Sunny greetings from the Scanner Factory, where pipes are being soldered and solar systems investigated towards a self-sustaining building. The joys of creative domesticity. Life often feels rather like a river, where the surface may seem calm and at peace, whilst underneath there’s a deep current of activity, and again the last month has certainly been one of those hyperactive times!
September featured a wonderful trip to Hull for Humber Calling and the Freedom Festival, where I had curated a show of artists work in telephone boxes which went far beyond my expectations, with crowds of people visiting the sites all day long and frequently with around 500 visitors an hour to each installation. The festival certainly brought art to the people and the people responded with a big YES, THANK YOU. Congrats to everyone involved in this amazing adventure.
Then it was over to The Netherlands to see one of the performances of Narnia with Dutch National Ballet, which will continue on tour for the next month. A trip to the almost impossible to pronounce ‘s-Hertogenbosch brought an extraordinary evening of performance, a standing ovation from the audience and a fine excuse to meet up with family and friends and show them what I actually do for a living 😀
There are continuing discussions about taking the show elsewhere too, in Europe, Asia and USA, since the production has proved to be such a joyful success. The score is still available here at Bandcamp or iTunes for your listening pleasure.
I’m just finishing up the score to Weaklings, a new theatrical production with Chris Goode, which is based on the work of celebrated American author Dennis Cooper. The show explores elements brought out from Dennis’ blog, a transgressive space of dialogue, argument and collaboration. It premieres at Warwick in October, then travels around the UK and hopefully further afield in the near future.
The soundtrack offers up a variety of resonate spaces, from darkly unsettling tonal pieces moving towards cinematic, bleak and epic rhythmic sonic adventures. At present I’m still considering making a special edition release of this score, perhaps on vinyl and tape even. Let’s see if there’s interest in this. Have a listen to one study online.
And after two years I’ve finally finished work on Scanni , a new album of heart wrenching torch songs, warped disco and petulant punked up pulses, created in collaboration with legendary pianist and song writer Anni Hogan. Featuring a host of guests including Wolfgang Flür formerly of Kraftwerk, Jarboe, and many more and currently being mastered for release soon. More details on this once we have a proper release date.
Anni has also been key in producing this MITRA Music for Nepal compilation, which is now available on iTunes and Spotify. For just £9.99, or $9.99 or €9.99 you get 75 unreleased tracks from the likes of 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. My tune is here.
This month it’s off to Parma in Italy to perform with Lenz Fondazione for a very special theatrical production with live singers. Constructed in two parts Verdi Re Lear is informed by the operas of Verdi but reconfigured in my own sonic style. Audiences will experience the show in two parts, one screened in one hall, one performed live next door, then exchange seats and see what the other half of the work.
Closing the month I’ll be premiering a new live show with Joel Cadbury of South and Unkle fame at the Belfast International Arts Festival, alongside a talk with Mrs Scanner, Dutch Girl in London. This will certainly be a very special evening. I still fondly recall my first performance in Belfast after the ‘troubles’ had calmed down and the sheer enthusiasm and positive energy from the city was electrifying! See you in the Black Box 🙂
As always, thanks for your support!
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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