Once again at the time of writing I am somewhere else, as often as not it seems. This time I am over in Munich Germany to play another live date with Jochen Arbeit of Einstürzende Neubauten, where we continue to push forward into unknown territories like two intrepid explorers to see where our imagined journey takes us. Our recent show in Ghent drew us into the darkest industrial dubstep corners of sonic warfare, an excerpt of which can be viewed online if you wish to marvel at my professional headbanging technique.
My live improvisation project with choreographer Christian Rizzo proved to be a wonderful escapade at Serralves Foundation in Porto at the opening of May. We spent four days working out alternative possibilities of sound and movement with dancer Kerem Gelebek, eating far too many addictive cakes and then performing our final piece before a very appreciative Portuguese audience. Watch interviews and clips here
The premiere of Six Order Pieces ballet with Thomas Lebrun took place on the industrial edges of Paris this month and my score seemed to very successfully map out a sonic world of exploration on stage and I was delighted to bump into many friends from all over. More mysteriously I was intrigued trying to work out why my hotel room had no bed until it revealed itself disguised as a sofa, a clever beast indeed.
I also completed an enormous number of deadlines in the last month. For the opening of Panorama 13 at Le Fresnoy in France I worked in the studio on a series of film scores, composing music and designing sonic environments for cinematic works by Lixin Bao, Hayoun Kwon, Jung Hee SEO, Sophie Sherman, as well as scoring a mesmeric installation film work by Christian Rizzo of a figure evaporating in smoke.
The show opens on 8 June and I will be presenting my new installation In-Between, which features a heart, a living breathing physical heart discovered beneath the ground. It can be viewed through the torn up floorboards, through a protective screen. A soundtrack of the beating heart can be heard around the space, born from the vibrations and sonic debris of the building itself.
I have produced an exclusive CD for the exhibition, which will be freely available at the gallery show and by mail order for free when you order any items from the Scanner store. This full-length album exclusively uses recordings made in Le Fresnoy of the air conditioning systems, ventilation ducts and sundry sounds to produce a sound portrait of the building.
You can also view the entire short film I scored online for the filmmaker Oh Eun Lee last year, produced at Le Fresnoy. This dark comedic work is an unsettling step into an intimate and tragic world.
I just completed a very special mix tape for architectural art magazine Domus in Italy, which you can listen to online here and download to keep if you wish. It features exclusive new works and sounds to present an image of London in sound, with found voices, driving beats, buskers, noises and the dark reflected city streets in the rain.
I just composed and designed soundtracks for the latest issue of the critically acclaimed POST magazine for the iPad. Post GRAVITY features a groundbreaking, interactive 3D fashion story where the user can distort, bend and flip film of model Iselin Steiro with my accompanying score. There’s also an exclusive film from the International Space Station, a zero gravity fashion story and my Time Capsule feature where I write about what I would keep for future generations to learn from in reference to sound, and feature examples of them all in the App.
Opening on 1 June is my collaboration with United Visual Artists at Nuits Sonore Lyon in France. We’ve created a 16 metre high installation, adapted from their recent stage design for Coachella festival in the USA. This new work is entitled Conductor and is a wild, intense creation that will be experienced at the opening gates to this grand event. This Creative Project event will then travel in various incarnations across the globe this year, from Ibirapuera Park São Paulo, 798 District in Beijing China, Seoul in South Korea, and finally New York City later this year.
June is going to be an exceptionally busy month with only a few hours at Scanner Castle and then off again. I’ll be collaborating with The Live Video Ensemble, led by Italian artist Claudio Sinatti, in Florence on 3 June 2011. We last worked together in Milan on an intensely cinematic show in 2010, excerpts of which can be seen here.
Then it’s off to the opening of Panorama at Le Fresnoy on 8 June, where Professor Scanner will be grading and judging all the students work too so let’s hope for some positive outcomes there. I will be performing a very special live show at Le Fresnoy on 14 June. Belgian artist Patrick Corillon will be performing the premiere of a new work, whilst I will premiere live scores to two films by celebrated filmmaker Alain Resnais,Toute la mémoire du monde (1956) and Le chant du styrène (1958), in beautiful 35 mm prints.
Then it’s onto Amsterdam for the premiere of David Dawson’s new ballet timelapse/(Mnemosyne) at Muziektheater on 17 June. The score for this work is one piece I’m extremely proud of and finished CDs have now arrived initially for sale at the shows, but available later through the Scanner Store in late June for anyone interested in hearing the full 55 minute score. We share the night with the amazing work of choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui so it will be a spectacular affair. You can view excerpts from this work in progress online.
With only a moment to pack away my tutu and stockings I’m off directly to Prague to participate in the Quadrennial. Held once every four years in Prague, Czech Republic, the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space is a the worlds largest performance design event – a presentation of contemporary work in a variety of performance design disciplines and genres including costume, stage, lighting, sound design, and theatre architecture for dance, opera, drama, site-specific, multi-media performances, and performance art. I’ll be presenting my work and in conversation with other creative individuals over a series of days in mid June so hope that I might make lots of new friends and see some inspirational work too.
In a spare moment (when exactly I can’t recall!) I also just contributed a new exclusive work to the compilation Mindfield on Psychonavigation Records. It will be released at the end of July 2011 but can ordered now online, whilst my collaboration with Italian artist Deison is now available on CD. Night Sessions the album features collaborations with Jim Coleman, Teho Teardo, Philippe Petit and others. Our dark atmospheric piece is appealingly entitled Bleeding Silence.
And in closing, anyone curious to improve the level of joy in their home would be recommended to pick up the latest June issue of Elle Decoration in the UK, as it features a feature and interview with my practical suggestions and a playlist to improve the quality of your life.
Until next month, one year older and just a little more wise
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09 June – 24 July 2011
Annual group show of student and Visiting Professors at Le Fresnoy, with over 50 installations, artworks, film and sound works.
Scanner will show his new installation work, In-Between, which presents a moving image of a heart imbedded in the floor of the building with accompanying soundtrack composed from the sounds around the building. A freely available CD of a full-length additional work is available at the information desk.
01 – 05 June 2011 Nuits Sonores Lyon France
A gateway to the festival, Conductor will draw visitors into its environment like a magnetic force field, as if it were collecting energy from passersby to generate power for the event itself. Light forms resembling current running through electrical components or power plants will be accompanied by an original score by British composer Scanner.
Callendar House, Falkirk: 07 May – 02 July 2011
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.
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.
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
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.