April 2007


The mornings are sunnier, the nights lighter, so summer is coming for Europe. A fine way to by-pass the sudden snow flurries of the UK was to work in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, last week, performing and presenting my work at the Hipersonica Festival (http://www.hipersonica.org), which featured video-art, interactivity, talks, and an amazing night-long series of shows at the impressive Museum of Modern Art. With some quirky performances in the audience, men covered in light bulbs, girls in short shorts, highlights were performances by London's Kode 9 and Los Angeles' Daedelus, with whom I spent most of my time exploring the city and eating endless pizza, ideal for the traveling vegetarian.

This was quite a contrast to the GRM shows in Paris in March, which presented a wide variety of hits and misses in electronic composition, complete with audiences booing at various acts! Personal highlights were shows by Michèle Bokanowski, Erik M and The Books. Just had enough downtime to check out the dark vision of David Lynch's exhibition of paintings, sculptures, photographs and notes at the Fondation Cartier before my show.

As always, I do like to keep myself busy and out of trouble so it's been an extremely active month, outside of traveling. The short film, Dead Bird, (http://www.tailormadeproductions.com/deadbird) premiered in London, which I designed the sound for, and interestingly is available to download and view in full online . The same story is presented three different ways with each edit revealing a little more about the characters personalities, through their relationship with the environment, each other and a dead bird, and you can even vote for your favorite version.

If you fancy a little boogie and a chance to work off a little weight to slip into those skinny jeans then I'd recommend my entertaining new Moskau Disko release on Binemusic (http://www.binemusic.de/). It's a double-sided release, leading with an acidic old school electro song with vocals, balanced against a more atmospheric Krautrock style number. Available digitally on iTunes, posteverything.com and fine record stores, it's the sound of the summer arriving early. Whilst browsing at iTunes and other digital outlets might I suggest having a glance at my new album with percussionist Pete Lockett, Twisted Artifacts, which features a fine series of rhythm led hearty tracks. It's the follow up to the success of our debut, Autek.

Free things are also ever appealing though, so tune into radio station WNYC (http://www.wnyc.org/shows/newsounds/episodes/2007/03/05) and listen to New Sounds with John Schaefer, and you can hear an hour long session with musician, composer, author and philosopher-naturalist David Rothenberg and myself in their studio that we recorded on a recent visit to the Big Apple. It was a wonderfully entertaining chance to unite clarinet, laptops with recordings of nightingales, grasshoppers, crickets, Beluga whales and an orgy of copulating animals. Sadly Tonic, the venue we played our live show at, is reluctantly closing its doors on Friday April 13 th forever, as the Lower East Side out prices everyone. A sad loss for musicians and audiences alike.

Another project with American artist Jody Zellen, Seen Death, can be seen over at the site of respected Dutch newspaper Volkskrant (http://extra.volkskrant.nl/oog/client/index.php). Look down to the bottom right side of the page, scroll through Kunstenaar (artists) until you find Jody's name and click on Seen Death and you can enjoy the fruits of our collaboration.

London visitors and residents can visit the Cybersonica free night at Tate Britain this week, Friday 6th April, from 18.00-22.00 where my work will be played back through the immersive 3D Illustrious Company sound system, alongside of all manner of delights - screenings from the D-Fuse 'VJ: audio-visual art and vj culture' publication, and live performances from the extraordinary Modified Toy Orchestra and Sophie Clements.

Illustrious Company will be presenting their final night of their Future of Sound (http://www.futureofsound.org/) tour in April in London the UK where I'll be showing my work, before we go global and display our ideas across the oceans.

April will be an tremendously international month as I'll also be performing over in Amsterdam for the 10th anniversary for Steamin' Soundworks, then over to Italy for a theatre show, to Paris for the Pixelache Festival, and then to Kitchener Canada for the Open Ears Festival of Music.

So, many more opportunities for curious immigration moments in airports and reasons to catch up on reading this month!

Have a choco-tastic Easter.

Robin Rimbaud

::: listen :::
Glenn Branca: Indeterminate Activity of Resultant Masses (Atavistic)
Wyndham Lewis: The Enemy Speaks (LTM)
Bauhaus: Reviewed 1919-1933 (LTM)
Arve Henriksen: Strjon (Rune Grammofon)

::: read :::
Christian Marclay: Crossfire (White Cube)
Steven Hall: The Raw Shark Texts (Canongate)
Siri Hustvedt: What I Loved (Sceptre)
Charles Bukowski: The Most Beautiful Woman in Town (City Limits)

::: film:::
Inland Empire, David Lynch, USA
13-Tzameti, Gela Babluani, France
Transamerica, Duncan Tucket. USA
Idiocracy, Mike Judge, USA

::: diary dates :::

07 April-Sugar Factory, Amsterdam, Holland
10 April-Cie Illico, soundtrack for dance, Roubaix France
12 April-Future of Sound Queen Mary’s College London
13 April-Live Lenz Teatro Parma Italy
21 April- Mains d’Oeuvres, Paris France
28 April-Open Ears Festival, Kitchener Ontario Canada
05 May-Störung Festival Barcelona Spain
12 May-Blindscape at Elektra Festival Montreal Canada
20 May-Light Turned Down with D-Fuse at Wroclaw Poland
24 May-Slomo:100 Minutes show Radiokulturhaus Wien Austria
02 June-Girona Spain
23 June-Riff Ipswich UK
22 August-Duet with DJ Olive Chapelle des Brigittines Brussels
31 August- Duet with David Rothenberg, Kristiansand Norway
26 Oct-Museum of Garden History London
10 Nov-William S Burroughs event Paradiso Amsterdam

16 Feb-Night Haunts, Gothenburg Sweden

::: exhibitions :::

What Sound Does A Color Make?
University of Hawai'i Art Gallery
Honolulu USA
04 March - 13 April 2007

What Sound Does a Color Make? is an exhibition that explores the fusion of vision and sound in electronic media. Artists explore time-based work and manipulate sound with image, and image with sound, in videos and immersive sensory environments. The exhibit connects the recent boom of digital audiovisual art to its pre-digital roots by presenting ten contemporary works by an internationally diverse group of artists and a selection of single-channel videos from the 1970s. Heightening awareness of human perception and cognition, these works hold interest for technophiles and general audiences alike. 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...on-going

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. If you would like to be kept informed as each episode is posted, join artangel's mailing list by clicking here .


Bittersweet Songs for the Sleepless City
Artangel Interaction
20 July 2006...on-going

NightJam is the latest project in Artangel Interaction’s Nights of London series of artist-led collaborations with people who have a special view on a hidden side of the nocturnal city. Scanner invited young people at New Horizon Youth Centre in King’s Cross to collaborate on a creative project that expresses how the city at night looks and sounds to their ears and eyes. Through music and voice workshops they explored the sense of freedom and fear, celebration and solitude of the concealing darkness. Meanwhile, they captured their nights on disposable cameras, taking images that are at times eerie, startling, contemplative and funny. NightJam presents two elusive visual and musical journeys through the city’s ‘quiet’ hours.

NightJam presents two music tracks, a film, photographs, that can be experienced and freely downloaded. A limited edition CD is also being distributed for free through the website. Now featuring remixes of NightJam by Stephen Vitiello, Hakan Lidbo, Troy Barnazi, Si-cut.db and Pete Lockett.