BEAM Festival was founded by Sarah Nicolls in 2011 to explore the physical performance of electronic music, providing a portal to a world where technologies are used in creative, strange and wonderful ways to enhance and extend human bodies and the music they make. Through performances, installations and workshops, BEAM aims to bring together a variety of innovative artists, researchers, DiY electronics builders and enthusiasts. Please see the archive link for all past programmes.
The first BEAM Festivals were high-tech music weekenders at Brunel University: playgrounds of homemade instruments, where people could experience and learn how to create living electronic music. In 2014, BEAM teamed up with NIME, the New Interfaces for Musical Expression conference to present BEAM@NIME 2014. Invited artists complimented the NIME programme through performances and installations, linking academic research to club nights, and connecting gig-goers, musicians, technologists and researchers. There were performances and interactive installations on the Goldsmiths’ campus and in nearby Fordham Park and club nights in Corsica Studios, XOYO and the Amersham Arms.
In 2015, BEAM is presenting Interactive Music: a small exhibition of interactive sound installations at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival.