Welcome to February, the shortest month and typically one when it seems that most things need to be done!
January began with the world premiere of two new works of mine, the first of which featured as part of the opening for the year-long music festival Minimalism Unwrapped at Kings Place in London. Alongside works by Stephen Montague, Michael Nyman and Naama Zisser, I performed Unsleeping, a dreamlike piece that imagined hearing Terry Riley’s In C as a baby, a playful but fun idea.
Reviews suggested that ‘it sounded as if Rimbaud was hearing In C from his mother’s womb, floating in amniotic fluid. Pulses throbbed, harmonies shifted, beeps beeped: all engaging and almost restful’ and I’m hoping the work will be performed again to support the 50th anniversary of In C. You have until 9 Feb to listen back to the entire show on BBC Radio here.
Alongside this I premiered by a new hour long suite of music based on that of John Tavener, which I was delighted to present to a capacity audience and The Times newspaper kindly reviewed the new work as ‘sublime, ecstatic… a well-crafted piece of intelligent design.’ I will most certainly be keenly looking to tour this week so stay tuned for more possible shows.
As part of this new season of music I was also in conversation with Tom Service over at BBC Radio 3 for his Music Matters show, talking about the meaning of minimalism, the current scene and anticipations for the future, with Oliver Coates and Kerry Andrew of Juice. Listen back here. In addition I contributed to a Financial Times film exploring the history of Minimalism in music, in conversation with Laura Battle, and if you listen carefully you can hear my music throughout.
Chromatic Aberration, my collaboration with artist Aura Satz was recently shown at the 44th International Film Festival Rotterdam, and is now showing at George Eastman House in Rochester NY from 24 January - 26 April 2015. See it! Watch a tiny preview of this beautifully engaging and abstract film here.
White noise became the focus of my attention in January too, when I was invited to contribute to The Verb, a BBC Radio 3 programme that looks at written and spoken word in a very fresh light. With presenter Ian McMillan and fellow guests Don Patteron, Paul Farley and Maddy Paxman we explored the poetry and writings of the late writer Michael Donaghy and I presented a new commission based on white noise. You can download a Podcast of this to keep and listen to here.
My experimenting in the studio towards this radio broadcast led to another work too where I used my own voice live reading the work of Dohaghy directly into the Eurorack synth module Mutable Instruments Clouds to explore the possibilities in a performance environment. The results can be seen here.
I’m currently finishing up work on a two year protracted production and collaboration with pianist and composer Anni Hogan which will feature around a dozen new tunes we’ve put together. Listen here for an excerpt featuring Wolfgang Flur of Kraftwerk fame. I’m excited to finally sign, seal and deliver this full-length release soon.
Tickets are now on sale for a forthcoming talk with Gazelle Twin and filmmaker Chris Turner at the LEAF Festival in London. It will take place at the grand Genesis Cinema, which you can read all about here. LEAF is a two-day festival celebrating electronic music, art and technology and this year also features shows by Modeselektor, 808 State and conversations with Mica Levi and Nile Rogers so it’s looks to be a very engaging and fun encounter.
You can now pre-order Rail Cables on double vinyl 12” and digital formats. Alongside my own new twenty minute exclusive work, the release features new material from Greg Fox, drummer with American psyche rock band Guardian Alien, as well as Boredoms and Ben Frost, plus Israeli multi-media artist Ran Slavin and Paddy Shine, part of the Gnod collective, under his moniker Dru$s. It’s going to be great! An excerpt from my twenty minute work can be listened to here.
I’m off to Leeds College of Music on 6th February to talk about production and music with many, then back into the studio as the year ahead will be offering many delights to share with you all.
So I wish you a good month and see you in March. As ever, thanks for all your support!
::: listen :::
Cliff Martinez: My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (Milan)
Aphex Twin: Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments pt2 EP (Warp)
Daniel Lanois: Flesh and Machine (Anti)
The Pop Group: Citizen Zombie (Pledge)
::: read :::
Mark Z. Danielewski: House of Leaves (Doubleday)
The David Foster Wallace Reader (Hamish Hamilton)
Ray Wilson: Make: Analog Synthesizers (MakerMedia)
Sean Michaels: Us Conductors (Tin House)
The Guest, Adam WIngard, USA
Birdman, Alejandro González Iñárritu, USA
American Sniper, Clint Eastwood, USA
Whiplash, Damien Chazelle, 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.