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.
“In this publication, Gilles Aubry presents elements from his sonic research within Christian charismatic churches in Kinshasa, DRC. He explores the noise aesthetics of religious sound practices involving audio amplification, feedback, distortion and recording technologies. His documentation includes spiritual services, predications, sound-checks, rehearsals, a church video-archive, film-soundtracks, as well as the preparation of an evangelization campaign in the city center. While focusing on material aspects of sounds Aubry finds signs which attest of the complex relationships between Christian faith, traditional beliefs, neo-colonial representations and urban politics in Central Africa. At the same time, he suggests correspondences with ”first-world” noise music aesthetics.
The CD contains a 34′ excerpt of a spiritual deliverance service (Amplified Souls, track 2) including collective prayers, predication and speaking-in-tongues recorded at the Libambu Ministry Church in Kinshasa. The Amplification of Souls (track 1) is a 30′ audio-essay in which various sound sources have been combined together according to a material-based form of cultural interpretation.
The 80 pages book contains an interview with Gilles Aubry, an essay by musicologist and cultural anthropologist Johannes Ismaiel-Wendt, along with text fragments and photos from Aubry’s research in Kinshasa.”
“Yesterday there was a fire at Battersea Arts Centre that destroyed the Grand Hall and Lower Hall. Most importantly everyone is ok. And the organisation and the front half of the building live to fight another day. We start now.”
Read about the fire here.
— Tref Davies (@dtref) March 14, 2015
Radu Malfatti – One man and a fly – The first and only solo improv album in radu’s long and esteemed career… Glass mastered CD in digipack.
Jack Harris – and neither of us had seen anything more moving than the layers of a children’s birthday cake, baked upon the heath. – Oddly oblique field recordings. CDr in 150 copies
Pascal Battus – Désincantation_Indécantation – Brittle, texturally vibrant electroacoustic improvisation from one of Paris’ finest. CDr in 150 copies.
Jason Kahn, Patrick farmer, Sarah Hughes, Dominic Lash – Untitled for four. – Two hour long realisation of a single graphic score by Jason Kahn. 2xCDr in 150 copies.
Martin Küchen, Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga – Bauchredner. – The fierce and the beautiful, the harsh and the soft and vice versa. CDr in 150 copies.
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.