September 2013


So beginning on a very positive personal note, after some rather cloudy and murky months after the death of my mother I’m delighted to write that August brought some radiant and luminous joy when I married Mrs Scanner. In a bewitching cinematic ceremony with many friends from around the globe attending, a spell was cast and a new life begun.

As you might imagine work briefly took second place and after a trip to Sevilla and Madrid to embrace 42 degree temperatures, fine culture and tasty food, it’s back to the studio and deadlines.

A new 7″ single, Between Your Ears and Mine, with Dutch composer Michel Banabila, was released this August, in a very heavyweight vinyl edition and of course a digital version to ensure everyone is content. Vinyl is available at the Scanner Shop, or digitally over at Bandcamp, where you can acquire both edited and extended versions of the songs. It’s an extremely fragile and delicate release, with voices, guitars, scattering synths and noises.

Celebrated American composer John Cage once asked the question: Which is more musical, a truck passing by a factory or a truck passing by a music school? What makes music different from noise? For Cage, learning to think of noise as music opened up a world of creative experiment, but it also gave him a new acceptance that helped him deal much better in daily life with the stress of urban sound.

Following this example I gave a very entertaining talk at the Edinburgh Festival last month relating to the joy of sound, and in October will present a masterclass in London exploring these ideas in greater depth. It’ll be a chance to listen, talk, experiment a little, make new friends, open your ears and most importantly laugh. It will hopefully offer listeners a chance to be attentive to one another and find more pleasure in the world around you.

It’s taking place on 22 October 2013 at the invitation of The School of Life, set up by Alain de Botton, and will be presented at expansive Dairy Art Space in London, in a generous 12,500 square feet of exhibition space.

The motion of a sigh

Live_Transmission: Joy Division Reworked finally sets off into orbit in September. Described as “brutalist, romantic and imaginative“ by The Sydney Morning Herald after our recent performance at Sydney Opera House, this unique collaboration with Heritage Orchestra is an epic sonic adventure. Instilled with poetic snapshots of Ian Curtis’ haunting vocals, Live_Transmission guides audiences through a sonic monument of new compositions accompanied by an animated landscape of artwork and projections created by visual artist Matt Watkins, reminiscent of the band’s creative process.

The live band comprises of two members of Three Trapped Tigers and the 45 piece Heritage Orchestra. We will be travelling around the UK in an 11-date tour, visiting London, Nottingham, Northampton, Bristol, Cambridge, Basingstoke, Birmingham, Salford, Liverpool, Edinburgh and Gateshead. You can listen to a 10 min edit of the live sessions here and watch a clip from our Brighton premiere here. Hoping we can tour this internationally in 2014-15 too!

My new performance project Lachrimae: Flow My Tears, which was premiered at Spitalfields Music Festival London in the summer, can now be viewed online in an edited format. Based on the music of English composer John Dowland (1563-1626), it’s an elegiac, slow moving emotive union of music and image, with a film directed by Chris Turner. Plans are afoot for touring this work internationally in 2014 with a string ensemble.

On a more commercial slant a new work with film director Chris Turner was revealed this month online with our little campaign for Jaguar cars, focusing on the symbol of the company more than anything else. A special edit of Céleste, composed with Joel Cadbury of Unkle and South fame was used to accompany this dramatic elegance.

I just contributed an unreleased work to support civil rights group GayRussia , which has just been released. The 24 track compilation, LGBT Rights for Russia Now!, features works by Legowelt, Hieroglyphic Being, Leyland James Kirby, Perc and many others, to support this advocacy group that organises Moscow’s gay pride parade and campaigns in the light of Russian’s increasingly discriminatory policies. Here’s to a positive future for all.

Beaming down

Swedish artist Carl Michael von Hausswolff just curated an astonishing mixtape exploring ideas of energy, electricity, matter and power, for Radio Web Macba in Spain. His very unique take on this, entitled Mattergy, features my work with Michael Esposito of EVP ghostly recordings in Sweden, as well as recordings of Albert Einstein, emission spectroscopy from soil sampled at KZ Auschwitz, and much more. Dark and unsettling, you can download it for free here.

In closing this month I’m performing a very fun event at Genesis Cinema in London on Thursday 12 September, when I’m curating the soundtrack to the classic film The Passion of Joan of Arc using only ECM recording releases. This newly restored print is an enigmatic and profoundly moving work that merges the worlds of the viewer and of saintly Joan herself into one shared experience of hushed delirium.

For this score I will be drawing from the vast pool of music releases by ECM including John Tavener, Steve Reich and Arvo Pärt to create a meditative cathedral-like atmosphere in
Genesis’ screen 1 (the largest screen in the East End), so viewers can worship the holy minimalism unfolding.

Wishing you all a safe, happy and cinematic month ahead.

Prof Scanner

Burnt out

::: listen :::
The Art of David Tudor (New World Records)
Young Echo: Nexus (Ramp Recordings)
Sylvain Chaveau: Kogetsudai (Brocoli)
Daniel Bjarnason: Over Light Earth (Bedroom Community)

::: read :::
Miroslaw Tichy: Monograph (Steidl)
Jan Svankmajer: The Cabinet of (Kunsthalle)
Berlinde De Bruyckere: Cripplewood (Mercatorfonds)
Cabinet Magazine Issue 49: Death

::: film:::
Only God Forgives,  Nicolas Winding Refn, France/Thailand
The Telephone Book, Nelson Lyon, USA
Night of the Demon, Jacques Tourneur, UK
The Lone Ranger, Gore Verbinski, USA


Weave Waves
Scanner & textile artist Ismini Samanidou
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery Scotland
10 August – 07 Sept 2013

Stanley Picker Gallery
Kingston upon Thames
02 October – 23 November 2013

The Crafts Council presents Weave Waves, a digital commission, which brings together sound artist Scanner, and textile designer Ismini Samanidou.Weave Waves explores sound, geography and mapping and how this data relates to both textile weave structures and musical scores.

Scanner and Samanidou were inspired by the visual and technical similarities between the digital software they both use and the physicality of code.

Liquid Landscapes
Roma Europa
Macro Testaccio Museum
Rome Italy

10 October – 01 December 2013

An exhibition at the contemporary art museum that presents work using technology that offers the viewer an alternative view of the landscape, featuring Ryoichi Kurokawa, Alexandre Maubert, Babina/Mesmer, Donata Piccolo and many others in a group show.

Scanner will be exhibiting Falling Forwards, an installation in which the visitor finds himself in front of a digital ‘window’ from they can follow an event. Human silhouettes and objects fall into emptiness and are irreversibly pulled by the force of gracity towards an inevitable end.

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.