The Sound of Things with Lee Patterson

Lee Patterson will talk about the dual but interrelated elements of his practice; exploring how his field recording work with hydrophones and contact microphones co-exists and has co-evolved with his live work.

With recorded examples (underwater sounds, vibration within solids and air) alongside demonstrations of his unique, self-built instruments, he will show how, given current technological possibilities, notions of studio and landscape are interchangeable and thus, how open ears, play and curiosity can deliver new perspectives on work and environment.

The day will culminate with an afternoon listening and recording session within the local environment, focusing upon acts of listening, interrogating materials and recording the sounds of local objects and features.

ABOUT Lee Patterson uses sound making and recording to devise performances with a selection of activated and amplified objects, devices and processes, from rock chalk to springs, from burning nuts to vibrating metal.

Whether the performance is live or in the field, he opens up and plays an often inaudible sound world emitted by otherwise mute devices and objects. He is based in Manchester, he works internationally and has been featured on UK TV, BBC Radio 3, 4 and 6, Resonance FM and on radio stations worldwide.