04-08-2014

London Roundhouse Live-Lab

Unleashing the Voice of the Roundhouse

THE LAUNCH OF HUMAN HARP LIVE-LAB, TOOK PLACE AT THE ROUNDHOUSE THROUGHOUT AUGUST 2014. ARTIST DI MAINSTONE AND A TEAM OF ENGINEERS, MUSICIANS, DESIGNERS AND DANCERS COLLABORATED FROM A POP-UP LABORATORY LOCATED ON THE VENUE’S 1ST FLOOR. DESIGNING, BUILDING, TESTING AND PERFORMING - THE LATEST VERSION OF THE HUMAN HARP...

Dates:  4th – 25th August 2014 Opening hours:  12-5pm, Monday – Friday (+ REVERB weekend 21 – 23rd August)
Location: The Roundhouse, Torquil’s Bar, 1st Floor Bar by the rooftop beach, Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8EH

HUMAN HARP LIVE-LAB EVENT
Human Harp’s LIVE-LAB was a pop-up laboratory situated on the first floor of the Roundhouse which opened to the public for the month of August thanks to funding from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), the Arts Council’s Grants for the Arts and the Roundhouse.  Visitors were invited to test twelve new Human Harp instruments that were developed specifically to play the structure of the Roundhouse.   They were also be able to enjoy workshops, talks and pop-up performances.  We gave visitors a unique opportunity to interact with our new sonic instrument – enabling our team to develop the device both artistically and technically.  Human Harp documentarian Jesse Lawrence filmed our activities which are all available on this Roundhouse post.

THE VOICE OF THE ROUNDHOUSE 
The team realised that if the Human Harp could play a giant bridge it could very possibly play an industrial building like the Roundhouse.  With this in mind, Di and her collaborators will answer the question “Can the Human Harp unleash the voice of the Roundhouse?”  Responding to the building’s acoustics and structure, the team will be on site to test the latest sound control systems, sharing ideas with the venue’s visitors as well as fellow artists and scientists.

THE TEAM
During the Human Harp LIVE-LAB at the Roundhouse the public had the opportunity to meet our London team, made up from students and researchers from QMUL and engineers, musicians and designers from East London.  Louis McCallum is a current PhD student in the MAT programme at QMUL. Becky Stewart and Adam Stark completed PhDs within the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at QMUL in 2010 and 2011.