Back to health here and now battling with deadlines rather than flu, so that’s much preferable. It’s astonishing these days too how few hours we seem to have in our days compared to when we were younger. Who steals all our valuable time? (Probably the internet, but I’m not pointing fingers!)
March began with the official release of my remix for French musician and artist Bernard Szajner. Though his name might not be so familiar to many of you, you might have seen the famous laser harp that Jean-Michel Jarre performed with that Bernard developed, as well as light shows for Gong, Magma, Pierre Henri, Oliver Messiaen and The Who.
Rethinking Z is a reworking of a release from 1979 based around writer Frank Herbert’s Dune Trilogy. Now 35 years later French label InFiné has released this interpretation album, on which I’m delighted to offer my own reworking of Szajner, alongside Ghosting Season, Clara Moto & Tyler Pope, Irene Dresel and others. Reviews have been very generous so far too :-D
Commercial work is something I tend to still have very mixed feelings about but remembering that celebrated composer Philip Glass wasn’t able to quit his jobs as a plumber and taxi driver until aged 41, or that David Lynch has directed adverts for nail varnish, offers some solace, and the fact that the money allows a freedom to be more exploratory in my other work. So recently I composed a very melancholic little soundtrack to fashion brand Top Shop that I must say I’m very happy with. Have a look online now.
Continuing this strand I was recently commissioned to compose a series of ringtones for a new mobile phone. Having spent months back and forth with the company the entire commission was cancelled in March, leaving a wealth of unused and unheard ringtones sitting on my hard drive. As such I thought it was nice to simply give them away so feel free to update your smart phone now. Download them all here.
Convergence Arts Festival was extremely successful too last month. I played a live improvisation with Leafcutter John at Kachette in London on our lovely modular synth systems. We recorded the show so expect to upload recordings and video of this very soon then. Meanwhile in conjunction with the festival we also presented an hour long show on NTS Radio, featuring works from Jean-Michel Jarre, John Cage, Alessandro Cortini, Bebe and Lewis Baron and unreleased works of the Leafcutter and myself, as well as conversation with Robert Worby of Langham Research Centre. Listen back here.
Convergence w/ Leafcutter John & Scanner - 18th March 2015 by Nts Radio on Mixcloud
Continuing this gift economy my fascination and explorations into modular synthesis and Eurorack systems has led to forging all kinds of new relationships. Hours are spent in the studio exploring and beta-testing new modules and I frequently publish the results over at Soundcloud. Recently I took delivery of three new modules from Abstract Data and produced these works. Listen back and download here.
Then I introduced the tiniest little playful module into my system from Qu-Bit Electronix, the Nano Rand, which can act as a wild card in my system, producing all manner of unexpected patterns and musical notes. Listen and download here.
My next very modest London show will be on 4th April where I’ll be performing solo and in a live modular synth session at Apiary Studios in East London with Tim Cowie and Mark Pilkington, with visual distraction from Chris King and Co. from Video Circuits in charge of the video modular. It’s all been arranged by the very fine Psyché Tropes label.Tickets are available here.
Then I’m off to Barcelona this month to perform at the tenth anniversary of the Störung Festival, sharing a night with my old pal Murcof which should be a delight.
Otherwise at present I’m heads down in the studio writing the score to Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe for Dutch National Ballet which premieres in May, then tours around The Netherlands for a few months. All the dates are viewable on the website. Let’s hope it makes it further afield too. The score will be available digitally at the same time for those that want to hear it.
So until next month!
::: listen :::
Alessandro Cortini: Forse 3 (Important)
Biosphere, Deathprod: Stator (Touch)
Various Artists: Rail Cables Winter Selection (Rail Cables)
David Tudor: Music from the Tudorfest (New World)
::: read :::
Richard Littler: Discovering Scarfolk (Ebury Press)
Martin Iddon: John Cage & David Tudor: Correspondence (Cambridge Uni Press)
Cabinet Issue 55: Love
Samuel Rogers: Table Talk (Nottinghill)
X & Y, Morgan Matthews, UK
Suite Francaise, Saul Dibb, UK/France
Still Alice, Richard Glatzer/Wash Westmoreland, USA
The Voices, Marjane Satrapi, USA
George Eastman House
Directed by Aura Satz
Score by Scanner
24 January - 26 April 2015
Working with the George Eastman House Collection, Satz has selected colour film footage from the 1920s, mainly test shots featuring members of Eastman's family as well as Hollywood stars. A mesmerizing study of details in early colour films, using the human eye as a point of reference. With a soundtrack by Scanner.
The National Centre for Craft and Design
28 March - 5 July 2015
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. The work features as part of a show exploring the relationship of crafts and audio.
Scanner and Samanidou were inspired by the visual and technical similarities between the digital software they both use and the physicality of code.
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.