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Mechanical Techno gig and new demonstration video

My last solo gig of 2015 will be a mechanical techno set at Apiary Studios. Here’s a new video that shows how the setup works!

From algorithms to poly-rhythms, this is the third instalment of Graham Dunning’s Ghost in the Machine Music. Spanning a diverse range of artists and electronic music techniques; from laptops to hand made electro-mechanical contraptions, it promises to be an eclectic and engaging night of improvised electronica.

Leslie Deere/Shelley Parker/Tom Mudd/Tom Richards/Graham Dunning
Friday 27th November
Apiary Studios, Hackney Road
458 Hackney Road, London E2 9EG
8pm til late
£5 entry
[facebook event]
Leslie Deere –
Originally from Tennessee, Leslie moved to the UK to study Sonic Art, continuing from a performing arts dance back ground in NYC. 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.

Shelley Parker –
Bass frequencies, live audio feeds and found sounds are recurring themes within Shelley Parker’s performance, installation and music production. As well as releasing on her own label, her solo work and remixes have come out on Acre, Adaadat, Bulletdodge, Entr’acte, Myzuk, Opal and WotNot.

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.

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.

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. Graham is self-taught as an artist and musician having studied neither discipline academically.

Humanimentical Prototype, Mark Peter Wright

Duo with Tom White at “Is It Eating You?”, IMT Gallery

Performance: Is It Eating You?
Saturday 21 November 6 – 9pm
Free admission

Image Music Text 
Unit 2/210 Cambridge Heath Road
London E2 9NQ UK

A night of sound, film and performance exploring non-human worlds. The title of the event takes its cue from Larry Cohen’s 1985 b-movie horror comedy, The Stuff. The plot involves a goo-like substance that is extracted from the ground and sold as frozen yoghurt. As the story unfolds we discover the yoghurt is a parasitic, even sentient organism that gradually takes over the human brain and turns people into zombies before shedding their skin.

Inspired by Cohen’s film the evening will mix humour and horror: amplifying a host of matter and affects; from animals to microbes, technology to plants, soil and screams.



Sebastiane Hegarty
Mira Calix (screening)
Esther Planas & Jennifer Ipekel
Graham Dunning & Tom White
Pond Scum Light Show (Jennifer Pengilly & Jamie Sutcliffe)

This event is curated by Mark Peter Wright, as part of his solo exhibition I, the Thing in the Margins


New cassette release: Stuart Chalmers & Graham Dunning – Home Taping

Available now from bumtapes: Stuart Chalmers & Graham Dunning – Home Taping. Cassette album in an edition of 30.
More info / buy a copy: bumtapes.

With a shared use of cassettes, sampling and lo-fi bedroom production a collaboration seemed a natural choice when Stuart Chalmers and Graham Dunning first met in September 2014.
Following a recording session at The Island in Bristol with Henry Collins at the controls, the two each filled a C60 and swapped them over. With half of the material each, they worked independently, overdubbing, re-sampling and live mixing to create new tracks.
Stuart Chalmers is a tape scavenger exploring the poetry of old cassettes, junk, household objects, electronics, contact mics and synths.
Graham Dunning is an artist, musician and producer working with rhythm and drone, things that people throw away, DIY and collage.
cover design from a collage by Jay Harper
Screen printed covers. Limited edition of 30


Duo with Robert Barry (Far Rainbow) for Non Classical: Inspired by Martinů

On Wednesday 21st October I’ll play in a duo with Robert Barry of Far Rainbow for the first time, at the NonClassical event, Inspired by Martinů. As part of the set I’ll use records and tape recordings of Martinů’s work.
Full details here.

Inspired by Martinů explores the fascinating oeuvre of the 20th century Czech composer through London’s contemporary classical and electronic music scene as represented by artists around the acclaimed Nonclassical label led by its founder, composer and DJ Gabriel Prokofiev. On 21 October 2015, Nonclassical artists will be joined live onstage by piano virtuoso Lada Valešová, violin wunderkind Tereza Anna Přívratská and vibrant soprano Lucie Špičková in a unique attempt to reimagine Martinů’s most influential chamber pieces by creating real-time improvised soundtracks, avant-garde audiovisual installations and once-in-a-lifetime musical reworks. 

Live performance:
Lada Valešová, piano
Lucie Špičková, mezzo-soprano
Tereza Anna Přívratská, violin


In association with Nonclassical & Czech Centre London
Supported by Bohuslav Martinů Institute

Partners: Bohuslav Martinů Foundation


Performance with Mumurists, secret (floating) location

On Saturday 18th October I’ll play percussion, electronics and shouting with Murmurists, in another large scale sound/dance/improv/performance piece orchestrated by Anthony Donovan.

An Evening With Classwar Karaoke takes place at a secret boatbound location in Deptford/Greenwich – email me for details if you’re interested in attending.

Feat: Murmurists, Ampersand/Zolan Quobble/Nguyen Tri Mai/VJFlickeringlight, Yumi Hara/Guy Harries, Adam Bohman/Clive Graham and Daniel James Ross


New tape & fanzine editions for Press Gang, Sluice__2015


The Press Gang is a new project promoting artists new work via the art of self publishing including artists books, audio books, tapes and zines. The project is run from The Penthouse, an artist led space in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. The Press Gang’s first stop is Sluice__ 2015 which occupies OXO Tower Wharf, Southbank (London) 16-18 October 2015.

For the event I’ve made two new editions:  a booklet/fanzine called Process Archive One which has photocopies of offcuts, byproducts and workings out from some of my work over the last three years; and Whispers of the Dead, a cassette edition of Music by the Metre in handmade covers. Both will be available exclusively from the Penthouse’s stall at Sluice over the weekend.


Rhythm & Drone set for eXperimental electronics at Apiary Studios

On Tuesday 13th November I’m playing a Rhythm & Drone set at Apiary Studios, with Martin Howse presenting EARTHVOICE and noise artist Alejandra Perez Nuñez. Full details below.


eXperimental electronics
Tuesday 13th October, 7pm, £5
Apiary Studios, Hackney Road
458 Hackney Road, E2 9EG London, United Kingdom

New edition of eXperimental electronics at Apiary Studios with Martin Howse, Graham Dunning and Alejandra Perez Nunez.

Martin Howse
EARTHVOICE un-earths a dirty, soil circuit, modulating and expressing wormed and human voice, uniting deep earth currents and atmospheric signals with vocal bone and tongue fragility. EARTHVOICE explores the detection and extraction of code and signals from the sheer ground through unrefined electrochemistry and manipulation of crystal-bound electrons, air and light.

Graham Dunning
Rhythm & Drone
As an artist I make things in various different formats, but generally to do with either Sound or Found Objects. My background is in experimental music and this continues into the art I make and how I go about it. I use experimentation and play as a main part of my making process. I also like to set myself restrictions for my projects similarly to the way scientific experiments are conducted. Noise – as unwanted sound like record crackle or tape hiss – often features in my work, and a visual equivalent in dirt, dust or decay. I often try and repeat a visual process with audio, and vice versa.

Alejandra Perez Nuñez
aka elpueblodechina
noise artist
elpueblodechina a.k.a. Alejandra Perez is a sound artist and art researcher, working with FOSS tools, noise and writing. She is a PhD student at Westminster university in London where her focus of research is Antarctic landscape and the unperceivable intensities entangled to remote sites. Her noise act is focused on the production of affect through the use of minimal setups. Hers is an investigative performance about the dissolution of borders between self and other.