Back from my March adventures, in alphabetical order, from Antwerp to Berlin, Cheshire to Cork, and Granada to Seville. From rocking with Githead where I hammered my guitar so hard that I broke the guitar strings in London (too many AC/DC videos = a bad influence), performing the music of Sciarrino with Alter Ego and D-Fuse in Spain, seeing a comprehensive display of Stanley Kubrick memorabilia in Berlin and a Carsten Nicolai show at Neue Nationalgalerie, playing a show in an industrial space where Moby wanted to film his new video but sadly couldn't because my show was booked, then watching almost every Tarkovsky movie at the National Film Theatre in London, hearing Christian Marclay, Dizzee Rascal, Tony Allen live and Radiohead with the London Sinfonietta. All in all a fine month of creativity and pleasure.
Interestingly I've always been always curious to know how my music was being used and with an email from a friend in Australia I clearly now understand the value and impact of my work. He uses it to clear the possums out of his roof! Apparently the combination of high frequencies and low bass force their little feet to scatter immediately, so keep that in mind in future. Trouble with household pests, mice, rats? Then use a Scanner CD!
Speaking of which, I can hear you thinking, a month must have passed at least since there was a new Scanner album, why is he so idle? Well a very limited CD has just come out on Bine Music (http://www.binemusic.de/) from Germany, called 'Reason by Heart, Sleep by Twilight'. It's a lucid dreaming work, focusing on a tangled web of disturbed vocals, with scrawling, spidery sounds wrapping themselves sinuously around a central, muted rhythmic motif, that slowly draws you into a sleazy vision. It's one of the darkest and most unsettling works I've produced recently. You'll be able to pick this up online or as always at http://www.posteverything.com.
I'm returning to The Netherlands next week to perform a series of very unusual shows in the V&D department store in Haarlem as part of the )Toon) festival. With microphones placed around the store, in the bakery, perfumerie, lingerie and dining areas, I'll be transmitting and transforming these sounds to create shopping music for the masses played back through the internal speaker system. Should make for a very curious series of free shows and a chance to play some of my new wedding music CD, 'The Radiance of a Thousand Suns Burst Forth at Once' in a most bizarre setting. Afterwards on the Saturday night Thomas Brinkmann and I will collaborate on getting the disco beats into the feet of locals in a live set.
Speaking of popular beats it's finally time for the Forbidden 80s compilation to emerge via Mr Mutt in Italy (http://www.tu-m.com/mrmutt). A taboo subject for some years, the influence of the 1980s has been instrumental in much of the music and fashion of the last couple of years and this compilation offers contemporary voices in music creating their tributes to this poodle hair, Ra-Ra skirt era. By the time you've applied your eye liner, sprayed your hair into a static bush and rolled up your jacket sleeves, you'd have heard works by Jason Forrest, Betrieb, Greg Davis, Tu M', Stephan Mathieu, Mapstation and my very amusing little disco number.
At the opposite end of the spectrum I've recently been contributing to this Interspecies project (http://interspecies.com/pages/belly songs.html). Over the past two years, Interspecies.com has produced an ambitious international project that now involves seventeen composers from ten different countries, including David Rothenberg, Jim Nollman, Merzbow, Kim Cascone, Kent Clelland and Stephen Vitiello amongst others. Each composer has created a piece of music that evokes the underwater environment, using source material of whales, dolphins, walrus, seal, fish, lobster, shrimp, ice cracking, waves, etc. Take a look for some intriguing results. There'll be forthcoming installations around the subject too.
Production on the debut Githead album, 'Profile,' is now complete and will be out in May. Since we have a real life drummer now, Max Franken from Minimal Compact, we are a fully fledged rock force and especially if Max continues to play shows without a shirt! We'll be playing a lot of live dates around the globe this year so stay tuned to clean out your ears (and wardrobe).
Until then I continue on my travels.
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Arve Henriksen: Chiaroscuro (Rune Grammofon)
Thee More Shallows: More Deep Cuts (Monotreme)
Marsen Jules: Herbstlaub (City Centre Offices)
Frank Bretschneider: Looping I-IV (12K)
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Stanley Kubrick: Monograph (DAM)
Japanese Graphics (IDN)
Calvin Tomkins: Off the Wall (Doubleday)
R.Buckminster Fuller: Your Private Sky (Lars Muller)
Far Side of the Moon, Robert LePage, Canada
The Heart is Deceitful, Asia Argento, USA
My Architect, Nathanial Khan, USA
Paths of Glory, Stanley Kubrick, USA
::: diary dates :::
01-02 'N'oublie pas ce que tu devines':Theatre National de Nice France
05 'Nemesis': Biennale de la Danse du Val De Marne Creteil Paris
07-09 )toon) Festival: Vroom & Dreesmann Department Store HarlemThe Netherlands
15 Lecture: Bath Spa University, UK
27 'What's the Score?': Barbican Centre London
29 Lecture: Riga Latvia
06 Lecture: Bath Spa University, UK
13 Light Turned Down & 52 Spaces: Elektra Festival Montreal Canada
15 Electro Contempo Evening:Le Botanique Brussels Belgium
02-03 'N'oublie pas ce que tu devines':Nouveau Theatre d'Angers France
14-15 Merce Cunningham EVENT: Barbican Centre London
16,18-19 After Bach Solo Cantatas: Muziekgebouw Amsterdam
22-24 Lecture (TBC): Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig Germany
25 Live performance (TBC) Geneva Switzerland
27 Lecture (TBC) Art School Geneva Switzerland
28 Nouveaux projets de MIXM.ORG:Centre d'Art Contemporain, Genève
29 Githead with Alain Bashung: Cite De La Musique Paris
03 Githead: Metropolis Festival Rotterdam The Netherlands
19 Parallax Beat Brothers: Purcell Room London
August - December
02 Aug 'Sound Out' Exhibition opening Cork Ireland
08 Sept Scanner Scans Sciarrino: Paradiso The Netherlands(TBC)
01 Oct 52 Spaces: Centro de las Artes Monterrey Mexico
13-16 Oct 'Messe in Moll':Soviet Exhibition Hall Leipzig Germany
22 Oct Efficiency: Tivoli Theatre Washington DC USA
04 Nov Parallax Beat Brothers: Brighton Dome Theatre UK
5 Nov Parallax Beat Brothers:Phoenix Exeter UK
6 Nov Parallax Beat Brothers:Warwick Arts Centre UK
21-22 Nov Praxis: Nanterre France
10 Dec Emo Son festival Bourges France
15 March Scanner Scans Sciarrino: Lisbon Portugal
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