The nights are most certainly darker here now and scaffolding embraces the Scanner Factory as a new roof is installed to replace the 125-year-old one that currently covers us here. A very fancy solar system will then be installed to enable a life of relative self-sustainability to follow, a way of moving off the grid and doing something positive for the environment too.
November proved to be an astoundingly busy month, battling deadlines, travel and house all at the same time. Verdi Re Lear premiered at Lenz Teatro in Parma Italy, a timeless city that houses this theatre company of international repute. Commissioned for Festival Verdi the evening length performances took spectators through a wild revision of Shakespearean tension, with live opera singers and actors. Over five nights we performed to capacity crowds to create layers of meaning and sound.
Adjacent to this, Weaklings premiered in the UK to some astoundingly enthusiastic reviews. It’s theatre where darkness, perversity and the unimaginable pervades. Based on the blog and work of American writer Dennis Cooper, this theatrical event was directed and produced by Chris Goode and Company and used a new commissioned score especially for this show. One review reported: “the performance is strategically accompanied up by a spectacular soundtrack, somewhere between Massive Attack and the soundtrack to ‘Donnie Darko’. I’m hoping to make a special release of this soundtrack in 2016 so stay tuned. Listen to an excerpt here.
Last month I also returned to Belfast for the first time in almost a decade to premiere a new live show with musician Joel Cadbury of South and Unkle fame. We presented a very cinematic and dynamic motorik pulse for the Belfast Festival and hope to expand upon this in the future. It was wonderful to discover what a creative energy lies within this city too, filled with the sense of possibilities at present.
October closed with a remote performance in Rotterdam, that’s to say I was not present. Instead I prepared and presented an idea for a performance with instructions that drew on how people listen to sound and embrace it in either positive or negative ways. The work was experienced as part of a symposium Curated by thickear, entitled Doing Sounding Exchanging Thinking , with contributions by Mark Bain, Justin Bennet, Brandon LaBelle, Salomé Voegelin+David Mollin, David Toop, Kim Noble, Christof Migone, Teresa Cos, Linnea Semmerling and others.
It took place at Foundation B.a.d with the approach of knowledge sharing and social action where artists, researchers and audiences can connect in new ways. I only wish I could have been there to share in this experience.
I’m currently writing new work for a new choreographic work in collaboration with celebrated cellist and composer Oliver Coates. You might have heard his arrangement for Boards Of Canada‘s In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country or on the extraordinary Under The Skin film soundtrack by Mica Levi. We are collaborating for a new full-length score to Pattern Recognition choreographed by Alexander Whitley and with digital artist Memo Akten. Shows to be announced soon.
I’m playing a very special little live performance this month in the UK in Peterborough. It’s a Modular Meet, where curious folks meet up to share enthusiasm, tips and make friends with others interested in modular synths and electronic music. I’m playing a live set alongside Eat Static and it’s all for free. See live dates for more info.
So here’s hoping you have a fun month ahead.
Until next time
::: listen :::
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.
Artangel Interaction invited