April 2004

Strom Fifty Five.


My life once again is evolving into a travel diary, capturing moments in cities, sometimes in the blink of a eye. Arriving in Spain, just hours after devastating bombs ravished a country and eroded an innocent optimism, my concert was cancelled and I compulsively watched the live tv broadcasts, as a country mourned the loss and millions converged on city centres to unite. Over to Crotia and Zagreb, cities even closer to a powerfully destructive history, yet filled with such positivism. Promoting my Double Fold CD on rx:tx (http://www.rx-tx.org), the shows were thoroughly entertaining and as always new friends were made along the way. By train to Amiens in France to collaborate with Norwegian jazz slayers Wibutee (http://www.wibutee.net/) in a live performance that catapulted a seamless groove into the air and we all danced until the sun came down. This is a medicine that will definitely be repeated.

For those of you in New York City or able to travel, the city wide "New Sounds, New York" -— a festival of innovative performances, installations, and public dialogues, runs from March 30-May 16, 2004. I’m taking part in two different ways. I am presenting work at The Kitchen in the Sound Cube, a multi-channel playback environment providing a 3D audio experience. Alongside commissions by Olivia Block, Shelley Hirsch, Phill Niblock, Stephen Vitiello, Martyn Ware, Pamela Z I’m showing A Natural Romance, a sound work which utilizes recordings of animals having sex in some gigantic orgiastic adventure.

In parallel with this I’m collaborating with free103point9 Online Radio (http://www.free103point9.org) in Tune(In) also at the Kitchen which should prove to be quite extraordinary. On one night, 22 April, over 30 artists are performing into five transmitters and every audience member needs to bring a radio to listen in on headphones to each performance. Despite the wide range of artists it’s likely to be one of the most peaceful concerts you could experience as every person will have a unique listening experience. Stay tuned for performances from Zeena Parkins + Ikue Mori, David Behrman, Stephen Vitiello,Tom Roe, Gregory Whitehead, Alan Licht + Marina Rosenfeld, Thurston Moore, Animal Collective, I-Sound, Sybarite and numerous others.

As if performing and exhibiting work with artist Stephen Vitiiello in NYC wasn’t enough (http://www.stephenvitiello.com/), we are also collaborating as part of Sound Surface at the Tate Modern in London which explores the notion of surfaces in contemporary art, in conjunction with the Donald Judd work presently showing there. We will then be joined by writer Philip Sherburne from San Francisco to explore these ideas in sound and conversation. Stephen and I will subsequently present the recordings as a downloadable work on the Tate Modern website. More information at:

And just out of interest I’ve updated scannerdot.com with numerous additions of articles and art projects in case you wish to see what you’ve missed in the past!

Now, time to slip back into my lycra catsuit to rehearse with Githead, my rock band with Colin Newman and Malka Spigel, which debuts this month at the ICA in London, so an opportunity to let my hair down and keep on rocking in the free world!! News and photos can be found at:

Stay tuned for more adventures.

Best wishes

Robin / Scanner

::: diary dates :::

1 April          Lecture & Performance University of Ulster Magee Derry Ireland
                     Performance Saninos Derry Ireland
3 April          Art College University of Ulster Belfast Ireland
16 April       Githead debut: Swim Anniversary Night ICA London
17 April       Tate Modern London with Stephen Vitiello
22 April       Tune In: The Kitchen New York
27 April       Ciberart with Dfuse Bilbao Madrid Spain
14-16 May   ‘RE~TG’ / Throbbing Gristle UK
9-16 June   Hue Vietnam project
8-10 July     Forma Nova Festival Denmark
23 Sept       52 Spaces at Villette Numérique Festival
18-23 Oct    Nemesis with Random Dance Bolshoi Russia

28-30 Jan   Nemesis UCLA California USA

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::: listen :::
Various: Vibro Volume 1 CD (Vibrofiles.com)
Organum|Zev: Tinnitus VU (Touch)
Fennesz: Venice (Touch)
Prince: Musicology (NPG)

::: read :::
Paul D Miller/DJ Spooky: Rhythm Science (MIT)
Friedrich Jurgenson: Voice Transmissions With the Deceased (Fireworks Edition)
Alain de Bottom: Status Anxiety (Penguin)
David Toop: Haunted Weather (Serpent’s Tail)

::: film:::
Chuck & Buck, Miguel Arteta, USA
Bukowski, Born Into This, John Dullaghan, USA
Osama, Siddiq Barmak, Afghanistan
Lightning Bolt: Power of Salad DVD, USA

::: exhibitions :::

Haunted Media
Site Gallery
Sheffield UK
6 February – 17 April 2004

An exhibition of artworks exploring the association of electronic media with the paranormal. Includes works by Susan Collins, S Mark Gubb, Susan Hiller, Scanner, Lindsay Seers, Thomson & Craighead, Patrick Ward

Elevator Music: Investigations in Experimental Sound
The Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College
Saratoga Springs NY USA
31 January – 6 June 2004

Ricochet – Seeing in the Dark
Responding to the space and function of the elevator, artist Robin Rimbaud mixes urban field recordings of airborne bats to create Ricochet – Seeing in the Dark.

Sound CubeTM
The Kitchen Art Gallery NYC
30 March – 1 May 2004

Twelve composers write for Sound Cube, a multi-channel, playback environment providing a 3D audio experience. World premieres of work by work by Olivia Block, Shelley Hirsch, Illustrious Company, Martyn Ware/Vincent Clark, Miya Masaoka, Steve McCaffrey, Charles Morrow, Phill Niblock, Michael J Schumacher, Scanner, Stephen Vitiello and Pamela Z

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