3 Electroacoustic Duos – Bristol, Cafe Kino this Saturday

October 3rd, 2012 |  Published in Blog


Very excited about this. Come down, say “Hi!”, see some fantastic music, and maybe take the opportunity to sample some of Kino’s rather excellent food.

Phil Julian & John Macedo
Mark Durgan & Stephen Cornford
Clive Henry & Stuart Chalmers
7:30pm £6

Phil Julian is best known in his Cheapmachines guise, which has been releasing on a catalog of imprints from Beartown through Chondritic Sound through to Entr’acte. While noise has been grabbing around for new lebensraum in the territories of Darkwave synths, electroacoustic, free-jazz crossover, Acid – Phil Julian’s work has remained audibly related to noise as noise: mostly laminal constructions of sound matter. But like Joe Colley he’s managed this while making records as incredibly singular, subtle and powerful as anything in the wider zones Noise has recently begun to annex. There’s no gimmick, no macho shock posture, no necessity to use sheer volume to cover up for what it lacks (though it’s plenty loud). Check Cheapmachine’s Secede on Entracte for an idea of what he’s capable of.

John Macedo’s name is newer, but one already adorning a couple of great releases including a recent tape on Beartown. A student of synthesis from digital to analog, academia to noise, John is the organiser of the Analogue evenings events at Goldsmiths college in London and has recently been in demand as an interviewee and selector of things electroacoustic for The Wire and Resonance FM.

Stephen Cornford – sculptor turned sound artist whose explorations of obsolete technology have turned out some remarkable and unique works at the borderlands of noise, improvisation, and sound art. His installation and recording Binatone Galaxy – a found object constellation of tape machines playing cassette tapes rigged to play back the sound of their own mechanisms – is rapidly becoming a minor classic, and releases on Another Timbre, Senufo etc. have begun to take his work out of the gallery and to increasing acclaim.

Mark Durgan – A long standing name in the underground in his Putrifier guise as well as part of New Blockaders and Nihilist Assault Group, Mark has built up one of the most consistent and, until recently, unfairly overlooked discographies around. A recent release on Pan, along with his interview in As Loud as Possible and his collaborations with remarkably precise and discerning composer John Wall are hopefully beginning to redress that.
Here’s what Dave Keenan said: “For the past twenty years, Mark Durgan, known under the Putrefier moniker and his label Birthbiter (1986), is one of the few genuinely curious anomalies operating today. Disassociated with a lot of noise, he is more of a true outsider of this scene, somewhat akin to the older sound poets. Although their realm of art is very different to that of his, comparisons can be made. The lack of concrete documentation, both written and recorded, could be construed as an attempt at mystery, but the reality is that it all comes down to a total ambivalence about having a public persona.”

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.

Clive Henry – Bang the Bore organiser, Hunting Lodge bassist, Boduf Songs band member and tape label veteran under his recently retired LittleCreature moniker (to ignore his forays into indie, hardcore, terrifyingly creepy doom, improvisation etc. etc.) Clive has covered an insane range of underground music while never sounding like anybody but himself, and always with a unique physicality. His releases are prolific, obtuse and often remarkable, but for me the best way to experience the music is live where his complete immersive involvement in the music is utterly infectious and absorbing in a way that few performers manage.

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October 3rd, 2012 | by | Published in Blog