Gary Fisher + Helmut Lemke + Tear Fet



Doors 7.30
Live Performances 8pm- 10.30pm

Advance Tickets- £5 (plus booking)

(Previous events have sold out, we recommend booking in advance to secure your place).


Gary Fisher has joined us for a residency project- we are excited to welcome him back to The Penthouse following his completion of his very fruitful MA Sound Art at London Communication College- MA show curated by Electra Productions.

Recent Projects include a 30 minute live experimental radio broadcast ‘The Inaugural Terminal Program’ in collaboration with artists Barry Dean and Gilda Manfring and aired on Resonance FM, London. Performing as part of ‘Sculpture’ in Allan Caprow: Yard, The Hepworth, Wakefield, ensemble improvisation and intervention, Sculpture series curated by David Toop and Rei NakajimaIn. In 2015 Gary was invited with other performers to play in a live composition with Christain Marclay and Thurston Moore at Marclay’s major exhibition at White Cube London.

“Gary Fisher works with sound in a continuous process of experimentation and enquiry focussed around instinctive and investigatory responses to objects, actions, ideas words and places. Central to the work is the ongoing development of improvised playing, composing and recording practises, in both live and studio contexts, based around different approaches to sound making including combining analogue and digital, re-working technologies, home-made instruments and electronics and adapting or finding personal approaches to instruments and objects as materials to produce sounds.”


Has been specially invited to perform as part of Gary Fisher’s residency event particularly because of his influence on Gary’s artist practice which turned to a focus on sound arts during his BA at Salford University under Helmut Lemke’s teaching.

Some words from Helmut:

Imagine you have a plastic bottle….
You fill it with water and you hang it upside down….
You make a little hole in the cap….
and then you sit back,
you wait and you listen
– drips appear – they fall – they hit
sounds …
inaudible when the water squeezes through the little hole …
imaginable when it falls …
audible when it hits

Events like this drive Helmut Lemke’s curiosity.
Since he started his journey into the world of sound more than 30 years ago, he investigated sounds that are around us, some are obvious, some are familiar, some have to be found… and he has performed and exhibited process based work responding to his investigations. His endeavour has taken him to concert halls and outdoor markets, to Galleries and Museums and to the frozen seas off Greenland, to Function Rooms of Pubs and to International Festivals. He has presented his work all over the globe, collaborating with other Sound Artists and Musicians, with Dancers and Scientists, Visual Artists and Architects, Poets and Archaeologists, Performance Artists and Wildlife Rangers.

Helmut Lemke is still listening.

++ TEAR FET ++

Tear Fet is the sound project of Manchester artist Matt Dalby. In recent years he has concentrated solely on developing his voice, and beginning to explore extended techniques. Tear Fet draws on a range of influences from blues and folk music through to contemporary improvisation. Tear Fet can be found (among other places) at

His CD Underpath was released through Chocolate Monk in October 2014; his most recent collection is the self-released Islands : Wind, part of a year-long project called Islands.

As part of Islands Matt will walk round the outside of the M60, Manchester’s orbital motorway, on 30 May 2015. A variety of artworks will be created from this event.

Tickets are £5 in advance (plus booking)

Tickets are £5 on the door but only subject to availability. There is a capacity limit. Please book at least one day in advance to avoid disappointment.

This event has a licensed bar- it is not permitted to bring your own alcohol into the space.

The 2014/15 series of Noise Above Noise residency projects are supported by Arts Council England- Grants for the Arts.




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The Penthouse | Paradiso Project | Exchange Rates

Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York. 

- a residency project and exhibition of indeterminacy on the Vazquez Building rooftop in Bushwick, Brooklyn as part of Exchange Rates produced by Sluice_ Theodore Arts and Centotto. 

(on the corner of Central Ave and Forrest St, Brooklyn, NY 11206)

(Donation bar located in Vazquez, Donation entry to performances) 

Paradiso Project:

Is a short residency project and subsequent exhibition of site specific works by artists Rosanne Robertson, Debbie Sharp, Louise Woodcock & Neil Francis (2 Koi Karp) and Benjamin McChrystal Plimmer. We will exchange our elevated position in Manchester, UK to an elevated position in Brooklyn, NY and respond to the unique site to make new works shared in various stages. Works will include longstanding and recent relationships with structure, performance, improvisation, site, sound and space. 

During Paradiso Project we will occupy spheres of fire believed to exist in the earth’s upper atmosphere. 

Noise Above Noise events:

Friday 24th October. 6-10pm Beat Nite Special followed by Beat Nite after party 10pm- 12am.

As part of Beat Nite by Andrew Jason & Norte Maar The Penthouse hosts a special Noise Above Noise with a rooftop performance installation by Rosanne Robertson, Debbie Sharp, Louise Woodcock & Neil Francis (2 Koi Karp) and Benjamin McChrystal Plimmer. Plus we have a set by special guest artist Maria Chavez- we we are excited to share this rooftop stage with.


Noise Above Noise- Sat 25 Oct- 7-10pm 

A one off Noise Above Noise event made up of performance works with sounds inspired by The Paradiso Project. The line up will be made extra electric by the addition of MV Carbon. 

The Penthouse: 

“The Penthouse is an independent not for profit artist led work and project space in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. 

The Penthouse is the place to get your heads and hands dirty with ideas and new beginnings which fly from our rooftops directly into the city around us and beyond. The Penthouse is host to sound art project Noise Above Noise and was described in a feature by The Wire as “Performance series Noise Above Noise elevates Manchester’s underground scene to the fifth floor of a tower block”. We believe space for artists to do what they want is important and precious and that relationships with our audiences should be open and direct. We are a 5* Non Luxury art space. ”

Exchange Rates:

“The Bushwick Expo is the first collaboration between existing artist-run and emerging galleries in Bushwick and Sluice, the London-based art initiative for artist-run projects from across the UK and Europe. Projects from Sluice’s network of UK and European galleries will share space with existing Bushwick spaces to forge links and find common ground across a vast geographical sweep.

Exchange Rates invites representatives from kindred art communities to be part of Bushwick’s development. With a common focus on public engagement, artistic collaboration and the transferal of ideas, Exchange Rates will engender creative transaction between galleries, artists, curators and members of the public. There will be 52 galleries and projects participating from 19 different cities around the world. The expo will include several panel discussions, performance events and Norte Maar’s Beat Nite, a late night gallery tour and after-party on Friday. “


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A selection of images from Noise Above Noise V 

Artists performing were

Human Heads

Rachael Finney

James Watts

Debbie Sharp 

Rosanne Robertson

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Debbie Sharp performance for Supersonic Festival ( @supersonicfest ) at Stryx ( @StryxArts ) . A performance that started outside with natural sounds of walking, a text piece on a wall, spoken word, walking up concrete stairs followed by live sound performance with amplified clock mechanism, various metal tools, radio, amplified surface and letter pressing on copper. More on Debbie Sharp here  (Filmed by Graham Dunning). 


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Noise Above Noise V. Fri 27 Jun. 

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Debbie Sharp and Rosanne Robertson performing for Supersonic Festival ( @supersonicfest ) - Racket- at Stryx 

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Rosanne Robertson performing at Roodkapje, Rotterdam - video by Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera.

Roodkapje presents innovative art and
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Constant Sleepless Night.

15- 17 May 7-11pm

15 May 7-11pm Special NQ After Dark Live Launch with sound and performance.

An evening exhibition and live soundtrack by artists Rosanne Robertson and Debbie Sharp for Manchester After Hours/Northern Quarter After Dark- as part of Museums at Night: Culture24’s annual after-hours festival of arts, culture and heritage when hundreds of museums, galleries, libraries, archives and heritage sites open their doors for special evening events.

As the night rolls on Manchester After Hours becomes Northern Quarter After Dark. NQ After Dark is the city’s most creative quarter’s offering- in the form of a night time cultural mash-up. See the Creative Tourist full guide here 

Constant Sleepless Night opens on Thursday 15th May- the start of the festival- with a special live launch event including live sound making and performance as one of the many parts of this exploratory and responsive night time exhibition.

Please note sunset on 15 May is around 8.40pm. 

An exhibition in and of the dark. 

A glimpse. 

A curious sound. 

A smell. 

A shadow. 

This two person show by artists- and directors of The Penthouse - Rosanne Robertson and Debbie Sharp takes hold of all the senses harnessing the heightened awareness of maneuvering darkness. Taking the unique situation of this top floor city centre studio and project space Robertson and Sharp will use the city at night to site responsively influence works using image, light and sound. As the night wares on the city changes and so the unique rooftop view changes and so the exhibition changes. 


Debbie Sharp is an artist working with installation, image, text and live performance. 

“Static Memory II, shows the artist partly surrounded by a wire mesh structure, sitting at a dimly lit desk and intoning a repetitive text that, combined with radio static and electronic effects, forms claustrophobic layers. Metal plaque making crops up in Sharp’s work over the years; she records and loops the sounds of tools on metal as she beats out the words she’s reciting. In the further enclosed space of the corridor, the effect is both intimate and sinister.”- The Wire 

Rosanne Robertson is an artist working with action, objects and sound with both live and installed works. 

“For me Rosanne’s very much a ‘doodlebug’, that is to say, a provocateur who tirelessly works across all platforms, creating work by any medium necessary and who works beneath the skin,” Doodlebug, Dazed and Confused. 

The Penthouse: 

An artist led work and project space with “an emphasis on the divergent” (The Skinny). Home to artists Rosanne Robertson, Debbie Sharp, many of their collaborators and Noise Above Noise- a sound art event which “elevates Manchester’s sonic underground to the fifth floor of a tower block” (The Wire). 

Suitable for any age. Families welcome. 

Admission: Suggested Donation £3

Access: 3 steps on ground floor of building, lift access, wheelchair access, wheelchair accessible bathroom. 


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Noise Above Noise _Four  *  Friday April 25th  * 

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A selection of images of artists from Noise Above Noise III. 1st- Gwen Osmond/Trianglecuts w/ Magpahi, 2nd Debbie Sharp, 3rd Rosanne Robertson, 4th Kim Foale and The Art of Noises game, 5th David Birchall, 6th Now Wash Your Hands. Thank you to all artists and audience for a brilliant night x

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Performance series Noise Above Noise elevates Manchester’s underground scene to the fifth floor of a tower block”- The Wire.

“A brilliantly curated and visually stunning night of sound art and performance”- Manchester Finest. 

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2 Koi Karp- Open Studio. 17 January.

As part of the ‘From the Rooftops’ series at The Penthouse 2 Koi Karp have been residents of Suite 2 since November 2013- they will open up their world of magick, waterfalls, skreaks, tapes and hiccups to the public for one night only on Friday January 17th. 

tapes, screaks, muzak, magick…

2 Koi Karp create a conflict of sound using noise/melody, analog/digital, beat/ambience using tapes, kids instruments, vocals and objects.

Neil Francis (ex-Gnod and recent addition to Terminal Cheesecake) and Louise Woodcock (AKA Her Majesty’s Pleasure, sound/visual artist and member of Poppycock with Una Baines, ex-Womb) began in earnest early this year with the acquisition of The Basement Room space in central Manchester. Woodcock is also one half of installation/performance duo Woodcock&Grundstrom; regular artists-in-residence at queer monthly party event Bollox.

2 Koi Karp describe The Penthouse as a place that has informed and inspired their performances; opening up collaborative projects such as Noise Above Noise;The Queer Art Show inspired new performative possibilities, using more concrete sounds and 'wearing’ sound makers. 2 Koi Karp recently represented The Penthouse at Sluice Art Fair, Bermondsey, London.

During their residency 2 KOI KARP have been exploring new audio/visual/performative ideas and turning their residency room into an immersive art work with new changing collections of objects, waterfalls, facepainting, balls, vegetables, tapes, toys and sound makers. As part of their residency they have invited collaborators such as Gary Fisher, Matt Dalby, Rosanne Robertson, Genius of Germs and Bratan and created a number of films, images and new sound works. 

2 Koi Karp work tirelessly as artists pushing at possibilities with humour and colour and do it with complete passion and direct powerful expression- because they have to. The Penthouse thrives off their energy and full on unapologetic creativity. Their open studio will be a glimpse into what has been an ever changing work of art- The Penthouse invite you to get up close to the many facets of 2 Koi Karp’s creations over the course of the open studio from 7pm with a live end of residency performance at 9pm. 

Open Studio- 7-10pm
Live Performances- 7.30pm and 9pm

Suggested Donation £2


The Penthouse
5th Floor Hilton House
26-28 Hilton Street 
Northern Quarter
M1 2EH

From the Rooftops is a series of artist residencies supported by Arts Council England. 

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Noise Above Noise _Three. “A brilliantly curated and visually stunning night of sound art and performance”- Manchester Finest. 

Noise Above Noise _Three. 

20 February 2014  Doors 6pm. Start 7pm. Finishes 10.45pm.

£3 entry (plus £2 corkage if bringing own bottle) - All door money goes to artists. 

An evening of experimental sound art, indeterminacy and performance all over The Penthouse studios and corridor project space. A Noise above the Noise of everything else. A selection of sound elevated. Everything made at The Penthouse flies from the rooftops. 

Noise Above Noise _Three Artists: 

Rosanne Robertson
Debbie Sharp
Gwendolen Osmond/ Triangle Cuts
Now Wash Your Hands
David Birchall
Kim Foale

(Order to be arranged on day)

Images of Rosanne Robertson and Debbie Sharp from Noise Above Noise _Two (bottom two) by Anne Louise Kershaw for Manchester Finest- See the Article and Follow Anne on twitter 

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