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Drop in to YSP this summer to witness the creation of music making machines

28 Jun 2016

This summer, visit YSP’s Boat House to watch as the artist-collaboration Owl Project create music making machines from wood and electronics.
From 4 July to 17 July 2016, Owl Project will set up a temporary Owl Studio in the lakeside Boat House to develop new work that investigates early methods of production and explores how the act of spinning thread can be synthesised into music.
Consisting of artists Simon Blackmore, Antony Hall and Steve Symons, Owl Project work with wood and electronics to fuse sculpture and sound art, creating music making machines, interfaces and objects which intermix pre-steam and digital technologies. Owl Project make a distinctive range of musical and sculptural instruments that question human interaction with computer interfaces and our increasing appetite for new and often disposable technologies.
Visitors are invited to drop in to the Boat House for the Open Studio Day (09.07.16 / 11.00–16.00 / free) to speak to the artists and witness the fusion of music and spinning machines. The Owl Studio will also be open to visitors at various times from 4–17 July. Check online for opening times.
There will be a unique opportunity to work with the Owl Project artists to create your own limited edition iLog in The Owl Project iLog Workshop on 16 July (11.00–16.30 / £50). Join this exciting workshop to learn about the electronics and woodwork behind the Owl Project's instruments. Begin by selecting a log from the YSP grounds and finish with a beautiful musical instrument – your own artwork, fully certified as part of the iLog series. 
Owl Project’s residency is supported by Arts Council Grants for the Arts Award.

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Owl Project. Courtesy the artists

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Owl Project. Courtesy the artists

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Owl Project iLogs. Courtesy the artists

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