April 2006



As the sounds of Finnish pop music resounds around me it’s a chance for me to catch up on the last month and pause for a moment in the sub zero temperatures of Helsinki where I’m premiering work at the amusingly titled Pixelache Festival, alongside works and performances by AGF, Sue Costabile and Vladislav Delay.

March began with a very entertaining show with Alvin Curran and DJ Olive over in Milano where we played a set that swept across numerous genres of music in less than two hours, from easy cheesy listening, to warm mellow house beats, via new contemporary and glitchy pop. Who says we don’t know how to keep the kids happy? Work has continued on sound-designing Reverb, this new British horror movie, which will open at cinemas at the end of this year. I often wonder what my neighbours must think once they’ve heard endless repeats of women screaming ‘HELP ME” and crying loudly from my studio as I try to formulate the best shape for each scene. These adventures and murderous activities will continue across the summer months.

For any European residents, iTunes is now featuring a generous 24 (yes, count them!) albums so far of Scanner back catalogue, including the long deleted recordings Scanner 1 (1992), Mass Observation (sampled by Bjork for ‘Possibly Maybe’), Accretions (live Dutch radio recording), Cystic (the 20>2000 release on Raster Noton), Free Chocolate Love (easy listening music with David Shea), Stopstarting (ISEA/Liverpool School of Art exclusive CD), as well as countless other releases otherwise unavailable. iTunes in Australia, Japan and Canada will take a little longer to begin featuring these as it’s a paperwork related administration battle! There’s never been a better time to explore my perversely exploratory past!

There’s been an extremely positive response to the Night Haunts project (http://www.nighthaunts.org.uk) so hope you can continue to tune in to new adventures as it moves on over the year. We’ve explored the police that secure the streets from the sky, the cleaners that abolish traces of our everyday and forthcoming is a story of loneliness and the atlas of suffering it entails. The city is constantly revealing a new layer of skin in each episode.

Anyone resident or passing close to Paris might be interested in MOBILE, a show I’ve assisted in curating, which will feature a special music related video programme, organized by FRAC, with the chance to view videos in a unique lounge style area by choice, designed by Fabrice Gygi in a ‘Videotheque Mobile,’ almost like a little mobile library. I’ve chosen some key figures working with video images and music, including Scott Pagano, Semiconductor, Judith Goddard, D-Fuse and HFR-Lab. The programme will also feature works by video artists Pipilotti Rist and Anri Sala, Simon Fisher Turner will be performing his live soundtrack to Derek Jarman’s seminal film Blue. It opens 26 Apri at Espace Landowski / Boulogne-Billancourt.

I have new work released this month as part of the Kink FM and Steamin’ Soundworks ‘X-Rated: The DARK Files’ CD release. We last worked together on the wedding soundtrack ‘The Radiance Of A Thousand Suns Burst Forth At Once’ (2005) but it’s not as pornographic as the title might suggest though, don’t worry, or don’t be too disappointed! Following the death of Jhonn Balance of Coil, it’s offer a gentle tribute in thought and sound, featuring new and rare tracks from Coil, Nurse with Wound, Markant, Monoton, Peter Christopherson and others. Don’t forget to wear heavy eyeliner and listen with the curtains closed

April also brings some curious recording and research towards other projects – the strangest possibly being re-designing a car horn for the USA. Let’s see how many times I can make jokes about being horny in the coming weeks!

On that erotic note I bid farewell.

Best wishes


Robin Rimbaud

::: listen :::
Ekkehard Ehlers: A Life Without Fear (Staubgold)
Various:DFA Remixes Volume One (DFA)
Byrne/Eno: My Life in the Bush of Ghosts re-issue (Nonesuch)
Arthur Russell: First Thought Best Thought (Audika)

::: read :::
Klaar van der Lippe (New Dutch Sculptors)
Gregor Schneider:Die Familie Schneider (Artangel)
Cecily Brown (Gagosian)
Samuel Beckett: The Unnamable (Calder & Boyars)

::: film:::
Reconstruction, Christoffer Boe, Denmark
The Brown Bunny, Vincent Gallo, USA
Unknown White Male, Rupert Murray, UK
Romance & Cigarettes, John Turtorro, USA

::: diary dates :::

26 April-Mobile Opening Paris France
29 April-Threshold: E:vent East London UK
03 May-Parallax Beat Brothers: The Sage Gateshead UK
04 May-Parallax Beat Brothers: Norfolk & Norwich Festival UK
05 May-Parallax Beat Brothers: South Hill Park Bracknell UK
10 May-Parallax Beat Brothers: The Junction Cambridge UK
13 May-Symbiosis Collaboration: Fabbrica Europa Florence Italy
19 & 20 May-Move3: Under the Influence Conference: New York City USA
27 May-Blindscape with TeZ:Milano Italy
28 May-Fontana Mix (FREE EVENT) Tate Modern London UK
03 June-Les Territoires Electroniques: Aix-en-Provence France
17 June-09 July- Time_Place_Space Laboratory: Brisbane Australia
24 June-Occasional Offices: BBC Radio 3 15 July-Sonambiente Berlin Germany
19 July-Hive: Liverpool UK
21 July-31 July-Wave Farm Residency Greene Country New York
29 July-Wave Farm Green County NY USA
05 August- Parallax Beat Brothers: Big Chill Festival UK
24 August- Waves: RIXC Riga Latvia
02-07 Nov-Ground Control: Copenhagen Denmark
09-11 Nov-52 Spaces:Brisbane Australia (tbc)
30 Nov-Parallax Beat Brothers: Colchester Arts Centre UK

::: exhibitions :::

Espace Landowski
27 April – 27 May 2006

An exhibition of music related videos, exhibited in a unique lounge style area, designed by Fabrice Gygi in a ‘Videotheque Mobile,’ almost like a little mobile library. Featuring work by Scott Pagano, Semiconductor, Judith Goddard, D-Fuse, HFR-Lab, Ange Leccia, Fikret Atay, Serge Comte, Frank David, Laurent Grasso, Jean-Charles Hue, Pascal Lièvres, Stefan Nikolaev, Mathilde Rosier, Nathalie Talec, Derek Jarman.


What Sound Does A Color Make?
Centre for Art & Visual Culture
University of Maryland
Baltimore MD USA
27 January - 07 April 2006

The premiere of What Sound Does a Color Make? features contemporary and historical works by an internationally diverse group of artists who manipulate sound with image and image with sound. The show includes artists who likewise use technology to inspire a renewed consciousness of highly un-technological experiences -- physicality, human cognition, and perception. Featuring work by Scott Arford, Jim Campbell, D-Fuse with Scanner, Granular Synthesis, Gary Hill, Atau Tanaka, Stephen Vitiello, Nam June Paik and others.

What Sound Does a Color Make? is a travelling exhibition (2005-2007) organised & circulated by iCi, curated by Kathleen Forde.


Night Haunts
By Sukhdev Sandhu
Design Mind Unit
Sound Design Scanner
04 February 2006 – 04 February 2007

Artangel Interaction invited writer and historian Sukhdev Sandhu to write a nocturnal journal unfolding over the course of 2006. His postings will appear sequentially at this microsite specially designed by Mind Unit. Sandhu's forays see him prospecting in the London night with the people who drive its pulse, from the avian police to security guards, zookeepers and exorcists. Acclaimed artist and musician Scanner has collaborated with Sukhdev and Ian Budden of Mind Unit to compose the sound for the site.

Console 14 rue de la Folie Regnault
Paris France
01 April – 30 April 2006

Show in association with vibrö publication, exploring sound and music. Features work by Serge Comte, Mika Vainio, Juan Cruz, Mark Vernon, Christian Zanési, Goran Vejvoda and David Bowie.