Two gigs with MURMURISTS – as a five piece ensemble (London)

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Murmurists is a recording and live project of Anthony Donovan, artist, musician, composer, improviser and writer. This live iteration features five musicians improvising to a graphic score. Details below.

Friday 17th October
Murmurists / Ampersand / Feedback Aerophonium
Anatum’s Abode, 613 Commercial Road, London, E14 7NT
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Saturday 18th October
Murmurists / Ampersand / Feedback Aerophonium / Laughing Leo
The Minesweeper, Brookmarsh Indstustrial Estate, 70 Norman Road, Greenwich, London, SE10 9QE
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Turntable/dubplates and Saxophone duo: Sonic Imperfections at Montague Arms (London)

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New Cross has a good tradition of experimental music (remember the Gluerooms at the Amersham Arms?). Latest in this continuum is Sonic Imperfections, ‘South London’s leading experimental night’ at the Montague Arms. Next one is tomorrow night (Tuesday 14 October), with Barrel, Iris Garrelfs and Webster & Dunning.

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For Posterity exhibition opens at The Auricle, Christchurch, New Zealand

Thursday 9th October is the opening night of For Posterity, my installation which is being exhibited at The Auricle sonic arts centre in Christchurch, New Zealand. The exhibition runs till the end of the month.

For Posterity was commissioned by SoundFjord in 2011 and first exhibited there in 2012.


For Posterity by Graham Dunning

For PosterityThe Auricle Sonic Arts Gallery
Showing: 12-5pm, 9-30 October, 2014
Opening: 9 October, 6-8pm
1/4″ audio tape, digital audio loop

On the tape, a family’s audio diary from 1958 to 1967. In the last entry, the parents of the family explain to the youngest son the reason for making the recordings. “It’s for posterity,” the father explains. The mother adds, “for your children, and your chi…” She is interrupted and soon the tape ends. This installation is a document of the artist’s attempt to reunite the tape with its makers. The uncanny experience of a disembodied voice playing through a piece of obsolete technology, a ghost in the machine. In the age of digital media, where memories as photographs, videos and audio recordings exist only as numbers on hard-drives and CDs, or online on a distant server, the work calls into question the apparent advantages of digital over analogue technologies; the role of physical artefacts in preserving our own histories; and the function of archiving itself. Recent debates about online privacy focus on the traces of ourselves we leave behind, the ‘right to be forgotten,’ and the implications of policing this on freedom of speech and censorship. These themes are also explored in the installation through the choices of presentation of personal and sensitive material.

Graham Dunning is a London based sonic artist whose practice deals with temporality, memory and narrative through sound, performance and installation, utilizing people’s discarded memories and the function of archiving via found objects, photographs and recordings. Experimentation is fundamental and his practice is often informed by scientific or archaeological protocols.
www.grahamdunning.com

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Field recording dubplates DJ set (London)

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On Saturday 4th October I’ll be playing dubplates of field recordings for Earshots V!

It will take place as usual at the Hundred Years Gallery in Pearson Street E2, and the music will begin precisely at 8:00pm (doors at 7:15)

Entry is by donation, suggested £6

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Experimental Sound Art evening course restarts in October (London)

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Experimental Sound Art is a ten week evening course I teach at the Mary Ward Centre, an adult education centre in London. It runs every Wednesday evening from 6:30 to 8:30pm near Holborn, from Wedensday 8th October.

Click the image (left) for a review of the course in the current Wire magazine, written by Daisy Hyde who attended the course last term. Further info about the course and full details of how to enrol are on the Mary Ward website, here.

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Three solo gigs – Bristol, London, Cambridge

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I’m playing three solo sets using the “mechanical techno” set-up this week. Please come along and say hello! See the video below for the kind of stuffI’ll be playing.

WEDNESDAY 17th – BRISTOL
GRAHAM DUNNING | DANIEL JONES | HENRY COLLINS & STUART CHALMERS
Café Kino| 108 Stokes Croft | Bristol | BS1 3RU
8pm-11pm £5
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FRIDAY 19th – LONDON
GRAHAM DUNNING / SDF / STEPH HORAK + DJs DEBONAIR / ILY PALONE / CITY CRIME
Power Lunches,446 Kingsland Road Hackney, London, E8 4AE
8pm – 2am, £5
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SATURDAY 20th – CAMBRIDGE
JOHN CHANTLER, GRAHAM DUNNING, HOLLY RUMBLE, LOCAL RADIO
PREMIERE OF SPECIALLY COMPOSED HYDROPHONE WORK BY JEZ RILEY FRENCH.
Cambridge Museum of Technology, The Old Pumping Station, Cambridge, CB5
5pm – 8pm, £7
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The Roadside Museum: Dubplate and Tape Spool exhibited in group show (Blackpool)

Two of my recordings were buried in summer 2013 and exhumed a few weeks ago for The Roadside Museum, a touring exhibition which will first visit Blackpool.

The first of the objects was a specially recorded spool of tape from my Music by the Metre project. As that project references dub music and its mythology, the Roadside Museum offered the opportunity to recreate the story of Lee Scratch Perry burying his master tapes to improve the sound.

The second was a dubplate of the Audio Guide from the Visitor Centre project in 2010: the record is a composition made in part from broken shellac pieces dug up from an industrial site in that project.

Both pieces will be playable at the Roadside Museum exhibition, in their partially-decayed states.

The Roadside Museum at Venn Projects flyer

The Roadside Museum
Exhibition at Venn Projects
FYC Gallery 154-158 Church Street, Blackpool, FY1 3PS

15th September – 6th October 2014 (Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10pm – 4pm)
Preview: Friday, 12th September, 6pm – 8pm

The Roadside Museum is an experimental project examining the feasibility and/or desirability of fast forwarding the ageing process of artists’ work through biological and chemical decay.

13 artists were selected to bury their work on a farm in the north-west of England. Artworks were buried unprotected in a field at a depth of 6 feet. The site was chosen due to its location in a high water table with acidic soil which, it was hoped would accelerate the degradation process.

12 months later, the site was excavated. Artworks were unearthed and, over the summer, the artists were given the time to develop an appropriate way to present their work. This exhibition provides the first chance to see the resulting work.

The project provides the opportunity for a range of media to be considered in relation to the progression of time and decomposition, whilst providing unique documentation of the West Lancashire region. It has been conceived as an experimental ‘art’ residency due to the predicted physical transformation of the objects which reside on the farm for 12 months and how the artists/viewers engage with and respond to this change. 

Artists: Sarah Carne, Graham Dunning, Barbara Ekström, Stig Evans, Veronika Lukasova, Fred Martin, Samira Shafiei Nejad, Riitta Oittinen, Raksha Patel, Topp & Dubio, Peter Trukenbrod, Alana Tyson, and Chris Wood. 

Devised and curated by Gordon Culshaw and John O’Hare

For further information about the project please visit http://roadsidemuseum.blogspot.co.uk/
For information about the venue and their work please visit www.vennprojects.com
Press contact John O’Hare freespaceprojects@gmail.com
Venue contact Garth Gratrix 01253 477147

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