Category Archives: projects

various projects under the Modus umbrella

Tape Letters

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TAPE LETTERS is an oral history project aiming to identify, collect and archive messages sent on cassette tape in the 1960s through to the 1980s by families who migrated to the UK from Pakistan between 1950 and 1970. The project seeks to unearth, archive and re/present a portrait of the cultural heritage of Punjabi (specifically Potwari dialect) speaking Pakistanis who settled in Britain, and will comment on family life via the informal and intimate conversations recorded and sent between families here (in the UK) and abroad. The recordings are a sonographic snapshot of the migratory experience and provide an insight into the early development of the British-Pakistani identity.

The project is kindly by the Heritage Lottery Fund and in partnership with the Bishopsgate Institute

Foley Nights

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modifier noun: foley
relating to or concerned with the addition of recorded sound effects after the shooting of a film

Foley Nights is an open event where audience members get the opportunity to directly participate in the act of making live ‘foley’. Modus Arts provide all the materials needed to make live sound effects in direct response to a selection of film clips.

FoleyNights Collage 1

Space Scores

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A collection of musical graphic scores referencing number-form synaesthesia, specifically a newly identified sub-type known as magnitudal-spatial synaesthesia, as reported by Gertner, Arend, and Henik in Volume 13 of the International Quarterly of Cognitive Science, suggesting a form of synaesthesia that involves not only discrete, ordered, meaningful symbols (ie numbers is a straight line etc) but also non-symbolic magnitudes (ie sizes, length, clusters, luminance etc)

These images have been collected in Palermo Sicily, Favignana Sicily, San Sebastian Basque/Spain, Lisbon Portugal, Bergen Norway, London, England and Berlin Germany between 2011 & 2013 as part of the Opensound project and are considered ‘Space Scores’. They are presented as examples of ‘non-symbolic magnitudes’, sitting in line with a well heeled tradition of graphical musical scores, and a selection of these scores are currently being sonified by various artists.

This opening image in the series gives an insight as to how they are perceived :



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Opensound London

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Modus Arts presented the UK edition of OpenSound at Apiary Studios. It involved seven European sound organisations presenting two days of performances, workshops, and discussions on sound arts practice, and concluded with an underwater sound gallery Wetsounds event at the Ironmongers Row Baths.

the lineup included :

Performances and Discussions

Collatz Conjecture” by Klein Bottle (Antitesi/Italy) – live performance followed by discussion between the artists and audience.

“96” by @C (Miguel Carvalhais and Pedro Tudela (@C) – Granular/Portugal) – live performance followed by discussion between the artists and audience.

“PER SONA’ lecture by Xabier Erkizia (Audiolab/Spain-Basque) – lecture followed by Q&A.

“Apodio 9” FLOSS A-V Distro by Romain Papion (Apo33/France) – presentation of the Apodio9 linux based OS, followed by Q&A.


Open Improv / Foley / Screenings / Live Sound Performances

Various events throughout the Apiary Studios including open workshops, improv music, a public/group foley event, and screenings.

Tecla – “’an abstraction of space–time, where sound becomes a medium to enter parallel dimensions”

Mark O Pilkington – “Improvisation 13”

Hell from Above

J Milo Taylor + Mark Wagner

Tim Goldie – “abject bloc evaginator”

Matt Lewis – “Foley nights”

Romain Papion –  “Hypnotic Bass”

La Horrox – “11111111111”

Audiolab – “performance 2”

“Seelonce, Seelonce, Seelonce” by Jenny Pickett (Apo33/France) – 8 channel installation + skype discussion with the artist .

“The Bot Side” by Julien Ottavi and Jenny Pickett (Apo33/France) – live stream. Performance + discussion with the artists

“Directions for Decomposition” by Farahnaz Hatam (NK/Germany) – Performance + discussion with the artist

“Next time, die consciously” by Colin Hacklander (NK/Germany) – Performance + discussion with the artist


Performances at Wetsounds, Ironmonger Row Baths

1 Norman St, London, EC1V 3AA.

Wetsounds is an underwater sound gallery where audiences listen to live and composed sound performance whilst immersed in water. Two sessions were presented :

Session 1 :

Joel Cahen


Farahnaz Hatam (NK/Germany)

Session 2 :

Joel Cahen and Wajid Yaseen (Modus)

Candy Shop

Domenico Sciajno (Antitesi/Italy)




OpenSound is a pan-European project exchanging knowledge between seven organisations with the aim of introducing sonic arts practices to a wider audience. Workshops, performances, installations, and debates are held by each organisation highlighting different approaches, methodologies and interests.

The organisations involved are :

AntiTesi – Italy –

Audiolab Arteleku – Spain –

Granular – Portugal –

Piksel – Norway –

APO33 – France –

Modus Arts – UK –

NK – Germany –

Opensound is kindly funded with the help of the Life Long Learning program by Grundtvig.

Special thanks to:


Insight Lighting

Apiary Studios

Ghost Quartet

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A double viola string quartet piece diffused via transducers into wooden chairs. Each chair is allocated a separate instrument. Installed as part of Audiograft Festival, Oxford, 2012. Cello played by Greg Duggan, Viola and Violin by Alessandro Librio.

click to play audio : Ghost Quartet arrangement (all 4 channels bounced to stereo)



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OpenSound is a pan-European project involving the exchange of sonic arts practice between partner organisations through workshops, conferences and diffusion events, using a non-formal integrative approach and exchanging know-how and experience based on the specific situation of each respective country.

Partner organisations are : Antitesi (Italy), Apo33 (France), Audiolab (Spain), NK (Germany), Granular (Portugal), Piksel (Norway), Modus Arts (UK)

kindly funded by the European Commission / Grundtvig


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Sandbox is a monthly sound-art discussion/show & tell event curated by Modus members.

Who’s Afraid of The In-Between?

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Workshop and open lab in the framework of the Prisma Forum – a festival for performing arts at CENART in Mexico City, Mexico.

click to play audio : Guapo Esmeralda-Macabeas’ Fabrique of Fire Uncertainty Relation (Memory tastes Metallic)

Ear Cinema

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Ear Cinema is a collaborative multi-disciplinary installation/performance piece incorporating animation and film footage, sound diffusion techniques (namely ambisonics) and live performance. It is aligned with the ‘Expanded Cinema’ movement, a film and video practice which activates the live context of watching, transforming cinema’s historical and cultural ‘architectures of reception’ into sites of immersive experience that are heterogeneous, performative and non-determined. The architectural overview involves four large canvas screens placed to make a 8 metre cube. Four projectors simultaneously run a combination of animation and film work and 2 performers act out various characters in front of the screens in real-time accentuating the narrative. Eight speakers are placed within the performance space to create a 3D sound environment using ambisonic technology allowing for precise spatial control of sound and music within the cube. Audiences are invited to stand between the four screens to experience the piece.

NaNbOt (Interactive Open source Sound Art)

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Arduino-based proximity-responsive interactive sound installation, using remodeled Cassette Walkmans. Commissioned by Blank Tape Village Fête exhibition, Cecil Sharp House, Camden, London.

click to play audio : NaNbOt Floor Spk 1