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Oscillation ::: Tuned Circuits
29/04/2021 - 02/05/2021

===> Oscillation festival 2021 ::: Tuned Circuits


The interaction of tone, as though a tone were a being. The tone itself may contain a complex spectrum or it may be a more reduced, transparent, or singular vibration. But it is always influenced by what is happening around it, in its periphery, and there are always other tonalities altering its condition.
– Catherine Lamb


Tuned Circuits, the 2021 edition of Oscillation Festival, borrows its title from Daphne Oram, the early electronic composer and instrument inventor. In Oram’s work and writing we glimpse an avenue to escape the borders of material, in order to be able to “perceive phenomena simultaneously from various sides”, and to find parallels between electronic circuits and biological ones. More broadly; the festival looks at the practice and phenomena of tuning. Tuning is a fundament of music making. To think in terms of tuning is to think in terms of relations; of one thing coming into consonance or dissonance with another, of one thing colouring and affecting another. It is also to think in terms of time, since tuning requires a process of constant calibration: what is now in tune will not stay that way.

Oscillation—Tuned Circuits takes place over 4 days in The Mill, Brussels and will mix talks, concerts and participatory works as well as a continuous radio stream for listeners at home. Each day focusses on a sub-thematic: attuning, as a movement of convergence; feedback, as a circular movement which amplifies itself; detuning, as a movement of unlearning and a condition for regeneration. The opening evening we dedicate to Daphne Oram, whose research thematic we take as our own: “to follow curiosities without flinching.”


Oscillation Festival is a project by Q-O2 werkplaats. This edition is hosted by MILL with the support of Needcompany, the Vlaamse Gemeenschap, the Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie.


Note for Covid 19:
    We are closely monitoring the situation and will endeavour to bring you a safe and responsible festival. All events will be simultaneously streamed through the festival website. We hope to have a live public for the festival and will keep updating the website as the situation becomes clearer.


    In the week proceeding the festival, Tuned Circuits hosts a number of workshops with invited guests, offering practical skill sharing related to the thematics of the festival. More info soon.

Sebastian Dingens - WALKS
Pavel Tchikov 29/11/23
Nika Son - Scatter

Q-O2 is supported by the Flemish Community, VGC and the European Union
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