January 2012


So welcome to the 12th year of the 3rd millennium, and according to some interpretations, the apocalyptic end of our world as we know it so hope once again these readings are widely incorrect.

In light of that which will follow

January begins just as December ended with productions pushed to greedy deadlines even at this holiday period but I do so find pleasure in keeping a busy schedule and a positive way to work off all that over indulgence at a family Christmas gathering.

I want to take a moment here to thank everyone who has donated money towards Cystic Fibrosis as part of my Just Giving campaign last month. You may recall I recently launched a new project in The Netherlands for the HSL train network called Voyager: Amongst Others, which is a sound work that can be freely downloaded here.

A very limited edition run of CDs with a colour booklet were produced, to be freely distributed to journalists and other interested parties but I held a few back which I promised to mail to anyone anywhere in the world, personally signed with a note, no postage, if they were to donate any sum of money to this charity. At time of writing this is around £1300, which is astonishing, but we still have one month left to donate, so please if you would like to receive one of these very limited CDs, not for sale anywhere, visit the Just Giving page.

And especially thanks to all the incredibly heartfelt and generous emails that people have exchanged in the process, you frequently moved me to tears.

The British Crafts Council celebrated their 40th anniversary recently and I was invited to choose any objects from their collection to create a work that could be experienced on their dedicated website. Difficult as the choices were I focused on Fed Baier’s Star Wars Chair and Helen Maurer’s Loop, as both suggested very unique sound opportunities, I used recordings of leather, hair and glass to create this very light and playful piece of music with a mischievous nod to the original Star Wars score itself. You can enjoy the results here

Hearth-flame, flashing clear skies

I also recently completed a remix for the ludicrously named Russian band Theodor Bastard, who gave me completely free reign to rework their music and the results can be downloaded here:

Mir (Scanner rmx) by scanner

You can if you wish download the complete set of mixes from the likes of Geomatic, State of Bengal, Animals on Wheels, Neotropic, Up Bustle & Out and others here

Still tracking back in time, there is a beautiful little film available to watch of my recent show in Buenos Aires with Biosphere and this short clip captures some of the magic of that night here.

Lluvia de arañas sobre el Riachuelo HD from Estudio VIS on Vimeo.
And though it’s now the new year, it’s never too late to celebrate Christmas (well, it probably is, but sonically perhaps not), here’s my little treat for family and friends, delivered in the joyfully light spirits of the festive season. Please don’t take it too seriously.

Have Yourself A Very Scanner Christmas
by scanner

Recent footage of my collaboration with choreographer David Dawson has surfaced, from the much-acclaimed timelapse (Mnemosyne) for Dutch National Ballet, starring Principals Michele Jimenez and Casey Herd. The full score to this work is still available at the Scanner Shop

The leaf-edge of a winter sky

Watch out for the latest edition of January 2012 Elle Decoration magazine where you can read a feature on Senses and Sensibility by Lucie Greene who writes in detail about my work with respect to designing sounds for peoples houses and homes and how valuable a role sound plays in designing a home as much as wallpaper and furniture.

Later in January I will premiering an original full score for the creation by Christian Rizzo, Le Bénéfice du doute, at l’Opera de Lille France. An hour long piece it moves from very abstract open textural pieces to profoundly forceful techno head banging butt shaking beats, the former of which you can hear here in demo form.

Meanwhile 2012 looks set to be an extraordinarily busy year with many projects already lined up and confirmed, from a massively ambitious new project with Dutch National Ballet in Amsterdam, Live_Transmission aka the Joy Division project with Heritage Orchestra, new collaborations with British artists Unkle, Dave.I.D. and Gazelle Twin and the beginning of an archive series on Sub Rosa records with vinyl and CDs of unreleased and early Scanner material to follow soon.

So best get back to the studio and keep working.

Have a safe and gentle entry in 2012.

Robin Van Rimbaud
Professor Scanner

Scanner (Robin Rimbaud) 42

::: listen :::
Raime: Hennail (Blackest Ever Black)
Dave.I.D: Response (K7)
Perc: Wicker & Steel (Perc Trax)
Colin Stetson: Those Who Didn’t Run (Constellation)

::: read :::
Samuel Rogers: Table Talk  (Nottinghill)
Malcolm Gladwell: The Tipping Point (Hatchette)
Elise Seyfried: Underway (Seyfried)
Jake Chapman: Marriage of Reason & Squalor (Fuel)

::: film:::
Kill List, Ben Wheatley, UK
Hugo, Martin Scorsese, USA
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, David Fincher, USA
Zelig, Woody Allen, USA


Let The Rhythm Hit ‘Em

Kunstraum Kreuzberg
Berlin Germany

04 November – 15 January 2012

How far are visual artists influenced by current music, and in what ways are musicians bound up with visual culture? The exhibition sets up a literal relation between a Eric B & Rakim song title and visual art—and the lives of artists and their works. Initiator Matthias Mayer has put together the exhibition with works from fellow travelers and significant protagonists whose works oscillate on the border between music and visual art.

Scanner will be showing a series of photos as well performing live on 5 November 2011

With Oni Ayhun/Mar Ritt, David Blandy, Sophie Clements, Die Todliche Doris, Ingo Gerken/Matthias Meyer, Hellmut Hattler, Max Hattler, Eno Henze, Khan, Franziska Lantz, Julia Lazarus, Arto Lindsay, Matthias Mayer, Noriko Okaku Marc Schamuthe, Theodor Storm, Veronika Schumacher, Michael Witte, Ina Wudtke and others.
Breath Taking
Revealing a new wave in British glass blowing

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.