Algomech 2019 – residency, workshop, exhibition and live set

Algomech is Sheffield’s festival of algorithmic + Mechanical movement, and runs from 17th to 19th May. In the preceding week I’ll be making some new work at Access Space, with the intention of showing something at the exhibition over the weekend.

On the Saturday night I’ll play a live set using mechanical techno and live coding together – in the spirit of the festival – as part of the algorave event.

And on the Sunday I’ll run a drop-in workshop, open to the public, where people can modify a record to make it play samples, beats and synths all at the same time.

Full information is on the Algomech website, here.

York Mediale: Mechanical Techno set

York Mediale presents: Mechanical Techno | XR Stories

1st May 2019, 17:30-21:00

The Hospitium
Museum Gardens, York, YO30 7DR

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/xr-stories-york-mediale-presents-mechanical-techno-tickets-60520788307

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2029340517194223

The team behind York Mediale have an electric evening planned to celebrate the official launch of XR Stories; with performances by Mechanical Techno wizard, Graham Dunning and Leeds-based DJ Andrew Devine.

Hailing from Derry in the north of Ireland, Andrew Devine has been making waves in the Leeds party scene for the past year. Nothing is off limits during his sets; you should expect to hear it all: 5.00pm – 6.15pm & 6.45pm – 8.00pm

From 6.15pm – 6.45pm experimental sound artist, Graham Dunning will be performing Mechanical Techno, a project that’s seen his experimentations go viral: https://youtu.be/wl1ZrEza7uY

Graham has been playing objects and things other than records on turntables since 2009. By combining rhythms from different sources – like clocks, metal disks, broken cymbals and marbles – with stacks of vinyl, he creates a towering fusion of live mechanical techno.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are already attending the XR Stories Launch (full day event) you do not need to register as this event is included in your ticket.

XR Stories is part of the Creative Industries Cluster Programme, funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council and part of the Industrial Strategy.
Rooted in the future of immersive and interactive storytelling, XR Stories will accelerate the growth of the Yorkshire and Humber screen industries cluster, and raise the national and international profile of UK screen industries.

XR Stories is led by the University of York, in partnership with Screen Yorkshire and the British Film Institute. It brings together film, TV, games, performing arts and digital media businesses from across the Yorkshire and Humber region. The consortium also includes leading national and international companies and organisations and several regional universities.

Gigs in Germany and Portugal

I’ll play two live sets over the weekend, using turntable, live coding and amplified objects.  The clip from Instagram below shows a little of what the set might sound like. Full details below that.

Friday 26th April: Cosmic Playgrounds, Essingen, Germany

Saturday 27th April: gnration Open Day, Braga, Portugal

 

Cosmic Playgrounds

Friday, 26 April 2019 from 19:30-02:00 UTC+02

Dieselstrasse Kulturzentrum
Dieselstraße 26, 73734 Esslingen

Unter dem Titel Cosmic Playgrounds soll am 26. April 2019 im Kulturzentrum Dieselstrasse, in Kooperation mit dem PODIUM Festival, erstmalig eine Veranstaltung stattfinden, die sich ausgiebig elektronischer Kunst und Musik widmet. Über einen Abend werden KünstlerInnen eingeladen, die sich auf innovative und experimentelle Art und Weise ihrem Metier annähern. Neben den erfolgreichen und populären elektronischen Clubveranstaltungen gibt es Nischen, die zwar weniger tanzbar aber nicht minder interessant sind. Cosmic Playgrounds, ein grenzenloser Spielplatz des Experimentierens, soll diesen einen Raum geben, um zu improvisieren und sich zu präsentieren.

Zum Einsatz kommen klassische Instrumente und elektronische Geräte zur Klangerzeugung und Modellierung, wie analoge, modulare Synthesizer. Die Klangerzeugung reicht bis hin zum (neuen) Nischentrend, dem Live-Coding, bei dem weder Instrumente noch Drehregler zur Verfügung stehen, sondern allein die Computertastatur der maßgebliche Klangbeeinflusser wird. Der live geschriebene Code gibt dem Computer Anweisungen, dessen Soundkarte die digitalen Signale bearbeitet.

Den „Spielmöglichkeiten“ sind keine Grenzen gesetzt: Von Mechanik über Elektronik, von analog bis digital – alles was der „Kosmos“ zu bieten hat, darf zum Einsatz kommen. Unterstützende Visuals und Lichtinstallationen erweitern das Erlebnis und runden den Gesamteindruck ab.

Die Zusammenarbeit mit dem PODIUM Festival ist in diesem Zusammenhang nur konsequent. Dieses hat sich, vom Bereich der klassischen Musik kommend, nie Grenzen in Kontextualisierung und kreativem Schaffen gesetzt. Vor allem die Schnittstelle des elektronischen Bereichs und der vermeintlich „angegrauten“ Klassik ist ein lebendiger Kontrast, der ideal zum Gesamtkonzept des Abends passt.


gnration open day

27 Apr at 10:00 – 28 Apr at 04:00

gnration
Praça Conde de Agrolongo, 123, 4700-312 Braga, Portugal

▪ gnration open day ▪ sexto aniversário ▪

Situado na recentemente intitulada cidade criativa da UNESCO para as Media Arts, o projeto resultante da Braga 2012: Capital Europeia da Juventude assinala em abril seis anos de existência e fá-lo novamente com as portas abertas e um leque variado de iniciativas culturais.

A 27 de abril, sábado, o sexto aniversário do creative hub bracarense será celebrado com um conjunto de atividades gratuitas para todas as idades, que se unem por uma curiosa e nova abordagem à música eletrónica e à tecnologia.

▪ música ▪
ammar 808 · algobabez · graham dunning · sensible soccers · joão pais filipe · quadra · dj k-sets · escola do rock paredes de coura

▪ serviço educativo ▪
mini mapa sonoro · estação de experimentação: akson

▪ instalações ▪
maotik · diana policarpo · berru

sáb 27 abr
vários locais do gnration
10:00 – 04:00
entrada livre (sujeita à lotação dos espaços)

▪ programa / horários ▪
música
15:30 – João Pais Filipe – sala multiusos
16:30 – Escola do Rock – praça
17:30 – Graham Dunning – blackbox
22:00 – Sensible Soccers – praça
23:00 – Quadra – blackbox
00:00 – Ammar 808 – praça
01:00 – Algobabez – blackbox
01:00 – DJ K-Sets – sala multiusos

instalação
10:00>01:00 – Wavelenghts of Light, por Maotik – galeria INL
10:00>01:00 – Total Eclipse, por Diana Policarpo – galeria gnration
22:00>04:00 – Machine Message, por Berru – pátio interior

atividades educativas
11:00 > 13:00 | 14:00 > 17:00 – Estação de Experimentação: Akson – primeiro piso
10:00 > 13:00 – Mini Mapa Sonoro – workshop – sala da entrada
15:00 > 01:00 –Mini Mapa Sonoro – exposição – sala da entrada

www.gnration.pt
[vídeo: excerto do documentário “(re)GNRation” – Atelier Carvalho Araújo]

Mechanical Techno London gig

My first London show in a while is on Friday 19th April for Audio Visual Night #3 at New River Studios.  I’ll have some copies of the new album to sell on the night.

Full info below, facebook event page here.
Get tickets here.


Audio Visual Night #3

Friday 19th April, 19:30-01:00

New River Studios
199 Eade Road, N4 1DN London, United Kingdom

LIVE AV
Adrena Adrena
Kireme: Noriko Okaku + Akihide Monna
Graham Dunning Mechanical Techno Set
Patent Saints + Tomas Jef visuals

INSTALLATION
Sound and visual installation by Karel Doing, featuring music by Steve Beresford, Blanca Regina, Jack Goldstein and SYD KEMP
Experimental tarot card reading booth by Noriko Okaku

DJs
SNAPPED ANKLES
Capitol K

£6 Advance
£10 Door

Music For Climbing Walls album launch party

To celebrate release day for the new album, myself, Lia Mice and Dan Hayhurst will play some dancing-records at Stour Space, Hackney Wick on Friday 12th April. It’ll also be the first opportunity to get a copy of the album in London.

Graham Dunning | Music For Climbing Walls launch party

Friday, 12 April 2019 from 21:00-02:00
Stour Space
7 Roach Road, E3 2PA London, United Kingdom

 

LTR Records celebrates the release of Music For Climbing Walls, the new album by Graham Dunning, with a launch party at Stour Space in Hackney Wick on Friday 12 April. Entry is free, DJ sets from Lia Mice, Dan Hayhurst and Graham Dunning.

Lia Mice
https://www.facebook.com/lia.mice

Dan Hayhurst
https://www.facebook.com/tapebox

Graham Dunning
https://www.facebook.com/grahamdunningart


I’ll play mostly vinyl and much of it rescued from bargain bins and charity shops. You can listen to a recent episode of my radio show It’s a Mixed Bag to hear the kind of thing.

 

Kinetic Sound Night, Lunar Festival, Mechelen (Belgium)

Lunar Kinetic Sound Night w/ Slumberland, Graham Dunning

6th April 2019, kunstencentrum nona
Begijnenstraat 19, 2800 Mechelen, Belgium

Slumberland
Graham Dunning
Tuning Things – TUNING PEOPLE
Maika Garnica & Senne Claes

FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/1963434543959006/

Het eerste volwaardige LUNAR-festival bij kunstencentrum nona staat in het teken van mechanische muziek. Electronics back to basics: geluid is beweging en beweging is geluid. Denk aan zelfgebouwde instrumenten, aan alledaagse gebruiksvoorwerpen annex klankinstallaties en aan keramische kunstwerken. Die spelen op deze Kinetic Sound Night samen met de muzikant de hoofdrol. Het ritme van een naaimachine en het timbre van een afvoerbuis gaan op deze avond hand in hand met live drummers en analoge synthesizers. Hopen maar dat u uit dit perpetuum mobile weet te raken.

Slumberland
Slumber­land omarmt het experi­ment. De band onder leiding van geluids­kun­ste­naar Jochem Baelus zet een arsenaal aan zelfge­maakte mechani­sche instru­menten en twee drummers in. Hij ontketent een hypnotisch krautrock- en post-punkge­luid. Echo’s van vervormde exotica, lang verloren soundtracks en boozy rock-’n-rollgroot­heden vormen mee de onmisken­bare sound van Slumber­land

Graham Dunning
Deze allround­kun­ste­naar slash autodi­dact verkent in zijn livewerk geluid als textuur. Vanuit zijn slaapkamer recyclet Dunning gevonden voorwerpen en creëert zo tactiele klankkleuren. Hij mijdt daarbij allerminst beeldend werk, video en instal­la­ties. Bij Graham Dunning staat experi­men­teren ook centraal. Hij houdt van analoge processen en heeft daarom helemaal zijn plaats op deze Kinetic Sound Night.

Tuning Things
Klankkun­ste­naar Wannes Deneer blikt graag terug én vooruit. Met Tuning Things dook hij in het archief van geluids­op­names, video’s, partituren en klankin­stal­la­ties van Tuning People tussen 2005 en 2018. Daarbij stootte hij op een arsenaal aan zelfge­bouwde en verbouwde instru­menten, video’s, opgete­kende klankideeën, fysiek gemani­pu­leerde klanken en digitaal ingezoomde geluiden. Live roept hij Deneer samen met Alfredo Bravo en Frederik Meulyser de sfeer van de gelijk­na­mige cd op.

Maika Garnica & Senne Claes
Dit is een duo dat op gezette tijden artistiek expres­sief of muzikaal perfor­ma­tief durft samenwerken. Maika Garnica en Senne Claes houden ervan om elektro­ni­sche klanken fijntjes te kruiden met akoesti­sche zelfge­maakte instru­menten, audiovi­suele instal­la­ties en een snuifje improvi­satie.

New album: Music for Climbing Walls

Available on vinyl and download from 12th April, Music For Climbing Walls is an album of mechanical techno tracks recorded at PRAH studios in Margate. Acid squelch, slippery rhythms, rough textures and smooth protrusions. Listen to first track Void Worm, below, with an excellent video by Ian Watson.

The LP comes in a special ‘tip on’ sleeve: gloss covered thick card, with some of my collages on the front and back. Reuben Sutherland designed an instruction booklet inlay and the layout and labels.

Order direct from the label, LTR Records, for the best price. Or buy off me in person at gigs.

You can also get three tracks for free by picking up a download postcard from selected climbing walls – I’ll publish a list as they become available.