I wrote, performed and produced this album released on YMNLT records. Called the “Up There Jar” it is a collection of tracks produced in my studio with various vintage synths, guitars and my voice and spans various genres and styles. Please enjoy !
Having worked hard on this one it is our great pleasure to announce the release of our latest album “Earth Asylum”.
Beau has written some words about it :
Complementary musical approaches fit together to create Stocker/Eyes, with the staccato like linear drum rhythms interwoven with layers of elongated electronics and melodic guitar motifs. Depictions of a giant’s laboring footsteps lumbering along, sometimes frantic and sometimes leisurely random, but always searching for something. These are enveloped by atmospheric electronic sounds and stratospheric granular pitches, a culminating representation of the unhinged societies we see in the Earth Asylum today.
We hope you enjoy it.
Come along and explore our connections with nature, outer space and the brain through an immersive audio-visual experience. The collaborative project, presented by Beau Stocker, Ben Eyes and Mohammed Mohanna, all postgraduate students at the University of York, will include live experimental electronic/acoustic music and immersive full-wall video projections in the 3Sixty room.
As the performers respond musically to the visual stimuli, head mounted biosensors monitoring their brain waves will create further audio responses in real time in order to explore how the brain can be used as ‘another limb’ in live music performance.
Ben Eyes and James Cave won an award at the International Community for Auditory Display conference 2017 at Penn State, for ‘Best Use of Sound’ for their piece “Fiamgnano Gorge”. This was one of three prizes awarded by the board of ICAD. James writes: ” It’s exciting for us to have had such a positive endorsement of our work in this area. We’re also both grateful for the financial support we received from the Research Committee.” The proceedings of the event are here.
A recording of the live performance :
Ben Eyes is currently working as sound designer and sound engineer for the Jane Horrocks show “Cotton Panic” at Manchester International Festival.
I composed and produced this short piece for a promotional film for the Open Wheel cycling sportive and the Dales Cave Rescue organisation. Turnaround was two days.
University of York students Beau Stocker (PhD Music), Katie Campbell (MSc Digital Heritage) and Ben Eyes (MA Music Technology) combine their work of improvised music, live electronics and 3D visual modelling to present an improvised music performance that explores concepts surrounding the Recusant period in York. The acoustic characteristics of each key historical space are captured through the use of acoustic impulse responses. Each piece of music is then informed by, and will reflect, the sound footprint of that particular space. Alongside this technology, Katie’s work with photography and 3D modelling will offer a visual representation of the relevant historic events that took place in each location. The free performance on Friday 20th November will take place in King’s Manor, a building which plays a role in the story.
I recently worked on a wonderful concert for John Foxx and Benge. I produced the live sound and recorded the performance in an old nuclear Bunker in York.
More information here:
Full album release:
Fl00d a piece composed of field recordings from across the UK has been released on Time Released sound in the USA. Please find a link to the digital and physical releases below:
Ben Eyes – FL00D
FL00D was initially inspired by the Winter floods that took place in England in 2014. The idea that we have permanently changed our weather system through our own doing is incredibly thought provoking and cannot be ignored. The floods and storms were some of the worst on record and seeing places I know and hold dear destroyed by the weather made me feel both extremely upset and helpless.
The work of James Lovelock was also a large inspiration behind this piece and his Gaia theory (the idea that the Earth is one whole complex living organism) is unfortunately now being proven correct. Through the pollution of our own delicate eco-system we have caused untold damage for many generations to come, possibly forever.
The piece starts with some very intimate field recordings made on the Holy Island of Lindasfarne in Northumbria. The listener is then taken on a journey, through the dark heart of our little Island, to discover the coming storm that will come and wash us all away…
The piece is accompanied by high speed footage captured at the sites of the various field recordings and was edited together to fit the piece by Emma Jane Richards.
“Perhaps the saddest thing is that Gaia will lose as much or more than we do. Not only will wildlife and whole ecosystems go extinct, but in human civilisation the planet has a precious resource. We are not merely a disease; we are, through our intelligence and communication, the nervous system of the planet. Through us, Gaia has seen herself from space, and begins to know her place in the universe.
We should be the heart and mind of the Earth, not its malady. So let us be brave and cease thinking of human needs and rights alone, and see that we have harmed the living Earth and need to make our peace with Gaia. We must do it while we are still strong enough to negotiate, and not a broken rabble led by brutal war lords. Most of all, we should remember that we are a part of it, and it is indeed our home.”
James Lovelock (Published in The Independent, 16 January 2006)
Performed live at the Norberg Festival 2015. Piece was created using recordings made in the Mimeralaven on the Norberg site and a light instrument based on an Arduino.
‘Margarita is not a character. Margarita is a pile of constantly changing drafts ready to be revised, retold, forgotten, erased… Can we keep Margarita going?’
This interactive performance installation asks for the audience’s participation in constructing a collective consciousness: ‘Margarita’.
by Xristina Penna with Ben Eyes, Jennifer Carlberg, Liv Bradbury, Esther Coll
I produced and designed the sound for the installation. Comprising several sound tunnels with personal listening stations, a Dunces hat running dictaphone tapes and a large scale quadraphonic system able to pan live feeds anywhere in the room.
A live performance using impulse responses taken from various historical buildings from around York. As part of the 2014 Being Human Festival.