Welcome to the 2014, a year that the United Nations have designated as the International Year of Family Farming and Crystallography so make of that what you will.
I’m writing this over in The Netherlands where I’ve entered this 14th year of the 21st century in gentle style and am keenly looking forward to an already busy year ahead with many projects to share with you all.
December was an active month, as seemingly always, where I performed over in Muenster Germany alongside Steven Stapleton and Colin Potter of Nurse with Wound, two of the nicest gents in experimental music, and a trip that proved to be a severe challenge, with a fifteen hour trip via train, taxi, plane and car to the venue. Definitely not something I wish to repeat in terms of scheduling.
Following this my Lachrimae night at the BFI finally took place in London, which I’d curated around their gothic film season. British duo Demdike Stare began the evening with their newly commissioned score to the extraordinary film Häxan: Witchcraft Through The Ages, which was a labyrinthine shuddering work of intense darkness. Manning the merchandise stand meant I was able to meet and greet folks which is always a joy too, whilst Gazelle Twin and Carter Tutti didn’t disappoint with their mutually undulating post-industrial sounds, with an ominous threat hovering in the background, and Death Waltz Recordings entertained everyone afterwards in the Benugo bar. A photo set can be viewed here.
There was a 90 minute special on Italian radio last month, presented by the esteemed DJ Nicola Catana, and featured countless projects including collaborations with David Rothenberg, Jean-Paul-Dessy, Matthew Shipp and Kim Cascone. You can download the entire show for free here.
As in every year recently I remixed a track for Bedroom Community’s special Christmas release for free. With every purchase on Bandcamp from their catalogue you receive a complimentary collection of exclusive works, including my reworking of Big Reveal by Valgeir Sigurðsson, a Grime song from Sam Amidon‘s alter ego Eet Nibble, a Daníel Bjarnason soundtrack from a recent art installation by Guðrún Kristjánsdóttir and freshly recorded Pärt, Glass and Messiaen pieces along with some classic hymns from Nadia Sirota and James Mcvinnie. Support the label and treat yourself.
In 2014 I’m back working with the champion French accordion player Pascal Contet and multi-instrumentalist Joel Cadbury from UNKLE and South fame for some live concerts in Europe so stay tuned for that. Meanwhile here’s a recording from 2013 of our work with French chanteuse extraordinaire, Camille.
My traditional Christmas gift to everyone is now available on Soundcloud, my light interpretation of festive classic White Christmas for you to be amused by, and to freely download and share.
My collaboration with Heritage Orchestra and an incredible musical team for Live_Transmission: Joy Division Reworked was awarded a CMU Artist of the Year award so thanks to everyone for that too. We are trying our utmost to take the show elsewhere this year too so let’s hope for the best.
I’m setting off back to Sydney this month for the Sydney Festival to perform on the Sky Terrace alongside underwater performances of Purcell’s opera Dido & Aeneas, where I’ll be reinventing the work of baroque composers in new interpretations. The shows are all free and can enjoy enchanting views across the city whilst listening. The festival itself features such a wealth of guest acts too so it’s well worth looking over the website.
My work will be on display in Dubai this month in an exhibition entitled Peace In An Open Space taking place in The Gallery of Light, alongside sound works selected from international practitioners. Curated by DUCTAC’s Simon Coates, the show will provide a platform for a number of regional premieres, as well as works by Dr Halim El-Dabh, whose ‘Expressions of Za’ar’ (1944) was the first ever piece of musique concrete and Alvin Lucier’s iconic ‘I Am Sitting In A Room’ piece.
Falling Forward will be shown in the gallery and is currently available for you to digitally own over at Sedition art, where you can collect and enjoy art in digital format by the world’s greatest contemporary artists. It’s a model of art collecting today and having used it myself with purchasing artworks the value of the works themselves also rapidly increases. So I join the likes of Christian Boltanski, Shepard Fairey, Damien Hirst, Matt Pyke and Wim Wenders with my work Falling Forward.
So before I slip off to a warmer climate in Australia let me wish you all a positive start to a new year.
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Peace In An Open Space: An Exhibition of Sound Art
13-26 January 2014
Group show exploring a historical look at Sound Art, featuring Scanner’s works in installation, alongside Dr Halim El-Dabh, Christina Kubisch, Porya Hatami, Alvin Lucier and more.
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.
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 clickinghere .
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.