“With twenty years of development, Ben has made his own unique twist on giant percussion and interactive sound sculpture. Focusing on accessible fun musical interventions for all the family. Ben has installed permanent instruments in public parks and schools whilst continuing to deliver inspirational music making workshops for festivals and communities across the UK”. Currently based in Brighton, Sussex.
Press article by Cumberland and Westmorland Herald Newspaper, Cumbria. January 2013.
“It has been an exciting and noisy start to the new year at Yanwath School, near Penrith, with a visit from Carlisle/Nottingham/Brighton based sound artist Ben Gates.
Ben, who creates interactive sound sculptures, spent two days at the school inspiring the children from reception to year six to explore and create sounds.
His workshops enabled the children to not only learn how things make sound and how to invent their own rhythms but also key life skills such as working in a team, listening and communicating. A group of eight children who are working towards their arts award discovers and explore qualifications were also able to work with Ben on designing their own sound sculptures they would like to develop for the school grounds.
The two-day workshop culminated in an inspiring performance by children from across the school greeted by applause from classmates, teachers and parents alike.”
WordPress Article ‘2011 Review of the Year’ by Stuart Walker Photography:
“A new musical interactive trail has opened in Bitt Park Carlisle. Various stainless steel instruments are dotted around the park that visitors can get a tune from. Ben Gates (left) the sound artist who created the pieces blows into the item as Dieter Wadeson hears the resulting sound: 9 December 2011” Image by Stuart Walker photography and copyright of Cumbrian Newspapers 2011. http://www.stuartwalker-photography.co.uk