Heatwork - Audio-Visual Performance and the Potteries

About this project

Heatwork is an Arts Council UK funded project bringing together experimental music and video composers alongside local and international musicians. The project aims to widen participation in experimental music and audio-visual artforms, engage with the local community, musicians and industrial partners and foster collaboration, and celebrate and disseminate the cultural heritage of the potteries industry.

The first performance of Heatwork, with full brass band and Clarinet soloist, took place on 15th November 2019 at Middleport Pottery, Stoke-on-Trent. Middleport is a working industrial site housing many local ceramic craft artists and businesses. A second performance was undertaken at Sabre Fest Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) in February 2020 with clarinet and audio-visual electronics. It is an ongoing collaborative project.

  • Heatwork is an Arts Council funded project bringing together experimental music and video composers alongside local and international musicians
  • The first performance of Heatwork took place on 15th November 2019 at Middleport Pottery, a working industrial site housing many craft businesses
  • Interviews of people in the industry were used to create electronic sounds which were played live alongside the Brass Band and Clarient soloist
  • Marc Estibeiro composed the music, which was performed by Matthias Müller, on his SABRE system, and the championship AccelR8 Brass Band.

Live visuals were performed by Dave Payling using his own footage and supported by additional films from Staffordshire Film Archive and BCB Festival

More information including videos are available on the C3 Centre blog.

Lead researcher

Dr Dave Payling

Associate Professor

Dave teaches audiovisual composition, audio mastering, sound synthesis and music software design. He has a PhD in visual music composition and produces a variety of electronic music.

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Associated researcher

Dr Marc Estibeiro

Associate Professor

I teach computer sound, advanced Pro Tools techniques, modern composition and music software design.

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Collaborators and funding

In collaboration with Professor Matthias Müller - Zurich University of the Arts, AccelR8 Brass Band, Staffordshire Film Archive, and the BCB Festival

Funding support from the Arts Council.

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