Music box

I haven’t been posting very regularly as I’ve been working on a project to replace my current laptop centric electro acoustic gear with a Raspberry Pi based system. As well as that, Gus and I played at The Horse at I’klectik, a great venue and appreciative audience, including Paul May. We’re hoping to organise another duo with Paul soon.

The new setup looks like this:


So that’s a Raspberry Pi 2 Model B, with a 7″ touchscreen, and 8 x rotary pots which control the audio levels on the Pure Data patch running on the Pi. The first version (above) used lots of Lego – mine from when I was a child, which has found its way back to me. The slightly more robust version two is below!


The project is on Github here, theres lots more on the build in the Wiki


Brambling – a review by an old friend of the show + a gig

The Brambling album got a great review by our old mate Ed Pinsent. What a great guy he is! Seriously, Ed is a great guy and his radio show on Resonance is always worth listening to. You can see the review here

Plus Brambling are playing at The Ceramic House in Brighton on May 13th as part of Landscape : Islands. There’s more about that on the Aural Detritus blog here. I’ll be playing some ceramic sounds.

The Long Half Day

The Long Half Day happened at i’klectik in March. It’s difficult to condense 12 hours of playing into a few words, so here’s the whole thing courtesy of Resonance Extra who broadcast it the following week.

You can make your own mind up, I really enjoyed it.


Al Strachan of Lost Property made this excellent short(er) film of it which is worth a watch if you have half an hour.

Paul May collab + new Nil album

Gus and I travelled to Winchester to do a set at Ancient and Modern, an excellent night run in a very nice pub, The Railway. Also on at The Railway that evening was Kirk Brandon of Spear of Destiny (in the big room) who wandered through when we were setting up and gave a cheery hello. We were joined by drummer Paul May and went down a storm, a very enjoyable set, and a collaboration which we’ll be doing again.

Thanks to Tom Bench of Brighton’s Hardworking Families, Chris and I got to play at the Sallis Benney Theatre on the bottom a fine bill that included Tom & Dylan Nyoukis doing a mood enhancing set, my old mate Henry Collins & Robin Foster rummaging and the wondrous Bohman Brothers bowing, shaking, stroking and spouting their way through a set that took in free playing of found objects and The Thundercats.

We never really play using amplification so it was a bit daunting having 2 mics, but it worked really well. The Sallis Benney is fairly big so we couldn’t have done it without mics and the sound guy was great. Tom sent through a recording and we put it on our Bandcamp.


There are also some great pictures of the concert by Agata Urbaniak


The full album is here

The Static Memories – three collaborations

Thanks to the good people at Club Integral and Brighton Safehouse The Static Memories have done three collaborations over the last month.

First up was guitarist Daniel Thompson at Club Integral at The Others in Stoke Newington. It felt quite chaotic and took us a while to get focussed, but produced some great moments.

Then back at Club Integral a couple of weeks later with free vocalist Phil Minton. A great set, one of our best we think; at I’Klektic, a lovely venue in Lambeth. I tried out a new setup, using a volume pedal at the end of the audio out so I could shape the sound quickly, which I thought worked well. We recorded the set and you can hear that on Soundcloud.

We played at Brighton Safehouse a couple of nights ago with Al Strachan joining us on cornet, objects and electronics. Al is a brilliant musician and improviser and despite all three of us being worn out by a combination of work and the festive season we pulled off a great low key set.

So thanks to Daniel, Phil and Al; and to Simon and all at Club Integral, and the Brighton Safehouse guys.

I’Klektic’s website

Club Integral

Here’s Brighton Safehouse

Touching Extremes – a review at a distance

At a distance from the release anyway, this is a review of the long forgotten album by The Static Memories The Bloudy Vision of John Farley which we released 18 months ago. Lets face it in the age of the internet that’s like getting a review of something you released in the 18th century.

It’s a good review, by Massimo Ricci of Touching Extremes. Thank you Massimo!

A lot of peculiar timbres and reconstructed improvisational concepts, imbued with Franciscan wisdom and tranquil rebelliousness at once. It’s beautifully discordant stuff all the way: hard-hitting yet sweet to these ears, corrosive for commonplace but not for intelligence.

The review is here

Club Integral + Phil Minton + Daniel Thompson

Really pleased about two collaborations The Static Memories have got coming up at the legend that is Club Integral in November and December. We’ve played at Club Integral a couple of times and really enjoyed ourselves and had a great response. A very nice bunch of people who’ve been plugging away supporting all kinds of interesting stuff for a very long time.

On November 27th we’re playing with guitarist Daniel Thompson at The Others in Stoke Newington; and then on 19th December at I’klectik down in the fine old London borough of Lambeth with vocal improv giant Phil Minton.

Gus keep on pulling great collaborations out of his bag of interesting people, I must try and do the same. Although my bag of interesting people is not as full as his. But them I’m not as old as Gus (don’t tell him I said that).

Club Integral are here

The Others is a great place to go, you can find it here

This is I’klectik