New Noise, New Ritual For The New Normal

Tim Hill, together with Jonathan Cooke (electronics) presents two short sound bursts from home in Somerset. In the first, following the Thursday night ‘Clap for Carers’ he explores what he calls ‘expressive noise’,  how we use sound in rituals, celebration and protest. The second introduces the electro-acoustic trio Swine, based around the sound sculptures of Michael Fairfax, in which Tim plays treated sax.

Tim Hill is a musician and artist often creating outdoor celebrations, shows and music. Inspired by encountering and then working for the pioneering arts company Welfare State International, he researches traditions of outdoor ritual and celebration, processions, street music and outdoor noise. Tim has played with samba bands around Stonehenge and on the back of trucks at Notting Hill carnival, led giants through the streets of London, created Olympic Torch events, cooked celebratory feasts, written wassail songs, and led funeral services. Tim also plays a wide variety of music from folk to improvised noise. With the Mellstock Band he recreates the English rural music of the 18th and 19th centuries, appearing in many TV and film productions including the classic BBC Pride and Prejudice.  He leads the street band Tongues of Fire, noise trio The Noise Eating Monsters and is part of the Bristol improvised music scene

Swine’s gothic soundworld is centred around the extra – ordinary sound of Michael Fairfax’s sound sculptures. These instruments are hewn from trees, a family of beautiful stringed instruments, both elemental and evocative. Inspired by the Somerset landscape and ideas of sunken worlds and drowned cities they create organic, improvised sound world of tides, swirls, swamps. of geologies of noise blurring inner and outer landscapes.

Co-promoted with audiograft Festival
Ticketed Event (Pay What You Decide) Live talk on Zoom followed by Youtube broadcast. Interval between the two. Photo Credits: Dave Young