So I’m just setting off to Amsterdam in The Netherlands to make last minute adjustments to the score for Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe which premieres on 8th May. It’s a 75-minute production for Dutch National Ballet and urban street dance company ISH, based upon the second part of the series The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis.
Choreographed by Ernst Meisner and Marco Gerris, the production will be an epic adventure, with dramatic sets, animations, costumes and a score to match. The soundtrack itself will be available exclusively in digital format from 8th May at my Bandcamp page. Keep your eyes open for this. You can watch a Behind the Scenes short film regarding the making of the work here.
April offered up all kinds of adventures. To celebrate the launch of the publication Test Dept: Total State Machine (PC Press) at the Ritzy Cinema London, I was invited to reinterpret and deconstruct the music of British group Test Dept, a band I had seen frequently at the time and who had an enormous influence on my own thinking and creative output over the years. Watch footage of the launch event here, and listen and download all the mixes here.
I also contributed an essay to the publication focusing on my witnessing Test Dept shows at the time, featuring excerpts from my diary entries written at the time, and placing them into a wider context of art and musical history. Further events are planned where I will also be performing these interpretations live so stayed tuned for more details.
My collaboration began at the legendary IRCAM in Paris last month. IRCAM is the Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music, and one of the world’s largest public research centers dedicated to both musical expression and scientific research. IRCAM's three principal activities - creation, research, transmission - are visible in IRCAM's Parisian concert season, in productions throughout France and abroad, in a new rendezvous created in June 2012, ManiFeste, that combines an international festival with a multidisciplinary academy.
As part of ManiFeste 2015 I’m directing the In Vivo Electro Work Sessions with choreographer Christian Rizzo and lighting designer Caty Olive and working closing with four young composers. The results of our collaboration will be presented at Centre Pompidou on 1 July. It’s a thrilling experience to share in the development of such works with a wealth of creative minds and talents and hope that you some of you may be able to come along and enjoy the fruits of our labours. More on my participation here.
I am delighted to be confirmed as curator for six new commissions for Humber Calling as part of Freedom Festival in the UK, works that will be created in response to a new work of mine that responds to ideas of Freedom. Listen to it in full here.
Technology has brought the freedom of communication – via air waves, communication networks, invisible lines that connect the world – and it is easier than ever before to get your message heard and hear the messages of others. However, the ease of use of these channels can make users vulnerable. Surveillance of what is viewed and what is outputted online is increasing, with some countries’ governments pursuing aggressive agendas on having access to citizens’ data.
This new work weaves together recordings of all manner of transmission technologies - Morse code, telephone exchanges, dial tones, modems, faxes, radio signals, interceptions from different communication systems - into a cinematic and dramatic narrative. It features the voices of some inspirational figures – both real and fictional - to make us rethink these issues of freedom; to consider who controls what we watch, what we listen to, what we write to each other; and how we constantly adapt to such interventions.
The festival will also be present the spellbinding work of Public Service Broadcasting, Tubular Bells for Two where two men alone attempt to recreate Mike Oldfield’s 1973 masterpiece and an opening night of spectacular performances in Voices of Freedom. More on my participation here.
My recent work with artist Kasia Molga is now online, featuring an excerpt from a more extensive audio/visual performance, A Portrait of Your Breath, made with a live video stream from a microscope capturing samples of the human breath with an interactive particle system. It was originally commissioned by Science Gallery London for the Frequency Season, 2014.
A Portrait of your Breath from Kasia Molga on Vimeo.
There’s some great footage of my recent live show with my Eurorack Modular system at Apiary Studios in London online now for Fluid Radio, with an extensive interview exploring my thoughts on creating music, performing live, the vulnerabilities of performance and the future for me. Watch the film here.
Some recent work in that rather unnerving commercial world for Grey Goose vodka can be seen online now. A little 90 second trip through Paris whilst I channel the spirit of James Blake :-D
It’s off to Metz in France this month to play another show with accordionist Pascal Contet and guitarist/singer Joel Cadbury in our on-going series of shows exploring songs and improvisation as part of The White Concert. Then it’s off to Music Tech Fest Scandinavia which looks set to be a beautifully chaotic collision of sound and minds.
So, as always, thanks for your support and until next month, take care.
Prof Scanner :-)
::: listen :::
Holly Herndon: Platform (4AD)
Beatriz Ferreya: GRM Works (Recollection GRM)
Micachu: Feeling Romantic Feeling Tropical Feeling Ill (DDS)
23 Skidoo: Beyond Time (Les Disques du Crepescule)
::: read :::
Test Dept: Total State Machine (PC Press)
Richard Sennett: The Foreigner (Nottinghill)
Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller: The Murder of Crows (MM)
Josephine Bosma: Nettitudes (NAi)
The Falling, Carol Morley, UK
As Above, As Below, John Erick Dowdle, USA
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting, Roy Andersson, Sweden
Avengers: Age of Ultron, Joss Whedon, USA
Directed by Aura Satz
Score by Scanner
18-31 May 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
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.