Ian Helliwell: Travelling Waveforms

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Ian Helliwell: Travelling Waveforms
Ian Helliwell’s new film Travelling Waveforms (2013) will premiere at Kunsthall Oslo on Wednesday 20th November at 8pm in a double bill with a performance by Lidén and Træen. Refreshments will be served.
Super 8 footage filmed off the screen of a vintage oscilloscope is the basis for this abstract film, which shows waveform patterns generated with an electronic sound input. The footage has been treated with bleach, then the colours were inverted, and a soundtrack made using Hellitron tone generators.”

A selection of Helliwell’s films will be on show 16th-22nd November during gallery opening hours:
Swallow Flies East (2011, 7′)
Travelling Waveforms (2013, 4’40”)
Water Gardens (2013, 4’50”)
Time To Readjust (2010, 3’45”)
Hellicam Feedback (2012, 7′)

A self-taught multi-media artist living in Brighton since 1985, Ian Helliwell has amassed a large body of work through a synthesis of analogue and digital equipment, using various hands-on techniques to realise his ideas. His intuitive approach embraces both antiquated and contemporary technology, and his many years of audio-visual experience incorporates music, film, animation, analogue electronics, instrument building, collage, installations, light show projection, live performance, writing and film programming. He has made over 70 short experimental films screened worldwide, and years of experimentation with building and modifying 9v circuitry, has led to the design and construction of his unique series of Hellisizers and Hellitron tone generators, used to make the soundtracks to nearly all his films. He runs an Analogue Sound Workshop from his flat, to pass on to students some of his techniques with electronics and tape loops, which he is still absorbed in making.

With a long held interest in abstract animation, world’s fairs and electronic music, since 2008 he has been researching and collecting material for his radio/podcast series The Tone Generation. His first feature length documentary film, Practical Electronica, was completed in 2011, and he has contributed to the recent various artists album Interpretations on FC Judd, as well as compiling the anthology of Judd’s music. Ian is currently writing an A-Z book on early British electronic music composers, due to be published in Autumn 2014. More information: ianhelliwell.co.uk