Sudden Amusements

Sudden Amusements is Chris Dowding on brass and electronics and Oliver Payne on prepared field recordings and live processing. Chris Dowding is a trumpeter, composer and workshop leader based in Norwich. HE plays in many bands around Norfolk and the UK including Natural Causes, Rude 2.0 (with the trombonist Annie Whitehead), and leads the Moonrise Trio. He performs regularly around Norfolk and the UK, including performances at Dartington, the Union Chapel and at the Vortex Jazz Club.

Oliver is primarily a guitarist, sound designer and installation artist. Interested in capturing the typically inaudible voices in natural environments he often uses alternative methods to capture sounds such as geophones, inductor coils and hydrophones. His work has been featured in recording and installations throughout Europe, most recently contributing to the VacuaMoenia project, INNERSCAPE which focuses on imperceptible soundscapes.

Sudden Amusements is part composition, part improvisation and part chance where software algorithms occasionally dictate the performance direction.