Quarterly report

What with work, family life and the allotment I haven’t posted here for a while. But I’ve still been doing plenty of sound related things. James and I did another Muster gig at The Cowley Club in Brighton organised by Graham Newbury. It went well and we’re hoping to do some recording later this year.

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Here’s James tuning up. As you can see there was a lot of interesting kit on display. Ali Robertson and Karen Constance played a lovely set.

I’ve also been talking to Annie Kerr about a duo and we’ve made some recordings of Annie playing the violin. She’s a great player and I’m excited about working with her.

Chris and I organised another Small Sounds and movements with Jamie Sturrock, Annie and Tim Yates as well as Nil. We love putting this event on at The Coach House (our spiritual home) and it’s nice to have the same people playing and see the increments in their practice – Annie was the only person who hadn’t appeared at the first one.

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I’ve been working a lot on a new instrument using the excellent PiSound and an Arduino based midi controller. I’ll post more details when it’s finished.

Muster live at Club Integral

James and I did Muster at The Others in Stoke Newington a couple of weeks ago, we liked it enough to put it on Soundcloud. I also got to play in a trio with Annie Kerr and Kev Moore at the same event as Gus Garside was indisposed (by Storm Doris, he was stuck in Manchester).

The Comet Project lives

In 2008 I did a netlabel release for Hippocamp called The Comet Project. 20 one and half minute tracks, each named after a periodic comet (well why not). I remember many nights sitting in front of a battered laptop building each track up, recording the things I had lying around my house and adding effects.

Bartosz Dylewski, a visual artist and programmer (amongst other things) did some visuals to go with them using his own unique set up.

 

I found out today that they Hippocamp release has been archived here I think it still sounds pretty good.

Good times in Deptford

A trip with Gus to South London for a very enjoyable Static Memories gig courtesy of Richard Sanderson at fine community cafe, record shop and venue Vinyl Deptford. It was the launch of the new Far Rainbow album Somewhere Out Out There Was The Wave with us, Tim Holehouse and DJ Tendraw, both old friends of Spirit of Gravity, plus Richard and Tim Yates (of The Long Half Day). Far Rainbow (Emily Mary Barnett & Bobby Barry) where excellent, and it was really good to see lots of friends and listen to really good sounds.

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Particularly nice poster as well, I like the South London scene a lot.

Splitting that atom

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After our unexpected duo at Convivium last November, James and I decided it was worth doing some more gigs and seeing how it goes. We played at a pretty ravey Splitting The Atom and went down well, despite struggling with the dynamics of playing a short turnaround gig at The Green Door store. Not a bad thing in itself, but possibly not for us right now. Agata was there recording the event and did this video

 

I was there from pretty much the beginning until about 8pm and saw some great things. Echopet and Warren Schoenbright really stood out, one kind of broody and the other pretty brutal. Had a quick chat with Echopet and hope we’ll able to get over and play in Portsmouth some time.

The next Muster gig is at the end of February for those great people at Club Integral, more soon.

 

Moving pictures

Agata Urbaniak is a great photographer and documenter of live experimental music who is based in Brighton. I’m always really pleased when she takes pictures of me doing gigs because she is about the only person who doesn’t make me look completely daft when they take my picture.

She’s started making videos of the music scene as well and did a couple at gigs I played at The Green Door Store and the Rose Hill Tavern.

This is me playing solo as Rackets at Splitting The Atom (thanks to Tom for sound and Graham and Geoff for putting me on)

Rackets from Agata Urbaniak on Vimeo.

And this is The Static Memories playing at Oxjam Brighton at the Rose Hill Tavern, a really lovely new venue which is very conveniently about a 5 minute walk from my house. Thanks to Spirit of Gravity and Safehouse for putting us on (and Tim for doing sound again)

Static Memories from Agata Urbaniak on Vimeo.

A hole in a hole in a hole

I’ve put a Rackets ep on Bandcamp, A hole in a hole in a hole. I made recordings of recent gigs at the Bleeding Hearts Club in Brighton, and I’ve been using a new recorder with my old mixer (recently restored to health after a couple of years) in my home studio. I worked hours of material down to just under 15 mins. I like that its only quarter of an hour too, hopefully long enough to sink into a bit, but not long enough to lose interest in.