Saturday 28th November 2015
“There’s nobody quite like Graham Dowdall aka Gagarin“ Boiler Room TV 2015
Graham ‘Dids’ Dowdall aka GAGARIN has been making music on the edges of the musical galaxy for many years in many guises. As Gagarin he works alone crafting instrumental electronica that doesn’t adhere to any particular scene or style and draws on influences ranging from contemporary classical to techno and every point in between and beyond. The music is atmospheric, melodic and sometimes beaty characterised by a combination of field recordings, gorgeous synth melodies, tough abstract beats and a sophisticated yet accessible approach to composition. Gagarin has released several albums on his own Geo imprint as well as contributing tracks and remixes to a large number of compilations and releases by other acts. His latest album Aoticp was released in Summer 2015 and follows the much acclaimed Biophilia in 2011.
As well as Gagarin, Dids is also a member of avant rock legends Pere Ubu for whom he provides digital synthesis, keys and samples , a duo Roshi feat. Pars Radio with Iranian songstress Roshi who create what has been described as “ Welsh-Iranian folktronica “, another duo Low Bias with Rothko leader Mark Beazley and is an occasional member of world beat pioneers Suns of Arqa. He has also released a cassette Outside Broadcast in his given name Graham Dowdall for Touch’s cassette imprint Tapeworm.
WARREN SCHOENBRIGHT is a band, not a person. Their new Ep, (Out of Bounds) Eaten by the Forest, brings live drums and electronics together with minimal acoustic instrumentation to create a disturbing and arresting sound palette. By turns confrontational and meditative, the mercurial textures retain a sense of flow through continual reference to noise, drone and modern improvised idioms.’
LOFE: Driving beats, driven words. jewel carriageway chords. Keyboard plus Ableton (Nik the Deks), Bass (Elwell) and Voice (Zolan Quobble). It’s got that biodynamic, organic whole grain texture and that lively lambic yeasty rhythm. It hits 260°C, when it’s baking.
Bring Your Own
5th – 16th August 2015
Curated by Rebecca Edwards
For his exhibition at Lewisham Arthouse, Alex Tyrrell presents Memories We Made in the Computer Age, a multichannel sound sculpture introducing music from the debut album of the same name.
The work seeks to challenge normative approaches to composition and live performance by presenting the music in the form of an immersive, spacial sound environment, utilising directional speakers and natural acoustic reflections. Emancipated from the concerns of orchestration and harmonic arrangement: Alex’s work problematises the relationship between timbre and space, challenging the listener to explore the physicality of the composition, while homogenising the relationship between sound and materiality.
The installation will also serve as a public launch for the album Memories We Made in the Computer Age, giving listeners the opportunity to experience the work in its intended immersive realisation.
Alex Tyrrell is an artist and composer from London. Recent performances/exhibitions include: 10 Empty Boxes (The Vaults Gallery), Computer Music (Progkunstfestivalen, Oslo) and Improvised Series (The Park Studios, Wembley).
More information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 6th June 2015
HOUSEWIVES: surly monochrome slowly ascending into a maelstrom of rage and density, an intensity both political, psychological and illogical. Here’s a video for their song Almost Anything: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=werG8DL-T_w
ADAM BOHMAN & TOM SCOTT: Adam plays the stuff we ignore, toast racks, clothes pegs, styrofoam, upholstery springs, you name it; Tom plays reeds, sampler etc. and the music duets/duels around the sonic subconscious of the everyday. here’s a clip of Adam solo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKvCxaixheY
CHARLES HAYWARD (begin anywhere): songs at the piano, a sequence of betrayal, paranoia, subterfuge and privilege, as well as a series of sound events and This Heat & Camberwell Now songs in stark, minimal arrangements. here’s 3 songs: https://soundcloud.com/charles-hayward-1/sets/trademark-ground
TOM MOODY: bassist with FIRST eschews loudness for acoustic guitar and songs that disintegrate and haemorrhage language left right and centre.
8 – 11pm
Bring your own
Saturday 21st March 2015
THURSTON MOORE: Since the demise of Sonic Youth Thurston has moved to London and thrown himself into the city’s fevered music underground. Local/global. Makes sense. Tonight he will be performing songs with guitarist JAMES SEDWARDS, currently one of Moore’s closest collaborators and deep with it. Here’s a clip of them getting all site-specific performance like:
ALBERT NEWTON is a long term project of John Edwards (double bass), Pat Thomas (keyboards) and Charles Hayward (drums). Sudden change of direction, spin on a fivepence, pirouette like emergency response team, iron grip, sumo wrestling on speed, we don’t know the result yet, like football. Albert Newton played for 12 years as a quartet with Harry Beckett on trumpet and flugelhorn. At Harry’s memorial benefit, as the last notes faded, John remarked that they had to keep playing this music and so Harry’s absence has thrown them into a new dynamic as a trio: the spirit lives on in the music.
HARMERGEDDON do their thing like nobody’s business. Their thing accesses dreamtime via the off cast, the disembowelled VHS cassette, the bar code check out, the L.E.D. and photosensitivity. Think cavemen, Fred and Wilma, for example.
Doors open 8pm
Image credits: Tom Hemming