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David Handford
Date and place of birth
b. 1967
Current location
Devon, UK
Year(s) of residency and/or fellowship
2011, Collaborator

David Handford is a sound artist that releases music as Flüder and under his name. As Ministry of Defiance^, DJ Methodist˙, and Acid Slag*, he garnered airplay internationally and from BBC R1, R3, and 6music.

His electronic machines and soundtracks have been shown at a variety of theatre, performance, and visual art events throughout the UK and Europe, with the sound sculpture Sonic Chair having been toured nationally and internationally.

Above 690′ private press exists to distribute David’s various works as of 2017. His latest album Weather, Light & Ghoul was released in late 2020.

* Acid Slag is part of an ongoing sonic trip into stripped down electronica, lush orchestrations and techno. From Laburnum to Swan Street came out in 2013 with The Stalk and Troops of Tomorrow singles in 2017. The Uplands album came out in September 2018.

 ˙ dj Methodist started life with the solo, techno tinged electronics of 2001’s Radio St.Dogmaels and 2003’s Trepan Yourself developing into a more pop-soaked, electropunk sound with featured vocalists and producers such as on 2005’s Digital, 2006’s Sirens, 2008’s Other Worlds and 2009’s The Right Stuff, brought together on the 0510 album in 2010.

^ Ministry of Defiance’s works weaved field recordings, grainy analogue electronics and abstract vocals on 2002’s Listening To Learn, 2003’s Chapel Couture and 2005’s Principae MathematicaeThe soundtrack and film of Chapel Couture was presented live through the UK and at Netmage’06 in Italy.





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Why does a minor chord sound sad? Is there a formula for the perfect hit? Whistling, dancing, finger-snapping, and toe-tapping—what makes us do it? Find out when music and science join forces in an interactive bazaar of beats, sounds, and rhythm in the exhibition BIORHYTHM, created by the Science Gallery and presented at Eyebeam as part of the World Science Festival. Learn what drives sound manipulation and discover how different types of music evoke different emotions. Trace the power of an impactful pop hook in a song, measuring the way our brains and bodies react, down to the responses in our fingertips.

Included works: Binaural Head; Sonic Bed; Klangkapsel; Something for the Girl Who Has Everything; Optofonica Capsule; Theremin Inspector V2; Music, Emotion, Empathy; Heart ‘N’ Beat; Reactable; Contacts; Hear, Hear; Traffic; Instrumen; Body Snatcher; Chains of Emotion.



Even girls who have nothing will appreciate this device. This 1920’s leather chair has been tweaked with sonic charges. It’s like a massage chair but with a weird sound. It’s quite relaxing though. There’s a voltage-control oscillator panel on the arm rest that you can manipulate to your derriere’s content.

SONIC CHAIR- SOMETHING FOR THE GIRL WITH EVERYTHING exhibit at BIORHYTHM at the Science Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin

By David Handford [UK]

Any gallery needs some seats, but beware of this one. This original 1920s chair has been reconstructed full of sonic charges. Manipulate the voltage-controlled oscillators on the control panel and you will physically experience the power of sound to your personal liking.

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