Sound Arts and New Music in Cumbria.

Octopus Collective are a sound art and new music organisation based in a public park on Cumbria’s Furness Peninsula. Dedicated to developing and exporting new work and acting as an incubator for emerging artists, we offer an ongoing programme of activities including performance, education and research projects, artistic commissions and the biennial Full of Noises Festival.

Starting life in a former canteen building on the edge of Barrow-in-Furness’ Trident submarine manufacturing plant, Full of Noises has invited a wide range of artists to explore the locale and create new work, from Faust, AGF, Philip Jeck, Hildur Gudnadottir and Tetsuo Kogawa to Dopplereffekt, Mobile Radio, Haco, John Wall, Lee Gamble and Richard Youngs.

Our most recent festival took a back-to-basics approach through a programme of work focusing on analogue and acoustic sound sources, archaic and obscure technologies and a series of talks focusing on the forerunners and pioneers of experimental and electronic music. Works included new commissions for handbells, EMS Synthi A and a tuba/trombone/organ 5.1 system alongside lectures on Pierre Schaeffer and Hugh Davies, a film portrait of Lol Coxhill and a giant black sub-bass-emitting bouncy castle. The next edition of the festival will take place in summer 2015.

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Octopus is: Glenn Boulter, Andrew Deakin and John Hall.