HELOpg

Project • 2009—2012

Laptop improvisation group HELOpg was established in 2009 as the postgraduate arm of HELO – the Huddersfield Experimental Laptop Orchestra, run by Scott Hewitt – and was active between 2009-2012, playing gigs between London and Ulverston.

HELOpg's preferred format was straight-up freeform improvisation, with each member bringing their own approach to sound generation. Adam Jansch was a key member of HELOpg for most of their active period, bringing to bear his mix of custom-built Max instruments, effects and samples from Tape Findings.

The group often made recordings of their rehearsal sessions (many of which are available on the group's website. They also put together lptp, an album made up of a number of their improvisations.

  • laptop
  • improvisation
  • live

Releases

  • lptp

    lptp

    25 May 2012
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    lptp marked the first record release from the electronic free improvisors of HELOpg. Taken from various rehearsals recorded over several months, lptp captures an accurate portrayal of the group's output. The album's cover was designed by Adam Jansch.

Updates [ 11 ]

  • AJ | Projects | HELOpg | lptp, the HELOpg album, now available

    lptp, the HELOpg album, now available

    25 May 2012 • HELOpg

    Announcing lptp, the first album by laptop improvisation group HELOpg. The release features 4 tracks of signature HELOpg soundscapes (plus 1 bonus download-only track), put together from numerous live sessions recorded throughout 2011. The album can be streamed and downloaded from the lptp mini-site.

  • AJ | Projects | HELOpg | Headphones and laptops at Sheffield Placard

    Headphones and laptops at Sheffield Placard

    9 Jul 2011 • HELOpg

    HELOpg head to Sheffield on July 16th to play the Sheffield Placard Headphone Festival, where not just the performers wear headphones: the audience do too. Enjoy the sonics in the comfort of Access Space in Sheffield or log in to the live stream, which runs throughout the day.

    Gig notes and video.

  • AJ | Projects | HELOpg | Frome Festival, Electrotextur, HELOpg

    Frome Festival, Electrotextur, HELOpg

    6 Jul 2011 • HELOpg

    This year's Frome Festival sees a whole evening dedicated to electronic music: The Granary plays host to Electrotextur, featuring sets from Frome's own Will Angeloro and Ursikin, as well as laptop improvisors HELOpg. Sounds get underway at 8pm on Wednesday July 13th.

    Gig notes and review.

  • AJ | Projects | HELOpg | Laptop improv invades Holmfirth Film Festival

    Laptop improv invades Holmfirth Film Festival

    18 May 2011 • HELOpg

    Wednesday 25th May is Soundtracks Night at this year's Holmfirth Film Festival, and HELOpg will be in attendance to present their flavour of electronic improvisation, along with visual accompaniment.

    Gig notes.

  • AJ | Projects | HELOpg | Open Circuit presents HELOpg

    Open Circuit presents HELOpg

    13 May 2011 • HELOpg

    On May 20th at 7pm Open Circuit presents a programme of live electronic music, including laptop improvisers HELOpg, Max Stomp, Focal Gaol and OCRA. The evening is hosted at the Lanternhouse, Ulverston.

  • AJ | Projects | HELOpg | HELOpg support LOUP at The Noise Upstairs

    HELOpg support LOUP at The Noise Upstairs

    20 Jan 2011 • HELOpg

    To Manchester, where HELOpg will be supporting sonic art/jazz duo LOUP at an event hosted by The Noise Upstairs on Thursday January 20th. Music gets underway at 8pm at Kro Bar, Manchester.

    Gig notes.

  • AJ | Projects | HELOpg | HELOpg at NoiseFloor festival

    HELOpg at NoiseFloor festival

    7 Jan 2011 • HELOpg

    HELOpg will perform at the NoiseFloor Festival, hosted at Stafford University. Expect some classic HELOpg laptop improvisation integrated with the NoiseFloor multi-speaker sound system. Starts at 1.30pm on Friday 14th January.

    Gig notes.

  • AJ | Projects | HELOpg | Monotrons + laptops = upcoming HELOpg gig

    Monotrons + laptops = upcoming HELOpg gig

    9 Dec 2010 • HELOpg

    The sound of Korg Monotrons and laptop improvisation will be coming to Huddersfield's Byram Arcade for an evening of spaced-out (environmentally and literally) soundscaping with HELOpg and the Monotron Ensemble. It all gets under way at 7pm, December 16th 2010.

    Gig notes.

  • AJ | Projects | HELOpg | Christmas cheer with HELOpg at ii Gig #7

    Christmas cheer with HELOpg at ii Gig #7

    30 Nov 2010 • HELOpg

    HELOpg return to play an inclusive improv gig and impart some festive cheer on proceedings with some Christmassy improvisation. ii Gig #7, also featuring Apropos, starts at 8pm on December 7th at Sleepers Bar in Huddersfield.

  • AJ | Projects | HELOpg | ii Gig #2 hosts HELOpg

    ii Gig #2 hosts HELOpg

    12 Jan 2010 • HELOpg

    The first inclusive improv gig of 2010 is coming up and will feature performances by both HELO and HELOpg, as well as Monty Adkins and Apropos. ii Gig #2 starts at 8pm on Tuesday January 19th, taking place at Sleepers Bar, Huddersfield.

    Gig notes.

  • AJ | Projects | HELOpg | HELOpg debut performance at Any Which Way

    HELOpg debut performance at Any Which Way

    2 Nov 2009 • HELOpg

    HELOpg, the postgraduate offshoot of the Huddersfield Experimental Laptop Orchestra, will make their performative debut on November 13th at the Any Which Way art collective event being held at CoffeEvolution. Expect improvised soundscapes and rocket-shaped speakers.

    Gig notes and recordings.