Oscillate Festival

Oscillate was a one-day experimental music and sound festival held at Turner Contemporary, Margate, on 3rd June 2017. The festival featured performances and sound installations from some of the leading figures in contemporary experimental music and sound art alongside work from students and staff of the School of Music and Performing Arts at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Oscillate is a series at Turner Contemporary featuring artists at the cutting edge of contemporary music and sound art.


Events have included performances, installations, and talks from artists such as Shabaka Hutchings, Evan Parker, Kaffe Matthews, Bex Burch, Mira Calix, and Matthew Herbert.

The 2017 season of Oscillate culminated with this one-day festival of performances, multi-channel sound works, and interactive installations. The festival featured work from world-leading professionals in music and sonic art such as Mira Calix, Shelley Parker; members of the CISA (Composition, Improvisation, and Sonic Arts) research unit at Canterbury Christ Church University, and students of the BA Creative Music Technology and MMus.

The festival also hosted the inaugural Oram Awards,established by the BBC Radiophonic Workshop in collaboration with the PRS Foundation to recognise emerging women artists in electronic music. The awards ceremony, hosted by Matthew Herbert, director of the Radiophonic Workshop and Artistic Researcher in the CCCU School of Music and Performing Arts, also featured performances and demonstrations from Oram nominees, and was featured on an episode of BBC Radio 3's 'Late Junction' show.


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