Workshops and performance for FACT, Liverpool

In mid April I’ll work with a group of workshop participants at FACT in Liverpool to create a new improvised electronic music performance. Over three days we’ll cover making modified records for mechanical techno; an introduction to live coding with TidalCycles; and explore some ways of combining the two together in performance.

On the evening of Friday 13th we’ll present a group performance using modified records and code generated during the workshop.

Full info on the performance, which is free to attend, below, or via the FACT website.


Graham Dunning: Mechanical Techno Peformance

13 April / 6.30pm / FACT Learning Space / FREE, drop-in

FACT Gallery, 88 Wood Street, Liverpool, L1 4DQ

The outcome of Graham Dunning’s residency will be showcased in the FACT Learning Space, featuring a DIY band of his collaborators. Taking place in the foyer, the group will perform an original piece of mechanical techno to entertain visitors, composed over the last week of workshops, working across vinyl, analogue music production and contemporary coding practice.

 

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New 12″ EP: Way Too Much Time

Available now, the first full vinyl mechanical techno release, an EP of four recordings called Way Too Much Time.

Check the full info page on the label website, here: http://www.adaadat.co.uk/grahamdunning/

Also available from my bandcamp page, here: https://grahamdunning.bandcamp.com/album/way-too-much-time

improv show with Angharad Davies, in Milton Keynes

Structured Disasters have invited me and Angharad Davies to play an improvised set at Milton Keynes Gallery on Saturday 7th, for an evening of music called The Majesty of Errors. Full details below. Tickets via the gallery, here.


Structured Disasters presents The Majesty of Errors
Saturday 7 April / Doors 8pm / £5 on the door

MK Gallery
900 Midsummer Blvd
Milton Keynes MK9 3QA
T +44 (0)1908 676 900
info@mkgallery.org

Graham Dunning/Angharad Davies
CRUSH!!!
Adrian Dollemore aka Glockenspiel/Daniel J Gregory

 

Graham Dunning/Angharad Davies

Graham Dunning is self-taught as an artist and musician having studied neither discipline academically. His live work explores sound as texture, timbre and something tactile, drawing on bedroom production, tinkering and recycling found objects. He also creates visual work, video and installations drawing on these themes.

Angharad Davies is a Welsh violinist working with free-improvisation, compositions and performance.  Her approach to sound involves attentive listening and exploring beyond the sonic confines of her instrument, her classical training and performance expectation. Much of her work involves collaboration. She has long standing duos with Tisha Mukarji, Dominic Lash and Lina Lapelyte and plays with Apartment House, Cranc, Common Objects, Richard Dawson’s band and Skogen. She has been involved in projects with Tarek Atui, Tony Conrad, Laura Cannell, Jack McNamara, Eliane Radigue, Juliet Stephenson and J.G.Thirlwell. She has released records on Absinth Records, Another Timbre, Potlatch and Confrontrecords. Her album Ffansion | Fancies was voted in the top 12 albums for Radio 3’s Late Junction.

CRUSH!!!

Crush!!! was formed in 2010 by Sonic Pleasure (Flute, bricks, masonry and tools) and Mark Browne (Saxophone and collected objects – broken glass, percussion, whistles, game calls and bones) and later joined by Ian MacGowan (trumpet). The group’s improvisational approach emphasises the contrast between the use of traditional instruments and the other sound sources deployed. Sonic Pleasure is famed for the reduction of her instruments to dust by the end of the performance. Ian plays the trumpet in an extraordinary manner. Mark’s sense of bathos encompasses both the virtuosic and the inept.

Adrian Dollemore aka Glockenspiel/Daniel J Gregory

First time duo between ambient guitar wizard behind Glockenspiel and an idiot basher from Lust Rollers.

 

Hacking Smart Speakers with BBC R&D

*** Please note the venue and time have changed. This will now take place at NEWSPEAK HOUSE, Bethnal Green Road. Performance starts at 6pm. ***

On Friday 6th April I’ll join Music Hackspace at Somerset House for a day’s workshop hacking smart speakers with the BBC research and development department.

BBC R&D’s Internet Research and Future Services group are currently exploring the ways in which smart speakers such as the Amazon Echo and Google Home can be used to enable new and interesting means of creating and enjoying music. As part of this project, we’re
spending the day at Music Hackspace collaborating with four musicians and sound artists to understand the possibilities that this new technology could bring to their practice. We’ll be working with:

– Natalie Sharp (LONE Taxidermist)
– Graham Dunning
– Wesley Goatley
– Lia Mice.

In the evening, from 18:30, there will be a short show of the progress made during the day, as well as Q&A, which will be open to all.

Click here for more info and to book a place.

 

Leeds University show cancelled in support of strike action

I was booked to play a Mechanical Techno show at Leeds University for the International Concert Series on Wednesday 14th March. I have made the decision to cancel my performance in support of the current ongoing strikes across the UK, and specifically Leeds university where management are taking a hard line against striking staff.

The University and College Union, of which I am a member, explains the original reasons for the strike on this page:

Universities UK want to make changes to the current pension scheme which would leave a typical lecturer almost £10,000 a year worse off in retirement than under the current set-up.

This article from the Financial Times gives a bit more context:

Lecturers have accepted relatively low pay and pretty poor working conditions in exchange for significant autonomy and relatively secure jobs and pensions. But, over the past decade, without negotiation, every aspect of that deal has been eroded. Autonomy has given way to increased teaching responsibilities, larger classes, more time spent grading and heavier management duties. Job security has been reduced by eliminating departments and cutting research funding. Pensions are failing to deliver on their promise.

Additionally, Leeds University management will potentially be deducting pay twice from striking staff:

UCU members were asked to ‘work to contract’ between and after the strike days. Staff are deducted full pay for any day on which they strike. However, some institutions are claiming that failure to reschedule work missed during strike days (e.g. putting on lectures they were not paid to teach) will be considered partial performance, meaning they have pay deducted twice for the same work. This is legal. But it rejects a long-standing convention of collegial relations in British higher education. Most universities have never imposed it before. [https://ucustrike.wordpress.com/academic-boycott-list/]

If you would like to discuss this further please drop me an email.
To find out how you can support the strike further visit this blog: https://ucustrike.wordpress.com

Mechanical Techno – UK gigs

I’m playing several Mechanical Techno shows in the UK in March. Details below, will update with more information as I get it. Leeds, Sheffield, Manchester, Nottingham, London, Bristol.

I’m also doing a workshop in Sheffield in the afternoon before the gig. Participants can make three different types of modified records then test them out on the mechanical techno setup to create a track.
workshop details/booking here. [fb event]


Wednesday 14th March*
Leeds University, Leeds
International Concert Series [fb event]
with Lee Patterson, “Terrain: for amplified objects and devices”

*Cancelled in support of strike action — read more here.

Thursday 15th March
Access Space, Sheffield
Eulerroom – Algorave 6th Birthday [fb event]
with Miri Kat,  Spednar, Callum Gunn, Heavy Lifting, Class Compliant Audio Interfaces
Afternoon workshop details/booking here. [fb event]

Friday 16th March
Peer Hat, Manchester
Rich Tapestry
with Joe Beedles and Chaotic Sequence

Saturday 17th March
Primary, Nottingham
with Bredbeddle AKA Rebecca Lee
* with artist talks/demos prior to the event for Primary members & guests

Thursday 22nd March
The Glove That Fits, London
Edited: Womb [fb event]
with Ewa Justka, Danelaw, Patricia Puertas, Kazimierz Wieliczko

Saturday 31st March
Brunswick Club, Bristol
Copper Sounds album launch
with Copper Sounds
Details to follow