Composer-performer spanning live electronics, free improvisation, noise, electroacoustics, and Arabic musics.



Automatic Writing Circle is designed to explore the almost biological aspects of primitive music making, based on the notion of music as sonic communication. The techniques of Ecosonic improvisations involve relationships between people, sound, movement and emotion. The performers draw on the intense expressivity that lies at the heart of emotional vocal utterance. The immediacy of the body defines player-instrument relationship and methods of sound production, while minimizing cognitive mediation of culturally acquired musical imperatives.

The Ouija Board – a new form of group musical instrument. Based on the real-time video analysis of the shadows of a group of people, it reframes many of the conventions of traditional tactile instrumental control. It allows the relationship between sound material from loudspeakers and the embodied act of performance to be investigated more deeply. During performance the Ouija board acts as a bridge between acousmatic and traditional instrumental / vocal techniques.

The tactile quality of traditional acoustic instruments is in contrast to this remote, shadowy form of engagement. It is a negative instrument, between two worlds, casting a human shadow on the acousmatic curtain.

Automatic Writing Circle performers are from diverse musical backgrounds, amongst them – historically informed performance, electroacoustic composition, experimental and popular music.
They include: Peter Coyte (ouija board) – composer, producing work for installation, performance, theatre, dance, film, and TV, writer-performer with spoken word artist Salena Godden as SaltPeter (Fred Label). Kirsten Edwards (ouija board) is a visual artist gravitating towards sound and collaborative improvisation. Thomas Gardner (cello) composer, has made pieces with choreographer Jeremy James, permanent installations in the UK and Holland with Turner prize artist Martin Creed; as a programmer has worked with MAX since its inception. He is Senior Lecturer at LCC University of the Arts. Stephen Preston (baroque flute) established a worldwide reputation as a pioneering early music performer, has worked as a conductor, choreographer and director of opera, theatre, and television. He developed Ecosonics from his research into birdsong, improvisation and new techniques for the baroque flute, and duetting. Seth Ayyaz (ney / daf) is a composer/performer whose work spans arabic, electroacoustic, live electronics, free improvisation and noise musics. His principle areas of theoretical interest are intercultural sound aesthetics, and neurocognitive aspects of auditory perception. Also, special thanks to Andy Charalambous, Honorary Research Fellow in Physics and Astronomy at University College London, for designing the latest structure of the ouija board and solving many optical and practical problems.

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July 2013
Configuring the Potential: A Response to Merlin James
Parasol Unit, London, UK

Lisa Skuret – Live Diagramming:Parasol Unit 11.07.13
Automatic Writing Circle with Lisa Skuret

June 2011
CRiSAP (Creative Research into Sound Arts Practice) presents:
Sound Art at the Swiss Church in London
Swiss Church, London, UK

Mark Peter Wright – A Quiet Reverie
The Automatic Writing Circle
Thomas Gardner – Lipsync

November 2010
Nightingale Theatre
Brighton, UK

September 2009
Sibelius Academy
Helsinki, Finland

March 2009
Schön Later Gasse 9
Vienna, Austria
Curated by Volkmar Klien

March 2009
Performance Laboratory
London College of Communication (LCC)

October 2008

A special autumnal evening of string sound experiments at Dalston’s Cafe Oto with:
AUTOMATIC WRITING CIRCLE, improvising cellist BELA EMERSON, plus experimental singer/songwriter MANUELA BARCZEWSK.