AKUSTRIK is the company name of multi instrumentalist, composer and theatre performer Alison Houiellebecq.
It is the place to come for unique music.
AKUSTRIK believes in music being not only an audible experience but a visual one too.
Whether it's the extraordinary unique one woman orchestra Madame D'Orificio or comedy D.O.G band Department of Gruff or the sublime all brass street band G.A.S.P (Grand Acoustic Sound Parade), high quality, and technically skilled performance are guaranteed.
Akustrik also has a degree in Music and can provide music composition and soundscapes for all types of performances and events.
Akustrik is available for corporate, festivals, collaborations, community, cabaret and education.
Akustrik performs all types of music from classical to comedy, rave to rhapsody, jazz to jingles.
2021 is here .
After a very reflective and indulgent 2020 where I spent most of my time composing and with a few commissions I have really appreciated a new side of my musical life. This has kept me busy as the live performance work has all but disappeared. I feel lucky that I have the skills which enable me to be quite self sufficient.
I still have all the shows that I do available for when life returns to normal .
I also have work as a performer and sound artist with Red Herring Productions in The Whistlers which hopefully will be performing in the summer of 2021 both in uk and Europe
I also am keeping work with Ramshackliscious happening .So busy times.
Both of Akustrik show's however are very suitable for events as social distancing is observed.
Madame D'Orificio is a solo show and has hardly any props or set up requiring minimum contact.
D.O.G is also the perfect show as we all wear complete masks!
Bringing music to life...
Compositions, Collaborations and Soundscapes
in I enjoy working from a brief that stimulates a reaction.My background has been working with physical theatre and circus and composing with empathy.
This visual element has moved into my other compositional work in which I always try to evoke a powerful image.
I have very many styles depending on what is required.As I trained classically I understand classical composition but also I enjoy many other genres.My current favourite is using samples and mixing composed sound ,real sound and words
please refer to the media section for audio examples
As a freelance musician( mainly woodwind and sax) composer, and performer I have nearly always worked collaboratively within theatre, circus ,street theatre and bands. I enjoy the stimulation that working with others creates, and the continual sparking of ideas. I work quickly and instinctively and revel in taking others input and making it work.
Please refer to media page for examples and About page for more detail of my past companies
This is a new area of work that I discovered whilst doing an MA in Sound Art.I have become obsessed with field recording spending many days in the countryside ,by the beach, and in urban surroundings. The purity of the tiny.The ability to focus in.But also the interweaving of natural sound and instrumentals is fascinating. Please see media for examples of my Soundscape work particularly with Red Herring and their Walk in the Woods that I recoded and edited