/ ARTISTS + TIMETABLE
/ LIVE AT COOS /
Artists / Timetable
26th - 28th April 2019
/ Saturday / Sunday
- FRIDAY 26th
Brighton, 10-14 Waterloo Place, Brighton BN2 9NB, 12 – 6pm
presents The Free University of COOS
A day of talks organised by Resonance FM's Ed Baxter.
He'll be joined by a variety of guest speakers to offer a crash
course in current thinking about music, sound and noise. Talks will
start on the hour and each will last 50 minutes. With
Ed Baxter: The Portable Century,
Jo Hutton: From Coolicon to Crystal Palace, Julian
Weaver: Future Audition: Listening in, and to, the Future,
Milo Thesiger-Meacham: Heat-induced Noise, Lance
Dann: Riding the audio revolution, Ed Baxter:
The Porous Century
- FRIDAY 26th
Benney Theatre, 6.30pm – Midnight
58-67 Grand Parade, Brighton BN2 0JY
of External Secretion
Seymour Glass, inspired by J.D. Salinger's short story ‘A
Perfect Day for Bananafish’, began publishing the legendary
Bananafish Zine in 1987. Using lo-fi, collage aesthetics, alter
egos, international contributors, and his own paranoid and absurd
manner of writing, it constituted a huge and ambitious attempt at
presenting underground culture in its every form.
At the same time Glass found an audio / performance outlet of his
own through Glands of External Secretion’s weird monuments
of experimental and far-out studio improv, surreal cut-ups of songs,
sounds, Barbara Manning's vocals, voice samples, loops, out-of-context
rhythms, field recordings, electronics, manipulated noises and anything
else not usually considered music.
The result is a twisted riot of sound bordering on audacity which
the term 'extremely psychedelic' fails to completely encapsulate.
For COoS the Charles Mitchener Duo (Elaine Mitchener and Neil Charles),
will perform a set of free-improvisations for voice and double bass.
Mitchener is an experimental vocalist and movement artist
whose work melds vocal styles encompassing free-improvisation, contemporary
new music, sound art, music theatre and dance. She has worked and
performed in a wide variety of contexts with leading artists including
Apartment House, Moor Mother Goddess (aka Camae Ayewa), Steve Beresford,
Christian Marclay, Phil Minton, Pat Thomas, David Toop and Jason
Yarde. She is co-founder of experimental jazz quartet the Hawkins/Mitchener
Quartet (with Neil Charles, Stephen Davis and Alex Hawkins).
Neil Charles trained classically and is also a
busy electronic producer and composer. He regularly performs, records
and tours with numerous jazz, classical and contemporary music bands
and ensembles like Sun Ra Arkestra, Alex Hawkins, Mingus big band,
and has played with Terence Blanchard, black top, Shabaka Hutchings,
and China Moses.
COoS welcomes the cardboard prince - the ceaselessly prolific, endlessly
creative, DIY visual artist, performer and musician. 'Tape loop
manipulation, 50's rock n'roll chanting buried in swathes of enveloping
noise. Pure expression erupts through layers of woozy, backwards
pop and unholy reverb. A nose-dive through Suicide + Dirty Beaches'
grim electricity but shot with an extra sense of playfulness and
an acute melodic sensibility. For those people thrilled by the extreme
and in awe of the beautiful.' Resident
Ash Reid is a former retail assistant. Her recent projects have
looked at cognitive behaviour therapy techniques and role-playing
game structures, performed through ongoing communication with others,
publicly and in private. She is a member of the Cinenova working
group, a feminist film distributor in London, and is currently undertaking
research into the collection as an MPhil/PhD candidate at Goldsmiths,
University of London. Alongside her performance, Ash will work with
Ali Robertson, volunteers and COoS artists, to create a radio play
which will broadcast nightly over the weekend. Please see workshops
for further details.
Red Brut is the solo work of Marijn Verbiesen, drummer with primitive
no-wave trio Sweat Tongue, vocalist and synth player in electronics
duo JSCA, and a key force in keeping Rotterdam’s underground
‘Verbiesen’s music is highly personal, subtle and displays
an ever curious and searching mind. Found sounds interweave with
brutal synth oscillations, melancholic melodies and sensual-absent
poetry from the aether. Although rooted in the sinister absurdism
of early 2000 experimentalism, her music embraces and redefines
the concept of ‘music of the universe’, coined by John
Cage, Daphne Oram and alikes.’ KRAAK
Harrison is an artist from Brighton. His music and performances
have featured a broad array of cut-up sound poetry, improvisational
strategies, and audio collages with sonic left-overs abstracted
from daily environments. He regularly collaborates with the likes
of Dylan Nyoukis, Karen Constance, Pascal Nichols, Ali Robertson
and many more.
Rebecca Mahay is a visual artist and performer from Birmingham,
UK, one half of MIRROR II RORRIM with Heath Moerland (aka Sick Llama).
They have releases on the Detroit-based Fagtapes label ('Housewife
Hibernation', 'Noom', 'Live WCBN FM Ann Arbor') and their latest
'Womensware' has been released through All Gone records. More recently,
Mahay has been performing solo as Wild Rani creating soundscapes
with vocals, synth, percussion and field recordings.
‘Former stumble-bum of The Gas Shepherds and navigational
honcho of The UFO Antler Band, Sean Conway emerges once more from
his dank Brum environs. Like some kind of mythical hash peasant,
he cooks up weird sounds that are both musical and abstract, all
recorded straight to his dying three track tape recorder. A gentle
throbbing thing of dreamlike confusion...beautiful, desolate brain
ooze’ Tedium House
Piermattei is an italian sound artist and self-taught maverick.
He’s been active under several aliases – Poisucevamachenille,
Autopugno, Hum Of Gnats – before settling down with his given
name. Among his releases there’s a collaborative tape with
Dan Melchior inspired by Claudio Rocchi’s music.
The melodic vein and rough, crooked Pop sketches of his earlier
releases have given way to purer sounds, but retain a playful attitude:
tapes played at the wrong speed, brass and string instruments, amplified
objects, fragments of non-sense speeches. He has released recordings
through Chocolate Monk (UK), My Dance The Skull(UK), Discombobulate(UK)
and Staaltape(DE). Piermattei also plays in Triple Heater - a duo
with Brighton’s F. Ampism - and runs the label Tutore Burlato.
SATURDAY 27th APRIL - DAYTIME - SONIC ARTS TRAIL - FREE
Welcome to the
first COoS arts trail, a free sonic jaunt through lesser known Follys,
abandoned towers, street markets and more. Check back soon - there’ll
be more performances and sounds if you know where to look and listen...
27th April at 12 midday
Excuse Me, is this How I Play?
The Open Market, London Rd
A lunch time
sound performance, examining both conventional and unconventional
way of playing objects in space. Ryoko Akama is a sound artist,
composer and performer, who approaches listening situations that
magnify silence, time and space and offer quiet temporal/spatial
Her sound works employ small and fragile objects such as paper balloons
and glass bottles, creating tiny occurrences that embody ‘almost
She composes text events and performs a diversity of alternative
scores in collaboration with international artists, and runs Melange
Edition label and co-edits Mumei publishing.
27th April: 1 - 5pm
Alice Kemp - The Chapel
Top of The Tower, Tarner Park, BN2 0AR
Alice Kemp lives and works in south west England. Subtle trance
states, dreams, and
disturbances inform her personal and cryptic yet coherent body of
Her [not-]performances and [in-]actions evolve a private mythology
through stillness, boundaries and aural stimuli. She has delivered
these obfuscations in England, Scotland, Germany, Belgium, France,
Austria and Switzerland, and released sonic contemplations through
the labels Fragment Factory (DE), Harbinger Sound (UK), and Erratum
Due to the intimate dimensions of the space, The Chapel can welcome
no more than two pilgrims at one time
27th April at 1.30pm
Phoenix Brighton, Waterloo Place, BN2 9NB
Seymour Glass - COOS Panel / Gonk Summit
A COOS panel: 'Retired and reformed from his crimes
against zine publishing, S. Glass (of Glands of External Secretion
and Bananafish) hosts a bit of chin music, lip service, tongue wag,
brain flatulence, skull crush, earache, and eye roll with several
COOS performing artists.'
coversation with Seymour Glass
2.30 - 4.30pm Phoenix Brighton
Live From Lubberland Radio Recording with Ali Robertson and Ash
Reid (see workshops)
27th April: 2.30 - 4.30pm
Ian Helliwell - The Pepperpot
11 Tower Rd, Brighton BN2 0FZ
Brighton's landmark Victorian tower, The Pepperpot, formerly housed
the studio of sonic sculptor Ken Gray during the 1970s. Since his
heyday the building has fallen into disuse, but for one afternoon
only, local electronic composer and visual artist, Ian Helliwell,
forges a link with this forgotten electronic history, by demonstrating
and performing with some of his self-built Hellitronic sound and
light machines inside the tower. Ian has written a book, Tape Leaders,
an anthology of early British electronic music composers including
an entry for Ken Gray, and his unique Hellitron tone generators
have been used to make the soundtracks for more than 100 of his
27th April: 4 - 5.30pm
Rocantin for Colonel Gouraud (Victoria Gardens - North / Phoenix
Brighton - Weather dependent - stay tuned)
A soundwork that draws on the historically suspect plans of one
Colonel George Couraud, recording pioneer and erstwhile director
of the Edison Phonograph Company in Europe, to run for the Brighton
Town Council in 1904 and have his election address simultaneously
broadcast to the town's inhabitants by a great number of phonographs.
The work assumes the form of an acceptance speech that takes full
advantage of Gouraud's shameless self-aggrandisement whilst recording
the personalites of his day.
A perfect compliment to Gouraud's activities, the Rocantin is a
19C composition which comprises fragments borrowed from several
others and sewn together to produce odd effects and playful or ridiculous
Julian Weaver is an artist
and researcher who works primarily with sound. His work focuses
on matter, substance and sensing in scientific, historical and ecological
imaginaries and fictions. He is a recipient of a 'Creating Earth
Futures' commission from the Centre for the Geohumanities, Royal
Holloway and project partner on the Art and Humanities Research
Council Project: Listening Across Disciplines.
Recent works include Outwork (Fort Process, 2018) Wet Sensing (Whitstable
Biennale, 2018), Sound Little Island (La Rochelle, 2017).
Containers of Nothing: Join the BCoN Hacktivist at 5pm
Since agreeing to contribute to this year’s festival, Plastic
Containers of Nothing have stopped answering emails, phone calls,
texts and attempts to get their attention on social media. The last
communication we received from them (we think) was a note shoved
under our office door reading ‘WE KNOW WHAT YOU’RE UP
TO. SEE YOU ON SATURDAY.’ We’re not sure what it means
but we think we might be seeing them on Saturday.https://pcon-coos-truth.page.tl/
throughout the day, stop off at ONCA gallery for
Jan Anderzén’s solo
exhibition, and the Jubilee Library for What Was Music.
It’s all in walking distance!
- SATURDAY 27th
- Midnight at the Sallis Benney Theatre (Doors 5.30pm)
Grand Parade, Brighton BN2 0JY
Nace & Twig Harper
Twig Harper and Bill Nace have been driving forces in the American
underground music scene for over a decade. For COoS they’re
performing as a duo, bringing what’s been described as ‘a
writhing, oozing, viscous specimen of electronic free improvisation’
to the UK for the first time.
Harper is a performer, electronic sound artist, underground
researcher, folk technologist and one half of Baltimore’s
seminal noise(s) outfit Nautical Almanac. Harper was raised in Michigan,
where he started out by playing DIY punk-style shows with the likes
of Scheme and Mini-Systems, helping to ignite the Hanson / Wolf
Eyes / Andrew W.K total music movement of the 90s.
Moving to Baltimore,
Nautical Alamanc became a duo with Carly Ptak, initiating a period
of sound exploration, circuit bent DIY electronica and higher consciousness
exploration, that saw numerous releases, US / European tours, and
the formation of the influential Tarantula Hill venue-compound in
what was originally an abandoned building they found while out walking.
music and performances are characterized by an incredible sense
of trickery, playfulness and sonic dexterity.
Bill Nace is an artist and musician based in Western Massachusetts,
USA. He’s one of the premiere avant-garde guitarists active
today, with one of the most personal and unique palettes of sound
ever to be culled from six electrified strings.
with a wide range of musicians including Michael Morley, Mats Gustafsson,
Joe McPhee, Chris Corsano, Jooklo Duo, Chris Cooper, John Truscinski,
Thurston Moore, Jake Meginsky, Jessica Rylan, Paul Flaherty, Wally
Shoup, and Kim Gordon with whom he regularly plays as one half of
the duo Body/Head. Their critically acclaimed LP 'The Switch' was
released on Matador last year.
His style has
been described as 'veering from sculptural, almost Remko-Scha-esque
chime to Loren Connors-style elegance in only a few short moves.'
Bohmnan & Pat Thomas (UK) & Sami Pekkola (FI) & Yoni
For COoS - a one off collaboration from four doyens of improv mischief:
Adam Bohman has been operating on the outer fringes
of experimental music for decades, working with home-built instruments,
found objects, tape cut-ups, cassette observations and graphic scores.
Favouring acoustic sounds over electronics, his performances can
explore the minute sonic inner world of any number of non-musical
objects. With brother Jonathan he’s part of long running duo
The Bohman Brothers.
Pat Thomas began playing piano at the age of eight,
while studying classical music and listening to reggae. A chance
encounter with legendary jazz pianist Oscar Peterson on TV in the
late 70s set him on course to develop a unique musical language
that would embrace improvisation, jazz, electronica and abstraction.
"Pat Thomas is probably best known for his exquisite radical
electronics as part of the London avant-garde scene. Those looking
for new perspectives on playing the piano should find Thomas' approach
equally as enriching, and at times even thrilling. A heavyweight
who appears to have absorbed the tradition of jazz piano without
being enslaved to it, Pat Thomas offers new perspectives on improvising
that look toward the future without ignoring the past.’
Bruce Coates / Rubberneck
Sami Pekkola is a saxophonist and stalwart of the
Finnish free-music underground, his early collaborations a bridge
between the upstarts of the ‘00s celebrated DIY scene and
the more established alternative jazz world. He’s initiated
and collaborated with many bands and musical scenarios including
Mohel, Kemialliset Ystävät, Rauhan Orkesteri, the trans-Europe
Jooklo Finnish Quartet and currently Taco Bells, whose fierce, uncompromising
approach takes Albert Ayler’s ecstatic aesthetic into new
Yoni Silver ‘Yoni Silver is not really
human. He is an impostor demon, who knows how to spin columns of
air in long pipes to produce the sound of hundreds of gargoyles
who have swallowed a hippo, or a polyphonic counterpoint of a dove
quintet playing Swedish metal on strange English analogue synths’
Musramix. Before a move to London, Yoni cut his teeth in the small
but super vibrant Israeli experimental music scene, his numerous
collaborations include now Primate Arena (Alex Drool, Eran Sachs),
Mines (Ilan Volkov, Yael Barolsky, Ram Gabay), Maya Dunietz, Steve
Noble, Dylan Nyoukis, Usurper, alongside ongoing hyper-spectral
adventures with Iancu Dumitrescu's Hyperion Ensemble. He has appeared
on labels such as Creative Sources, Confront Recordings, Wasted
Capital, Chocolate Monk and Edition Modern.
The Elks are Liz Allbee, Kai Fagachinski, Billy Roisz and Marta
Zappoli - four powerful
presences on the international experimental scene, each of whom
has honed wholly original approaches and dynamics to their respective
instruments. They performed for the first time together in Berlin
in 2014. 'Perhaps from the experimental music scenes of Berlin and
Vienna one might expect a rather reduced and elegant sound world,
but these Elks have some other ideas in store, and don't mind to
get their antlers a little dirty’ Soundohm
'Ernie (guitar / vocalisations) and Al (drums / harmonica) are incapable
of producing anything other than an inept, tune-less din, which
some Parisian critics have scandalously referred to as 'rockabilly
music'. This is an insult to all right thinking individuals' Gene
Brisson constructs a landscape by arranging sounds that could constitute
it. He prefers to compose a simulacrum rather than to document the
reality that escapes us. It could have been written in song, but
can be evoked more fully with sounds. His recent, acclaimed LP ‘Horizon
Capiton’, published by Nashazphonebroken, employs tapes, samples,
voices, springs and found objects to realise what has been described
as a bitter walk in the corridors of what should be places of asylum.
‘Monsieur Brisson lives in Lille and has been involved
not only with sound experimentation but also with psychiatry. The
latter is not just a detail but an important fact here: this is
a work about frames and boundaries. But who (or what) are inside/outside
those frames?’ Anla Courtis 2017
White Death is the duo of Hannah Ellul (Human Heads / Helhesten)
and Kelly Jayne Jones (Part Wild Horses Mane On Both Sides / Belied
Gunaiko). White Death bring you combined flute, synths, field recordings
and tactile electronics splintered with unexpected sound worlds
inspired by collage and surrealist lyricism from the likes of Henri
Michaux - ‘I have the feeling that for a long time to come
white is going to have something excessive for me.’ HM
interview with Hannah Ellul
The solo project of Dr Syed Kamran Ali. Spanning the globe from
England's North West, under a thick veil of dictaphone saturation,
Ali travels through eerie gamelan, amplified string projectiles,
forgotten power pop / riff rock unit shifters, traditional wax cylinder
recordings, vocal huff & resonating diaphragm overload, back
street music visions, euphoric cactus juice shamanic trances, cassette
player manipulation, wordless vocalisation and hyper distorted oud
wail, amongst many other long wave transmissions from radio Asia.
Al Tapes - Cycling for Electronic Raga
Brussels based cyclist-composer; pursuer of rudimentary vocal poetry,
tape manipulation and analogue synthesis; explorer of the obsolete;
likes crude sounds, pure sine waves and household objects, For COoS,
Beyt Al Tapes will perform for tape machines, echoboxes, modular
synthesis and the iconic Eddy Merckx Corsa Extra Max bicycle. ‘Meyreuis,
Lozère, 26 june 1977. Warm, clouded weather. I unload my
gear from my car and assemble my bike. Sitting on terraces tourists
and residents look upon me. Non-cyclists. The void of those lives
shocks me.’ Tim Crabbé, the cyclist.
An old-time radio man, a producer of graveyard radio for radio graveyards.
His fingers carry the musty recognisable aromas of soap opera, melodrama
and horseplay. On any given day he can be found wandering the streets
or perhaps stationary In a shop doorway, or glued to a bus stop
reciting his lines and questioning the alphabet.
is the alter ego of Finnish autodidact composer/improviser Timo
van Luijk. He began his musical activities in the mid-1980s, co-founding
the Noise-Maker’s Fifes collective with Geert Feytons. During
the ’90s he developed his solo work under the name Af Ursin,
before establishing his private press, La Scie Dorée, and
his archival label Metaphon. Van Luijk’s work is rooted in
the use of acoustic instruments (wind, percussion, strings). His
distinct sensitivity to their timbral qualities results in sound-worlds
that are mysterious, amorphous and hallucinatory. 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.
One of his finest works ‘Aura Legato’ was recently reissued
by Blackest Ever Black
Domesticated descendants of the Prick Decay clan, Hiru Marsvin's
mongrel bloodline flows in and out of the Hockyfrilla, Mum Squad
and Usurper gene pools: A doting aunty, a beloved niece and an estranged
gonkfather. It's a family affair, but we're naw Jock Tamson's bairns.
in recent years hard-l-y perennial noise/s oddbod JOINTHEE has attained/
chiselled-out a mere low profile occasionally popping up eg. to
perform at TUSK FEST in SABOTEUSE duo or perhaps release via FEEDING
TUBE staggering SILVER DICK trio LP etc etc etc but instead mainly
writing / not publishing / not recording ENERGY compositions DESTROYER
; at COOS th'bugger will present unsigned an anon. arr. for the
leisurely discernment of any assembled assorted attendees
SUNDAY 28th APRIL - DAYTIME
Club,11am - Onward
COOS Vegan Breakfast Hangover Smasher
away the cobwebs with 100% vegan scrumptious food, lots of awesome
company in a super nice space right in the heart of town, with a
lovely sunny garden full of plants and a super friendly black puss
Scout roaming about, can it get any better? Yes it can, booze served
from midday and COOS DJs to add some aural salve to yr throbbing
Brighton, 12pm – 1.30am
Film screening: Adam Bohman: By Biro And Umbrella Spring
A free lunchtime screening of Cathy Soreny’s wonderful
portarit of artist extradinaire Adam Bohman. Adam and Cathy will
be here too for a Q+A with Resonance’s FM’s Ed Baxter.
entire being is pervaded by collage - from his artworks to his sound
works. He magpies and gleans away pedestrian gems, and from his
hoard he conjures up a prolific and kaleidoscopic creative output.
It’s a pure and wonderful compulsion. Filmed within his creative
den - his sublimely cluttered flat in Catford - Adam guides us through
tabletops overspilling with springs and metal, tottering piles of
collages, and cut-up takeaway menus, offering an intimate glimpse
into his processes and passions.
Church, Gloucester Place, BN1 4AA, 2pm - 5.30pm
Mukai & Richard Youngs
Chie Mukai & Richard Youngs will both perform short solo sets
before performing together as a duo for the first time. YEAA!
Mukai is a composer, musician and master improviser from
Osaka, Japan. She's the founder of the underground improv-folk group
Ché-SHIZU, one of the most original and mystifying groups
to ever emerge from Japan's musical underground. Mukai became involved
in improvisation and free music in 1975, when she joined the East
Bionic Symphonia group under the leadership of Fluxus violinist-composer
Takehisa Kosugi, at the Biggako Art School of Tokyo. Her primary
instruments are the bowed Chinese er-hu, alongside piano and percussion.
was fine, as long as it was different from what others were doing
Youngs has been involved with music for most of his life.
He discovered the power of the art form by thumping the family piano
as an angry 5 year old. In the intervening 45 years he has attempted
to harness the same experimental, naive, playful power in his live
performances and in all of his 140 releases. This creative openness
has led him to explore different musical genres. He is classically
trained in piano and guitar, but musically he grew up in the shadow
cast by punk rock. Adopting guerrilla recording techniques, the
independent D.I.Y. ethic is at his core.
Richard Youngs as the junior member of a cabal of prolific and puritanical
English musician--mystics, including The Fall’s Mark E Smith,
Van der Graaf Generator’s Peter Hammill, Martin Carthy and
The Clangers’ composer Vernon Elliot, and still his nature
will elude you” - Stewart Lee, Sunday Times.
Bull is a pig with human hands and feet, born of the feverish
brains of Jon Marshall (Roman Nose, Hunter Gracchus) and Joe Murray
(Posset, The Russets). They pay particular attention to the mystic
qualities of the human voice and the psychotropic possibilities
of troattered tape and jittered electronics whilst sometimes coming
across like two librarians out-shushing each other with increasingly
flowery hisses and coughs while the city burns outside.
Alan Bishop (AKA Alvarius B.) is a founding member of Seattle's
genre-defying Sun City Girls, whose career spanned 27 years and
over fifty releases. His work in Sun City Girls, with Richard Bishop
and Charles Gocher, alone stands as a testament to his fearless
exploration of the outer reaches of improvisation and composition.
As Alvarius B., Bishop has penned hundreds of original folk songs
in a primitive 'out' style that is uniquely his own. As an interpreter
of other people’s work, his songbook includes hundreds of
covers, informed by an obsessive love of the singer-songwriter genre,
folkloric music from beyond borders, Italian film soundtracks, and
an extraordinary sense of humour.
Over much of the past eight years, Bishop has been based in Cairo,
composing and recording new Alvarius B. material while simultaneously
establishing his own Egyptian-based band, The Invisible Hands and
joining forces with Sam Shalabi and Maurice Louca in the trio Dwarfs
of East Agouza.
Spawned from the wilds of West Yorkshire. Growing up on a secluded
farm, he nourished his brain with strange tales from the moors,
stories of golden men, Barguest, Trolls and the Halliwell Boggle.
He headed out into civilization in the early '90s and quickly fell
in with The A Band and their sonic rabble rousing. An Edinburgh
man for over two decades now, he fronts his own improvised unit
The Y Bend. This evening he may well treat us to a set of squeeze
box delirium, foot stomp and guffaw.
- SUNDAY 28th
- Midnight at the Sallis Benney Theatre (Doors 5.30pm)
We're very pleased to welcome to COOS the legendary French artist,
composer and performer.
Gillis emerged (as Manon Anne Gillis and Devil's Picnic) from the
Parisian experimental scene of the 80s, her dense, intricate and
intimate recordings and performances finding a place on the very
margins of minimal synth and post-industrial sound.
Her five albums featured modular synth pulses woven with cut-up
techniques and voice manipulation, and concrete bodily sounds sculpted
into miniatures that Gillis hoped would turn loudspeakers into stethoscopes.
They explored realms of repetition - taking the smallest of impulses
to their logical end-points.
Live, Gillis dedicated her work to curves, volutes, roundnesses,
undulations, rolling-ups and rotations, her visceral ritual performances
exploring the body and its societal codes.
After a lengthy hiatus, Gillis has returned with new work and a
series of celebrated performances in Tokyo, London, New York and
O'Dwyer and Graham Lambkin
O'Dwyer and Lambkin are multi-disciplinary artists whose work explores
the nexus between music, text, illustration, theater, and the dissolution
of the audience/performer divide.
O'Dwyer and Lambkin came together in New York, December 2016 for
a collaborative performance in association with Blank Forms. The
pair have continued to collaborate on multiple projects, in various
locations. 2018 marked their first collaborative album, Green Ways,
which gives voice to their documentary-styled performances for the
Both individually and in collaboration they have explored the latent
potential of acoustical space, transforming both fantastical and
mundane environments into aesthetic centrums of possibility.
Lambkin - Listening History
W. Ravenveer is Erwin Van Looveren, artist, member of Dirk Freenoise
- one of Belgium’s weirdest and wildest bands - guitar destroyer
in Schizoide, and creator of heavy, psychedelic synth trips as Chattered
Minds and W Ravenveer. ‘Antwerp based creature improvising
with electronic instruments, directing a sea of voltages that take
different shapes and forms, from simple to complex, an octopus controlling
modular synths and other devices, leading to places in fractions
of time , expanding the universe....due to his nature he plays more
shows than there is recorded evidence...though this is slowly going
to change..' KRAAK
Jan Anderzén is at the forefront of Finland's avant garde
music and art scene. A multidisciplinary artist his work is often
directly interlinked - his kaleidoscopic visual practice forming
the basis for his music and sound collages (and vice vera). Anderzén
has toured worldwide with musical projects that include Kemialliset
Ystävät, Tomutonttu and Tuusanuuskat, and released numerous
Tomutonttu is his ongoing solo musical project. Read streams, mutant
voices, animal noises, computer knots and records other people have
made are just a sample of the ingredients Anderzén uses to
craft his ecstatic soundworks. Tomutonttu translates loosely as
a creature who looks after all the dust.
Born in Kiev, Ukraine and reared in Baltimore, Maryland, Natalia
Beylis now lives in a farmhouse in the middle of a bog in Leitrim,
Ireland where she forges compositions built upon the noises that
emerge from the deep dark thicket surrounding her home. Beylis layers
seemingly incongruous sounds atop of each other to spawn strange
juxtapositions and garbled parallels.
Her solo releases range from out-of-tune piano compositions &
improvisations to recordings created from spliced cassette tapes
gathered throughout her life. In her live performances, Beylis focuses
on the symbiosis of the sounds that she is producing and the particular
physical space into which those sounds emanate. She often sets up
live sound stations away from the stage so that the audience finds
themselves encircled within the performance, dissolving the traditional
Noetinger is one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary
electronic music. He is a composer, improviser and sound artist
working with electroacoustic devices. Composing sometimes musique
concrete in the studio, and performing improvised music using devices
such as the reel to reel tape recorder Revox A77, analogue synthesisers,
mixing desks, speakers, microphones, various electronic household
objects and home-made electronica. Performing both solo and in ensembles,
and collaborating often, and touring extensively internationally,
he is the director of Metamkine, a non-profit organisation dedicated
to the distribution of improvised and electroacoustic music.
Rakel & Klara Froberg Experience
Artist and composer Dan Froberg travels freely between music, visual
art, performance, video and literature; His extraordinary compositions
are intersections of shapes, environments, times and places, often
travelling in wildly different contexts.
Alongside his solo work, Froberg has collaborated with his twin
daughters Rakel and Klara, since they were 6 years old, performing
in museums and galleries as the 'The Kitchen Ensemble'. He says
‘Every now and then, we still make rare live appearances,
and now are ready to perform a sort of sonic séance at the
COoS, consisting of home-made electronics, electric guitars, transparent
lights, texts and secrets, in order to continues to communicate
with all things visible and invisible.’
‘High energy miserability from high Yorkshire unfunny person.
Burning shame expertly masked by Soo Fitzpatrick. Reasonably likened
to Jim Bowen (if he had grown up on microwave meals and Slipknot
instead of colonial era racism in a world before Tascam four tracks).
I probably will not stand too still.’LH
Chalmers & Tom White
For COoS Tom White and Stuart Chalmers team up for a collaborative
set of tape loops, ferric textures and cut up narrative.
Chalmers is a Yorkshire based cassette tape scavenger,
Swarmandal improviser and recorder of caves. His interests are in
merging the personal/universal aspects of sound, exploring unusual
states of mind, discovering hidden meanings in the environment and
harnessing chaos. He has collaborated in the past with Neil Campbell,
Edward Sol, Graham Dunning, Yol, Sindre Bjerga and Claus Poulsen.
Recently he released a cassette with Tom White - Awkward Objects
on Fractal Meat Cuts -that was described as 'It’s as though
a chaise lounge has engaged in a karate fight with an ottoman' Spenser
White is a London-based artist. His multidisciplinary practice
spreads across sound, moving image, installation and live performance.
Past projects include commissions and appearances for Radiophrenia,
Glasgow (CCA); Whitechapel Gallery; BRAUBLFF (KRAAK & De Player).
He won the British Composer Award in 2014 (Sonic Art) for Public
Address, commissioned by South London Gallery. In 2016 he founded
Apologies in Advance; a platform for artists presenting work in
Constance/Nyoukis break bread with Brighton improv old timers Parsons/Strachan.
With electronics, tapes, percussion, voice, cornet and various detritus
they go skittering around the edge of improv quack and usually stumble
into the realm of audio surrealism. Sunday's set promises to keep
the lizards at bay.
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