Friday Sessions are informal talks and presentations hosted by
public works on Friday evenings with invited guests and
FS_17 will present a one off performance by The17
Friday the 25th of May at 19.00 at the public works studio.
here for directions.
THE17 - AN INVITATION
A time has arrived where we can (in theory and almost in
practise) listen to any recorded music, from the entire history of
recorded music, wherever, whenever while doing whatever we
This has meant our relationship with music is rapidly and
fundamentally changing faster than it has done for many
This is good for numerous reasons.
But a by-product of this is, recorded music will no longer
contain the meaning it once held for us. This will entail it no
longer gives us what we need and desire from it. Once a music has
lost itâ€™s meaning it has no value.
Thus as we edge our way deeper into the 21st Century we will
begin to want music that can not be listened to wherever, whenever
while doing whatever. We will begin to seek out music that is both
occasion and place specific, music that can never be merely a
soundtrack. We will demand music where we are no longer just the
consumers, unwitting or otherwise.
The era of recorded music is now passing and within the next
decade it will begin to look and sound like a dated medium.
Recorded music will be perceived as an art form very much of the
The above notions excite me. This excitement has brought about
The17. The17 rejects all that the era of recorded music had to
offer and attempts to embrace the unknown opportunities of what
Please accept my invitation to embrace the unknown opportunities
of what lies ahead in whatever way excites you.
From Architecture to Music - perspectives on new and recent
An informal talk centred on a recent piece 'Junkspace', created
and premiered at IRCAM in Paris in 2006. The piece explores
different concepts related to form as it is conceived of in
traditional musical structure and the possibilities of extending it
through architectural processes and theory.
Following an apprenticeship as a sound engineer in New York in
1995, Sam Britton studied architecture at the Architectural
Association from 1996 to 1999 where he received his RIBA Part 1
He began writing electronic music in 1996 in which he is almost
entirely self taught. Since 1997 he has recorded and released music
for a number of independent electronic music labels in the UK and
the US (Output Recordings, Temporary Residence, Domino and The Leaf
Label) to significant critical acclaim and continues to perform as
'Icarus' (with Ollie Bown) all over Europe.
In 2005/6 he completed a masters course in electronic music and
composition at IRCAM in Paris. His composition work at IRCAM was
overseen by composer Philippe Leroux and he attended master classes
with Brian Ferneyhough, Hugues Dufourt, Joshua Fineberg and Yan
Maresz. His composition 'Junkspace' for banjo and electronics was
highly commended and premiered during the 2006 artistic season at
Since returning to London he has been actively involved in
fostering new audiences for electro-acoustic music, notably through
'Not Applicable', the organisation he co-founded in 2002 with Ollie
Bown. Recent work has centered around new techniques for
electro-acoustic improvisation and has included performances with
Evan Parker, George Lewis, Diemo Schwarz, Lothar Ohlmeier and Tom
Currently he is focusing on writing a new piece for string
quartet and electronics and developing work with many diverse
instrumentalists, continuing to fuse his approach to electronic
music with an instrumental tradition in the pursuit of new avenues
for compositional technique and musical perception.