Kayleigh Beard

Kayleigh Beard

Music, Art, Technology. With a scientific background in Artificial Intelligence, an artistic background in music and sound, and a deep interest in human health, psyche and spirituality, Kayleigh now pursues to create experiences, give performances, and inspire herself and her audience to live more pure and authentic. SoundCloud.com/kayleigh-beard

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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.

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.

Performance @ Sounds of Music festival

On November 8th 2017 I performed a set of half an hour at Grand Theatre, as part of Sounds of Music festival. First I started with Iets Paars with Desta Matla, then I continued with my own music.

However, afterwards I had a bad feeling about this performance for many reasons. It all started being ill. I caught the flu two days before the performance and my voice suffered from it as well. And I started worrying a lot about it. So I didn’t only feel sick, I was also super stressed out, which really didn’t help. Also on the day of the performance I felt like lying in bed. But I wanted to do the performance anyway, so with this ill and stressed out vibe I started setting up. What then happened in short: I communicated badly with the organisation of the festival, I forgot many things, made bad decisions and carried a negative energy with me. And because of all this, I didn’t even feel like performing. And I think this was audible in my music (together with my weak sick voice).

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Intuitive Body Instrument @ Healthy Ageing Festival

On september 29th, I demonstrated a work-in-progress version of my newly built instrument at Healthy Ageing festival in Groningen.  I experimented with translating body movements to violin sounds. With the installation / musical instrument that I demonstrated on the festival, people could play a virtual violin with arm movements, and trigger background ambience with body position.

This experiment came out of my interest to make music with intuitive body movements, similar to my previous works Our Harmony and Phone Cello. I built this instrument with Kinect, Delicode_NI_Mate, Max 7, and Ableton Live 9.

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Performance @ DOT, Groningen

On September 24th, I performed at DOT in Groningen. It was a nice sunny day, so me and several other musicians performed outside on a terrace.

However, I felt uncomfortable in this setting. People were enjoying the sun, all of them having loud conversations. Many children playing. And I was there, making noise, disturbing their conversations in the sun. The other musicians were mostly songwriters with guitars and sometimes with violinists. What they did felt like it suited the nice and sunny day with the people on the terrace. But my music has deep bass, sometimes heavy emotions, and beats, and doesn’t suit that vibe at all. I just felt out of place, and couldn’t get my message / feeling across. It felt like a nice and sunny entertainment event, which is not a bad thing. But it just feels like I should have brought my guitar, and sung songs about lost boyfriends, and make remarks about good beer, but that’s not my thing. Lesson learnt: learn more about the event, environment, and the type of audience. And even though some people view me as a singer songwriter, I think I don’t fit in an event between singer songwriters.

Helping Richard Bolhuis with Performance

Helping Richard Bolhuis with building up his performance in a church

Today I joined Richard’s team to help with his performance and see and learn from how he does things. I find his work and vision very inspiring, so I thought it could be valuable to see his ways of working.

Every year a performance by Richard is organised in a church in a small village called Oostum. It is a magical place, very beautiful, in the countryside, with a very small church.

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Masters in Media, Art, Design and Technology