So welcome to a new year, the 17th year of the third millennium, and let’s try and remain positive in the light of such a challenging and sometimes rather brutal 2016.
December continued to be a busy month. A trip over to Italy featured a visit to Pisa where I traditionally photographed the leaning tower and then performed a live version of my Vex House score and answered questions regarding this unique project. The house itself should be finished in early 2017 and I’m still intending on playing some intimate live shows inside the house itself before it’s sold to someone. Stay tuned for more details.
Just so you don’t feel left out I recently offered up a very special festive gift this year. The Garden is Full of Metal is the only album I have ever recorded and released under my own name, and was written as a tribute to the late British filmmaker Derek Jarman.
It has been an album that supporters have continually acknowledged as a favourite release and for my annual Christmas gift I thought it would be interesting to reinterpret these songs, originally recorded back in 1997. For these five new versions I was supported by my two very willing summer interns, Sakura Tsuruta (piano) and Lee Gilboa (clarinet) who performed them live, direct to disk. Many thanks to them for offering a new voice to old tunes of mine and let them accompany you into more positive days ahead. You can download the entire release for free here, and buy the original album, with four additional tracks, here, if you wish.
Thanks to everyone who voted for me as The Best Electronic Artist of the Year 2016 at MusicRadar. A rather bizarre win, since I championed over Aphex Twin, Moderat and many others, but perhaps it’s proof that working independently, with no label support, no management, not touring or promoting product in any traditional way can still prove to be a great success! There’s no award in itself to put on my shelf but my heart most certainly feels rewarded!
I’m busy in the studio here between Christmas and New Year, working on a new work to be premiered in London in January at the National Portrait Gallery connecting to their fabulous exhibition of Picasso Portraits. Curated and Produced by Martyn Ware for Illustrious, it looks set to be quite a spectacular event inspired by Picasso’s circle in Montmartre in the first decade of the 20th century. For one evening only, on 20th Janurary 2017, the Gallery becomes an artists’ colony featuring a wild cross-pollination of ideas, music, poetry, performance, art, film and dance, where Everything You Can Imagine is Real.
I’m presenting a new 3D immersive surround-sound work, Copy of a Copy, where a voice gently reads a list of every portrait that Picasso painted, whilst sounds move around the space that feature in the background of these paintings, from a noisy bar, insects, pipe smoking, laughter and much more. The work explores the idea of place, language and identity in an atmospheric and suggestive way, where imagination and physical space collide.
Other artists include Zarina Bhimji, Georgina Brett, Peter Coyle, Eclectic Method, Five, Sarah Hopkins, Aaron Horn, IN-IS, Marcus Lyons, Di Mainstone, Radiophonic Workshop, John Shuttleworth, The Spinning Yarns, Gabriel Ware, Martyn Ware, Chris Watson,White Noise, Luke Wright, amongst many others. Oh, and did I mention that the night is free?! See you there.
Lots of plans in store for 2017 too. If all goes well my first full-length dedicated new studio album since 2009 will emerge from the darkness, travels will take me to Sweden for a new contemporary dance project and sunshine awaits in Captiva Florida where I shall be fulfilling a dream to be a resident artist at artist Robert Rauschenberg‘s twenty-acre estate. I have some very special plans for projects there, including writing a book and developing a new performance project with Dutch Girl in London.
So, until next month and your hangovers and party spirit has settled a little more!
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Collaboration with United Visual Artists as part of a group show curated by four scientists. This immersive interactive work explores how sound originated from the sounds of the human body and how we interact with the natural world.
Artangel Interaction invited