So Bridging the World finally opened to the world at the Museum of London Docklands in September and proved to be a great success for visitors, despite the obligatory stress of opening up an ambitious sound installation in a busy museum with less than an hour to check that everyone is functioning correctly!
The multi-channel sound work, the installation features an expansive collage of voices from all over the world, with readings of bridge names from Vietnam, Taiwan, USA, Italy, Denmark, Iceland, The Netherlands, South Africa, Germany, France, UK, Greece and many more, mixed with more personal tales of London bridges. All of the stories are extremely personal, from a midnight kiss in the falling show by Big Ben and Parliament, to the dreamy thoughts of crossing the same bridge every day en route to work.
The launch itself brought a capacity, 63% of whom had never visited the museum before so that was positive. It remains open until 2 November and can be experienced for free every day of the week. Here’s an interview I made with The Londonist regarding the work. Listen here.
I’m delighted that my remix for Application is coming out soon on vinyl. Application are the duo Martin and Richard Dust, two thirds of Sheffield’s Black Dog, and this special electronic projects seeks to untether from the expectations of the dance floor into much freer territory. Offered the option to remix one of their pieces I chose Ambient B and morphed it into a dark cinematic percussive gem. You can pre-order it now digitally and on extremely limited vinyl, alongside mixes from Pye Corner Audio, Beneath, Geiom, Russell Haswell and Mark Fell. Have a listen to excerpts from all the mixes here, and order it here.
I was also recently excited to collaborate with fashion designers Proenza Schouler on the launch of their Spring/Summer 2015 collection in September too, with a score that uses excerpts from Pavillon d’Armide/Amarant. You can watch it in full here.
October looks set to already be very busy. I’m off to Glasgow on Friday 3rd October to play a live show with some amazing musician friends on a magnificent night of performance at The Old Fruitmarket, featuring Wrangler (with Stephen Mallinder from Cabaret Voltaire), Gazelle Twin and Matthew Collings. Then it’s over to Amsterdam for meetings regarding scoring a new ballet based on Narnia for 2015, then directly to Gothenberg for a very special weekend.
I’ll be in Sweden for GAS (Göterborg Art Sounds) for an entertaining conversation with writer Magnus Haglund at 3:e Våningen for a Tea Talk, then a live performance choreographed by Olof Persson followed by a solo show. So it’ll be a chance to hear stories, ask questions and enjoy some live music and dance, all on a Saturday afternoon.
The month will close with something not even officially announced as I write this – a special celebration at Genesis Cinema on 30th October where all manner of events will be taking place, culminating in my live score to the classic silent horror film The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (1920). This is one of the most influential films of the German Expressionist movement and been described as ‘the first true horror film,’ so am very much keenly anticipating frightening spectators that night.
We just recently finished the new Githead album too which we will launch at DRILL: Brighton in December, alongside the most extraordinary array of live performances, including Wire, Swans, Savages, so stay tuned in for that.
Meanwhile I’m back to working on my first full-length studio album in some years for release in 2015, writing music for this Tavener Deconstructed/Reconstructed show in 2015 and preparing to move Scanner World HQ to a new location, all very exciting things.
Until next month
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Bridging the World
Bridging the World takes the spectator on a journey through a river of hanging speakers within the museum. Each speaker broadcasts recordings collected from people in London and across the globe; converging in personal stories and responses to bridges around the world. A celebration of the invisible, the installation encourages visitors to think about the city around them, even when they have left the building. Scanner’s work forms part of the creative programme for Bridge – the latest art exhibition at Museum of London Docklands.
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).
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.