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MARS BY 1980

I’ve always enjoyed music playlists, especially when it offers an opportunity to enter in the world and minds of other artists you’ve long admired. What DO they listen to at home, in the car or whilst washing up? Does the

MARS BY 1980

I’ve always enjoyed music playlists, especially when it offers an opportunity to enter in the world and minds of other artists you’ve long admired. What DO they listen to at home, in the car or whilst washing up? Does the

Lost at Sea – The Big Project

  I’ve just returned from Anstruther in Fife Scotland where I presented the world premiere of Lost at Sea at the East Neuk Festival as part of their Big Project 2018. Following on the success of their Memorial Ground (2016)

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Lost at Sea – The Big Project

  I’ve just returned from Anstruther in Fife Scotland where I presented the world premiere of Lost at Sea at the East Neuk Festival as part of their Big Project 2018. Following on the success of their Memorial Ground (2016)

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A Day For Dil

Today is a special day for a fellow that sadly passed away at the end of 2017. David Law, known as Dil to most folks, features as part of A Day for Dil today, 23 June 2018. Stolen away by

A Day For Dil

Today is a special day for a fellow that sadly passed away at the end of 2017. David Law, known as Dil to most folks, features as part of A Day for Dil today, 23 June 2018. Stolen away by

The joy of collecting music, and the stories they tell

I have always found such a profound joy in music. And especially in collecting music. I can still recall the first record I ever bought – a 7″ single of Earth, Wind and Fire’s Fantasy (1977), and today I still

The joy of collecting music, and the stories they tell

I have always found such a profound joy in music. And especially in collecting music. I can still recall the first record I ever bought – a 7″ single of Earth, Wind and Fire’s Fantasy (1977), and today I still

Dark as a Raven – SoundScapes

Soundscape. Sound installation. Sonic Art. Surround Sound. Call it what you want but the joy of hearing sound all around you, immersing your body within it, is something that needs to be experienced. You know this from attending live shows,

Dark as a Raven – SoundScapes

Soundscape. Sound installation. Sonic Art. Surround Sound. Call it what you want but the joy of hearing sound all around you, immersing your body within it, is something that needs to be experienced. You know this from attending live shows,

Farewell Glenn Branca – you darkened the skies, as promised

I’m very shocked and saddened tonight to read of the death of American composer Glenn Branca, October 6, 1948 – May 13, 2018). In memory I would like to share a little feature I wrote about his work and my earliest

Farewell Glenn Branca – you darkened the skies, as promised

I’m very shocked and saddened tonight to read of the death of American composer Glenn Branca, October 6, 1948 – May 13, 2018). In memory I would like to share a little feature I wrote about his work and my earliest

Keeping a diary – a 42-year long love affair

As some of you may know I’m a great archivist. Indeed I’ve kept a diary since I was 12 years old. A diary is a means of recording our history, moments that are lost each and every day, our passions

Keeping a diary – a 42-year long love affair

As some of you may know I’m a great archivist. Indeed I’ve kept a diary since I was 12 years old. A diary is a means of recording our history, moments that are lost each and every day, our passions

Ambient drifting in London

So it’s time for my first post on my freshly designed website. Thanks again to Dr Eric Scott Day for Night for being the architect of this finely accessible site.  Given the amount of views and new subscribers to my

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Ambient drifting in London

So it’s time for my first post on my freshly designed website. Thanks again to Dr Eric Scott Day for Night for being the architect of this finely accessible site.  Given the amount of views and new subscribers to my

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January 2018

Hello Welcome to the 18th year of the 3rd millennium and the 18th year of the 21st century. So I closed 2017 with the release of two albums, The Great Crater and Fibolae. Reviews have been coming in very positively

January 2018

Hello Welcome to the 18th year of the 3rd millennium and the 18th year of the 21st century. So I closed 2017 with the release of two albums, The Great Crater and Fibolae. Reviews have been coming in very positively

December 2017

Hello 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

December 2017

Hello 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

November 2017

Hello The nights are darker, the air is cooler and it’s another step towards the New Year, as ever rolling around faster and faster as the years turn. I’ve just returned from Kalisz in central Poland where I closed up

November 2017

Hello The nights are darker, the air is cooler and it’s another step towards the New Year, as ever rolling around faster and faster as the years turn. I’ve just returned from Kalisz in central Poland where I closed up

October 2017

Hello I’m writing my newsletter this month from the warmth of Washington DC, where I just premiered a new work, EroSpace, with local dance company Kyoko Dansu. It turned out to be a fabulous project inspired by the cables on

October 2017

Hello I’m writing my newsletter this month from the warmth of Washington DC, where I just premiered a new work, EroSpace, with local dance company Kyoko Dansu. It turned out to be a fabulous project inspired by the cables on

September 2017

Hello It’s rapidly moving towards autumn already here and almost perfect timing for my new album that resonates with this changing mood. The Great Crater is out this month on 29th September on Glacial Movements. Commissioned by the label for

September 2017

Hello It’s rapidly moving towards autumn already here and almost perfect timing for my new album that resonates with this changing mood. The Great Crater is out this month on 29th September on Glacial Movements. Commissioned by the label for

August 2017

Hello So it’s currently 17 degrees Celsius, pouring with rain with heavy grey skies, so it must officially be summer and perfect weather for a music festival. Indeed, I’m sitting in a tiny family hotel in Norberg in Sweden as

August 2017

Hello So it’s currently 17 degrees Celsius, pouring with rain with heavy grey skies, so it must officially be summer and perfect weather for a music festival. Indeed, I’m sitting in a tiny family hotel in Norberg in Sweden as

July 2017

Hello Over half way through the year and many plans in action, as always, balancing several plates in the air at the same time like a circus performer. June began with a visit to Brussels to the Belgian Modular Festival

July 2017

Hello Over half way through the year and many plans in action, as always, balancing several plates in the air at the same time like a circus performer. June began with a visit to Brussels to the Belgian Modular Festival

June 2017

Hello I’m now happily one year older than my last newsletter and celebrated my birthday in a twelve-hour indulgence museum/art gallery orgy, ending the day wandering around the new Pink Floyd exhibition at The Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

June 2017

Hello I’m now happily one year older than my last newsletter and celebrated my birthday in a twelve-hour indulgence museum/art gallery orgy, ending the day wandering around the new Pink Floyd exhibition at The Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

May 2017

Hello Returning from the Rauschenberg Residency in Captiva Florida was undeniably brutal. Exchanging t-shirts for thermal tops, and bare feet for warm socks, life had to return to some sense of normality I suppose! April really was a month immersed

May 2017

Hello Returning from the Rauschenberg Residency in Captiva Florida was undeniably brutal. Exchanging t-shirts for thermal tops, and bare feet for warm socks, life had to return to some sense of normality I suppose! April really was a month immersed

April 2017

Hello So here I am, sitting in the Waldo Cottage, on over twenty acres of land in Captiva Florida, surveying the land before me. It’s around thirty degrees centigrade, woodpeckers are joyfully hammering away at a tree outside my window,

April 2017

Hello So here I am, sitting in the Waldo Cottage, on over twenty acres of land in Captiva Florida, surveying the land before me. It’s around thirty degrees centigrade, woodpeckers are joyfully hammering away at a tree outside my window,

March 2017

Hello I’m writing this in some discomfort as I suffered a rather horrendous trapped nerve meets muscle spasm in my spine this week and as such have been rather knocked out. Resembling the dance moves of a geriatric, whilst walking

March 2017

Hello I’m writing this in some discomfort as I suffered a rather horrendous trapped nerve meets muscle spasm in my spine this week and as such have been rather knocked out. Resembling the dance moves of a geriatric, whilst walking

February 2017

Hello So countless people spoke of 2016 as a year that they urgently wanted to forget, but rather unfortunately 2017 is already settling into one that will simply never be forgotten, where each day reveals another unsettling, challenging situation. Let’s

February 2017

Hello So countless people spoke of 2016 as a year that they urgently wanted to forget, but rather unfortunately 2017 is already settling into one that will simply never be forgotten, where each day reveals another unsettling, challenging situation. Let’s

January 2017

Hello 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

January 2017

Hello 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

December 2016

Hello So it’s the end of the year and a chance to reflect back on all that’s passed. Many would agree it’s not been the most generous of years, with political turmoil and the loss of so many inspiring and

December 2016

Hello So it’s the end of the year and a chance to reflect back on all that’s passed. Many would agree it’s not been the most generous of years, with political turmoil and the loss of so many inspiring and

November 2016

Hello A chance to catch up on the last month and share all the creative adventures that have taken place, whilst enjoying a few days with family over in The Netherlands. I took another visit to Vex House in London

November 2016

Hello A chance to catch up on the last month and share all the creative adventures that have taken place, whilst enjoying a few days with family over in The Netherlands. I took another visit to Vex House in London

October 2016

Hello It’s been another challenging and busy month, both creatively and personally. Since recently passing my driving test it was time to purchase a ScannerMobile to drive around in and take such challenges as driving on a motorway for the

October 2016

Hello It’s been another challenging and busy month, both creatively and personally. Since recently passing my driving test it was time to purchase a ScannerMobile to drive around in and take such challenges as driving on a motorway for the

September 2016

Hello Into the ninth month of the year already and my what a busy one this has been. August is typically the month for much of Europe to slow down and sit on a beach, or to sit in muddy

September 2016

Hello Into the ninth month of the year already and my what a busy one this has been. August is typically the month for much of Europe to slow down and sit on a beach, or to sit in muddy

August 2016

So I am writing this newsletter on a train journey, which is often some of the finest times to sit and contemplate, write and think, as the countryside slips past in a blur. I’m moving across the British landscape and

August 2016

So I am writing this newsletter on a train journey, which is often some of the finest times to sit and contemplate, write and think, as the countryside slips past in a blur. I’m moving across the British landscape and

July 2016

Hello It is strange times indeed here in the UK. I rarely comment on political matters in a public fashion but this recent turn of events in the elections has demoralised and destabilised a significant portion of the population. My

July 2016

Hello It is strange times indeed here in the UK. I rarely comment on political matters in a public fashion but this recent turn of events in the elections has demoralised and destabilised a significant portion of the population. My

June 2016

Hello Another year older now and perhaps just a little wiser, but I’ll leave that for others to decide. I’m just freshly returned from Music Tech Fest Berlin where I presented my work and premiered sketches towards my permanent installation

June 2016

Hello Another year older now and perhaps just a little wiser, but I’ll leave that for others to decide. I’m just freshly returned from Music Tech Fest Berlin where I presented my work and premiered sketches towards my permanent installation

May 2016

Hello So May is upon us and we are one step closer to summer here, though as present it feels as if we are experiencing all four seasons in just one day. In the last week we’ve reached winter lows

May 2016

Hello So May is upon us and we are one step closer to summer here, though as present it feels as if we are experiencing all four seasons in just one day. In the last week we’ve reached winter lows

April 2016

Hello April is here, a month that the poet T.S. Eliot called the ‘cruellest month,’ but hopefully won’t be a painful as that. I spent some valuable time over in Rijeka Croatia in March, meeting with the team behind the

April 2016

Hello April is here, a month that the poet T.S. Eliot called the ‘cruellest month,’ but hopefully won’t be a painful as that. I spent some valuable time over in Rijeka Croatia in March, meeting with the team behind the

March 2016

Hello Now February may be the shortest month of the year but that doesn’t seem to have made it any less packed with joyful explorations. Scanni, my official release with Anni Hogan, finally hit the streets out on Cherry Red

March 2016

Hello Now February may be the shortest month of the year but that doesn’t seem to have made it any less packed with joyful explorations. Scanni, my official release with Anni Hogan, finally hit the streets out on Cherry Red

February 2016

Hello Into the shortest month of the year but one that seems set to be already extraordinarily busy and exciting so let’s dig in immediately. The highlight for February is the release of SCANNI, my new album with pianist and

February 2016

Hello Into the shortest month of the year but one that seems set to be already extraordinarily busy and exciting so let’s dig in immediately. The highlight for February is the release of SCANNI, my new album with pianist and

“Scanni” – the new album by Scanner + Anni Hogan

Pre-order SCANNI here, where pop music meets the heart. So excited about this warm, passionate and special album with Anni Hogan that you’ll even find yourself singing along to some tunes. Yes, songs with words. 🙂 Cherry Red Records Shop

“Scanni” – the new album by Scanner + Anni Hogan

Pre-order SCANNI here, where pop music meets the heart. So excited about this warm, passionate and special album with Anni Hogan that you’ll even find yourself singing along to some tunes. Yes, songs with words. 🙂 Cherry Red Records Shop

January 2016

Hello Welcome to another new beginning, 2016, and many more adventures, surprises and naturally a few challenges ahead. December closed the year in a much busier fashion than usual, with a host of rather hush-hush top-secret deadlines for projects as

January 2016

Hello Welcome to another new beginning, 2016, and many more adventures, surprises and naturally a few challenges ahead. December closed the year in a much busier fashion than usual, with a host of rather hush-hush top-secret deadlines for projects as

December 2015

Hello The last month has been spent largely in the company of builders, roofers, plumbers, electricians, scaffolders and others.  The very idea of silence has long since been erased, at least for the time being, but suffice it to say

December 2015

Hello The last month has been spent largely in the company of builders, roofers, plumbers, electricians, scaffolders and others.  The very idea of silence has long since been erased, at least for the time being, but suffice it to say

November 2015

Hello The nights are most certainly darker here now and scaffolding embraces the Scanner Factory as a new roof is installed to replace the 125-year-old one that currently covers us here. A very fancy solar system will then be installed

November 2015

Hello The nights are most certainly darker here now and scaffolding embraces the Scanner Factory as a new roof is installed to replace the 125-year-old one that currently covers us here. A very fancy solar system will then be installed

October 2015

Hello Sunny greetings from the Scanner Factory, where pipes are being soldered and solar systems investigated towards a self-sustaining building. The joys of creative domesticity. Life often feels rather like a river, where the surface may seem calm and at

October 2015

Hello Sunny greetings from the Scanner Factory, where pipes are being soldered and solar systems investigated towards a self-sustaining building. The joys of creative domesticity. Life often feels rather like a river, where the surface may seem calm and at

September 2015

Hello Still settling into the Scanner Factory at present and still busily engaged in the process of trying to find everything, whilst digitising my archive each day, and fresh discoveries each and every day. September brings with it the beginnings

September 2015

Hello Still settling into the Scanner Factory at present and still busily engaged in the process of trying to find everything, whilst digitising my archive each day, and fresh discoveries each and every day. September brings with it the beginnings

August 2015

Hello So I’m now writing this in the new Scanner World Headquarters. So many levels of compromise always accompany living in a city in terms of light and space, so this move is an extremely positive, engaging adventure, as we

August 2015

Hello So I’m now writing this in the new Scanner World Headquarters. So many levels of compromise always accompany living in a city in terms of light and space, so this move is an extremely positive, engaging adventure, as we

July 2015

Hello Bonjour Whilst the city of Paris basks in temperatures approaching 40 degrees, that’s over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, I am sitting in the theatre of the Pompidou Centre in Paris, wearing a pullover whilst the air-conditioning steals all the joyfulness

July 2015

Hello Bonjour Whilst the city of Paris basks in temperatures approaching 40 degrees, that’s over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, I am sitting in the theatre of the Pompidou Centre in Paris, wearing a pullover whilst the air-conditioning steals all the joyfulness

June 2015

Hello So my birthday passed with a gentle visit down the Thames River in London to visit Strawberry Hill House, the incredible gothic fantasy house disguised as a castle, built for Horace Walpole in 1749, offering up some wild inspiration

June 2015

Hello So my birthday passed with a gentle visit down the Thames River in London to visit Strawberry Hill House, the incredible gothic fantasy house disguised as a castle, built for Horace Walpole in 1749, offering up some wild inspiration

May 2015

Hello So I’m just setting off to Amsterdam in The Netherlands to make last minute adjustments to the score for Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe which premieres on 8th May. It’s a 75-minute production for Dutch National

May 2015

Hello So I’m just setting off to Amsterdam in The Netherlands to make last minute adjustments to the score for Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe which premieres on 8th May. It’s a 75-minute production for Dutch National

April 2015

Hello Back to health here and now battling with deadlines rather than flu, so that’s much preferable. It’s astonishing these days too how few hours we seem to have in our days compared to when we were younger. Who steals

April 2015

Hello Back to health here and now battling with deadlines rather than flu, so that’s much preferable. It’s astonishing these days too how few hours we seem to have in our days compared to when we were younger. Who steals

March 2015

Hello Nursing a rather unpleasant head cold at the moment that led to losing my voice and now resembling a prehistoric Tom Waits, but a short holiday in Andalusia was refreshing, albeit freezing cold. Does no one believe in home

March 2015

Hello Nursing a rather unpleasant head cold at the moment that led to losing my voice and now resembling a prehistoric Tom Waits, but a short holiday in Andalusia was refreshing, albeit freezing cold. Does no one believe in home

February 2015

Hello Welcome to February, the shortest month and typically one when it seems that most things need to be done! January began with the world premiere of two new works of mine, the first of which featured as part of

February 2015

Hello Welcome to February, the shortest month and typically one when it seems that most things need to be done! January began with the world premiere of two new works of mine, the first of which featured as part of

January 2015

Hello Snow has arrived in full splendour here in many areas of Europe and the glorious white landscape is something to behold. Apparently 2015 has been designated the International Year of Light and the International Year of Soils by the

January 2015

Hello Snow has arrived in full splendour here in many areas of Europe and the glorious white landscape is something to behold. Apparently 2015 has been designated the International Year of Light and the International Year of Soils by the

December 2014

Hello Still waiting for the festive spirit to arrive at Scanner HQ so here’s a little update on recent activities to catch you up on what’s been going on. We officially launched our project Ripples and Roots: Rushmoor Stories with

December 2014

Hello Still waiting for the festive spirit to arrive at Scanner HQ so here’s a little update on recent activities to catch you up on what’s been going on. We officially launched our project Ripples and Roots: Rushmoor Stories with

November 2014

Hello So the good news is that if you are reading this you made it safely through Halloween and as I was saying to the devil just last night, it’s certainly been a challenging year, but onward we go. Then

November 2014

Hello So the good news is that if you are reading this you made it safely through Halloween and as I was saying to the devil just last night, it’s certainly been a challenging year, but onward we go. Then

October 2014

Hello So Bridging the World finally opened to the world at the Museum of London Docklands in September and proved to be a great success for visitors, despite the obligatory stress of opening up an ambitious sound installation in a

October 2014

Hello So Bridging the World finally opened to the world at the Museum of London Docklands in September and proved to be a great success for visitors, despite the obligatory stress of opening up an ambitious sound installation in a

September 2014

Hello Seemingly as quickly as it arrived, summer slipped away and it’s almost autumnal already, and I have just returned from the chilly Nykøbing Mors on the Danish island of Mors where I premiered a new work based on the

September 2014

Hello Seemingly as quickly as it arrived, summer slipped away and it’s almost autumnal already, and I have just returned from the chilly Nykøbing Mors on the Danish island of Mors where I premiered a new work based on the