peasy) question and the winner will be announced a week before the show.

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Kids Gig photos

A very special Kids Gig during the Bring To Light weekend saw Richard Dawson perform to a huge crowd of kids and families at the Symphony Hall cafe. Thanks to Richard for coming along and playing ‘the most daunting gig of his career’, and to Sara Hamilton Baker for facilitating. Photos by Katja Ogrin.






For more Bring To Light photos go here


Discovery season – week nine

Last week was a fantastic week for the Discovery season with both Bring To Light and Box Of Light providing weird and wonderful sounds and visuals throughout the library, including a magnificent residency from Film Ficciones where artist Scott Johnson explored early techniques of creating moving image.

Girls Who Draw in the Pavilion. Photo by Gush Sohal.

For half term week Girls Who Draw are in residency with their Museum of Mythical Creatures. The museum is a collection of magical characters, fabulous beasts and imaginary beings inspired by myths, legends and folklore from around the world. Created by illustrators Girls Who Draw, they have painted, printed, cut, drawn and even sewn an array of imaginative artwork and unusual objects to inspire, intrigue and entertain visitors of all ages. Over the last few years Girls Who Draw has evolved from a small group into a larger network including both emerging and established illustrators.

Rhys Chatham

And this Saturday, a magnificent show in the Library of Birmingham Studio Theatre sees two giants of contemporary composition perform a UK exclusive collaboration. Rhys Chatham and Charlemagne Palestine first met in the late 60s in New York, at the end of 2012, they decided to revisit their collaboration. Support comes from Ex Easter Island Head’s large guitar ensemble, utilising an ensemble of experienced local musicians the piece sees an ensemble of guitarists playing modified ‘third bridge’ guitars from a unique graphic score to create a unique shimmering soundworld, rich in heavenly drones, overtones and repetition.

Tickets are available via



Bring To Light photos

Gnod performing at the library

Thanks to all who came to Bring To Light at the weekend. Our mini Supersonic was a huge success; so many great performances in a new setting.images by Katja Ogrin.

Dinos Chapman

Friday night was a messy start with Black Metal bands Hordes and Deafheaven. The line up then veered into many directions with a stellar performance from Sleaford Mods, an amazing audio visual set from Dinos Chapman and the grin inducing Shangaan Electro. Props to those in the audience who joined Shangaan on stage too!


Dinos Chapman

Sleaford Mods

Saturday and Sunday saw an array of weird and wonderful performances invade the Library of Birmingham, including deep drone from Robedoor, robotics and theremin from Sarah Angliss, the brain pulse music of Masaki Batoh and psychedlics from High Wolf.

Grumbling Fur

Richard Dawson

High Wolf





Milque & Muhle record stall

Laurence Hunt

Sarah Angliss

Masaki Batoh with his brain wave volunteer Lauren Barley

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Evil Blizzard

Evil Blizzard

You don’t need to wait long for more experimental music in the library, Rhys Chatham and Charlemagne Palestine perform a UK exclusive collaboration on Saturday 2nd November. Support comes from Ex Easter Island Head’s large guitar ensemble featuring members of Kogumaza.Tickets are available via


Sleaford Mods vid from Bring To Light + Sunday line up

Courtesy of HFT Media here is a video of Sleaford Mods performing on Friday night at Bring To Light.

Today will see performances from Sarah Angliss who mixes theremin, saw and electronics with an ensemble of strange automata , Delia Darlings pay sonic homage to pioneering composer Delia Derbyshire, Laurence Hunt explores the realm of sound via drums/percussion, Brain Pulse Music created by Japanese artist Masaki Batoh (Ghost), Clipping mix gangster rap, music concrete and harsh noise and we finish off the weekend with a live performance unlike any other by Evil Blizzard, comprising of four bassists, a singing drummer and a baby’s head theramin.
We kick off at 2pm – tickets are still available on the door.

Sunday 27 Oct

Library of Birmingham Studio Theatre doors 2.00
2.00         A celebration of the pioneering composer Delia Derbyshire
4.30         Laurence Hunt
5.30         Sarah Angliss
6.45         Masaki Batoh
8.15         Clipping
9.45         Evil Blizzard