July 2011


Greetings from sunny New York City where I’m learning to understand this universal language of taking a 'holiday/vacation,’ a term as yet unknown to me, and where so far I have discovered that it should involve many hours of walking and eating but without using a computer screen, what a strange concept indeed.

Majestic, regal and elegant

I began the month in Munich playing another live improvised show with Jochen Arbeit of Einstürzende Neubauten which apparently was so physically loud as to shake the very bones of audience members. On another adventure in outer space we burnt up the floor and speakers with a wild rocking set, which can be seen in brief here. I would only recommend following my stage moves after satisfactory health checks.

We now have fine recordings of our last shows together so will be releasing a special item later in this year to capture the energy of these shows.

Panorama 13 opened at Le Fresnoy in France in June, where I’m showing my new work In-Between, an installation embedded in the floor of the building featuring an artificial beating heart, and accompanied by a soundtrack of the physicality of the architecture itself, using recordings of the ventilation systems, air conditioning units and computer rooms inside, producing an epic and monstrous sound painting of this dystopian structure. An extended version of this project is also freely available on CD at the show, as well as by mail order at the Scanner Store with new releases.

I also premiered live scores to two films by celebrated filmmaker Alain Resnais, Toute la mémoire du monde (1956) 21 min Le chant du styrène (1958), on beautiful 35 mm prints. Graced by his personal permission to use his films and manipulate the sound I will be presenting this again in Paris later this year as well as other European stops on the way I’m certain.

Please don't be so sad, it will all be okay

Timelapse/(Mnemosyne) premiered at Muziektheater Amsterdam last month too, which proved to be a very positive success indeed. Choreographed by David Dawson, the score is an elegant, cinematic, spooky, dramatic sensual work, inspired by the Greek works of Stravinsky. With 1800 people at the premiere, a super model on my arm, a fresh orange juice on hand and a grand after show party, I was extremely happy with the outcome of this collaboration. Watch a clip here

The full score is now available at the Scanner Store on CD and as highest quality digital files and Wav files. For a limited time if you order this AND Pavillon d’Armide/Amarant which collects together the two scores to Matjash Mrozewski ballets, for Les Ballets de Monte Carlo (2009) and Royal Ballet of Flanders (2011), you will also receive for free the In-Between CD, otherwise unavailable anywhere else. Take advantage of my summer generosity.

From Amsterdam I zipped off to Prague, taking the thunderstorms with me, to attend the Prague Quadrennial, a mammoth performing arts festival, which apparently this year had a record attendance of over 40,000 visitors. As well as meeting and engaging with many other creative practitioners I presented my own work in the main theatre and filled a bag with business cards of new friends.

A speedy commission emerged from Nike in June to score a short film to promote their new innovative material, Hyperfuse. Directed by Remi Paringaux it’s an explosive, exploratory little dark work.


This month I will be showing new work at the Durham International Brass Festival in the UK. With my clearly acknowledged allergy to brass music in general I wanted to take on this challenge to create an immersive work that used the language of brass in a more exploratory manner. As such Floral Derrangement is a playful re-recording of the popular song ‘The Floral Dance’ which many UK citizens will remember going head to head with Paul McCartney’s Mull on Kintyre back in 1977. Originally recorded for this chart topper by Brighouse and Rastrick Band I have stretched my reworking to 130 times its original length, replayed various parts and treated them, to mirror their 130th anniversary. Installed on Kingsgate Bridge in Durham this now epic, languid piece of music offers an oceanic vision across the city. It can be experienced from 14-17 July 2011.

If you read this newsletter early enough you’ll be able to tune in live to my concert for free103point9 in upstate NY. On 2 July at 20.00 I will be presenting new work, playing a live concert and making an interview regarding my projects, all from the comfort of the beautiful indulgent landscape. I believe this will also be archived if you are curious to listen later on of course.

Also happening in July and finally back in the UK I will be performing live at the Soundwaves Festival in Brighton in UK, with my multi-media Borders show. A chance to see the sea and hear some live music.

Once enlightening the world

My collaboration with United Visual Artists / UVA entitled Conductor’ launched in Lyon at Nuits Sonore in June. A 16 metre high light sculpture with sound, the work draws on the influence of electricity to create this intensely sensational experience. As part of The Creators Project it will travel to Ibirapuera Park in São Paulo Brazil from 29-31 July. This iconographic piece of Brazilian modern architecture was designed by the legendary figure Oscar Niemeyer, and is the perfect location, wide-open and welcoming in which to present this dynamic work. You can even download The Creators Project free mobile app for Android, iPhone, or iPad to stay connected during the event.

An in the quieter moments don’t forget to listen to my mix for Domus architecture magazine which has been shared and twittered all over so don’t forget to indulge in this sound of London through the dark and light.


So until next month have a great time and enjoy the music and sights.

Robin Van Rimbaud
Professor Scanner

RR Rotterdam Cafe

::: listen :::
Demdike Stare: 3LP set ( (Modern Love)
Andy Stott: Passed Me By (Modern Love)
Mark_Fell: Manitutshu (Mego)
Jim O’Rourke: Old News 5 (Mego)

::: read :::
Magic 1400-1950s (Taschen)
John Berger: Cataract (Nottinghill)
Greyworld: In the City (Greyworld)
Dear Andy Kaufmann I Hate Your Guts (Process)

::: film:::
The Tree of Life, Terence Malick, USA
Potiche, Francois Ozon, Fr
Countdown to Zero, Lucy Walker, USA
Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Werner Herzog, Germany


Panorama 13
Le Fresnoy
Tourcoing France

09 June – 24 July 2011

Annual group show of student and Visiting Professors at Le Fresnoy, with over 50 installations, artworks, film and sound works.

Scanner will show his new installation work, In-Between, which presents a moving image of a heart imbedded in the floor of the building with accompanying soundtrack composed from the sounds around the building. A freely available CD of a full-length additional work is available at the information desk.


The Creators Project
Installation with United Visual Artists

29-31 July Ibirapuera Park São Paulo Brazil
08-11 September Seoul, South Korea
16-19 September Beijing, China
New York City, USA

A gateway to the festival, Conductor will draw visitors into its environment like a magnetic force field, as if it were collecting energy from passersby to generate power for the event itself. Light forms resembling current running through electrical components or power plants will be accompanied by an original score by British composer Scanner.


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.