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cafe oto
Published 5 October 2011 by JT

I am performing a solo set in cafe oto on the 11th of October.
Please come along if you are in the area , it will be great . Great artists involved.

Link below

11th of October
Galvanised Festival
Cafe oto

Doors: 8pm

£6 advance / £7 on the door

Galvanised! presents the 5th annual festival of experimental sounds and music.



Big Thanks
Published 12 October 2011 by JT

Thank you to all who attended last night ,
It was a great event and some great great sound from very special artists ,
and a fab tech team at cafe oto ,
Thanks to all,

Crystal : Diamond Light Source.
Published 13 October 2011 by JT

Since January I have been working with Diamond Light Source in Didcott on the sounds from their Particle accelerator.
Crystal is nearly 40 minutes long. It has been written for 5.1 DVD as a commission for Diamond Light Source.

On the 20th of October it was performed live in the space of the electron storage ring with a live feed from the Particle accelerator. The event was truly original and we had a good audience who listened to a live 45 minute set of Crystal.

You can down load the original work here from soundcloud. If you would like more information about the event or a DVD of Crystal please contact .

Crystal Jo Thomas Diamond Light Source 2011 by Jo Thomas

Work and process
It is a sound work composed directly from frequencies generated by the electron storage ring, a particle accelerator. The work also uses binaural recording from locations inside Diamond’s experimental hall, storage ring and beamlines. Writing this work, my imagination was sparked from the start and my aim was to write a work of substantial length which reflected both the actual content of the spectrum of the space and also the metaphorical content of the sounds.

The Diamond synchrotron is a rich multi-spectral sonic environment, with a cacophony of sounds generated by machines which hiss pure nitrogen, pump air from vacuum chambers and cool high-powered magnets. There is never one time where any sound is exactly the same. It is a large space, circular; extremely reverberative, vibrating complex tones from the electro-magnetic and mechanical interfaces which generate the electron beam which travels at near the speed of light. The actual physical space of the synchrotron seems to capture pure human intelligence, concentration and the ability to look beyond what is currently possible. It is light, futuristic and like nothing I have ever seen before.

Most of the sounds you hear in this work are the sounds of electron injections into the particle accelerator at certain times of the day. This happens on a regular basis every 25 minutes; it is predicable and ever present. The sonic content of the injections is grainy and dry. I choose to listen to the micro tonalities captured in
the streams of injections developing detailed micro melodies which appear and disappear not unlike the atom injections. The injections are heard in full at the end of the work. I also took binaural field recordings from points in the synchrotron area and I used a selection of these within the work.

Crystal is designed both for concentrated listening and also for installation. One can walk into the work at any time and capture phrases “injections of a sonic palette” or simply sit down and listen to the whole work. It captures my experience of listening in on the inner workings of the synchrotron. The space itself captures a sense of timelessness, and my aim was to reflect this in the form of the music.
The work was composed in the Electro-acoustic Studios of the University of Wales , Bangor, with support from a research grant from the University of East London. Many thanks to all involved in making the work.

Jo Thomas, London October 2011

Black Vinyl
Published 25 October 2011 by JT

So I have come to the end of quite an intensive period of performing and writing.
I'm am glad to say it has been amazing and I have loved every single minute of it. Now am back in the studio ( Stoke Newington, London ) writing new material for next year.

Below is an excerpt of the live performance of Crystal last week in Didcott . It was very special and something that I will remember for a long time .
Thank you to everyone that was involved in the commission .. ... and get a DVD if you can !
good week,

Excerpt Crystal Live performance 2011 Diamond Light Source by Jo Thomas

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