And so we reach the end of another year, one where many of our worlds have been turned quite upside down, where even the dark lands of Stranger Things seems more appealing at times! But we all need to try our utmost to maintain a positive spirit and it’s with this in mind that I bid farewell to 2017.
I’m just freshly returned from Parma Italy where I was truly honoured to perform at Teatro Farnese, one of the most extraordinary theatres in the entire world, in collaboration with projections by Francesco Pititto of Lenz Teatro. The theatre itself was built in 1618 out of plaster and wood and today still looks truly magnificent, even after being bombed in World War II. The photos alone speak for themselves.
Out this month will be my first ‘proper’ full-length album since Rockets, Unto the Edges of Edges (2009), entitled Fibolae. In this time much has changed – I lost my entire family and left the comfort of a familiar city, London, to live in a former textile factory in the UK to re-invent my life. Part meditation, part a marshalling of the forces of resolve and determination, the album offers up a world that splinters between melancholia and penetrating energy and has great personal meaning within it. I hope that others might equally find something compelling within it. It’s out around 8 December on Pomperipossa Records.
This is a label run by the wonderful Swedish artist Anna von Hausswolff who I’m certain many of you are familiar with already. Her fine sister Maria, an award winning film director, also made a video for one of the featured tracks. Watch it here.
Interestingly only afterwards did I realise that in fact that I’m releasing the album on a label run by a dynamic creative woman, with an equally artistic sister, whilst it was mastered by another amazing woman Andrea Wright (who mastered and engineered some classic Echo & The Bunnymen tunes for example). It’s refreshing to work with such a team and redress the balance of men in electronic music! Reviews so far have been generous, but naturally I’m waiting for the cruel responses too.
“Scanner, at his best, is playful, mischievous and accessible, as well as thought-provoking. It is an emotional outpouring that’s darkly worthwhile for those disposed towards a suite of crunchy, electronic melancholy”
“Dazzling electronica…both colossal and imperious, tender and regretful. A consummate and compelling achievement” Uncut Magazine
It’s out on a very limited vinyl edition as well as digital for everyone. The digital will feature an additional track that never made it to the album, Exhale.
A new installation FOUR WORDS: TECHNOLOGY just opened in Leeds at the Tech Hub. Some scientists believe that at the foundation of our ‘reality’ might in fact be numbers and, if so, the likelihood they suggest is that it will be the number four. FOUR WORDS: TECHNOLOGY brings together professionals and visual art students from Leeds Beckett University to think about our broader relationship with technology in only four words, each animated over thirty seconds to an exclusive soundtrack that I composed for the work. Other contributors to the project include a long-term member of pioneering electronic band Kraftwerk, the founder of the Foundation for Art & Creative Technology, sound engineers ARUP, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, East Street Arts, Leeds United Supporters’ Trust and students from Leeds Beckett’s MA Art & Design and undergraduate Fine Art and Graphic Arts and Design courses. The work is presented on the 9m-high Media Wall in the Platform Building that houses the new Leeds Tech Hub and for those who can’t see it you can watch a video of the entire work online here.
The sudden loss of someone is never easy, on friends, family and work colleagues. To learn that my good friend Mary had suddenly passed away recently was a shock to many and I was incredibly honoured when her family invited me to write the music to accompany the funeral service, for when we walked in and left. They were keen for the music to capture something of Mary’s interests and character, so the first piece was inspired by her love of David Sylvian and Erik Satie, building to an emotional climax as the congregation sat down. The Walking Out mix offers a bright optimistic exit for everyone, lighter and playful in character. I’m sharing these with permission of her family and friends in honour of a beautiful person who will be very much missed. You are welcome to download them for free here.
My installation at Little Moreton Hall, The Dreamer is Still Asleep, closed at the end of October, having been experienced by close to 30,000 visitors. For those who never had an opportunity to experience the work in situ you can now download the entire work for free, including photographs, the exhibition leaflet, poster and postcard artwork. Now don’t say I don’t spoil you! Get it here.
I’m thrilled to be presenting my work at the Royal Academy of Arts in London in early December as part of Time|Making|Space, where I shall be speaking about Vex, the unique London house that features a permanent soundtrack of mine. Literally only a handful of tickets remain so if you intend to go along don’t hesitate for a moment!
If you are in need of reading matter at bedtime there’s a generous interview regarding my recent work over at Clot Magazine, focusing on my sound installation work, collaboration and much more. Read it over here. And if you need a soundtrack to accompany you how about this playful little new online work I just uploaded for such purposes. Watch here.
A little early but tickets are now on sale for a very unique London show in February 2018. I will be performing a brand new and intimate set especially created for this event, but in addition there will also be a Scanner 7″ featuring exclusive music, unavailable anywhere else, that will be limited to 5 individually numbered copies total. They will be given away via random draw and will only be available at this event. A real collectors item indeed! Book your tickets here.
And let’s not forget The Great Crater, which continues to receive some great press and thanks to everyone who has bought copies and sent me the most enthusiastic responses to this release. It means an awful lot to me! Last remaining copies on CD are available directly from the label Glacial Movements.
So here’s thanks to everyone for another amazing diverse, creative and rewarding year and I’m now excitingly looking towards 2018 for many more sonic adventures. Wishing you a Happy Christmas and safe entry into the new year.
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FOUR WORDS: TECHNOLOGY
FOUR WORDS: TECHNOLOGY brings together professionals and visual art students from Leeds Beckett University to think about our broader relationship with technology in only four words, each animated over thirty seconds to an exclusive soundtrack composed by Scanner.
Open Space 2017: Re-envisioning the Future
A group show, featuring Between the Bullet and the Hole, a film by artist Aura Satz that I designed all the sound for, which examines the role of women in ballistic research, early computing and pattern perception in warfare.