August 2003

Strom Forty Seven.


Almost a whole month in London and I’m not going crazy. It is a time when I bump into friends by chance and they ask me what I am doing here!! A chance to spend time in my own city and enjoy the spoils of what it can offer. Having said that I’ve naturally kept my head down and worked as hard as a good school boy can.

I finished up production on my latest BBC radio work. Entitled ‘The Woman with the Fork and Knife Disaster,’ it was written and adapted for radio by the author Jackie Kay. It’s an extraordinary piece of writing where the cutlery becomes the central character as the lead woman has a nervous breakdown, so expect a soundtrack to match. You can listen to it on BBC Radio 3 at:
on Thursday 7th August in the evening time. Naturally it will be available to be downloaded shortly afterwards.

Another special radio commission is broadcast on Bayerischer Rundfunk in Germany on Friday 1 August. It’s a new one hour work entitled ‘Warhol’s Surfaces’ and can be heard at:

Better than that you can also buy it on CD on Intermedium Records. To quote the sleeve notes:

"It is no surprise that Robin Rimbaud, aka Scanner, chose to make a one hour sound-piece of Warhol. Though, basing a 60-minute radiopiece for Bayerischer Rundfunk upon boredom, as is the case here, might seem a bit boring. Or as Warhol might have said: Gee, uhm, really up there. Because Warhol really liked boredom. He liked repetitiveness, copies, details. He liked the surface, the new technology. In fact: he would have liked to be a machine himself. Because Scanner takes the sound as Warhol took the soup; creating a universe where the looping everyday becomes interesting in the blurred domesticity most people see as the very essence of plain, repetitive boredom. Touching upon the fact that it does not matter how famous or ordinary you are: A sausage is just a sausage. Or is it? I guess it's up to each individual to choose what to make of it. Warhol and Scanner are, it seems, just showing us the cans / scan.” Mathilde Schytz.

It will available as always at the posteverything.com site for sale within the next month for those interested and then be extended into a touring work over the next two years so you might be able to catch it locally then.

For those who have not yet heard I shall also be partaking in a landmark musical event next year which was recently announced. Chris Carter, Peter Christopherson, Genesis P-Orridge and Cosey Fanni Tutti will briefly regroup to present RE~TG, a weekend of music, art, film and performance culminating in an exclusive set by THROBBING GRISTLE. Located at Pontin's Holiday Resort, Camber Sands, Sussex, U.K , the line up of artists is very inspiring, among them Coil, Lydia Lunch, Alec Empire, Richard H. Kirk, Matmos, Project Dark, People Like Us, PanSonic, Merzbow and Jim O'Rourke as well as films and artworks. It’s all taking place 14-16 May 2004 and you can find more details at:


My desire to utterly saturate the market in new CDs continues this month too with several new releases. To accompany the Warhol’s Surfaces CD you will also be able to find my collaboration with Mike Kelley, ‘Esprits de Paris’, out on CD. It’s the one hour soundtrack to our installation from the Pompidou Centre in Paris as part of the Sonic Process show earlier this year. Continuing this collaboration you will also be able to hear my live improvisation with legendary composer Charlemagne Palestine for our release with Destroy All Monsters (Art Byington, Mike Kelley, Cary Loren, Dave Muller, Jim Shaw) ‘The Detroit Oratorio,’ capturing a live show in Rotterdam in 1998, on Compound Annex Records.

Creative writing time! The first in a series of artists conversations that I’m creating can be found at:

Where I speak with American artist Christian Marclay about his work and ideas to accompany his show at the White Cube Gallery in London. It’s also worth looking at the kultureflash site itself which presents not only a wealth of London activities but also links to many global connections of interest.

To close with, a couple more internet exclusive radio treats. A repeat of my recent live mix featuring exclusive unreleased material can be found at:
on 3 August 2003, followed later by exclusive sets from Si-cut.db and Object on 10 August and i/o on 24 August.

Given the chance I would also recommend tuning your browser to free103point9:
to listen to an invigorating selection of audio from their American web site around the clock beginning in August.

So, this busy sounding email is me in relaxed mode…oh dear, better take a rest!

Back to the summer

Best wishes

Robin / Scanner

::: diary dates :::

4        Paradiso Amsterdam The Netherlands
6        52 Spaces: Planetarium Copenhagen Denmark
12      Bip Hop night in Aberdeen Scotland UK
20      Babylon Istanbul Turkey
22      Rozmaitosci Theater Warsaw Poland
27      Toulouse France

3        Interdigitate: St James Complex Auckland NZ
4        52 Spaces: Adam Art Gallery Wellington NZ
5        Evelyn Fitzroy Melbourne Australia
23     Concertgebouw Brugge

4       "n'oublie pas ce que devines" La Rochelle France
14     Hanoi Opera House Vietnam
21     Awesome Festival Perth Australia
26     "n'oublie pas ce que devines" Tours France
27     Atlantic Waves Festival 93 Feet East London
30     Cite Des Sciences Paris France with Luc Ferrari

2       Royal Opera House London with Royal Ballet

::: exhibitions :::

July 31 - August 30
The IMA Screening Room
Judith Wright Centre Of Contemporary Arts, Brisbane Australia

::ROOM40:: curates its first collection of related vision and sound works with contributions from Scanner / Matiasek (Echo Days), Philip Brophy (Evaporated Music), I/O + Rebecca Nissen (Incidentals/Transit) and Lloyd Barrett (The Drift).

::: listen :::
Rune Lindblad: Die Stille Liebe (Elektron)
Brian Eno: Bell Studies (Opal)
Various: Feadrop CD to accompany magazine
Robert Ashley: Dust (Lovely)

::: read :::
Simon Armitage: Selected Poems (Faber & Faber)
Michal Rovner: The Space Between (Whitney)
Christian Marclay: Monograph (Hammer)
Mick Middles: From Joy Division to New Order (Virgin)

::: film :::
The Wages of Fear, Henri-Georges Clouzot, France
Prick Up Your Ears, Stephen Frears, UK
Sex is Comedy, Catherine Breillat, France
The Bicyle Thieves, Vittoria De Sica, Italy

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