Jo Brook (Event Producer and Sound Artist)
Hidden Channels (2011‒) is a project exploring sound and discovery: of hidden histories, obscure and past technology and underground activity and place, with a particular focus on the city of Cambridge.
This talk will present Hidden Channels activities, focusing on Cambridge Recorded History ‒ an ongoing project to trace the earliest recordings of the environmental sound of Cambridge city. The search for these sounds, often captured incidentally, touches upon acoustic ecology, location filming, sound archives and the ephemeral and opaque nature of physical recording formats. It has also revealed hidden histories of self-organised sound recording in Cambridge, including pioneering filmmakers and 1960s Tape Clubs, whose activities have legacies and echoes in the city today.
Hidden Channels events include a series of annual events within Kettle's Yard New Music, including 'Past Forward: New Music from Old Sound' (2011); an exhibition of visual and sonic art at Cambridge Museum of Technology (2014) and a site-specific performance from Aino Tytti (Touch Recordings) at Spiller's Mill / Aid & Abet ELAN studio (2016). Hidden Channels is a project of Cambridge's longest-running independent experimental and underground music events series Bad Timing.
Jo Brook is a creative event producer and sound artist based in Cambridge and also runs the Bad Timing and Hidden Channels projects in the city.
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