January 1999

January 1999

Strom Eleven.

Hello – echoing into the new year.

Seems likely to be a busy year for many people – myself included. Moving home for me took up much of the latter part of the year and thanks for everyone’s patience in my slack responses to email – even the Macintosh was holed in a large cardboard box.

My record label is finally on the move – Sulphur (uk) / Sulfur (usa). The first album release will shortly be Future Pilot AKA Versus a Galaxy of Sound, whereby Scottish musician Sushil K Dade meets head to head with Two Lone Swordsmen, Cornershop, Brix Smith, Kim Fowley, Alan Vega and a host of illustrious troublemakers. Later in the year will follow a series of ltd edition 10” EPs and 3 more albums. Please send any recordings for the label to the office address at the bottom of this mail. I am very keen to release material outside of any recognisable patterns or trends.

My collaborative show ‘Wishing Well‘ with Austrian artist Katarina Matiasek was received well enough that we have been invited to present it again from March – details can be found at http://www.klangturm.at. So, dates for shows follow shortly. Once again thanks for all the support from everyone over the last twelve months for one of the toughest years for me personally.

The Electronic Lounge club at London’s ICA that celebrated its fifth birthday last year has moved to a quarterly event beginning in March. See details below.

And I have to close with a sad air as I write this with the passing away of Bryn Jones aka Muslimgauze late last week. An early industrial experimenter he continued his very personal vision up until his death. My fondest respects to his family and friends.

My very best to you

Robin Rimbaud / scanner


::: diary dates :::

31/31 January Oblique:Winter Nights
Festival in Nevers, France featuring fx randomix, s.e.t.i., james plotkin with matt wand, we, dj speedranch and janski noise, rapoon, david shea and scanner.

13 February Knitting Factory (NYC)
Live scanner show. Premiere of new composition.

19/20/21 March Sonic Concrete
Sonic Arts Network and scanner present a weekend of sonic art at the ICA, London including new and unseen films, interactive installations, practical workshops, diffused tape performances, live DJs and world premieres from the foremost figures in electroacoustic and electronic music.

19 March
Classic tape pieces diffused by the Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre (BEAST) Director Jonty Harrison plus premieres of live and improvised electronic music by percussionist Ansuman Biswas (Acacia, Summit) and Soundbeam manipulator Ben Higham. Followed by screening of archive and contemporary films. Seminal, classic and unseen footage covering the entire sonic spectrum from Varése and Stockhausen to Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and Add N to X. Bar Diffusion club with Sonomorph DJ’s.

20 March
Sonic games workshop inviting hands on play and creation. Sound installations, theramins, an interactive wall of sound and sonic games from simon to Sony and more. Live electronica performances including premieres of specially commissioned works from Pole (Stefan Betke) and Spring Heel Jack (Ashley Wales and John Coxon) with guests. Plus a showcase of the newest in acousmatic, concréte and electroacoustic music with premieres by Ewan Stefani and Nye Parry, diffused on the BEAST system. Followed by the Electronic Lounge with Scanner and Tony Morley.

21 March
Afternoon of live electronics workshops, talks and a special edition of Uncut. A workshop led by Tim Steiner (Guildhall) will explore the relationship between sampling technology and composition through hands on participation. Robert Worby, composer and broadcaster heads a discussion about the nature of collaboration between composers and filmmakers. Uncut will be screening the results of SAN’s collaboration with St Martins and will have a focus on music and film.

::: recent releases :::

scanner sound for spaces (sub rosa cd)
A collection of materials for expositions, radio, interactions with a historical basis. Sounds working backwards to 1984.The funniest cover art yet on a scanner release.

scanner stopstarting
Ltd edition cd to conclude my Fellowship at John Moore’s University in Liverpool in 1998. A 50 minute composition utilising the sounds of Liverpool and the human voice.