Here we are, halfway through the year already, and in some ways, life is returning to a sense of normality. That’s to say that here in the UK you can finally enter the house of another person, and even (carefully and sensibly) hug someone. These small steps are very welcome.
I bring surprising news too. My brand-new album is out now on legendary British label Applied Rhythmic Technology (ART). Alchemeia consciously takes the listener back to the pre-synth world of electro-acoustic and Musique concrète techniques, recreating the aesthetic vibe of the days of Stockhausen, BBC Radiophonic Workshop and classic early European music experimentations. I used my modular synth set up, a few samples, some household sounds, and reverb as the only effect. I avoided the computer as much as possible.
Founded in 1992 by DJ/Producer Kirk Degiorgio, ART is recognised as one of the finest labels in modern Electronic Music. It released early pioneering works by artists such as Carl Craig, Aphex Twin, B12 and Photek, and continues to support innovative ahead-of-it’s-time Techno.
Now they have launched its new Composer Series – a collection of albums with the aesthetic of the classic Library albums of the Sixties, Seventies and Eighties. From Neo-Classical, to Electro-Acoustic all the way to Eighties digital synth-wave, the series welcomes an elite group of composers using composition and recording techniques authentic to specific era’s. The series began with Kirk Degiorgio and an album of pre-synthesiser, early sixties inspired compositions utilising orchestral techniques and electronic test equipment instrumentation. Think 1962 era RIAA Studios meets early sci-fi soundtrack with a touch of Sun Ra thrown into the mix.
Alchemeia is the second in the Composer Series. It’s been super fun writing and developing this material over the last months and hope you will enjoy it. Buy it here.
For the moment it’s a digital only release, but vinyl will be available soon. At present it’s continuing to be quite a challenge to get records pressed in the EU. Covid, Brexit and Record Store Day combined don’t make this any easier either.
I completed work on another short new film last month, with my regular collaborator, artist Uršula Berlot. This film examines the technologically extended forms of visual perception that are enabled through the application of advanced optical research tools used in microscopy. It’s a transcendent film that builds to quite a psychedelic finale. Watch it here.
It seems quite possible that live shows in real venues in front of real people might be returning soon too. I’ve been in communication regarding some very special ensemble shows later this year regarding performing the work of German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen, so fingers crossed this can still go ahead.
For the time being my next live show is online, and accessible to everyone. Scanner Sunday #2 will take place on 20 June at 19.00 GMT on Bandcamp. I will be performing completely original material again and radically different from the last performance. That’s part of the joy (and the challenge!).
I will also be online to chat with you all afterwards and answer any of your tricky questions too. The performance will remain online for 24 hours after the initial broadcast so you can happily watch it back again, or just watch it if the time didn’t quite suit you in the first place! Pick up your tickets here.
There is no Bandcamp Friday this month, but please, you are more than welcome to come shopping with me every day! Every purchase comes with an exclusive signed postcard and sticker. Last month I offered up my soundtrack for Jean-Luc Godard’s Alphaville (1999), a deluxe digital edition of Accretions (1996) and much more.
After many requests over the years a limited CD edition will be available soon of my Fibolae (2017) album, exclusively on Bandcamp, featuring extra material that would not fit onto the original vinyl release. The artwork is just being finished up for this at present.
And behind the scenes, amongst other things. I’ve been busily recording new material with the Irish violinist Darragh Morgan, inspired by the works of composer Morton Feldman. Such beautiful results are emerging, so stay tuned to hear more on this soon.
As always, thanks for your support, and hope to see some of you online on 20 June!
::: listen :::
Arovane: Atol Scrap (Keplar)
Takehisa Kosugi (Slowscan)
Ariel Kalma: French Archives Vol. II (Black Sweat)
Seefeel: Rupt and Flex (1994-96) (Warp)
::: read :::
Ali Smith: Summer (Penguin)
Eileen Agar: Angel of Anarchy (Whitechapel)
Peter Brötzmann: Along the Way (Wolke)
Emil Schult: Fluxus to Future (Transhuman Artcritics)
::: watch :::
Love Possibly: Michael Boccalini
The Pedal Movie: Michael Lux, Daniel Orkin
Elsewhere: Herman Jimenez
A Quiet Place Part II: John Krasinski