About SOUnds like this 2018
Taking place from 12 – 23 March 2018 across six venues in Leeds, Sounds Like THIS is an eclectic, diverse and boundary-pushing festival. We present cutting edge music, sound art and visual installations by leading artists and emerging talent working across a broad range of disciplines.
Sounds Like THIS gives a voice to new and exciting music which is traditionally under-represented in the mainstream, presenting work which is intriguing, engaging and challenging. Featured works are predominantly new or created in last five years.
With funding from Arts Council England Grants for the Arts for our 2018 programme, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring a line-up of diverse and eclectic ground-breaking artists to Leeds.
The Sounds Human conference forms a key part of the festival. This event will celebrate and evaluate the personal and social benefits of musical engagement, and explore how this forms a vital part of what it means to be human.
Sounds Like THIS looks to the future of music, and celebrates artists who take risks and push boundaries.
Here is just a small selection of the artists playing at Sounds Like THIS. Check back in January 2018 for the full line-up.
people like us
Working under the name People Like Us, Vicki Bennett specialises in the manipulation and reworking of original sources from both the experimental and popular worlds of music, film and radio. People Like Us see sampling and appropriation as folk art sourced from the palette of contemporary media and technology, with all of the sharing and cross-referencing incumbent to a populist form. This audiovisual concert commemorates the 25th year of People Like Us publishing work.
Following on from Gazelle Twin’s widely acclaimed Unflesh LP and world tour, her latest project - audiovisual live show, Kingdom Come is inspired by J.G Ballard's final novel, and explores tribalism, social conditioning and fascism in the contemporary suburban and consumer landscape.
Originally commissioned by Future Everything Festival in 2016 (UK), the performance features two vocalists on treadmills, silhouetted against an episodic series of mesmerising and violent short films created by British filmmakers Chris Turner and Tash Tung. With rising acts of terrorism and the political far right across Europe, it makes an uncanny social commentary for the present day, and is a chilling reminder of Ballard’s prophetic writing.
Watch the Kingdom Come Trailer
Antye Greie-Ripatti, aka AGF, goes by the moniker of ‘poemproducer.’ A composer, producer, sound artist, curator, poet and feminist, she explores speech and spoken word within the depths of electronic music. AGF’s work is both tender and aggressive, and her unique approach to the human voice is just one reason for her notable popularity.
In her decade-strong music career, AGF has released 30 long-play records and has been involved in numerous collaborations with a wide range of artists, and runs production company / music label AGF PRODCKTION.
More from AGF
Decibel Ensemble, formed by composer Ed Bennett, plays contemporary music combining a direct amplified instrumental ensemble sound with electronics, improvisation and theatrical works. With support from PRS Foundation Beyond Borders, Decibel Ensemble will perform a full concert programme including recent work Togetherness, which explores contradictory notions of independence, pluralism and unity in music, culture and society.
register your interest
Tickets for Sounds Like This go on sale in January 2018. Please register your interest for news, content and ticket information. You can also email us with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
call for artists
Opportunities for composers, performers and experimenters in electroacoustic, acousmatic, laptop music, electronic performance.
The festival takes place between Monday 12 and Friday 23 March 2018 and spans a broad range of new musical ideas. As part of this year's festival, we will be hosting a day of electroacoustic, sound art, electronica and more in the Venue, our 350-seat auditorium.
What are we looking for?
We are very open minded and looking for work from forward thinking artists, to present work in our electronic / diffusion concerts on Saturday 17 March 2018.
We want to hear and present an exciting range of music in these performances which could fit in to any of the list below:
• Electroacoustic / Audio-Visual work
• Stereo electroacoustic / acousmatic music for diffusion
• Interdisciplinary work which includes sound and music
• Multichannel pieces (5.1 and up to 8 channel + LFE)
• Multimedia / audio visual pieces
• Live laptop work / live electronics
• Solo instrument and fixed medium and/or live electronics*
• Anything else which you think is boundary pushing, changing the face of electronic music… surprise us!
*We may be able to supply performers in some instances, but you should consider acquiring your own performers, since the budget available at LCoM is small.