Well it’s been a couple of months since I last posted. I’ve been working on lots of new stuff; including a get together with Gus in a rehearsal space which was a new one for us, it was good to play without the pressure of an audience, soundchecks and so on and we made some recordings which I’m trying to get into shape for an EP.
Chris and I are working on the new nil piece, we’ve got some scores and ideas which we’re going to workshop into a performance. A lot came out of the performance at Dear Serge and we’ve made some decisions about how we set up, what to include and exclude; that kind of thing.
I’m playing at The Scope with Andrew Greaves next week, we’re doing an interpretation of In C. Andrew will play the parts and I’ll fiddle them into something new with a computer and effects pedals. The whole ‘collaborating with someone at every Scope in 2015’ which Geoff made me do has gone well, it’s good to be pushed in new directions. Geoff and me started up our noise project – Renfield – as part of it and did a gig at Splitting the Atom which was well received.
Gus and I are doing a collaboration with Adam Bushell on 11th October at The Caroline of Brunswick in Brighton, then at Listening Club in Peckham the following week (the 18th). Really looking forward to both of them.
I’ve been helping Chris Cook on a project to bring a group of Indian Classical Musicians over from Benares which is happening in November, partly thanks to a grant from Arts Council England, but mostly thanks to Chris. They will be doing some gigs in Sussex, leading workshops with local schoolchildren and collaborating with musicians from the Spirit of Gravity collective.
Paul Morgan and I have a project called Brambling which came out of a performance at The Scope and some recordings we did in Paul’s home studio over the last couple of years. It’s on The Slightly Off Kilter Label website as coming soon, so I guess it will be along soon.
Spirit of Gravity website with details of the gig on the 19th August – Gus is playing with Annie Kerr as well.
Me and Chris tried our new approach for Nil at Dear Serge on Saturday. We’ve decided to focus our attention on the things we like most, the sounds that sound right together to us and the theme we’ve gone back to again and again – ritual. Chris has been making some beautiful scores using a mix of media which we used at Dear Serge; I need to get working on something similar.
We brought far less each to play, rather stripped down from the usual assortment of junk, instruments and kitchen implements. Chris concentrated on reeds although diverted sparingley into objects as needed. I used my tuned percussion, ektara and voice. We also sat behind a table rather than on the floor, our knees just can’t take it any more.
The score gave a nice structure, even if it was more of a signalling device at times. We decided afterwards that we need to reintroduce some of the performance elements which got dropped. One of the reasons we started to change things is we were tired of being labelled as a couple of jokers, but there’s still space for the playful, rather than the downright silly.
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.
This Sunday at 7pm at the Rag Factory in London we’re launching the Long Half Day USB album which Slightly Off Kilter are releasing. Come and take your pick from the different cases we’ve made and have a listen to us doing some free improv.
All the details are on Sound and Music here: http://www.soundandmusic.org/thesampler/event/2013/11/long-half-day-album-launch
We’d love to see you there.
Chris and I travelled to Braziers Park in Oxfordshire once again for Supernormal. We got to play in the Church of Chaos on Saturday afternoon and then for Bang the Bore in the Barn on Sunday. Both good sets and we gave away a few cd’s, got some nice comments and made some new friends. Chris did a blasting set with some Bolide people and I took part in a John Cage percussion piece with a very long title which I have forgotten, organised by Adam Bushell.
I saw plenty great music, performance and art. Plurals, Cosham Community Players, Lama Dalai’s facilitated visual scores interpreted by the Kev Nickells All Stars, a performance in the woods at night, Carousel, Mothers of the Third Reich, and possibly the quietest piece of music I’ve ever heard by Charlie Sdraulig which was almost inaudible above the drone metal sound bleed.
Chris and I did a Nil thing at Splitting the Atom at the beginning of June. We thought the recording sounded ok so we’ve released it on Bandcamp as a free download. I was only there in the afternoon and everything I saw was inspiring, there was more low key stuff too, although I heard things degenerated as the night wore on.
Here’s the album