Random String Coventry: Mechanical techno demo, workshop & performance

Random String: Ludic Rooms’ biennial festival of arts, play and technology returns to venues across Coventry. Performances, exhibitions and workshops in unexpected places with music, dance, visual arts and making for all the family to enjoy and explore together.

I’ll present a demonstration at the symposium, a workshop and a live set over the weekend. Details on each below, or more from the festival website here.


Friday 16th, daytime: Mechanical Techno demo at symposium
Warwick Arts Centre

What does ‘live’ mean in the age of real-time technologies?

A playdate for artists and cultural organisations interested in playing and making work with technology. Space for inspiration, discussion and sharing. The Random String Symposium is a one-day event for artists and arts professionals, exploring the use of interactive & networked technologies in the creative process.

Hear from practitioners from across the UK and overseas, join frank conversations about the practicalities of using technology in your work and explore a showcase of interdisciplinary work.

Full details: website / facebook


Saturday 17th, daytime: Mechanical Techno workshop
The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum,Coventry

Following a demonstration of the workings of the mechanical techno setup, participants will make three different types of modified record, each making rhythmical sounds in a different way. Live samples from second-hand vinyl; patterned disks that optically trigger a bass-synth; and pegged-out records for sequenced drum beats.

Finally, each set of three disks will be combined in the tower to create a playable machine-composition.

Participants take away a digital recording of their track and keep any records they’ve made (or ruined).

Full details: tickets / facebook

 


Saturday 17th, evening: Mechanical Techno live / Swoomptheeng
The Tin Music & Arts, Coventry

In Mechanical Techno, several looping records spin on the same axle, layering up locked groove records, audio triggers to analogue synths, mechanically played percussion and mechanically triggered drum machines.

If the trend in recent dance music has been to artfully engineer a certain wonkiness into an otherwise strict digital framework, Dunning has found the appeal of the precise reverse: struggling to maintain grid-like rigidity in a system inherently antagonistic to it. – Wire Magazine, August 2015

Swoomptheeng are a Birmingham-based art collective providing “Rave Craft, Zombie Bass and Ritualised Punk Technology”.
Performing in brightly-coloured masks, this band of culture-mashing, mischievous, woodcrafting oddballs return to Random String and will perform their music live using homemade electrical controllers.

If you ever wondered what would happen if youth culture was reinterpreted by people that lived in a swamp with only YouTube for reference, it might look like this.

Full details: tickets / facebook

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Snare drum set for Noizemaschin!!!, London

To mark the release of my new tape Keg/Bulkhead on Courier Sound, I’m playing a live set of snare drum scrapes and drones at Noizemaschin!!! on Tuesday 13th November.  The show takes place at the Amersham Arms in New Cross, London, and has the unique structure that each short set overlaps with those before and after it; a sausage-machine of sound.  Details below, facebook event page, here.

NoizeMaschin!! London #21

Tuesday, 13 November 2018 from 19:00-22:30
Amersham Arms
388 New Cross Road, SE14 6TY London, United Kingdom

Hot, fresh sounds for the cold season featuring the expected array of diverse approaches to the noise-based medium!

Entry: Pay-what-you-can (£5 suggested)

Lineup:

Graham Dunning – Electromechanically activated drones made using snare-drum and objects. [New cassette Keg / Bulkhead released on Courier on 12th November]
https://grahamdunning.com/portfolio/expanded-snare-drum/

ANTI_MUSIC – Audiovisual eye candy feathered with lengthy sampled beats and found samples
https://www.facebook.com/AntimusicAV

Cyanching Wu – An exploration of hidden music elements, a minimalist aesthetic articulating a political voice
https://soundcloud.com/cyanching

Martin Delaney – Real time composition live jams with limited hardware
https://www.facebook.com/martindelaneymusic/

Cath Roberts & Dee Bryne – Long term collaborators Dee Byrne (alto saxophone) and Cath Roberts (baritone saxophone) continue their ongoing conversation in this improvising duo
http://cathrobertsmusic.co.uk/
https://deebyrnemusic.com/

Flying Oyster Card – Sounds of the real world and synthetic transformations
https://crowstep.bandcamp.com/

Legitimate Concerns – Improvised poetry and sound, inhabiting contemporary political apostrophising of a sufficiently “real” subject
http://robinbale.blogspot.com/

​Ciocia Ola – Free improvised, laptop infused soprano saxophone
https://soundcloud.com/1and2and/improv-4

​Slow Loris – Experimental electronica meets free improv; live improvised counterpoint
https://www.facebook.com/Slow-Loris-2089720324391575/

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Poster image courtesy of Martin Delaney – https://mindlobster.myportfolio.com/

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Also, check out the Noizemaschin!! website: www.noizemaschin.com for more information on our international network of experimental music making!

Mechanical Techno & Live Coding for Abbey Road Studios Hackathon

On Saturday 10th November I’ll play a hybrid Mechanical Techno & Live Coding set at Abbey Road Studios, London,  for their first hackathon.

Bringing together our community of engineers, artists, producers and academics with the most innovative partners, we are inviting the pioneers of the future to join us for a series of Abbey Road Red Hackathons to explore some of the questions facing the creative industries. Our first Hackathon will be held in Studio One at Abbey Road on 10-11 November.

https://www.abbeyroad.com/abbeyroadred

Registration is now closed but the show will be streamed live. Keep an eye on my twitter or facebook for updates on that.

 

Playing synth & noises for Damo Suzuki & The Great Electric

On Sunday 4th November I’ll join The Great Electric at The Lexington in London for some improvised, motorik jams with the legendary vocalist Damo Suzuki. Info/tickets here or read more below.


Damo Suzuki (ex-CAN), The Great Electric, Black Country New Road

Sunday, November 04, 19:30
adv £15.40

8pm Black Country New Road
8.45pm The Great Electric
9.30pm Damo Suzuki & The Great Electric

A genuinely unique talent, Damo Suzuki found fame after krautrock legends CAN found him busking in the streets of 70s Cologne. Immediately drafting him in to replace Malcolm Mooney, the band, oft-considered one of the single greatest outfits in western musical history went on to record a plethora of seminal LPs, including TAGO MAGO and EGE BAMYASI.

Damo Suzuki’s never-ending tour here stops off at The Lexington, where he will perform with an assembly of hand-picked local musicians. Suzuki’s synthetic language creates an absolutely astonishing performance, his voice remains a beautiful philosopher’s stone, the alchemical jigsaw piece of the krautrock puzzle.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1783749758371312/

DJ set at ICA, supporting Poliça / Girlhood

Live: Poliça / Girlhood
DJ: Graham Dunning

ICA, The Mall, St. James’s, London SW1Y 5AH
Saturday 3rd November, 19:30 – 23:00

Poliça are an American synth-pop band from Minneapolis. The band are touring their third album, United Crushers.
Support band are Girlhood, London “pop some spank” duo.

I’ll play some records on the night too: mostly electronic music, maybe a bit of rave from a car boot sale.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/271271650265473/
Tickets: : https://rockfeedback.seetickets.com/event/poli-a/ica/1256404

 

Mammoth Beat Organ at Maker Takeover, Bury St. Edmunds

 

On Friday 2nd November myself and Sam Underwood will present a demo of our new music machine the Mammoth Beat Organ, at Maker Takeover in Bury St Edmunds. The event runs from 2pm to 9pm with talks, demos and performances throughout. Full details on the meetup event page, here.

The Bury St Edmunds Maker Takeover is a FREE day-into-evening event perfect for creative businesses, innovators, tech people, artists and those interested in finding out about leading-edge technologies.

It will introduce new perspectives, tech tools and possibilities through our programme of performances, talks and workshops. Explore the work of extraordinary makers, games designers, builders of custom controllers, virtual reality sculptors alongside artist innovation projects.

As day merges into evening come and check out our VR Gallery in the bar, play some of your favourite retro games and get immersed in eclectic live audio visual performances.

Collusion events are informal, conversational and cutting edge – aimed at showing off the region’s rich talent across art and technology. They are perfect for meeting interesting people, finding new creative & business partners and exchanging ideas: BE in_collusion.

TONUS Ensemble, London

I’m playing at Cafe Oto, London, on Saturday 27th October, as part of Dirk Serries’ TONUS ensemble on 4th October, alongside Dirk, Kristoffer Lo / Cath Roberts / Dirk Serries / Benedict Taylor / Martina Verhoeven / Tom Ward / Colin Webster / Otto Willberg.

Info and tickets from the Cafe Oto website, here.

In October this year renowned experimental artist DIRK SERRIES turns 50. Active for more than 3 decades, over 150 albums in various alter-ego’s (vidnaObmana, Fear Falls Burning, etc.) and some of the most respected international labels (Relapse Records, Projekt, Consouling Sounds, Tonefloat, Conspiracy Records, Extreme, Raw Tonk Records, Trost Records) solo or in collaboration with some of the finest in today’s experimental scene (Justin K. Broadrick, Steven Wilson, Asmus Tietchens, Steve Roach, Steve Noble) and in bands like YODOK III, THE VOID OF EXPANSION and KODIAN TRIO.

Known for his experimental soundscapes, constant will to explore and his free improvisation collaborations, he continues to set new goals and this next level is TONUS.

TONUS as an ensemble grew out of Dirk Serries’ jazzcase residency in 2017 for which he brought together a sextet to work around a slow piano motif by Martina Verhoeven. The literal translation of Tonus is muscle strength, but in this context defines a musical system that places equal importance on the space between notes. Both definitions apply here as the music is an exercise in discipline and anticipation while controlling the clarity, sustain and effect of each single note played. The birth of the TONUS happened when Serries realised that he needed a vehicle to explore and perform these exercises, as well as a general classification for his ongoing study in minimalism and free improvisation.

Celebrating his 50th birthday in par with the release of the first two TONUS albums on his own New Wave Of Jazz imprint, Baba Yaga’s Hut & Another Timbre presents this unique event at Café OTO.