CALL OUT FOR YOUR HELP
You can take part in this epic artwork by visiting The Museum of London Docklands on the following days or sending your very own recording to me. Use your smart phone, computer or whatever means at hand to record yourself reading a list of bridges in your country, in your language. Then tell me a story about a London bridge, something you’ve witnessed, heard about or even experienced yourself. The deadline is 1 August for all submissions. Email the MP3, WAV or AIFF files to firstname.lastname@example.org
Recording days: 14.00 – 16.00 on 7th, 12th and 27th July at The Museum of London Docklands
Bridging the World will be launched at the Late London: sonic city event on 5 September and will run until 2 November 2014. Bridging the World is commissioned by The Museum of London Docklands in partnership with Sound and Music.
Whilst World Cup fever seems to take over the news and online, I managed somehow to sneak into Rio and back without barely a glimpse of the football, apart from the boisterous and cheery Belgian and Dutch fans on the flights there and back.
It was quite literally a weekend trip to Rio for the tenth anniversary of Festival Multiplicidade, an international festival that has hosted such an inspiring selection of artists over the years and I was proud to return to perform my re-scorings of two early Alain Resnais films, Toute la mémoire du monde (1956) and Le chant du Styrène (1957), two extraordinarily inventive yet ‘commercial’ films. The show played to a capacity crowd outdoors as a welcome break to the football I think, and enjoyed the three hour music mix I put together for the rest of the evening.
Back in London and was directly into a host of projects. Most immediate is my forthcoming sound installation at The Museum of London Docklands, Bridging the World, where I intend to create an immersive sound installation where the spectator walks through a river of hanging speakers in the museum, as part of their new exhibition Bridge. Each speaker will broadcast recordings collected from the public, that’s YOU, combining a comprehensive spoken word list of bridges from all over the world from Sao Paulo to Sydney, New York to Hanoi, coupled with very personal stories and responses to London’s very own bridges.
So you can take part in this epic artwork by visiting The Museum of London Docklands on 7th, 12th and 27th July, between 14.00 – 16.00, or by sending your very own recording to me. Use your smart phone, computer or whatever means at hand to record yourself reading a list of bridges in your country, in your language. Then tell me a story about a London bridge in English, something you’ve witnessed, heard about or even experienced yourself. The deadline is 1 August for all submissions. Email the MP3, WAV or AIFF files to email@example.com
Bridging the World will be launched at the Late London: sonic city event on 5 September and will run until 2 November 2014. On this night there will be live performances, talks and all kinds of interactive events that I’m curating too. Come along for some fun!
June has been an extraordinarily busy month, behind the scenes. I’m currently working with London Sinfonietta on a community project In Rushmoor in the UK, entitled Ripples and Roots: Rushmoor Stories, where are looking at making music from stories in the locality, from old to young, which is exciting. A CD will be freely available of the work later this year as well as possible live performances.
It has also just been confirmed that I will be composing a major new work in The Netherlands for Dutch National Ballet and dance group ISH in a production of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe in summer 2015, which is thrilling!
My collaboration with British architectural practice Chance de Silva opened at the Venice Architecture Biennale in early June. Vex in Venice is connected to our London project Vex, which is a curved concrete house being built in Stoke Newington between this summer and July 2015. The Venice iteration features sound and design built into a dilapidated stairwell of the partially restored palazzo on one of the main streets, Strada Nuova. The work contains a storey-height ‘fragment’ of Vex London in the form of a curved profiled steel wall that interlinks with the fabric of the existing historic staircase, with a score inspired by Erik Satie’s composition Vexations (1893).
An excerpt from my work at MIT has just gone online too, prior to the complete video footage of the live performance from May 2014 going online in the summer. Sonic Bodies was a performance by Stephen Vitiello and myself with guests David Shively (percussion) and Jennifer Choi (violin) of the Either/Or ensemble. Visualizations were provided by Madeleine Gallagher.
Sonic Bodies was the culmination of our research at MIT. With this performance of immersive, spatialized sound, we explored the resonance of the body by placing the audience within a group of speakers that shifted and sculpted a sonic landscape. The program was part of a semester-long residency produced in collaboration with the Center for Art, Science & Technology and part of the project Resonating MIT.
I recently created a very special mix at the invitation at the invitation of the guys behind Industrial Soundtrack For The Urban Decay, featuring a host of archive works, many of which have been rarely or never heard before, including 23 Skidoo Cut-Ups and an excerpt from the Coil/Scanner recordings from 1994 that were never unfortunately finished and as yet never been heard. In addition I included rare live recordings from Last Few Days, SPK and Einstürzende Neubauten, and even a piece from my own group Dau Al Set from 1984. Still at Number One in the Noise Chart, enjoy the sombre sonic moments. Listen HERE.
More music here as you can hear my very cinematic remix for French band Oiseaux-Tempête. Pick up this beautiful release here. A very speedy video soundtrack happened in June, with an evenings work to complete this promotion as part of the TOPMAN Design SS15 LC:M show. Surprisingly unsettling and archaic for such a futuristic idea.
A screening of my collaborative work with Belgian artist Hans Op de Beeck, Staging Silence (2), just opened at MOCA Cleveland and runs until 31 August. The work shows a series of miniature dioramas being seamlessly assembled. Only the hands and arms of the off-screen builders are visible, while their actions, and the settings they create, fade in and out of view. A snow-covered forest, modernist apartment, and futuristic cityscape, along with many other scenes, are created using everyday materials, dramatic lighting effects, and tricks of perspective. It’s a magical piece that I designed all the sound and music for so hope that some of you may get to experience this on the big screen. If not you can watch the full film online here.
Closing on a very playful note, after twenty years the missing Aphex Twin album, Caustic Window, has finally been released, via a successful Kickstarter campaign. Originally just a white label test pressing on Rephlex it’s now available digitally and you can finally hear the absurd antics that Richard D James and I got up to back in 1994. It’s a phone prank with DJ Mixmaster Morris, so enjoy this absurdly playful moment here. This led to an amusing feature in the NME too.
See you next month!
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Vex in Venice
07 June – 22 November 2014
A collaborative installation between Scanner and British architectural practice Chance de Silva, linked to their London project Vex, a curved concrete house being built in Stoke Newington between this summer and July 2015.
The work contains a storey-height ‘fragment’ of Vex London in the form of a curved profiled steel wall that interlinks with the fabric of the existing historic staircase, with a score inspired by Erik Satie’s composition Vexations (1893).
Staging Silence (2)
27 June – 31 August 2014
Hans Op de Beeck works with a variety of media, including sculpture, installation, video, photography, painting, and writing. Introducing strange elements to familiar characters and locations, This exhibition presents Op de Beeck’s black-and-white video Staging Silence (2) (2013), showing a series of miniature dioramas being seamlessly assembled. Only the hands and arms of the off-screen builders are visible, while their actions, and the settings they create, fade in and out of view. A snow-covered forest, modernist apartment, and futuristic cityscape, along with many other scenes, are created using everyday materials, dramatic lighting effects, and tricks of perspective.
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.