January 2013

Welcome to a New Year, the 13th year of the 3rd millennium, and the first year to be denoted by four different digits in 26 years, since 1987. I hope you all had a safe and cheerful entry into this New Year too.

Winter erruptions December was a month in the studio, busily working on a host of projects to be presented in 2013. For viewers in Sweden I recently designed the new festive campaign Ident for Kanal 5 TV so if you were watching and marvelled at a wild animal dinner party with quirky sounds I’m fully responsible.

The first creative meeting took place between French singer Camille, percussionist Clément Ducol, Pascal Contet and myself in Paris in December. We are working towards a very special live show for Europajazz in Le Mans France in May 2013, as well as other possible live dates in the future. Exciting adventures in store indeed.

Elemental Force premiered in December to an invited audience at the majestic stately home Chatsworth, UK. Elemental Force is a series of free spectacular large-scale outdoor shows which put historic buildings centre stage and use light, sound and film to celebrate the rich heritage of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. I’ve been developing this with my creative colleagues over the last month, towards live events in February and March 2013, which will capture the drama and excitement of the region’s past, present and future.

Some of the area’s most significant historic buildings have been chosen as the backdrop for these events. Audiences will find themselves in a fire garden surrounded by flickering trails and fire-based installations and will have the chance to explore their surroundings in anticipation of the main event. On each landmark building a huge projection will appear as the story unfolds through film, music, fireworks and aerial dancers suspended high in the evening sky.  A short documentary introducing the project can be viewed online, as well as an excerpt from the original score.


Much of December was also spent producing and contributing new work to a whole host of different projects. I finished up a remix for British ambient artist Mick Chillage which will be officially released on his forthcoming album ‘Tales Retold’ out in June 2013 , but for the moment you can download the track here.


For the third year in a row the Bedroom Community team released their exclusive festive hour-long mix with never before released material, rarities, remixes and everything between. Yule 2012 featured previously unreleased music from the whole Bedroom Community family – Ben Frost, Valgeir Sigurðsson, Nico Muhly, Daníel Bjarnason, Sam Amidon, Puzzle Muteson & Paul Corley  – as well as an appearance by Bedroom Community sweetheart Nadia Sirota and an exclusive remix I made for Daníel Bjarnason, only available here. The mix was free to download with every purchase made through their web store in December.

I also contributed an exclusive new work to the colossal compilation … and darkness came curated by Headphone Commute to benefit all of those affected by Hurricane Sandy, the largest Atlantic hurricane on record, which devastated portions of the Caribbean, Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern United States in late October 2012. 100% of all the proceeds generated from the sale of this album will be donated towards two charitable organizations: Doctors Without Borders and The Humane Society. The artists on the release have been hand-picked to showcase the world’s top talent in ambient, modern classical, and experimental music.

So for just $10.00 you have access to 87 original pieces, over six hours of music, with artists such as Peter Broderick, Lawrence English, Clint Mansell, Ólafur Arnalds, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Max Richter, Valgeir Sigurðsson, Nils Frahm and many, many others. In just two days over $10,000 dollars had been collected.

Lightbulbs shaped like a flame

My little annual festive Scanner gift came in the form of a version of Silent Night, to bring a smile to the faces of everyone. It’s here to freely download and share.

Documentation of my recent collaboration with Polish ensemble Kwartludium in Festival Ad Libitum, Warsaw, Poland, has recently appeared online. All of the performances were based on graphics and visual scores, but left space to explore the outer reaches of improvisation. A full-length CD of our sessions in the studio and live recordings will be released in 2013.

An almost golden oldie of a tune reappeared online too, taken from Room40‘s Fabrique (2002) collection, recorded live at Brisbane Powerhouse, Australia.

And don’t forget – the last remaining copies of the double vinyl gatefold sleeve editionfor my most recent album release, Colofon & Compendium 1991-1994, are available at the Scanner store. You can also still pick up the CD and digital formats here too. January will be a month in the studio, writing new music and preparing for a very much few months ahead so stay tuned as always for more news.

Until next month.

Robin van Rimbaud
Professor Scanner

Light from Within

::: listen :::
P16 D4: Passagen (MonotypeRec)
Max Richter: ReComposed Vivaldi Four Seasons (DG)
Black Sabbath Box Set (Universal)
Burial: Truant/Rough Sleeper [Hyperdub]

::: read :::
Hans Bellmer: The Doll (Atlas)
Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present (MOMA)
David Foster Wallace: Both Flesh and Not (Penguin)
Berlinde de Bruyckere: Schmerzansmann (Steidl)

::: film:::
Great Expectations, Mike Newell, UK
Seven Psychopaths, Martin McDonagh, USA
Pitch Perfect, Jason Moore, USA
Sightseers,  Ben Wheatley, UK


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.