photo 13 – 23 March 2014


 PREVIEW: 12 March 2014, 6pm


Audiograft returns with towering walls of echoing sound, tolling Oxford bells, stunning live electronics and hypnotic mechanical LEGO. Delicate glass meets orbiting turntables and spinning vintage records create an illusion of a virtual vinyl LP spinning in acoustic space.

Over two weeks, new experimental music, sound art events and exhibitions will pop up in some of Oxford’s most interesting venues and spaces. Throughout the programme you can experience Europe’s oldest concert hall, an incredible semi-industrial warehouse, and freely traced electromagnetic fields perceived on an Electrical Walk in your urban environment.

For Audiograft 2014 OVADA is proud to present work by:



Using simple and functional components, Zimoun builds architecturally-minded platforms of sound. Exploring mechanical rhythm and flow in prepared systems, his installations incorporate commonplace industrial objects. In an obsessive display of simple and functional materials, these works articulate a tension between the orderly patterns of Modernism and the chaotic forces of life. Carrying an emotional depth, the acoustic hum of natural phenomena in Zimoun’s minimalist constructions effortlessly reverberates.


_Ben Gwilliam_webempty spiel IV ruminates on self-sounding self-made audio. Several DVB receivers are tuned to different channels in one location, then moved and installed in the gallery space. The relocation of the channels creates either noise interferance or silence as the pretuned wave lengths differs from place to place. Devoid of the image, only the audio channels are broadcast live-to-air across dozens of speakers. In activating the medium, the sounds of self-scanning are evident, seeking for a signal as space has been shifted.

_Alex FractionsPlay House is an automata that mechanically computes and performs ever changing acid house which is hooky and hypnotic. Like a generative musical loom, a single drive turns a sequence of LEGO gears, levers and latches that mutate riffs and rhythm patterns. These are played out on analogue drums and synthesisers from the halcyon days of 1980′s dance music, whilst the machine gradually shifts the timbre and space of the sound. In the piece the process of creation is laid bare so one can indulge in picking apart the interactions driving the score, seeing sound as it changes in sculpture, exploring our expectations in music, or simply rocking out to some fruity acid.

VENUE: OVADA Warehouse


Here are some photos of the Private View on Wednesday 12th March 2014:

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