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Synth Remix

In November 2018 Classical Remix presented Synth Remix, a night of DJ sets and live performances celebrating the pioneering women of electronic music. Award-winning musician Jo Thomas presented new work based on archival research at the Delia Derbyshire archive and BBC archives. The nights culminated in a headline audio-visual set by contemporary artist Olivia Louvel.

Synth Remix was performed at 93 Feet East (London), the Anthony Burgess Foundation (Manchester), Belgrave Music Hall (Leeds), and Ikon Gallery (Birmingham), as well as live broadcast on digital station, Resonance EXTRA. In 2019, Classical Remix presented Jo Thomas’ set at the V&A museum in London alongside a panel discussion with composer and instrument maker Tom Richards, composer Benjamin Tassie, and writer Frances Morgan.

Classical Remix are grateful for the generous support of Arts Council England (using public funding from the National Lottery), Sound and Music's Composer-Curator scheme, the PRS for Music Foundation, and The Fenton Arts Trust to make Synth Remix possible.

Photo by Tim Boddy

Photo by Tim Boddy

 
 

 

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To make new work for Synth Remix, musician Jo Thomas immersed herself in the Delia Derbyshire archives at the University of Manchester and the Radiophonic Workshop archives at the BBC. Jo’s performance took material from Delia Derbyshire’s working documents - sketches, notes, and frequencies - and reimagined these to generate new music.

Performing on a range of instruments, including Tom Richard’s recreation of Daphne Oram’s Mini-Oramics Synthesiser - that translates drawn shapes into sound - Jo’s set celebrated and reframed the work of some of the pioneering women of electronic music.

Synth Remix culminated in a headline set by contemporary artist Olivia Louvel who performed her audio-visual work, Data Regina. Based on the writing of Mary Queen of Scots, Data Regina explores ‘atmospheres of misogyny’ [The Wire] historically and today, celebrating female creativity.

 
 

 

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The compositions were compelling, richly textured and darkly powerful.
— Nature Journal

Synth Remix took as its starting point the founding of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop in 1958, and aimed to celebrate the work of the pioneering women based there. By engaging with archival documents, and reworking those materials, Jo Thomas explored new ways of performing this largely un-notated music and made connections with female, electronic musicians working over the past 60 years.

Jo described Synth Remix as ‘about finding the legacy of women making in the past and reinterpreting it in our voices’ (Earhart)

The legacies of different women were reinterpreted for Olivia Louvel’s performance of Data Regina. She describes ‘I’m interested in women who document their work and their creative process, I started to see how I could infiltrate the narrative and I was fascinated by the fact [Mary, Queen of Scots] was a writer in a male dominated society.’ (Sister Magazine)

Read the full review in Nature Journal.

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Photo by Tim Boddy

 
 
 

The Synth Remix Team

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Photo by Tim Boddy

Olivia Louvel

Olivia Louvel has been praised for her ‘brooding electronic pop’ [The Wire] performing at ‘the creative frontiers where music and art intersect’ [The Quietus]. Her music is played regularly on BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio 3, and on Resonance FM.

olivialouvel.com

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Photo by Tim Boddy

Jo Thomas

Jo Thomas is an award-winning composer and performer. She has performed at venues including the Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Place and Cafe OTO, performing alongside artists including Maria Chavez, Lee Gamble, Phil Niblock and Squarepusher. In 2012 she won the Golden Nica in Prix Ars Electronica Digital Music’s and Sound Art Category for her work Crystal Sounds of a Synchrotron.

jothomas.me

Photo by womeninlivemusic.eu

Photo by womeninlivemusic.eu

Hannah Brodrick

Hannah Brodrick is a sound engineer and one of the founders of womeninlivemusic.eu, an organisation that champions women in all areas of live music. Hannah has worked with artists including Ben Folds, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Goldfinger.

womeninlivemusic.eu

Photo by Tim Boddy

Photo by Tim Boddy

Bobby Jewell

Bobby Jewell hosts the ‘A Quieter Storm’ ambient and electronic show on Resonance Extra. Elsewhere, he has writes on music, art and architecture for The Wire, Super Collider, Corymbus and others.

cargocollective.com/bobbyjewell

Photo by Max Miechowski

Photo by Max Miechowski

BENJAMIN TASSIE

Benjamin Tassie is a composer and producer. His music has been performed on BBC Radio 3, Resonance FM, at Tate Modern, The Place, Kensington Palace, Wilderness Festival and elsewhere. He has written for choir in a disused factory and arrange pop songs for baroque orchestra.

benjamintassie.com

Photo by Hannah Fiddy

Photo by Hannah Fiddy

Hannah Fiddy

Hannah Fiddy specialises in digital marketing for alternative and classical music organisations. She has worked with John Rutter, Street Orchestra, Nonclassical, Spitalfields Music and others.

hannahfiddy.com

Photo by pH+

Photo by pH+

Luke Neve

Luke Neve has managed press for arts and culture organisations including the Venice Biennale, the Vinyl Factory, Sony, and the Brighton Photo Biennial. With a background in design, Luke currently manages press for pH+ architects.

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