Past

25th-26th January 2017

S P A C E OF E I R I S

Original score for performer/choreographer Sunniva Eira Sætereng’s work as part of Into the New 2017.

29th November 2016

Ambient Audiences

Live electronics set alongside a screening of films as part of the the Edinburgh Artists’ Moving Image Festival.

The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh

20:00

29th October 2016

If We Did It Like This

New score for durational performance by Jak Soroka at SPILL Festival.

High Street Exhibitional Gallery, Ipswich

From 12:00

21st October 2016

Shrimp Dance

Sharing of new work-in-progress performance in collaboration with Paul Michael Henry, Alessandra Campoli, Stephanie Katie Hunter and Misty Hannah at the culmination of a week long residency.

Dance Base, Edinburgh

30th September – 3rd October 2016

Creative Carbon Scotland: Thinking Through The Anthropocene

Residency at Cove Park, Argyll

29th September 2016

No Longer/Not Yet

The Anatomy Rooms, Aberdeen

Alongside works by Shift-Enter, Frédéric Mathevet and Alice Kemp

SonADA 2016

Wednesday 15th June 2016

Completely Unreal

Live solo electronics set as part of the Leith Festival.

Leith Depot, Edinburgh

Friday 6th May 2016

The Shoebox Project

Work-in-progress sharing of work developed during a week-long residency at Dance Base with choreographers/dancers Sheila MacDougall and Merav Israel.

Dance Base, Edinburgh

Wednesday 4th May 2016

Dead Women

New piece for operatic voice and electronics, performed by Katie Oswell. Alongside new pieces by Maria Donohue, Katie Oswell, Rory Comerford, Victor Nekludov, Samuel-L-Beagles, Robert Allan and Ronan Whittern.

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow

Wednesday 4th May 2016

SCP-1965: A Voice Amidst The Silence

New piece for the Glasgow New Music Expedition, in response to SCP-1965, conducted by Jessica Cottis. Alongside new pieces by Nora Marazaite, Patrick Shand, Aidan Teplitzky, Juta Pranulyte and Anna Grigoreva.

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow

Saturday 23rd April 2016

Map-Makers of the Collective Unconscious

New piece for the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra as part of Dream On!, a collection of new works in response to William Shakespeare 400 years after his death. Also featuring collaborative works by Robert Allan, Rory Comerford and Juta Pranulyte. Conducted by Michael Francis and directed by Graham McLaren.

Bute Hall, The University of Glasgow

Thursday 7th April 2016

The Cloud of Unknowing

Set as part of Thirsty,.

The Flying Duck, Glasgow

Friday 4th March 2016

The Cloud of Unknowing

Palimpsest

New 20-minute performance by Alex Mackay & Paul Michael Henry as part of Anatomy.

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Monday 18th & Wednesday 20th January 2016

ICHI PINKS trulove

Live visuals for Nima Sene’s new performance as part of Into The New, the Contemporary Performance Practice programme at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland‘s annual graduate showcase

The Pearce Institute, Glasgow

21:30

Sunday 13th December 2015

Numina

This is the way the world ends

A new performance by Numina (Paul Michael Henry, Alessandra Campoli, Alex Mackay & Steven Anderson) looking at ancient and modern visions of the apocalypse, for UNFIX‘s aCOPalypse Now! event; part of the ArtCOP Scotland series.

Centre For Contemporary Art, Glasgow

17:30

Wednesday 9th December 2015

DJ set

The Flying Duck, Glasgow

22:00 – 02:00

Sunday 22nd November 2015

The Cloud of Unknowing

w/ Our Love Will Destroy The World and Opaque

Nice’N’Sleazy, Glasgow

19:45

Thursday 29th October 2015

I collect, process, and store citizen data for us, cope with the overload of information in our environment and turn that overload to our strategic advantage, provide the ability for ubiquitous, secure collaboration both within our agency and through its interactions with various partners, penetrate into the “hard” targets that threaten us wherever, whenever, or whomever they may be coz I love you baby

4-channel surround sound installation, using live streams of online webcam chatrooms subjected to interference by government broadcasting networks. Part of MYDOOM.me #ARTSCHOOLHALLOWEEN.

The Art School, Glasgow

23:00 – 03:00

Sunday 25th October 2015

Zyna Hel w/ Life Model, The Piqnic & Killer Bangs

Broadcast, Glasgow

19:30

Friday 23rd & Saturday 24th October 2015

(Why) Does It Make Me Feel (So) Good?

Drawing on the recent online phenomenon of ASMR, an immersive, multi-sensory experience where participants are invited to challenge their ideas of human interaction mediated through technology, one-on-one with their own personal ‘ASMRtist’ (originally shown at Arches LIVE 2014). Shown at New Music Scotland‘s In Cahoots conference for collaboration in new music, hosted by sound.

ACT Aberdeen

Friday 16th October 2015

Zyna Hel at The Skinny‘s 10th Birthday Party

The Mash House, Edinburgh

Saturday 10th October 2015

Zyna Hel at Rockaway Beach

Butlin’s, Bognor Regis

Thursday 8th October 2015

Positive Interference (2.0)

A sound collage which looks to the nearly century-old practice of radio jamming as an analogue precursor to digital hacking. Using streams of government controlled broadcasts, found recordings of past radio jams and pieces of writing on the subjects of jamming and hacking, Positive Interference questions the ability of oppressive regimes to maintain the integrity of their channels of communication to their people against a renewed growing trend of public interferences.

16:15

projectradio.uk (live stream)

Tuesday 6th October 2015

The Cloud of Unknowing w/ Justice Yeldham, Phantom Chips & Asahara

Nice’N’Sleazy, Glasgow

20:00

Monday 14th – Friday 25th September 2015

Magnetic NorthRough Mix

Selected emerging artist for a two week residency, developing early stage ideas by artists across multiple disciplines. Other participating artists included: Sonia Allori, Andy Cannon, Su Grierson, Rob Heaslip, Alan McKendrick, Nicholas Bone and Eszter Marsalkó.

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Work-in-progress sharing on Friday 25th September at 19:00.

Thursday 24th September 2015

Temporal Load (Redux)

A condensed edition of Temporal Load designed for club spaces. Part of Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Student Union’s A Room To Share.

The Art School, Glasgow

19:00

Wednesday 9th September 2015

Gamelan Untethered

Gamelan Naga Mas present a new multimedia show featuring six new pieces for gamelan, synths, guitars, voices by Mags Smith, Colin Broom, Jamie Dunnett, Gordon Mackinnon, J Simon Van der Walt and Katherine Waumsley. Also featuring projected visuals by Alex Mackay. Part of Cryptic‘s Discover Indonesia festival.

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow

Sunday 23rd August 2015

Zyna Hel at Doune The Rabbit Hole Festival

15:45

Wednesday 12th August 2015

Temporal Load (Redux)

A condensed edition of Temporal Load designed for club spaces. Part of INTER #2.

Stereo, Glasgow

19:00

Saturday 25th July 2015

Zyna Hel at Wickerman Festival

14:30

Sunday, 12th July 2015

Temporal Load

Part of UNFIX

We amass archives of environments we have inhabited as we move through our lives. We escape into these environments when our current environment does not suffice.
As our ability to capture our surroundings more ‘realistically’ than ever before to consume at a later date increases, our ability to modify them to suit our current needs and desires, as well as those we share them with increases also. Our memories, how we recall them internally and how we present them externally are more malleable than ever.
Using field recordings and electronic noise, I recall spaces I inhabited in the past and present them now, as I wish to experience them. I invite you to recall those spaces you need and desire, here and now.

Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow

19:30

Saturday, 11th July 2015

Thee UNFIX Splinter Test

An improvisation by Paul Michael Henry, Yumino Seki, Sophie Sexon, Brianna Robertson-Kirkland, Ceylan Hay, FK Alexander, Graham Bell Tornado and Alex Mackay featuring butoh dance, voices and electronics, centred around the relationship between 432Hz tunings and natural biology.

Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow

16:00

Tuesday 16th June 2015

Starfish

Original score for short film by Louise Dawson, as part of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Digital Film & Television graduation showcase.

Cineworld, Glasgow

19:00

Saturday 13th June 2015

Zyna Hel w/ Outblinker & Y Cvn

Stereo, Glasgow

19:00

Wednesday 27th May 2015

sound lab electronic music ensemble 

sound lab’s resident supergroup including sound lab regulars such as Lives As Omens, Alex Mackay and Phosphene perform an evening of fresh electronic music.

Recital Room, City Halls, Glasgow

20:00

Thursday 7th May 2015

Dear Geometry at PLUG 2015

Performed by Graham Dickson and Robert Allan.

Ledger Recital Room, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow

£8.50/£6.50

19:30

Saturday 2nd May 2015

DJ set at Minimal Glasgow

City of Music Studio, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

21:00 – late

Tuesday 21st April 2015

Hallgrimskirkja (before – 01/15)

Part of ‘Electroacoustic Event’, a concert of electroacoustic music by RCS composition students, diffused live in the AGOS studio.

Alexander Gibson Opera Studio, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow

19:30

Monday 13th April 2015

Positive Interference

A live sound collage/performance which looks to the nearly century-old practice of radio jamming (intentional interference of a radio signal with the intention of disrupting communication channels) as an analogue precursor to digital hacking. With digital media beginning to render analogue transmissions (such as radio) obsolete, this way of being able to disrupt communications of enemies and oppressors is (sadly) becoming less and less widespread and effective. However, with the rise of digital hacking and the increasingly complex technology becoming available to the public to practice it, we may again be in a position to challenge oppressive media broadcasts in the direct fashion that radio jamming once did. ‘Positive Interference’ uses live streams of government controlled broadcasts, digital audio manipulation and found recordings of past radio jams as a questioning of oppressive regimes’ ability to maintain the integrity of their channels of ommunication to their people against a renewed growing trend of public interferences.

Broadcast on Radiophrenia 87.9FM in Glasgow/online at radiophrenia.scot

14:00 – 14:30

Thursday 26th March 2015

Zyna Hel w/ Errors & Ubre Blanca

The Cluny, Newcastle

£9

20:00

Tuesday 10th March 2015

No Longer/Not Yet at Scratch Night

St. Peter’s Seminary, a landmark piece of 1960s brutalist architecture in Dunbartonshire, has been lying empty and decaying since the 1980s. When you read this, work will have begun on a major restoration project with the view of converting the building into a large-scale, multi-purpose public arts/social venue.

No Longer/Not Yet examines the relationship between the site’s original purpose as a religious institution and its repurposing as a social arts venue, and our fluid relationships with places that are perceived to be physically ‘fixed’; using images and sound recorded on the site in the final days before works began, archive footage of the site in its original state, and recordings of 1960s modernist music.

The Arches, Glasgow

£3.50

19:00

Wednesday 25th February 2015

The EYEGRID All-Day Breakfast Show

Subcity Radio

21:00 – 22:00 GMT

Friday 6th February 2015

select space recall select at A Room To Share

The second in a series of sound performances interrogating our use of technology to capture, process and recall memories.

Using field recordings and electronic noise, I recall spaces I inhabited in the past and present them now; as I wish to experience them, and as I wish you to experience them.

Spiers Locks Studios, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow

18:00

Wednesday 28th January 2015

The EYEGRID All-Day Breakfast Show

Subcity Radio

21:00 – 22:00

Wednesday 28th January 2015

What Would Kanye Do? at Scratch Night

Marcy is a small white girl from New Zealand.
She makes rap music.
The project ventures into the uncomfortable territory where logical beliefs clash with illogical passions, where humour clashes with horror, where bravado clashes with vulnerability.
Can a white girl exist in a black man’s world?

Featuring production by Alex Mackay.

The Arches, Glasgow

19:00

Saturday 17th January 2015

Zyna Hel at TYCI

Stereo, Glasgow

23:00

Friday 9th January 2015

FW Comms. DJ/VJ set at Scratch

Mansion Underground, York

23:00 – 03:00

Saturday 13th December 2014

Gamelan Untethered

Gamelan Naga Mas present a new multimedia show featuring six new pieces for gamelan, synths, guitars, voices by Mags Smith, Colin Broom, Jamie Dunnett, Gordon Mackinnon, J Simon Van der Walt and Katherine Waumsley. Also featuring projected visuals by Alex Mackay.

The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow

19:00 & 20:30

Wednesday 26th November 2014

Active Archive

Part of ‘The Heavenly View

George Square Theatre, University of Edinburgh

13:30 & 16:00

Sunday 16th November 2014

My Comic Book Fantasies

Part of Red Note‘s Noisy Night

Summerhall, Edinburgh

19:30

Wednesday 5th November 2014

The EYEGRID All-Day Breakfast Show

Subcity Radio

21:00 – 22:00

Sunday 2nd November 2014

Zyna Hel w/ Honeyblood

The Cluny, Newcastle

Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Zyna Hel w/ Lola Colt

Mono, Glasgow

20:00

Saturday 11th October 2014

FW Comms. DJ set at Welcome To The Black Lodge

The Flying Duck, Glasgow

23:00 – 02:00

Wednesday 8th October 2014

The EYEGRID All-Day Breakfast Show

Subcity Radio

21:00 – 22:00

Thursday 2nd – Friday 3rd October 2014

(Why) Does It Make Me Feel (So) Good?

The Arches, Glasgow

15 minute one-on-one slots from 18:00-21:20

Multimedia artists Alex Mackay (Glasgow) and Alex Lunn (Amsterdam) present a new one-one performance about intimacy (or the lack of it) in our increasingly web-based lives. It is about feelings being things we can now access ‘on demand’. It is about ‘loneliness’ being a condition related to how many bars of signal you have on your mobile device rather than the number of bodies you have around you.

Drawing on the recent online phenomenon of ASMR, it is an immersive, multi-sensory experience where participants are invited to challenge their ideas of human interaction mediated through technology, one-on-one with their own personal ‘ASMRtist’.

Part of Arches LIVE 2014.

Thursday 28th August 2014

Gamelan Untethered

Gartnavel Royal Hospital, Glasgow

20:00

Gamelan Naga Mas present a new multimedia show featuring six new pieces for gamelan, synths, guitars, voices by Mags Smith, Colin Broom, Jamie Dunnett, Gordon Mackinnon, J Simon Van der Walt and Katherine Waumsley. Also featuring projected visuals by Alex Mackay.

Monday 11th – Friday 15th August 2014

Active Archive

Underbelly, Bristo Square, Edinburgh

16:20

New dance, images and music inspired by Mahler’s 4th Symphony, from Oxygen 2014, the groundbreaking collaboration between the University of Edinburgh and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Conceived in collaboration with pupils from Edinburgh schools. Featuring new collaborative audiovisual work by Alex Mackay, Matt Zurowski and Alexander Horowitz.

Tickets/ more info here.

Friday 1st – Saturday 2nd August 2014

New Music Biennial

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Alex Mackay performs a series of live and DJ sets as part of the New Music Biennial in the foyer spaces of the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. Featuring the premiere of a new field recording project produced during a week in the Orkney Islands.

Thursday 19th June 2014

Crescent

Cineworld, Glasgow

19:00

Screening of Hannah Kelso’s ‘Crescent’ featuring an original score by Alex Mackay, shown as part of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s Digital Film and Television Graduate Showcase.

Saturday 14th – Saturday 21st June 2014

ASMR

Reid Building, Glasgow School of Art

Installation as part of Alexandra Lunn‘s showcase in the Glasgow School of Art Degree Show 2014, responding to the recent online phenomenon of ASMR. Made in collaboration with Alex Mackay.

Friday 13th June 2014

The Funeral of Great Britain

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland/Glasgow Necropolis

12:00

A processional performance by Katy Dye and Sarah Short from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland to Glasgow Necropolis. A provocation on the possibility of Scottish independence and what it may symbolise for the rest of the United Kingdom. Featuring music by Alex Mackay.

Wednesday, 28th May 2014

EYEGRID: Real Human Being
Recital Room, City Halls, Glasgow

20:00

EYEGRID return to sound lab to present a brand new audiovisual piece.

Monday, 19th May 2014

‘The West’

Stevenson Hall, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow

19:30

A concert of works by electroacoustic composition students of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Monday, 5th May 2014

EYEGRID: Friends
Candleriggs Bar, City Halls, Glasgow

20:00

EYEGRID present a new piece for three Wagner Tubas and TV as part of Red Note’s Noisy Nights series, alongside a number of other new works for Wagner Tuba.

Thursday, 1st May 2014

Bystanders
Ledger Recital Room, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow

13:00

Premiere of new work for three harps (Katharine Waters, Carolina Marcelino, Louisa Parment) and piano (Robert Allan), conducted by Nigel Boddice. Part of the second concert of the PLUG 2014 new music festival at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Also featuring new works by J. Simon van der Walt, Oliver Newman, Rory Comerford and Kristaps Cukurs.

Monday, 28th April 2014

DJ set @ A Room To Share

The Art School, Glasgow

20:00 – 00:00

DJ set as part of the RCS student union’s new monthly night at The Art School which provides both an open platform for students to show new work in any form and socialise outside of the conservatoire.

Tuesday, 22nd April 2014

China Buffet Kings @ Gregor SAMSA 2

The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow

20:00 – 22:00

The China Buffet Kings are a cover band formed by Alex Mackay (‘vocals’, ‘guitar’ and ‘keyboards’) and Matt Zurowski (‘beats’) determined to go back to their teenage roots from their current incarnations as 20-something composers and perform the music they really love. They will be ‘performing’ an exclusive set of their favourite songs from their years of teenage angst at the second Gregor SAMSA event.

Tuesday, 15th April 2014

The EYEGRID All-Day Breakfast Show

Hill 52 88.5 FM in Garnethill, Glasgow

12:00 – 13:00

 SONY DSC

The EYEGRID All-Day Breakfast Show dives eyes first into the shallow end of the internet, coming straight back up to spit out a mouthful of 21st Century Living. Exploring a different topic each episode, it is the essential modern-lifestyle documentary series, looking to the internet to achieve a shallower understanding of ourselves and the world around us. Lie back as we take to our laptops and do all the work, pushing offbeat tunes and online ramblings through your speakers and into your ears and mind.

Live radio show as part of a trial run of Hill 52, a new radio station launched at The Glasgow School of Art, broadcasting on 88.5 FM in Garnethill.

Thursday, 20th March 2014

Flesh World Communications DJ set (b2b w/ Witness) @ ENGINES

Stereo, Glasgow

23:00 – 03:00

ENGINES residents night with a back-to-back set from FW Comms. and Witness, with Videoslush providing visuals all night long.

Thursday, 20th February 2014

Flesh World Communications DJ set @ ENGINES

Stereo, Glasgow

23:00 – 03:00

ENGINES return to Stereo for their second outing, with DJ sets from Flesh World Communications and Witness, VJ sets from VideoSlush and Diane Edwards, and an installation from Liam Birnie.

Thursday, 13th February 2014

Keyboard Warriors

Alexander Gibson Opera Studio, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow

19:30

The Red Note Ensemble perform new works by Alex Mackay and Huan Li, alongside Anton Webern’s arrangement of Arnold Schoenberg’s Chamber Symphony and Detlev Glanert’s Chamber Symphony.

Friday, 7th February 2014

EYEGRID: Boardroom

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow

12:00, 13:30 & 15:00

EYEGRID present their new performance devised during the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s Bridge Week in the RCS Conference Room. Due to licensing restrictions, this performance is for invited students and staff of the RCS only.

Thursday, 6th – Friday 7th February 2014

The Clyde Tunnel Beautification Quest

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow

Installation running throughout the day

The Clyde Tunnel Beautification Quest is a collaborative multimedia project spanning video, sound, spoken word and song, photography and poetry by Inkeri Kallio (voice, text, photography), Alex Mackay (sound) and Emmi Häkkä (video), which exploits found elements of the public space that lies beneath the River Clyde in Glasgow.

Friday, 17th January 2014

Flesh World Communications DJ Set @ ENGINES

23:00 – 03:00

Stereo, Glasgow

New Glasgow club-collective ENGINES host their debut night at Stereo, featuring Flesh World Communications (DJ), Tracer (live) and VideoSlush (visuals).

Sunday, 24th November 2013

Zyna Hel ATP: End of an Era Part 1

Pontins Holiday Camp, Camber

19:00 – 19:45

Tuesday, 19th November 2013

A Séance Procedure at Gregor Samsa: Launch

The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow

20:00

£3

New performance with Katie Oswell for the first of the Gregor Samsa series of events showcasing progressive new work from artists working across disciplines.

Saturday, 2nd November 2013

EYEGRID DJ/VJ set at DEEP VEIN THROMBOSIS

The Glue Factory, Glasgow

22:00 – late

£8 (£6 GSA/RCS students)

Wednesday, 16th October 2013

‘Conjugation’

EYEGRID (a new audio-visual collaboration between Alex Mackay and Alexander Horowitz) present their new work CONJUGATION for the very first time, in the Recital Room of Glasgow City Halls.

Click here for tickets and more info

City Halls, Glasgow

Wednesday, 2nd October 2013

sound lab electronic music ensemble

Performing as part of the specially formed sound lab electronic music ensemble for the autumn 2013 season of sound lab – a number of artists performing during this season of sound lab come together for this special show including members of Electroscope and Lives as omens, Kingdom Level, Seth Rozanoff and Alex Mackay.

Click here for tickets and more info.

City Halls, Glasgow

Sunday, 25th August 2013

XORKO.com Festival
Arminou, Cyprus

DJ Set

Click here for more info

€10 festival ticket

Friday, 16th August 2013

EYEGRID TV
The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow
19:00

EYEGRID present the first in the EYEGRID TV series of video installations at I_CONSUME_IT_CONSUMES_US; A two-day cross artform consideration of self, repetition, media and consumption at Mono, Stereo and The Old Hairdressers.

Free/donations

Wednesday, 12th June 2013

The Things All People Want, Need & Strive To Achieve

Lights Out Listening Group – The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow

19:30

Thursday 2nd – Saturday 4th May 2013

We Do This So You Don’t Have To’ & ‘Teaching Julian Assange How To Swim

For the ‘Glasgow Floppies‘ installation for 8 floppy disk drives, as part of the 2013 PLUG festival at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow

Wednesday, 20th February 2013

I spoke for myself and for my brothers

Premiered by Alex Mackay

Part of the first of the new sound lab series at Glasgow City Halls with Matthew Collings

City Halls, Glasgow

20:00

More info and tickets here

Saturday, 9th February 2013

Mechanical Wave w/ The Red Ensemble & guests

Commissioned by Tramway for the ‘Rip It Up’ season, January – March 2013

Tramway, Glasgow

19:30

Friday, 8th February 2013

Mechanical Wave w/ The Red Ensemble & guests

Commissioned by Tramway for the ‘Rip It Up’ season, January – March 2013

Tramway, Glasgow

19:30

Thursday, 3rd January 2013

Performing Manuel de Falla’s ‘Homenaje – Le Tombeau de Claude Debussy’ as part of a concert celebrating 30 years of the Novia Mavromoustaki Music School

Panos Solomonides Cultural Centre, Limassol

19:30

Wednesday, 26th December 2012

DJ set w/Kineza

Sousami, Limassol

21:00 – 02:00

Kineza + AM

Monday, 19th November 2012

‘Body Image’

City Halls, Glasgow

19:30

Performed by Yann Ghiro and Simon Smith at Red Note’s Noisy Night.

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