August 15th, 2014 | Published in Blog
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.