Mechanical Techno & Live Coding set, Glasgow

GRAHAM DUNNING, COATIC SEQUENCE, SHAKEEB ABU HAMDAN, HUMAN HEADS 14/12/19
Saturday 14th December, 7.30pm
The Old Hairdressers, Renfield Ln, Glasgow G2 5AR

Tickets £7 Adv, £10 on the door.

Graham Dunning makes live performances using both Mechanical Techno and live coding (with TidalCycles) together. Each of the systems runs independently and is synchronised by ear; effectively like a DJ set with two turntables, except one of them is a rotating mechanical sequencer and the other is a text-based sample sequencer. Graham runs a label and radio show called Fractal Meat that focuses on process and experiments, releasing a recent tape for Coatic Sequence.

Coatic Sequence is a collaborative sound and visual project by Manchester artists Darren Adcock and Tasha Whittle. The project was debuted in 2017 after a collaborative commission for Manchester Science Festival. The pair utilise a hand built modular synthesiser ‘Glen’ to amplify drawing and improvise visual and sonic compositions. Each mark made has a sonic effect, each sound produced affects the way the drawing is created.

The work with Glen is playful, physical, chaotic, indeterminable, inclusive, improvised and falls in line with abstract expressionism. There is an infinite amount of sounds that can be synthesised from Glen and subsequently there are infinite ways drawings can be produced. Both senses (sight and sound) and disciplines (sound and visual) come together in one body of work and the pair are interested in the grey area where they meet.

Shakeeb Abu Hamdan has been living and working in Beirut for the last few years, but before that he was in Leeds playing in the best bands of the early UK 2000s: Please and Cleckhuddersfax. Tonight Keeby will be playing improvised percussion, building textures and developing the new work he started on Residency at Ashkal Alwan in Beirut.

Human Heads are Hannah Ellul and Ben Knight. Facing the future, if the future is a crude drawing of a figure whispering into a clam shell phone. ‘They brush a demure fringe to one side and look you straight in the face…worship me like you worship the distant buttery sunlight of youth, it seems to say!’ Joe Murray, Radio Free Midwich

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