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Organised by Bath Spa University’s Seeing Sound symposium, this informal afternoon ‘salon’ will focus on the legacy of Norman McLaren’s innovative experiments with ‘hand-drawn’ or ‘animated’ sound, with the aim of introducing a wider, non-specialist audience to his role in the development of synthetic sound, electronic ‘visual music’, and experimental animation.

It will feature the first UK screening of a new documentary, Norman McLaren: Animated Musician (2014, 27 mins) by Donald McWilliams, as well as a selection of McLaren films and talks by experts such as Nichola Dobson (University of Edinburgh, author of Between the Frames, a new book on McLaren forthcoming from Scarecrow Press), Aimee Mollaghan (Huston School of Film & Digital Media, Galway) and Jo Hyde and Richard Stamp (Bath Spa University), whose Seeing Sound symposium showcases research in the field of audio-visual music, performance and experimental animation. McLaren the Musician will situate his considerable influence within electronic music and experimental animation, underlining the on-going relevance of his legacy for musicians and filmmakers alike.

McLaren the Musician is a series of events exploring the legacy of Scottish born animator, Norman McLaren (1914–1987). In association with Seeing Sound, Bath Spa University. Part of MCLAREN 2014.


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