Hello

It’s currently 32 degrees Celcius in the studio. That’s around 90 degrees Fahrenheit, so things are certainly heating up around here. I’m back to full-health again and happily battling away in the studio on projects and deadlines.

I’m very proud to announce my new studio album, The Homeland of Electricity, is now available on CD, digital and streaming services from Spotify to Apple Music, Amazon to Deezer. You can buy the shrink wrapped 4 panel digipak directly from here, and for customers in the USA please order directly from here to save postage. You can also pick it up from many online retailers too, and even the rare shop!

The album is released on UK label DiN, where I released my last studio album, An Ascent in 2020, and is continuing to receive very positive feedback indeed.

My favourite review by far is online at Synth Sequences, where they responded to the album in the most extraordinarily poetic and wild way. How about this for a starter then?:

In an album where the shadows and the synth waves are varnished with scarlet and amber colors and where the rhythms have forms as eccentric as they are exciting, Scanner pulls the chestnuts out of the fire admirably by proposing nothing less than the unusual, even more enhanced than in his excellent An Ascent, released just two years ago. THE HOMELAND OF ELECTRICITY invites us to a feast in sounds where the term Psybient becomes obsolete.

Once you’ve enjoyed your fresh chestnuts out of the fire, perhaps you’d like something to watch too? Well, to accompany the release, my dear friend, artist Ursula Berlot, has created two films to accompany tracks from the album, focusing on the hypnotic, spiralling melodies of Acentria, and then the sensual, slow moving curves of Another Aircraft.

June closed with a celebration with a celebratory show at the Subliminal Impulse Festival. I performed live at the outstanding Hallé St Peter’s in Manchester for the Ambient Sunday event, which featured a host of guest artists, including Warrington-Runcorn New Town Development Plan, K of ARC, Dave Clarkson, Jaydev Mistry and Caro C.

For me, it was a joy to witness such a wealth of creative talents and meet so many wonderful people too. It was inspiring to discover such innovative and inspiring new music emerging.

I performed a live set to close the event, and then shared the stage with Ian Boddy of DiN in our debut live collaboration, presenting around 40 mins of new music.

A man stands at a table in a chapel, behind a table and a bank of electronic equipment, in a live musical performance

New work of mine was premiered on BBC Radio 3 last month, as part of the 3-part series The Imagined Future. Presented by Nick Luscombe, the broadcast followed his personal journey through music and architecture, with a look at past and present visions of the future, including tracks from Yuri Suzuki, Alexandre Desplat and Abdullah Ibrahim. I wrote new work inspired by architect Kengo Kuma’s Yudo Pavilion. Listen back here to the full show, where I found myself in a sonic sandwich in-between Nicholas Moroz and Karlheinz Stockhausen!

A man holds open a record sleeve, gatefold, with images of the palms of hands on both sides of the album. A list of featured artists runs down the side of the photo

I also recently contributed new material to this fascinating new album that comes out in September. Clap, An Anatomy of Applause is a compilation of original works by a group of musicians and composers brought together by Andrea Stillacci and Unsounds.

The project goal is to highlight the radically different forms and meanings that the sound of applause can take according to its context. The principle was to work from original recordings of each artist’s choice, with sources ranging from the thunderous applause celebrating Maria Callas’ last public appearance to a punk rock audience, and to transform them into musical compositions.

For my contribution I chose the cheering at the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, an excerpt of which you can listen to on the website. The album in black and white comes in heavy vinyl, with artwork by Isabelle Vigier. Other artists include Eraldo Bernocchi, Maurizio Bianchi, Barbara Ellison, Fani Konstantinidou, Yannis Kyriakides, Moor Mother and others. Order your copy here.

Back in May I performed live from my studio for FoxFest for the Werra Foxma label, and now you can watch back the entire set in full. Copies of my live album, La Fenêtre Magique, on crisp white vinyl, are available from limited record stores and directly from the label itself here. This is the show where I was still battling flu, so please excuse the occasional mistakes!

I was terribly sad to read of the death of Darwin Grosse, whose Art + Music + Technology Podcast offered listeners expansive interviews with a host of electronic musical creatives, including Herbie Hancock, Morton Subotnick, Tom Oberheim and so many other creative thinkers. We chatted in 2020 for his Podcast 331. We’d been talking about making a follow-up too, but this sadly won’t be happening. Listen back to our conversation here.

The Future Shock exhibition continues in London at 180 The Strand, featuring my new collaboration with British artist Ben Kelly (legendary designer of The Hacienda building in Manchester), alongside new works from Ryoichi Kurokawa, Caterina Barbieri, Actual Objects, United Visual Artists, 404.zero, Gaika, Tundra, Weirdcore with Aphex Twin. More details here.

Let’s close with a ridiculously epic remix I made for Yamila, a Spanish artist who combines her voice with live instrumentation and electronics to produce truly profound work. She rather foolishly never gave me a time restriction on my remix so it ended up being nearly 17 mins long. Have a listen here to this very emotive and poignant work.

A record sleeve, with the text Yamila Scanner Visions V!!, with a blue border. Inside the frame is a hand holding a dead fish in the air

As ever, thanks for your support and interest in my work. Feel free to drop me a line with questions, comments or simply to say hello. It’s always a pleasure to hear from people!

Best wishes

Professor Scanner

White man stands at a table of electronic equipment, with his shadow prominently projected on stage behind him. A small fish tank lit with strong light stands at the side of the stage

::: listen :::

Ulla Strauss: Big Room (Quiet Times Tapes)
Tim Prebble: EDITION 002 Rain Patterns (Hiss & Roar)
Akos Rozmann: Massa (Ideologic Organ)
Hélène Vogelsinger: Patch Notes (Vinyl Factory)

::: read ::: 

Postwar Modern (Barbican)
Jayson Dobney: Play It Loud (Yale University Press)
Tom Phillips: The Postcard Century (Thames & Hudson)
Andrew Biswell: The Real Life of Anthony Burgess (Pan Macmillan)

::: watch :::

Les Bonnes Femmes: Claude Chabrol
What Is Man And What Is Guitar? Keith Rowe: Bob Burnett
Sweat: Magnus von Horn
Along the Coast: Agnes Varda