April 2012


As if by magic the sun has appeared from grey skies and spirits everywhere have risen in accordance and yet typically I’ve been immersed in a studio beavering away on projects.

Awaiting your voices

March began in chilly Warsaw where I ran a series of workshops at The Fryderyk Chopin University of Music for tutors and professors, exploring ideas of sound and composition, which were very positively received, but I was equally distracted by the strange sights that would appear at random moments during the sessions, such as a dozen blindfolded Polish girls tussling and wrestling in a school corridor. How education has changed today!

From Poland to the West Coast of the USA for a radically reworked score to ORIGIN with United Visual Artists (UVA) in San Francisco as part of The Creators Project. Scores of films have turned up online from spectators breathlessly engaged and sharing their enthusiasm. Sharing the location were installations and performances by Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Squarepusher and Health amongst many others. Watch Zola Jesus hypnotised inside the work here, and admire the beautiful documentation over here.

The fashion world reappeared in my vision when Chanel called me to request permission to use my music for Karl Lagerfield’s latest Fall-Winter 2012/13 Ready-to-Wear show in Paris in March. I was amused to watch Katy Perry and Alicia Keys tap their twinkly toes to my sounds. You can admire the grand scale of this event here.

The wisdom of history

And in that very same week my score to the latest launch for Mercedes Benz new A-Class car premiered in Geneva. A collaboration with innovative German artist Frieder Weiss, the work combined dance, motion graphics and a score of Hollywood proportions to convey the motion of this driven beast.

Out this month on DVD, is This Our Still Life, directed by Andrew Kötting, which I scored, celebrated for its ‘passionate, melancholic tone.’ This deliciously eccentric film is a very touching and intimate portrait of his daughter, Eden as a young woman in their tumbledown Pyrennean farmhouse. I encourage you watch this if you can and share in this affectionate story.

Minute of Listening is a creative learning project through London based Sound and Music which hopes to enable every child in the country to gain access to a huge diversity of music and sound and, for sixty seconds each day, to focus on the richness and enjoyment of the act of listening.  I was invited to contribute a piece of sound that might intrigue and inspire over 20,000 school children in ways of listening and response. One boy allegedly thought it was the sound of The Queen eating cereals in bed, which as an image initself is magical. Have a listen and see if you can picture this too.


Two recent remixes of mine are out in April. Firstly is my mix of British artist Gazelle Twin for her The Entire City Remixed project, which also features original mixes from John Foxx and The Maths, Maya Postepski from Austra, Nedry and others. My interpretation of I Am Shell I Am Bone is a darkly cinematic little pumped up rhythmic version.

Following this my mix for Germany artist Lars Leonard is coming out on BineMusic. No Comment is a six track 12” EP with bonus remixes, with my version going directly for the jugular and hip, with a stripped back minimal dance version, joining the dots between Plastikman, Laurie Anderson and Underworld. Treat yourself, as you know your dance ass deserves it :-D

The day is intact whilst the city changes

If you want to save some money then it’s always a joy to offer some sounds out for free so this month I can point you towards this very special Crónica release, initiated by British musician Simon Whetham for his Active Crossover project. Simon curated this event where each artist played solo and in collaboration with the adjacent performer so here’s a chance to download and listen to my little crossover with Lee Gamble recorded at London’s seminal Café Oto in 2011.

In April I’m off to Amsterdam to present 52 Spaces at Smart Project Space on 5 April, sharing the evening with my fine creative buddy TeZ, who will be collaborating with me on a live performance later in the evening, after he has presented the latest of his Non-Hertzian Waves Transmission performances.

Then I’m off to Sheffield to present a new work, Stolen Voices, at Sensoria, on 22 April, alongside the synthphonic sounds of Tara Busch and her Speak Machine performance. I’m presenting selections from the massive archive of found and stolen voices I’ve collected over the years in a melody of voices and noises, all taking place in the grand Trafalgar House.

From performer to Professor as I’ll be presenting as Professor Scanner again at Institut Francais in London an evening of films relating to Le Fresnoy on 25 April. This evening programme will feature works by Hayoun Kwon, Maya Da-Rin, Luc Moullet and others, with a panel discussion afterwards with Alain Fleischer, the artistic and pedagogic director of Le Fresnoy, recent graduate Hayoun Kwon and myself. Hope some of you can make it along.

Outside of work it’s been a remarkably entertaining month of enjoying other live music, attending such a variety of shows from a top secret East London basement show by legendary group Public Image Limited and Orbital to a modest crowd of 80 committed souls, to the claustrophobic zombie stomping sound of Andy Stott, Cut Hands with a hearty Afric beat session, the dirty electronic rumblings of Pimmon, hypnotic percussive bliss with Jon Mueller and finishing with the mystical occult sound of Demdike Stare.

So sunglasses back on…and into the studio. Well I’ve got to look cool for creativity !

Until May

Robin Van Rimbaud
Professor Scanner

In what could have been, in what once was

::: listen :::
Clark: Iradelphic (Warp)
Carter Tutti Void: Traverse (Mute)
Emptyset: Medium (Subtext)
23 Skidoo: Seven Songs (LTD)

::: read :::
Fuse 1-20 (Taschen)
Geoff Dyer: Zona (Random House)
Stephen Davis: Hammer of the Gods (Pan)
Andrey Tarkovsky: Sculpting in Time (Bodley Head)

::: film:::
Apart, Aaron Rottinghaus, USA
The Return, Andrei Zvyagintsev, Russia
The Kid with a Bike, Dardenne Brothers, France
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkey


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.