Tin Men and the Telephone are an Amsterdam based band that employs live electronics, projected visuals, and audience participation (via s specially created app) in combination with jazz and improvised music to create a one of a kind multimedia experience.

In what is thought to be the first project of its kind, they begin a three-year programme in 2017 working with six UK partner arts organisations to explore new approaches to the experience of live performance through staging, shaping their performance, using technology and audience participation. Crucially, audiences themselves will be directly involved in this work.

At the heart of their music is a commitment to bringing audiences into the musical performance itself with audiences at their shows actively take part in their performances in real time via a special app. Voting on what direction the music should take next, sending short audio or video messages that serve as the basis for instant compositions, creating beats for the band to play around with, even controlling the stage lighting.

They want audiences to help them create new ways of making music by getting involved in the journey from the ‘ideas’ stage working towards the creation of new work and/or ways of working, whilst having fun in the process.

How do I take part ?

  • Watch the open sharing sessions (online via streaming sites or in person if you live nearby) from each of the residencies. The first of these is Friday 13th October 2017 in Aldeburgh 
  • Provide feedback. Take part in an ongoing online conversation, influencing the creative process and new directions for the band. Check out the band's facebook page where the band will post content and invite feedback/suggestions.
  • Come along to the residency sharing / future performances in Birmingham scheduled to take place in 2018 and beyond.

Want to know more?

  • Watch the introductory video below
  • Contact us to sign up/get involved
  • Watch the  live stream of the sharing event from their open session.