March 2010


February may be the shortest month of the year but this one has certainly been as action packed as always in Scannerworld. Back into the studio to record new material for a variety of projects, solo and with Githead, as well as travelling overseas and rushing to and from hospitals with a family drama.


Performing with ten video artists in Milan at O’ earlier this month was an amazing experience, with the project led by Claudio Sinatti. Improvising around imagined themes I played a live set accompanied by a gigantic wall of visualisations that responded in real time to my acoustic sound. Each visual artist controlled a different parameter of the projections so it was a real team effort, and the series of encores demanded by a dedicated audience suggested what a success this was. Plans to repeat this adventure are afoot already.

A new work, The Joys of Listening Whilst Watching, was premiered at the V & A Museum in London in late February, as part of their Decode Lab /Late Friday museum opening. Decode: Digital Design Sensations is a gallery show that showcases the latest developments in digital and interactive design, from small, screen-based, graphics to large-scale interactive installations, featuring works by established international artists and designers such as Daniel Brown, Golan Levin, Daniel Rozin, Troika and Karsten Schmidt.

The Joys of Listening Whilst Watching is a special sound-walk through the magnificent riches of the V & A collection combining the natural environment, recorded in 3D/Binaural sound, with new compositions that aim to resonate with each of the spaces, unfolding a new narrative within the Museum collection. The work will continue to be available until the show closes on 11 April 2010 and I will endeavour to make it accessible digitally for anyone who wishes to experience it independently in the future, whilst I encourage anyone visiting the museum to check out the Decode show in the meanwhile.


Also out this month is a new piece Formanville, featured on the compilation CD Galactic Hits produced in partnership with the magazine Vibrations especially for the Galactic Hits exhibition in Switzerland, in order to show the contemporary facets of the link between music and SF, from folk to electro via experimental, pop and surf! The release also features amongst many others new works from Pierre Bastien, Matt Wand, Douglas Benford and Richard Pinhas. A chance to don your silver spacesuit and float out into the ether.

Githead were recently back in the studio to work on some new special instrumental material for a project and to be begin rehearsals for our modest jaunt around Europe in March, when we visit Switzerland and Italy, another trip geared around fine foods. We are trying to set up shows elsewhere around Europe for later this year so fingers crossed for more deliciously savory adventures soon.

On 26 March I’ll be appearing in a special show at the PRÉSENCES électronique festival in Centquatre Paris, an annual free festival of exploratory sounds, featuring both legends of historical avant garde composition and fresher faces on the block. I think I might slip somewhere in between the age divide I will be performing a new sixty minute piece as Professor Scanner in the fine industrial surroundings, In between performances of Stockausen, Pierre Schaeffer and Sébastien Roux. Book early.


4m2, my collaboration with choreographers Claire Cunningham and Jose Agudo, continues a merry tour around the UK this month, with shows in Barnsley, Hambleton, Derby, Nottingham, Bath, Liverpool and two in London at the ROH2. 4m2 is an energetic and engaging physical theatre performance combining real stories, a filmic backdrop and multi-layered sound, which only makes me long to move my body in such dynamic ways!

March will also take me up to a haunted hotel in Whitby Yorkshire to begin recording for an unsettling scary project later this year, as well as to Derry Ireland to deliver an inaugural speech and back to Le Fresnoy as Professor Scanner. Perhaps even a chance to sleep. AND if anyone was taking notice my remix of Fame for Amex took First Prize in Cannes in February, so perhaps I am going to live forever...remember...remember...remember...

Until next month, my warmest thoughts

Professor Scanner


::: listen :::

Autechre: Overlaps (Warp)
Yeasayer: Odd Blood (Secretly Canadian)
Michael Fakesch: Exchange (Music Aus Strom)
The Rational Academy: Swans (Someone Good)

::: read :::
John Cage: The Anarchy of Silence (MACBA)
Kienholz: The Hoerengracht (National Gallery)
Charles Bukowski: Hollywood (Ecco)
Alice Sebold: The Lovely Bones (Picador)

::: film:::
A Single Man, Tom Ford, USA
MicMacs, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, France
Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, John Krasinski, USA
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Howard Hawks, USA


‘Awake Are Only the Spirits’ - On Ghosts and Their Media
Centre of Contemporary Art
Torun Poland
26 March – 31 May 2010

The exhibition ‘Awake Are Only the Spirits’ – On Ghosts and Their
Media is dedicated to a topic that appears, at first glance, timeless: it involves the presence of the supernatural – the appearance of ghosts and (trans-)communication with ‘the beyond’ facilitated by technical media.

The exhibition shows 22 international artistic positions questioning the existence of ghosts, exploring the integration of new media and technologies in spiritualist contexts, investigating the making-visible or making-perceptible of the invisible, and tracing the political implications as well as the aesthetics of such contemporary trans-communication phenomena. Artists include Lucas & Jason Ajemian, Sam Ashley, Kathrin Günter, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Tim Hecker, Susan Hiller, Chris Marker and Scanner.


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.