December 2009


Moving towards the close of the year, indeed the end of the decade, so it is another opportunity for reflection and consideration. I’m keenly anticipating a quieter December too since this last month has been a compressed time journey across Europe and back again.


Sonic States were premiered in Torino this month at the Club to Club Festival, a collaboration with the students at the Milan’s Istituto Europeo di Design, which proved to be a celebratory chaotic affair. The rains fell in this beautiful city and continued to fall as the month passed, with homes swept away in the UK and my suitcase a constant sodden heavy brick that followed behind me.

For the tenth anniversary of Wien Modern music festival I premiered my pristine creation in a new soundtrack to Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, the 1921 silent movie by Robert L Stevenson. It proved to be a massive success, and gracefully the audience never ran out of the cinema screaming but rather cheered and clapped in appreciation. I will be touring this project in 2010-2011 so hope that some more folks might get to experience this horror tale.

Over in the picturesque city of Porto I performed as part of another 10th anniversary, this time of the digital arts festival, Olhares de Outono Digital at the CITAR from University at Porto. In the exquisite surroundings of Mosteiro São Bento da Vitória, a magnificent monastery, I followed a 16 piece laptop orchestra, complete with four visual artists, presenting what at first site resembled a Macintosh convention, with a gigantic elegant set up, pictures of which can be viewed here.


Abandoning these more refined artistic environments it was then time to get noisy and sleepless on a mini tour with Githead to close the month. Travelling across Europe in a large blue shiny people carrier we slipped from London to Paris, Amsterdam to Brussels, cleaning up hotel rooms and drinking Evian wherever we went. Newspapers were filled with tales of cleanliness and good behaviour, and our shows debuted much of the material from our new Landing album. You can read several interviews from the last month here. In December we will be recording a BBC Radio Manchester session so stay tuned for this too.

In the midst of this I somehow managed to complete a new mix for celebrated Australian composer Ben Frost and lecture at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, towards a grand public project in The Netherlands in 2010.


In a deliberate deceleration the brakes are gently pressed for December, so I am returning to Le Fresnoy in Tourcoing to continue as Professor Scanner for a period and live in my brutalist modernist apartment, replacing concrete for carpets and a metal spiral staircase to climb each morning and night. In between I’ll be dropping in to Maastricht to perform at a music festival, 4’33”, named after the legendary John Cage composition, in an old factory hall, then preparing for Christmas and somehow catching up with festive family duties, friends and food, ahh, far too much food.

I also just took delivery of an enticing new musical tool, the Eigenharp Pico, offering up all kinds of futuristic possibilities so expect performances in 2010 to feature an unusual and responsive new instrument. December will most keenly be a playground for new sounds!

So a positive close to a super busy year and onward to another already active schedule in the next. A safe, prosperous and happy entry into 2010 to you and your loved ones.

Your Professor Scanner bids adieu.

Until next time


::: listen :::

Teho Teardo: Voyage au bout de la Nuit (Japanapart)
Marina Rosenfeld: Plastic Materials (Room 40)
The Beautiful Schizophonic: Erotikon (Cronica)
Negativland: Thigmotactic (Seeland)

::: read :::
Marcel Duchamp: Etant Donnes (Yale)
Nick Knight (Collins)
Alain de Botton: A Week at the Airport (Profile)
Tim Lawrence: Hold on to your Dreams (Duke)

::: film:::
A Serious Man, Coen Brothers, USA
The Informant! Steven Soderbergh, USA
The Men Who Stare At Goats, Grant Heslov, USA
Il Divo, Paolo Sorrentino, Italy


The Black Cabinet ­ Surveillance and Resistance
Post & Tele Museum
Copenhagen Denmark

09 October 2009 - 24 October 2010

Exhibition exploring a historical look at phone technology and developments. Scanner is presenting early examples of his controversial scanned mobile telephone calls from the 1990s.

Post & Tele Museum

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 .


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. Additionally it features remixes of NightJam by Stephen Vitiello, Hakan Lidbo, Troy Banarzi, Si-cut.db and Pete Lockett.