Saturday, 26 September 2015

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Refugees - You Are Welcome Here!


You Are Welcome Here" is an experimental music compilation benefitting refugees of war. All of the 28 artists involved donated an unreleased composition, which is not available anywhere else.

All funds raised from purchases of this album will be dona
ted to the International Rescue Committee to help support their work providing immediate assistance to refugees in Europe, including Greece, and to displaced people in Iraq, Yemen, and in other crisis zones around the world.

We want anyone and everyone to be able to download this compilation but please consider making a suggested donation of $5.00 or more.


Artists : MATT BRISLAWN (aka BRIZBOMB), PUBLIC SPEAKING + VALERIE KUEHNE, NOCTURNAL EMISSIONS, THE SKULL MASK, REMNANTS, DAN MELCHIOR, A FULL COSMIC SOUND, ARIADNE, BOB BELLERUE,  LUCIERNAGA, STERILE GARDEN, LAZURITE, DAVID FIRST, CAUSINGS, INSECT FACTORY, ALAN COURTIS, SHREDDERGHOST, RAPOON, CAULBEARER, PAS MUSIQUE, MIKE NIGRO, SILENT ISLE, RAMBUTAN, PARASHI, STRNGLV, LIMAX MAXIMUS, LA MANCHA DEL PECADO, COLLIN MCKELVEY. 

Please consider taking a few moments of your time to share this compilation via e-mail and you social networks. When using twitter you can use the hashtags: #youarewelcomehere #refugeecrisis #refugeeswelcomehere

To learn more about what you can do, please visit:
International Rescue Committee - www.rescue.org/refugee-crisis
Unicef - www.unicef.org

Monday, 31 August 2015

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Synthesiser And NEo-Tantric Oscillating Nostrum




The S.A.N.T.O.N.

· Lulls you into an untroubled frame of mind
 · Helps clear the head
· Comforts and soothes after a stressful day

Whether you’re panicking about an interview, dreading a visit to the dentist, of distracted by family problems, everyone reacts to stressful events in their life.

 The S.A.N.T.O.N. is intended to mimic the effect of your illness, so encouraging the body into greater defense efforts.

 Sometimes at the start of treatment you may find your symptoms actually get slightly worse. This is common and it’s a sign that your body’s starting to heal itself. However, if symptoms persist you should consult your GP. T

These therapeutic sounds were recorded by direct line input on 15 August 2015 in a haven of peace and tranquility close by the A390 in Lostwithiel, Cornwall.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Monstermind: The magical life and art of Tony "Doc" Shiels

Monstermind by Rupert White is packed with rare photos, a well-researched tale of the magical life and art of Tony “Doc” Shiels, surrealist, magician and creator of folklore.


From Doc’s involvement  in the ‘50s St Ives art scene– then the hippest happening place in the world for abstract art - to being barred from St Ives pubs for being a beatnik (I  know how it feels, I was there a decade or so later), being banged up in St Ives nick for barmy behaviour  (likewise), and onto  increasingly surrealistic monster-raising stunts...
Check out how Doc conjures up Morgawr, the Falmouth sea serpent, (or was it a sea-slug?), the Ponsanooth Fairy Photos, the Owlman of Mawnan.




Many other curious entertainments feature in the book.


In the mid-70s Shiels and his family became known in tabloid newspapers as “The weirdest family in the land”.



As it says on the cover, “Shiels used skills learnt as an artist to manipulate the public in a brazen and audacious display of theatrical, imaginative daring. In the process he left an indefinable but not insignificant magical and artistic legacy”.

 All these years after the two sevens clashed, I’m not sure what rates as the magical highlight of 1977, was it the situ-shamanism of the New Wave Punk Rock Explosion, was it the Hammer House of Windsor’s Jubilee itself, or was it was it Doc Shiels’ manifestation of the Loch Ness Monster?


Monstermind offers a welcome antidote to the horrid occult practices of the likes of Aleister Campbell and may help those of you still suffering from the theeee goth hangover onto the road to recovery…

A cracking read.
Doc's paintings rock.
Also, there's some very good  bits in here where Rupert contextualises Doc's practice in terms of developments in dematerialised art.

Now I want the big glossy coffee table-sized monograph. 

 (Will somebody publish one, please?)


Nnid Nid!!!



Monstermind: The Magical Life and Art of Tony 'Doc' Shiels:
Paperback: 157 pages
Publisher: Antenna Publications; First edition (1 Feb. 2015)
 ISBN-10: 0993216412
ISBN-13: 978-0993216411
Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 15.2 x 1.4 cm
 http://www.amazon.co.uk/Monstermind-Magical-Life-Tony-Shiels/dp/0993216412


 

Friday, 7 August 2015

Peter's Stone



Peter's Stone is a mass of limestone which has slipped downhill on a clay layer in Cressbrook Dale.  Once called the Gibbet Stone as the bodies of executed criminals were displayed there. In ancient Greek, a rock was called "petros"; the Bible claims that Jesus called his disciple Simon "The Rock" or literally "Peter" in Greek. It is likely that the change from "Gibbet" to "Peter's" Stone is an example of the 19th century effort to erase barbaric or rude place names when guide books and ordnance maps were compiled. In this case the result is to call the site in effect "stone stone" but to link it to the New Testament.

Information from http://www.peakscan.freeuk.com/faq_s___peak_district.htm
 
Video footage by Nigel Ayers, 1989,

Music from Nocturnal Emissions "Spiritflesh"

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Friday, 10 April 2015

Persuasion: Industrial music and mind control (1975-1995)

Some vintage Nocturnal Emissions material is included in:
Persuasion: Industrial music and mind control (1975-1995)

exhibition in HEAD, Geneva


"The England in the 1970s witnessed the emergence of industrial music bands involved in a counterculture that operated as a platform of exchange between the arts. The industrial movement committed an elaborated thinking between graphics, music, performance and video art in an experimental framework and under the increasing influence of technology. Some emblematic artists of this movement were aware of the important role of the media and the new form of power that went along with the ability to manipulate mobs.

 The exhibition "Persuasion: Industrial music and mind control (1975-1995)" highlights the visual productions of industrial artists that reveal a growing interest in mind control. A regular practice of mail art and collage allowed industrial artists to design album covers, fanzines and posters as a means of spreading their music to a wider audience. These artistic media reflect today a prolific visual culture with an interest for mind control. This phenomenon is presented here in three sequences identified by the titles of some songs or videos. The sound and image in mental conditioning (How to Operate Your Brain), the surgical experience in psychiatry (Suture Obsession) and the sonic warfare of industrial music (Nothing Short of a Total War) establish a link with science from the military in the 1960s and 1970s. Referrals, perpetual détournements and quotes that feed industrial culture from military researches are manifested by the development of a unique underground press. The Industrial News magazine by Throbbing Gristle and the RE/Search publications give examples of these strategies that reveal the aesthetic of industrial music.


 The works of Autopsia, Cabaret Voltaire, Clock DVA, Club Moral, Esplendor Geométrico, La NomenKlaTur, Le Syndicat, M.B., Maeror Tri, Minamata, Nocturnal Emissions, Nurse With Wound, Pacific 231, Psychic TV, RE/Search, SPK, The Anti-Group, Sordide Sentimental, The Hafler Trio, Throbbing Gristle, Urbain Autopsy, Zorïn are exposed in this exhibition."





 http://www.hesge.ch/head/evenement/2015/persuasion-musique-industrielle-et-controle-mental
And here is the Facebook link:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1578106725808306/

Friday, 16 January 2015

Sound Works at Generator


AllGold & Generator present: The Spatialization of Sound -
Multi-channel Soundworks

 Saturday January 17 Gen Ken Montgomery (USA)
Sunday January 18 Benoit Bories (France)
Saturday January 24 Heinz Weber (Germany)
Sunday January 25 Nigel Ayers (UK) 
Saturday January 31 Daniel Neumann (USA)
Sunday February 1 Conrad Schnitzler (Germany) + Frank Rothkamm Weiner Process

January 24th 12- 6pm Generator will present 6 hours of the 24 hour Wiener Process with a mini lecture on top of every hour. The “Wiener Process” is a 24 hour computer music initially developed as an antidote to Rothkamm’s diagnosis with the brain processing disorder Tinnitus in 2010 and completed in 2014. Seeded from a single quantum theoretical algorithm, the “Wiener Process” unfolds in 24 distinct 1 hour pieces and proposes the open source model of psychostochastics to gain a new understanding of our perception of sound, time and uncertainty. http://rothkamm.com/works __________________________


 Saturday January 17 Gen Ken Montgomery DRONE-SKIP-CLICK-LOOP The sound source for each of the four programs was created by typing random numbers representing acoustic specifications into a FM synthesis module for the computer. The resulting 1 or 2 seconds of sound was offset by random numbers into anoth-er channel and repeated for 17 minutes. This 17 minute 2 trackloop was overlapped in the studio 4 times to create 8 channels of sound. Each of the 8 tracks were processed slowly during their 17 minute length. They were then recombined into one stereo track. This was done 4 times to create 4 stereo programs. When these 4 programs are played back and mixed to a stereo recording the resulting sound is a noisy mess. However, by isolating the 4 programs and playing each through discrete sound systems, an interesting spatial listening experience unfolds. For optimal listening enjoyment place yourself in the middle of the 8 speakers. DRONESKIPCLICKLOOP was created in 1997 at Harvestworks, Inc. New York City for the Generator Sound Theater __________________________

 Sunday January 18 Benoit Bories Resonances Benoit Bories is a documentarist and sound creator. He produces audio documentaries for France Culture, Arte Radio, Radio France International, RTBF and ABC Radio. He also works sound creations in the field of the live performance and trans-media productions (web-documentary, installations). In 2009, he founded Faïdos Sonore with Charlotte Rouault. Together, they animate workshops of sound creations for different public (education, museum and specialized institutes). The physicist formation of Benoit Bories and his practice of the sound him allowed to acquire an autonomy and a report of autodidact compared to sound creation. Benoit Bories gained the Price Bohemia 2013, Special Commendation of the Price Europa 2013 and has been finalist at the Prices Italia 2013 and Sheffield Documentary Award 2014 for the documentary “Camp sisterhood » produced by Arte Radio. __________________________

Saturday January 24 Heinz Weber Guitar Piece #1 (2012) Heinz Weber (*1957) is a German sound artist and musician. He studied visual arts at the „Hochschule für bildende Künste“ in Hamburg in the late 70th and early 80th. His work is focussed on sound installations and research about the musical quality of space. In 2013, after a break of more than 20 years he re-started playing electric guitar. Heinz Weber lives in Berlin. www.klangkunst-heinzweber.de __________________________

Sunday January 25 Nigel Ayers Aquarius Suirauqa A three-minute vinyl recording of a Cornish male voice choir, the Raymon Hill Singers, performing the song "Aquarius" from the musical "Hair", has been subjected to a digital studio process known as time-stretching, in which the duration of the piece is extended whilst preserving the same pitch. The track is now 60 minutes long and has been overdubbed with the same time-stretched recording playing in reverse. www.nigelayers.com __________________________

 Saturday January 31 Daniel Neumann Title: PAST ONE CYCLE - a disembodiement http://danielneumann.org/ __________________________


 Sunday February 1 Conrad Schnitzler Generator presents a unique opportunity to hear Schnitzler’s compositions the way he intended them to be heard: the audience will be surrounded by 8 speakers, immersed in the physicality of S’chnitzler’s sounds, adding new depths to the compositions of this pioneer of the German electronic music scene. Sunday February 1st only, Gen Ken Montgomery will conduct a live Cassette CONcert, a boxed set of cassettes that Schnitzler composed with the intent that others could perform and listen to his octophonic Cassette CONcerts without him being physically present.