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Exposure is not payment

Like most of my work today, this story begins with an unsolicited email, this time from a music technology company: “Dear Robin, We have a pop-up shop in Brick Lane for an event. We’ll have a small performance space in

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Exposure is not payment

Like most of my work today, this story begins with an unsolicited email, this time from a music technology company: “Dear Robin, We have a pop-up shop in Brick Lane for an event. We’ll have a small performance space in

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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

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

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

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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In Pursuit of Silence

In Pursuit of Silence Robin Rimbaud “Retreating from the cacophony of the world is stepping towards everything that is essential…Silence should be explored, not explained.” These words are spoken in a new film from Patrick Shen, In Pursuit of Silence,

In Pursuit of Silence

In Pursuit of Silence Robin Rimbaud “Retreating from the cacophony of the world is stepping towards everything that is essential…Silence should be explored, not explained.” These words are spoken in a new film from Patrick Shen, In Pursuit of Silence,

Cunningly Handsome Egyptian Hunting Dogs – My Memories of Coil

Cunningly Handsome Egyptian Hunting Dogs – Memories of Coil Robin Rimbaud – Scanner Tracing back through ones memories can frequently be a challenge, but thankfully I’ve kept a diary, each and every day of my life since I was 12

Cunningly Handsome Egyptian Hunting Dogs – My Memories of Coil

Cunningly Handsome Egyptian Hunting Dogs – Memories of Coil Robin Rimbaud – Scanner Tracing back through ones memories can frequently be a challenge, but thankfully I’ve kept a diary, each and every day of my life since I was 12

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.

Noise is All Around Me

Noise is All Around Me Robin Rimbaud – Scanner Noise is all around me. I just opened the newspaper this morning to discover a review of Noise: A Human History, a new BBC radio series which explores the British Library’s

Noise is All Around Me

Noise is All Around Me Robin Rimbaud – Scanner Noise is all around me. I just opened the newspaper this morning to discover a review of Noise: A Human History, a new BBC radio series which explores the British Library’s

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.

Thoughts on Varese

Thoughts on Varese Robin Rimbaud It began with a story and a name, in fact two names and one story. I was a curious teenager, determinedly wanting to learn everything about everything, and particularly in relation to the arts. If

Thoughts on Varese

Thoughts on Varese Robin Rimbaud It began with a story and a name, in fact two names and one story. I was a curious teenager, determinedly wanting to learn everything about everything, and particularly in relation to the arts. If

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

St Mark’s Books NYC : Ringing Endorsement

Ringing Endorsement Robin Rimbaud – Scanner Much of my life is spent in transit, slipping from place to place, on trains, buses, planes and most recently even by camel in Gran Canaria. My work and lifestyle necessitates a strict adherence

St Mark’s Books NYC : Ringing Endorsement

Ringing Endorsement Robin Rimbaud – Scanner Much of my life is spent in transit, slipping from place to place, on trains, buses, planes and most recently even by camel in Gran Canaria. My work and lifestyle necessitates a strict adherence

Wire – Preface

Introduction The Fragile Memories of a School Boy Robin Rimbaud – Scanner It’s been proposed that everyone has a photographic memory, only some don’t have film. Our memories are forged from the real, the lived, the imagined and the projected,

Wire – Preface

Introduction The Fragile Memories of a School Boy Robin Rimbaud – Scanner It’s been proposed that everyone has a photographic memory, only some don’t have film. Our memories are forged from the real, the lived, the imagined and the projected,

Alasdair Gray Interview

Alasdair Gray Interview at Riflemaker Gallery 02 October 2007 Terminus is an enthralling installation created through a collaboration between Whitbread and Guardian prize-winning novelist Alasdair Gray (born Glasgow, 1934) and Deutsche Bank award winning artist Francesca Lowe (born London, 1979)

Alasdair Gray Interview

Alasdair Gray Interview at Riflemaker Gallery 02 October 2007 Terminus is an enthralling installation created through a collaboration between Whitbread and Guardian prize-winning novelist Alasdair Gray (born Glasgow, 1934) and Deutsche Bank award winning artist Francesca Lowe (born London, 1979)

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

In Search of a New Fiction Robin Rimbaud – Scanner First published in The Eye 2001 The Unfortunates (1969) by B. S. Johnson A random encounter in a second hand book shop in London introduced me to the work of

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

In Search of a New Fiction Robin Rimbaud – Scanner First published in The Eye 2001 The Unfortunates (1969) by B. S. Johnson A random encounter in a second hand book shop in London introduced me to the work of

Hypersymposium :: Purcell Room, RFH

Hypersymposium Purcell Room, Royal Festival Hall South Bank Centre London With Peter Gabriel, Brian Eno, David Toop, DJ Spooky, Scanner and Howie B 09 March 1999 Millennium-watchers, sonic geographers and telematic nomads (and perhaps even a few genuine punters) converged on

Hypersymposium :: Purcell Room, RFH

Hypersymposium Purcell Room, Royal Festival Hall South Bank Centre London With Peter Gabriel, Brian Eno, David Toop, DJ Spooky, Scanner and Howie B 09 March 1999 Millennium-watchers, sonic geographers and telematic nomads (and perhaps even a few genuine punters) converged on

Ground Control :: Beaconsfield Gallery, London

Ground Control Technology & Utopia Beaconsfield Gallery London Jutempus Vilnius Lithuania Catalogue Publication A collaborative project with artist-run space Jutempus in Vilnius and the Baltic Flour Mills in Gateshead, manifesting in exhibitions in London and Vilnius, a book, a web

Ground Control :: Beaconsfield Gallery, London

Ground Control Technology & Utopia Beaconsfield Gallery London Jutempus Vilnius Lithuania Catalogue Publication A collaborative project with artist-run space Jutempus in Vilnius and the Baltic Flour Mills in Gateshead, manifesting in exhibitions in London and Vilnius, a book, a web