City As Museum / City As Instrument


Manchester Sonic Meta-ontology encapsulated a number or newly created compositions, sonic events and ambisonics field recording trips across the City of Manchester and the North West of England. The project was showcased in two parts (5th-6th March 2011 and 10th-12th June 2011, the latter as 'City As Augmented Aurality') in the form of concert events and experimental laboratories at Manchester University, Islinton Mill and the City of Manchester. 'Manchester's Sonic Meta-ontology' explored whether there is really such thing as a 'Manchester sound' and if so, what is it, can we experience it, and can we understand it? Substantive empirical investigation took place in partnership with local agents and artists in the region, which looked into the creation, identity, and survival of the real truth of Manchester's Sound. We were very proud to have Helmut Lemke (University of Salford, UK) as the keynote and main contributor to this edition but there was a lot more as seen below.

locativeaudioPROGRAMME and Keynote: Helmut Lemke (University of Salford, UK)


Saturday 5th March 2011
Where: John Thaw Studio Theatre, Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama, University of Manchester

16:00 - PROJECT LAUNCH - Keynote talk and soundmaps

Room G16 and Foyer - Martin Harris Centre

Keynote & talk:
Guest artist - Helmut Lemke (University of Salford, UK)

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Helmut Lemke presented and performed his work in response to the festivals question „whether there is really such thing as a 'Manchester sound' and if so, what is it, can we experience it, and can we understand it“. The key points of his contributions are: existence of question, approach to an answer listing of angles, rollin' those dices, recordin' that voices and avoiding conclusions.

Audiovisual Soundmaps:

  • Volkmar Klien - Contributions to Homeland Sound Topography 01 - The Right Sides of the Road.
  • Diana Simpson - Spindlesongs Installation (Quarry Bank mills)
  • Kaho Cheung - A scrapbook of metro sounds (a worldwide rapid transit system sonicography)
  • Uli Aumüller - Les séries sonores (Mix) - with comments by 40 Manchester students.
  • Audioguides demo - NoTour Audioguides explained (Augmented Aurality GPS demo
CONCERT ONE : Meta-ontologies zero
PLACE John Thaw Studio Theatre
  • Helmut Lemke - In response to Manchester's Sonic meta-ontology (MANTIS special guest)
  • Mark Pilkington - Peterloo (world première)- concert version, 5.1 surround
  • Oliver Carman - Memento
  • Lee Fraser - Narrows
  • Sam Salem - Lightness (world première)

  • CONCERT TWO : Meta-ontologies one
    TIME START: 19:30
    PLACE John Thaw Studio Theatre
  • Ricardo Climent - Havana 2011 special mix (Soundwalk)
  • Constantin Popp - Stone and metal (world première)
  • Donal Sarsfield - The Footsteps (world première)
  • Ignacio Pecino - Branches (world première)
  • Brona Martin - Lamenting (world première)
  • David Berezan - Styal

Sunday 6th March 2011
Place: Islington Mill, James Street, Salford
PLACE Islington Mill’s performance space
  • Richard Scott - manchester solo 3: "An improvisation reflecting on the sounds of Manchester past and present, featuring personal sound materials drawn from a 20 year period"
  • Rob Bentall - Grayscale Confessions
  • Heather Bamforth & Brona Martin - Improvisation Duo Interval
  • Chris Swithinbank - La leggerezza delle città
  • Rodrigo Constanzo - Free improvisation on acoustic drum-set and DIY electronics
  • Ignacio Pecino - Khaos (Limited Edition)
  • Mark Pilkington & Constantin Popp -Improvisation duo
  • Lee Fraser -Instantia Crucis