The last month has been spent largely in the company of builders, roofers, plumbers, electricians, scaffolders and others. The very idea of silence has long since been erased, at least for the time being, but suffice it to say that the Scanner Factory features a brand new solar photovoltaic system so we can move off to the grid and make positive steps towards reducing carbon emissions in the world.
There was a lovely feature on ABC Australia radio last month focusing on Weave Waves, a very unique project I’ve been working on over the last couple of years with textile artist Ismini Samanidou, combining our different practices into a new way of mapping a city through the sound and surface. The works draws quite literally on the threads of geography, mapping, code, place, self and scale. You can tune in here to listen.
Hotels frequently lend themselves to moments of pure creativity. Perhaps it’s the sense of enclosure, of being nowhere and somewhere at the same time, or perhaps it’s simply a way of avoiding being seduced by the expensive minibar and sleep inducing TV. Anyhow here’s a little remix I made of my band Githead that reduces one of our tunes to a hyper energetic Krautrock motoric beat. Listen and download it here.
It’s now a year to the day since my brother sadly passed away. In such times music proves to be such a solace and comfort, both listening to it and producing it myself. This tribute work was recorded entirely live and produced almost by accident in preparation for a Modular Synth Meet event in Peterborough UK. I set up the equipment in my studio to test levels and to explore what might be possible the day before the event, with this temporary live set up, and within minutes this music began to appear. Sometimes there is indeed magic in the air. Download it here for free.
Like many others I frequently document my life through photography and have over the years amassed quite a collection of both compact digital cameras but also colourful, appealingly unreliable analogue cameras. Recently I was invited by the Lomography team to map my days with an LC-A 120 camera and you can now see the results of these captures online. You can see everything from the changing face of London, the Olympic Park, the new Factory, The Royal Academy and much more. Look here.
Some years ago I recorded a session with Australia artist Nightswimmer, a project I’m still extremely proud of to this day. The files are all available now digitally online but Andrew, aka Mr Nightswimmer himself, has personally pressed up just twenty copies of Red Sails on 180 GRAM Lathe Cut Clear Vinyl. You can pick up one of the last remaining copies directly from him here. Go on, treat yourself for Christmas.
Over at Bandcamp you can now purchase a full digital discography of exclusive Scanner Bandcamp releases, only available here, now at 25% discount, including the full score to Narnia with Het Nationale Ballet – Dutch National Ballet, a live album with Jochen Arbeit of Einsturzende Neubauten, Trawl (remixed by Bill Laswell and Mick Harris of Scorn), Live at 1/4_Inch Wollongong 01.12.2010, Voyager: Amongst Others, and All Frontiers (2008).
I was recently delighted to perform at Bells ‘n Whistles, Crackles ‘n Pops, a Modular Meet event in Castor Cambridgeshire to close November. It was such an extraordinarily positive event, where hordes of people passed through the doors all day to explore, talk, eat the free food, drink the free drink, and listen to live performances in the evening from Eat Static, London Modular Alliance and VCOADSR. My own live set was a rather chaotic affair since without a soundcheck it began as an almost music concrete performance with noises, crackles and quirky edits, but the sound found its feet within a kind of Pink Floyd style pulse and echoing samples. Everything was filmed and recorded so expected to see this online very soon.
Meanwhile many hours have been spent in the studio at the moment, scoring everything from the Climate Catwalk for the UN Climate Change Conference, a new contemporary dance score with celebrated cellist Oliver Coates, and a couple of film projects. All of these will bear fruit in 2016.
So have a safe and warm festive time
Until next year
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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.
Artangel Interaction invited