For Those That Didn’t Experience Moog Soundlab…

Birmingham’s Supersonic Festival teamed up with the brilliant Moog Sound Lab to host a four-week artist residency at Birmingham City University’s Parkside campus.

Musicians were able to experiment and compose with analog sound-scaping, synthesis and effects using the iconic synth of these revered instruments.

Brighton-based producer, composer and artist Elizabeth Bernholz or Gazelle Twin was one of the artists to let loose in the Moog Sound Lab with a hooded accomplice. Click here to watch the performance.

Composer, sound historian, roboticist, and theremin genius Sarah Angliss was also one of the artists experimenting in the Moog Sound Lab. Watch Angliss pull music out of thin air in the video here.

The Moog Sound Lab also featured the Birmingham duo – Free School who are local purveyors of silky disco, with a cosmic twist. Watch their performance here.


Reminiscing over Reich …


After months of preparation and organisation, it is time to say fair well to the Reich exhibition! To celebrate the exhibition that has been displayed in the Parkside Gallery for the last few weeks, we have captured some of our favourite Reich pieces  for those of you that missed the terrific exhibition:

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Supersonic Festival 2015

Supersonic festival is partnering with internationally renowned Moog Sound Lab and Birmingham City University, to create a four-week artist residency programme based at The Parkside building from 1 June 2015.

Dr Robert Moog (pronounced like ‘vogue’) first introduced the world to the ‘Moog Modular Synthesiser’ a new type of instrument just over fifty years ago.


Although Moog himself was not musically talented his instrument has gone on to become an influential and fundamental element, with regards to changing music history and becoming a key fixture within experimental and rock compositions.

Audiencefalcons will famously recognise the use of the Moog Sound in the majority of Kraftwerk’s seminal 1974 album Autobahn, the guns in the newest Star Trek movies and the taking off sound of Star Wars’ Millennium Falcon.

The Moog Sound Lab continuously moves to different venues and was previously pioneered at Rough Trade NYC. The lab becomes a temporary residential space offering a unique opportunity for artists to explore and create. There will be a number of academics and students from Birmingham City University that will be able to experiment and compose with the iconic instruments, but the festival will also feature the following artists:

4 June 2015 – Sarah Angliss: Award winning composer, roboticist and historian of sound.

9 June 2015 – Free School: A Birmingham retro-futurist, mask-donning disco duo, exploring a unique fusion of electro house, Balearic and Kosmiche.

11 June 2015 – Gazelle Twin: Twisted Cronenberg-inspired persona of producer, composer and artist – Elizabeth Bernholz.

As part of the Supersonic Festival, the All Ears exhibition will be at Millennium Point for two weeks from 1 June 2015 and will display a collection of archaic music boxes alongside a selection of new works, in response to the innovation of early technology and programmable music machines. Owl Project, Sarah Angliss, Morton Underwood and Paul Gittens are some of the artists who have contributed their fascinating pieces.

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Admission for the All Ears festival is FREE, but do not hesitate to contact for more information on any of the activities and opportunities regarding the festival.

Parkside Gallery’s Tibor Reich Exhibition Makes Family Proud

When launching the exhibition that celebrates Tibor Reich’s work at Birmingham City University’s Parkside Gallery, many were excited about the pieces that were about to be unveiled at the first stop of the ‘Tibor’ tour.

The private viewing of the exhibition that took place on the 21 April 2015, welcomed the general public and special guests such as Sam Reich; the person behind the 2016 re-launch of the brand ‘Tibor’ and also grandson of the former textile designer. Amongst the crowd were also three of Reich’s children, including the second from youngest Linda Fraser.

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[Sam Reich giving a speech at the private view]

Travelling from London to see the exhibition for the first time proved to be an insightful experience for Linda, as she had never seen a majority of the drawings – simply because of the volume in the collection.

“I was completely blown away by the exhibition, I thought the exhibition was very well chosen and displayed the work beautifully.

“It made me feel incredibly proud, I just love being with people who adore my Dad’s work, it gives me a real kick!”


Reich is described by his children as creating a ‘wonderful and creative atmosphere at home’ that infused and inspired them all as individuals. “As children we were always drawing and there were always ‘fans’ of my father’s work visiting; including celebrities like John Boynton Priestley, Roy Dotrice, Sam Wanamaker and Dave Allen.

“My father also had a lot of creative family friends who would help him branch out his ideas to other media products.”

One memorable visitor who made an appearance at the Stratford family home and caused quite a stir amongst the street – was a Lotus Car designer. The designer wanted Reich to design the seating material for one of his new models and therefore, turned up in a prototype of the car he had designed.

The Parkside exhibition has a variety of Reich’s work on display but a favourite of Reich’s daughter Linda, were the architectural drawings.

“I loved the drawings of what he wanted our house in Stratford to look like, as they were so true to what it did end up looking like.”

The exhibition has received a lot of attention across Instagram, with a lot of admiration for the work selected.


“Seeing how much people love and admire my fathers work makes us as his children, honoured and enthusiastic about the plans for ‘Tibor.’ The aim is to share with the public, creative or not, Dad’s vision and work and hopefully inspire even more people.”



BCU Swipeside Festival 2015

Flatpack Film Festival is now in full swing and for the second year, the festival has worked alongside a team of visual communication, media and art students from Birmingham City University  to curate and deliver a new strand: Swipeside.


Swipeside runs for one week from 23-30 March in the brand new Parkside Building and has a number of exciting events, talks, screenings and workshops all taking place.

There will also be a host of national and international guests attending the official launch in the Parkside Gallery on the 24 March, including Nobuaki Doi and Mirai Mizue, Priit PärnCyriak, BAFTA-winners Will Anderson & Ainslie HendersonChris Randall, and Eimhin McNamara. Continue reading

6 Things You Didn’t Know About Flatpack Film Festival 2015…

As the Flatpack film festival 2015 begins, here are just a few reasons as to why you should check it out…

  1. Flatpack held it’s first festival back in 2006, making this year its ninth event! Oh-Willy_stil-051
  2. The festival is taking place across 30 venues in Birmingham including BCU Parkside, The Mockingbird, Impact Hub, Custard Factory, Hackney Picturehouse, St Paul’s Church, Great Western Arcade, and Old Joint Stock Theatre.8990465782_c62e856eba_b
  3. This year Flatpack’s organisers are expecting a turnout of just over 9000 people across the whole festival.Untitled
  4. Animation, documentaries, artist’s film and installations as well as shorts are  just a few of the listed categories for 2015, with 120 films expected to screen across the festival.David Bowie is - V&A Exhibition 2013
  5. Winner of three Cannes Critic’s Award ‘The Tribe’ will be screened on the 22nd March 2015 at The Electric. The entire cast for the film is deaf and mute therefore the ‘dialogue’ throughout the film is in complete sign language with no subtitles or voice over. TheTribe
  6. Since the early years of Flatpack, the production has been soundtracked by WFMU which is currently the longest running freeform radio station in the United States. In honour of flatpack station Manager Ken will be broadcasting a special one-off show from Birmingham to mark the UK premiere of Sex and Broadcasting.Dave_the_Spazz