Fort Process is a one day sound art and music event that utilises the extraordinary resonant spaces of Newhaven Fort.

This third edition of the festival will feature performances, installations, talks, workshops and live art, and is part of an extended season that runs from July to October with events at De La Warr Pavilion, Cafe Oto and Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts.

PERFORMANCE


Rhys Chatham

Rhys Chatham had his musical education in the world of ‘60s New York minimalism, then later found his own direction by mixing this with the raw energy of the downtown No Wave sound. In terms of scale his work has covered the extremes, from a piece for 400 massed...

AJA

AJA is renowned for her very cathartic, ritualistic live performances that mix unsettling noise, distressed screams, hand-made electronics and found objects with industrial beats and distorted drone. This combined with a psycho-visceral, intense performance challenges...

Grischa Lichtenberger

Grischa is a multidisciplinary experimental artist living in Berlin, known for his involvement in a variety of arts such as writing, graphics, installations, video and...

Kyoka

Kyoka’s otherworldly electronic music drifts between abstract computer songs and frenetic, chaotic techno. Her early work used tape manipulation as the primary medium. Moving on to synthesisers and computers, her developing sound soon attracted the attention of record...

Tetsuya Umeda

Experimenting with objects that he sources from the space he is performing in, Tetsuya sets up a dialogue with the building, in this case the fort’s Romney Hut. He often uses gravity, extremes of temperature, light, shadow, wind, centrifugal force and falling objects...

UKAEA

UKAEA is a mysterious, multi-disciplinary collective of performers, who attempt to recreate a ritual framework from disparate, unconnected scraps of the past, as perceived after some kind of event horizon or year zero. Previous rituals have been said to involve naked...

Shatner’s Bassoon

Since their formation in 2010, Leeds-based five-piece Shatner’s Bassoon have developed a way of making music that combines exceptionally tight written arrangements with wide-open improvisations. Impossibly abstract time signatures and wild musical shifts create a...

Tasos Stamou

Tasos is an electroacoustic music composer and performer, alternative electronic music instrument maker, tutor and sound technologist. He plays acoustic instruments such as prepared zither, reeds, recorders, objects, along with electronic ones - handmade electronics,...

David Thomas Broughton

Gravitating around the world of contemporary British folk music, Broughton’s songwriting influences would be fairly easy to identify. The familiarity ends there though, as his unique take on his craft has him sabotaging the traditions of his roots. Using looping...

Rie Nakajima

Rie is a Japanese artist working with installations and performances that produce sound. Her works are most often composed in direct response to unique architectural spaces using a combination of kinetic devices and found objects. Photo: Hana Knizova...

Automatic Writing Circle

Fortress for 3 musicians AWC play a ‘Ouija instrument’ - this utilises the shadows of the performers hands to trigger field recordings, control sound synthesis, and re-process the performances of the acoustic musicians. This in turn acts to mediate between the world...

Jobina Tinnemans

Page turning, knitters, hedge trimmers, kung fu and Shakespeare all have featured in Jobina Tinnemans’ compositions. For Fort Process she is presenting Panoramic Scores - large scale, wall-sized pieces that liberate the score from its book format. The score wraps...

Pickett Improv

Pickett Improv are a music and dance improvisation group based in Brighton directed by Hannah Pickett. The group formed in 2016 and have performed pop up and informal improvisation performances. https://vimeo.com/246412861

The Larsens

The Larsens are an experimental feminist vocal group exploring themes of disembodiment and cultural undertones in communication utilising feedback, effects units and primal sounds. The piece they are debuting at Fort Process is called Feedback and it attempts to...

Isn’tses

Isn’tses are London based duo Lisa McKendrick and Tim Drage. Both perform as solo artists on the edges of the noise scene with a heavily performative aspect to their live appearances. Tim has a long history of Harsh Noise and circuit-bending as Cementimental, with...

Ritual Extra

Hailing from Finland and France, the group Ritual Extra work with slow, cyclical movements to create resonating textures that flow between silence and sound. Julien Chamla's prepared drum skins and low, broken down rhythms accompany Lauri Hyvärinen's acoustic...

ORE

Originator of the truly singular genre ‘tuba doom’, Sam Underwood’s ORE masterfully ekes out corporeal, atmospheric drone. Performances have occurred in a variety of spaces, and for Fort Process the evocative and contrasting environments of the Caponier and Grand...

Niko Karlsson

Coming to Fort Process from Turku, Finland, Niko Karlsson’s music explores drones, guitar improvisations and songform. He describes it as “an attempt in creating an environment for contemplation”. Niko is also a founding member of the Himera collective, who organise...

Bell Lungs

A one-woman band who has been carving a unique post-folk sound using layered vocals, electric violin, guitar, tuned percussion, field recordings and effects. Shifting transcendental soundscapes set a backdrop for snippets of songs, musing upon rural idylls,...

Voces Castrum

This renaissance polyphony group has been put together especially for Fort Process by Blue Pin, and they will be performing pieces in the myriad nooks and crannies of the fort.

Blanc Sceol

Rhombos 'The sound of thunder underground is borne on the air’ An exploration of whirring voices, resonating the forts tunnels and grass banks with ancient sound devices, deep listening into the past and our collective ancestral musical history.

Marlo Eggplant

Originally from Baltimore, Marlo De Lara is now UK based and a prominent figure in a thriving and diverse international scene of female experimental music performers. With an intuitive command of minimal instrumentation, including processed autoharp and contact...

Map71

Map 71 combine the words of artist Lisa Jayne with the productions of Andy Pyne, bringing together sinister ritual percussion and sparse electro textures with a voice racing between surreal demons and earthy anxiety. Lisa Jayne is a regular performer on the Brighton...

Ned Rush

Ned Rush (formally known as rude_NHS) is a composer, producer, z-list YouTube personality and sound designer/developer. Live shows are improvised affairs- beats are turned into playdough and musical refrains are gone before they’ve had a chance to breathe, all...

Bunty

Kassia Zermon's Bunty persona was created in 2006, a one-woman show built on tiny, miniscule samples of unheard languages, textures and tunes. The playfulness of performance is set in loops, stretching and illuminating sounds and casting them into rhythm through “a...

Ana Gutieszca

Ana is a visual and sound artist born in the dry lands of the Coahuila desert in Mexico. Drawing is at the core of her work. Her background in visual arts and music has influenced her approach to the sonic field, where she sculpts the unfathomable boundaries of...

The Mysterious Monopole

The Mysterious Monopole is a crunch and scrape artist working primarily through the medium of Ryvita. Using both its physical texture and its symbolic properties as a ‘condoned’ foodstuff for women, the Mysterious Monopole brings together questions of noise and gender...

Brighton Modular Meet

The Brighton Modular Meet will be curating the Nuclear Defence room and will have various modular systems installed: Audio, Video and Oscillographic combinations with a rolling performance & installation schedule throughout the day.

Spheress

Spheress is young Brighton based electronic music maker Stan Reader-Allen. He makes a variety of styles of electronic music, from ambient to noise, techno to glitch, using a mixture of hardware and software. For Fort Process he is creating a new work to fit the mood...

Tap Sew

A high drama duet of sewing machine and tap dance. Scissors on thread; needle through cotton; metal via body on floor. The sounds of the machine and tones of the floor played out in tap, creating pace, tempo and rhythm in repetition and unification. "The escapism of...

redhookgrainterminal

Red Hook Grain Terminal is the work of UK-based Sound Artist & Experimental Composer Jordan Edge. Jordan Edge is a Contemporary sound artist from the UK. Edge experiments with industrial objects, raw materials and spaces to manipulate the medium through which sound...

Joshua Legallienne

Joshua Legallienne is an artist exploring the sonic qualities of everyday materials; creating high-fidelity sound without the use of loudspeakers, electronics, or conventional sources of energy. Legallienne’s work is unmediated, exploring notions of intimacy through...

Jez riley French and Pheobe riley Law

Jez and Pheobe will make use of tape, live geophone signals, surface resonance via contact microphones and amplified objects from the fort alongside recent recordings of ensembles resonating buildings from Jez’s ‘salts’ project. This latest collaboration continues...

Littoral Transmissions

Stephan Barrett & Adam Kinsey - Littoral Transmissions Littoral Transmissions is a piece based around the idea of recreating a sonically imagined coastline. The artists use this as a focus for their diverse interests in free improvisation, site-specifc performance,...

Silence Blossoms

The music of this Swedish / English trio pulls together a set of sensibilities that might seem unlikely bedfellows at first - the folk leanings of Hanna Olivegren’s vocals, Gus Loxbo’ generative sound-making, and Sam Andreae’s improv horn - but there is something...

Well Hung Game

In this baritone sax / bass clarinet / electronics duo’s work the saxophone is fed into and manipulated by a mixing desk and effects creating a volatile sound world. They operate in the world delimited by free jazz, noise and free improvisation.

Slow Listener

Newhaven resident Robin Dickinson is a long time purveyor of quality tapes and audio curiosities. Slow Listener has expanded his palette from the degraded tape sourced soundworld of his Exotic Pylon releases to a more precise practice based around digital samples. The...

Más Hangok

Más Hangok is a collaborative experimental music project between Guoda Dirzyte, from Lithuania, and Maja Mihalik, from Hungary. Guoda plays a Japanese heritage inspired handmade instrument that is a crossover between the traditional Japanese lute also called shamisen...

New Interpretations Orchestra

NIO formed in 2017 to explore new and existing contemporary music scores. Cobra, by John Zorn, is based on a strategy game - it was conceived as a system with detailed rules but with no preconceived sequence of events. Play, by Christian Wolff, is part of his ‘Prose...

INSTALLATION


Max Eastley

Max Eastley’s contribution to sonic art history is undeniable. His philosophical approach towards sound-based sculpture has inspired generations of artists working within sound art and experimental music. We are delighted to welcome him back to Fort Process following...

Louise Mackenzie – Tentacular Resonances

Louise Mackenzie uses sound and new media to investigate our relationship with lively materials. At Fort Process, she will explore the entanglement of resonance and form. Using DIY technology, copper, blown glass and local seawater, she has constructed a network of...

Kathy Hinde and Matthew Olden

Luminous Birds and Twittering Machines by Kathy Hinde with software by Matthew Olden Luminous Birds animates a flock of origami-style birds suspended overhead. Positioned in a long line, they illuminate in turn to create the illusion of animated flight, accompanied by...

Adam Basanta – A Room Listening to Itself

Adam Basanta is a Canadian sound artist and experimental composer, known for his sound sculptures and installation works. In A Room Listening to Itself, sound is produced through amplification techniques which "make audible" the physical relationships between...

Julian Weaver – Outwork

Commissioned especially for Fort Process, Outwork proposes a new defensive imaginary for Newhaven Fort; one in which it can monitor sonic events across the locale. 'The uninspected deteriorates', Eisenhower once wrote. At Newhaven Fort, Outwork's provision for coastal...

Cecile Chevalier + Chris Kiefer – Listening Mirrors

Listening Mirrors is a sound art installation and instrument that promotes shared modes of musical expression for musicians and non-musicians alike. The instrument, in its construction and interaction design, investigates ways in which collective sonic expression can...

Jeph Vanger – Sφera

Jeph Vanger is an award-winning sound designer and electronic composer who works and lives between Brighton and Athens. Sφera (2018) is multichannel sound environment where the physical presence of sound and the ongoing engagement become the priority. Loudspeaker...

Disinformation – National Grid

Disinformation's National Grid is a sub-bass installation sourced either from the ambient Very Low Frequency (VLF) radio field radiated by electricity pylons and mains circuits, or directly from the output cables of mains transformers. The long wavelengths associated...

KiRa+ – Accord

KiRa + is a collaborative project between artist Kira Zhigalina, engineer Adrian Godwin and sound designer Andrey Novikov. Accord was designed with the history of the fort in mind, particularly the coastal radar site built outside. This radar based installation...

Mike Blow

Mike Blow is bringing three pieces that explore an idea of ‘automatic music’ - interactive installations which respond to (or are played by) the audience, weather-driven work, and improvised performance. Automatic music encapsulates ideas of generative systems, self...

Copper Sounds

Copper Sounds presents the culmination of a self directed residency in Newhaven, investigating how the location's history is recorded within the environment. Using turntables, contact mics, effects units and sound manipulation they reveal hidden audible narratives...

Alice Eldridge + Chris Kiefer – Feedback Cell ++

Feedback Cell is the experimental luthiary and performance project of Chris Kiefer and Alice Eldridge. Performance experiments in different contexts inspire the ongoing evolution of hybrid, hacked feedback cellos that are fitted with sensors and transducers, turning...

Jason Hotchkiss – Tesla Coil Organ and Chaos Matrix

Jason Hotchkiss is a Brighton-based noise maker and inventor of electronic kits and devices for musicians. This year's Fort Process sees two new installations from Jason: The Tesla Coil Organ, high voltage electrical arcs that produce musical tones. This is an...

Guoda Dirzyte – Skaņas Laukums

Guoda Dirzyte aka Gong Girl is a Lithuanian-born experimental musical instruments designer, composer and sound artist. This year at the Fort Process she is presenting an interactive, kinetic installation/experimental musical instrument, Skaņas laukums. The artwork...

Mark Anderson – Phantom Field

Twenty one Wind Synthesisers form this Phantom Field, creating a swirling buffeting soundscape. You are welcome to move move freely within the triangular field, they are immersed in a sea of electronic harmonies as the rising and falling sound flows in and through the...

Jack Lister – Flood the Box

Flood the Box is an interactive sound sculpture that explores the use of water as an input medium for generative music, harnessing the sonic complexity offered by digital audio software with a hardware interface featuring minimal user control. Three burettes drip...

Fay Burnett – Pylon

Pylon is an interactive acoustic sound sculpture formed of a pair of aluminium conical structures suspended in scaffolding towers, positioned opposite each other some distance apart. Speaking quietly into the brass funnel on one side, the corresponding user will hear...

Daniel W J Mackenzie

Mackenzie's work spans various disciplines, gravitating mainly towards music and sound art but with a lean towards the sculptural and conceptual. He has appeared internationally as an exhibiting and performing artist, and is inspired by emotional intensity, distant...

Fiery Biscuits String Section

The aim of FBSS is to turn the fort itself into a musical instrument, repurposing the cast iron fittings of the HMS Aggressive and Moncrieff gun emplacements as if they were the headstock and bridge of some enormous ex-military zither. Other parts of the fort will...

Jez Stevens – [Play>Head]

Jez Stevens is a artist and musician based in Portsmouth where he occasionally curates the irregular SHNDG events. [Play>Head] invites you to take your device and travel backwards and forwards through the timeline laid out for you. Listen intently to the materials...

Maria Marzaioli – PWM

Maria’s work is centred around improvisation and also uses sound to explore our relationship with landscapes, encouraging the re-evaluation of mundane or familiar spaces through soundwalks, maps and field recordings. She performs with Slum of Legs, The Academy of Sun...

Nicholas Ritson – Buchla Krell patch

This is a self playing patch on Buchla's Music Easel. A random voltage is put on the decay of an envelope to effect the length of notes automatically. The composer Todd Barton ran with this idea on the Buchla 200 using multiple envelopes with either attacks, decays or...

Jordan Edge – Singing Polymers

Singing Polymers represents unconventional materials such as developed metal & latex coinciding with the natural environment, heightening the methodology of causal listening. This Aeolian Sculpture highlights the subtle physicalities within the weather, amplifying the...

Katie McCallum + Karl M V Waugh – A Conjecture On Space

An interactive audio-visual installation inspired by the physicality of mathematics, both its abstract construction and its physical rendering. You are invited to come and draw, but it will take on a life of its own. A Conjecture On Space is a collaboration between...

Dan Powell

Dan Powell is a Brighton based sound artist who uses handmade and proprietary electronics, tuned percussion and a variety of acoustic instruments to make hiswork. His work examines the relationship between physical objects, the landscape they exist in, and human...

TALKS


Jamie Ward – The Kaleidoscopic World of Synaesthesia

Jamie Ward explores the fascinating world of synaesthesia in which music can be experienced as a kaleidoscopic pattern of moving colours, shapes and textures. He will explain what causes synaesthesia and how it has influenced, and continues to influence, music and the...

Dirk Campbell – Music and Dance in Remote Antiquity

In this fully illustrated talk Dirk Campbell will explore fascinating connections between the ancient and modern worlds of the Mediterranean and Middle East, and play examples on a large number of traditional and reconstructed musical instruments.

Joe Banks – Rorschach Audio

Joe Banks' talk Rorschach Audio will be an exploration of the art and science of psychoacoustic ambiguities. Part detective story, part artistic and cultural critique, he lifts the lid on an array of fascinating and under-examined perceptual and political phenomena....

VISUAL MEDIA


Semiconductor – Parting The Waves

Semiconductor is UK artist duo Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt. They make visually and intellectually engaging artworks which explore the material nature of our world and how we experience it through the lens of science and technology, questioning how these devices...

Frances Young

Frances Young is a UK-based artist working with moving image. Her work explores areas between stasis and movement, the interplay between image and sound, and a shifting relation between medium and temporal representation. She uses a variety and hybridity of recording...

Bartosz Dylewski

Bartosz creates custom tools for real time and generative, sound triggered abstract visuals. His influences include constructivism, Bauhaus, early computer art, pixel and glitch art. At Fort Process he will be collaborating with Rhys Chatham, Kyoka and the venue...

Ursula Damm – Transits

Ursula Damm’s work spans a multitude of disciplines, reaching into abstract sculpture, cybernetic installations and environmental sound. She has worked extensively with generative visual media, resulting in video pieces that have been installed in galleries and public...

Sam Hewitt

Sam Hewitt appears to be a multi-media artist. He resembles a former member of the band Clearlake, a co-developer of The Private Sector and half of the Fortunecats digital art collaboration. Sam also seems to be a well regarded oil painter and his works are said to be...

THE DAMPING WELLS

Listen to our new show on Totally Radio – including tracks by artists from previous and upcoming Fort Process line-ups.

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