Maguire/La Berge – Site V

This summer, Anne La Berge and I discovered the Borssele Wind Farm Site V Innovation site, located almost exactly halfway between our respective homes. Our pieces are named after cities, so this year we looked for places in the English Channel to inform a new work.

We have made a video piece about data, concepts of wind turbines, and personal reflections on place, wrapped in the poetics of the Borssele Site V innovation site.

The piece will launch on I K L E C T I K‘s Liminal Space online exhibition platform and YouTube channel 8.45pm 1st October, and run until 30th November.

Site V is generously supported by:
Volsap Foundation
Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Together We Can – Brunel University Sonic Garden @ Chelsea Flower Show

The music department at Brunel University London are involved with a cool project, that I’m lucky enough to be helping out on. Colin Riley and Carl Faia are leading us in a collaborating with the Papworth Trust called Together We Can – a sonic garden that’s being presented at the Chelsea Flower Show next month, with Dame Evelyn Glennie joining us for a one-off performance at the show. 
We’re using hydrophones, contact microphones, 10-channel sound, and Max/MSP to create a long-form installation. This weekend we’re off to Lincolnshire to test our work on a prototype of the garden. I’ll be filming it all, and sharing some video next week.

The team is:
•Colin Riley
•Carl Faia
•Phil Maguire
•Ardeshir Mostajeran
•Eleanor Brooks
•Dan Christović
•Graeme Shaw
•Matt Collins
•Reuben Abbott

husk_rust: out now

My 2nd LP, husk_rust: the adapted recordings of Marcel Gumms, vol. 1, is out now on my friend Colin Riley’s label, Squeaky Kate Music. For the rest of November, enter the discount code ‘squeaky’, when you buy, and get 75% off: 75p for husk_rust (complete with field notes and photographs from the Gumms Archive).


This weekend I took part in an art exhibit at hARTslane Studios, a wonderful small space in New Cross, south London. I produced a sound installation titled message #00000, in collaboration with Claire Orme. The works we produced allude to the history of communication, exploring the ever-unnerving conflict and collision between human and machine. After discovering the site of a short-lived 18th century optical telegraph in New Cross, our research took a darker turn into the cryptic and occult undercurrent to the advancements in communicative technology. A series of sculptures and sound, alongside a performance, oscillate the viewer into an imagined dystopia, devoid of both time and space.

We also performed an improvised violin & electronics piece during the private show; a further reflection on these ideas.

Also exhibiting were artists Sophie Dixon (UK), and Mai Spring (Finland). Their practices examine the broadly used notion of ‘Place’. Working across a variety of media the artists open a dialogue which traverses the fragile boundaries between reality and perception, challenging the very concept of stability between ourselves and the landscape around us.

Below are some photos (taken by Sophie) of the exhibit, and a short excerpt of message #00000.