Chris and I had a couple of beers around the campfire last week and decided we really should get a new album out. We listened to a some recordings Chris made of gigs at The Scope and The Cowley and thought they sounded good to go so The golden headress is now on Bandcamp for free download.
The Scope is the new Spirit of Gravity thing at The Caroline of Brunswick every month, we played at the first one with The Zero Map and Captain Poopdeck and it was a fine and well attended affair. The Cowley gig was one of the many gigs the excellent Graham Newbury has organised in support of Brighton Community Radio and was a cracker with us and some other people.
Last year I was asked to take part in the 75th anniversary celebrations of Blind Veterans UK’s Brighton centre, a beautiful art deco building on the outskirts of Brighton. I visited the arts workshop, met some of the people who work there and recorded seventy five unique sounds, from drilling and sanding, to the guys talking and the sounds of some of the gadgets they use to help navigate their day to day lives.
I then took the sounds back to my studio (a dining room table in central Brighton) and processed and sequenced them into an exploration of the way we consciously and unconsciously map a space using sound.
We started a Bandcamp netlabel for Spirit of Gravity at the beginning of the year and the finished piece has been just been released as GRAV107
Chris and I are performing a piece at a private view showcasing work by the people who use the workshop at the Blind Veterans UK’s Brighton centre on Greenways in Ovingdean, Brighton on 22nd August between 5pm – 7pm. All welcome. We’re planning a Nil style workshop performance using seventy five objects from around the workshop and people will be free to join in and work with us.
Thanks to all at Blind Veterans UK for their support, especially Kath Jones-Romain and everyone in the workshop at the Brighton centre.
Blind Veterans UK’s website
Vital Weekly have given the new album a good review. Saying that, whilst occasionally in need of editing, The bloudy vision of John Farley is ” …an excellent, free (as in: free music and free of any particular improvisational style) album.” I’m pleased with that, thanks to Frans de Waard for the review.
They also played The Ropes from the album on the accompanying podcast, it also features tracks by Jaki Liebezeit, Simon Whetham and a great one by Jacaszek. Well worth a listen.
Here’s the review.
Here’s the podcast:
We enjoyed playing at Mirei’s exhibition a couple of weeks ago. The other performers where intriguing; Colleen Bartley, a movement artist who slowly worked her way up and down a set of steps outside the library, and performance artist Daniella Valz Gen who gave a reading from one of her hand made books.
Really nice appreciative crowd, I tried out Howard’s Roland keyboard amp which sounded great next to Gus’s new Gallien-Krueger.
Here’s a video of the event
Gus and I are playing at the Carnegie Library in Herne Hill next Monday. Mirei is the dancer we performed with at the Dome last December and we’re really pleased that we are going to be working with her again. Mirei is showing some of her paintings and sculptures and we will be accompanying a 20 minute performance piece with her.
Here are the details
Here’s our album. Gus and I are really pleased with it and Paul Khimasia Morgan is putting it out on Slightly off Kilter. I’m not great at describing my work so there’s a track on my Soundcloud which should give a good idea of what to expect.
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