June 2013


Firstly I apologise for the brevity of the newsletter, but my mother just suddenly passed away in hospital and I’m trying to deal with all the complex grief of this loss.

I have just returned from Sydney Australia where Live_Transmission with Heritage Ochestra was performed at the Sydney Opera House as part of the extraordinary Vivid Live festival. Though I had to urgently depart Australia to return to the UK apparently the show was a huge success and videos are already appearing online of the performance.

At the meridian

In my all too brief time there I was fortunate enough to see Kraftwerk perform their catalogue shows twice in 3D, arguably one of the finest produced shows I’ve ever been fortunate enough to experience.

Live_Transmission has just been confirmed for an 11-date UK tour in September-October this year, with some dates already officially announced. We will be performing at Colston Hall and Cambridge Corn Exchange.

May will be a gracefully distractingly busy month, beginning with my role as Associate Artist at Spitalfields Music in London. I invited two of the hottest young names in electronica, The Haxan Cloak (aka Bobbi Krlic) and Elizabeth Walling (aka Gazelle Twin) to develop new work for performance which explores and reinterprets a four hundred year old musical masterpiece: Lachrimae by Renaissance composer/ lutenist John Dowland (1563-1626).

The Haxan Cloak, creator of a divergent and murky world of uneasy sound, and I will be performing on Saturday 8th June, accompanied by The Computer Junk Orchestra, a quirky ensemble of discarded photocopiers, fax machines, printers, hard drives, scanners and modems, where the junk itself can perform musical tunes. The orchestra takes up residence for the evening, performing Dowland and other compositions on the detritus of our lives.

Here’s a great feature that covers much of the ground to be expected at the show.

Burn your drossy clay

Later in the month my work will be presented as part of a weeklong immersive listening experience at Canada Water Culture Space London. Call & Response will install a 13 speaker, 3D sound system at Canada Water Culture Space creating an immersive public listening lounge. With works from the Viennese TONSPUR collection, the listening space will feature a programme of sound works by UK and international sound artists scheduled by Georg Weckwerth, independent curator and artistic director of TONSPUR. The listening space is free and can be visited any time during opening hours. My "Klusterblock" (2007) will be played out, a rare work.

I will be also be talking about my work and sound in particular in London for a Nice To Meet You evening as part of Art Wednesday. With a theme based around memory I’m going to dedicate this evening to my now late mother and celebrate her memory through sound and vision.

Any Dutch viewers may have seen this new promotional for Amando on television that I scored and designed all the sound for. It’s a playful skincare product with an epic twist. Enjoy the good spirited humour.


My new collaborative work with majestic textile artist Ismini Samanidou begins the first dates of a two-year tour around the UK this month, exploring the relationship between sound and textiles in a very special installation, as part of Sound Matters. Sound Matters was curated by David Toop and considers the connections between craft practice and sound art. Seven contemporary works have been selected to illustrate ways in which these two distinct practices collide. Exploring the physicality of sound, the works are characterised by both their sonic properties and materiality.

If you click on our page you’ll also be able to hear a long detailed conversation, conducted by David Toop with Ismini and myself. Remarkably the show opens at the Iona Gallery Kingussie Scotland, the remotest possible location for a show, then continues across Scotland to St Fergus Gallery in Wick and Inverness Museum and Art Gallery in Scotland in August. I hope that some of you might get to see it soon. You can also download the complete catalogue of the show for free here

So wishing you a positive month.

Robin van Rimbaud
Professor Scanner

Dreaming or awake

::: listen :::
Tricky: False Idols (K7)
Justice: Access All Arenas (Ed Banger)
Justin Walter: Lullabies and Nightmares (Kranky)
Demdike Stare: Testpressing #002 [Modern Love]

::: read :::
Matthew Barney: The Conversation Series 27 (König)
Stuart Brisley: Crossings (John Hansard Gallery)
Morton Bartlett: Secret Universe (Koenig Books)
Tom McCarthy: The Mattering of Matter (Sternberg)

::: film:::
Sound City, Dave Grohl, USA
Mama, Andrés Muschietti
Iron Man 3, Shane Black, USA
The Look of Love, Michael Winterbottom, UK


Weave Waves
Scanner & textile artist Ismini Samanidou 
Iona Gallery Kingussie Scotland
01 June-30 June 2013

St Fergus Gallery Wick Scotland
06 July- 03 August 2013

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery Scotland
10 August-07 Sept 2013

The Crafts Council presents Weave Waves, a digital commission, which brings together sound artist Scanner, and textile designer Ismini Samanidou.Weave Waves explores sound, geography and mapping and how this data relates to both textile weave structures and musical scores.

Scanner and Samanidou were inspired by the visual and technical similarities between the digital software they both use and the physicality of code.



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.