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Ian Helliwell documentary on Fred Judd: Practical Electronica

Practical Electronica, Ian Helliwell's new documentary focuses on the work of British electronic music pioneer Fred Judd. The film charts Judd's development of electronic instruments and musique concrete in the 1950s and 60s and is being screened in its entirety at the Barbican Centre London, 25 November, 5.30pm (buy tickets here).

The release of the documentary also coincides with Helliwell's exhibition Practical Electronica at the Phoenix Gallery in Brighton. The show celebrates Judd's work by collecting together memorabilia and artefacts, including tape loops, collages, magazines and tone generators. A special event in conjunction with Active Crossover (26 November, 7:30pm), sees Helliwell presenting a selection of short films, including the first screening of footage of Judd's audio-visual device Chromosonics, and his work with super 8's and modified televisions. Brighton Phoenix Gallery, 19 November–18 December. More information on the exhibition and the event here.

The documentary was made in collaboration with independent label Public Information (featured in The Wire 334), who are releasing a 35 track compilation of Judd's work, Electronics Without Tears, in early 2012.

Watch an excerpt of the documentary below: