An Interview With Anthony Kelly – Handmade Electronic Music Extraordinaire

Following on from the previous post about the super cool NI Science Fest, Thom interviewed a few musicians who will be taking part in the handmade electronic music night. All information can be found here:

First up is Anthony Kelly, who gives us an insight into the kind of music he makes, his influences and how he goes about getting his sound…


1) Anthony, how would you describe the music you and David Stalling make, and how long have you been working together?

We have been improvising together for around 5 or 6 years in different combinations. Often as a duo and sometimes with other artists. Sometimes the performances can have passages that are intensely quiet which can then be balanced by outbursts of pure noise. We have also performed with other sound artists such as Danny McCarthy, Mick O’Shea, Irene Murphy, Steve Roden, David Toop, Jennifer Walshe, Stephen Vitiello amongst others.

2) What would you say have been your biggest influences on the music you make?

I am interested in the works of Nam June Paik, Agnes Martin, Rolf Julius, Robert Ryman, John Cage and the Fluxus movement.

3) Could you briefly describe your setup and instruments you use?

The instruments on my floor & table surfaces include found objects, radios, various types of paper, table guitar and various small percussion instruments. Often I like to incorporate field recordings into the unfolding improvised composition.

4) Have the instruments/setup you use influenced your compositional approach?

I try to vary the instruments and devices that I use within each performance. Before a performance I try not to think too much about what devices I might want to use but often I find the very first sound(s) that I (or we) generate can set the tone for some of what is ahead.

5) Do certain elements of your setup allow greater or less freedom when improvising?

Sometimes restriction can be a good thing and as David suggests; “it can be exciting to work with more resistant or robust setups or materials, as the challenge often produces stronger results.”

6) Are you looking forward to playing the Blackbox as part of the NI Science Festival on Sat 28th Feb?

It’s going to be a really good event!

You can learn more about Anthony here:
Aaaaaand David, here:


Handmade Electronic Music Night, NI Science Festival.

I really must get better at keeping this blog up to date with cool happenings. There’ll be more stuff on it soon, I promise!

The inaugural NI Science Festival run for 11 days between 19th February – 1st March 2015 and offers a stimulating and wide range of events focusing on the wonders of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

During the day the festival will present a whole host of workshops, talks and interactive activities for young people, parents and schools. In the evening the festival will come alive with an eclectic mix of scientific debates, talks, theatre, comedy, music and film for adults. All the details you could possibly want are located at this here link:

On February 28th, Maker present a night of handmade music in The Black Box, Hill Street in Belfast.

What happens when the musician is also an engineer? The creative use of technology has been a driving force for innovation in art and music since the dawn of the 20th century. From the Theremin to the modern digital synthesiser, the application of technology has created sounds that have become embedded in our cultural landscape.

By manipulating the physical materials and electronics involved in music production, the artist has unprecedented control over their instruments’ timbre and the music they produce.
Featuring performances by Ed Devane (Limerick), Mischa Grae AKA Infotoxin (Belfast), plus guests. Visuals provided by Barry Cullen (Belfast)

This event is suitable for those aged over 18, and will cost you only £8 to attend. Sure why wouldn’t you?!