Reactor Halls E16: Ghost in the Machine Music (Nottingham)

My next performance is at an event I’ve also created: Ghost in the Machine Music takes place on Saturday 6th June at Reactor Halls, Primary, Nottingham.

For the event I’ve invited four other artists working with sound to present work considering Nottingham and its cultural heritage, the space itself, and broader themes of obsolescence and the role of the machine in creative practice. Full details below.

Advance tickets come with an exclusive cassette, featuring tracks by all the artists involved: Leslie Deere, Tom Mudd, Tom Richards, Shelley Parker and myself.

Ghost in The Machine Music - mixed by Shelley Parker & Tom Richards by Graham Dunning on Mixcloud


Reactor Halls E16: Ghost in the Machine Music
Graham Dunning
Saturday 6 June

Doors: 19:00
Performance: 19:30-22:30
£7 advance tickets (includes limited edition mixtape)
£3 on the door

Electronic music as machine music – the ghost in the machine – rhythm and drone – the traces left behind – Stone Tapes – planned obsolescence

Electronic music as shamanic music – subsonic frequencies – peripheral hearing as hallucination – polydrone and polyrhythm – stacks of white labels dumped in a skip

Five experimental artists explore the ingrained social, physical and sonic resonances of Primary and Nottingham through the prism of DIY electronic music. With installations and performances from Leslie Deere, Graham Dunning, Tom Mudd, Shelley Parker and Tom Richards.

Get a limited edition mixtape produced by the artists with an advance ticket here

Leslie Deere
Originally from Tennessee, Leslie moved to the UK to study Sonic Art, continuing from a performing arts dance back ground in NYC. Her recent eight channel sound installation for Air Space Gallery in Stoke drew on the city’s history of rave culture and industrialisation. Leslie’s live performances use analogue and digital audio equipment alongside field recordings and her lo-fi video projections, to make abstract and absorbing drone collages. Leslie has exhibited internationally with shows in Italy and Switzerland, and has a permanently installed sculpture in Geneva. Commissions include sound installations for Kew Gardens, Glasgow Centre for Contemporary Art and London Fashion Week SS15. She is represented by Galerie Analix Forever, Geneva / Paris.

Graham Dunning
Graham Dunning’s solo project, Mechanical Techno: Ghost in the Machine Music, is a live-dubbed rhythmical collage made of record crackle, analogue synthesizer, dubplates and clumsily triggered drum machines.
Originally a studio project for making recordings, this method it is now also performed live. Several looping records spin on the same axle which ensures they stay approximately in time with each other. Graham layers up locked groove records, audio triggers to analogue synths, mechanically played percussion such as a cowbell or a cymbal, and mechanically triggered drum machines. The artist takes all these inputs and performs a live dub, mixing it down to two channels live in one take. Each set-up is unique. The technique is inherently clumsy and delicate, leading to frequent and multiple mistakes and accidents. The chance elements and unpredictable aspects lead to compositions the artist would never think to deliberately make.

Lee Scratch Perry described Dub as “the ghost in me coming out” – Using the Mechanical Techno set-up Graham aims to release the Ghost in the Machine. Graham Dunning is self-taught as an artist and musician having studied neither discipline academically. He has performed solo and in ensembles across the UK, Switzerland and Norway, and shown solo sound installations in the UK, New Zealand and USA. He teaches Experimental Sound Art at the Mary Ward Centre in London and also gives various independent workshops. Dunning has releases on Entr’acte, Linear Obsessional, Raw Tonk and other DIY labels.

Tom Mudd
Tom Mudd is a musician and programmer interested in relationships between software, composition and improvisation. His current work explores new synthesis methods through the use of Duffing oscillators coupled with banks of resonant filters. The resultant systems have many properties in common with acoustic systems found in reed or bowed instruments. Tom’s other works include Nonlinear Dynamical Systems – a research project investigating the use of nonlinear dynamical systems in digital musical interfaces; Porcelain Music – An ongoing project exploring the sounds of Walther Stürmer’s porcelain sculptures. With Tobias Stürmer and Akāshamitra; and Haptic Interfaces – a research project investigating haptic interfaces for new musical instruments stemming from a STEIM residency.

“There are musical ideas built in to all sounding technologies on some level – whether intentionally or not.  That seems to relate to the ‘ghost in the machine’ – the creative input from the tool itself.”

Shelley Parker
Shelley Parker is an artist based in London. Live audio feeds, bass frequencies and found sounds are recurring themes within her performance, installation and music production. In 2003 she joined the Haywire DJ roster alongside Andrew Weatherall, Radioactive Man and Magda. Her distinctive bass driven sets, encompassing elements of old school hardcore, techno and electro led to regular DJ sets at Fabric, The End and the T Bar where she became resident. Since 2008, she has performed her bass heavy hypnotic live sets alongside artists such as Zoviet France, Roly Porter and Aleksi Perala. Her site specific live sets include: Beachy Head for the Cerith Wynn Evans’ programme incorporating a live audio feed from nearby Beachy Head and for her residency at Space Studios in London, a live performance at the White Building employing sounds of the static hiss of pylons and electricity hum recorded at Dungeness Power Station. In May 2013 she also contributed to the Hydroacoustics event with a performance inside the hull of the MS Stubnitz constructed entirely from audio samples of the ship itself.

Tom Richards
Tom Richards uses re-purposed and outmoded electronic technologies to create abstract sound works, referencing shamanic music, rave culture, and minimalist composition. Richards has developed his own idiosyncratic modular electronic music system, with which he creates slowly evolving and heavily textured polyrhythmic improvisations. His individual approach and reductive palette lead to a taut rhythmically focused sonic experience. Tom has been walking the line between Sonic Art, Sculpture and Music since graduating with an MA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art in 2004. He has exhibited and performed widely in the UK, as well as internationally in the US, Germany and Sweden. Selected works and live performances have taken place at Tate Britain, The Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Science Museum, Spike Island, Cafe Oto, MK Gallery, Bold Tendencies, Soundfjord, and Resonance FM.


Mechanical Techno live set at City University (London)

On Tuesday 12th May I’m playing live at City University, using the Mechanical Techno setup. This will be my first gig in London with the expanded system, having debuted it in Newcastle a couple of weeks ago.  Full details below.


Due to limited space, please ensure you sign up to this concert here:

This concert focuses on electronic DIY instruments.

Dirty Electronics bring spinning hard drives, feedback and over-blown woodwind together in John Richards’ new work ‘Hidden Sine’ (2015). Participants of the Dirty Electronics workshop will demonstrate their created instruments and unearth sounds buried in detritus electronics. Dirty Electronics will be joined by City University Experimental Ensemble.

Graham Dunning’s ‘ Mechanical Techno – Ghost in the machine music’ will feature vinyl dissonance for lost memories: a live dubbed rhythmical collage made of squeezed record crackle, analogue synthesizer, dubplates of field recordings, dusty shellac records and clumsily triggered drum machines.

Sound artist and designer Yuri Suzuki will perform with sampler and electronics. In general, he produces work that explores the realms of sound through exquisitely designed pieces.

Pre-concert talk with John Richards’ ‘Hidden Sine’ in AG09, 6:00-6:45pm
FREE ADMISSION, all welcome.

Performance Space (ALG10)
College Building
City University London
St John St (between Spencer St and Wyclif St)
London EC1V 4PB

Excavation of the Roadside Museum 1

Buried tape and dubplate exhibited for Roadside Museum (Leeds)

The Roadside Museum is exhibiting again, this time at The Basement Arts Project in Leeds. I have a dubplate and a tape spool of some of my sound pieces in the show. Like all the works exhibited, they were buried for a year in a field in West Lancashire, before being exhumed and shown in their state of decay.


Roadside Museum | An exhibition curated by John O’Hare & Gordon Culshaw

BasementArtsProject, Leeds, LS11
Preview: Friday, 8th May, 7.30pm – 9.30pm

8th May – 17th May 2015
(weekends 2pm – 4pm and at other times by appointment)

In the overlapping spheres of the art historical object and that of the contemporary art object the subject of preservation is a contentious one. In a reversal of the usual museological concerns, curators John O’Hare and Gordon Culshaw set out to investigate the affect of time and biological and chemical decay on artworks.

Selected from an Open Call by Culshaw and O’Hare artists Graham Dunning (UK), Barbara Ekström (Sweden), Stig Evans (UK), Veronika Lukasova (Czech Republic / UK), Fred Martin (France), Samira Shafiei Nejad (Iran / UK), Raksha Patel (UK), Topp and Dubio (Netherlands),Peter Trukenbrod (Sweden), and Chris Wood(UK) elected to have their work buried in a field at a depth of six feet on a farm in Lancashire for 12 months prior to exhibiting. Towards the end of 2014 the site was excavated and the works were exhumed to allow the curators and artists the opportunity to further develop their ideas. The resultant Roadside Museum exhibition takes both the objects and documentation of the excavation, and looks at the changes brought about through the process of accelerated decay.

As a curator John O’Hare has worked on projects with, amongst others, Construction Gallery, London and Wolstenholme Projects, Liverpool. he has also been involved in many projects as an artist and a writer.

Gordon Culshaw is a practicing artist and curator based in Merseyside working with film and video. His critically acclaimed work has been exhibited widely and regularly features in film festivals around the world.

For directions to BasementArtsProject please e-mail Bruce at



Mechanical Techno track on double 12″ compilation (mottomotto records) – plus DJ set at launch party (London)

My new tune “Ends” is out this Friday 1st May on a new double 12″ compilation from Mottomotto Records. Listen to the track in full below.

The label have organised a launch event with live sessions from many of the acts on the compilation – including some flying over from Oslo for the event. I’m DJing at the event – playing a set of techno, electro and lo-fi electronic music. Details below / facebook event.


MottoDance Launch
The Victoria, Dalston, London
451 Queensbridge Road, London, E8 3AS
Friday 1st May – 7pm to 2am

A party for Mottomotto’s double-vinyl, electronik dance musik LP, “MottoDance”, with live acts & DJs from the album:
* Live:
>>> Center of the Universe (Norway) –
>>> Rebecca Closure –
>>> Jellica –
>>> Justin Paton –
* DJs:
>>> Angela Last & George Chrysostomou from now
>>> Graham Dunning
>>> DJ OuiOui: Viviana Vega from Masselys (Norway)
>>> Fat Teddy
>>> Xoe Deathchannel

* ENTRANCE = free before 7pm, £5 after / £10 with double vinyl

Mechanical Techno: Ghost in the Machine Music

Maker Faire UK: Presentation and performance of Mechanical Techno for If Wet (Newcastle)

On Saturday 25th April I’ll be appearing for If Wet at Maker Faire UK – to present a demonstration of the Mechanical Techno project, and also to play a live set.

On the Saturday, we have Graham Dunning presenting his ingenious Mechanical Techno system, which he uses to create wonky techno, through a series of stacked platters, tonearms and contact mic drum / synth triggers. In his words:

“Mechanical Techno: Ghost in the Machine music – vinyl dissonance for lost memories. A live dubbed rhythmical collage made of squeezed record crackle, analogue synthesizer, dubplates of field recordings, dusty shellac records and clumsily triggered drum machines.”

During our first session of the day Graham will discuss this system and his approach. Later in the day you will get chance to come back to the stage to hear him perform a Mechanical Techno set.


Mechanical Techno performance for “The Curves of the Needle” exhibition (Newcastle)

On Friday 24th April I’ll play a Mechanical Techno live set for Gallery North at Baltic 39 in Newcastle. My set coincides with a new show at the space: “The Curves of the Needle considers a recurring interest in the vinyl record by artists. This group exhibition explores album artwork, the cultural significance of the record collection and brings together contemporary artists who have experimented with the format.”

Full details:

Gallery North Presents: Graham Dunning
Mechanical Techno – Ghost in the Machine Music
Friday 24 April 2015 / 17.00–18.00 / FREE
BALTIC’s project space at BALTIC 39,  Newcastle

To coincide with The Curves of the Needle, London-based sound artist and musician Graham Dunning will be performing his Mechanical Techno project. Lee Scratch Perry described Dub as “the ghost in me coming out,” Dunning performs a live dub on a clunky home-made contraption to release the ghost in the machine.Mechanical Techno – Ghost in the Machine Music is vinyl dissonance for lost memories: a rhythmical collage of record crackle, analogue synthesizer, wounded dubplates and clumsily triggered drum machines.

Graham Dunning is self-taught as an artist and musician. He has performed solo and in ensembles across the UK, Switzerland and Norway, and exhibited in the UK, New Zealand and USA. He teaches Experimental Sound Art at the Mary Ward Centre in London and also gives independent workshops. Dunning has releases on Entr’acte, Linear Obsessional, Raw Tonk and other DIY labels.
Gallery North


Turntable, dubplates & objects / Saxophone improv duo – live set with Colin Webster (London)

On Tuesday 21st April myself and Colin Webster are playing a set supporting post-punk legends Blurt, at the Fidler’s Elbow in Kentish Town.

Colin will play saxophone and I’m using turntable, dubplates and objects.

More info from the facebook page, here, or below.

zerowave club poster idea 3First Zero Wave Club // Fiddler’s Elbow // Kentish Town // Blurt + Colin Webster & Graham Dunning + Far Rainbow

The first instalment of our new monthly night at the Fiddlers will feature ex-Factory Records pogo-jazzers BLURT with support from improvising turntable / sax duoGraham Dunning & Colin Webster, plus Far Rainbow.

Doors will open at 8pm and close at midnight. We will ask you for a fiver on the door. The venue is a mere stone’s throw from both Chalk Farm tube and Kentish Town West overground stations. See you there.