Amie Slavin
Based in Lincoln, UK, I work in the audio medium. My work reflects a deep interest in voices both literal and metaphoric and I create pieces to represent people, communities and issues, exploring and stretching the audio palate making use of both found and designed sounds, in addition to vocal interview and composed content.

If a picture can paint a thousand words then A SOUND CAN TRIGGER A MILLION MIND IMAGES. 'My aim, in producing sound-centred work, is to stimulate an absorption in and appreciation of the many and various ways in which sound can be used to represent and illuminate ideas, issues and voices. I hope to make my audience laugh, cry and think, through their ears (so to speak!) ...' Artist's Statement

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Current Work
Sound & Music Festival – Lincoln – 23-26 October 2014
www.sonophilia.co.uk
Director: Amie Slavin.

Sonophilia is a brand new festival of Sound and Music, presenting a wide range of abstract and experimental work, including installation and performance, amidst a packed programme of live music and participation.  We’re crossing style, genre and discipline with this joyful celebration of Sound and everyone who revels in it.

Taking place from October 23 to 26 this year, in over a dozen venues and public spaces across Lincoln, Sonophilia represents an new and exciting opportunity for our region’s artists, students and audiences, with a packed four day programme featuring local, regional, national and international acts. Click for more info... Following info behind link, with further links to the Sono website, FB and twitter also displayed) Whether your favourite thing is Folk, Indie-rock, HipHop, Barbershop, Ambient or Experimental, you’ll find something you like and something you’ll be pleased you tried for the first time.  At Sonophilia, you can sit in rapt reflection on our beautiful and thoughtful works, and you can shake your funky bits, join in and make yourself heard.

Running alongside the performances and installations, Sonophilia presents the Sonophilia Conference, two days of Professional Development and networking for students and established practitioners in music and audio-related industries, at Bishop Grosseteste University on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 October.

Sonophilia combines a belief that everyone has a sound worth hearing, with a deep commitment to audio excellence.  Our programme opens on Thursday October 23, with the Big Ran-Tan, a street procession welcoming bands, soloists, and anyone up for making a noise, of any sort.  Sonophilia is all about the people who take part in it.

Our closing show, at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, Sunday October 26, features three outstanding acts, headlined by Fractal Sparks, a stunning cross-artform collaboration of music from Air Piano pioneer, Jo Hamilton, with an immersive lightscape, premiered this year in Durham Cathedral.  Fractal Sparks comes to Sonophilia with a unique adaptation, to climax our first ever programme.

For more information please visit our website:
www.sonophilia.co.uk
or find us on facebook

'Other Ranks' opens at Lincoln Drill Hall, for its homecoming show, On Thursday 23 October, as part of the Sonophilia festival, and will be installed untul November 16th.


SoundSpiral continues to deliver its legacy offering workshop and listening activities and challenging producers to create work for its unprecedented 52 speaker system. This year it has worked across education with everyone from 5-year-olds upto post graduates, and as well as appearing as part of Sonophilia, has also been at Lindhu Festival, Lincolnshire One Venues Music Festival and later in the year will be at GNARL Fest.

For more information : www.soundspiral.net

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Previous Shows
Fractal Sparks and Lanterns ON The Lake; Durham Cathedral.

Commissioned for Brass: Durham International Festival 2014: I was tasked with production of 2 new cross-genre commissions,bringing pop artists in to make work with traditional brass players.

I worked with bands, Lanterns ON The Lake, Jo Hamilton, the Durham Music Service Big Band and the Corps of Army Music, creating a spectacular show-case in July 2014.

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Sophia's Web was most recently installed as part of Shape in the City, GraceChurch street London; 2012/2013.



It has previously been seen at :

Lincoln Drill Hall Armoury Cafe, September 2010.
The Catmose Gallery, Open 6 exhibition, Oakham, Rutland, November-December, 2008.
The Beldam Gallery, Brunel University, as part of the Essence Exhibition, July-September 2008..
'SightSonic' - The York International Festival of Digital Arts - from 14th to 17th March, 2008. More info here
The Collection, Lincoln's newest museum, July 16/August 16 2007. More info here.

This work is an audio representation of an extended family web, demonstrating the simultaneously unique and universal qualities of the human family, in all its forms. Ninety-two family members are represented, either by personal interview or other means, distilled into ten second samples, triggered by simply pressing large and friendly green buttons, positioned, in a regular pattern, on all four sides of an alluminium pyramid, just under a metre high.

"Sophia's Web was source of a great deal of fascination and curiosity, the piece was very well received and became a real talking point for our audiences, further underlining Amie's reputation for thought-provoking, challenging and fascinating work." Simon Hollingworth, Manager : Lincoln Drill Hall.



Lincoln Digital Arts : AudioVisual Evening

This first group show by Lincoln Digital Arts includes my piece Audience along with eight other works from Lincoln-based Digital Artists. Click-through on the thumbnail or use this link to go to our facebook page.


What Counts.

WhatCounts?

I was commissioned by Motiroti, to contribute Yan Tan Tethera to the What Counts project, reflecting and commenting on the UK national census, 2011. What Counts is a live and virtual project, with a show at The Rag Factory, off Brick Lane, London, June 2011. Further project events took place in other live settings, and the project blog gives WhatCounts an interactive and participatory online life.


Space Dust : Sound Fjord, Seven Sisters, London, April 2011.

I was commissioned to take part in Exquisite Corpse, a game of sonic consequences, in a chain of artists, selected by Sound Fjord, for a 3-week show and electronic release.
download : Space Dust by Amie Slavin (audio file only; no sachets of fizzy candy cascading from your disc drive; hope you enjoy, nonetheless)


'Audience' - Autumn/Winter 2009 :

A twenty-two speaker sound work, devised and designed for playback on the Sound Wall, in the Orientation Hall, The Collection, Lincoln. 'Audience' is a designed representation of ... an audience, putting the visitor to the installation onto a virtual stage. Where better to consider what we mean when we refer to the 'observer' and the 'observed'?

Amie Slavin's ground-breaking sound work 'Audience' premiered with great success at The Collection in 2009. This challenging piece turned the tables on audiences by putting the listener in the place of the performer. Audience provokes powerful emotional and intellectual responses.
Maggie Warren, Community Engagement Officer, The Collection

Huge thanks to the following funders who made this project possible :




Isolitude.

A joint show with conceptual street artist, Mike Marcus, at the Jealous Gallery, Crouch End, London, from 06 to 16 November, 2008 press release here (.doc). Mike's Larger than life cut-out figures embody vulnerability and exclusion, set within a depiction of urban alienation and desolation, in 8.2 surround sound.

"Amie Slavin's intriguing soundscape of late night revelers and ambient urban background noise interacts with Marcus's over life-size paste up figures to transform the space into an unsettling and disorientating exploration into the sociology and psychology of modern urban life." : Vandalog

Photos : looking into the gallery || seeing through the figures
Wave Power.
MP3s - right-click to download :
ResonanceFM in London, and during their temporary relocation to the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA) as part of the 'A/V 08' festival. More info here.

2757 on SirenFM 107.3 throughout July 2008.

Art In Liverpool FM, September-November, 2008 - part of the Liverpool Biennial.

This work is a two-track, stereo mix, created using a combination of interview-derived voices, collected sounds, original music and studio sounds/processes. It is an exploration and celebration of the relationship we, as a society, have with the wave form, including sound, radio and electrical waves, and focusing especially on ocean and sea waves. The piece explores, using multiple, often simultanious voices and sounds, the potential energy resource to be harnessed from our oceans and seas, flagging up the huge reliance we already have on the wave, in all its forms, and taking a look at the case for using wave power for sustainable energy production. Wave Power has a duration of twenty-five minutes, five seconds, and is suitable for the radio medium, as well as being compatible with domestic cd-playing stereo equipment.

Amie's excellent contribution to 2757 - "WavePower WavePlay WavePower" is narrative and creative, informative and imaginitive, serious and playful. She creates complex pieces offering the listener a portmanteau experience carved from a blend of found-sound, carefully sourced interviews, and creative sound design; the results of which can be taken at several levels - a surface listen reveals factual information and interesting voices, whilst more in-depth observation rewards the listener with a meticulously constructed collage creating a fluid dream-like experience with multiple layers of factual, personal and emotional content woven into a dynamic backdrop of music and ambient soundscapes.
Daz Disley, Series Producer, 2757.
Wave Play.
MP3 - right-click to download :


Wet Sounds Under-Water Sound Festival, touring during 2008, this is a ten-minute, two-track mix, designed as a companion piece for Wave Power. Wave Play combines 4 voices: sine, saw, triangular and pulse waves. The piece was created with a specifically designed studio plugin, built to the artist's specification by engineer Daz Disley; the Wave Play plugin is now available as part of the White Label VST plugin range. Wave Play (the piece) also stands alone as a piece of abstract, contemporary music. .


Sophia's Web was most recently installed as part of Shape in the City, GraceChurch street London; 2012/2013.



It has previously been seen at :

Lincoln Drill Hall Armoury Cafe, September 2010.
The Catmose Gallery, Open 6 exhibition, Oakham, Rutland, November-December, 2008.
The Beldam Gallery, Brunel University, as part of the Essence Exhibition, July-September 2008..
'SightSonic' - The York International Festival of Digital Arts - from 14th to 17th March, 2008. More info here
The Collection, Lincoln's newest museum, July 16/August 16 2007. More info here.

This work is an audio representation of an extended family web, demonstrating the simultaneously unique and universal qualities of the human family, in all its forms. Ninety-two family members are represented, either by personal interview or other means, distilled into ten second samples, triggered by simply pressing large and friendly green buttons, positioned, in a regular pattern, on all four sides of an alluminium pyramid, just under a metre high.

"Sophia's Web was source of a great deal of fascination and curiosity, the piece was very well received and became a real talking point for our audiences, further underlining Amie's reputation for thought-provoking, challenging and fascinating work." Simon Hollingworth, Manager : Lincoln Drill Hall.


Monks roar.

Previously shown at the YMCA, St Rumbolds Street, Lincoln (September 2005), the Usher Gallery, Lincoln (January/February, 2006) and It's An Occupation (exhibition) Lincoln, December, 2007.