Strom Thirty Six.
In answer to recent emails I am still alive. Scheduling and travelling do not make good bed fellows and yet I am still super active and trying my utmost to keep my laces tied and my hair neatly brushed whilst meeting every necessary deadline.
Most significantly recently I closed Sulphur the record label and set up Bette, a new imprint established to issue works that would otherwise be unheard outside of the context of the original commission.
The first two CD releases are 52 Spaces commissioned by The British School at Rome for film director Michelangelo Antonioni’s 90th birthday in September this year. 52 Spaces uses sounds of the city of Rome and elements of The Eclipse (1962) to create a soundtrack of an image of a city suspended in time, anonymous and surreal.
At the same time due to popular demand I have released the soundtrack to Nemesis, the contemporary dance work by Random Dance – resident company of Sadler’s Wells London who just celebrated its 10th anniversary year with this ambitious new work that explores the relationship between body, screen and machine – extraterrestrial dance meets reality TV. At just over one hour long Nemesis captures the image of dance in sound, shifting between scattering beats and warm seductive strings, melancholic melodies and pixellated abstraction.
Also home to the English eccentrics Wire/Pink Flag, Leaf Records amongst other fine delights! Soon you will also be able to buy lots of old Scanner vinyl and CD too.
I have numerous new releases about to emerge into the air having been ridiculously prolific and recorded too many releases for your Christmas lists. There is a collaboration with American digital icon Kim Cascone forthcoming on Sub Rosa, a live CD with Stephen Vitiello also on Sub Rosa, a new EP on Underscan from Berlin and another in the USA on Zer0gsounds, as well as remixes of Tennis, Meat Beat Manifesto and two fine collaborations coming out on BipHop in France with Tonne, the Sound Polaroids CD and Sound Toys CD.
Some very intriguing forthcoming shows too. “London Orbital” is approaching at the Barbican which is based on and inspired by Iain Sinclair’s “London Orbital” book, which brings together readings by Iain Sinclair, J.G.Ballard, Bill Drummond and Ken Campbell; Chris Petit’s specially shot and manipulated M25 film and new music performed live by WIRE, Scanner and Jimmy Cauty of the KLF. You can imagine what an extraordinary night this is going to be indeed.
My installation Into the Blue opens in Belfast Ireland in a few weeks where you can find yourself immersed inside 10,000 latex balloons in a fully carpeted space. Ideal for the fetishists out there. Sonic Process is opening at the Centres Pompidou in Paris in a few weeks and then perhaps my strangest (and most challenging personally) ever work opens permanently in Paris. Installed at the Raymond Poincaré hospital in Garches France in the Salles des Departs, literally the room where you say farewell to your loved ones before they pass on elsewhere.
The room designed is by Italian artist Ettore Spaletti, and my musical soundscape will play out permanently alongside a work by David Lang of Bang on a Can. As the doctor in charge succinctly put it, it’s a place where families and friends could come to say goodbye to their loved ones without, as he says, "having to suffer sickly background music and a red carpet". I am so moved to be invited to contribute to such a work, an extraordinary humanitarian project.
And on that note I shall bid farewell, and as always, if receiving this little infrequent mail is troublesome then simply let me know.
Robin / Scanner
“Espirits de Paris” installation with Mike Kelley
“Into the Blue” installation
“Donuts” installation with Mike Stubbs
‘Where do we go from here‘
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