Last Saturday was a lovely, sunny day so it made complete sense that, after a short walk along the nearby canal, I retreated to the Ivory Bunker for a jam session with Andrew Page aka raxil4 (soundcloud 1 & 2). I’ve been a fan of his reverb-laden drones ever since I first saw him perform live, a bit over a year ago. I’ve since had the pleasure to share a stage/venue with him on more than one occasion (see the last post, for example!). And while the original plan had seen for a jam-session with an unnamed third party, in preparation for a planned live performance (which is still planned), a last-minute bail-out left the two of us to our own devices and thus coming up with a fine collaborative album, which you can listen to and download from raxil4′s bandcamp:
Talking of (being left to) our devices: While raxil4 brought along a plethora of reverb pedals, sine generators, a fourtrack with loop-tapes (with some fine recordings/sonifications of, among other celestial bodies, Saturn) and more, I used a relatively modest setup consisting of the Pod, Moogerfooger & a few pedals with either the Les Paul (mostly played with the E-Bow) or the Hamlet 2000*.
Here’s a few pictures from the session.
So while I don’t want to keep you any longer from listening, let me just quickly finish this post with an announcement:
The next his Namelessness Is Legion gig will be in Whitechapel on March 20th.
The next planned his Namelessness Is Legion release will be the 42 minute long “fortytwo” on the hNIL Ur-Label Mahorka Records.
- detailed info to come in the form of separate blog updates soon**.
*More on the Hamlet 2000 in one of the next posts. Promise/threat!
** Well, yes, I need content for future posts, don’t I. Can’t be giving away all at once… Anyway, are you still reading?
Almost a year to the day after my London debut (a Tomoroh Hidari live-act that was already leaning more towards the sound of his Namelessness Is Legion) I had the pleasure to perform in a boat within a church – the Tin Tabernacle – in Kilburn (or Kill/Burn, as I like to call it for whatever reason…), West London.
Having been asked to create a site-specific piece, I developed “raw mood” which, in its reverse, alludes to the militaristic flair of the space and, by including the sounds of waves I recorded in Mallorca, referenced the nautical theme.
Maybe a surrealist aural painting of a sea-battle, maybe the droning noises within a large manowar, maybe Neptune’s wrath-fuelled heart beat… In any case, an industrial/drone track created with mostly self-built (lunetta/cmos) oscillators and various effect processors and recorded to 4 tracks (in-line & room mics) and mastered at the Ivory Bunker of London. See a picture of the setup below!
I have decided to also record a studio version of “raw mood” which will hopefully surface in the near future. Meanwhile you can stream/buy the live version from the Tomoroh Hidari Bandcamp page:
During the preparation/practice sessions for “raw mood” I, by mere coincidence, also recorded a little accidental “techno” jam. The track, now named: “‘patAccidental Technojam” could do with a few edits and proper post-production, but I think sometimes it is nice to share something raw to let the listeners be part of the creative process. So make sure you head over to the hNIL soundcloud and have a listen to what’s there.
The sound.art event was superbly curated by Lara Pearl and met with a great audience response. There were five live performances happening in the main nave, while the side rooms along the back and at the front hosted ongoing installations.
A sound installation with video projection along most of the length of the outer wall provided a great backdrop for those freezing outside to nourish their nicotine habit.
Another video installation around the large gun which is placed where in most churches the altar tends to be, provided eerie illumination on the inside.
The completely acoustic performance of Robbie Judkins and Tasos Stamou, while unnerving at parts, suffered in other parts from a relatively low volume to people chatting ratio, as did Mark Wagner‘s sombre performance on the church’s own pedal organ. These were followed by a great performance by St’art moveS who used processed voice over soundscapes, a cathartic noise improvisation by Luke Jordan and ultimately my “raw mood” performance.
As for the installations -
Starting at the front, clockwise,:
In a small alcove Bioni Samp had set up his Hive-Synthesis or Bee’s frequency electronics, complete with honeycombs and self-built oscillators. He did perform a short live-act on these as well, but sadly the set was so quiet, only a few select listeners cramming around the door to his space were able to hear him.
Charles Wheatley had set up his Doppler-Effect based sound installation where, in the almost darkness of a small tv set to a dead channel, the high-pitched whirring of continuous sonic movement filled the room.
Moving on the the back-rooms, raxil4 had occupied the rope-room with a plethora of gear to create his evolving drone-scapes, which you can listen to/download via his Bandcamp.
Then, in a very tiny room at the back James Shermann had found his abode where a continuous soundscape was playing when not interrupted by one of the two live performances, a drone improvisation as well as a reading over sound. Some of the material from the preparation sessions is available via his Bandcamp.
As for the rest of the installations – with due apologies to the artists – I unfortunately did not find the time/opportunity to take them in long enough to honestly write about them now. Dear reader may want to read the concepts in the previous blogpost.
There were many photos and some video taken – which will certainly find their way into a full documentation on curator Lara Pearl’s blog. Meanwhile, here are a few impressions:
It’s been a while since the last post now, hasn’t it? The main reason is probably that, for the last couple of weeks/months I’ve been kept quite busy with a dayjob plus the ca. 4 hours (in total) of commute that came with it.
Anyway, I’m back… so let’s get rolling:
First off, let me announce my next live appearance as his Namelessness Is Legion. This will take place as part of a very special sound.art event curated by Lara Pearl and will host a sh*tload of performances and installations by a horde of fine artists – here’s the info as copy/pasted from the fb event page:instructions:
James Shearman is a sound artist working largely with hypnagogic guitar-based soundscapes, vocal manipulations and recitals, and sculptural noise. For this site-specific installation, “Mishkan”, he will hole up in one of the Tin Tabernacle’s cabins in order to develop a series of personal reflections and meditations on the themes of ‘portable divinity’ and ‘nautical existentialism’. This will take place across the span of the full 6 hours of the event, but with emphasis on specific, scheduled performances and collaborations.
Charles Weahltey. Seirenes- A self-evolving installation based on microtonal dissonance. The construction alters it’s own harmony constantly and gradually through Doppler effect and unstable hacked radio circuits. I may perform with the changing harmonies live at various points throughout the exhibition.
Robbie Judkins & Tasos Stamou. Tintintin is a site-specific improvised performance for tin instruments in a tin building. The instruments are made up of tin debris – cans, scrap, wires, corrugated sheets, as well as rusty tin bells and traditional tin whistles. The performance explores the relationship between tin materials and spaces through improvisation
raxil4 is sound and sculptural artist Andrew Page… Fresh from a UK tour and ‘The Noise and Whispers’ group sound art exhibition at the GV Art Gallery. He shall be performing the latest variation of an ongoing project entitled ‘Empty Air’ a durational drone piece for multiple radios, televisions and other sound making devices, it received its debut as a 2 hour installation piece at the Soundfjord curated Sound//Space record shop at V22 Gallery at the beginning of summer in 2012, a 5 hour more performance based variation was also performed at the end of the summer of 2012 in the shed of The Windmill Brixton as part of the Transient Constellations All Dayer…
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Well, apart from that, here – to return to the fact that I haven’t been posting in a while – is some stuff that has happened during my AWOL time:
Firstly, a great compilation, Various Humans – Photon Collisions – was released on Somatic Response’s Photon Emissions label. 40 Tracks from 40 artists, with all proceedings from the release going to charitiy. And it includes a Tomoroh Hidari track, namely “Then Cruelty Knits a Snare” off the unreleased (soon to be released via my Bandcamp) “At the Verge of the Best Madness So Far!” EP. So if you haven’t gotten it already, go and get it now!
And, secondly, I had the pleasure to perfom – again, as his Namelessness Is Legion – at the Music Hackspace late last November. A recording from this performance is up on the (relatively) new hNIL soundcloud page.
Ok, so now that the re-start is done, expect more regular updates from now on. At least for the time/2014 being!
Hot on the heels of last week’s Nonjah Tunes 2/belated Nietzschemas post I am back yet again.
Having just started a new job I’m currently spending less time in the Goode Olde Bunker, and while I even have already started draft versions of some less announcement themed blog-entries to come, there may be minor delays. Btw., let’s not get started ranting about ‘minor delays’ on the grand Railsystem here on the Island (;…
Nuff babbled, though, let’s get on with the hard facts:
Firstly – there’s a new flyer (serving appropriately as a reminder) for this Friday’s shindig, the opening of the The real REALITY exhibition. I have the honour of performing there as his Namelessness Is Legion… . So mark the 25th of October in your calendars. (I will also be celebrating my 1st year in London where I arrived on Oct. 23rd last year…)
Talking of his Namelessness Is Legion: The Get Bent EP, which came out on Oct. 8th via the eclectic Schtum Logic Records imprint is now available on a wide variety of shops. So you have a choice of you favorite. Here’s the linkage:
Preamble: this post should have gone online on 15.10.2013 (aka Nietzschemas) for a variety of reason it got delayed. Sorry. Please act, for a moment at least, as if it were Nietzschemas morning and those are your… dunno, not stockings… can’t think of a proper Nietzschean trope atm. Nuff said, enjoy!
It was a bit over two years ago: Back then, still only visiting London, I found myself in a Shoreditch pub talking to two fellow Digital Vomit artists and – I don’t recall how exactly – I came to mention an idea of mine – the Nonjah Tunes compilation. The two ‘Do it!’ I got that night were enough to encourage me to go through with it and so, soon after, I posted the first open call on the Digital Vomit forum.
The idea appealed to a quite decent amount of people and so I was able to present the world, at Nietzsche’s birthday, with the first dubnihilistic Digital Vomit compilation.
A year later I decided the concept warranted another run… same procedure as last year. After a bit of a slow start I got an amazing couple of tracks submitted – a good mixture of big names (for such an underground venture, at least) and also by a few people relatively new to the game – or at least new to the Digital Vomit circles….
So, with a big THANK YOU to all the contributing artists, allow me to wish everyone a happy Nietzschemas and present you with Nonjah Tunes 2:
nr. Artist – Title
1. The Dubnihilist mixed by deathisnotacolor – Dubtester
2. kWeRk – Klaxon Dub
3. Fluorescent Grey – Ogre Dub
4. DevilMonkey – Warpcore Maintenance
5. Thee Crumb – The Space Between Us
6. Helix Resonator – Stand In Dem Way
7. Hecate – Juicy Wet Promiscuous Sex
8. Scrambled Ego – Unnamed Protagonist
9. deathisnotacolor – Auge Gottes
10. Soul Piss – Dead Summer
11. Zkrat – Politics
12. RPG-H8R- Metro Dub
13. Venganza de Cochino – Tiranía Intolerable
14. Liesl Ujvary – News From Outer Space M4ST-S02
15. Zkrat vs DevilMonkey – Dubocracy
Total Running Length: - 69.16
cover by dfkt – elektrokrishna.com
archive.org link [edit!]
release page on Digital Vomit web
and here’s the link in case you missed Nonjah Tunes 1!
born: Oliver Stummer
is a musician, producer and sound engineer currently living in London.
He was born in Graz, Austria sometimes in the last century.
He holds a Magister (~Master Degree) in Media- and Communications and English from University of Vienna.
He drinks his coffee without sugar (black, of course - everything else is not coffee but a milkshake!)
The Ivory Bunker is both, the name for his studio and, in a way, for his philosophy.
He oscillates between the positions of the Nihilist Jester, Cynic or Evil Sage at the Ivory Bunker.
He also works as producer, sound engineer, guitarist, cellist, melodica player and (de-)composer
His hobbies are nothing, cultural sciences and - history, reading, photography and atheism.
He likes bacon.
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