Two live coding gigs in London

This month I’m playing twice using TidalCycles live code program: a solo set on Saturday 15th in Deptford and a duo with Heavy Lifting on Thursday 20th at Corsica Studios. Full details on both below.


After DEMO w/ Graham Dunning, Mang & Ewa Awe

Saturday 15th June, 22:30 – 03:00
Bunker Club, 46 Deptford Broadway, London SE8 4PH

DEMO opening party with a fantastic line up at Bunker Club!
Tickets: £5 / £7 otd
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✦ Graham Dunning
✦ Mang
✦ ewa awe
✦ Div Pro
Image credits: Natalia Trejbalova

Algorave Elephant

Thursday 20th June, 19:30 – 01:00
Corsica Studios, UNITS 4/5, ELEPHANT ROAD, LONDON, SE17 1LB

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19:30-01:00, 20 June 2019

Algorave+friends return to Corsica Studios for a two room solstice party featuring: Lil Data (PC Music) // Heavy lifting (Pickled Discs) x Graham Dunning (Fractal Meat) // Miri Kat (Establishment) // Deerful // Linux Lewis (Off Me Nut Records) // Hard On Yarn Sourdonk Communion (Hmurd x peb) // Class Compliant Audio Interfaces x Hellocatfood (Computer Club/Keysound) // Digital Selves // Mathr // xname // Luuma // BITPRINT // Deep Vain // Hortense // Tsun Winston Yeung // +777000 // Coral Manton // Rumblesan

“The scene at an algorave is often what you’d expect from any good techno night – a dark room, engaging visuals. a decent, bass-heavy speaker set-up, and lots of people ready to dance. .. performers at algoraves respond to each other and the audience in real time, often projecting the lines of code onto the walls as they type. lt’s coding as improvisation and experiment..” – The Wire magazine

“Live coders write computer programs live, while the programs generate their music, but the focus is on people dancing and seriously enjoying themselves” – Dazed and Confused

“.. not so much a revolution as a de-volution, a rolling back to the backend of music production, where the possibilities of the encoded information inside computer software is open and endless” – Mixmag

Improvising duo with Ed Lucas: new album & gigs

End Of A Cable is an album of recordings made with Ed Lucas: I played turntable, dubplates of field recordings, spring reverbs, snare drum and various objects; with Ed playing trumpet and controlled feedback. The recordings are released by Spanish label TSSS Tapes on cassette and download from 1st June.  Listen and pr-order from the label here.

We have two live shows in June to launch the tape into the world: Wednesday 5th June at Iklektik in London; and Wednesday 26th June for Safehouse in Brighton. Full information on both shows below.



Iklektik, ‘Old Paradise Yard ‘ 20 Carlisle Ln / Royal Street corner / Archbishop’s park, London SE1 7LG

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IKLECTIK presents,

m o n o f o g + Ed Lucas and Graham Dunning (‘End Of A Cable’ tape release)

Wed 5 June – doors 8.00pm – music 8.30pm | £6 adv / £8 door  BUY TICKETS (fees apply)

m o n o f o g are a free improvisation audio-visual group. Contemporary artists David Stuart Sutherland and Tamas Ilauszky extend their studio practice with a mix of found objects, DIY instruments and field recordings.

Improvising duo Ed Lucas and Graham Dunning explore texture, timbre, dynamics and drones. Ed Lucas plays trombone, sometimes augmented with controlled feedback, and has had many associations with improvising musicians in London and beyond. Graham Dunning uses turntable with field recordings pressed to dublate, along with snaredrum and objects, focusing on tactile soundmaking. Their first album together, End Of A Cable, is released in June through Spanish tape label TSSS Tapes.

Safehouse: Sylvia & I / Graham Dunning and Ed Lucas

Roxanne at The Verdict, 159 Edward Street, BN2 0JB Brighton
Wednesday 26th June, 19:30

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Sylvia & I
Chris Dowding – trumpet, piccolo trumpet, flugelhorn & electronics
Sylvia Hallett – violin, voice, bicycle wheel, saw & electronics

Sylvia & I use overlapping loops and other effects to create a sonic dream-world, both haunting, beautiful, with excursions into the dark side. The music unfurls slowly, drawing the listener into an immersive sea of melodic fragments and dreamy soundscapes.

Graham Dunning and Ed Lucas
Graham and Ed have a new album of trumpet & turntable free improv recordings coming out on Italian label tsss tapes.

Graham Dunning’s live work explores sound as texture, timbre and something tactile, drawing on bedroom production, tinkering and recycling found objects. He regularly performs with saxophone player Colin Webster, and a host of other improvising musicians.

Ed Lucas is co-organiser (with Daniel Kordik) of the Earshots label – their long running trombone and synth duo led to the beginning of the concert series and label. He has had many associations with improvising musicians in London and beyond.

Plus – The Wildcard Quartet

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


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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:

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

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 ▪
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

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
[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

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

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

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

Dan Hayhurst

Graham Dunning

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.