Friday Sessions are informal talks and presentations hosted by public works on Friday evenings with invited guests and friends.

FS_17 - The17 - FRIDAY 25 MAY AT 19.00



FS_17 will present a one off performance by The17
Friday the 25th of May at 19.00 at the public works studio.
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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 want.

This has meant our relationship with music is rapidly and fundamentally changing faster than it has done for many decades.

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 it’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 20th Century.

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 lies ahead.

Please accept my invitation to embrace the unknown opportunities of what lies ahead in whatever way excites you.

Bill Drummond


FS_15  30 Bird Productions - Mehrdad Seyf speaking - Friday 13th April -


Friday 13th April starts at 19.00
at public works studio

30 Bird Productions is an Anglo-Iranian film and theatre company producing highly visual new writing. Using its cultural heritage as its inspiration, 30 Bird explores the meeting points between Eastern and Western cultures, whilst using visual and textual material to develop new forms of performance.

30 Bird develops each project via a collaborative workshop process placing an emphasis on visual narratives. Via the use of sculptural design and installations, 30 Bird aims to create surprise out of the ordinary.

The rise of Modernism both as a philosophical outlook and an architectural form and its imposition in the East has informed much of 30 Bird's work. Our projects do not tell a story, they are more akin to musical compositions, depicting images derived from individual descriptions, photographs and official documents. Projects include: The Parable of The Blind, Death By Heroine, Majnoun, but you speak such good English and The Persian Revolution.


FS_11 Sam Britton



From Architecture to Music - perspectives on new and recent work

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 certification.

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 IRCAM.

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 Arthurs.

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.