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Alasdair Gray Interview

An interview with the Scottish writer Alasdair Gray (1934-2019) at an exhibition in 2007

Alasdair Gray Interview

An interview with the Scottish writer Alasdair Gray (1934-2019) at an exhibition in 2007

My memories of Coil

My memories of the British group Coil, sharing intimate stories and photographs from my archives

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My memories of Coil

My memories of the British group Coil, sharing intimate stories and photographs from my archives

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How I discovered Edgard Varèse, the father of Electronic Music

How I discovered Edgard Varèse, the father of Electronic Music, and the story of how he inspired me and many others

How I discovered Edgard Varèse, the father of Electronic Music

How I discovered Edgard Varèse, the father of Electronic Music, and the story of how he inspired me and many others

Noise is All Around Me

Noise is all around us. An exploration of how noise has inspired me and others in creativity

Noise is All Around Me

Noise is all around us. An exploration of how noise has inspired me and others in creativity

In Search of a New Fiction – B.S. Johnson

An exploration of the work of British writer B.S. Johnson and his extraordinary novel The Unfortunates.

In Search of a New Fiction – B.S. Johnson

An exploration of the work of British writer B.S. Johnson and his extraordinary novel The Unfortunates.

Radiophonics, and how radio (almost) killed the video star

The power and influence of radio on the creative process, from John Cage to Samuel Beckett, Brian Eno to Throbbing Gristle

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Radiophonics, and how radio (almost) killed the video star

The power and influence of radio on the creative process, from John Cage to Samuel Beckett, Brian Eno to Throbbing Gristle

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Buried Treasure – Tod Dockstader

How a photograph inspired me to investigate the work of American composer Tod Dockstader

Buried Treasure – Tod Dockstader

How a photograph inspired me to investigate the work of American composer Tod Dockstader

Playground behaviour in the cultural industries

A very personal look at how bullying in the cultural industries has had such impact and how it’s affected me

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Playground behaviour in the cultural industries

A very personal look at how bullying in the cultural industries has had such impact and how it’s affected me

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Music for Airports and How to Consume Music

How do we listen to music today, and what is the value of recorded music as such?

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Music for Airports and How to Consume Music

How do we listen to music today, and what is the value of recorded music as such?

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Books, books, and more books

The joy and agony of owning too many books, but the pleasures that they bring are immense

Books, books, and more books

The joy and agony of owning too many books, but the pleasures that they bring are immense

In pursuit of silence

The pursuit of silence as a prompt to reflect and to consider the balance between noise and sound in your own life, ensuring you make space for yourself, not only physically but mentally.

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In pursuit of silence

The pursuit of silence as a prompt to reflect and to consider the balance between noise and sound in your own life, ensuring you make space for yourself, not only physically but mentally.

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From almost nothing to almost everything – Luc Ferrari

The story of how i met legendary composer Luc Ferrari and our subsequent collaboration

From almost nothing to almost everything – Luc Ferrari

The story of how i met legendary composer Luc Ferrari and our subsequent collaboration

Exposure is not payment

The argument for paying creatives properly and treating them with respect.

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Exposure is not payment

The argument for paying creatives properly and treating them with respect.

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MARS BY 1980

A few thoughts on David Stubbs Mars by 1980: The Story of Electronic Music

MARS BY 1980

A few thoughts on David Stubbs Mars by 1980: The Story of Electronic Music

Keeping a diary – a 42-year long love affair

I’ve kept a diary since I was 12 years old, writing it each and every day since. Here’s the story!

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Keeping a diary – a 42-year long love affair

I’ve kept a diary since I was 12 years old, writing it each and every day since. Here’s the story!

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Radio Art, Radio RainFall

Radio is not only a broadcast medium, it’s a work of art. Radio Art. I’ve loved the radio since I was a small boy. We had a handsome wooden radiogram at home, which glowed with a warm light whenever switched

Radio Art, Radio RainFall

Radio is not only a broadcast medium, it’s a work of art. Radio Art. I’ve loved the radio since I was a small boy. We had a handsome wooden radiogram at home, which glowed with a warm light whenever switched

Freak Zone Playlist Mixtape

I was recently invited by broadcaster and writer Stuart Maconie to compile a special one hour mixtape for his Freak Zone show on BBC 6 Music. This is a place where you are absolutely free to let you ears run

Freak Zone Playlist Mixtape

I was recently invited by broadcaster and writer Stuart Maconie to compile a special one hour mixtape for his Freak Zone show on BBC 6 Music. This is a place where you are absolutely free to let you ears run

What is beauty?

Beauty in your world Notions of beauty are so clearly personal and impossible to challenge. What one person finds beautiful to another is something altogether ugly to another. A simple dictionary definition is “a combination of qualities, such as shape,

What is beauty?

Beauty in your world Notions of beauty are so clearly personal and impossible to challenge. What one person finds beautiful to another is something altogether ugly to another. A simple dictionary definition is “a combination of qualities, such as shape,

Ambient drifting in London

A few thoughts on the work of Harold Budd

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Ambient drifting in London

A few thoughts on the work of Harold Budd

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Sounds of a Tired City


Sounds of a Tired City Robin Rimbaud – Scanner WATCH Sans Soleil (Chris Marker, 1983) Some films can only be seen once and everything is revealed, whilst others reap newfound joys every time you see them, as new layers of meaning

Sounds of a Tired City


Sounds of a Tired City Robin Rimbaud – Scanner WATCH Sans Soleil (Chris Marker, 1983) Some films can only be seen once and everything is revealed, whilst others reap newfound joys every time you see them, as new layers of meaning

Alvin Curran

I join the throng of composers and sonic creators who cannot read music, well at least not any more. I took piano lessons as a fresh-faced ten-year-old boy in London, but rather tragically had to stop, as my mother could

Alvin Curran

I join the throng of composers and sonic creators who cannot read music, well at least not any more. I took piano lessons as a fresh-faced ten-year-old boy in London, but rather tragically had to stop, as my mother could

Sounds of London

‘Scanner’s Sounds of London’ If you were to type ‘sounds of London’ into a search engine you’ll find references to traffic, trains, the Tube, in effect the hustle and bustle of an animated city like London as you might expect.

Sounds of London

‘Scanner’s Sounds of London’ If you were to type ‘sounds of London’ into a search engine you’ll find references to traffic, trains, the Tube, in effect the hustle and bustle of an animated city like London as you might expect.

Top Ten Films – for Electric Sheep

Top Ten Films – for Electric Sheep Robin Rimbaud – Scanner Sans Soleil (Chris Marker, 1983) A mind-blowingly inventive film that touches on memory, appearance and history, and most definitely a work that can’t be written about in one paragraph.

Top Ten Films – for Electric Sheep

Top Ten Films – for Electric Sheep Robin Rimbaud – Scanner Sans Soleil (Chris Marker, 1983) A mind-blowingly inventive film that touches on memory, appearance and history, and most definitely a work that can’t be written about in one paragraph.

Scan and Deliver

Scan and Deliver Robin Rimbaud – Scanner As I sit here, the radio announcer announces a feature on the forthcoming Big Brother series, another chance to engage in this collective shared experience, another opportunity to revel in your very own

Scan and Deliver

Scan and Deliver Robin Rimbaud – Scanner As I sit here, the radio announcer announces a feature on the forthcoming Big Brother series, another chance to engage in this collective shared experience, another opportunity to revel in your very own

Outside the System – Test Department

Outside the System Robin Rimbaud – Scanner London Bishops Bridge Maintenance Depot. Cold, wet, extremely dark, the common feel of a Test Dept show I recognise now. Figures, shadowed, stand in an industrial complex, off the edges of a motorway.

Outside the System – Test Department

Outside the System Robin Rimbaud – Scanner London Bishops Bridge Maintenance Depot. Cold, wet, extremely dark, the common feel of a Test Dept show I recognise now. Figures, shadowed, stand in an industrial complex, off the edges of a motorway.

Terry Riley

Terry Riley Robin Rimbaud – Scanner Reassessing a piece of music you’ve grown up with is a form of time travel. Listening to the earliest recording I have of this album as I write these words encourages an active step

Terry Riley

Terry Riley Robin Rimbaud – Scanner Reassessing a piece of music you’ve grown up with is a form of time travel. Listening to the earliest recording I have of this album as I write these words encourages an active step

Collateral Damage – The Wire

Hey, you! Get onto my cloud, says Robin Rimbaud aka Scanner, in a plea to musicians and listeners alike to embrace the new community spirit of cultural consumption When British pop singer John Miles trilled, “Music was my first love

Collateral Damage – The Wire

Hey, you! Get onto my cloud, says Robin Rimbaud aka Scanner, in a plea to musicians and listeners alike to embrace the new community spirit of cultural consumption When British pop singer John Miles trilled, “Music was my first love

Stepping Out of the Past

Stepping out of the Past Robin Rimbaud – Scanner Imagining the future can sometimes be a futile distraction. Where will you be in five, ten or twenty years? What will you be doing? How will technology have altered, enhanced, assisted,

Stepping Out of the Past

Stepping out of the Past Robin Rimbaud – Scanner Imagining the future can sometimes be a futile distraction. Where will you be in five, ten or twenty years? What will you be doing? How will technology have altered, enhanced, assisted,

Notations

Notations 21 By Theresa Sauer 
(Mark Batty Publisher)
 2009 Review by Robin Rimbaud When Henry Miller wrote that ‘whatever there be of progress in life comes not through adaptation but through daring’ he could have been thinking about the often-audacious

Notations

Notations 21 By Theresa Sauer 
(Mark Batty Publisher)
 2009 Review by Robin Rimbaud When Henry Miller wrote that ‘whatever there be of progress in life comes not through adaptation but through daring’ he could have been thinking about the often-audacious

Maurizio

Maurizio Bleep.com 
Our identity is often argued to be one of the key components of our personality. Without it, we are nothing, yet electronic music in particular has explored endless revisions upon this position, with its focus on the invisibility

Maurizio

Maurizio Bleep.com 
Our identity is often argued to be one of the key components of our personality. Without it, we are nothing, yet electronic music in particular has explored endless revisions upon this position, with its focus on the invisibility