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Stories from Scannerworld


June 2007

Hello

Back again, another year older, a few more brain cells dissolved and possibly a little wiser. I celebrated my special day with too much sweet cake, balloons, a bright pink PSP Playstation, Comme des Garçons cologne, a walk through the rainy streets of London, and two concerts in one evening.




On 26 May 1967 an underground pop group called The Pink Floyd played at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London in an event called Games for May and for the fortieth anniversary a grand recreation of this night took place at the original venue. With original hippies, some with fresh flowers in their patchy hair, awesome acidic lights by Peter Wynn Wilson, and musicians Robyn Hitchcock and Graham Coxon, I was invited to re-create the original Floyd tape pieces of the time, bubbles, birdsong and more.

Directly from a room filled with love and bliss, to visit Tate Modern for Throbbing Gristle's live soundtrack to Derek Jarman's Super 8 films, which was a dark, sinister, bass heavy 90 minute session of industrial sonic explorations. A perfectly gloomy end to my birthday celebrations.

May was another adventurous speedy month flying around the globe, taking me from Barcelona to Montreal, from Vienna to Wroclaw, London to Loughborough. Ironically my show in Vienna was entitled Slowmo and featured my live soundtrack to 63 short films in slow motion, followed by a live performance by American leisurely rock band Low, so a genuine excuse to slow down and breathe.



Youtube is now featuring a host of Scanner videos, the most recently directed by British filmmaker Sophie Clements who took over 4500 still photographs over a weekend in Berlin and animated them to illustrate my Moskau Disko single. An extraordinary vision and a chance to see Berlin at night and day in just four minutes! In contrast you can also watch the South Bank Show documentary from 1997, largely focusing on scanned phonecalls and voyeurism.

South Bank Show Part One

South Bank Show Part Two

Githead shows are also beginning to appear around Europe over the next months, beginning with a very special free London show at Bar Music Hall in fashionable Shoreditch on 17 June. The early bird catches the show! We are also developing a streamlined electronic adaptation of the group to explore extended variations on the songs in different contexts, more on which later. Art Pop has been received extremely positively, topping the top tens of many DJs and magazines and journals over the last month, so fingers crossed we can crowd surf across venues in the near future.

Finally, thanks to all the positive responses regarding this new look newsletter and apologies to those who seem to receive completely blank emails - no, my life isn't on the downslide, it's a quirky issue of HTML code. My apologies. Any feedback is more than welcome.

I'll begin June in Girona Spain and close it with a show in Beijing, and pass through New York City, Paris, Barcelona and Madrid en route so hope to see many of my friends in these charming locations.

Until then, I remain humbly yours

Robin Rimbaud


::: listen :::
Throbbing Gristle: The Endless Not (Industrial/Mute)
Norscq: Streams (Optical Sound)
Stephen Vitiello: Listening to Donald Judd (Sub Rosa)
The Tuss-Confederation Trough (Rephlex)

::: read :::
Cabinet Magazine Issue 25: Insects
Janet Cardiff & Georges Bures Miller: The Killing Machine (Hatje Cantz)
Jon Savage: Teenage (Chatto & Windus)
Victor Bockris: With William Burroughs (Fourth Estate)

::: film:::
Yi Yi, Edward Yang, Taiwan
The Bothersome Man, Jens Lien, Norway
Zodiac, David Fincher, USA
Wild Tigers I have Known, Cam Archer, USA



::: diary dates :::
2007
02 June-Girona Spain
06 June-Future of Sound Kinetica Talk London
17 June-Githead Bar Music Hall London
19 June-Githead La Maroquinerie Paris France
21 June-Githead Moby Dick Madrid Spain
23 June-Githead Pocket Club Barcelona Spain
23 June-Riff Ipswich UK
01 July-China Contemporary Art Institute Beijing China
22 July-Tonspur 21 Launch Vienna Austria
27 July-Live at Fluc Vienna Austria
20 August-Chapelle des Brigittines Brussels Belgium
31 August-Duet with David Rothenberg, Kristiansand Norway
06 Oct-Githead La Laiterie Strasborg France
26 Oct-Museum of Garden History London
03 Nov-Blindscape with TeZ La Casa Encendida Spain
10 Nov-William S Burroughs event Paradiso Amsterdam
24 Nov-Blindscape with TeZ at STRP Festival Eindhoven Holland

2008
16 Feb-Night Haunts Stockholm Sweden



Exhibitions


Outre Tomb
Galerie 1m3
Lausanne
Switzerland

Opens 13 June

An exposition about the reactivation of the paranormal in contemporary art, especially the recurring interest of artists in forms of possible communication with "other worlds" via electronic media. Scanner presents 'Breakthrough,' a work that uses recordings from highly amplified recordings of empty haunted spaces, to demonstrate the redundant and undesired flotsam and jetsam of environmental acoustic space, and the 'ghosts' of our natural world.

www.galerie1m3.com


Night Haunts

By Sukhdev Sandhu
Design Mind Unit
Sound Design Scanner

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.
An exposition about the reactivation of the paranormal in contemporary art, especially the recurring interest of artists in forms of possible communication with "other worlds" via electronic media. Scanner presents 'Breakthrough,' a work that uses recordings from highly amplified recordings of empty haunted spaces, to demonstrate the redundant and undesired flotsam and jetsam of environmental acoustic space, and the 'ghosts' of our natural world.

www.nighthaunts.org.uk
www.artangel.org.uk


Bittersweet Songs for the Sleepless City
Artangel Interaction

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 Banarzi, Si-cut.db and Pete Lockett.

www.nightjam.org.uk