So I’m writing this whilst over at MIT in Cambridge where my Visiting Artist adventures continue.
Curiously March began in exactly the same geographical area, but honestly I have been home in between! I spent a week there at the invitation of Berklee College of Music presenting my work, meeting with students, critiquing and offering support to their projects, performing live at David Friend Hall and even had time for an inspiring four hour studio session with Neil Leonard, David Tronzo, Dean Johnston and Mike Rivard. Results of this recording will likely be heard in the near future so stay tuned.
It’s often said that when you wait for a bus, two always arrive at the same time when you’ve patiently anticipated their arrival, and the same has happened for my album releases. In March both The Garden is Full of Metal and Electronic Garden CDs were released. The former is a reissue of my tribute to the late British film director Derek Jarman, originally released in 1997 and interestingly the only release of mine to come out under my own name, as opposed to Scanner.
With new artwork, four unreleased pieces from the original sessions and elegantly remastered by Lawrence English of Room40, the album is available directly here on both CD and WAV and MP3 formats, so if you still own the original you can easily just purchase the four additional songs. Listen to an excerpt here.
Electronic Garden is my first live album in many years and was recorded outdoors in Dresden in 2007, and features a significant amount of unreleased, unheard material. The album opens with the epic rhythmic Muster that soars with a radiant splendor, moving through the flickering nervy melancholic pulses of Backwood, the organic warmth and harmonies of The Nature of Being and closing with the atmospheric Singing Through Qualia.
All initial orders for this release via Greedbag will be accompanied by a special digital release of Scanner: Live at 1/4 Inch Wollongong 01.12.2010, a completed unreleased recording from Australia, remastered for this edition. Believe me that was an incredibly epic set and completely different from Electronic Garden. It is also accompanied by photos and a short film all part of the download package. Download an exclusive track here.
My special collaboration with POSTmatter premiered at Ex Chiesa Di San Carpoforo in Milan in March. The three works on show used interactive technologies to blur the boundaries between fashion, art, technology and performance and I scored and sound designed each of these to compliment one another. You can view photos of the opening and installation here, and watch a film tour of the various installations here. A preview of the show can be viewed here.
Whilst briefly back in London I’ve been busily rehearsing a new show with French accordionist Pascal Contet and guitarist and singer Joel Cadbury of Unkle and South fame. We premiere our White Concert in Le Mans in France this month, to be followed by shows in Nantes and Annecy later this year. I’m thrilled to be playing guitar again myself with a great team of players. Here’s hoping for some additional European shows together too.
New shows have been confirmed for Italy, Denmark and Sweden in the schedule too, and most curiously a collaboration with British architects Chance da Silva for the Venice Architectural Biennial in June so that’s thrilling.
I’m also saving up energy for a busy month ahead of attending live concerts. In March I was fortunate enough to attend an incredible series of performances of works by the late Bernard Parmegiani in a giant industrial warehouse in East End London, alongside performances by Rashad Becker, Vessel and Florian Hecker, but April is absurd with concerts by Phill Niblock, 23 Skidoo, Bohren and the Club of Gore, These New Puritans, Joan as Police Woman, Ben Frost, Charles Cohen, Porter Ricks, Anna von Hausswolff, Hidden Orchestra, The Haxan Cloak, Ulrich Schnauss and more.
So as always thanks for your support and wishing a lovely month to you all.
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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.