On 15th June 2013 Bang the Bore presented Displacement Activity, a concert inspired by an exhibition of work by land artists Robert Smithson and Nancy Holt at the John Hansard Gallery in Southampton. It featured compositions by Manfred Werder and James Saunders; a publication by Neil Chapman and David Stent; a sonification of Smithson’s mirror displacement methodology by Seth Cooke; and a special edition of Compost & Height’s Wolf Notes journal. This article collects the documentation of that event.
Sam Bailey, Kevin Sanders, Luke Nickel
Nov 19th Bristol, Cafe Kino, £5
Prepared Piano, Petals, and a Pflutist
Cantebury’s woodland piano experimentalist and philosopher – creatively abusing the Kino upright, coaxing drones, clanks and wonder.
Sam Bailey is an improvising pianist, composer, teacher and serial collaborator. In the past two years he has worked on projects with composers, improvising musicians, an 80’s rock star, dancers, poets, filmmakers, a 3D light sculptor, photographers, a mathematician and several chefs. Sam has recently finished a practice-based PhD in improvising music and he runs the Free Range series of music, film and poetry events in Canterbury, Kent. Sam’s current projects include the site specific Piano in the Woods and the synaesthesia-inducing Eating Sound.
Petals/Haidryer Excommunication head droning us into a gritty bliss. One of our favourite operators on noise’s progressive fringe.
“[T]he professorial neighbour of a rockabilly band attempting to school ‘em in modernism by by playing the tough bits from the 2001: A Space Odyssey soundtrack through the band’s own slashed practice amps.” – Rob Hayler
Luke Nickel (b. 1988) is a Canadian composer, artist, curator, and flutist currently completing a PhD at Bath Spa University under the direction of James Saunders. Luke’s flute playing is an attempt to rehabilitate his earlier classical training by taking inspiration from (among other things) Wandelweiser, imaginary dinosaur noises, drone music, singing in the shower, and minimalist sculpture. This will be Luke’s first public performance in Bristol.
Incoming for Bristol, the Mercurial Ms Angliss and Worle’s prodigal son Hákarl performing for Anna Franceschini’s majestic meditations on mechanics. Tickets hotcaking, get ye booking
Dominic Lash – Double Bass
Stuart Chalmers – Tapes/FX
Dan Bennett – Modular Synth
In 2010, Jean-Luc and Éric were invited by Arika to the Uninstal festival in Glasgow (Scotland) to carry out a series of recordings with some inhabitants of this city, in their home spaces. Based on predefined rules, including the single-sequence shot as a recording method, these people became the actors in a story about their everyday life.
Guionnet and La Casa considered this work as a composition under the form of a score with four phases.
Phase 1: Domestic Listening / Tipping Point (apartments 1, 2, 3 & 4). Each inhabitant (four in total) talks about his favorite music in his favorite room of his apartment.
Phase 2: Public Drift (Public performance of apartments 1, 2, 3 & 4). In a concert (Glasgow, 2010) five protagonists (two speakers and three musicians) can hear the four home recordings on their headphones and react following a rigourous protocol. Musicians are: Lucio Capece, Neil Davidson and Seijiro Murayama; voices are: Aileen Campbell and Gaël Laveugle.
Phase 3: House. Domestic Drift (Domestic performance of apartments 1, 2, 3 & 4). A fifth resident listens to the four home recordings, gives his comments and plays his instrument.
Phase 4: Studio. Synthesis Drift. Made between September 2013 and 2014 (Mixing of phases 1, 2 and 3 of each apartment). Jean-Luc and Éric overdubbed and mixed freely the three first phases of each apartment.
This process was carried out four times and results in a four CD boxset.