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bird rat centipede 11 December 2014

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bird rat centipede is a collection of performer/composers who share a view for honest and democratic music making bird rat centipede is: Sam Andreae Rodrigo Constanzo Angela Guyton Linda Jankowska Braxton Sherouse Who bird rat centipede 11 December 2014 […]

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dfscore – 18 September 2014


We’re really excited to invite you to the first public performance using Rodrigo Constanzo’s new networked improvisation system, dfscore. The dfscore system is a dynamic score display system built to function over a local network to display a variety of […]

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errk! – 10 July 2014

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errk! are Richard Knight on mixer and samples, Rob McWhirter on guitar and Keith Jafrate on saxophone. They wander into and mostly away from structures to make dramatic abstractions that sometimes achieve significant velocities, sometimes wide open spaces. Preceding and […]

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KUBOV – 14 August 2014


KnowUsByOurVelocity (KUBOV) is a duo of violin and electronics. Incorporating minimalist textures and lush sustains as well as harrowing dissonance and distortion, their music ranges from the esoterically tingly to downright disturbing. Their eclectic sonorities are a result of the hybridisation of […]

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exFlibbeth – 12 June 2014


exFlibbeth exFlibbeth is a free improvisation quartet, the two halves of which combine the influences of the London free improv scene (Benedict Taylor and Tom Jackson), and the scene in Berlin (Manuel Miethe and Abigail Sanders). To divide them another […]

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David Birchall/Rogier Smal Duo – 8 May 2014

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David Birchall/Rogier Smal Duo Manchester/Amsterdam free guitar/drums duo. Tape out to coincide with first UK tour. David Birchall is a guitar player living in Manchester. He has made sounds solo, with Chastity Potatoe, Desmadrados Soldados de Ventura, Levenshulme Bicycle Orchestra, Kalbakken, […]

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strikethrough me & you – 13 March 2014


strikethrough me & you is a duo between Rodrigo Constanzo and Sam Andreae which explores improvisation through battle and game pieces. Click here to download the performances Who strikethrough me & you When Thursday, March 13, […]

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Richard Knight – 12 December 2013


Knight’s interests include feedback, modeling organic processess with digital systems, machine learning for composition, data driven art, automated analysis and composition, and making phat beats. Many of his aspirations are based on a controversial foundation, with focus on a hypothetical […]

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Richard Craig – 10 April 2014


Born in Glasgow, Richard studied flute at the RSAMD with Richard Blake and Sheena Gordon, continuing his studies with the assistance of a Dewar Award, with Mario Caroli at the Conservatoire National de Strasbourg. Formative experiences include working with composers […]

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Linda Jankowska – 14 November 2013


I believe in experience. In the immaterial impact of experience, because it’s the only thing that lasts. I am an active performer in the field of contemporary classical music. In that context I perform as a member of the Distractfold […]

About The Noise Upstairs

The Noise Upstairs is an improv collective which runs a free-improv night in Manchester.The basic premise is that anyone can turn up and join in by putting their name in the hat. Names are pulled out, ensembles formed, and hearts broken.

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You can click HERE to see all the posts that include recordings. You can select the date you'd like a recording from and click the 'download' link available from within the post. We regularly record performances from our featured artists as well as the evening's "jams". Enjoy.