dialogues' fourth Inspace concert will take place alongside New Media Scotland's exhibition "Are We Human?". Improvising electronic musicians will perform next to various exhibits, some of which react to sound, others share similar poetic standpoints to the musicians. Performers inlclude Bennett Hogg (Newcastle) on "resistant violin" and John Ferguson (Newcastle) on guitar and electronics. Lin Zhang(aka Aliased Neuron)'s new solo project will be performed alongside "Perpetual Storytelling Apparatus" (an installation work by Julius von Bismarck & Benjamin Maus). We are also delighted to be showing Sean Williams' new sound piece (the sound of music)', a work that explores the listening-history encoded into the grooves of long playing records. Here's what he's saying about it;

"By taking a record with a mono recording on it, inverting one channel and carefully adjusting the amplitude, it is possible to cancel out almost entirely, the intentional recorded music, leaving only that which differs from left to right. Due to the way the grooves are cut to achieve two channel reproduction, any scratches, wear, or other distortions will be audible above the very low level of the music.

What you are listening to is the listening history of this particular record – the embodied results of handling, groove wear from old styli, atmospheric decay, organic residue and other results of its existence in the world for several tens of years."

One record played is The Sound Of Music, the other is Panorama of Musique Concrète."

Are We Human?" opens to the public on the 5th December so come and get a sneak preview the night before. The exhibition features works by Julius von Bismarck & Benjamin Maus, Brian Hewitt, Simon Kirby, Erick Oh, Yoon Chung Han, Gautam Rangan & Mubbasir Kapadia, Tanja Vujinovic and The Black Estate. More details are here: