This last month has been exceptionally busy, mostly with travelling. Indeed, at the time this message is mailed out, I’m actually en route to A Coruña, in the Galicia region of northwest Spain, to perform a show at Modulartec Festival on 2 October.
September took me from Iklecktik in London, to the Rewire Festival in Den Haag, The Netherlands, to Lev Festival in Madrid Spain. I feel absolutely honoured to have performed in some truly awe-inspiring locations too, as you can see from the some of the photos here.
For Rewire I worked with an amazing ensemble of musicians to perform Aus den Sieben Tagen by celebrated German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen. After rehearsing for several days, with percussion, trombone, clarinet, violin, voice and electronics, we performed at Lutherse Kerk, which was just the grandest location for a show. Playing to a sold-out audience in this massive space, at moments we channelled up a sonic field of sound that resembled at moments God Speed You Black Emperor mixed with John Cage. Truly phenomenal. There will be more shows in 2022, so hope you can catch us!
Over at Lev Festival I presented Mass Observation, my A/V work, to another capacity crowd, and again hope that more opportunities will arise to share this in 2022 onwards.
I must admit that many, many hours have been spent researching Covid and Brexit restrictions prior to each trip, and then dutifully filling out the necessary paperwork, preparing QR codes, buy more masks, taking tests, etc. It’s certainly not as easy as it once was on any level. And not helped by such matters as the London Tube failing to run to Heathrow Airport, the overground alternative stopping working at the same time and the Motorways closed with protestors. Then returning home to discover that the airport passport system had collapsed and it taking over three hours to exit the airport, something that would ordinarily take about 15 minutes!
Following on from my recent release on Room40, Earthbound Transmissions, I made a long interview with Brad Rose. Reception for the album has been astonishingly positive, especially for material that has literally sat unheard for 30+ years! As Brainwashed generously wrote” “there are probably four or five songs that rank among Rimbaud’s finest work, which is not something I was expecting to find lurking in dusty thirty-year-old tapes of unreleased music.” Nor me. Read it in full here.
The Nanocluster album with Immersion has proved to be another wonderfully surprise success. This is my new project with my old friends Colin Newman of Wire and Malka Spigel of Minimal Compact, plus other special guests. This time that means Tarwater, Laetitia Sadier (Stereolab), Ulrich Schnauss (Tangerine Dream). Malka made a film for our Cataliz track, amongst others.
I made a very special remix for British artist Min-Y-Llan out this month too. Out on CD and digital here on Bandcamp, I expanded his 6-minute track into a 19-minute melancholic ambient exploration, featuring my fine friend Stephen Vitiello on guitar too. Other mixes come from Brian Dougans of The Future Sound of London, so I’m in good company.
Bandcamp Friday is here already on 1st October, so depending on when you are reading this, some stock might still be left. I’ve got some more exclusive stuff lined up for this month so take a peek then. Just to let you know I’m down to the last 12 copies of the Fibolae vinyl, which is unlikely to ever be repressed, and the Fibolae CD is also available in limited quantities, with over 150 copies sold of the 200 edition, so don’t delay, and have to pay stupid prices second-hand!
October looks set to be a much quieter month. Book your ticket for my next Bandcamp Scanner Sunday show, which will take place on 17 October. As ever, this will feature all new music, performed on a different set up. I will remain online afterwards to chat with everyone and respond to all your comments and questions! The show itself will remain online for 48 hours after live broadcast so you can watch it back. Fan Club members will, as always, receive a copy of the entire live session in their accounts following the show.
So, hopefully it’s back to the studio soon to finish up lots of very special projects to share with you all soon. Until then, thanks as always for your amazing support.
::: listen :::
Jan Jelinek: The Raw & The Cooked (Faitiche)
The Harmonic Series Vol 2. (Important)
SND: 4,5,6 (SND)
David Tudor: Microphone (Dialogo)
::: read :::
Samuel Beckett: Krapp’s Last Tape Theatrical Notebooks (Faber)
Essays in Sound (Contemporary Sound Arts)
Joseph Beuys: Starting From Language (Hatje Cantz)
Sophie Tauber-Arp: Living Abstraction (MoMA)
::: watch :::
Great Noises that Fill the Air (BFI)
Tigerland: Joel Schumacher
New Order: Michel Franco
Host: Rob Savage