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August 2008

Hello

Whilst sunshine embraces London and already everyone complains about the temperature and the humidity I’ve been sheltering from animated lightning storms in The Netherlands and Russia in the last weeks.

July began heads down in Drachten in the north of The Netherlands where I’ve been working on a very appealing product with Philips Electronics, ready to hit the shelves just in time for Christmas so more on this later, as it’s 007 hush hush/top secret for the moment. Then on to Moscow for a very wet sticky weekend, where a random bug decided to devour me for a day, raising my body temperature to a bafflingly high amount and encouraging me to sleep, sleep, sleep.

Camera

Mid July I produced sound for an installation Submersed Songs by Brazilian artist Vivian Caccuri, an especially unusual project, as the sound was modified by four carps swimming real time, allowing the audience to listen to the sound reactions that will come up
as a result of the movements and interactions. A software system tracked their location and as the fish swam close to each other or split apart, altered the sounds heard.

Otherwise my time has been spent developing this major Of Air and Earproject for the Royal Opera House in London, for a single six-hour live performance on 13 September. As part of Wayne MacGregor’s Deloitte Ignite I will be presenting this exclusive work amongst film screenings, installations and interactive artworks, in collaboration with visual artist Sophie Clements. She’s developed a spectacular playable light sculpture that will create a live dialogue between the sound and image, combining colour, texture and light, all given renewed force by live percussion from Pete Lockett. More on this grand spectacle in September!

Flight

I’m currently Composer in Residence at Derby Dance in the UK, as part of Déda: the Artist Scheme which was launched in 2007 to provide support for artists based in Derby, the East Midlands and nationally. In July choreographer Claire Cunningham presented Relay, three short new works as part of the scheme, with my soundtrack and in August I’m off to stay in Derby to develop a major new work with her and Jose Agudo which will be presented later this year, as well as compose a new piece to be performed at the local football club in September in front of 30,000 people, a rather intimidating request indeed. It’ll be my second visit to a football ground in my life!

I spoke at the ICA in July with DJ Spooky about Sound Unbound, his new publication on the idea of the remix--how music, art, and literature have blurred the lines between what an artist can do and what a composer can create. Next I’m off to speak at the BBC Proms about the legacy of Karlheinz Stockhausen on 2 August. Stockhausen would have turned 80 this year and this special Stockhausen Day celebrates his uncompromising work, with the BBC Symphonic Orchestra performing a contrasting pair of his early works – Gruppen and Kontakte, referring to 'contacts' between sounds – with two recent works, both of them excerpts from 'Klang', the large-scale sequence on which Stockhausen was working at the time of his death last December. I’ll be taking my seat in reverence.

Cables

August will take me on research trips to Vienna and the Canary Islands and occupy my time in the next weeks, towards a series of projects in 2008-2009, so until next month, enjoy the sunshine and take care.

Until next time

Robin

Building

::: listen :::

Machinefabriek + Stephen Vitiello: Box Music (12K)
GTO: All the Masters Licked Me (Brainwashed)
Various: Factory Benelux 1980-1985 (LTM)
Lawrence English: Kiri No Oto (Touch)

::: read :::
Score for a Hole in the Ground: Jem Finer (Stour Valley)
Tobias Rehberger 1993-2008 (Dumont)
The World of Karl Pilkington: Ricky Gervais (Fourth Estate)
Hammershoi (Royal Academy of Arts)

::: film:::
Noise, Matthew Saville, Australia
The Visitor, Thomas McCarthy, USA
Kung Fu Panda, Mark Osborne, USA
Wall-E, Andrew Stanton, USA

Exhibitions

Radio Action III: Online Radio Programme
Radio Web MACBA (RWM)
MACBA (Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona), Barcelona, Spain
18 June-30 August 2008

Curated by: free103point9 in collaboration with Barbara Held
Radio Action III is a special program for Radio Web MACBA and the next free103point9 Audio Dispatch CD Release. RWM is a radio-phonic project on the MACBA (Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona) website that explores the possibilities of the internet and radio as spaces of synthesis and exhibition. Radio Action III features five-minute sounds works conceptually tied to 'radio' as instrument or theme, composed by free103point9 Transmission Artists working in collaborative teams. Works by 31 Down & Matt Bua, Damian Catera, Melissa Dubbin and Aaron S. Davidson, Joshua Fried & Todd Merrell, Anna Friz & Tianna Kennedy, Michelle Nagai with Kenta Nagai, radio_ruido & ben owen, Tom Roe & Scanner and others.

www.free103point9.org
rwm.macba.es


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

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