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 basementartsproject@gmail.com

Website: http://basementartsproject.com/


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) – https://soundcloud.com/sissyfus
>>> Rebecca Closure – http://www.youtube.com/rebeccaclosure
>>> GAGARIN – http://www.gagarin.org.uk/
>>> Jellica – http://jellica.bandcamp.com/
>>> Justin Paton – https://soundcloud.com/justin-paton-4
* 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.


Two gigs with Murmurists (London)

I’m playing percussion, modified turntable and electronics as part of a four-piece version of Murmurists at two gigs in April. Murmurists is the solo project of Anthony Donovan, who has produced video accompaniment and graphic scores for these performances. Friday 17th April: Classwar Karaoke Live Anatum’s Abode, 613 Commercial Rd, London, E147NT Performance start at 7pm sharp [facebook] Saturday 18th April: Secret location (Deptford) Email me for details. With: 213TV Murmurists Balkh Cementimental Gagarin Lawrence Casserley Hubert Heathertoes Yoni Silver / Benedict Taylor / Daniel Thompson

Graham Dunning & Embla Quickbeam

Live tape-swap set with Embla Quickbeam (Brighton)

On Sunday 5th April myself and Embla Quickbeam (aka Rowan Forestier-Walker) will play our second live performance, at Splitting The Atom XXV. The first time we played together was in February 2013, also in Brighton.

Over the past five months we have been swapping cassettes through the post – each recording one track and sending them back – and also various objects, paper and ephemera to influence each others’ recording choices. For the performance we’ll use these sounds and collage them into a new piece.

In 2013 when we played we’d never met and didn’t really know what to expect of each other – we both enjoyed the set and the way our sounds worked together. In the spirit of that performance we aren’t rehearsing for this one either; we’ll just turn up and play.

Club Zygotic and Lost Property presents:


Sunday 5th April
Green Door Store
2PM- 10:30PM
donations sought and accepted