Open Music Archive initiated by artists Eileen Simpson & Ben White, is a collaborative project to source, digitise, and distribute out of copyright music recordings.
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- 1 Free-to-air (Cornerhouse, Manchester)
- 2 Screen Tests at Varsalongen, Stockholm
- 3 Canal Plus
- 4 Alternative film/video festival Belgrade
- 5 Screen Tests @ Brighton Film Festival
- 6 Leverage @ OpenLab3
- 7 Generosity: Broadcasting House, at Kunsthaus Graz - Live Event
- 8 British Art Show Symposium Bristol - Live Event
- 9 Futuresonic 2006
- 10 Broadcast Times: British Art Show Bristol
- 11 Screen Tests @ Canal
- 12 Screen Tests DVD
- 13 Dragline: British Art Show Nottingham
- 14 Dragline @ Swiss Institute NY
- 15 Open Music Archive presents an Evening of Free Music and Films
- 16 British Art Show 6, Manchester (28th Jan -2nd April 2006)
- 17 OMA @ Open Congress, Tate Britain
- 18 DJ Performance of Screen Tests, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
- 19 Future Projects
Free-to-air (Cornerhouse, Manchester)
In July 2007 Open Music Archive will be resident at Cornerhouse, Manchester's international centre for contemporary arts.
For two weeks Eileen Simpson & Ben White will be producing a series of live events and programmes for a temporary FM radio station broadcasting across Manchester.
We’re inviting bands and musicians to respond to the rare out-of-copyright folk, blues, and jazz from the Open Music Archive; to work with forgotten lyrics, chords, melodies and beats, and to make new cover versions of forgotten tracks.
For two weeks the gallery will host live plugged and unplugged performances and one-off broadcasts by Manchester’s finest upcoming and established bands and musicians.
Screen Tests at Varsalongen, Stockholm
26 Jan 2007 - 18 Mar 2007
Screen Tests will be shown as part of the annual Varsalongen [Spring Salon] exhibition, curated by Maria Lindt and Leira Vergara in Liljevalch's Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden
See the Varsalongen website or visit the exhibition at
Liljevalch's Konsthall, Djurgardsvagen 60, Stockholm, Sweden.
Eileen Simpson and Ben White were invited to play a selection of out-of-copyright early blues, jazz and folk recordings from the archive alongside copyleft licensed electronic remixes at:
Canal Plus at Vilma Gold:
Films, performance, music
Alternative film/video festival Belgrade
Screen Tests, Dragline and Broadcast Times are showing at Alternative film/video festival Belgrade.
6th - 10th December 2006
More details on the festival website
Screen Tests @ Brighton Film Festival
Screen Tests 1/4, a film by Neil Cummings, Marysia Lewandowska, Eileen Simpson & Ben White, will be shown as part of Cine City 2006: Brighton Film Festival
PAST PRESENT FUTURE
More details on the festival website
Leverage @ OpenLab3
Leverage will be presented at OpenLab3, an exhibition engaging with the aesthetics and politics of Free Open Source Software Culture.
Autoitalia South East London
4th - 11th November 2006
Opening Event - Sat, 4th November from 4pm
More details on the OpenLab3 website
Generosity: Broadcasting House, at Kunsthaus Graz - Live Event
part of Protections
Generosity Broadcasting House, Kunsthaus Graz
British Art Show Symposium Bristol - Live Event
Outdoor screening of Broadcast Times, Screen Tests, and Dragline with live musical accompaniment by Ben White. The music, which has been sourced from out-of-copyright early 20th Century 78rpm records will be manipulated in real-time using samplers and DJ turntables.
Friday 15 September, 7:30 pm
Spike Island at A Bond
The A Bond building is approximately
10 minutes walk from Spike Island
Leverage, a new project for Futuresonic 2006, centres around the creation of copyleft licensed 12 inch vinyl records containing a range of samples, beats and extracts from the archive in a format referencing scratch tools, breaks compilations and battle records. Read more . . .
Sample Leverage at Instrument, an exhibition of artist-made instruments, noise-generators, audio-visual manipulators, and head twisters by sound artists and noise-makers.
Friday 21 July 11am
Futuresonic 2006 runs from 20 - 22nd July at various venues around Manchester
Video of Parkertron (Fingathing) testing the Leverage records using Serato Scratch Live.
Download quicktime Duration: 13 mins / 43.1 MB (right-click/ctrl+click to download)
Shot and edited by Kid Jenson Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5
Broadcast Times: British Art Show Bristol
Broadcast Times: The Birth of Westward - a film by Neil Cummings, Marysia Lewandowska, Eileen Simpson, and Ben White - is showing as part of the British Art Show Bristol.
As the exhibition train leaves the platform, we are taken on a documentary journey of “a happy hunting ground for tycoons” the birth of commercial television broadcasting.
15th July - 17 September 2006
Spike Island at A Bond
Screen Tests @ Canal
An evening of short films and a party to celebrate the opening of:
Canal 29 Vyner St, London E2 9QD
Friday 2 June 2006
The Light Fantastic - Ken Russell, 1960
Behive - Jim Self and Frank Moore, 1985
Screen Tests - Neil Cummings, Marysia Lewandowska, Eileen Simpson, Ben White, 2005
Party to follow
Canal is a temporary project room and studio run by Matthew Darbyshire, Anna Colin, Sarah McCrory, Olivia Plender, Melissa Franklin, Djordje Ozbolt and Celine Condorelli.
Screen Tests DVD
A project in collaboration with Neil Cummings & Marysia Lewandowska that evolved from British Art Show 6.
The Free DVD was launched at the Anticipating the Past: Artist: Archive: Film conference on the 12th-13th May, at Tate Modern.
The DVD includes three new films - edited from archive film material, with a soundtrack made from out-of-copyright records - along with the original material and source files. The material is released under a Creative Commons license, enabling anyone to use and re-use Screen Tests for future creative exchange.
Screen Tests 1/4 Screen Tests
Screen Tests 2/4 Dragline
Screen Tests 3/4 Broadcast Times: The Birth of Westward
Screen Tests 4/4
Arts Council England funded the production of this DVD through Grants for the arts.
If you would like a copy of the Screen Tests DVD email firstname.lastname@example.org
Dragline: British Art Show Nottingham
Dragline and Screen Tests are showing at Angel Row Gallery as part of British Art Show 6, Nottingham (21st April - 25th June)
Angel Row Gallery
Catch a live performance of Screen Tests in Nottingham at 7.30pm on 19th May at Powerhouse, Victoria Studios (part of the Nottingham Trent buildings)
Dragline @ Swiss Institute NY
Preview of our new film Dragline - remixed archive material, with a soundtrack made from out-of-copyright records, produced in collaboration with Chance Projects showing at:
Swiss Institute 495 Broadway, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10012
Thursday March 23, 7pm
Open Music Archive presents an Evening of Free Music and Films
British Art Show 6, Manchester (28th Jan -2nd April 2006)
We were invited by artists Neil Cummings & Marysia Lewandowska to collaborate on Screen Tests for the British Art Show 6 in Manchester. Screen Tests is a film composed entirely of material found and released from the North West Film Archive. The ten minute film is accompanied by a sound track made from out-of-copyright recordings. These source recordings are available in the Open Music Archive to download:
See Screen Tests at Urbis until 2nd April 2006
On 18th February (6-8pm) at The Whitworth Art Gallery a DJ remix of Screen Tests was performed live by Ben White.
OMA @ Open Congress, Tate Britain
Open Music Archive presented at Open Congress (Tate Britain 7th-8th October 2005)
Open Congress was Inspired by Free Software: software that challenges conventional practices of authorship, ownership and distribution. The innovative congress explored these implications for art, visual culture and cultural production in general.
For Open Congress, Open Music Archive presented a DJ set of music made entirely of samples of out-of-copyright music recordings, mainly sourced from 1920s 78rpm records. An accompanying slideshow uncovered the process of tracking this material.
DJ Performance of Screen Tests, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
Ben White performed a live remixed version of Screen Tests for the launch of British Art Show 6 at BALTIC, Newcastle.
Future live performances are scheduled for Manchester, Nottingham and Bristol