October 2011

I’m writing this whilst over in Toronto, about to launch Nuit Blanche on 1 October, preparing for a sleepless night as the city becomes a playground for artists.

The eternal language of beauty

I’m here at the invitation of artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard for our collaboration SOON, which will present a moment captured in time, as if you’ve just walked into something between an alien invasion and imminent apocalyptic collapse, with lights, sound and smoke suggesting a moment of suspension. What will happen? Let’s see later on then :-D

Apparently there are over 130 destinations for visitors to visit so I can only imagine Toronto will be walking with zombies by Sunday, which I will join by the time I land back in the UK the following day.

September was another fun-filled adventurous month. British dance company Candoco’s launched their twentieth anniversary tour In Manchester, before it continues on tour around the UK. My collaboration with choreographer Matthias Sperling, This Is It, premiered on stage, which is a light-hearted but unsettling solo work for dancer Vicky Malin. The Europop score to this, sung by Vicky and written by Matthias and myself, is now even available as a single online

Be warned, This is It bridges an epic world between Cher, Lady Gaga and Journey, a very brightly distracting direction for this one time only adventure. Only listen when wearing knee high gold lame boots and shorts.

Childishly happy, above and below

Whilst shopping at iTunes, now both of my recent ballet scores are now readily available to download. So that’s both Timelapse / (Mnemosyne) and Pavillon d'Armide / Amarant. If you are after physical CDs they can still be bought be directly from the Scanner Greedbag Store.

This month I made a very special exclusive mix of Hermes from the ballet Timelapse (Mnemosyne) for free download which you are welcome to add to your music collection for free.
Hermes by scanner

Recently I was officially announced as Musical Director for an extraordinary project premiering at De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill in the UK in February 2012. Entitled Live_Transmission, it’s collaboration with Heritage Orchestra re-working Joy Division. In some ways it’s a kind of time-travel, wondering how would Joy Division operate these days if they were still around. If Ian Curtis had toured with the band to the USA and continued, and New Order had not existed what kind of a creative voice would they offer today, and given the rich sonic architecture of an orchestra what new heights would be reached?

I’m busily composing and scoring works which will then be orchestrated and developed with Heritage Orchestra into something epic and distinctive. With the blessing of the remaining band members and celebrated designer Peter Saville it looks set to be an astonishingly challenging and rewarding commission. It will certainly travel at some point so hopefully new audiences will get to see it in the future.

More details can be found in an interview The Quietus conducted me regarding this immediately after the annoucement.

Driving the engine of history

Footage of recent Scanner shows can now be found online too. My trip to Rio for the Multiplicidade Festival is here and live at Cafe Oto London, in an Active Crossover moment as Lee Gamble fades away and I  brings in a wave of immersive tension. Darker than dark...

A museum show just opened this month featuring my collaboration with American artist Mike Kelley on display. With the title ‘HAUNTINGS. Secret and Uncanny Presence in Media, Art and Pop’ it gives you a fair idea of what to expect and we are showing a variation on our Esprits de Paris show commissioned originally by Centres Pompidou a decade ago, a ghostly series of recordings of haunted locations in Paris.

With the Rugby World Cup on at the moment there’s been something both foul and amusing happening close to Studio Scanner. A neighbour with an extremely limited vocabulary can be heard through the windows cursing and swearing which of course I recorded an incorporated into a little piece of arty sonic terrorism, which you can listen and download here.

Neighbourly Profanity by scanner

This month The Wire music magazine printed an article they commissioned from me as part of their Collateral Damage series of writings, which celebrates social networking for both profit and pleasure, and the new community spirit we are engaged in. From the wealth of responses I’ve received already the online community has largely embraced my positive attitude but of course we must await the barrage of negativity that always follows such statements. I’ll have my emotional crash helmet and kneepads on in preparation.

Lots going on behind the scenes in Scanner world at present, but physically this month after Toronto I’ll be over in New York City for the latest incarnation of The Creators Project as a continuation of my working relationship with United Visual Arts / UVA, entitled Origin. It will be taking place in DUMBO Brooklyn, alongside Karen O’ psycho-opera and other art works, so stay tuned for more details online

Finally sit back comfortably in your seat as the trailer for new British movie, House Swap, is now online. I’ve been working on the feature over the last months so prepare yourselves for a scary time ahead.

Until next month

Robin Van Rimbaud
Professor Scanner

An eruption of colour

::: listen :::
Jimi Hendrix: WInterland (Legacy)
Laibach: Gesamtkunstwerk Dokument 81-86 (VOD)
Arthur Lipsett: Soundtracks (Global A)
Arthur Russell: World of Echo (RP)

::: read :::
Marc Saporta: Composition No. 1 (Visual Editions)
Mark Kermode: The Good, The Bad & The Multiplex (Random House)
Brooke Kamin Repaport: Houdini Art & Magic (Yale)
Michael Clarke: Monograph (Violette)

::: film:::
Apollo 18, Gonzalo López-Gallego, USA
Troll Hunter, André Øvredal, Norway
Drive, Nicolas Winding Refn, USA
The Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Rupert Wyatt, USA


Secret and Uncanny Presence in Media, Art and Pop 

Kunstverein Medienturm
Graz Austria 
25 September - 17 December 2011 

For as long media have been in existence, people have believed that these media maintain a special connection to the beyond. Pursuing a cross-section of different media, the exhibition Hauntings – Ghost Box Media is dedicated to various reverberating effects in art. Scanner will be showing a new adaptation of his work with American artist Mike Kelley, Esprits de Paris. 

With Yto Barrada, BIT Bureau of Inverse Technology, Minerva Cuevas, Leif Elggren, Michael Esposito/Carl Michael Von Hausswolff, Julian House, Mike Kelley/Scanner, Jakob Kolding, The Otolith Group, Walid Raad, Dr. Konstantin Raudive, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, and others.

Installation with United Visual Artists
The Creators Project

12-16 October DUMBO New York City USA

Conductor draws 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.

Let The Rhythm Hit 'Em

Kunstraum Kreuzberg
Berlin Germany

04 November - 15 January 2012

How far are visual artists influenced by current music, and in what ways are musicians bound up with visual culture? The exhibition sets up a literal relation between a Eric B & Rakim song title and visual art—and the lives of artists and their works. Initiator Matthias Mayer has put together the exhibition with works from fellow travelers and significant protagonists whose works oscillate on the border between music and visual art.

Scanner will be showing a series of photos as well performing live on 5 November in the venue.

With Oni Ayhun/Mar Ritt, David Blandy, Sophie Clements, Die Todliche Doris, Ingo Gerken/Matthias Meyer, Hellmut Hattler, Max Hattler, Eno Henze, Khan, Franziska Lantz, Julia Lazarus, Arto Lindsay, Matthias Mayer, Noriko Okaku Marc Schamuthe, Theodor Storm, Veronika Schumacher, Michael Witte, Ina Wudtke and others.

Breath Taking
Revealing a new wave in British glass blowing

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.