Workshops in London and Margate: Modified Records for Mechanical Techno

UPDATE: the Margate workshop has been cancelled due to unforseen circumstances. The Hackney Wick workshop will go ahead as planned.

Two opportunities to make some modified records and blast them through the Mechanical Techno machine, to make some beats, samples and synths into a new tune. You get a digital recording and get to keep the records too.

Sunday 21st July: Vinyl Pimp, Hackney Wick, London [email for tickets] – £20
Saturday 27th July: Joseph Wales Studios, Margate [tickets] –  £22.15

Full details follow:

Graham Dunning Mechanical Techno Workshop
Vinyl Pimp, 14 Felstead St, Hackney Wick, London E9 5LT
Sunday 21st July
Workshop: 16:00 – 18:00, followed by performance

Facebook event:

We are pleased to bring you a very special event with a local techno master. Graham Dunning will host a one off Mechanical Techno Workshop for 10 students.

If you would like to learn how to make a physical loop out of vinyl records, simply send a private message or Email VINYLPIMPLONDON@GMAIL.COM to reserve your space.

The class will roughly takes 2 hours and Graham will play a special 1 hour set afterward to finish things off.

Here is a quick outline of the class itself

– demonstration of the setup
– selecting records
– making three modified records:
1. Sampling record: adhesive vinyl covers parts of the playing surface so only snippets of samples of the original sound are heard. The patterns determine the rhythm of the playback samples.
2. Optical trigger record: patterns made of adhesive vinyl send a gate/clock signal to a synth, which plays acid basslines according to the rotating sequence. Each record can have several ‘tracks’ of sequences on it.
3. Mechanical trigger record: bolts drilled through the record are used to flick piezo triggers, creating synth drum patterns.
– Finally, put the three records together on the turntable, add FX and mix the track in a live dub.

— participants can:
keep the 3 records
keep an audio recording of their track (sent via email after the event)

Email VINYLPIMPLONDON@GMAIL.COM now to reserve your space.

Graham Dunning’s Mechanical Techno Workshop
Joseph Wales Studios, 2 Dane Hill, Margate, CT9 1QP
Saturday 27th July
Workshop 16:00-18:00; performance 19:00

[Event cancelled]


Learn how to make techno… But without a computer!

Modified old records are played on a specially adapted turntable. An optical sensor and contact mics are used to pick up sounds and make a beat.

Each unique composition will be recorded with a live mix down.

The workshop is part of Salon des Refusés 2019, an exhibition of artworks refused from the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.

Archway Sound Symposium

This Saturday 13th July I’m performing at Archway Sound Symposium, doing an interpretation of Jenifer Walshe’s score THIS IS WHY PEOPLE O.D. ON PILLS. The score calls for the performer to immerse themselves in skateboarding, its culture and physicality. As a former skater myself I’ve enjoyed delving back into the scene, watching lots of videos and even a bit of Tony Hawks’ Pro Skater 2 computer game, which I’ve spent many hours on.

You can read the whole score by downloading the PDF from here:

I’m sharing the bill with Rita Evans and Rowland Hill, artists working with sound, sculpture and performance, who are each interpreting other graphic scores.

Archway Sound Symposium closing event
13 July 2019, 19:00 – free entry
The Bomb Factory Art Foundation
Archway, London

Full details on the ArtRabbit Website:

And check out the rest of the programme here:


Live at BZZZ Sound Art Festival, Sweden


5 – 6 JULY 2019

HARP ART LAB proudly presents the BZZZ! International Sound Art Festival. This year’s edition of BZZZ! is a kökkenmödding of Sound Art, Mechanical Techno, DIY Electronics, Loft Punk, Millophonia and Heroic Jazz.

FRI 5 JULY 19:00 / 7 PM





SAT 6 JULY 19:00 / 7 PM





Harp Art Lab, Harplinge Windmill
Kvarnliden 8, Harplinge, Sweden

Free entrance

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

Facebook event page:


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


Facebook event:

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.