Compositional Automata – Felix Machines (Plaid Collaboration)

The Anatomy Rooms (Ticketed Entry for Live Performance) -6.30pm-10pm

‘Compositional Automata’ is a Curated Place commission supported by Arts Council England that combines research and development, live performance and festival platforms to complete the next step in this ever evolving project. Collaborating with seminal electronica group Plaid, Felix has developed a new dual functional machine that can be programmed by new composers and shown at festivals and exhibitions as a stand alone light and sound sculpture.

Having first collaborated in 2009, Plaid and Felix have developed their joint work over the years to create an immersive live experience. The constructed machines perform Plaid’s music using natural amplification, synchronised with hypnotic patterns of light and movement.

Felix Thorn is an artist who creates music using audio-visual sculptures designed and constructed by him personally. The project ‘Felix’s Machines’ was originally built as an acoustic set of machines intended for gallery exhibitions, installations and intimate performances.

Felix’s Machines were initially conceived in an experiment aiming to facilitate live music by transforming sound into a three-dimensional visual show. As an ongoing project, the music-performing machines do not intend to match human potential. Instead they exist to test the advantages of mechanical instruments alone.

Ed Handley and Andy Turner are the electronic music duo Plaid. They have been writing music together for the past 25 years, mostly for the British independent label Warp Records. Their open approach to composition has led to many collaborative projects with groups such as The London Sinfonietta and the Southbank Gamelan Players, blending modern synthesis seamlessly with real world instrumentation.