Listening and Improvisation : Caroline Kraabel [PAST]

Lecture :

16 December Friday 6:30-8pm [UPDATED from 9 December]

£5 | 12 places only | Please email for tickets

Workshops :

10 December Saturday 2-4pm PART ONE

17 December Saturday 2-4pm PART TWO

£12 each part or £20 for attending both parts | 6 places only | Please email for ticketing information

Note : Participants are recommended to attend both parts as PART TWO will be building on the materials delivered in PART ONE. BYO instruments.

Two workshops and a lecture by Caroline Kraabel

Exploring her own practice, along with a wider view of improvisation and identity: even the world of freely improvised music can be experienced as an enclave that excludes, despite the perceived association of improvisation with limitlessness and freedom.

How do people who improvise feel and think DIFFERENTLY from each other on the subject? How do we avoid or alter any dominance of particular groups over the theory or practice of improvisation? Does the experimental nature of improvisation make it easier for members of élites to shine in the field, because they have more pre-existing socio-cultural capital? Or, does improvisation come more easily for outsiders who are already primed to find alternative paths? How are improvisers affected by their musical and cultural histories? How does a group, maybe a large group, of improvisers negotiate space and time, noise and silence in a musical and just way?

For improvisers who have experienced forms of oppression in music making and/or life, is the aim when making music merely to recapitulate existing power structures, but try to place themselves at the top? Or to create new and fairer structures?

References: Gittin’ To Know Y’all: Improvised Music, Interculturalism, and the Racial Imagination, by George E. Lewis, Columbia University

Naked Intimacy: Eroticism, Improvisation, and Gender, by Ellen Waterman, University of Guelph

A Tape Recorder Workshop 2023 : Robin The Fog [PAST]

Live sound generation + Tape loop creation

18 March Saturday 6-8pm

Ticket: £10. 8 seats only (Sold out now!). To buy tickets, please email for payment details.

Project DIVFUSE is pleased to present our third event under our curatorial series Sound Meta, which celebrates sound making through performances or workshops. Join us for a 2023 version of this unique event by Robin The Fog where tape loops will take over the entire venue – and the audience will be expected to help hold it all together!

Robin The Fog is a Cumbrian sound artist and audio producer based in London. He is the founding member of Howlround, a project that creates recordings and performances entirely by manipulating sounds on a quartet of vintage reel to reel tape recorders, with all additional effects strictly forbidden – no samples, no synths, no pedals, no plug-ins. Howlround’s eighth studio album was released in 2022. |

Image by Victoria Hastings

Three-Day Residency : Merkaba Macabre [PAST]


24 March 2023 Friday 6-8:30pm. DJ from 6-7:30pm. Live by artist from 7:30pm.

25 March Saturday 6-8:30pm. DJ from 6-7:30pm. Live by artist from 7:30pm.

26 March Sunday 3-7pm. DJ from 3-5pm. Live by artist at 5 AND 6pm.

Free entry. . [[Photosensitive Warning]]

Merkaba Macabre presents a new audiovisual project that explores colour to sound synthesis for a three-day residency at Project DIVFUSE. The project maps the perceived colour spectrum to the audible frequency spectrum, allowing each color tone to pair with a unique sound tone. These ‘binary tones’ are performed live as quantized patterns across three digital projectors and a 3.1 sound system. Building upon the artist’s previous research in analogue light-based composition, Merkaba Macabre investigates this field in a purely digital process resulting in a triptych audiovisual expanse.

LIO@25 : London Improvisers Orchestra [PAST]

Sound Exhibition:

16 June 2023 Friday 5-8pm

17 & 18 June Saturday & Sunday 2:30-6:30pm

£2 Entry

Running Time : 30 minutes

Since 1998, the London Improvisers Orchestra has been dedicated to the arts of conducted improvisation, or ‘Conduction’, and free improvisation.

The orchestra was formed from the ashes of the 1997 touring group of American improviser Butch Morris, the pioneering inventor of Conduction. Since its birth, the group has had hundreds of members pass through its ranks, including Evan Parker, Pat Thomas, Byron Wallen, John Edwards, Lol Coxhil, Caroline Kraabel, and Mark Sanders. To this day, the group is led by founding member Steve Beresford, an icon of the UK’s improvisation movement.

For its one-off sound exhibition at DIVFUSE, the orchestra will be presenting unreleased live recordings, accompanied by photos, from throughout its history.

Automated : Diogo Nascimento [PAST]

Audio-Visual Exhibition :

19 August 2023 Saturday Session One : 6pm – 7pm | Session Two : 7pm – 8pm | Session Three : 8pm – 9pm

20 August 2023 Sunday Session Four : 3pm – 4pm | Session Five : 4pm – 5pm | Session Six : 5pm – 6pm

£3 suggested donations to the venue. Please reserve a place through this link:

What does one do when everything they believe in ceases to exist? This concept album presents the listener with this scenario, explored through ambient and industrial soundscapes, spoken poetry and experimental pop tracks. Automated is a reflection of monotonous life, how Western society is currently programmed to be, with most not questioning their existence. This narrative and lore are conveyed through concepts of cycles, time, the meaning of life and the interpretation of one’s reality, with the perception of its characters and stories. The visual elements are essential to the presentation of this project, but at its heart, you will find the musical material. This audio-visual installation means to create a safe space for free interpretation, instigating thought on these philosophical themes, through its abstract imagery and lingering, sombre symbolism.   

flu – flue – flew: Matt Harding [PAST]


7 October 2023 Saturday 6pm [CANCELLED] [Changed to 15 October 2023 Sunday 6pm]

8 October 2023 Sunday 6pm [CANCELLED] [Changed to 15 October 2023 Sunday 6pm]

15 October 2023 Sunday 6pm

£5 | 10 places only per session | Please email for tickets

Two performances and dialogues between seemingly disparate objects and materials, exploring potential and illusory connections . These collections of small sequences and actions use sound, gesture, synchronicity, mark making and projection to create their own expressive language and suggest hidden narratives and structures. 

Materials – Projection – speakers – tennis ball – coin -chalk- metronome – gloves

Using high pitch frequencies along with movement and gesture, these improvisational performances will explore the physicality and musicality of high pitch resonant tones. Integrating recorded and live elements with hand, body and gesture to manipulate and shape the signal. 

Performed initially as part of Perpetual Possibility at Iklectik Arts Lab this next series of performances will continue to explore aspects of physicality, duration, musicality and collaboration

Matt Harding is a musician and artist whose work explores movement, texture and repetition. He has released several albums, scored films and live soundtracks. His audio visual pieces include performative installations and an ongoing series of sound films. He has exhibited and performed at The Freud museum, Cafe Oto, Margate and Ramsgate Festivals, Radiophrenia, Klingt Gut, Hackney Wkd, and The Serpentine Gallery amongst others. He also runs the sound and art platform The Thames Submarine.

Image by Matt Harding