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 now inhabit a former industrial factory. One of the other joys is discovering boxes and boxes of tapes, with recordings from as early as 1975, all of which I’m systematically digitising for archival purposes and possibly to share a few tunes as I discover them over the months to follow.
Today I’m hearing tunes I’ve not heard in 33 years but strangely can recall the lyrics, the structures, the shapes of many of them. It’s as if these tapes are unlocking parts of my memory neatly filed away since then. Today I’ve heard Moog Prodigy explorations from the age of 17, indeterminate John Cage oriented experiments, metal percussion, tape loops and the sweet voice of my mother singing to me as a teenager.
On a more global note, after all the turmoil for the people in Nepal, I’ve offered my support for an extraordinary compilation that gives you 75 new tunes for just £9.99, a price that really can’t be argued with. I’ve contributed an original work using my Eurorack modular synth system, Monorocket Volt, alongside new works from Ryuichi Sakamoto, Shakespears Sister, Attrition, The The, Anni Hogan, Nick Cave, Dave Ball, Jarboe, Richard Strange, Wrangler, Steve Severin, BJ Cole, Simon Fisher Turner, Kid Congo and countless others. All monies go directly towards rebuilding Nepal through the charity agency Action Works Nepal and Animal Nepal. Support it here.
I was delighted to take part in another event with Test Dept in July at Rough Trade East in London, accompanying them in conversation and then making an exclusive live performance of my reworkings of their back catalogue. All of these can still be downloaded for free here.
I recently just took delivery of this Kickstarter supported project, the Kilpatrick Phenol synth, an extraordinary compact machine, where size is most certainly deceptive. It can roar like a lion or gentle pulse like a heartbeat. Within two hours of plugging it in I produced this very dark piece that uses a recording I made of boys fighting outside my window in London. Listen here
Lachrimae has proven to be a great success over at Sedition. It draws much of its inspiration from British musician John Dowland’s 1604 composition of the same name. With an animation that positively revives the melancholic spirit of the early renaissance period, created by masterful director Chris Turner, the artwork visually emits a sequence of penetrative lights in the atmosphere. Lachrimae appears to rise and recede from within a black hole; like precious planets eclipsing the sun. It’s a mournful but very spiritual piece and hope that I hope you will enjoy. As always, the earlier you buy the artwork, the cheaper it is, as prices increase after every 10 editions sold. Hurry up before you have to sell a bodily organ to afford it!
August will be a month of continued unboxing and reconnecting the studios, in a spaghetti town of cables and wires, whilst working on production for future projects in 2015-2016, including new productions for theatre, contemporary dance, and mastering some of these archive recordings for potential release.
Until then, enjoy this chilly summer
::: listen :::
Alessandro Cortini: Risveglio (Hospital)
Prurient: Frozen Niagara Falls (Hospital)
Nils Frahm: Victoria (Erased Tapes)
M.E.S.H.: Piteous Gate (Pan)
::: read :::
Kathy Acker: I’m Very Into You (Semiotext)
The Complete Eightball (Fantagraphics)
Simon Armitage: Gig (Penguin)
Christoph Cox: Audio Culture (Continuum)
Inside Out, Pete Docter, USA
Ant Man, Peyton Reed, USA
Amy, Asif Kapadia, UK
Going Clear, Alex Gibney, USA
Wolverhampton Art Gallery
14 November – 06 February 2016
The Crafts Council presents Weave Waves, a digital commission, which brings together sound artist Scanner, and textile designer Ismini Samanidou.Weave Waves explores sound, geography and mapping and how this data relates to both textile weave structures and musical scores. The work features as part of a show exploring the relationship of crafts and audio.
Scanner and Samanidou were inspired by the visual and technical similarities between the digital software they both use and the physicality of code.
Fisher Brooks Gallery
02 July – 11 October 2015
An artist collective and studio in Philadelphia founded by, and composed of, PAFA alumni, faculty and staff. Features a work created in association with Jordon Rockford, Heaven, a sound installation secreted in a plastic storage bin.
By Sukhdev Sandhu
Design Mind Unit
Sound Design Scanner
Artangel Interaction invited writer and historian Sukhdev Sandhu to write a nocturnal journal unfolding over the course of 2006. His postings will appear sequentially at this microsite specially designed by Mind Unit. Sandhu's forays see him prospecting in the London night with the people who drive its pulse, from the avian police to security guards, zookeepers and exorcists. Acclaimed artist and musician Scanner has collaborated with Sukhdev and Ian Budden of Mind Unit to compose the sound for the site. If you would like to be kept informed as each episode is posted, join artangel's mailing list by clicking here .
Bittersweet Songs for the Sleepless City
NightJam is the latest project in Artangel Interaction’s Nights of London
series of artist-led collaborations with people who have a special view on
a hidden side of the nocturnal city. Scanner invited young people at New Horizon
Youth Centre in King’s Cross to collaborate on a creative project that
expresses how the city at night looks and sounds to their ears and eyes. Through
music and voice workshops they explored the sense of freedom and fear, celebration
and solitude of the concealing darkness. Meanwhile, they captured their nights
on disposable cameras, taking images that are at times eerie, startling, contemplative
and funny. NightJam presents two elusive visual and musical journeys through
the city’s ‘quiet’ hours.
NightJam presents two music tracks, a film, photographs, that can be experienced and freely downloaded. Additionally it features remixes of NightJam by Stephen Vitiello, Hakan Lidbo, Troy Banarzi, Si-cut.db and Pete Lockett.