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February 2009

Hello

A hectic opening to this New Year with a barrage of deadlines, lifelines, commitments, brushes with lawyers, solicitors, administration, paperwork, housework, and preparations towards imaginary and real futures.

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2009 is setting out to be an extraordinarily diverse and exciting year in terms of projects. My new studio album, the first full-length album release in some years, will be out on April 27 2009 on BineMusic. Entitled Rockets, Unto the Edges of Edges, it explores a variety of routes, most surprisingly I suppose for some is my singing and playing guitar on some pieces, but it’s far from being an edgy James Blunt, and closer to Bach and Max Richter combining forces with N.E.R.D via Pan Sonic and Klaus Schulze. Having taking over a year to compose and produce I hope the wait was worthwhile. Stay tuned. You can hear excerpts of every composition here.

Having presented The Nature of Being project to a sold out audience in Reutlingen Germany in January for their Sonic Visions event, Olga Mink and I will be installing our new HD audio/visual installation in Gran Canaria at the invitation of the 2nd Biennial of the Canary Islands, which will be on display for several months. In April we will bring The Nature of Being live project to the USA for a show at EMPAC Troy NY and possibly further afield.

ArtGit, the more exploratory offspring of Githead, takes to the streets of Strasbourg this month in preparation for an installation/performance work for the latter part of 2009, so watch out for three figures laden with recording and photography equipment striding through the ancient streets. In the meantime we are around 45 minutes into a very intense and productive series of recording towards our third full-length Githead album.

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As part of the re-launch of the East Wing Collection at The Courtauld Institute of Art in Somerset House in London this month I’ll be collaborating with artist Troy Bararzi on The Missing on 13 February. Visitors passing through the Courtauld’s external arches will be greeted by an audio installation of The Missing, a rich hypnotic dreamscape that pays homage to invisible London, the passing of time, missing people and the ethereal voices of parallel and hidden worlds. With twenty singing monks outdoors, recordings of a séance and twisted soundscapes, it looks set to be an unsettling appealing and incidentally FREE night.

For any French speaking readers I’ve recently contributed an extended interview to a new site, Magnetic Room that explores that work of artists working in a range of media, ranging from graphics, music, film, net art and so on. An English version will be following soon too, so please remain patient! In reflection of this I’ve updated much of this website with new interviews and art projects, should you want to lose some time exploring.

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This month down at De La Warr Pavilion, a Modernist icon for contemporary art just a tiny pebble’s throw from the beach at Bexhill on Sea East Sussex, I’ll be performing and collaborating with pianist extraordinaire Joanna MacGregor. We will present two worlds meeting united by a devotion to Bach. Hailed by The Times as ‘the future of music’ Joanna is director of the Bath International Music Festival and has performed in over sixty countries, made over thirty recordings and has collaborated with artists such as Nitin Sawhney, Andy Shepherd and Brian Eno. We will be realize a host of musical experiments around the Preludes and Fugues from Book 1, the Goldberg Variations and Bach’s Chorales and Cantatas, so it looks set to be a harmonically pleasing evening. With his unrivalled control of harmonic composition for diverse instrumentation, and his adaptation of rhythms and sympathy towards concepts of improvisation I’m certain that Johann Sebastian would have approved.

Back to practice then…

Until next time

Robin

Robin

::: listen :::

Kora! Kora! Kora! Cabaret Voltaire mixes (Shiva)
Alva Noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto + Ensemble Modern:UTP (Raster Noton)
Blonde Redhead: 23 (4AD)
Bon Iver: Blood Bank (Jagjaguwar)

::: read :::
Richard Yates: Eleven Kinds of Loneliness (Vintage)
David Foster Wallace: Girl with Curious Hair (Abacus)
Robert Lowell: Day by Day (Faber)
Cabinet Magazine Issue 32: Fire

::: film:::
Black, White & Gray, James Crump USA
The Wrestler, Darren Aronofsky, USA
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, David Fincher, USA
Westworld, Michael Crichton, USA

Exhibitions

Night Haunts

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 .

www.nighthaunts.org.uk
www.artangel.org.uk



Bittersweet Songs for the Sleepless City
Artangel Interaction

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. Now featuring remixes of NightJam by Stephen Vitiello, Hakan Lidbo, Troy Banarzi, Si-cut.db and Pete Lockett.

www.nightjam.org.uk