Rock Music Performance

Image: Owl Project recording the sound of Karl Lee Flint Knapping. November 2015

28th November 2015

2 – 3pm

The Study

Manchester Museum,

The University of Manchester, Oxford Rd, Manchester M13 9PL

Owl Project Present Rock Music at Manchester Museum

Join Owl Project as they discuss their latest work, following a residency at Manchester Museum,

University of Manchester.

Consisting of Steve Symons, Simon Blackmore and Antony Hall, the artist collective will be in

conversation to reveal how the residency has influenced, and inspired the direction of their latest creation.

In Rock Music, Owl Project will tune 5,000 years back in time to reclaim one of the oldest known creative

processes: Flint Knapping. Making sharp tools from stone such as flint, or ‘Knapping’ is acknowledged as

one of the earliest human processes. Following advice and guidance from archaeologists, the collective

intend to closely examine the rhythms and movements associated with the practice of making stone tools.

Continuing Owl Projects interest in disrupting redundant processes with technology to create musical

instruments, they will bring together experimental archaeologists and innovative electronic musicians in

an attempt to couple the primal act of chipping rock from rock with the considered precision of

synthesised music.

Owl project are interested in how rhythms are the creators of forms and also one of the foundations of

music. Previously they have explored making electronic music from early industrialized processes,

including a traditional “Pole Lathe” and a “Jacquard Loom”. Their time at the Manchester Museum has

made them reflect on older technologies and processes to create objects.

The talk will be a precursor to Flint Synth: a live performance in 2016 involving a recreational Flint

Knapper. It will continue Owl Projects interest in combining the process of using redundant technologies

with new technologies.

The talk is free to attend. Please RSVP

Owl Project is kindly supported by Manchester Museum and Invisible Dust.

Invisible Dust works with leading artists and scientists to produce unique and exciting works of

contemporary art and new scientific ideas exploring our environment and climate change

Funded by Arts Council England and Wellcome Trust.