May 2011

May 2011


As the UK and much of the rest of world recovers after Royal Wedding fever, my month has selfishly only left brief moments to stop, rest and play, whilst May looks set to offer little respite, but happily so of course. I do so enjoy being a busy boy.

At time of writing I’m in Porto Portugal to collaborate on a weeklong series of workshops with celebrated French choreographer Christian Rizzo and dancer Kerem Gelebek. Installed in the exquisite location of the Serralves Foundation each day we are moving towards a public performance on 05 May in the auditorium, the result of our games and adventures from the week past.

Alive with words and stories

April was an exceptionally busy month, beginning at La Femis in Paris where I presented my work as part of a conference about cinema and the internet, home on Eurostar, then back again a few days later to Paris to present Warhol’s Surfaces at Cite de la musique, and return as Professor Scanner for a few days of stern Professorial behaviour and advice. A change of clothes and it was back to The Netherlands for a mystery trip, via Maastricht in a luxurious modernist hotel, a horror movie film festival in Amsterdam and a chance to indulge in Record Store Day where the few last copies of my limited vinyl 10” with Michel Banabila nudged up naughtily to AC/DC, Queen and The Foo Fighters.

I have many delights for your ears and eyes to share from the last months creative juices.
The animation for the launch of the Punkt AC 01 alarm clock is now viewable online. Created in collaboration with London based Rosie Lee’s and designer Jasper Morrison, the little film gives a good idea of how this adorably minimal clock operates.

And whilst there why not watch the animation for the new National Radio Centre at Bletchly Park in the UK that I created with ON101 design company in London. A chance for me to create a world that combines an imaginary world of radio noises and atmospheres.

My score to David Dawson’s new ballet timelapse/(Mnemosyne) is complete and premieres in June 2011 in Muziektheater Amsterdam. A double-bill with a new work choreographed by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui shares the night to make this a spectacular affair. You can view excerpts from this work in progress online. A CD of the full-length 54 minute score will be available exclusively at the shows before going on general sale afterwards.

Closed yet fair, erected, indivisible

Curious to hear any of my recent musical excursions, well here you can listen to an exclusive early preview of my mix for Düsseldorf artist Lars Leonhard who will release his debut 12" No Comment on BineMusic. In addition to two alternate versions by Leonhard himself, the single also features remixes by Sven Schienhammer (Quantec), Thomas Touzimsky (Fold) and myself. A fine funky gym bunny sound.

A mix I made for Australia electronic artist Mia Sonos can be heard here, an intense tune wrapping her voice into a darker cyclic world of beats and harmonies.

Patients (Rewind Rewound) Scanner Mix by scanner

And another mix for  Italian artists SoSlo is out now on iTunes. The release also features mixes from Franco Fabbri, GX Jupitter-Larsen, Steve Piccolo, Marco Zangirolami, Painé Cuadrelli, Sergio Messina & Buddha Stick. Time to get techno funky :-D A Cool Dry Place (Dark Banzai mix) – Scanner by so-slo

My collaboration with Roberto Paci Dalo was released in April, The Maya Effect, and is now available at the Scanner store in a variety of formats, including a physical CD, high quality lossless MP3s and WAV files and all significantly cheaper than anywhere else.

In addition all other Scanner product available at the store is also available in similar formats and the next month swill see the release of FOUR new full-length original albums, one of which will only be freely available at Le Fresnoy in France as part of the Panorama exhibition or via mail order with any other purchases. More on this next month of course.

Apologies to anyone trying to download the Room40 compilation last month but they had a quite unanticipated surge in interest and it crashed the server so once again here’s your chance to download for free a compilation of 40 unreleased pieces of music, including special live excerpt from a concert session with David Toop, IO3 and myself recorded In London at Café Oto in 2010.

Watching over

I have sound designed a exhibition, Just Under the Surface, in the Crypt Gallery at St Pancras Church in London, a location that resonates for me as Throbbing Gristle played a classic show there way back in time. The show attempts to integrate all the senses, combining animation, ceramics, sculpture, textiles, word and sound. Entrance is free and open from 06-19 May 2011.

May look set to be an utterly ludicrous month. Not only will I celebrate my very own royal birthday but in just one day I’ll be traversing three countries – waking up in Porto, flying to Paris to present my work at Université paris 8 in relation to contemporary dance in the afternoon, and leaving for Ghent Belgium that evening to prepare my concert with Jochen Arbeit of Einsturzende Neubauten. After our storming set in London last year this is our return to a blistering groove-heavy noise session, with grinding pulses and soundscapes as we head-bang our way into the night. At Vooruit on 7 May it’s a free show alongside Eavesdropper and Hahn Rowe.

Then it’s back to Le Fresnoy where I’m scoring five film soundtracks and attending the premiere of Six Order Pieces in Paris, a new ballet by Thomas Lebrun I composed new music for. With only moments to change clothes I’m off then to present my interpretation of Scambi by Henri Pousseur at the Lansdown Centre for Electronic Arts in the UK at a special show, and depart for Munich to play with Jochen Arbeit of EInsturzende Neubauten again at the grand Muffahalle.

And that’s May, gone, departed, before it’s even arrived. Ensure you have a safe and fun one and more next month, that’s guaranteed.

Until next month

Professor Scanner

Caught in the Sunlight

::: listen :::
Lawrence English: Kiri No Oto (Digitalis)
Cliff Martinez: The LIncoln Lawyer OST (Lakeshore)
Amon Tobin: ISAM (Ninja Tune)
Queen: Stormtroopers in Stilettoes 7” (EMI)

::: read :::
Emma Donoghue: Room (Picador)
Stanley Kubrick: Napoleon (Taschen)
Melik Ohanian: From the Voice to the Hand (Archibooks)
John Stezaker: Monograph (Ridinghouse)

::: film:::
Rubber, Quentin Dulieux, France
Howl, Rob Epstein, USA
Inside Job, Charles Ferguson, USA
Thor, Kenneth Branagh, USA


Breath Taking
Revealing a new wave in British glass blowing

Callendar House, Falkirk: 07 May – 02 July 2011
Durham Art Gallery: 08 July – 29 Aug 2011
Aberdeen Art Gallery: 01 Sept – 29 Oct 2011
Wrexham Art Gallery: 02 Dec – 28 Jan 2011/12

The new Crafts Council touring exhibition Breath Taking presents cutting-edge work in blown glass, by 22 UK makers. Through their creative use of glass-blowing techniques these makers ask us to consider the medium ’s possibilities for new ways of expression.

Sing in Sand and Roar in Furnace Fire from Neil Wissink on Vimeo.

Scanner collaborated with filmmaker Neil Wissink to produce this film which is installed in each gallery, based on recordings of the Stuart Hearn glassblowing studio in London.
Choreography: Matthias Sperling
Dancers: Matthias Sperling and Robin Dingemans

Night Haunts
By Sukhdev Sandhu
Design Mind Unit
Sound Design Scanner

Artangel Interaction invited writer and historian Sukhdev Sandhu to write a nocturnal journal unfolding over the course of 2006. His postings will appear sequentially at this microsite specially designed by Mind Unit. Sandhu’s forays see him prospecting in the London night with the people who drive its pulse, from the avian police to security guards, zookeepers and exorcists. Acclaimed artist and musician Scanner has collaborated with Sukhdev and Ian Budden of Mind Unit to compose the sound for the site. If you would like to be kept informed as each episode is posted, join artangel’s mailing list by clicking here .

Bittersweet Songs for the Sleepless City
Artangel Interaction

NightJam is the latest project in Artangel Interaction’s Nights of London series of artist-led collaborations with people who have a special view on a hidden side of the nocturnal city. Scanner invited young people at New Horizon Youth Centre in King’s Cross to collaborate on a creative project that expresses how the city at night looks and sounds to their ears and eyes. Through music and voice workshops they explored the sense of freedom and fear, celebration and solitude of the concealing darkness. Meanwhile, they captured their nights on disposable cameras, taking images that are at times eerie, startling, contemplative and funny. NightJam presents two elusive visual and musical journeys through the city’s ‘quiet’ hours.

NightJam presents two music tracks, a film, photographs, that can be experienced and freely downloaded. Additionally it features remixes of NightJam by Stephen Vitiello, Hakan Lidbo, Troy Banarzi, Si-cut.db and Pete Lockett.