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Russell Haswell residency+workshop May 2013


Our first resident/workshop presenter for 2013 is Russell Haswell (b. 1970) a UK based multidisciplinary artist, synthesist and curator who has presented works in a range of installation and live performance contexts in over twenty countries. He was an early exponent of using the laptop computer for noise generation in concert setting, and more recently has been exploring modular sythesizers in live performance contexts.

Haswell has been awarded a prestigious NESTA Fellowship, numerous International residencies, commissions, and received a Prix Ars Electronica Honorable Mention for Digital Musics. He has collaborated with artists such as Masami Akita (Merzbow), Kohei Gomi [Pain Jerk], Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Florian Hecker, Zbigniew Karkowski, Toshiji Mikawa [Incapacitants], Peter Rehberg, Yasunao Tone, Ilpo Vãisãnen & Mika Vanio [Pan_Sonic], Whitehouse, and hard disc jockey [HDJ] duo’s with Richard D James [Aphex Twin].

Since 2003 he has been collaborating with Florian Hecker on Iannis Xenakis’ graphic-input ‘UPIC Music Composing System’, with the results presented in the form of multi channel electroacoustic diffusion sessions using surround sound and laser lighting to create an immersive multi-sensory environment. His released recordings have encompassed many aspects of electronic music; from experimental misuse, complex waveform generation, graphic input, modular synthesis, multi channel surround diffusion and the fine art of mastering.


with Russell Haswell & David Burraston

Over two days we will explore and discuss sound synthesis techniques for modulars (analogue, digital, & hybrid) such as fm / am / waveshaping & wavefolding / ring mods / filters etc.
Discussion will also include the rise of the euromodular format, use of sound synthesis in film, surround sound modular synthesis, algorithmic / generative / chaotic / fractal / complex systems in a modular context.
Participants are welcome to bring their own modular(s) or explore the mindnumbing possibilities of one specially put together by David & Russell for this workshop. We might even open one up for some surgery! Workshop modules supplied coutesy of Equinoxoz.

WHEN: Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th May
@ The Wired Lab, Cootamundra NSW
For more information & EOI forms please email: workshops@wiredlab.org

Expressions of Interest due



Haswell, along with Wired Lab member David Burraston, will be appearing at the Moduluxxx Modular Synthesis Festival in Sydney Friday 24th – Sunday 25th May. Somewhere between a museum, a LAN party and a pet show Moduluxxx is a two day celebration of modular synthesis and features artist talks, demonstrations and performances.

Festivals such as Moduluxxx acknowledge modular synthesis’ place in contemporary arts practice, and importantly its long standing global DIY scene. The recent trend in modular evolution is the Eurorack modular, which along with the DIY scene and software modular synth programs, have helped to democratize the technology. Modular synthesizers are now cheaper and easier to produce, enabling access to a wider social demographic. Moduluxxx will explore current, future and historical incorporations of modular synthesizers in creative and scientific work.

Moduluxxx is presented with support from Equinox Oz, The Wired Lab and COFA School of Media Arts.

More information about Moduluxxx events: https://moduluxxx.com/

24 – 25 MAY
Russell Haswell & David Burraston
Artist talk
cnr Oxford St & Greens Rd

Russell Haswell appearance
@ Red Rattler
6 Faversham St



The WIRED AW Scheme provides financial assistance for emerging and mid career artists from around Australia to attend WIRED Lab workshops and initiatives. For the ‘Exploring Modular Synthesis’ workshop The WIRED Lab will be offering funding support to assist 10-15 artists with the costs to attend the workshop. Artists who consider themselves to be ‘emerging’ or ‘mid career’ are invited to submit a brief expression of interest (EOI) detailing their arts practice and how they feel they will benefit from being a WIRED AWS participant.

On your EOI please cite the cost of your return travel to/from Cootamundra NSW and keep your EOI to 1 A4 page. Also note that we don’t follow the standard age determined definitions of ‘emerging’ we expect you to determine where you place your practice and experience. Musicians and Interdisciplinary artists are encouraged to apply.

WIRED AWS and our residency programs are supported by the Federal Government through Australia Council for the Arts, and the NSW Government through Arts NSW.

WIRED EARS expressions of interest are due MONDAY 6th MAY
(places will be confirmed no later than Wednesday 8th MAY)

To obtain an EOI form and for more information email: workshops@wiredlab.org