Sound Thought x GLEAM Concert - Darren Gallacher & Failed System Test

  • 8 Jun 2022, 8 p.m., University of Glasgow Concert Hall, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, None

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University of Glasgow Concert Hall
8.00pm, Wednesday June 8
Free event

Glasgow Electronic and Audiovisual Media Festival returns to the University of Glasgow for three days in June. 
Sound Thought is delighted to present an evening concert featuring performances from percussionist Darren Gallacher and experimental duo Failed System Test (Sonia Killmann & Aidan Lochrin).

Darren Gallacher is a percussionist and multi-disciplinary performer. He has received a Master of Music in Performance with distinction from the Royal Northern College of Music and a First Class Bachelor of Music at Edinburgh Napier University. Darren’s musical interests lie in musical performance that features physical and theatrical elements, a theme that he has explored through performance and aims to continue to research through PhD study. He enjoys working with composers and commissioning new works for the percussion repertoire. Notable collaborations include Kaija Saariaho, Annea Lockwood, Oscar Escudero, Thierry de Mey, Mauricio Pauly, Katrina Burton, Ellen Sargen, Robin Richards, Adam Gorb, Gary Carpenter, Michael Brailey and Steven Bradshaw.


Failed System Test

Using Saxophone, Bass and Electronics, Sonia Killmann and Aidan Lochrin create live  ambient soundscapes. Most of the tunes are co-written and performed using improvisation. They have performed at various Glasgow venues, such as the Old Hairdressers, Tramway and the Glad Cafe, supporting artists such as Jason Sharp. Following the release of their first album “System_Test.exe”, Sonia and Aidan also released a second EP {unshift} with the independent label Dead Hound Records. Since then, they created an audiovisual set for Cryptic‘s Sonica festival in 2022 and have more shows planned this coming year. The performance can be found on YouTube, Bandcamp and Spotify. Failed System Test also features on independent Scottish radio stations, such as Clydebuilt Radio.

Sonia Killmann is a Glasgow based international composer and multi-media artist from Belgium. As both a saxophone player and audiovisual artist she has performed across the UK and Europe, in cities such as Dnipro (UE), Edinburgh (UK) and Berlin (DE). Her works are largely inspired by composers such as Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and Alvin Lucier and explore the relationship between sound and environment through immersive audiovisual soundscapes. Sonia has been collaborating with other artists, such as dancers and visual artists from France, Germany and Belgium and is working on creating music for Crossing the Rubicon Dance company for Jamiel Laurance’s “Read Only Memory”. Sonia is currently working closely with Cryptic Glasgow as a Cryptic Artist and regularly performs ambient audiovisual sets with Aidan Lochrin under Failed System Test. 

Aidan Lochrin is a sound artist, composer, and experimental musician based in and around Glasgow, Scotland. Their work is heavily steeped in improvisation and the drone – ranging from the instrumental, field recordings, electronic sounds, and performance art with a tinge of the absurd. Aidan also produces experimental film and audiovisual art – with a focus on green issues and themes of identity and liminality – and was recently shortlisted for Little Pictures 2021. Aidan is also one half of the electroacoustic duo Failed System Test.

Performers Darren Gallacher
Promoter Sound Thought
Submitted by Kevin Leomo

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