So I’m writing this towards the end of my Live_Transmission: Joy Division Reworked tour around the UK with Heritage Orchestra, a trip that which has taken me from a sold out concert at the Royal Festival Hall London, via amongst others Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall, The Lowry in Salford, Symphony Hall in Birmingham, and soon to be closing in The Sage Gateshead on 02 October.
It’s been the most extraordinary adventure performing with reviews gracefully supporting our risky take on Joy Division which The Times newspaper blushingly summed up as ‘enjoyably raucous, sonically adventurous and pleasingly devoid of sombre reverence…this terrific show is a fine contemporary tribute to the band’s still-potent fusion of doomy melodrama and sleek modernism.” There is keen interest in touring the show internationally so hope that many of you might get the opportunity to hear this live in 2014 and further afield.
A short promotional video film captured in London can be viewed on youtube and press coverage has extended from interviews with Lauren Laverne at BBC Radio 6 Music, interviews at FACT mag, London Word
and for any tech heads you can read an extensive overview of the project at Ableton where we all speak about the development of the project, including Matt Calvert and Adam Betts of Three Trapped Tigers who form part of the rock band on stage. And don't forget you can still listen back to a live edit of excerpts from the show here.
Back in time for a moment and earlier in September I performed twice at the biggest film screen in the East End of London for the Scalarama Festival over at Genesis Cinema, my second favourite home. On one evening I DJed two sets of film scores in between screenings of Berberbian Sound Studio and Blow Out which can both be listened back to online, including Set One and Set Two in full.
A week later I created a live score to the classic film The Passion of Joan of Arc using only ECM recording releases, featuring recordings of John Cage, Andrey Dergatchev, Jon Hassell, Eleni Karaindro, Arvo Pärt and many others. The newly restored print is an enigmatic and profoundly moving work that merges the worlds of the viewer and of saintly Joan herself into one shared experience of hushed delirium and my collaged score drew from the gamut of releases on ECM to offer a meditative cathedral-like atmosphere.
I’ve uploaded the entire film score I created to Mixcloud for your pleasure and enjoyment and if you were to start the 20fps version of the DVD at the same time as this score you can reimagine it at home, and if you wish to read more about the project then there’s an extensive feature over at the ever reliable Quietus website.
Back in 2011 As Professor Scanner I scored the soundtrack to Korean filmmaker Jéro Yun's Red Road at Le Fresnoy but it’s now available to freely view online so treat yourself for a darkly unsettling cinematic experience here.
Sound Matters: Exploring sound through forms, the travelling Crafts Council exhibition arrives at the Stanley Picker Gallery in Kingston UK this month, with a private view on Wednesday 2 October if you wish to attend. Curated by the esteemed David Toop, the show features my collaboration with textile artist Ismini Samanidou, Weave Waves, which presents a very personal take on the relationship between listening and seeing using both audio and textiles.
Remember you can also click here to hear a long conversation, conducted by David Toop with Ismini and myself, and then download the complete catalogue for free here.
In terms of releases a new compilation was released in September, Music for Death – From Circles to Square, in an edition of 300 copies on vinyl on Optical Sound. The release features all unreleased material including a demo of Joy Division’s Heart & Soul that I created at the very beginning of the creative process for Live_Transmission, as well as material from Coil, Robert Hampson, Simon Fisher Turner, Black Sifichi, Norscq and more.
And please don’t miss out on the last remaining copies of my new 7” single with Dutch composer Michel Banabila was that was recently released, in a very heavyweight vinyl edition which you can pick up over at the Scanner Store, or at Bandcamp in digital format.
October will be spent almost entirely in the studio working on projects, with a special evening on Sunday 20 October where I’ll be presenting over two hours of new work as part of the Zygote Festival in Sleaford UK, accompanying aerial performers, streets dancers and a silent disco in the local church
For any tech heads I was fortunate recently to be able to use this new CS X51 USB/MIDI Control Surface in performance, designed by British musicians The Black Dog. They’ve set up a Kickstarter campaign to enable this so please do your utmost to support them in bringing back industry to Sheffield and ensure that this all becomes a reality. Look at the website and you’ll be able to watch a video with an exclusive live performance in my dressing room in The Lowry in Salford and an interview.
An installation of mine opens this month in Rome at MACRO Testaccio museum, for the show Digital Life. Under the title Liquid Landscapes, Digital Life is the technological hub of the Romaeuropa festival and is now in its fourth year, with 27 works on display include multimedia and sound installations, interactive works and encounters, in a journey where the common denominator is landscape. I will be showing my multimedia work Falling Forward (20111), originally created at Le Fresnoy, France.
Until next month I wish you all a safe, happy month ahead.
::: listen :::
James McVinnie: Cycles (Bedroom Community)
Manorexia: Dinoflagellate Blooms (Ectopic)
Oval: Calidostópia! (Música em trânsito)
Bruce Gilbert & BAW: Diluvial (Touch)
::: read :::
Alexander Dumbadze: Bas Jan Ader (Chicago)
Brian Eno: Visual Music (Chronicle Books)
Jason Creed: The Pink Moon Files (Omnibus)
Sonic Acts XV (Sonic Acts Press)
Ain't Them Bodies Saints, David Lowery, USA
A Field in England, Ben Wheatley, UK
+1, Dennis Illiadis, USA
Prisoners, Denis Villeneuve, USA
Scanner & textile artist Ismini Samanidou
Stanley Picker Gallery
Kingston upon Thames
02 October – 23 November 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.
Macro Testaccio Museum
10 October - 01 December 2013
An exhibition at the contemporary art museum that presents work using technology that offers the viewer an alternative view of the landscape, featuring Ryoichi Kurokawa, Alexandre Maubert, Babina/Mesmer, Donata Piccolo and many others in a group show.
Scanner will be exhibiting Falling Forwards, an installation in which the visitor finds himself in front of a digital 'window' from they can follow an event. Human silhouettes and objects fall into emptiness and are irreversibly pulled by the force of gracity towards an inevitable end.
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
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.