April 2011


I’m writing this en route to London from participating in a conference at the celebrated cinema school in Paris, La Fémis, which was most entertaining, especially with regards to the hotel. Returning to my room after breakfast to chamber 242 I held my key up to the lock only to find myself staring at the correct number but a very different door. I knew how my door looked and this, though displaying the correct number, was completely unlike my door and in another location. With intimations of somehow appearing in a real-life rendition of Inception or The Adjustment Bureau I retraced my steps to the reception only to find that I had somehow eaten in the restaurant in the adjacent hotel. Though I’m still wondering if I had entered that other identical hotel room would I have found a duplicate of myself working away there?

The mouth of the city

With this in mind it’s been another exceptionally busy month. My installation with United Visual Artists (UVA) launched at La Gaîté lyrique in Paris, with apparently 6000 visitors passing through the show. There are rumours of the work being shown in St Petersburg in Russia soon too, so that would be fun. For anyone who is still keen to hear it, you can listen to the full work at Soundcloud

Les FenÍtres by scanner

Time for sharing again, and with the tenth anniversary of Australian label Room40 they have kindly compiled a special freely downloadable collection of works, 40 in total, many exclusive for you to enjoy. Amongst others you can listen to Ben Frost, David Grubbs, Chris Abrahams, and a special live excerpt from a concert with David Toop, IO3 and myself recorded In London at Café Oto in 2010. Download it here but be warned, demand has been so high that the site is frequently out of action, so patience plays a big part in this gift culture.

I’m excited to announce the imminent release of a new album, The Maya Effect, in collaboration with Italian artist and composer Roberto Paci Dalo, which will be released in mid April. Recorded in the hills of Vigna San Martino in 2009 in Naples it’s an edit of an ambitious three-hour live outdoors performance at night. Completely improvised, no rehearsals, filled with slippery rhythms, found voices, choirs and nervous energy, we have to thank the patronage of Ms PD Moslemany for this release and without her it would not be shared with the wider world out there.

Transparent daylight

Another new project forthcoming with British singer Sally Doherty will be released in 2011, a full-length album collaboration. Curious listeners can take a listen to one exclusive selection from the release here, Afr.Gold
Afr.Gold by scanner

A modest little exlcusive Scanner piece features on the Second Language CD just out. Presented in a seductively deluxe silver foil jewel box with magnifying glass, Minute Papillon curates sixty one-minute tracks, diverse and perverse in approach. There is also a preview of my mix of Düsseldorf artist Lars Leonhard who will release his debut 12" No Comment on BineMusic. In addition to two alternate versions by Leonhard himself, the single also features remixes by Sven Schienhammer (Quantec), Thomas Touzimsky (Fold) and myself. Time to dance around and work it out!

With the Punkt DP 01 phone now out in selected stores around the globe, I’m now working with Punkt and Rosie Lees of London again to design all the sound for the promotional film for the next handsome product, an alarm clock. Whilst that’s being completed you can still view the telephone animation here

In April I’m returning to Le Fresnoy as Professor Scanner to build towards new projects launching at Panorama in June 2011 in Tourcoing, their massive group show. Remaining in Paris to I will be performing Warhol’s Surfaces, a show inspired by the CD of the same title, at Cite de la musique on 19 April. This project takes takes interview material with Andy Warhol from the early 1970s as the starting point for a soundtrack which attempts to take something very ordinary and make it extraordinary. In answering a series of simple questions. I have dug around inside the material to bring out unusual acoustical moments, expressed in Warhol’s choice of words, his breathing and his pauses between words.

For the closing part of the performance I will perform Five Views of an Onion where I will systematically read a list of every artwork of Warhol over a composition of keyboards and electronics, building up into a massive catalogue of language, sound and memory. Deliberately banal film footage will accompany the show. As Warhol himself might have said about the work, 'Gee, uhm, it’s really up ‘there.'

The earth will swing us, as she goes

I’m honoured to be taking part in The School of Sound international symposium in London at the end of April too where I will be presenting my own work and in addition be in conversation with Gillian Moore , Head of Contemporary Culture at Southbank Centre, to speak about the influence and legacy of Varese. Other confirmed speakers include musician Fred Frith, filmmaker Gaston Kabore, sound artist Bernhard Leitner, renowned BBC producer Piers Plowright and Randy Thom, Academy Award-winning sound designer for The Incredibles and The Right Stuff.

I have just finished the score to a very ambitious new work in collaboration with the choreographer David Dawson, for Dutch National Ballet. Timelapse/(Mnemosyne) is an epic emotive work inspired by Stravinsky's Greek works Apollo, Orpheus and Agon, designed by Eno Henze and costumes by Yumiko Takeshima. I am hoping to release this commercially too for anyone unable to attend the performances in June in Amsterdam 2011.

In between I shall be finishing up a host of other projects, some very grand ones indeed, details to be revealed at a later date, but intriguing and fun, no doubt.

Until next month

Professor Scanner

Bare before your eyes

::: listen :::
Antony Partos: Animal Kingdom OST (Milan)
Burial - Street Halo (Hyperdub)
Factory Floor / (R E A L L O V E) (Soundcloud)
Colin Stetson -2011- New History Warfare Vol. 2- Judges (Constellation)

::: read :::
David Foster Wallace: Fate, Time & Language (Columbia)
Donald Barthelme: Flying to America (Counterpoint)
Christian Marclay: Festival (Whitney)
Frederic Chaubin: CCCP (Taschen)

::: film:::
Animal Kingdom, David Michôd, Australia
Submarine, Richard Ayoade, UK
Morning Glory, Roger Michell, USA
The Lincoln Lawyer, Brad Furman, USA


Breath Taking
Revealing a new wave in British glass blowing

Callendar House, Falkirk: 07 May – 02 July 2011
Durham Art Gallery: 08 July – 29 Aug 2011
Aberdeen Art Gallery: 01 Sept – 29 Oct 2011
Wrexham Art Gallery: 02 Dec – 28 Jan 2011/12

The new Crafts Council touring exhibition Breath Taking presents cutting-edge work in blown glass, by 22 UK makers. Through their creative use of glass-blowing techniques these makers ask us to consider the medium ’s possibilities for new ways of expression.

Sing in Sand and Roar in Furnace Fire from Neil Wissink on Vimeo.

Scanner collaborated with filmmaker Neil Wissink to produce this film which is installed in each gallery, based on recordings of the Stuart Hearn glassblowing studio in London.
Choreography: Matthias Sperling
Dancers: Matthias Sperling and Robin Dingemans

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.