Tim Shaw is an artist working with sound, light and communication media. Presenting work through performances, installations and sound walks Tim is interested in how listening environments can be constructed or explored using a diverse range of techniques and technologies. He works with field recordings, electronics, video, synthesis, sound objects, self-made hardware and DIY software. Shaw has been lucky enough to work with Chris Watson, Phill Niblock, John Bowers, Dirty Electronics, Ryoko Akama, Tetsuya Umeda, Jacek Smolicki and Sébastien Piquemal.
Ambulation is a sound walk that uses field recording techniques and listening technologies to create a walking performance using environmental sound. Ambulation engages with the act of recording as an improvised performance in response to the soundscapes it is presented within. Shaw collects acoustic and electromagnetic signals from the immediate environment and transmits them to audience members who are each wearing wireless headphones. Using a specially made system he can process and manipulate the collected sounds and build an improvised composition with the sonic environment the audience moves through. Ambulation re-configures field recording as a live, performative act.
Points of Failure Text
Points of Failure is an ongoing series of concerts and installations where Shaw works with miscellaneous objects and repurposed audio equipment to create an audiovisual performance-environment. By using DIY electronics, found objects, light and sound making circuits, Shaw experiments live with the musical potential of everyday materials, in response to the architectural features of the performance space. By making and undoing objects, building hybrid mechanisms to make noise, deploying a disordered multi-sensory experience, a hypotonic environment is created in which sound, light, smoke, smell and movement are intertwined. Points of Failure environments have previously involved horn speakers, light bulbs, popping candy, tesla coils, air horns, spark gaps, satellite dishes, smoke pellets, car horns, water drips, hydrophones, bass shakers, bells, modular synthesisers, self made stringed instruments, balloons, transducers, speaker cones, rain, fans, solenoids, contact microphones, DIY circuitry and motors.