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RHODRI DAVIES

RHODRI DAVIES

Watch the entirety of Rhodri Davies’ blistering live performance for Bang the Bore at Cafe Kino, Bristol, 21.03.2013.

JAMES SAUNDERS | Instruments with Recordings

JAMES SAUNDERS | Instruments with Recordings

Watch streaming video of James Saunders’ Instruments with Recordings, performed for Bang the Bore at Cafe Kino, Bristol, 5th January 2014.

Urs Leimgruber & Roger Turner

Urs Leimgruber & Roger Turner

Stream the entirety of Urs Leimgruber and Roger Turner’s excellent performance for Bang the Bore at Cafe Kino, Bristol, 5th January 2014.

Dominic Lash – Chord Sequence with Interruptions

Dominic Lash - Chord Sequence with Interruptions

In this Second instalment of Bang the Bore’s Interviews With Composers series, we spoke to Dominic Lash about his piece Chord Sequence with Interruptions
 

SARAH HUGHES | (CAN NEVER EXCEED UNITY)

SARAH HUGHES | (CAN NEVER EXCEED UNITY)

In this first instalment of Bang the Bore’s Interviews With Composers series, we spoke to Sarah Hughes about (can never exceed unity), an instantiation of which appeared on Suppedaneum’s superb 2013 release Accidents of Matter or of Space.

KATHY HINDE

KATHY HINDE

Streaming video of Kathy Hinde’s superb performance for Bang the Bore at Cafe Kino, 12th December 2013.

SARU + Compost & Height Present – the Music of Michael Pisaro & Makiko Nishikaze

SARU + Compost & Height Present - the Music of Michael Pisaro & Makiko Nishikaze

Streaming video of three pieces performed at the Round Chapel Auditorium, London, 19th October 2013; July Mountain & Ricefall by Michael Pisaro; and piano in person i by Makiko Nishikaze.

A Voodoo Christmas in Hialeah

A Voodoo Christmas in Hialeah

Merry Christmas! Stream and download the latest volume in Stephen Grasso’s Voodoo Christmas mixtape series alongside links to the previous volumes if you’re only just catching up.

Diatribes

Diatribes

Watch the entirety of Diatribes’ performance for Bang the Bore at Cafe Kino, Bristol, 25th May 2013.

Displacement Activity

Displacement  Activity

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.

Will Guthrie

Will Guthrie

Streaming video of Will Guthrie performing live for Bang the Bore at Cafe Kino, Bristol, 13.01.13.

Aigon DAAC

Aigon DAAC

Aigon DAAC (Daniel Bennett, Stuart Chalmers, Dominic Lash) performing live at shieldshaped, Cafe Kino, Bristol, 9th October 2012.

Robert Curgenven

Robert Curgenven

Watch streaming video of Robert Curgenven performing live at Bang the Bore XV: Depth Sounding at the John Hansard Gallery, Southampton 29.09.2012.

Kostis Kilymis

Kostis Kilymis

Stream footage of Kostis Kilymis performing live at BtBXV: Depth Sounding at the John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, 22.09.13.

Jason Lescalleet

Jason Lescalleet

An excerpt from Jason Lescalleet’s performance for shieldshaped at Cafe Kino, Bristol, 9th October 2012.


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HOME: HANDOVER | JEAN-LUC GUIONNET & ERIC LA CASA

HOME: HANDOVER - Jean-Luc Guionnet & Éric La Casa

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.

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October 26th, 2014 | by | Published in Blog

Dreaming Like Mad with Dion McGregor

Review by Pete Coward

Several years ago I eulogised the work of Dion McGregor in these very digital pages. That piece included the fervent hope that “there is more to come from the hours of tape that must exist.” It is fitting that this album realises that hope, for making dreams into reality was Dion’s stock-in-trade. His alchemy is undiminished in this latest collection of recorded dream somniloquies from the master sleep talker of our age.

Like the previous three releases by Dion, “Dreaming Like Mad” is a collection of nocturnal narratives, as recorded by his room-mate Michael Barr between 1960 and 1967. For further historical context, readers are referred to that earlier article. Each release provides a mainline hit of jouissance, combining the fascination of hearing a poet who is master of his craft with the excitement of a tightrope walking improv session, and the belly laughs of the most jaded of raconteurs in full flow.

The recordings collected here are among the finest heard to date and one wonders whether Dion ever had an “off” night, a night dreaming of being naked in a crowd or something as banal. He seems to have elected out of Jung’s collective unconscious to forge his own psychic territory, one equally worthy of study and taxonomy. Dion is never anything other than the axis and lead character of his own dream world, his own anima, animus and trickster all in one, and the listener would not wish it any other way. His personality shapes and inhabits each character in turn, such as the maniacal barn dance caller of “Strenching” (“Form a circle around a square…”), the murderous party host of “The Gauntlet”, and the apotheosis of Dion as puppet-master sounding bored with his own power in “The Pioneer”.

All is delivered in that now familiar languidly lilting tone in which one can practically hear the archly raised eyebrow (probably literally so, as Dion was very physical in his recitations, as can be heard in the hefty pillow thumps of “The Pioneer”) and set against the murmur and rumble of the New York night soundscape, interrupted with the not infrequent intrusion of a siren, car horn or barking dog. Much like Dion’s own monologues are punctuated by peaks of hysteria accompanied by raised volume, shrieks, hollers and onomatopoeic sound effects. The trademark Dion McGregor scream may be represented here mostly by grunts rather than howls, but those hoping for Dion at his most primal will be compensated for by the two briefest pieces, “Chocolate Tapioca” and “Air Raid”, the latter being 16 seconds of urgent exhortations and joyous whoops in anticipation of the coming airborne destruction.

Catastrophe of some kind is never far away, often willed, if not actively precipitated, and always exulted in, most lucratively in “The Diner” (“We’re the only restaurant near the cave-in”). The protagonist of “Packed Up” is bored of waiting for the ecological catastrophe promised by melting glaciers and occupies himself with concerns of “where will all the eskimos go?”, in a conversation rushed to a premature conclusion on hearing “the first drip”. Everything everywhere is all “terribly dreadful”, and leavened by that disjunction between melodrama and understatement that is a definition of camp. The unfortunates of “New York Times” trapped perpetually in a copy of the eponymous newspaper can take solace that they would “rather be swallowed up by The Times than The Tribune any day”. In “The Face Down There” a man whose face and genital organs are transposed has “an adroit tailor” who manages to keep the latter covered and the former accessible to talk to at crotch level. Whatever happens, “don’t be sensitive about it” is Dion’s admonition.

An approach to life and words to live by. Dion cuts through that annoying interfering superego to deliver the essentials. In the ideal world, in which we can dwell with Dion as a medium for 60 minutes, we would all be members of the “TYN” (Thumb Your Nose) society and the only vital questions to ask would be, “are you good on your feet? And do you not back down when people look balefully at you?”

Much credit is due to Steve Venright at Torpor Vigil for sifting through the archive to produce this selection. His son, Kerry Ventner, provided the impressive cover art, an illustration that draws inspiration from Edward Gorey’s original ‘60s work on “Dion McGregor Dreams Again” (the book and album), further psychedelicising it to make something fascinating and somewhat disturbing. Much like the somniloquies this disc contains. I am grateful for this opportunity to hear Dion McGregor utter the words “Like man-size, and then bigger.”

Torpor Vigil Records


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October 25th, 2014 | by | Published in Reviews

JOHN BUTCHER AT 60 | CAFE OTO

A very special two-day residency to celebrate the 60th birthday of one of the greats of improvised music – John Butcher. Featuring a line-up comprised of some of Butcher’s closest and most long-standing collaborators as well as some brand-new groupings brought together specially for these two days, this should be a unmissable celebratory residency for a musician who has provided a whole host of highlights at Cafe OTO since we opened.

Friday 28 November 2014
- John Butcher + Rhodri Davies (electric harp)
- Magda Mayas (piano) + Angharad Davies (amplified violin)
- John Butcher + Gino Robair (drums & electronics) + dieb13 (turntables)
£10 adv / £12 on the door

Saturday 29 November 2014
- John Butcher + Guillaume Viltard + Dominic Lash + Olie Brice (double basses)
- Gino Robair + Rhodri Davies + Adam Bohman
- Vellum: John Butcher + Magda Mayas (piano) + Tony Buck (drums)
£10 adv / £12 on the door

Door Times : 8pm

Two Day Pass: £18

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October 25th, 2014 | by | Published in Blog

Dan Bennett’s Set from June 2014′s Bang the Bore at Cafe Kino

From our show earlier this year with Kostis Kilymis and Tony Bevan

Computer, Phono Cartridge, Prepared Speaker and 9v battery recording.
Computer generates saw waves, pulse trains and raw voltage offsets, and controls feedback level and playback of a recording of a 9v battery discharging through a speaker and a potentiometer. Sound sources are mixed and sent to prepared speaker and PA. Sounds are returned to computer via a phono cartridge on the prepared speaker. First performance with this setup.

Room mic recording kindly made by Seth Cooke


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October 3rd, 2014 | by | Published in Blog