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.
GRAHAM DUNNING | DANIEL JONES | HENRY COLLINS & STUART CHALMERS
Café Kino| 108 Stokes Croft | Bristol | BS1 3RU
Wednesday 17th September 2014 | £5
Graham Dunning is an artist with a background in experimental music, who makes a lot of different things in a lot of different formats, a lot of which generally have to do with sound. Restrictions and processes are often central to his practice, as is a preoccupation with discarded sounds, crackle, hiss and hum, and their visual equivalents in dirt, found objects, dust and decay. For his current project “Music by the Metre”, recently documented on an excellent release on Entracte, Graham merely guides and mixes looping cassettes, turntables, environmental sounds and synthesizers which are otherwise left free to carry on their own lives, producing bass-heavy rhythmic drones. Recorded to tape this sound is then cut into lengths of 1 metre and available to by from Graham at one of his temporary market stalls.
Daniel Jones – Brightonian electronicist and guitarist who has worked with Patrick Farmer, Sarah Hughes, Lance Austin Olsen, Mathieu Ruhlmann and plenty more besides and whose improvisations ranging from delicacy to abrasion are documented in excellent releases on Engraved Glass, Cathnor and Caduc.
Henry Collins – Collins, when we first met him, was known as Shitmat, ran Brighton label Wrong Music and engaged in all manner of home brewed dada. The first two of these are gone but not yet the third – Henry “semi retired” from electronic music in 2012 but only to return to his roots as a sound sculptor and artist. Collins is one of our favourite disruptors of improvisatory expectations. Last time we saw him, heavy with cold, he accompanied two double basses by emptying a bag, shuffling around hitting walls and generally creating a scene. It was brilliant, unexpected and surprisingly musical.
Stuart Chalmers – Manipulating cassette tapes and fx to singular effect, Stuart has managed to turn what you might expect to be unresponsive, inflexible instruments into a setup capable of transmitting at the speed of musical thought. A familiar face on the Oxford improvisation scene, in recent years Stuart has released a series of increasingly proficient solo records with a homespun surrealist quality that’s equal parts Phillip Jeck, Ghost Box and Ghedalia Tazartes.
RIE NAKAJIMA | CONSORTS | MIGUEL PRADO
Café Kino| 108 Stokes Croft | Bristol | BS1 3RU
Friday 17th October 2014 | £6
Winner of the Arts Foundation Experimental Music Prize 2014
‘Using sound, I look for a state where things start to react to each other, freed from their specific contexts’ explains Japanese-born Rie Nakajima of her work. Since studying sculpture at Chelsea and later the Slade Rie has been working on installations and performances which produce sounds using a combination of kinetic devices, audio materials and found objects. Each work is unique as she composes in real-time in direct response to the unique context of each space creating rhythmically complex and self-developing sounds, from the micro-acrobatics of her spinning wind-up toys to the blare and wet echo of air passing through water. As says a writer for Void+ ‘Nakajima’s sonic magnificence is in how her objects alter from quotidian to sonic arrangements through repetition and accumulation….like an army of them…they accrue and are soundings, and the experience of the work is wholly majestic.’ Rie is the current associate artist at London’s experimental music hub, Café OTO, where she recently performed with David Toop and has exhibited and performed widely, both in the UK and overseas.
Tonight, Consorts will be a Septet of Dominic Lash, Angharad Davies, Tom Jackson, Benedict Taylor, Nick Malcom, Hannah Marshall and Alex Ward. The ensemble was formed in 2013 to explore the possibilities of combining sustained-tone music and improvisation (both guided and free). Compositions are written for specific musicians but the membership of the ensemble will be flexible from composition to composition.
Miguel Prado is an electronicist, writer, composer and collaborator with, among others, Mattin, Julian Skrobek, and Michael Pisaro. His works have ranged from the Wandelweiser detournement Comedy Apories (which kept the silences but swapped out the breathiness and soft tones for canned laughter), through noise music, to his more recent interest in what he labels “the geotraumatic evacuation of the voice”. Consistently fascinating, we’re looking forward to his first gig as a Bristolian.
Saunders: “The piece involves a source recording from a different location being played back, with players reinforcing sounds in both the recording and immediate environment. Each realisation is recorded and forms the recording for the next realisation.”
“The Archive of Recorded Sound is delighted to announce that the Richard Maxfield Collection (ARS.0074) can now be listened to online, via the collection’s finding aid on the Online Archive of California. This collection features nine distinct works by electronic music composer Richard Maxfield, composed between 1959-1964, four of which are believed to be previously unpublished (Dromenom, Electronic Symphony, Suite from Peripateia, and Wind). Additionally, as Maxfield frequently produced unique edits of his work for each performance, many of the open tape reels that form this collection include alternative edits to those previously published, such as the tapes for Amazing Grace which feature three different versions of the work.”