August 2011

August 2011


Back to London and to our imaginary summer for a moment, though at the time of writing it seems to have mysteriously reappeared. Keep it quiet…

The force of magic

As ever, July was an adventurous month. After wearing my feet down wandering around New York City for five days, even with a specialist Chinese foot massage, I escaped the big city to perform live in Hudson for WGXC 90.7-FM radio. The entire improvised show can be heard and downloaded here.

Hands-on Radio by scanner

And you also can admire my fancy footwork on film if you wish as I danced away whilst still seated.

Once back in the UK I was off to Durham for their International BRASS festival to premiere my Floral Derrangement installation. The press reception for this was outstanding, with a feature in The Guardian newspaper, a special feature on BBC Radio 4’s Today news show, broadcast to seven million listeners and even a feature on a specialist brass music site which was very encouraging.

All of which caused quite a response amongst brass aficionados who were both perturbed and unsettled with the idea of an electronic musician undertaking such a commission. Installed on the Kingsgate Bridge Durham on eight hanging speakers, largely invisible to passers-by, the work could be heard floating down along the river and across the landscape. I made a little film taking a walk across the bridge and experiencing this week so you can feel as if you were there

You can also if you wish download the full work here for free

Floral Derrangement by scanner

Then it was directly down to the seaside to Brighton to close the outstanding Soundwaves Festival with a live show, before I returned to London to focus on new projects.

My collaboration with United Visual Artists / UVA opened this weekend as part of The Creators Project Ibirapuera Park in São Paulo Brazil. It’s the premiere of an entirely new work, Room with a View, that uses voice and music inside this expansive light structure that that the audience can enter and remain inside. Exploring reconfigurations of the Orchestrion installation originally developed for Coachella 2011, UVA decided to invert their design and create a vast space where visitors enter and become a part of the performance.

The work consists of a single room of infinite reflection, creating an endless geometric landscape. Lines of light derivative of the structural form shift and animate within, with visitors’ shadows and reflections constantly changing with the movement of light and sound. The work will now travel to UCCA in Beijing for display from 15-18 September.

You can also read an expansive interview with me regarding this collaboration and other projects on their site.

With pounding heart, at great height

It’s August so time for another new album release of course. You Can’t Get There From Here is collaboration between American clarinet player David Rothenberg and myself, recorded in sessions over the last couple of years, as well as at the Punkt Festival in Norway. Released on Monotyperecords, the album joins the dots between voice, live instrumentation and electronics and is available directly from the label. The artwork also features a recent photograph of mine I took in London.

Orders have continued to soar in for my two new soundtrack albums, Timelapse/(Mnemosyne) and Pavillon d’Armide/Amarant, both of which are still exclusively available via the Scanner store. All works were composed for contemporary dance and feature richly orchestrated, emotive scores that move from rich ambience to cinematic percussion.

Whilst stocks last you will still receive my limited edition In-Between CD, otherwise unavailable, if you order both at the same time. Excerpts from the Amarant score can heard in a new promotional campaign for the next season for The Royal Ballet of Flanders too.

In the last week in July I loaned some of my equipment for a special live performance at London’s Barbican art centre for a feverish wild performance, Fourth Dimensional Minds Eye Summoning, featuring writer Alan Moore (V for Vendetta, Watchmen) and Edwin Pouncey otherwise known as Savage Pencil. Performing to American exploratory filmmaker Harry Smith’s film No.12 Heaven and Earth Magic it was most certainly an out of mind and body experience that was topped by meeting up privately with Alan Moore afterwards and exchanging witty exchanges and then by his signing my copy of Watchmen with the gratifyingly touching dedication ‘To Robin, with huge gratitude and big love from your mate, Alan Moore.’

I recently made an extended interview for the forthcoming Vision.Sound.Music festival in London in September 2011. The festival itself will be a celebration of visual culture and its happy bed partner music, with live performances, talks and all manner of surprising encounters. Filmed in my new studio it’s a four part series of short interviews regarding my practice, where I speak about working with contemporary dance, film scoring, downloading, Daft Punk, mashups, Post Gravity, Celebrity Love Island, Terence Malick and how to wake up with Scanner each and every day ?

You can also pick up lots of sound tricks and tips from me over in the latest issue of Computer Music Magazine Special about Sampling, where I share ideas in my studio, whilst being photographed in my fetching kitchen.

August continues to keep me distracted. I will be performing at one of my favourite London music venues, Café Oto, on 10 August as part of an Active Crossover evening. Even more appealing it’s completely FREE entry. I will be collaborating with one of the other artists in an improvisation, playing my own live set and offering up some very special sales items. I’ve decided to sell Scanner stock at remarkably reduced prices for this one-night only offer so bring your wallet along.

Then I’m off to Brazil for a sequence of events where I’m presenting my installation Falling Forward produced at Le Fresnoy in 2010 for Panorama 12 in the museum in Rio, then speaking about my work at Conference Oi Futuro Ipanema, and performing live at Multiplicidade Festival in Rio.

Soft corridors

With no time to adjust to the time difference I’m then directly off to Margate in the UK for the premiere of Blink on 27 August. This is a collaboration between award-winning choreographer Wayne McGregor and his internationally renowned company Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, the extraordinary theatre ensemble Pan Optikum from Germany and myself. It’s now ten years that Wayne and I have worked on projects together so we are celebrating in a hugely ambitious manner. All music will be composed in residence in the final five days of the production, which is both intimidating and thrilling.

For one very special night, Margate’s seafront will undergo a miraculous transformation as buildings come alive, the beach is lit up with stunning flaming structures and one hundred local people take to the beach to perform. It’s most certainly going to be a spectacular event so let’s hope the skies remain dry for that day.

And what a way to end the month, with a BANG!!!

See you in September

Robin Van Rimbaud
Professor Scanner

Scanner (Robin Rimbaud) 42

::: listen :::
Philip Schroeder: Passage Through a Dream (Innova)
Johann Johannsson: The Miners’ Hymns (Fat Cat)
The Haxan Cloak: The Haxan Cloak (Aurora Borealis)
King Crimson: Live in Toronto 1974 (DGM Live)

::: read :::
Hussein Chalayan, edited by Robert Violette (Rizzoli)
David Foster Wallace: Obliviion (Abacus)
Gordon Monahan: Seeing Sound (MU edition)
Berlinde De Bruyckere in Dialogue: Into One Another (Hirmer)

::: film:::
Win, Win, Thomas McCarthy, USA
The Last Picture Show, Peter Bogdanovich, USA
The King of Marvin Gardens, Bob Rafelson, USA
Dumbstruck, Mark Goffman, USA


Room with a View
The Creators Project
Installation with United Visual Artists
16-19 September Beijing, China

Exploring reconfigurations of the Orchestrion installation originally developed for Coachella 2011, UVA decided to invert their design and create a vast space where visitors enter and become a part of the performance. 

The work consists of a single room of infinite reflection, creating an endless geometric landscape. Lines of light derivative of the structural form shift and animate within, with visitors’ shadows and reflections constantly changing with the movement of light and sound.

The Creators Project
Installation with United Visual Artists

08-11 September Seoul, South Korea
12-16 October New York City, USA

Conductor draws 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.

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.