February 2007



Another month of adventures, at a time when usually the pace is a little slower and eases you gently into the New Year. Still waiting for that chance to recharge my batteries!

Some of the oddest events have occurred too. A fine example of this was the discovery that a Vietnamese pop artist mistakenly used my work to win a coveted award from the Danish Embassy in Hanoi, only for the story to explode in the press there, the telephone ringing at 02.00 a.m with journalists, and downloads and statistics suddenly going wild on the website, such that for over a week scannerdot.com was receiving around 35,000 visitors a day, downloading on average around 20,000 MP3s! Extraordinary. With a reasonably happy end to the story I'm glad to report that that's now calmed down.

Speaking of MP3s I've completely updated the free download section of my website, with many new additions, including:

And more...many are unreleased pieces, soundtracks. etc.

Faultline, the new project from choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh, finally came to life in London at the Arts Depot this month. Having been through numerous changes now it will tour around the UK over the next couple of months. With Indian soprano Patricia Rosario taking lead throughout the score, the work is an atmospheric, rich and hybrid exploration of movement, sound, light and film, that was inspired by Gautam Malkani's book 'Londonstani'.

Much of the month has been spent focusing intensely on work which unfortunately, rather like Fight Club ("First Rule of Fight Club - you cannot speak about Fight Club") or the FBI, I am unable to write of, but suffice it to say it will be heard around the globe very soon. And no, I have not become a secret spy! Agent Scanner reporting in…beep…beep…

There's another chance to tune in to Occasional Offices, my recent collaboration with producer Roger Elsgood, celebrating the words of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer on BBC Radio 3 on Saturday February 17 at approximately 21.45 GMT. Following the broadcast you can listen back for up to seven days at the BBC website.

Occasional Offices is a celebration of Thomas Cranmer's words for the Occasional Offices in the 1662 Book Of Common Prayer, some of the most beautiful passages of 17th-century English. The programme features a succession of passages from the Occasional Offices: the Thanksgiving of Women after Childbirth, the Solemnisation of Matrimony, the Visitation of the Sick, the Burial of The Dead and the Baptism of Infants. Ideal listening for anyone interested in life, death and marriage!

February brings with it many opportunities to bond with my suitcase again - to Groningen in The Netherlands to present work at the Week of Europe, responding to ideas about European multiple choice identity in Education, around the UK for Faultline, over to Philadelphia to present The Order of Things, my installation and performance project at the Wagner Free Institute, and then to New York City to perform with David Rothenberg at Tonic at the end of the month, for a free improvisation around recordings of whales, insects and birds.

Time to fly away - see you next month!

Robin Rimbaud

::: listen :::
Underground Resistance: Interstellar Fugitives (Submerge)
Lawrence English: For Varying Degrees of Winter (Baskaru)
Various: From Brussels With Love (LTM)
Text of Light: Rotterdam.1 (Room 40)

::: read :::
John Peel: Autobiography (Corgi)
Tracey Emin: Strangeland (Sceptre)
Merlin Coverley: Psychogeography (Pocket Essentials)
Peter Dickinson: Cagetalk (Rochester Press)

::: film:::
Lemming, Dominik Moll, France
Don't Look Now, Nicolas Roeg, UK
Rize, David LaChapelle, USA
Regular Lovers, Philippe Garrel, France

::: diary dates :::

01 Feb-Faultline with Shobana Jeyasingh Brewhouse Taunton
01 Feb-Plexus/Praxis-Théâtre le Vanves Festival Art-Dan-Thé France
02 Feb-Europa 25+ Week of Europe Groningen
05 Feb- Faultline with Shobana Jeyasingh Royal Northern College Music Manchester
08 Feb-Future of Sound: Presentation Norwich Arts Centre Norwich
13 Feb-Faultline with Shobana Jeyasingh Hawth Crawley
21 Feb-Faultline with Shobana Jeyasingh South Hill Arts Park Bracknell
24-25 Feb-A Study at Wagner Free Institute Philadelphia
27 Feb-Live with David Rothenberg Tonic New York City
01 & 02 March-Faultline with Shobana Jeyasingh Mac Birmingham
06 & 07 March-Faultline with Shobana Jeyasingh QEH London
17 March -Présences electronique Salle Olivier Messiaen: Paris France
20 March-Faultline with Shobana Jeyasingh Sherman Cardiff Wales
22 March-Hipersônica Lounge Rio de Janeiro Brazil
24 March-Hipersônica Festival Rio de Janeiro Brazil
27 March-Plexus/Praxis-Les Ondines Changé France
30 March-Plexus/Praxis-Théâtre la Licorne Cannes France
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
28 April-Open Ears Festival, Kitchener Ontario Canada
05 May-Störung Festival Barcelona Spain
09-12 May-Blindscape at Elektra Festival Montreal Canada
19 May-Shots in the Dark with D-Fuse/Alter Ego, Wroclaw Poland
20 May-Light Turned Down with D-Fuse at Wroclaw Poland
24 May-Slomo:100 Minutes show Radiokulturhaus Wien Austria
02 June-Live Girona Spain
22 Aug-Duet with DJ Olive Chapelle des Brigittines Brussels
10 Nov-Williams S Burroughs event Paradiso Amsterdam

::: exhibitions :::

Game On
Science Museum
21 October 2006 - 25 February 2007

From the PDP-1 of the 1960s to the latest must-have consoles Game On examines the technologies that have revolutionised the gaming world. Friendscan is an interactive installation, inspired by a handheld computer game from the early 1970s, Simon.

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 resents 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. A series of remixes by other artists will be available over the forthcoming months.