Scanner :: Biography

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Scanner (British artist Robin Rimbaud) traverses the experimental terrain between sound and space connecting a bewilderingly diverse array of genres. Since 1991 he has been intensely active in sonic art, producing concerts, installations and recordings, the albums Mass Observation (1994), Delivery (1997), and An Ascent (2020) hailed by critics as innovative and inspirational works of contemporary electronic music.

Rimbaud began composing for professional productions in 1982. Since then he has performed and created works in many of the world’s most prestigious spaces including SFMOMA USA, Hayward Gallery London, Pompidou Centre Paris, Tate Modern London, Kunsthalle Vienna, Bolshoi Theatre Moscow, Hanoi Opera House Vietnam and the Royal Opera House London.

To date he has scored 75 contemporary dance productions, including works for the London Royal Ballet and Merce Cunningham. In 2016 he installed his Water Drops sound work in Rijeka Airport in Croatia, Ghosts at Cliveden National Trust UK, and scored the world’s first ever Virtual Reality ballet, Nightfall.

In 2004 his Sound Surface (with Stephen Vitiello) was the first Sound Art commission for Tate Modern London. He scored the hit musical comedy Kirikou & Karaba (2007) and Narnia ballet (2015) based on the popular children’s book and the re-opening of the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam in 2012.

Commercial work has included sound designing the Philips Wake-Up Light (2009), the Dream for Sprint Telephones/Leo Burnett in the USA, and the sound for the Cisco telephone systems used in offices around the world in 2019. Most recently he set up the Robin Rimbaud Art Foundation in the UK.

His work Salles des Departs is permanently installed in a working morgue in Paris whilst Vex, the residential house he designed a permanent soundtrack with Chance de Silva architects, won the RIBA London Award 2018 and was featured on the popular TV show Grand Designs.

Committed to working with cutting edge practitioners he collaborated with Bryan Ferry, Wayne MacGregor, Mike Kelley, Torres, Pauline Oliveros, Michael Nyman, Steve McQueen, Laurie Anderson, and Hussein Chalayan, amongst many others.

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Scanner :: Selected Recordings

Scanner: The Homeland of Electricity
Strië & Scanner: Struktura
Scanner: La Fenêtre Magique

Scanner: Wing Pinger
Robin Rimbaud: Alchemeia
Robin Rimbaud: Staging Silence
Scanner: Trawl
Scanner: Earthbound Transmissions
Scanner: The Magician’s Hat Vol.1
Scanner: The Magician’s Hat Vol. 2

Scanner: Waft & Weft
Scanner: The Sound of Design
Scanner: An Ascent
Scanner/GN: Album
Rimbaud/Banabila: The Spaces You Hold

Scanner: The Signal of a Signal of a Signal
Scanner: Alphaville
Scanner + Gareth Davis: Footfalls
Scanner + Erik Kessels: Archive Land

Scanner: Mass Observation (Expanded)
Scanner: Ash 1.7 Digital Deluxe edition

Scanner: Fibolae
Scanner: The Great Crater
Scanner: Vex

SCANNI (with Anni Hogan)
Scanner: Choral Reworks
Scanner: Venus & Elgar

Scanner: Narnia: The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe

Robin Rimbaud: The Garden is Full of Metal
Scanner: Electronic Garden
Scanner & London Sinfonietta: Ripples & Roots

Scanner & Kwartludium: Graphic Scores
Scanner/48 Cameras: We Could Bring You Silk in May
Scanner & Nightswimmer: Red Sails

Scanner: Colofon & Compendium

Scanner/Rothenberg: You Can’t Get There From Here
Scanner: In-Between
Scanner: timelapse/(Mnemosyne)
Scanner: Pavillon d’Armide/Amarant
Scanner: Voyager: Amongst Others
Scanner/Paci Dalo: The Maya Effect

Scanner/Banabila: Ears Tell Us/Radiance
Scanner/PMJQ: Blink of an Eye 
Scanner/Eric Kessels: Nocturnal /In Almost Every Picture 6 DVD/Book

Scanner: Conversations with the Dead
Scanner: Consegnaci, Bambina, I Tuoi Occhi
Scanner: Rockets, Unto the Edges of Edges
Scanner: Faultline
Scanner: Correspondence

Scanner: Dante’s Inferno

Scanner/Lockett: Twisted Artifacts
Scanner: Moskau Disko

Scanner: NightJam
Scanner: Teenage Wochen
Scanner with Rolf & Fonky: Tinnito

Scanner: Flower Echoes
Scanner: Messe / Macht des Klangs
Scanner: The Radiance of A Thousand Suns Burst Forth At Once
Scanner/Dessy: Play Along
Scanner/Lockett aka Parallax Beat Brothers: Autek
Scanner: Reason by Heart, Sleep by Twilight

Scanner: Europa 25
Scanner: Double Fold

Scanner/Vitiello: Audiosphere
Scanner: Echo Ricochet
Scanner/Mike Kelley: Esprits de Paris
Scanner: Warhol‘s Surfaces
Scanner: Publicphono
Scanner/Cascone: Crystalline Address

Scanner: 52 Spaces
Scanner: Nemesis
Scanner + Tonne: Sound Polaroids
Scanner: Temporary Broadcast Vol 1
Scanner: Salles des Departs
Scanner: Lost without Light
Scanner: Spray

Scannerfunk: Wave of Light by Wave of Light
Scanner/Alva Noto: Uniform
Scannerfunk: Technorama
Scanner: Case

Scanner/Shea: Free Chocolate Love
Scanner/DJ Spooky: The Quick and the Dead
Scanner: Diary

Scanner: Lauwarm Instrumentals
Scanner: Cystic

Robin Rimbaud: The Garden is Full of Metal
Scanner: Sound for Spaces
Scanner: Stopstarting

Scanner: Delivery

Scanner: Sulphur
Scanner: Accretions
Scanner/Krokers: Memetic Flesh

Scanner: Spore

Scanner: Mass Observation

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The Rimbaud Brothers: Distortion