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October 2010

Hello

The nights are drawing in, the blinds are closed earlier every day and more and more layers of clothing keeping me warm.

I have just returned from Amsterdam where I’ve been working with the MAE Ensemble for a new work to be premiered at the November Music Festival 2010 in Den Bosch in The Netherlands, and beginning preparations for another new piece for the Dutch National Ballet for 2011. So the Dutch mood is taking priority!

The heart and love's habitation

September was a return to tightly scheduled days after the lull of August and many folks taking holidays. The month began in Riga for the Art Forum White Nights, which was a late night extravaganza, with a poetic sub dubstep set from AGF and some very open-minded free flowing dancing in the audience. I was meant to be sharing in the joys of the Deloitte Ignite event at the Royal Opera House at the very same time but was rather stranded in Latvia with a severely delayed flight unfortunately. Some fruits of this creative labour can be heard here, inspired by the forest.

An extremely in depth interview with The Arts Desk can be read regarding this project and many others here

A live show at the Alpha-Ville Festival at the Whitechapel Gallery in London followed where I presented many new works, including the following melancholic pulse driven song:

Memories by scanner

And then it was off to Jersey for my first visit to this lonesome island, for the Branchage Film Festival where I collaborated with Mrs Waddington on a Victorian Magic Lantern slide show, an 80-year-old woman with a fine collection of striking slides from 1880 of old Jersey. Dressed in full Victorian regalia she and I created a nostalgic dusty presence of the past in the past and mesmerized a compact audience in the Museum there, over three different performances. Adventures continued outside of here though with all the light bulbs exploding in my hotel room at once, a lobby filled with silent elderly people finishing crossword puzzles and a porter so excited that a film festival was occurring in Jersey that he asked if there was interest in ‘an ugly bald man with big ears’ for a new movie! You can read a featured interview with me regarding this project here

Scanner be now be found on Ping, Apple iTunes new social network, so please come along and join in the fun, if there’s any left to be had on these social engagements.  Visit here and share in the community spirit.

I have been quietly working away over the last months on a new design project. Collaborating with new Swiss company Punkt and British designer Jasper Morrison, I have been designing all the sounds for this new retro looking, sci-fi DP01 telephone which is due out in early 2011. Following the success of the Philips Wake-Up Light here's another product to ensure your home environment is suitably Scanner-fied :-) and don’t forget the irony of officially designing sounds for the telephone with my early days as a telephone terrorist not that far behind me.

Burning age into the modern

October looks set to be an exceptionally busy month indeed. I return as Professor Scanner to Le Fresnoy art school in France for the next year, so frequent Eurostar trips and more French adventures to follow me around. Live performances will include a special collaboration with Jochen Arbeit of German group Einsturzende Neubauten as part of their anniversary tour in London. At the end of the month I will be presenting the premiere of An Opera for Stolen Voices, a new work using only recordings of stolen mobile phone calls, at Windsor Firestation in the UK, in what looks to be a very controversial show already.

And now more time for free items, for a reward for reaching this far. In 2005 I spent time in Guangzhou China as part of the 'Sound and the City' project. With the support of the British Council I released this special CD freely distributed only in China, 20,000 copies. Flower Echoes used place names and street names as memory triggers. Rather than simply use a street name as a reference point, a designation for a meeting or rendezvous, readings of the titles in Cantonese, Mandarin and English throughout the work suggest a sense of political, economic, educational and cultural significance. The voices can be heard in unison with recordings made in the mountains, restaurants, streets, and shops of Guangzhou. It is very much an environmental, ambient work and I’m happy to share it with you now for free.

A perfect soundtrack for those dark evenings approaching can also be found in this mix from The Black Dog. Drifting 2-M:Cast Ambient Mix features works by Lustmord, Brian Eno, Labradford, Autechre, Throbbing Gristle and my own work amongst others. Download it for free here.

Until next month, take care

Robin
Professor Scanner

Caught in the Sunlight



::: listen :::

Brunhild Ferrari: Tranquilles Impatiences (Alga Marghen)
Nosaj Thing: Drift (Alpha Pup)
Theoretical Girls: 1978-1981 (Theorectical)
Sufjan Stevens: All Delighted People (Asthmatic Kitty)

::: read :::
The Otolith Group: A Long Time Between Suns (Sternberg)
Rob Gretton: Top Class Manager (MDMA)
Pierre Molinier: Mongraph (Les Presses du reel)
The Surreal House (Barbican)

::: film:::
Bunny Lake is Missing, Otto Preminger, UK
Our Man in Havana, Carol Reed, UK
Winters Bone, Debra Granik, USA
World’s Greatest Dad, Bobcat Goldtwait, USA

Exhibitions

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

www.nightjam.org.uk