Summer finally arrived and with it an extraordinary amount of projects and adventures so it’s directly into the news.
My new sound installation Bridging the World will launch on Friday 5th September at The Museum of London Docklands with a very unique evening indeed. Alongside the official launch of this new commission by Sound & Music and the museum itself, we will host Late London: Sonic Nights, an event which will feature two exclusive new live sets from me with work that utilises the found scanned telephone calls from my archive compiled and mixed into an immersive cinematic live soundscore, never to be repeated again.
In addition celebrated British writer and musician David Toop will also be performing live with a spoken word/sound piece, Brian Eno will co-curate a playlist of London oriented music for visitors, Helen Frosi of the SoundFjorb Lab will run an Art of Listening workshop, Points of Listening will be offering deep listening experiences to connect with the urban landscape around you, Bitter Sweet Frequencies will blur the lines between food, art and sound and Subpac will offer visitors the chance to feel as well as heard the sound with their tactile audio technology. In all a very fun evening ahead. I’m exhausted already! Tickets here.
I finished work on a new film directed by Roz Mortimer last month. This is History (after all)is a film about landscape and forgetting, and the disappearance of Roma people in Southern Poland. It’s an incredibly delicate and fragile work that touches the heart deeply. Currently showing at CGP London gallery as parts of their Sites of Collective Memory, the work will continue to be shown around Europe in the months to follow.
I’ve just completed the arrangement and composition for Ripples and Roots: Rushmoor Stories, my project with London Sinfonietta,commissioned by New Dimensions, which will be released on a special edition CD in late August, early September. It’s a new forty-minute work with live cello, flute and trumpet and recordings from conversations with local residents in Aldershot, including part of the Nepalese community. I’m so excited to share this with you all soon.
My remix for the legendary post-industrial group Clock DVA has finally been released too. Featuring 28 mins of unreleased remix material of mine, CLOCK2 comes on a 4GB USB card in a handsome metal box, with videos and further mixes from Uwe Schmidt aka Atom Heart and Frank Bretschneider of Raster Noton.
Out on 18th August is the debut release on Psyché Tropes label, a deluxe triple-vinyl set, with exclusive new material from myself, AboutFace, Audio Dependent, Dave Draper, Mark Peter Wright, Matthias Kispert, Merkaba Macabre, Sally Golding, Sculpture, Some Truths (aka Bass Clef), Spatial, Synthetics, Richard Pike, Tom White and Will Ward. A unique film strip accompanies every pack featuring art work from the promotional film as well as a 12inch colour 16mm print with optical soundtrack. The film strip itself entitles you to free entry to the launch event in London on 29th August at Apiary Studio. Order it here.
Originally released in 1996, my recordings under the name Trawl, are now available on Bandcamp. Initiated by Nottingham based entrepreneur and musician John Everall of Sentrax records, the Trawl project explored a more rhythmic dub oriented approach and this vinyl 12” featured two exclusive mixes from Mick Harris of Scorn and Napalm Death and also American producer and artist Bill Laswell. I’ve added the very rare original track to the digital release as this never appeared on the vinyl.
Sadly John has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and as such this re-release and remastering of an old catalogue item is in aid of John and Cancer Research UK. All monies will be given directly towards John’s funeral with his agreement and after this tragic occasion any remaining funds will be donated to Cancer Research UK. Buy it here.
Whilst over at Bandcamp I’ve now added the album that previously accompanied any purchase of Electronic Garden CD from my Scanner shop. It’s still available for free if you purchase it through the shop, but otherwise you are welcome to purchase the album independently here now. It’s a completely unreleased epic set recorded live at 1/4 Inch Wollongong 01.12.2010, accompanied by photos and a short film as part of the download package. Get it here.
I guested on Curved Radio in Australia last month and will be returning on air as a regular contributor in the future, choosing new music and reviewing releases but in the meantime if you’d like to listen back to the interview itself you can download it here.
Later this month I’ll be over in Denmark to perform with Danish composer MBD73 aka Carsten Bo Eriksen, reworking the music of English composer Sir Edward William Elgar. Combining electronics with live cello from Zoe Martlew, we will be presenting this audio visual adventure in Aalborg and Copenhagen on 22nd and 24th August.
Then it’s over to Nantes in France to play another show with Joel Cadbury of South and Unkle and Pascal Contet on accordion in another our playful live improvisations, but this time in a spectacular outdoor location. I’ll even be playing a very rare DJ set at Lieu Unique on 30th August to set those hips in motion.
Looking ahead I’m curating a couple of events at the Genesis Cinema in London, an independent and vibrant cinema in the East End. On 13th September I’ve chosen two motion pictures that are gems of sound design, namely Under the Skin and Only God Forgives. Before and in-between the screenings I’ll be DJing appropriately dark and cinematic music and even better the entire event is completely free. Tickets available here.
I’m delighted to take part in the Minimalism series at Kings Place in London for 2015, performning alongside such greats as Steve Reich, Moondog. Terry Riley, Gavin Bryars, Arvo Pärt and many others. The programme has just been officially launched and I’m going to present the world premiere of Tavener Deconstructed/Reconstructed on Sunday 11th January.
This is a new suite of music based on the work of English composer John Tavener (1944-2013), expanding, diffusing and amplifying his work through rewritings. Taking original themes and turning them inside out and creating a new space where the music can be heard afresh, this will continue a project I began with Tavener’s blessing, shortly before he passed away.
So enjoy your summer and 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.