Lee Patterson

Friday, 17 August 19:30 Lee Patterson – Plateau: for local and amplified objects | Multimedia

By approaching sound recording as a form of ear training and research, Lee Patterson has devised and performs with a selection of amplified devices and processes. Whether working live with amplification or recording within an environment, he has pioneered a range of methods to produce or uncover complex sound in unexpected places. From rock chalk to springs, from burning nuts to vibrating metal, he eavesdrops upon and makes a novelty of playing objects and situations otherwise considered mute. His collaborators have included some of todays’ most respected experimental musicians and filmmakers such as Mika Vainio, Jennifer Walshe, Vanessa Rossetto, David Toop, Rhodri Davies and John Butcher, Greg Pope, Benedict Drew, Luke Fowler, Lucio Capece, Rie Nakajima, Angharad Davies, Phil Durrant, Keith Rowe, John Tilbury, Xavier Charles and Tetsuya Umeda.

His works have featured on UK TV, BBC Radios 3, 4 and 6, Resonance FM and on radio stations worldwide. He lives and works in Prestwich, Manchester, UK.

Plateau: for local and amplified objects.

When considered in detail, the tabletop can be seen as a kind of miniature terrain, a plateau upon which Patterson places objects devised to produce sound in simple ways. Self-built from materials found locally, he will explore the sonic potential of his unique instruments through the amplification and activation of these objects, devices and processes. From effervescent salts to amplified springs and vibrating ampoules to burning nuts, he will open up and play an often inaudible soundworld emitted by otherwise mute devices and objects.