Tommy Perman (ex-FOUND) unveils Concrete Antenna project

Feature by News Team | 22 Oct 2014

Tommy Perman, one of the founding members of award-winning Edinburgh music and art collective FOUND, has unveiled his latest project – a sound installation situated in a 20 metre-tall tower at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop.

Concrete Antenna will be comprised of a combination of field recordings and archive audio, which will be played from speakers situated throughout the height and width of the tower. The installation will also attempt to ‘refresh’ its sound having been programmed to add new audio to its collection as the exhibition goes on. Perman is joined on the new project by Simon Kirby – professor of language evolution at the University of Edinburgh – and folk singer-songwriter Rob St. John.

Perman and Kirby worked together on a number of FOUND projects, including the BAFTA-winning Cybraphon project, which led to the creation of an internet-powered musical robot which now sits in the permanent collection at the National Museum of Scotland. The pair also collaborated on the #UNRAVEL project, in which audience members’ tweets controlled live music performed by FOUND and Aidan Moffat.

St. John and Perman collaborated on the recent ‘Water of Life’ project, an art-science collaboration mapping the flow of the capital’s rivers, streams and canals through photography, audio, literature and visual art.

Concrete Antenna opens at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop on 14 Nov.


The Skinny Showcase – Cybraphon, the musical robot

In pictures: #UNRAVEL Live, with FOUND and Aidan Moffat