June 2003

Strom Forty Five.


It’s been an especially busy month. The performances with Random Dance in Amsterdam were very well received, a trip to Warsaw to present my work and perform with local musicians, a return excursion to Amsterdam as part of the World Wide Video Festival, and the very wacky performances inside Selfridges Department store in London where shoppers were suitably distracted. Of course, not forgetting my birthday that I was happy to share with Lenny Kravitz and Stevie Nicks on the same day last week, though neither of them actually remembered to send me a card. It was a quiet day accompanied by some rare London sunshine but for those of you who just blinked and missed it, don’t worry, it’ll return next year.

Last weekend I completed production on Play Along, my collaboration with composer Jean-Paul Dessy. A string quartet in five parts, it destined to come out later this year with performances to accompany it. I’ve just completed mixes of Handel’s Messiah for a Bang on a Can release in the USA, Jem Finer’s Longplayer installation in London, and a Swedish factory remix project, bizarre as that might sound.

My collaborative CD with Stephen Vitiello, part of the Invisible Architecture/Audiosphere series on Sub Rosa/Quatermass, will shortly be available for sale at the usual location on line too – the posteverything site, as well as a few other rare Scanner releases.

Another Scanner golden oldie is available now on a compilation, Danza De La Muerte. Originally released on Syntactic records from Vienna in an edition of just 100 copies, you can find the piece alongside very early and rare works by Christian Fennesz, Muslimgauze, Susanne Brokesch, Aude, Fred Bigot and others. More details at:

Any local Londoners should try their utmost to come along to Sonic Recyler this weekend in London. With live performances from Simon Fisher Turner, Ticklish, Tennis and yours truly plus Djs and an installation from Iris Garrelfs, it’s an event to support local recycling issues. Beginning at 16.00 and running late, more details can be found at:

For those of you with few pennies in your pockets can find a handsome freebie at:

where you can hear an hour long mix I created with exclusive tracks and unreleased material. It will be broadcast on Sunday 8th June, and followed the next week by my partner in crime, Si-cut.db.

So, back to the sun lounge….

Happy listening.

Best wishes

Robin / Scanner

::: diary dates :::

6            Nemesis: Croatian National Theatre, Zagreb, Croatia
7            Sonic Recycler
27-29    Nemesis: Teatro Piccolo Arsenale, La Biennale, Venice

1            Nemesis: Istanbul, Turkey
6            Nemesis: Ankara, Turkey

::: listen :::
Bob Dylan: Live 1975 Rolling Thunder Review (Columbia)
Richard Goode: Bach Partitas Nos 1, 3 & 6 (Nonesuch)
Nick Cave: Nocturama (Mute)
Tricky: Vulnerable (Anti)

::: read :::
Noah Wardrip-Fruin: New Media Reader (MIT)
Painful but Fabulous: Lives and Art of Genesis P-Orridge (Soft Skull)
Peter Saville: Designed By (Frieze)
Donna Tartt: A Secret History (Penguin)

::: film :::
Secretary, Steven Shainberg
Dolls, Takeshi Kitano
Cinema 16:British Short Films
John Walters DVD Collection

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