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Fri, 26 Apr


Fourth Portal Lab


In advance of their annual celebration of drone, community, and experimental sounds in Canterbury, Fourth Portal welcomes Coastal Electronauts, presenting Estuary Waves, an evening of electronics and visuals. Licensed Bar | £7 in advance | 16+

Time & Location

26 Apr 2024, 19:30 – 23:00

Fourth Portal Lab, Royal Pier Rd, Gravesend DA12 2BD, UK

About the event

An  evening of electronic music, tone clusters and live visuals of drones, community, and experimental sounds. 

Tickets £7 advance 


  • Gagarin
  • Sophie Sirota
  • Shape Navigator
  • AnalogueMechanic
  • smelliott
  • Freegk Brothers
  • whthponsfpshthtbttn?
  • Visuals by diz_qo

Tickets £7 advance 


Coastal Electronauts

Coastal Electronauts are a collective of sound artists living in the estuary area of East Kent.

Although we approach our practices in a diverse range of techniques, sonic devices and instruments, we are all influenced by the sounds of the coast, and the rhythm of the tides. Field recordings, and imitations of nature often weave their way into our compositions, and images of our surrounding environs underpin the visuals created by our regular collaborator diz_qo. 

At our monthly SEMS (Synth and Electronic Music Session), we are open to performances from anyone who would like to, in an open-mic format, but we also hold regular events where the core members of the group perform, as well as special guests.

We also create Sound Baths - an immersive sound and visual experience, featuring guided meditation, musicians and sound artists and we run the annual International Drone Day event at The Gulbenkian Theatre in Canterbury.

Our regular members include:

  • Peter Coyte AKA Shape Navigator
  • Clive Walpole AKA AnalogueMechanic
  • Sophie Sirota
  • Rhys Norster AKA OSVoS
  • Sebastian Smith AKA Sebtic Smile
  • Elliott Sirota-Gott AKA smelliott





Shape Navigator 

Shape Navigator (aka Peter Coyte) started out on Guerilla Records in the 90s writing with Coldcut, Seal, David McAlmont and Heartless Crew and is a composer of music & sounds producing work in theatre, film and installations. He has long term collaborations with Filmmaker Joanna Callaghan, choreographer Dora Frankel, writer/poet Salena Godden (Mrs Death Misses Death) as SaltPeter and circus artist & dragademic John-Paul Zaccarini. He is also a member of the experimental improvisation collective Automatic Writing Circle.


Composer of experimental and electronic music, starting in his early teens creating experimental music using tape recorders and found sounds and moved on to synthesizers and purely electronic music in the mid 70s.

His influences are Delia Derbyshire and Daphne Oram of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, F. C. Judd and many others. He has a strong interest in ambient and west coast genre ofelectronic music but he keeps an open mind and likes to mix east and west coast styles together.

Sophie Sirota

Sophie Sirota is an acoustic and electric violist and singer. She has worked with a diverse range of artists as a session musician, arranger and composer, including 4-Hero, D’Influence, Gabrielle, Beth Orton, Ed Harcourt, Paul Weller, Robert Kirkby and Tindersticks.  Sophie has also composed music for artist Jeremy Millar, and performed with acclaimed theatre group The Clod Ensemble.  She performs regularly at electronics events in East Kent,

creating ambient soundscapes using looper and effects pedals.


Gagarin is the solo project of veteran experimentalist Graham ‘ Dids’ Dowdall who has spent several decades operating around the outer fringes of rock, dance, electronic and

improvised music.

In the 80s he was recruited to a band to back the legendary Nico who he spent seven years

co-composing and performing with across the globe including on the acclaimed album

Camera Obscura produced by John Cale, who subsequently hired him to play on his own

Artificial Intelligence. 

Following Nico’s untimely death Dids pursued a number of musicalavenues and also had a parallel career making music with disabled people and others experiencing disadvantage using his musical and personal skills to enable personal and social change. This led to a post as a lecturer at Goldsmiths Uni. of London where he still teaches to this day. For the last twenty years Dids has also been an associate then full member of Pere Ubu playing and writing for their last four albums as well as touring extensively as an electronicist and electronic drummer. As Gagarin he has released numerous acclaimed albums and performed innumerable gigs with a combination of hardware samplers, drums pads and synths interpreting his compositions through an improvisatory lens.


diz_qo has been reasonably visual for a few decades now, creating video/projection art in both analogue and digital spaces.

diz_qo’s early experiments dabbled in tape/slide, 16mm film, & video art, whilst part of the Colosseum Project / Luna Nera art collective, who created site-specific events, primarily using abandoned buildings & found materials.

More recently diz_qo has worked with & created video installations at iKlectik, Coastal Electronaut’s International Drone Day & Synth & Electronic Meet-up Sessions, Wonky Plonky Electronk events, Orbscure Festival, Delaware Festival, Intrinsic, Cluster, Alchemy, Tinderdust, and group show Spellzone.

diz_qo is the point on a graph where x & y meets. The overlap on a Venn diagram. The space between our lives.

Social media:

Instagram/ Twitter/ Youtube = @diz_qo

Facebook = @dizzzqo


OSVoS (Rhys Norster) is a Whitstable based tone explorer and member of the Coastal Electronaut group and regular on Hardware Jams Youtube channel.

Sebtic Smile

Sebtic Smile (aka Sebastian Smith) is an electronic musician based in Whitstable. He performs dark, cinematic music that evokes horror soundtracks both classic and contemporary.

Recently, some of Sebastian's work has been released by Universal Music and featured on television programmes around the world, from true crime shows to The X Factor.


Medway-based noise makers who create playful, textured soundscapes with a variety of electronic and acoustic things processed through some other things.


smelliott is a young upcoming extreme glitchy noise and electronic artist currently based in Kent. They create an extreme range of music ranging from hardcore dance music such as hardstyle and gabba all the way to harsh noise wall and music concréte.


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