Welcome to the New Year, 2007, a fresh start, an excuse to take more exercise, find new ways forward and erase the eccentricities and excesses of last year, as always.
December took a more contemplative direction, with time spent in Philadelphia researching materials at the Wagner Free Institute for my show this year, rummaging through hand-written letters and transcripts of lectures from 1850, transcribing Latin classifications of organisms, and having the rare chance to view the original Linnaeus Phylogenetic Tree at The Academy of Natural Science - the grand, comprehensive systems for organizing knowledge about the natural world.
Performances took me from the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Lille, where Pierre Bastien and I soundtracked D.W. Griffith's Broken Blossoms movie from 1919, Liverpool's FACT media centre for the 'future of sound,' around the UK as one half of the Parallax Beat Brothers, and to South London to be Santa Claus for my family.
In the meanwhile I've been rigorously working on the soundtrack for the new dance work by Shobana Jeyasingh, 'Faultline,' due to begin showing around the UK in early 2007. Shows will feature Indian soprano Patricia Rosario, films by Pete Gomes, and dancers from Indian, UK, Malaysia and the USA, so hope that some of you can catch it.
I'm extremely proud to have my work recently featured on a new release on the Innova label in the USA, who have been championing exploratory music since 1982, having released the seminal works of Harry Partch in recent years. "TriMIX' was compiled by artist TJ Norris as a living archaeology of Portland, Oregon, featuring its abandoned shipyards and warehouses, its layers of graffiti, and industrial detritus. Through his camera lens he re-imagines the area, soundtracked by a host of sound artists, including S.E.T.I., Illusion of Safety, Asmus Tietchens, with a DVD unfolding the sounds through the imagery of Sue Costabile, Ryan Jeffery and others. Japanese artist Nobukazu Takemura also additionally remixes my work, offering a resonating abstraction on the original composition.
I also contributed towards the Arte film, Sur-Terre, with the soundtrack released on Ytterbium in France, featuring new work by Fennesz, Atau Tanaka, Francisco Lopez, Steve Roden, Vladislav Delay, Pita and many others. The website offers up images, trailers and downloads. (http://www.arte.tv/sur-terre/)
It's clearly the month for interviews and Podcasts too. Tune in to:
and you'll find my interview with Philip Blackburn, director of the aforementioned Innova label, where for 40 minutes I speedily converse about The Arctic Monkeys, Throbbing Gristle, Phil Collins, brands, copyright, guitar playing, amongst many other things.
I'd recommend signing up for the complete series in iTunes too, as you can hear Jaron Lanier, responsible for coining the phrase 'Virtual Reality,' Charles Amirkhanian, director Other Minds in San Francisco, and Simone Angel, ex-MTV VJ for the Party Zone, where she speaks about switching a life with Madonna and George Michael for working with charity through the Jaden Foundation, aimed at improving the education for the children of Belize, where she now lives.
At another tangent you can hear my thoughts about sound and painting, alongside David Toop and Martyn Ware, at the National Gallery in London if you listen to Episode Three of the Gallery's winter programme of exhibitions and special events at:
And for some even lighter, more amusing moments, take a peek at this video and watch a rough and ready soundcheck and performance with Pete Lockett as we morph into the Parallax Beat Brothers at Miskin Theatre London late last year. Bongo's ago-go!!
So, back to work as always.
Enjoy this fresh New Year and treat it gently.
::: listen :::
Underground Resistance: Interstellar Fugitives (Submerge)
Sufjan Stevens: Songs for Christmas (Asthmatic Kitty)
Nine Horses: Snow Borne Sorrow (Samadhisound)
Arthur Russell: Springfield (Audika)
::: read :::
Aaron Levy & Thaddeus Squire: The Revolt of the Bees (Slought)
David Wojnarowicz: A Definitive History (Semiotext(e))
Joan Didion: We Tell Ourselves Stories (Everyman)
A la folie...pas du tout, Laetitia Colombabi, France
Dumplings, Fruit Chan, China
Gallivant, Andrew Kotting, UK
The Cremator, Juraj Herz, Czech Republic
::: diary dates :::
18 Jan-Faultline with Shobana Jeyasingh Arts Depot London
25 Jan-Future of Sound: Presentation Sage Gateshead
01 Feb-Faultline with Shobana Jeyasingh Brewhouse Taunton
01 Feb-Plexus/Praxis-Théâtre le Vanves Festival Art-Dan-Thé France
02 Feb-Nemesis Duet-Sadlers Wells London
02 Feb-Europa 25-Groningen The Netherlands
05 Feb- Faultline with Shobana Jeyasingh Royal Northern College Music Manchester
07 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
01 & 02 March-Faultline with Shobana Jeyasingh Mac Birmingham
01 March-Future of Sound: Presentation Goldsmiths College
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
24 March-Live at Hipersônica Festival Rio de Janeiro Brazil
27 March-Plexus/Praxis-Les Ondines Changé France
30 March-Plexus/Praxis-Théâtre la Licorne Cannes France
10 April-Soundtrack for Cie Illico dance Roubaix France
12 April-Future of Sound Queen Mary’s College London
13 April-Live at Lenz Teatro Parma Italy
28 April-Live at Open Ears Festival Toronto Canada
19 May-Shots in the Dark with D-Fuse/Alter Ego Wroclaw Poland
20 May-Lighted Turned Down with D-Fuse Wroclaw Poland
::: exhibitions :::
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.
Beijing Film Academy Galleries
15 December 2006 - 15 January 2007
The IDA was developed by Steve Danzig (the director has been instrumental in profiling digital art and its development within the national and international art community. The IDA is an alternative, planet-wide forum for digital artists and a dedicated program within a fine art context. It also support s an academic platform of events via workshops and public lectures from leading artists and academics such as Dawei Xu, CHAOS Chen, and Laurence Gartel. The value of this exhibition extends well beyond the arts , as it leads to linkages developing at the technological level. Featuring a new adaptation of 'Flower Echoes' from Guangzhou.
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
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.