- Tickets: Walk in and pay what you decide
- Company: SARU
Talks on everything from augury and Nan Shepherd to Gertrude Stein and Virginia Woolf, to field recording and Twin Peaks. All are welcome and no previous knowledge of the subjects is necessary.
Friday 6 April – Lee Patterson: Eavesdropping And Foraging For Useless Sound
Lee Patterson will talk about the dual but interrelated elements of his practice, exploring how his field recording work with hydrophones and contact microphones co-exists and has co-evolved with his live work.
With recorded examples (underwater sounds and vibrations within solids) alongside demonstrations of his unique, self built instruments, he will show how, given current technological possibilities, notions of studio and landscape are interchangeable and thus, how open ears, play and curiosity can deliver new perspectives on work and environment.
By using sound recording as a form of ear training, 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 aquatic plants and insects, 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.
SARU is part of MA in Sonic Art at Oxford Brookes University, and provides a forum for dialogue and exploration between the fields of composition and sonic art. Areas of further focus include electroacoustic and language based composition, interdisciplinary practices, field recording and auditory knowledge. SARU is bolstered by a community of practitioners.
Sound I’m Particular is curated by Patrick Farmer.
Parking & Access
There are a number of Blue Badge parking spaces nearby on Beaumont Street, and more on New Inn Hall Street and St Giles.
The closest car park is Gloucester Green Car Park, accessed via Gloucester Street.
If you have any questions or concerns, the City Council’s Access Officer can be reached at 01865 249811.Car parks in Oxford Blue Badge information Public transport in Oxford
Disabled patrons are eligible for one free companion ticket with their booking. To book this, contact the ticket office: firstname.lastname@example.org or 01865 263990.
There are two entrances to the Old Fire Station: 40 George Street via the foyer, and on Gloucester Green via the shop. Both are step-free. If you are coming to a show, we ask that you use the George Street entrance, as the Gloucester Green entrance is not always open.
Events in the Theatre
There is level entry to the foyer of the Old Fire Station, and step-free access to the main Theatre (where most shows take place).
If you are a wheelchair user attending a sit-down show, space will be reserved for you. If you are attending a standing gig, please contact us (call the ticket office on 01865 263990 or e-mail email@example.com) and we will talk with you about your needs.
Events in the Studio
There is level entry into the foyer of the Old Fire Station, and step-free access to the Studio.
Events in the Loft
There are six steps leading up to the Loft space, with no lift. If you would like to discuss this to find out more, please get in touch.
There is step-free access to the Gallery – level entry through the George Street entrance, and via lift from the Gloucester Green entrance.
There is an accessible toilet on the ground floor, accessible via platform lift. Other toilets are in the basement (accessible via lift).
All types of assistance and guide dogs are welcome at the Old Fire Station. It would be great if you could let us know in advance if you will be bringing a working dog to any performances – just e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will warn visitors on the website and in the foyer of the venue if a performance is going to contain strobe lighting. If lighting affects you, and you have any concerns, please call the ticket office on 01865 263990 or e-mail email@example.com.
Chairs in the theatre
Our chairs are a standard dining-chair size, measuring 40cm deep by 37cm wide, with a metal frame. Some have arms, and some do not. They are all joined together at the sides, to form rows. If this is likely to pose a problem for you, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can discuss how to make your visit more comfortable.