December 2014

Hello

Still waiting for the festive spirit to arrive at Scanner HQ so here’s a little update on recent activities to catch you up on what’s been going on.

A farewell to a stranger

We officially launched our project Ripples and Roots: Rushmoor Stories with players of London Sinfonietta at Aldershot Military Museum to begin October. I recorded the live sessions so will be uploading these for free download soon so stay tuned for that. The last remaining copies of the physical CD itself will be made freely available in the most appropriate ways very soon too.

I just finished production work and playing on the new album of American artist Torres, aka Mackenzie Scott, at the invitation of multi-instrumentalist Rob Ellis who has previously produced and played with PJ Harvey, Anna Calvi and is currently on tour with Marianne Faithfull. My own contributions focus on songs that will resonate with fans of Swans and The Velvet Underground, alongside fabulous performances from Portishead’s Adrian Utley, guitarist BJ Cole and Ian Olliver on bass, despite now being a local policeman. The album is due out in early 2015 so will update the news once I know more.

I spent a day at ROLI HQ in London recently and had the opportunity to play with their extraordinary Seaboard keyboard, which is quite unlike anything I’ve played before. With it’s rubbery and sensually textured surface, the ability to push, pull and bend notes as you play and featuring a very flexible sound palette it was a joy to behold. I made many recordings during the day, but have a listen to this one and watch the little video offering more of a context to the adventure.

The first volume in a new series of releases on the PsycheTropes label is out now. Available on gloriously heavy 180g triple vinyl, you can have a listen to my contribution online now. Every release also comes with a 12 inch colour 16mm print with optical soundtrack. Other artists include Some Truths, Sculpture and many others. Listen HERE.

It was a joy to see Einsturzende Neubauten play their uniquely theatrical new show Lament at Koko in London recently and to catch up with the band backstage. Jochen Arbeit and I are in conversation regarding setting up live collaborative shows for 2015 and any curious minds should pick up our exclusive Bandcamp only release here. Recorded live in 2010 at The Forum London as part of the 30th anniversary of Nebauten, the digital release comes complete with scans of the Access All Areas passes, flyer, etc. Buy it HERE.

Atlantis

The BBC’s flagship arts programme Front Row recently invited me to compose a little piece to celebrate the first, historic landing on a comet, the 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Here are some words and the little soundtrack for your pleasure, using some of the extraordinary sounds sourced from outer space. Listen HERE.

More documentation of my Residency as Visiting Artist at MIT in Cambridge USA has gone online. Along with my creative musical partner Stephen Vitiello we spent some months developing a project based around sonic architecture. There should be more to follow in the future regarding this research too. Explore more HERE.

Copies of the new Githead album have safely arrived at the distributors. We are playing our first show in four years in Brighton as part of Wire’s DRILL: Brighton festival on 6th December at Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar premiering all new material (and some gems from the back catalogue) for the show. Waiting for a Sign is available on vinyl, CD and digital formats now.

In closing I wish to apologise to those of you who had hoped to see me live recently. Unfortunately I have had to cancel all commitments for the time-being for very challenging family reasons. It’s been extremely difficult and at the time of writing most certainly not easing off in any way. I’m hoping to fulfil commitments regarding the rest of this year but at the present time realise that it’s impossible to say.

Let me close in wishing you a safe and contented entry into 2015 and here’s hoping for a more positive and energetic year to come


Best wishes

Professor Scanner

Lost in thought, again

::: listen :::
Einstürzende Neubauten: Lament (Mute)
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross: Gone Girl OST (Columbia)
Sonno: Sonno (Hospital Productions)
Demdike Stare: Testpressing#006 (Modern Love)

::: read :::
Peter Christopherson: Photography (Timeless)
John Balance: Bright lights and cats with no mouths (Timeless)
Joan Rothfuss: Topless Cellist Charlotte Moorman (MIT)
Steve Hanley: The Big Midweek: Life Inside The Fall (Route)

::: film:::
Phase IV, Saul Bass, USA
Interstellar, Christopher Nolan, USA
Nightcrawler, Dan Gilroy, USA
Mr Turner, Mike Leigh, UK

Exhibitions

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 .

www.nighthaunts.org.uk
www.artangel.org.uk


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.

www.nightjam.org.uk