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THSH Artist-in-Residence Sam Underwood - October 2013

Stuff is really starting to take shape, and I am getting used to the hoops I need to jump through to get stuff done. September was a busy month and October will be doubly so.

It’s not all stuff for THSH but much of it informs, or is informed by, my engagement here…

Best of all there are various feedback loops starting to emerge. For example, my recent residency with David Morton at the Library of Birmingham has sparked discussions about similar activities with the Education and Community team at THSH. Oh and my instrument building company with David, MortonUnderwood, has just won a commission to build an instrument to play alongside the newly refurbished Southbank Centre organ, as part of their Pull Out All The Stops Festival next year.

Finished THSH projects are finally starting to emerge as well. The first being the “A Word In Your Ear” sonic art piece (pictured). Speak into the ear to pass on a message to the next person, delivered via the mouth. This was presented to the THSH Board in their recent meeting.

More pieces are soon to emerge, all of which I presented at our most recent If Wet event. Next week they will be presented with a slightly different tone at the THSH Team Talk.

Onwards – stuff to build on, including some bigger, longer term projects such as the MortonUnderwood Augmented Big Band and a large scale sound art install. Plus at the start of November I will be involved in the RISK Weekender, which off the back of a busy October will be a blast, and certainly very risky!

I am keen to hear your thoughts. Feel free to contact me via the comments to this post or by email: sam@mrunderwood.co.uk

Thanks for reading; further updates to follow!