Get involved with Capsule – Poppy Twist

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We’re always on the look out for proactive and passionate folks to join us as a volunteer at Capsule, to help us deliver key events including Supersonic Festival and our year round programme.
If you’re interested please get in touch with volunteer@capsule.org.uk and we’ll put you on our database.

This month we have Poppy Twist doing a placement with us at Capsule HQ. Currently doing a Fine Art degree at Birmingham City University. Her practice utilises video installation to explore the links between identity and ambition in the regional music scene. Outside of education, she produces publications for a local media company and also drums and sings for DIY punk noise band Table Scraps.

Poppy is working with us to help produce and market the Ben Frost show which is taking place on 12 Nov at Eastside Projects.
Join our mailing list to find out about future internship opportunities which will be available early next year.

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Sounding Out

Sounding Out: Make it Happen is a symposium on the theme of fundraising.
Capsule’s Creative Director, Lisa Meyer will be joining a panel hosted by Sound and Music on Sat 8th Nov at the Custard Factory.

Ranging from practical tips for the writing of successful funding applications, to hearing from artists, producers and programmers about the changing landscape of arts funding and their own stories and thoughts about what works and what doesn’t.

Panel discussions will take place on the following themes:

  • DIY approaches to fundraising/financing work (speakers include: Lisa MeyerCapsule; Andy Abbott – musician/artist/writer, and Sam Underwood – sound artist and musicial instrument maker)
  • Trust and Foundations (speakers include: Sarah GeeIndigo Ltd and Adam Cooper – Head of Development at Sound and Music)

Chaired by Rich Whitelaw, Director of Programmes at Sound and Music

Tickets are available here
More info about the event see here

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A big welcome to Sean

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Capsule welcome to the team Sean O’Keeffe. After time spent in commercial graphics, fine art printmaking and production management Sean spent twenty years infecting the minds of young people while teaching art and design at Birmingham City University. Particularly interested in the places and spaces where creative disciplines intersect he has been making art and music throughout, most recently returning from Ritual Cvlt Festival in Barcelona where he performed with audio-visual project Giant Axe Field, a collaboration with drummer Simon Bailey. Sean joins the Capsule family as our Project Manager, to support us in delivering the 2014-15 programme which will include an integral role in shaping Supersonic Festival. In addition Sean will manage our intern and volunteer programme so do get in touch if you’re interested in volunteering. He is also part of a group of artists and architects working to develop the Birmingham Production Space, an exciting new proposal for a national centre for the production of art and design. He still dreams of being a stuntman.

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Introduction to Greg Fox

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Formerly of experimental black metal band Liturgy and a prolific collaborator and performer in his own right, Greg Fox will be playing alongside composer Ben Frost at Eastside Projects on 12 November as part of our Supersonic Presents series. In relentless pursuit of transcendental musical experiences, Fox’s rich and varied oeuvre includes Guardian Alien‘s 2012 ‘See the World Given to a One Love Entity’, a thirty-seven-minute psychedelic chant for the new era set to Fox’s fragmented, uninhibited drumming, and the three-piece incarnation of the avant-garde Zs’ 2013 ‘Wolf Government’, an exercise in exploring the very limits of free jazz drone which ‘made the floor shake’ at US community radio station CKUT. With a touring schedule that sees the drummer scale his way across Europe and New York City, Fox will join Frost in Birmingham with support from Mothwasp.
Tickets are available from theticketsellers or from Milque & Muhle based at the Custard Factory.

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Mothwasp to join Ben Frost show

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We’re pleased to announce that as part of the event we’re hosting at Eastside Projects on 12 Nov with Ben Frost and Greg Fox, Mothwasp will be presenting a special live AV set. Stephen J Taylor and Matthew J Watkins fuse improvised rhythms, field recordings, cinematic noise and analogue visuals. Taylor’s percussion anchors Watkins’ baritone guitar. Live shows employ lo-fi visual experiments in paint, collage, macrophotography, 35mm transparencies and scratch film loops made by the duo.

Mothwasp  – 23 july 2014 from Beat13 on Vimeo.

Capacity is limited and advanced tickets can be purchased from Milque & Muhle or via theticketsellers

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Ben Frost with Greg Fox poster

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This gorgeous poster for our Supersonic presents series with Ben Frost + Greg Fox (Liturgy)  has been designed for us by the very talented David Hand of Lancashire and Somerset fame. The show will take place on Wed 12 Nov at Eastside Projects in Digbeth. Capacity is limited so advance tickets are recommended.
Tickets can be purchased from our friends Milque and Muhle at the Custard Factory or via theticketsellers.

“Talking to Lester Bangs sometime in 1979, Brian Eno once reflected that “for the world to be interesting you have to be manipulating it all the time”. Few composers embody this ethos better than Ben Frost. From the silver-lined ambient guitar rumblings of Steel Wound back in 2003, to his latest and most aggressive recordings on new album, A U R O R A, he’s a composer and producer that’s constantly made the invisible visible, and twisted breathtaking music from the unexpected. Manipulation certainly lies at the heart of his modus operandi, as does sheer control of his own musical destiny.” The Quietus

These posters form part of a series created for Supersonic by David and include:

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Sound, music, visual: producing the interdisciplinary

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Capsule’s Director Lisa Meyer will be taking part in a conference hosted by Tate Britain for New Music Plus on the 3rd of October. The panel explores Creative producers as catalysts for new inter-disciplinary practice and also includes Dr Daniel Glaser, Science Gallery London, King’s College London and Sarah Martin, Turner Contemporary.
Tickets are available from HERE

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Ben Frost with Greg Fox (Liturgy)

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We’re over the moon to announce a really special performance that we’ll be presenting at Eastside Projects with Australian composer Ben Frost who will be joined by Greg Fox (Liturgy) on drums. The show will take place on Wednesday 12 Nov.

The music of Ben Frost is about contrast; influenced as much by Classical Minimalism as by Punk Rock and Metal, Frost’s throbbing guitar-based textures emerge from nothing and slowly coalesce into huge, forbidding forms that often eschew conventional structures in favor of the inevitable unfoldings of vast mechanical systems.

Frost’s continuing fascination with finding ways of juxtaposing music, rhythm, technology, the body, performance, text, art -beauty and violence- combining and coalescing the roles and procedures of various artistic disciplines in one place.

Capacity is limited so get tickets while you can.

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