Space as An Instrument: Sound Art in Huddersfield, Opens Saturday with a Concert

SPACE AS AN INSTRUMENT is a curatorial project that looks to appropriate an available space in a shopping mall in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire to produce a series of installations that explore the idea of the architectural space as  an element for musical and artistic installation. 

Artists: Ryoko Akama, Jorge Boehringer, Colin Frank, Pablo Galaz, Nicola L. Hein and David Vélez and Viola Yip.

Curator: David Vélez for an Impulsive Habitat sponsored event

Organisation: Impulsive Habitat, Making Space, Re.Sound with the support of the University of Huddersfield.

21 Market Place

Saturday February 9th
Opening Concert
7:30 – 10:00 PM

Sunday February 10th
1:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Monday February 11th
1:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Tuesday February 12th
1:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Wednesday February 13th
1:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Thursday February 14th
1:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Unfortunately, this will likely be our last event at 21 Market Place as East St Arts and the Packhorse center have ordered us to leave because they did not like what we were doing (and not doing).  Specifically, they did not like that we were organizing amazing events in the middle of their shopping center, they did not like that our events were often at night, and they certainly did not like that people sometimes were drinking beer there.  Huddersfield, as everyone knows, is a pretty anti-alcohol town.  East St Arts didn’t like that we were not paying them any monthly rent for the space, either.  However, the funny thing about this is that we never had any agreement with them regarding the space or to pay them any rent, so how about that?  Pretty weird, but that is how it goes I guess, friends.  So anyway, come help us celebrate our final event and see this wonderful concert and sound art show!


Here is a picture of one of my pieces, The Forager’s Breakfast:

The Concert Details are something like this:

February 9th
21 Market Place, Huddersfield, HD1 2AX

£ 5.00 suggested payable at the door


The sound and the unsound: the trans-sonic music
Viola Yip & Nicola L. Hein

Nicola L. Hein and Viola Yip formed an experimental transdisciplinary duo that creates immersive site-specific performances and installations bridging the vibrations of light and sound. Trained as musicians, both of them are interested in looking into the ontology of sound and how musical experience can be transformed beyond its common material- sound.

For their artistic research project The sound and the unsound: the trans-sonic music, they are curious about the possibilities of light as an expanded musical material. They research and create performances, improvising between lights and sounds as equally important and yet dialectical musical materials, in order to propose an alternative conception of music.

Since its inception since July 2018, the duo has been commissioned by Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, as well as presented in Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt, ON – Neue Musik Köln as well as Willows Nest, West Germany and Kék-ló in Berlin. We are also invited to perform at the Sonic Lab at SARC Queen’s University Belfast in February 2019.

Viola Yip, lights
Nicola L. Hein, electric guitar


A Pablo Galaz composition
Colin Frank, percussion
live electronics, Pablo Galaz


David Vélez

Improvisation with field recordings captured in abandoned and working industrial areas in West Yorkshire. An acoustic reflection on post industrial Northern England soundscapes where abandoned factories and obsolete machinery are quiet reminders of the abrasive sonorities and clanking noises that once fuelled Northern England’s industrial splendour.

David Vélez, sequencer and mixer


another installation view of my piece, The Forager’s Breakfast


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