So my birthday passed with a gentle visit down the Thames River in London to visit Strawberry Hill House, the incredible gothic fantasy house disguised as a castle, built for Horace Walpole in 1749, offering up some wild inspiration for my anticipated move very soon.
May began with the premiere of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe in Amsterdam, which was astonishingly successful. With five sold out nights at Het Muziektheater, the show was an epic production, in a collaboration between Dutch National Ballet and ISH. Imagine contemporary ballet of the highest magnitude mixed with more urban dance moves, so a dance on point, balancing on their toes, would be accompanied by another spinning backwards, forwards, over, under, around them. This video captures the character and energy perfectly.
The show will tour later this year around The Netherlands and plans for international shows are also planned so stay tuned for more information. The score is now available from both iTunes and also Bandcamp, all 112 minutes of it!. The Bandcamp version offers a few more special treats, unavailable elsewhere, such as digital photos and posters of the production.
My recent production with London Sinfonietta is now available online for free download. Ripples and Roots: Rushmoor Stories, was a collaboration to create an original piece of new music inspired by the stories and musical memories of Rushmoor residents in the UK.
Originally released as a very limited edition CD with a series of live performances, now it's here for everyone to enjoy and download.
The sessions were conducted with musicians from the London Sinfonietta in response to the local communities with whom we met, drawing influence from all manner of stories, memories, Nepalese dancing and singing and even easy listening music. Using these resources I've composed a new work that reimagines these very varied connections into a work that attempts to join the dots in a playful but emotive manner.
Sprinter, the new album by the American artist MacKenzie Scott aka Torres has just been released and I’m very proud to have collaborated with her on this release. Produced by my long term musical pal Rob Ellis, of PJ Harvey fame, the record is a gorgeous, unsettling, transformative recording, one that chronicles an older wiser mind in a young body. Adrian Utley of Portishead and PJ Harvey veteran Ian Olliver also feature so it’s a joy to be part of such a strong team. I thoroughly recommend this release.
I'm writing this over in Umeå, Sweden for Music Tech Fest right now, in a gathering of creative minds, nimble fingers and inventive characters over one long weekend. I was honoured to have had the chance to perform a live set with Graham Massey of 808 State and British artist Jason Singh. Watch a clip of the show here.
Then it’s off to IRCAM in Paris, the legendary Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music to begin my role directing and mentoring four young French composers in their work towards a show at Centre Pompidou on 1st July 2015. I will be there for two weeks working in the airless basement developing the ideas and production alongside Christian Rizzo and lighting designer Caty Olive. Let’s see what magic follows at ManiFeste.
My production with seminal English industrial group Test Dept continues with another free show lined up at Rough Trade East in London on 16th July. The band 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.
So, as always, thanks for your support and until next month, take care.
Prof Scanner :-)
::: listen :::
Alessandro Cortini: Forse 3 (Important)
Amon Tobin: Dark Jovian (Ninja Tune)
Swans: Filth (Mute)
Tools You Can Trust: Working & Shopping (BFE)
::: read :::
Jacqueline Caux: Almost Nothing with Luc Ferrari (Errant Bodies)
David Markson: Wittgenstein’s Mistress (Dalkey Archive)
Donald Barthelme: Sixty Stories (Penguin)
Maddy Paxman: The Great Below (Garnet)
Black Sea, Kevin Macdonald, UK
Mad Max: Fury Road, George Miler, Australia
Good People, Henrik Ruben Genz, UK
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Ana Lily Amirpour, 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.
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.