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Watt’s Orbit Concert

Saturday 21st September 2019
St Paul’s Church, St Paul’s Square, Jewellery Quarter,
Birmingham B3 1QZ  
|  Doors 7.30pm

Sonic artist Bobby Bird aka Higher Intelligence Agency will give an immersive live surround sound performance of his composition Watt’s Orbit, created from the sounds and rhythms of James Watt’s steam driven beam engines, recorded at Papplewick Pumping Station, Crofton Beam Engines, The London Museum of Steam and Water, and Thinktank Birmingham.

Tickets available here

Watt’s Orbit website here

In residence

27th June – 8th July 2019
Vivid Projects, 16 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, Birmingham B5 5RS

Bobby Bird will be ‘in residence’ at Vivid Projects between 27th June – 8th July 2019, developing Watt’s Orbit as a multi-spacial sound installation work suitable for gallery and other spaces. Music students and other interested parties will be able to hear the work in progress and discuss the project with the artist by prior arrangement, and the installation will be open to the public during the second week, on days tbc.

The second performance of Watt’s Orbit, an immersive multi speaker sound performance by Bobby Bird, will take place on September 23d at St Mary’s Church Great Bedwyn, nr Marlborough in Wiltshire. This will coincide with a steaming weekend at nearby Crofton Beam Engines where the 200 year old Bolton & Watts engine which features in the composition, can be viewed before the concert.
More info & Tickets available from

A new work premiered Oct 2016, which will continue to be developed during 2017/2018 and toured  in 2019, the year of Watt’s bicentenary.
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Worked as lead artist/facilitator with a group of home educated children to design and build this Harmonograph – an instrument invented in Victorian times which uses pendulums /gravity to draw graphical representations of the harmonic series:

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More images of the build process at

Commissioned for AVA Exhibition -Seeing With Sound  – March 20-23/ 2015

Sound design for Birmingham based artist David Rowan’s solo exhibition, ‘Pacha Kuti X’, a new moving image work exploring the unknown underground sub-infrastructure of Birmingham.
Exhibited at Eastside Projects 17th MArch – 5th May 2012

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