Felix’s Machines and Plaid @ Musiques Volantes, Metz next month



The latest instalment of Felix’s Machines & Plaid’s collaboration is upcoming at Centre Pompidou-Metz for Musiques Volantes festival on November 7th.


Goodiepal and The Hafler Trio workshops in London this autumn

Two pieces of timely and urgent news for you, dear reader.

1) Goodiepal @ Apiary Studios, Hackney, London. 3/10/14.
Event Link – http://www.apiarystudios.org/2014/09/a-loooooooooooong-night-with-goodiepal/
Facebook Link – https://www.facebook.com/events/1481961085410596

2) The Hafler Trio Weeklong Workshop @ Apiary Studios, Hackney, London. 24-29/11/14.
Event Link – http://www.apiarystudios.org/2014/10/strategies-and-techniques-of-the-creative-act-with-andrew-mckenzie/
Facebook Link – https://www.facebook.com/events/538184582983997/

Please get in touch for more information about either happening – [email protected]

Further informations on Goodiepal and The Hafler Trio here:

Supernatant Workshops @ Norbergfestival later this month!


We’re happy to announce that the Norbergfestival workshop programme in conjunction with Supernatant Laboratories is now online!

This year the festival will host a variety of session types: Phantom Chips will lead a session combining synth-building with textiles and fabrics which anyone can take part in; Mälardalen University brings a team of musicians and technologists exploring responsiveness and interaction; The Human Comparator discusses the trials, tribulations and everyday realities of being an independent synth-maker; Veqtor shows off his latest research into advanced audiovisual systems and missaw chairs a panel on the subject of Music in the Internet Age.

Read more and get involved – http://norbergfestival.com/artists/workshops

Felix’s Machines joins Supernatant

We are very happy to announce that the acclaimed kinetic installation Felix’s Machines has joined Supernatant.

Felix Thorn builds machines for art installations, live performance, commercials, theatre accompaniment, and shop window displays. Felix specialises in de-constructing real-life objects and creating new experiences with movement, music and light.

Felix’s Machines were initially conceived in an experiment aiming to facilitate live music by transforming sound into a three-dimensional visual show. As an ongoing project, the music-performing machines built by Felix do not intend to match human potential. Instead they exist to test the advantages of mechanical instruments alone.

Having been installed in diverse environments such as galleries, universities, festivals and nightclubs worldwide the configuration of instruments can be adapted to take advantage of their surroundings.

Spring Update: Wassim Alsindi speaks at UWE & Supernatant @ Norbergfestival 2014


Here’s a small update on our activities in the forthcoming months.

Firstly, Supernatant’s founder Wassim Alsindi will be giving a talk to the Music Technology cohort at the University of the West of England’s Computer Science department on March 26th. This talk will focus on the impact of disruptive technologies on creativity.

Secondly, Supernatant is now able to officially announce a collaboration with Sweden’s Norbergfestival. Now entering it’s 15th year, Norbergfestival represents the vanguard of Nordic experimental arts and we are delighted to be coordinating the workshop programme, as well as there being a significant presence of artists from The Centrifuge Agency for the third year running. Stay tuned for further information!

The Hafler Trio & Simply Superior Present ‘‘‘‘‘‘‘ (Strategies and Techniques of the Creative Act Workshop / Performance)

Supernatant Workshop: The Hafler Trio & Simply Superior Present ” ”””’ “ from the centrifuge on Vimeo.

Andrew McKenzie of The Hafler Trio Talks about Simply Superior and ” ”””’ ” @ Fylkingen, Stockholm, Sweden from the centrifuge on Vimeo.

The Hafler Trio & Simply Superior Present ” ‘‘‘‘‘‘‘ ” (Strategies and Techniques of the Creative Act Workshop / Performance)

We are pleased to announce a major addition to our Supernatant programme featuring Andrew McKenzie, the driving force behind the legendary experimental music project The Hafler Trio. Please contact us at [email protected] for details on how to host a workshop session.

As life in the modern world quickens, shallows, intensifies in quantity and not quality, having the tools to take control of perception means that you can deal with situations which until now, you thought were beyond your power to control, leading to a place where the deepest desires and their manifestation in the world are available in a state of real Freedom.

“ ‘‘‘‘‘‘‘ “ is a multi-day workshop-type experience dealing with techniques for Time Distortion, Hypnosis, Power Focus, Deep Concentration, and new ways of thinking fused with the best of the old. At the end of the week, participants will be using a set of tools that will be the difference that makes the difference in your life, whatever they do, and will be equipped to take part in an unprecedented performance using the techniques they have learned lasting 14 hours – taking them to places that they never actually even thought about dreaming of!

At its root, “ ‘‘‘‘‘‘‘ “ is a piece, and a workshop, dedicated to these premises. Developed over the last 7 years, it is the culmination of 35 years active research, mistake making, experiment and application of and into techniques and practices of development over a wide range of human endeavor by Andrew M. Mckenzie, the founder member of The Hafler Trio and inventor of the concept of ‘Complemation’.

Andrew M. McKenzie, core of The Hafler Trio, Instructional Designer, Hypnotherapist, Mood Engineer and Maker of Strange Things guides you through the processes that will allow participants to take control of the power in their lives, from the basics to indications of where the advanced may well lie. Drawing on over 30 years of experimentation (learning painfully so you don’t have to), research, practice and practical implementation with a wide range of disciplines and techniques dealing with the REAL issues of power and control, a new relationship from a new set of perspectives with Technology and the Self becomes not only possible, but extremely desirable.

What if, for example, your imagination could contain the following:
– being able to extend time in any direction at will
– being able to focus many times more brilliantly than you know how to at the present moment
– develop concentration that is both flexible and laser-like
– being able to experience life intensely, mindfully and appropriately, learning to “drive your own bus”

The question, then, becomes: how far are you willing to go down this path?

Undergoing the training and execution of “ ‘‘‘‘‘‘‘ “, the possibility for development becomes apparent. Rather than provide easy answers which can be explained in a few sentences and then forgotten, the “ ‘‘‘‘‘‘‘ “ process is something which stays with the participants by virtue of its multi-leveled nature, built on direct experience of working with many disciplines, structures and strategies, so that a glimpse—a foot in the door—may be obtained.

This workshop and performance will show you what you know, and what you don’t know that you know! No musical training or technical knowledge necessary.

Supernatant 2014 Programme Planning Underway


We are working hard on our forthcoming programme of workshops, seminars, discussions and performances for the next 12 months. Watch out for announcements when everything’s in place, but so far Supernatant is scheduled to head to Bristol, London, Glasgow, Sheffield, Huddersfield, the USA, Canada, Denmark and Sweden.

We will also have further roster additions to add to these recently announced.

Of course we are always interested to hear from potential hosts for a session – please email us at info [at] supernatant [dot] net.

Several Additions to Supernatant’s Roster


We are pleased to announce several additions to our workshop and seminar series’ roster. Andrew McKenzie of The Hafler Trio focuses on “Strategies and Techniques of the Creative Act”, Mark Fell leads a workshop delving deep into his custom Max/MSP patches, Goodiepal discusses and demonstrates the futility of post-modern music and Marco Donnarumma explores biophysical feedback devices.

UK Pilot Scheme Complete // Supernatant Panel Discussion in Philadelphia PA this weekend

Following our extremely well-received UK pilot scheme in early 2013, we wanted to say thanks for your support, attendance and feedback! We’re working hard to expand our programme and scale up the events, and strengthen the community framework that brings together creatives working in different fields and locations. A fresh wave of Supernatant happenings are in the planning stages with sessions around the UK and Europe pencilled in. Stay tuned for further updates!

In the meantime, next up is a Supernatant “Music In The Internet Age” panel discussion chaired by Wassim Alsindi and joined by Gerd Janson, Justin Gibbon, John Schenk and Thomas Schreiber. It’s free to attend on Saturday 4th May from 8pm at The Boom Room in Philadelphia PA (USA). Following the panel will be a very intimate party. Do come if you can!
Tickets are available here / Facebook event page.

[UK] Supernatant Events in London and Bristol in March 2013

The Centrifuge‘s 2013 programme of PRSF-supported “Supernatant” sessions consisting of workshops, seminars, panel discussions and live performances continues with two further events in March.

[UK] 07/03/13 Supernatant Seminars @ Music Hackspace, London

An evening seminar session will take place in conjunction with the Music Hackspace at Troyganic Cafe (Troyganic, 138 Kingsland Road, E2 8DY) on Thursday March 7th 2013 with Robert Tubb aka Cursor Miner (QML, University of London) and Gordon Charlton (aka Beat Frequency) speaking about mathematical approaches to rhythm sequencing and advanced theremin techniques. Full details are at the Supernatant London event page.

[UK] 09/03/13 Supernatant Workshops + Performances @ Cube Cinema, Bristol

An all-day series of workshops, seminars and performances will be taking place on Saturday 9th March 2013 at Cube Cinema in Stokes Croft, Bristol. Themes will include biophysical interfaces for creativity, digital augmentation of traditional instruments, audiovisual perception tricks, the recontextualisation of data and societal implications of digital technology.

Full details are at the Supernatant Bristol event page.

Speakers & Performers:
Ben Eyes (University of York)
Marco Donnarumma (Goldsmiths, University of London)
Robert Tubb (Queen Mary, University of London)
Theo Burt (University of York)
Wassim Alsindi (Supernatant Laboratories)

Further details of the forthcoming Supernatant events taking place in York and Edinburgh in February have been announced and details are available from the links below.


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