Whilst the city of Paris basks in temperatures approaching 40 degrees, that’s over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, I am sitting in the theatre of the Pompidou Centre in Paris, wearing a pullover whilst the air-conditioning steals all the joyfulness of summer out of the air.
Once home, it’s time to pack the final parts of my life into a series of rather dull looking cardboard boxes and move off to pastures anew, with two trucks carrying the bulk of my life, several tonnes of books, records, recording equipment, clothing, and all the detritus of a life. Very positive plans are already set in motion in a way to support other artists too, so please stay tuned for big news relating to that soon.
I also released the second of my works on to the art portal Sedition. Lachrimae draws much of its inspiration from British musician John Dowland’s1604 composition of the same name. With an animation that positively revives the melancholic spirit of the early renaissance period, created by masterful director Chris Turner, the artwork visually emits a sequence of penetrative lights in the atmosphere. Lachrimae appears to rise and recede from within a black hole; like precious planets eclipsing the sun. It’s a mournful but very spiritual piece and hope that I hope you will enjoy. As always, the earlier you buy the artwork, the cheaper it is, as prices increase after every 10 editions sold.
Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe in Amsterdam goes on tour later this year in The Netherlands and in anticipation the full score, almost two hours in length, is now available on iTunes and as well as Bandcamp still.
I recently began working on a new project with young Bristol musician Facta recently and the first results of our collaboration can be heard on a very special mix here. My reworking of his tune closes this epic set. An EP is to follow shortly, dark tunes for a dark dancefloor. File under dubstep, 2-step, no step! Listen here.
Another collaboration will see the light of day soon, focusing around the pivotal figure of Lee Renaldo, formerly of Sonic Youth. On an album produced by French band Hifiklub other guests include a variety of music and art world figures such as Nels Cline, Thomas Dejesu, Don Fleming, John Giorno, Dan Graham, Alan Licht, Ikue Mori, Phill Niblock, Raymond Pettibon, Wharton Tiers. It looks most definitely set to be an eclectic release! Here’s a little film promoting this special release.
I had great fun beta testing this new Eurorack synth module, Spectrum, recently. Designed by James Carruthers, The Spectrum prototype is an 8 step sequencer with all manner of possibilities, which means it can push melodies and harmonies in all kinds of directions. Read more about it under the description. Download for your personal pleasure too,
A couple of archive items made an appearance online recently, taking me back many years, all found in the Scanner Archives, one of the joys of moving home. The first is edited documentary footage of per/Son in Cologne, Germany from 1998, a concert series of solo and collaborative pieces also featuring Pauline Oliveros, Stephen Vitiello, Frances Marie-Uitti and Andres Bosshard. Per/Son was broadcast by WDR radio’s Studio Akustische Kunst and directed by Anthony Moore of Academy of Arts (KHM) Cologne, Germany. Watch it here.
The second film is a 27-minute live concert with American artist Stephen Vitiello, recorded at the Knitting Factory New York City in 1999. Again an improvised set of electronics and guitar. Enjoy this here.
On 16 July I will be performing my exclusive set of reworking’s of the music of Test Dept at Rough Trade East in London. The events is free and band members will be in conversation, presenting their new book and selling vinyl reissues, after which I shall be performing my interpretations of their music live. You can listen and download all the mixes here. Hope to see some of you there. More info here.
So, until next month, enjoy July whilst I’m buried deep in cardboard boxes!
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Wolverhampton Art Gallery
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. The work features as part of a show exploring the relationship of crafts and audio.
Scanner and Samanidou were inspired by the visual and technical similarities between the digital software they both use and the physicality of code.
An artist collective and studio in Philadelphia founded by, and composed of, PAFA alumni, faculty and staff. Features a work created in association with Jordon Rockford, Heaven, a sound installation secreted in a plastic storage bin.
Artangel Interaction invited
Bittersweet Songs for the Sleepless City
NightJam is the latest project in Artangel Interaction’s Nights of London
NightJam presents two music tracks, a film, photographs, that can be experienced