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.
Dan Bennett & Miguel Prado
My Tape Archive / Attacked by Wolves
£6, 8pm Wed 4th March
Luciano Maggiore (Palermo 1980) lives and works in Bologna. Active musician in the field of electroacoustic music, in recent years he has developed a strong interest in the mechanisms of sound diffusion, using speakers and several analogue and digital devices (walkmans, CD players, tape recorders) as principal instruments. His interest is focused on the architectural and psychoacoustic as well as dynamic and directional values of sound with a strong emphasis on fixed sounds. He regularly plays in duo with Francesco Brasini and Enrico Malatesta. His works are published by Balloon & Needle, Boring Machines, Consumer Waste, Palustre, Senufo editions, 1000Füssler, Triscele Registrazioni and Tulip records.
Daniel Bennett is a Bristol based musician and a co-organiser of the Bang the Bore and Several 2nds events. He has written music for theatre and installation and played guitar in the noise rock band Hunting Lodge. He records solo as Skjølbrot (http://www.skjolbrot.org) and plays in the improvising group Aigon DAAC with Dominic Lash and Stuart Chalmers. Duo record with Stephen Cornford forthcoming. Tonight performing with Miguel Prado on computer, prepared speaker and stylus.
Miguel Prado is a Galician “composer/theorist/ provocateur” (Byron Coley, The Wire) based in Bristol, UK. Since 2007 he has released a number of solo works, and has worked together with artists such as Mattin, Stephen O’Malley, Michael Pisaro and Jozef Van Wissem.
My Tape Archive
is the project name of artist Matt Davies who for the last decade has been collecting and using reel to reel machines and 16mm projectors as a visible component in his installations. As a consequence of this he has amassed a vast assortment of tapes and found films. My Tape Archive is a survey of the artist’s own collection, exploring this fascinating content.
Attacked by Wolves – AKA George McKenzie, of constantly collapsing Bristolian postrocky indie legends Headfall and xylo-hypno-un-rock band Motes, plus many more creations besides. Tonight in a duo with Matt Davies, they will be combining 16mm projections with manipulated 1/4″ tape loops.
Organized Music presents Titubeo, the second release from Miguel Prado’s Nzʉmbe project. Miguel is a Galician “composer/theorist/ provocateur” (Byron Coley, The Wire) based in Bristol, UK. Since 2007 he has released a number of solo works, and has worked together with artists such as Mattin, Stephen O’Malley, Michael Pisaro and Jozef Van Wissem.
While the project’s first appearance (‘La labor de lo inhumano’; Taumaturgia, 2014) came in the form of an ultra-limited edition of a phonographic cylinder, Titubeo features a fully formed suite of songs in which Prado rises above what may have been taken as a conceptual endeavour and delivers a testament to his lyricism and musical invention.
Built upon a musical bed of modular electronics, guitar, keyboards and percussion, and featuring musical contributions from fellow Iberians Rafael and Roberto Mallo, Ruth Barberán and Alfredo Costa Monteiro, the record’s seven tracks are comprised of several nakedly emotional structures that most closely bring to mind the decadent lyricism of late-70s music and general culture. Unashamedly romantic, the songs waltz through references to disenchantment, affection and humiliation, allowing for grand gestures, electrical explosions and hammering repetitions to tower over the music while the voice maintains a steady and melodramatic tone throughout. The vocals themselves are often heavily processed and broken down to digital shards, reinforcing an unusual disembodiment of the voice.
What in most records is taken for granted –the sound of the recorded voice- here is laid bare in all its isolation, vulnerability and exposure. Coupled with the music’s sharp and dramatic tone, it makes for an intricate and memorable atmosphere.
Titubeo is a cycle of modern baroque love songs.
Editor’s Note – Mark Flaum
Lo and Behold! | The Basement Tapes – Matt Krefting
Membrane – Window – Mirror | (The folded worlds of Toshiya Tsunoda) – Michael Pisaro
“Two tones walk into a bar…” | Arek Gulbenkoglu – Jon Dale
Memorable – C. Spencer Yeh
Memorable – Dominic Lash
The ErstWand Series | Composition of Time, Absence of Place – Marc Medwin
“Well, it could be interesting to create a label.” | Jacques Oger of Potlatch Records – Brian Olewnick
Ecology and Phonography in the Expanded Field | Walter De Maria as Recording Artist – Charles Eppley
A percussionist and composer from Louisville, KY currently residing in Ithaca, NY. Nick’s work is primarily concerned with an immersive, psychoacoustic presentation of sound brought about by an often grueling, endurance-based performance practice that Nathan Thomas of Fluid Radio described as, “a highly sophisticated and refined performance technique…that starts and ends with listening and encourages a different way of listening from its audience.” Hennies is also an interpreter of the work of other modern composers having recorded and performed music by John Cage, Alvin Lucier, Jandek, Peter Ablinger, Kunsu Shim, Jürg Frey, Ellen Fullman, Radu Malfatti, Arnold Dreyblatt and many others. His work as both composer and performer can be heard on a wide variety of labels including Quakebasket, Senufo Editions, Accidie, Quiet Design and many others. In 2013 Hennies also founded the record label Weighter Recordings for releasing his own work and other new and unusual music by living composers.
A five-year adopted Bristolian from France via Switzerland, Heloise operates a nexus of cassette release and concert activity via her ZAMZAMREC label and FAG radio show. In performance she layers contact mic’d objects, treated tapes and looped devices, creating a shifting mist of tones and textures. H has released music by Stuart Chalmers, Sudden Infant, Anthroprophh, Gnar Hest, Uiutna and Microdeform and is one of the focal nodes of Bristols overlapping noise, improvisation and experimental scenes.
Bristol’s many-monikered rainbow of caterwauled cacophony; ruthless scavenger of sound and method; covert craftsman and draughtsman. He’s Fairhorns, Gnar Hest, Klad Hest, Matt Williams, MXLX, Knife Library, one third of BEAK> and formerly Team Brick; his music is released by Invada, Northern Spy, LF, Kindarad, ZamZam Records and Journal of the Belgae Folk Club. None of us know which version of Matt will turn up to this show.