Whilst the city of Paris basks in temperatures approaching 40 degrees, that’s over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, I am sitting in the theatre of the Pompidou Centre in Paris, wearing a pullover whilst the air-conditioning steals all the joyfulness of summer out of the air.
I’ve been working here for the last weeks with four young composers, selected in association with the Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics (IRCAM) as part of ManiFeste, their annual festival of exploratory ideas and sounds. Collaborating with choreographer Christian Rizzo and lighting designer Caty Olive, we will present the fruits of this show at the Pompidou Centre, where an expansive 16-speaker surround system will immerse the audience in the sonic delights. It’s very exciting indeed and a thrill for all the young composers to present their music in such a prestigious location.
Once home, it’s time to pack the final parts of my life into a series of rather dull looking cardboard boxes and move off to pastures anew, with two trucks carrying the bulk of my life, several tonnes of books, records, recording equipment, clothing, and all the detritus of a life. Very positive plans are already set in motion in a way to support other artists too, so please stay tuned for big news relating to that soon.
I also released the second of my works on to the art portal Sedition. Lachrimae draws much of its inspiration from British musician John Dowland’s1604 composition of the same name. With an animation that positively revives the melancholic spirit of the early renaissance period, created by masterful director Chris Turner, the artwork visually emits a sequence of penetrative lights in the atmosphere. Lachrimae appears to rise and recede from within a black hole; like precious planets eclipsing the sun. It’s a mournful but very spiritual piece and hope that I hope you will enjoy. As always, the earlier you buy the artwork, the cheaper it is, as prices increase after every 10 editions sold.
Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe in Amsterdam goes on tour later this year in The Netherlands and in anticipation the full score, almost two hours in length, is now available on iTunes and as well as Bandcamp still.
I recently began working on a new project with young Bristol musician Facta recently and the first results of our collaboration can be heard on a very special mix here. My reworking of his tune closes this epic set. An EP is to follow shortly, dark tunes for a dark dancefloor. File under dubstep, 2-step, no step! Listen here.
Another collaboration will see the light of day soon, focusing around the pivotal figure of Lee Renaldo, formerly of Sonic Youth. On an album produced by French band Hifiklub other guests include a variety of music and art world figures such as Nels Cline, Thomas Dejesu, Don Fleming, John Giorno, Dan Graham, Alan Licht, Ikue Mori, Phill Niblock, Raymond Pettibon, Wharton Tiers. It looks most definitely set to be an eclectic release! Here's a little film promoting this special release.
I had great fun beta testing this new Eurorack synth module, Spectrum, recently. Designed by James Carruthers, The Spectrum prototype is an 8 step sequencer with all manner of possibilities, which means it can push melodies and harmonies in all kinds of directions. Read more about it under the description. Download for your personal pleasure too,
A couple of archive items made an appearance online recently, taking me back many years, all found in the Scanner Archives, one of the joys of moving home. The first is edited documentary footage of per/Son in Cologne, Germany from 1998, a concert series of solo and collaborative pieces also featuring Pauline Oliveros, Stephen Vitiello, Frances Marie-Uitti and Andres Bosshard. Per/Son was broadcast by WDR radio’s Studio Akustische Kunst and directed by Anthony Moore of Academy of Arts (KHM) Cologne, Germany. Watch it here.
The second film is a 27-minute live concert with American artist Stephen Vitiello, recorded at the Knitting Factory New York City in 1999. Again an improvised set of electronics and guitar. Enjoy this here.
On 16 July I will be performing my exclusive set of reworking’s of the music of Test Dept at Rough Trade East in London. The events is free and band members will be in conversation, presenting their new book and selling vinyl reissues, after which I shall be performing my interpretations of their music live. You can listen and download all the mixes here. Hope to see some of you there. More info here.
So, until next month, enjoy July whilst I’m buried deep in cardboard boxes!
::: listen :::
Lorn: The Maze To Nowhere Part 3 (Bandcamp)
Jim O'Rourke: Simple Songs (Drag City)
Charles Cohen: Brother I Prove You Wrong (Morphine)
Torres: Sprinter (Partisan)
::: read :::
Walter Abish: Alphabetical Africa (New Directions)
Stevie Smith: Notes on Yellow Paper (Virago)
Jeremy Grimshaw: Draw A Straight Line (OUP)
Geoff Dyer: Working the Room (Canongate)
Vanishing Waves, Kristina Buozyte, Lithuania
San Andrea, Brad Peyton, USA
Slow West, John Maclean, UK
Minions, Kyle Balda, USA
The National Centre for Craft and Design
28 March - 5 July 2015
Wolverhampton Art Gallery
14 November – 06 February 2016
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.
Fisher Brooks Gallery
02 July – 11 October 2015
An artist collective and studio in Philadelphia founded by, and composed of, PAFA alumni, faculty and staff. Features a work created in association with Jordon Rockford, Heaven, a sound installation secreted in a plastic storage bin.
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.