So I’m now writing this in the new Scanner World Headquarters. So many levels of compromise always accompany living in a city in terms of light and space, so this move is an extremely positive, engaging adventure, as we now inhabit a former industrial factory. One of the other joys is discovering boxes and boxes of tapes, with recordings from as early as 1975, all of which I’m systematically digitising for archival purposes and possibly to share a few tunes as I discover them over the months to follow.
Today I’m hearing tunes I’ve not heard in 33 years but strangely can recall the lyrics, the structures, the shapes of many of them. It’s as if these tapes are unlocking parts of my memory neatly filed away since then. Today I’ve heard Moog Prodigy explorations from the age of 17, indeterminate John Cage oriented experiments, metal percussion, tape loops and the sweet voice of my mother singing to me as a teenager.
On a more global note, after all the turmoil for the people in Nepal, I’ve offered my support for an extraordinary compilation that gives you 75 new tunes for just £9.99, a price that really can’t be argued with. I’ve contributed an original work using my Eurorack modular synth system, Monorocket Volt, alongside new works from Ryuichi Sakamoto, Shakespears Sister, Attrition, The The, Anni Hogan, Nick Cave, Dave Ball, Jarboe, Richard Strange, Wrangler, Steve Severin, BJ Cole, Simon Fisher Turner, Kid Congo and countless others. All monies go directly towards rebuilding Nepal through the charity agency Action Works Nepal and Animal Nepal. Support it here.
I was delighted to take part in another event with Test Dept in July at Rough Trade East in London, accompanying them in conversation and then making an exclusive live performance of my reworkings of their back catalogue. All of these can still be downloaded for free here.
I recently just took delivery of this Kickstarter supported project, the Kilpatrick Phenol synth, an extraordinary compact machine, where size is most certainly deceptive. It can roar like a lion or gentle pulse like a heartbeat. Within two hours of plugging it in I produced this very dark piece that uses a recording I made of boys fighting outside my window in London. Listen here
Lachrimae has proven to be a great success over at Sedition. It draws much of its inspiration from British musician John Dowland’s 1604 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. Hurry up before you have to sell a bodily organ to afford it!
August will be a month of continued unboxing and reconnecting the studios, in a spaghetti town of cables and wires, whilst working on production for future projects in 2015-2016, including new productions for theatre, contemporary dance, and mastering some of these archive recordings for potential release.
Until then, enjoy this chilly summer
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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. 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