Behaviour is Bath Spa University’s live electroacoustic improvisation ensemble.
This large scale electronic and digital sonic ensemble work with the full dynamic range of pin-drop fragility to occasional cascades of complex noise. Behaviour performances combine interpretations of ‘classic’ large ensemble improvisation works and truly original strategy driven compositions that respond to their rich and diverse orchestration and sound manipulations.
The ensemble’s detailed sonic palette is created from a fusion of sources. Each performer offers a unique contribution, developed through explorations into ‘instrumentalising’ found and adapted objects, ‘wrong’ uses of audio technology, and extended techniques on prepared instruments. Handmade controllers for real-time laptop software environments, adapted turntables, self designed and ‘circuit bent’ electronic instruments, and live capture/manipulation of microscopic sound worlds using contact microphones and coil pick-ups all find a home in Behaviour.
The project was devised in 2005 by its director Dr Andy Keep as an innovative approach to learning and teaching improvisation and performance techniques to third year students on Bath Spa University’s Creative Music Technology degree programme. Its annual innovative public concert activity has given the ensemble a national reputation.