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February 2011

Hello

One month into 2011 and I’ve calculated that I have already worked on sixteen projects this year so I imagine it’s going to be another adventurous and super busy time ahead.

Double vision

After the respite of a quiet festive time and gentle entry into the New Year I was swiftly thrust back into the system with deadline requests from a host of collaborators and projects, and typically they all came in at once! So that included a new ballet I scored, Minus, which debuted at the elegant Hanoi Opera House, choreographed by Nguyen Ngoc Anh, a soundtrack for a short animation for the Punkt Telephone I worked on in 2010 at Maison&Objet Paris, and two remixes, one for Voltergeist, a mix of Ministry’s classic tune 69 Psampled and another for British musician Simon Whetham. Then there’s not forgetting two major promotional campaigns for other ‘items’ I am not at liberty to disclose at this point in time, but suffice it to say that chances are that you will be experiencing this at the cinema and television very soon.

In between bites of a sandwich I also designed the sound and score for a new film by Canadian film maker Neil Wissink recently too. Commissioned by the Crafts Council for their touring exhibition 'Breath Taking' , the work is based on recordings made at the Stuart Hearn glassblowing studio in London. It can viewed at the exhibition and online here, Sing in Sand and Roar in Furnace Fire

February begins at Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp Belgium where my new work with choreographer Matjash Mrozewski will premiere. Amarant is a thirty-minute new work with the Royal Ballet of Flanders that presents a sexy, mysterious world, with unexpected rhythms and movements. It is filled with a drama, opulence and nobility and that’s just the score! Matjash and I had previously collaborated on Pavillon d'Armide for Les Ballets de Monte Carlo in 2009, the score to which is available at iTunes. I’ll be smartly dressed up for the premiere with my supermodel as always at such occasions.

A thirst for company

The full unedited transcript of Wire Magazine's Invisible Jukebox from the January 2001 issue is now online for you to enjoy if you have a spare hour or so to invest in the detailed conversation. Hope you might enjoy the revealing honest exchange. Accompanying the feature are three unreleased works in progress, designed as sketches for a new outdoor project, Blink, debuting in Margate UK on 31 August 2011.

An unreleased blast from the past can also be heard online now at Soundcloud. Working through another 100 hours of unreleased Scanner demos I found this harshly intense track to share with the world. Recorded in 2004, Relicts Submission has never been commercially released and is available for free download

The long awaited Scanner Shop is expanding with exclusive items soon too so will keep you posted on this. For the moment it’s the only place to pick up CDs and vinyl directly from the source, with free MP3s for any vinyl release too.


Sweet solitude

I am very excited to have been confirmed as a speaker at the forthcoming School of Sound 2011, which takes place at the Purcell Room at the Southbank Centre in London, 27-30 April. Figures from screen, art and television from around the world will present their perspectives and ideas over these days, and so far other confirmed guests include composer Fred Frith, Austrian artist Bernhard Leitner, legendary BBC producer Piers Plowright and award-winning sound designer Randy Thom. In additiona Gillian Moore, Head of Contemporary Culture at Southbank Centre, and I will be in conversation around the music of Edgar Varese.

I am currently engaged in writing a new work for Dutch National Ballet, a very grand and ambitious work which will premiere in Amsterdam in June 2011, as well as writing new songs with real words with singer Sally Doherty and designing new work to premiere in Paris in March at a significant new digital space La Gaîté Lyrique, so still no rest for the very wicked obviously!

Until next month

Robin
Professor Scanner

Spiralling to an unmapped contentment

::: listen :::
Ben Frost:Soundtrack To The Invisibles (Bandcamp)
Daft Punk: Tron Legacy (EMI)
Shriekback: Life In the Loading Bay (Malicious Damage)
Pantha du Prince: Black Noise (Rough Trade)

::: read :::
Julian Schnabel: Art & Film (AGO)
Review of Contemporary Fiction: Georges Perec Issue
Corridor8/2: Bordersland Edition
Joseph Beuys: What is Money? (Claireview)

::: film:::
Biutiful, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Mexico
Blue Valentine, Derek Cianfrance, USA
The Kings Speech, Tom Hooper, UK
Love and Other Drugs, Edward Zwick, 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