Colour Out of Space / In Lockdown
International Festival of
Sound and Art

We hope you’re all safe and well. To help you through, you can see how lockdown has affected some of your favourite soundmakers from the UK and around the world, with COOS's Plague Time Television. The first two episodes streamed live on 15th + 17th May, transmission went a little awry for the third, but all are now archived for further viewing and future study. Episode Four will broadcast soon - tune in for the live feed.
Each week, we're also streaming a recording from last year’s festival - they'll stay up for the duration. Follow the links and treat yourself to artist releases, downloads and micro-editions for further transcendent listening.
A huge thanks to the artists who’ve shared their lockdowns with us, and to those who’ve given their permission for their COOS performances to be aired. COOS is back in 2021. Stay well - we’ll see you there!

Image / Episode Two - Jérôme Noetinger and Liz Rácz

Episode One - Friday 15th May
Neil Campbell & Sticker Foster & Richard Youngs + DDAA + Rick Potts + Moniek Darge + Charlie Drahiem + Natalia Beylis + Teignmouth Electron + Usurper + Sophie Cooper & Jake Blanchard + Glands of External Secretion + Ian Murphy + Plastic Hooligans + Lief Elggren + Fritz Welch + Tom & Milly Roberts + More. View Here.

Episode Two - Sunday 17th May
Bruce Russell, Ludo Mich, Kuupuu, BBBlood, Renato Grieco, Floris van Hoof, The Dan, Rakel & Klara Fröberg Experience, Jonnie Prey, Hannah Ellul, Luke Poot, Jérôme Noetinger & Liz Racz, Wol, Core of the Coalman/Kneeling Coats, DJ Foreign Extra featuring Adam Bohman, All Ords, Dylan Nyoukis, Food People & Adam Butcher, Fielding Hope & Silja Strøm, Manny Pads, Chie Mukai, {AN} EeL, Ash Reid, Nicolas Nicholas Langley, Lucian Tielens, Blue Spectrum, Marja-leena Sillanpää and Maths Balance Volumes. View Here

Episode Three
Forrest Friends, Ezio Piermattei & Chiara Fiori, Embla Quickbeam, Liz Albee, The Piss Superstition, Yoni SIlver, Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson, Dog Lady, Shane Mcdonell, I'D M Theftable, Bob Desaulniers, The Nevari Butchers, Sami Pekkola, Posset, F.Ampism, Bren't Lewiis ensemble, Anla Courtis, The Bohman Brothers, Andie Brown, Slohhh Listener, Roy Claire Potter & Kieron Piercy, Reijo Pami and Porest. View Here


From COOS (8) at the Sallis Benney Theatre 27/4/19

Photo - thanks to Mark Rietveld

At the midpoint of COOS (8), Af Ursin, performing behind two sheets of suspended metal and with no mixer or sound effects, delivered one of the festival’s most hypnotic, all enveloping sets. The close textured sounds created were generated, on the right sheet, using a rubber ball for bass frequencies, and on the left, through the gentle gliding of a metal resonator from an old mechanical clock. For full temporal dislocation you'd need to be within that auditorium, but don headphones and dim the lights - this recording still has the power to elevate you out of any lockdown.


Af Ursin is the alias of Finnish composer/improviser Timo van Luijk. He was co-founder of influential audio-visual collective the Noise-Maker’s Fifes and has been central to some of the leading avant-grade formations in Belgium and beyond; with Christoph Heemann in In Camera, with Andrew Chalk in Elodie, with Raymond Dijkstra in Asra, amongst others. During the ’90s he began to record and perform his solo work under the name Af Ursin, establishing a private press, La Scie Dorée, in 2001.

Van Luijk’s work is rooted in the use of acoustic instruments (wind, percussion, strings), but his special sensitivity to the timbral qualities of each instrument, and his deft blurring of them, results in a sound-world that is mysterious, amorphous and hallucinatory, full of suggestive shadows, creaks and whispers. Informed by years of intensive listening to various types of free music, exploratory drug use and especially the “irregular organic forms” of the Belgian countryside where he resides, van Luijk’s process begins always with pure improvisation: music played in an intuitive, sensual way, without the employment of conscious technique. He performs and overdubs each instrumental component himself, and out of this process micro-structures and loose arrangements emerge: the piece becomes an improvised composition. Over time he has evolved his own richly poetic musical language, full of allusions to drone, acid folk, classical, Musique concrète and jazz, but beholden to none. - Blackest Ever Black


Previously on live

Thankyou to everyone who made COOS (8) one of our favourite years yet - three days and nights of performances, site-specific installations, exhibitions, panels, workshops and screenings. For a taster of what went on the big scroll down menu of performances and artists is just a click away, while Matt Dalby’s all-embracing weekend audio diary is here.

Two exhibitions ran throughout the festival; in ONCA we were honoured to present Unia Loimussa (Dreams inside a Blaze) - the first ever UK exhibition from visual artist, musician and Finnish underground lynchpin Jan Anderzen. While over in the Jubilee Library, What Was Music? featured twelve sound-collages created by local schoolchildren using samples sent from sound artists around the world. Workshops for the project were led by Ian Murphy and Duncan Harrison. Listen in below. Read more from both exhibitions here

Ash Reid & Ali Robertson were in residence at Phoenix Brighton over the weekend with ‘In The Future You’ll Be Able To Get All The Expensive Designer Wallpaper That Your Heart Desires For Free: Live from Lubberland’ - a radio series for and from the future. Working with audience members and COOS artists, it was recorded and edited daily and broadcast each night by Resonance Extra. You can visit all three Lubberland excursions here.

The weekend saw the first COOS daytime sonic-arts trail, featuring installations and site specific performances in Brighton landmarks including The Pepperpot (top left) with Ian Helliwell, little known Follys such as The Tarner Tower (top right) with Alice Kemp, and London Rd’s bustling Open Market with Ryoko Akama (preparing equipment above). Sights and sounds from the streets, alongside Resonace FM's Free University and Seymour Glass's Gonk Summit, will be online soon.

Currently sold out - though an original batch of large (50cm by 70cm), heavy-duty Council posters (as below) featuring the beautiful, cosmically attuned artwork of
Karen Constance, is making its way back to us and will be available soon.

A pre-fest sonic jaunt through what was to come by Dylan Nyoukis - artist + Chocolate Monk label boss.

COOS (8) featured: Glands Of External Secretion (USA) + Red Brut (NL) + Robert Ridley-Shackleton (UK) + Wild Rani (UK) + Charles Mitchener Duo (UK) + Ezio Piermattei (IT) + Ash Reid (UK) + Plastic Hooligans (UK) + Duncan Harrison (UK) + Ryoko Akama (JP) + Alice Kemp (UK) + Ian Helliwell (UK) + Julian Weaver (UK) + Plastic Containers Of Nothing (UK) + Bill Nace & Twig Harper (USA) + White Death (UK) + Pat Thomas (UK) & Adam Bohman (UK) & Sami Pekkola (FI) & Yoni Silver (IL) + The Elks (DK) + Beyt Al Tapes (BE) + AF Ursin (BE) + Ernie K Fegg (UK) + Tom White & Stuart Chalmers (UK) + Hiru Marsvin (UK) + Dai Coelacanth (UK) + Harappian Night Recordings (UK) + Joincey (UK) + Chie Mukai (JP) & Richard Youngs (UK) + Alvarius B (USA) + Papal Bull (UK) + Stewart Greenwood (UK) + Anne Gillis (FR) + Graham Lambkin (UK) & Áine O'Dwyer (IE) + Jérôme Noetinger (FR) + The Dan, Rakel and Klara Fröberg Experience (SW) + Olivier Brisson (FR) + Natalia Beylis (IE) + Tomutonttu (FI) + Lovely Honkey (UK) + Ed Baxter (UK) + Cathy Soreny (UK) + The Burbling Mind (UK)

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