OHMMM (Orchestra of Home Made Musical Machines)

Andrew Spackman, Craig Barber, Steve Snell (Performer), Craig Barber (Performer), Steve Chamberlain (Performer), Andrew Spackman (Performer)

    Research output: Practice-Based and Non-textual ResearchPerformance

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    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

    Bibliographical note

    OHMMM – Performance at Arts Fest 2011, MAC, Birmingham can be viewed online at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogLzv10nOrc. Other OHMMM performances are available on Youtube. Author's note: OHMMM members are allocated an instrument case of restrictive fixed size, and then design and make sound objects to be performed within the case in accordance with a constitution/ manifesto of rules. The constraints posed both challenge individual making methodologies as well as conventional approaches and processes in this field. Members of OHMMM pursue making projects independently only coming together to perform in improvised performances. As such, OHMMM question notions of mastery, control and the sonic potential of the ensemble within an improvised performance context.
    The OHMMM research project has been presented both to the wider public across the UK as well as within the community of practice of experimental contemporary music and sound art via extensive performances throughout 2011-12.
    The accessible nature of OHMMM performances has had significant success in developing new audiences, who typically will not have had exposure to experimental music in the past. OHMMM have also curated an experimental music night at Lanchester Gallery Projects which included SCHH (a quartet from Birmingham Improvisers Orchestra) and Hypnotique (Theremin player). The event was streamed live over the internet. OHMMM have been involved in external arts funded projects such as The London Short Film Festival 2012, Anticurate at the Midland Arts Centre and The Art of Noise at the Public, West Bromwich. OHMMM was also a key performance component of the InTime experimental music symposium in 2011 at Coventry University where performers were drawn from across Europe. OHMMM has also established an extensive and active online presence through its use of blogs, YouTube, web streaming and other online specialist sites.
    OHMMM has innovated several new sound machines and processes including: miniature guitars, modified turntables, NAND gate/IC based oscillators, circuit bent instruments and vintage effects manufacture.
    OHMMM also collaborate with other artists, film makers and organisations including Franimation and are having progressive discussions with Picturehouse cinemas, Brompton Bicycles and Bank Street Arts, Sheffield about further progression for the project.
    The attached presentation of the project contains images that can be used for educational purposes only. For any other purpose please contact the copyright holders Andrew Spackman: aa9114@coventry.ac.uk or Craig Barber: aa364@coventry.ac.uk. The images and attached videos are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.
    Part of series: OHMMM – Bruit De Fond – Experimental music night – Lanchester Gallery, Coventry
    OHMMM – Album release on iTunes
    OHMMM – performance at London Short Film Festival.
    OHMMM – performance at ‘The Art of Noise’ Exhibition – The Public, West Bromwich.
    OHMMM – performance at ‘InTime Experimental Music symposium’, Coventry.
    OHMMM – Performance at Arts Fest 2011, MAC, Birmingham http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogLzv10nOrc
    OHMMM – performance at Midland Arts Centre, Anitcurate Exhibition
    OHMMM – Performance at Coventry Airport.
    OHMMM –Performance at Axis Arts Centre, Crewe.
    OHMMM – Performance, LGP, Coventry University.

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