Technology in Musical Performance forum, Birmingham Conservatoire

“Technology in Musical Performance (TiMP) is a forum for all who engage with electronics in live music performance. The group aims to stimulate discussion and collaboration between performers, composers, sound artists, practitioners, programmers, software developers and sound designers on musical performance with/mediated by technology.”

“Performative electronics is an area of music that is constantly evolving and developing. Among composers and practitioners, the desire to realise specific musical ideas leads to creative technological solutions. For new developments in music and live electronics to be thoroughly tested and evaluated, dialogue between creators and practitioners is vital.”

I’ll present a paper on “Strategies for creative error in improvised, semi-automated music” and also be part of a panel.

Full information and tickets here:

TiMP 2019
3rd of December, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
10:00 – 18:00 GMT


Locked groove orchestra & Sculpture remix

On 29th November the psychedelic AV duo Sculpture release a new 5″ picture disk through Psyché Tropes, with an event at the Old Baths in Hackney. I’ll be one of several dozen turntablists playing as a locked groove orchestra on the night, in between sets by legends Mariam Rezaei, Janek Schaeffer and Sculpture themselves. I’ve also done a remix which comes out on the same day as part of the digital version of the release. Full info here [fb].

Sculpture / Janek Schaefer / Mariam Rezaei

Friday, 29 November 2019 from 19:00-00:00
The Old Baths
80 Eastway, E95JH London, United Kingdom

Psyché Tropes presents
a Zoetropic 5″ release party

Janek Schaefer
Mariam Rezaei

7pm – Midnight
-£5 entry-

Sculpture meets Psyché Tropes for a post-transitory broadcast in reductionist methodology, exploring the non-standard definitions from the other side.

Join us at The Old Baths in Hackney Wick for the official release of Projected Music, a 5-inch locked groove picture disc with live performances by Sculpture, Janek Schaefer & Mariam Rezaei plus an ensemble of 26 Turntables for 26 Locked Grooves. More to be announced…


Sculpture is electronic music producer, Dan Hayhurst, and visual artist, Reuben Sutherland, on a freewheeling excursion through temporary forms of digital composition, analogue electronics, comic strips, sci-fi, pop, psychedelia and multisensory perception.

Discovering transitory possibilities in live A/V performance is central. Utilizing an ever expanding library of zoetropic prints, Sutherland’s visual turntablism combines pre-cinema imaging with cutting-edge digital techniques in hallucinatory loops and jumps. There’s a clear connection with Hayhurst’s unstable sonics, free associations that gleefully defy convention in pursuit of a unique internal logic.

A sequence of animated picture discs have appeared on Dekorder, Ana Ott and Tapebox. Sculpture’s Membrane Pop LP and a live A/V document, Video Plot, were released by Oneohtrix Point Never’s Software label. Slime Code instantiated as 7 unique cassettes plus digital edition on patten’s Kaleidoscope imprint, later reissued on vinyl by Digitalis. The duo’s recent work includes the tape/graphic novel, Nearest Neighbour, and a series of digital audio and video works on their new Plastic Infinite label.


Sound Artist, & Entertainer Janek Schaefer was born in England to Polish and Canadian parents in 1970. While studying architecture at the Royal College of Art [RCA annual prize], he created ‘Recorded Delivery’ [1995] using a sound activated dictaphone travelling overnight through the Post Office. That work was made for the ‘Self Storage’ exhibition [Time Out critics choice] with one time postman Brian Eno and Artangel. Since then the multiple aspects of sound became his focus, resulting in many site-specific installations, exhibition/dance/short film soundtracks, albums and concerts using his self built record players with manipulated found sound collage. The ‘Tri-phonic Turntable’ [1997] is in the Guinness Book of Records. He has performed, lectured and exhibited widely throughout Europe [Sonar, Tate Modern, Pompidou, CCCB], China, USA/Canada [The Walker, XI, Mutek, Princeton], Japan, and Australia [Sydney Opera House].

His first studio album ‘Above Buildings’ was released on Fat Cat to considerable praise, [The Guardian CD of the week]. Other solo works have been released all over the world by Asphodel, Sub Rosa, Hot Air, Sirr, Rhiz, Kraak, Alluvial, DSP, Diskono, BiP_HOp, Cronica, LINE, Room40, Desire Path, Fat Cat, audiOh!, Staalplaat, Dekorder, and 12k. He has collaborations with Philip Jeck (Songs for Europe CD), Robert Hampson (Comae CD), Stephan Mathieu (Hidden Name CD), and Charlemagne Palestine (Day of the Demons LP).

In 2008 he won The British Composer of the Year Award in Sonic Art and the Paul Hamlyn Award for Composers Prize. The Bluecoat Gallery exhibited a Retrospective of his 20 year career in 2009. Janek is represented by the Agency Gallery, London. He is a Visiting Professor at Oxford Brookes Sonic Art Research Unit, and works from the audiOh! Room in Walton-on-Thames, UK.


Mariam Rezaei is a turntablist, performer and improviser, working predominantly with the piano, voices, turntables and electronics. She is Artistic Director of TOPH, a producing mixed arts space in Newcastle. TOPH direct TUSK FRINGE for TUSK Festival. Her new release ‘BLUD’ is available in Fractal Meat Cuts.

Recent notable music commissions include ‘Metropolis’ live film score at Glastonbury 2017, ‘A Song For Ella Grey’, ‘War Of The Worlds’ for Northern Stage, ‘Radical Acts’ CommonWealth and ‘Don’t Forget The Birds’, Open Clasp Theatre, ‘TOP///‘ at Tectonics Mosaic/Cresc. Festival, Wiesbaden, for Ilan Volkov, and Ensemble Modern, 42 Mirrors’ for TUSK 2019, ‘Wolf’s Tail’ HCMF 2019 and a UK tour with TOPH as SwarmFront.

Mechanical Techno in Stroud & Bristol

Two shows in the south east of England over the weekend, playing at Stroud SVA on Friday 15th November and Cube Cinema in Bristol on Saturday 16th. I’ll also do a guest mix for Noods Radio in Bristol on saturday 16th. Full details below.

WE!RD SH!T : A Night Of Unusual Performance

  • SVA4, John StreetStroud, England, GL5 2HAUnited Kingdom (map)

WE!RD SH!T with Graham Dunning : Mechanical Techno

A night of leftfield contemporary performative artwork. 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. Plus sound and performance interventions from Neil Walker and Sseeaann Rrooee.

Mechanical Techno: Ghost in the Machine Music

The whole set up is enormously precarious and part of the drama comes from the fact that it might all teeter out of sync or collapse at any moment. 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

£1 members / £5.00 on the door


Echoic Memory & The Cube Presents


Support from ADI & Guy Metcalfe

Sat 16 November // 20:00

Tickets: £8 advance, £10 on the door

Cube Cinema
Dove Street South
[off top-left of King Square]


Graham Dunning Mechanical Techno

Graham Dunning [b. 1981] 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.

“Originally a studio project for making recordings, I now also perform live using the Mechanical Techno method. Several looping records spin on the same axle, ensuring they stay approximately in time with each other. I layer up locked groove records, audio triggers to analogue synths, mechanically played percussion such as a cowbell or a cymbal, and mechanically triggered drum machines. I take all these inputs and perform a live dub, mixing down to two channels live in one take.”

Noisevember 2019 – A new noise every day

Throughout November I’ll post a new short noise recording to youtube each day. Noisevember is in its 6th year and I’m really excited to be taking part for the first time.

More info on the Noisevember FB event page here, or read more below.

It’s that time of the year again. Noisevember, stage six.

Noisevember is an artistic challenge exercise where the aim is to post sound pieces for every day of the month of November.
There are no restrictions on style, length, format, process or hosting platform. Make whatever you want, upload it wherever you want (preferably with the tag ‘Noisevember’ where available) and post it here (or on your social media/sharing platform of choice.

Previous years’ submissions included noise, drones, field recordings, textures, walls, fragments, sketches, poetry, song form works and even silence.
There is no obligation to submit every day, do as much or as little as you feel like.
The focus is on NEW works so please only submit things which are new or previously unreleased. Don’t just link to your back catalogue every day!

What Noisevember is:
A creative exercise.
An opportunity for sharing, discovering and discussing each other’s works.

What Noisevember is not:
A compilation. There will be no official release or distribution of submissions other than through the Facebook event/blog/Soundcloud group. You are, of course free to publish or release your own Noisevember works in any fashion you like.

A contest. There is no ranking of who is ‘best’ and all submissions will be treated equally.

A platform for you to promote events, releases, labels, compilations. Spam and off-topic postings will be deleted.

**You do not need to participate to be part of this event, if you just want to listen to what other people are doing, that’s cool too**


New release: Music By The Metre Archive Two, cassette and download

Out now on Falt Tapes is a selection of six automated recordings, made using looping record players, synth drone, live environmental sound and tape loops; sounds that would play continuously once started. The results were recorded to whole spools of tape, edits from which form the recordings.


The project is an audio homage to Situationist Giuseppe Pinot Gallizio’s “Industrial Painting”: music which is always the same but always different, can be started and stopped at any point and played for any duration. Music designed to be sold off the peg and measured by the metre.



Mechanical Techno for PICelectroNIC festival, Luxembourg

I’ll play four short mechanical techno sets over two days at this all ages festival at Rotondes, Luxembourg on 19th and 20th October.

The festival for headbanging

Kids and grown ups come out of this electrifying weekend! The 3,000-volt festival offers a direct current program based on musical performances, shows, sound installations and workshops.

Sat 19.10.19 > 14: 00-19: 00 (last entry at 18:00)
Sun 20.10.19 > 10: 00-18: 00 (last entry at 17:00)

Place des Rotondes, 2448 Luxemburg, Luxembourg

PICelectroNIC Day Pass:
€ 10 (single rate)
free for children under 2 years old

PICelectroNIC Weekend Pass:
15 € (single rate)
free for children under 2 years old