I’ve recently been experimenting with video celebrating autumn’s bounty: a contemporary twist on the makings of a still life painting – crab apples, oyster shells, spindle blossom. Reasons to be cheerful in these mellow, misty days. The more unusual FX in the video were created by a variety of bespoke audio-reactive webcam filters I made using Olivia Jack‘s incredible creative coding platform, Hydra. I look forward to delving deeper into it, and to remembering to ‘mute’ the code so I don’t get stray 0s and 1s appearing on the screen. 😅
Paul Hierophant – Voices from the diaspora
Begg – Corporal Pun
Maja SK Ratkje – live at Tusk Festival
Dengue Dengue Dengue – Xongo
214 – Certain Indications
Clipping – Say The Name
Amhain – Lx4
Alabaster de Plume – I’m The Queen
Me Lost Me – Worm Unearthed
Radical Kitten – Say Shit
Fulacht Fiadh – Mystery Mountain Hop
Loula Yorke – Eat Out To Help Out
CHALICES – Gravewalking
CHALICES – Conference B 10pm
I spoke on a BBC Music Introducing LIVE panel about how to keep working, pushing and promoting what you do as an artist working outside of a mainstream setting. The result was a lively conversation, entitled “How non-conforming artists prosper in their surroundings”, hosted by Angelle Joseph and included veteran drum’n’bass producer, Digital, and R&B songwriter and artist Ricardo Williams, as well as myself. The program lasts 30 minutes and goes live on Saturday 25 October, airing on the radio on BBC Suffolk at 8pm and online on BBC Sounds at 10pm where it’s available for listen to for 30 days.
Melissa Pons – wideness / Natalia Beylis – Real Live Birds / Loula Yorke – Crowd Control Vol 1 (excerpt) / UKAEA – Vampire Moth (feat. AJA) / Ghösh – LYAOF / SAD MAN – House Work / Jay Diggs – W.A.P. (Funk) / Saint Thomas LeDoux – Jilted / Controlled Weirdness – Suburban Menace / FAUZIA – berceuse / Loraine James – Mmm / Gaelynn Lea – The Long Way Around / Efa Supertramp – Llygru / Dave Stitch – Vintage Warehouse 2020 / Dylab – Hiding All The Cards / Crass x Jeffery Lewis x Dave Stitch – Big A Little A
This show is dedicated to Stuart Tokam: the man, the myth, the Headfuk sound system legend. Rest In Peace. The samples on ‘Vintage Warehouse 2020’ were recovered recently on an old hard-drive and feature Stuart and Amelia singing their merry little lungs out whilst enjoying life to the full c.2003.
A live recording of Crowd Control Vol 1, including a series of interlinked preparatory studies, is up for pre-order on Bandcamp now. The release will drop on Saturday 10 October 2020 after the show at TUSK Virtual.
Crowd Control Vol 1 is a 23-minute installation, film and live sound performance examining themes of privacy and protest in the age of surveillance capitalism.
Our digital communications and social posts feel private but are in fact mined for information and predictive behavioural data by third parties, from supermarkets to state agencies. Similarly, crowds feel like a safe environment in which to find solidarity and take action, but are in fact intensely watched, with individual people identified and criminalised later on the basis of social media posts and video footage.
A voltage-controlled laser is trained on a vase of flowers, lit candles and curiosities sitting on a silver tray. The movement of the laser is controlled by the sound waves created during the performance.
A film plays, heavily featuring the colour yellow. Wildflowers are inspected under a microscope; crowds of people process slowly through city streets.
A live sound piece is performed using my Innalog modular synthesiser and a drum machine. I open the piece by layering white noise over recordings of crowds gathered at social justice protests: the resulting mix of sonic data – ‘signal’ and ‘noise’ – is then sculpted over time using different types of filtration and FX, including granular and spectral processing. Melodic elements start to appear: oscillators bleep, rising and falling; drums; the sound of a female voice is looped to create rhythm. Gradually the mix is peeled back to the foundational building blocks of the piece: white noise and crowd noise, people and data, information littered across the digital panopticon; but who is controlling the laser?
Lock East, Sound City Ipswich, Friday 2nd October 2020 – livestream performance
TUSK Virtual, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Saturday, 10 October 2020 – pre-recorded livestream performance
‘Freeness’ on BBC Radio 3, Saturday 10 October 2020 – an excerpt of the pre-record for TUSK
HERE, The Art Station, Saxmundham, Saturday 21 November to Sunday 13 December 2020 – livestream performance; gallery showing; online exhibition; framed prints for sale.
For this month’s CAMP show, I took a look back over the summer’s SonitusLIVE YouTube streams and picked out some absolutely cracking highlights from artists and collaborators we’ve had live in session so far.
⚡FRIDAY 2 OCTOBER⚡ The Smokehouse have invited me in to livestream my new work ‘Crowd Control Vol 1’ from their amazing new filming set-up for Sound City Ipswich 2020 alongside some of the most exciting talent in our fine region.⚡ The set-up includes performance and voltage-controlled laser show – I’m really excited about having more opportunities to share it with audiences in the absence of any of us getting together in a room to listen to live music any time soon 😢
A live recording of ‘Crowd Control Vol 1’ including out-takes and extras will be released on Bandcamp after the showing at TUSK Virtual on 10 October 2020 via new label Tigerforce Records 🐆
Link for pre-orders coming soon!
The internationally renowned TUSK Festival returns to celebrate its 10th edition this October. Having already announced its plans for its expected live edition over 3 days in October at partner organisation Sage Gateshead, the TUSK team’s plans were overtaken by events and the global pandemic, rendering their initial intentions unfeasible. So, with aspirations adapted to the new reality and years of live streaming and digital programming experience behind them, TUSK, still working in partnership with Sage Gateshead, are now delighted to announce TUSK Virtual 2020 – a two-week online version of the festival that falls somewhere between a virtual version of one of the most adventurous music festivals on the planet and the most raucous rollercoaster of an avant garde TV station you could ever imagine.
Across two weeks of programming, TUSK Virtual’s uniquely diverse menu of adventurous music has grown even more expansive, normal rules of festival production abandoned by the plague and a whole host of often unreachable international artists now able to join the programme via web connections. Tusk Virtual will also feature an enhanced version of the renowned film programme with nightly midnight movie selections and expanded weekend film feasts, plus talks and discussions from people across the global adventurous music community, guest DJ mixes, a selection of gems from the vast TUSK archive and all held together by our team of guest presenters that includes David Liebe Hart (Tim And Eric Awesome Show Great Job!), Rock N Roll Jackie Stewart from Oregon’s seminal Smegma and the ‘cardboard Prince’ himself, Robert Ridley-Shackleton.
I will be adding a 23-minute timed sound and video performance into the mix on Saturday 10th October 2020.
Monthly radio for CAMP is archived to listen to now on Mixcloud. Mix of stuff I’ve been listening to recently – including some ambient, punk, juke and techno.
Dave Stitch and I collaborated as TR-33N on our first live modular piece using a voltage-controlled laser for SonitusLIVE on 16 July. The waves that you are seeing are the waves that you are hearing! They are primarily created from the interplay on the X-Y axis between the CV output of two modular instruments – the Frequency Central Waverider and the Haible Living VCO.