Job Opportunity: Remixer

I am looking to employ fellow disabled artists to make a 3-5 minute audio remix of one of my Soundcloud tracks. 

https://soundcloud.com/gemma-nash-2

I can offer a fee of £150 in exchange for your release of all rights to the remix. I will credit your artistic input in the remix.

To apply please email info@gemmanashartist.com with: 

  1. Details about you.
  2. The track you want to remix & your approach.
  3. Up to four examples of your work.  

No more than 500 words 

I am particularly interested in employing disabled artists from underrepresented groups, such as POC and/or queer folk.

Deadline for Application: 3.7.20.   Decision:10.7.20   Deadline for remix: 3.8.20. 

Acorn Massive – update

Kris interviewing Paul about the Chickens he looks after.  Outside on the farm.

Just before Covid-19 I was working on an audio tour in collaboration with Acorn Massive, an audio ensemble for people with learning difficulties based at Acorn Farm. Our collaboration has been supported by Heart of Glass and Kris Gjerstad.

The tour will eventually be presented as a an on-site interactive sound piece capturing life on the farm.  The piece will incorporate spoken word, quirky vocal samples, field recordings and lively musical jams.  

Unfortunately our plans have been delayed due to Covid-19.  Nevertheless we are currently working with a graphic designer to produce an online version – which will be premiered later in the year!

In the meantime, here are a few of our experimental sound jams:

Jam One

Jam Two

Working on the Farm

It’s Smokey Joe

Working with Acorn Massive has been a very enjoyable experience, and has certainly made me think about the relationships we have with each other and our interconnections with nature.    

CUTTER // NASH Promo Video

This February Gareth and I underwent a period of artistic mentorship delivered by two brilliant artists: Tim Spooner and Nwando Ebizie.

Funded through an Unlimited Micro Grant, the mentorship gave us opportunity to engage in critical self-reflection and refine strategies for future development.

During the mentoring, we took the opportunity to make a promo video filmed by Alex Mannion-Jones.

Bureaucracy Jungle

Below is some footage of my performance at last weeks GMCDP AGM. An EDM set sampling and deconstructing the absurd bureaucracy of PIP assessments into a heavy drum’n’bass tune.

Other performers included singer songwriters Dennis Queen, Joe Stevenson and Leah Phillips. They were all excellent.

Leah’s modern swing cleverly highlighted big political issues such as climate change. Whilst Dennis and Joe’s melodic indie songs were about personal barriers and staying true to oneself in difficult times.

 I really enjoyed the evening and will be developing the piece further in the next few months.

Do not open it … Do not own it

Hacked Cassette Player

Tonight I am performing for the GMCDP AGM at The International Anthony Burgess Foundation. Alongside other local disabled artists, I will be trying out a new scratch electronic piece: Do not open it // Do not own it

Do not open it // Do not own it is sound based parody about PIP & ESA claimants resorting to the use of cassette tapes to record their assessments.   

Using ableton live, touch boards and hacked cassette players, I will explore the backward/rewinding/distorted process these assessments have been for many of us. 

The process isn’t just a cruel challenge to our survival, but also a distortion of our identity or validity as disabled people.  

GMCDP AGM

6.30pm-9.30pm, International Anthony Burgess Foundation
Engine House Chorlton Mill 3
Cambridge Street
Manchester
M1 5BY

ParaOice – Berlin Edition

Over the weekend I deejayed in Berlin with turntablist Kris Gjerstad. Based at the very cool Sophiensaele, our performance was part of The Space In-Between, No Limits Festival 2019.

Using samples from the CUTTER//NASH ParaOice, we played a lively Jungle-Techno set aimed to get the party started!

It was an absolutely amazing experience to perform in Berlin – the homeland of experimental music and DJing. I’m buzzing!

Acorn Massive

Good to be back at work after a difficult summer fighting various infections, and eventually having an appendectomy 🙁 .

I am particularly pleased to be working with members of Acorn Farm again. Using both technology, storyboarding techniques and our imaginations, together we have been working on a simple ‘spooky’ sound story. We have also decided to call ourselves ‘Acorn Massive‘!

For the technology geeks out there – we used the Micro-Speak recorder (pictured), which was a great little device in terms of accessibility and quality. We also used iPads, iPhones and a Zoom recorder.

Although we ended up sampling a staggering four hours worth of noises, this mini sound story is only the first phase of a much bigger piece of work.

“A great introduction to creating a sound story, we were really impressed at some of the ideas” Angela Miveld – Day Services Manager – Acorn Farm

Please check out my instagram for projects updates …

This project is being supported by Heart of Glass.

CUTTER // NASH ‘ParaOice’ Sound Installation

Now on display, London, Asia House as part of the BodyParts Exhibition (see instagram post below).

A Paralympic parody, The Paraoice is based on a futuristic vocal competition. Through the lens of of post-human, queer and disability theories, this piece examines public perceptions of ‘realness’. Exploring how Paralympic sport has impacted upon society’s views about disability, validity and normativity.

Imagine a 2099 remake of ‘The Voice’ competition.  In this dystopian future, competitors with augmented voices are disqualified.  A lucky few, however, qualify for a parallel competition The Paraoice.  Most people love The Paraoice but some question its eligibility criteria, likening the show to vegan steak.  This in part has been due to the rise in bionic vocal chords….

The audio installation will be experienced through Sonic Pixels – an innovative sound delivery system developed by Cornbrook Creative and James Medd in collaboration with CodeBug.

Like pixels on a screen, this system allows us to create sonic equivalents of brightness, colour and texture as well as an interesting visual representation of our sound art.

Belle and the Bell Curve

Latest instablog about the fantastic sound based workshops I delivered for my Research Residency Heart of Glass.

Highlights from the workshops includes one participant, John, singing a rendition of ‘Michelle my Belle’. This was the first time John had heard a playback of himself singing or speaking. He was astonished!

International Women’s Day

Today I delivered a short presentation for Salford City Council’s IWD2019 staff event. Below is two images from the prezi I made for my speech and my instagram blog about IWD2019.

Other speakers included: Debbie Brown (Director of Service Reform) and Magda Sachs (Principal Policy and Equalities Officer).

Image depicting a mountain. Text at the top reads: D 3 – Democracy Disability and Devolution, Manchester Based Women’s Project, Breakthrough UK – Gemma Nash (Trustee)
Image of a leaf. Text on the leaf reads: Why? According to the Fawcett Society, only two women MPs identify as being disabled people – under half a percent of the House of Commons! 42% of women in Greater Manchester who reported sexual violence were also disabled (Voices of Survivors Project 2018)

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The campaigning theme for International Women’s Day is ‘Balance for Better’. But for many disabled women, our lives are literally ‘Hanging in the Balance’. Last month I learnt a shocking, if not surprising, statistic: 42% of women in Greater Manchester who reported sexual violence were also disabled (Voices of Survivors). . . The safety of women in Greater Manchester is a key area of concern for the newly launched Pankhurst-Fawcett Scorecard. The Scorecard identifies 10 key measurements around gender equality across Education, Employment, Safety, Participation and Culture. Led by Helen Pankhurst and the GM4Women2028 Coalition, the plan is for the data to be compiled and shared annually to 2028 (which is the anniversary of equal franchise). . . One of the biggest reasons why the safety of disabled women has become more of an issue over the last few years is due to cuts in our welfare state (Sisters of Frida). In Greater Manchester, for example, many disabled women have reported a 25% reduction in their social care package, sometimes this has been reduced to 50% or even 0%. . . Unfortunately it is also more common for women to have no other method of funding their own care, making them more at risk. According to the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, just under half of disabled women are neither employed nor actively seeking work. . . This is a particularly difficult situation for any women in an abusive relationship, as they can end up forced to rely upon their abusive partner to provide ‘care’. . . Anyone can become a disabled person and I always think it’s worth remembering that our fight for representation and is also your fight, or those before you – many suffragettes, for example, became disabled through their activism. Many ended up incarcerated in institutions alongside other disabled people at that time. So these brave women were again denied the right to vote, because they were disabled. #internationalwomensday #girlpower #womenempowerment #balanceforbetter #events #feminist #women #art #empowerment #feminism #iwd #womeninbusiness #artwork #sdg #celebratingwomen

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