AAS performance/exhibition – Chaotic Good: Crabhead / Collaborative Princess / Lumpy Oracle

Throughout 2016, AAS has been exploring what happens when things break down. When self is lost. When abjection occurs. When emotional flooding results in catastrophe. When another organ takes control of the body. When another system takes over logistics. When a quantity of sensation is categorically different from all the quantities before. When you play too loud, too long or too hard. When your world ends.

Chaotic Good: Crabhead / Collaborative Princess / Lumpy Oracle has been developed out of a process of molecular collaboration by AAS with the assistance of Northumbria University, in the form of Warwick Stafford Fellowship support for AAS member Stuart Tait. AAS also wish to acknowledge molecular contributions to development of this work by: Rob Smith, Kayt Hughes, Juliet Fleming, Philip Cornett, Diana Policarpo, Bea Turner and Rene McBrearty. With thanks to Mrs Patterson’s Press and Claire Potter for their work on the exhibition publication.

Performance: 5pm – 9pm, 1 November
Exhibition: 2 – 26 November
Venue: Gallery North, Sandyford Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne. NE1 8ST



Associate artist with Somerset House Studios

Somerset House Studios is a new experimental workspace within Somerset House connecting around 300 artists, makers and thinkers with audiences. Located inside the former Inland Revenue offices, the studios are a platform for the development of new creative projects and collaboration, promoting work that pushes bold ideas, engages with urgent issues and pioneers new technologies. The studios are also home to Makerversity, Europe’s most exciting community of emergent makers.

For the following 12 months I’ll be an associate artist with the studios, working towards a performance installation at Somerset House in 2017. Check out the preview video below, or the official website here.



New release: tape swap album with Embla Quickbeam

A new album with Embla Quickbeam called Inside Memory’s Head is released 8th October on Third Kind Records. Over the course of two years we exchanged cassettes, found objects, writing and other ephemera to remotely collaborate on the album. Comes in a handmade box with poster and photo inserts, plus a found slide in each.


You can watch a video here, made of some of the slides:


Mechanical Techno for Sonophilia, Lincoln’s festival of sound and music

Sonophilia is an 8-day-long festival programme breaking barriers between experimental sound art and live music across genres; developing audiences; supporting artists; encouraging people to try something new.

On Thursday 6th October I’ll be part of a panel discussion and give a demonstration of and some background to my mechanical techno system.  Then on Friday 7th I’ll perform live at Sonophilia Goes Loopy at Lincoln Drill Hall. Lineup: COLDCUTGraham DunningLoop CycleJan Halen54 North, Lincoln Kids’ Loopy Music Project, Lincoln Community Gamelan playing new composition by ‘Belle Blue‘.

More info on the official website, here.
Facebook page here.


Global Forests – an art exhibition in the Black Forest

I have some new modified records on display at a new exhibition in the Black Forest in the south of Germany. Global Forests runs from 30th September to 30th December.

Details below, translated from the facebook page here.


Global Forests

an art exhibition in the Black Forest
An exchange in “St. Georgen im Schwarzwald” with a sponsorship between international and regional

Prospects for the upcoming exhibition
“GLOBAL FORESTS” in July 2017, there are already 30 September at 18 am in a group exhibition.

Hiroyuki Agetsuma
Pedram Baldari & Nooshin Hakim
Lisa Ballmann
Sascha Brosamer
Graham Dunning
Forster Herchenbach
Gerardo Nolasco
Lisa Schlenker

Global Forests
Kundo, Bahnhofstrasse 10,
78112 St. Georgen
in the black Forest

48 ° 07’30.4 “N 8 ° 20’22.9” E
Exhibition period (pre-show)
1.10. – 30.12.
Opening times
Daily 14-20 pm


Sound Is Sound Is Sound: Mechanical Techno at The Albany, Deptford

On Saturday 1st October I’ll play a mechanical techno set in the round at The Albany Deptford, south east London. Coinciding with the Deptford X festival, Sound is Sound is Sound “celebrates the curious mix of forward motion and DIY attitudes that have flourished in the SE postcodes. A highly motivated gathering of outsider sounds, exploring the logics of punk, free jazz, electronica, sound art and breakbeat, and melding them to suit the intentions of the musicians.”

Sound is Sound is Sound
The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, London SE8 4AG
1st October, 7pm – 11pm

TOMAGA > SCULPTURE > Graham Dunning’s MECHANICAL TECHNO > Charles Hayward ZIGZAG+SWIRL > JJ Akinlade > Charles Bullen DJ > Sam Weaver & KHOM > SoundHoppers

sound is sound is sound showcases and celebrates the curious mix of forward motion and DIY attitudes, the vanguard and the street, which has flourished in the SE postcodes, a highly motivated gathering of outsider sounds, exploiting the logics of punk, free jazz, electronica, sound art and breakbeat, melding them to suit the perverse intentions of the musicians.

sound is sound is sound follows on from the Lewisham Arthouse monthly series of sound and music, bringing together the south east London underground, music from other London and UK scenes, and internationally renowned players in a heady and engaging mix.

The evening performance will follow a full afternoon of sound installations, workshops and interventions in and around the Albany.

TOMAGA channels percussive energy to create a collision of vibrating rhythms and tones. TOMAGA actively seeks to transport the audience to zones outside the normal limits.

CHARLES HAYWARD ZIGZAG+SWIRL full on drums, electronics and song, beyond breakbeat, headfirst into uncertainty, a psychedelic continuum and the startling other.

SCULPTURE performances are a mix of electronic music, kinetic art, comic strips, abstract animation, audiovisual cut-ups, analog and digital, tape manipulation, samples, found sounds, algorithmic programming and live improvisation.

GRAHAM DUNNING’S MECHANICAL TECHNO – Ingenious DIY experiments in sound and movement to make you dance. Turntable chicanery taken to new heights.

CHARLES BULLEN guitarist from This Heat and Lifetones plays a DJ set from far and wide, high and low.

JJ AKINLADE is a London-born spoken word artist, exploring the diverse range of human stories which comprise our current social climate.

evening performance tickets £10 in advance/£12 on the door

INSTALLATION: The Pomegranate Circus is a collaboration between Sam Weaver and KHOM visuals, both key figures in the creative hotspot Islington Mill, Manchester. Crashing together order and chaos they take Richard Brautigan’s poetic text as a starting point for unfolding patterns of sound and light.

The Albany Theatre Studio 5-8pm. Admission free

WORKSHOP: SoundHoppers is a workshop for children exploring making sound, instruments, active listening. Led by sound artists Wajid Yaseen and Helen Frosi this workshop is a fantastic introduction to new ideas and attitudes in sound and music sharing.
The Albany Theatre Orange Room 3-5pm. Admission free, booking required.


Turntable / Saxophone improv set, London

On Wednesday 28th September I’ll play turntable, dubplates and spring reverbs alongside Colin Webster on saxophone, at I’klektik Art Lab near Waterloo. More info on the facebook page, here.

Sloth Racket – Colin Webster & Graham Dunning – Ti/om
28th September 8pm
‘Old Paradise Yard’ 20 Carlisle Lane, SE1 7LG

The London date of the Sloth Racket Autumn 2016 Tour with two extra sets of improvised music…

Tom Ward – bass clarinet/flute
Tim Fairhall – bass

Webster/Dunning duo
Colin Webster – saxophones
Graham Dunning – turntables

Sloth Racket
Cath Roberts – baritone saxophone
Anton Hunter – guitar
Sam Andreae – tenor saxophone
Seth Bennett – bass
Johnny Hunter – drums