Kayleigh Beard

Kayleigh Beard

I sing, perform, and make my own digital instruments. Through my voice, and making music with intuitive body gestures, I seek to create a serene and tranquil atmosphere to retreat from today’s overwhelming world.

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Upcoming: CORPORA Exhibition & Performance

You are all invited to my upcoming group exhibition Corpora in Sign Gallery from April 18th to May 18th. We will show recent works, but we will also develop new works on the spot during the month. The theme is about bodies, where my interactive music installation fits nicely. As a visitor you can make music with intuitive body movements. In the weekend of May 12th/13th there is an event with performances, where I will perform with the installation and my voice.

Presentation @ UMCG Hospital

I have a strong feeling that I don’t want to make money with my art. My art making comes from a form of passion, joy and spontaneity. And when I would force it to create a stable income for myself, I’m afraid this pressure would destroy all of that.

| “Making money is not that hard, don’t place a burden on your precious art.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

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Performance “Pollution of Today”

I made interactive gloves and software that records the body position with the Kinect and translates that to musical information. With this system / musical instrument I play synthesizer sounds and a virtual violin, loop my voice and other sounds, and control effects.

Components: gloves with microcomputer ESP32 and capacitive touch, Kinect, Max/MSP, Ableton Live.

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Performance @ Winterwelvaart, Groningen

On December 16th I performed on a boat during Winterwelvaart festival in Groningen together with three singer-songwriters.

I was exited to be invited to play one of my songs with a string orchestra (JOG). Charles Belfor, a composer & cellist, made an arrangement for a string orchestra from one of my songs Rainforest Light. I was a bit nervous at first, because musically I’m not so well trained to be able to lead or guide an orchestra ;-). But luckily this wasn’t my job for this collaboration. Charles told me he was going to arrange everything, and I could let myself be surprised by the result. Which was really nice, I was curious what he would make from it. And when I got together with the orchestra, I noticed it turned out beautifully.

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Performance @ Feedback Session, Frank Mohr Institute

Because lately I feel overwhelmed by the media and all the (technological) possibilities of today, I wanted to go back to the essence for me: music. Before the feedback session I was wondering what to show: music, and what more? What can I add? But then I realised: why join into overstimulating people if I don’t believe in that? While I think that nowadays we need more moments of peace and quiet? Aren’t we constantly overthinking and overanalysing?

https://youtu.be/1hYvt6RQLMo
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Performance @ Amsterdam Art Weekend, Upstream Gallery

I was honoured when Marc Bijl invited me to perform in the midst of his exhibition “Zeitgeist” during Amsterdam Art Weekend in Upstream Gallery. His exhibition was all about the contemporary media landscape and its political diffusion. In his opinion today’s information overload in the media causes everything to be vague and blurry. Not only can I really relate to this theme, my music has the same kind of ambience, so my performance and this exhibition seemed a good fit:

During her performance on the 25th of November in Upstream Gallery during Amsterdam Art Weekend, her music will be about the contemporary abundance of information in the media, and about her personal experience with its effects. With synthesizer sounds, deep bass, beats, reverberating vocals and nature sounds, she creates an ambient, dreamy and spiritual atmosphere. By looping and distorting her voice, she gives expression to overflows, ambiguity and increasing indistinctions. (Upstream Gallery: http://www.upstreamgallery.nl/news/367/performance-by-kayleigh-beard-during-amsterdam-art-weekend)

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Writing a Paper: Intuition, Body and Movement in Music

In order to get my research structured, I wrote a paper in a way I got used to during my former university degree at the VU in Amsterdam. In this article I describe the theoretical background and practical development of my interactive music systems that attempt to embrace intuition, body and movement in musical practice and experience.

Masters in Media, Art, Design and Technology