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Update and recent history – Noise Research / Ian Simpson

Posted in Art, free improvisation, gigs, live music, Noise Research, Sound Art, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 8, 2014 by electronicmusik

Here’s an update on my activities in the last couple of months.

Been a busy time hence slow on the recent blog posts !

Perhaps the most significant recent event was my performance with the Rhys Chatham Ensemble in Birmingham Town Hall Symphony Hall on the 7th June. The piece was his ‘A Secret Rose’ scored for 100 electric guitars. It involed 3 lengthy intense rehearsal sessions folowed by the perfomance on Saturday evening. The experience and performance were nothing short of amazing and Rhys Chathams ability to bring 100 musicians from all over the country (and abroad) and create a cohesive unit in 3 days demonstrates his ability as both a composer and facilitator.

I got together with Charlie Collins and Anthony Donovan for a trio performance in Sheffield in May. Held at The Audatious Art Experiments performance space we gave a 50 minute improvised performance with 2 prepared guitars (me and Anthony) and metal objects (Charlie). The resultant industrial metallic drones combined with almost pastoral interludes will be released on Anthonys Classwar Karaoke label in the next few months. There will be future gigs including one at The Vortex Mopomoso night early next year. The trio has been christened Kourozu and we’re very excited at the potential of the unit.

Yeah Yeah Industrial, joint project with Barrow based artist Shaun Blezard, has finally done its debut performance at Manchester’s Noise Above Noise night (The Penthouse Studios) in April. The much talked about Noise Above Noise nights couldn’t have made a better launch, seeing us perform at either end of the studio’s long gallery with the audience able to wander through us. Really great spacial experience we were told ! Many thanks to Rosanne Robertson and Debbie Sharp for having us on and great to be on the bill with Sophie Cooper, Graham Dunning and Colin Webster. YYI also featured in the most recent Metanast night at their 1 Primrose St venue in Ancoats (a converted abbatoir I’m told and an amazing space to perform in). A real pleasure to play with some great friends including Rosanne Robertson, Coryn Smethhurst and Richard Knight. Many thanks to Manoli Moriarty for asking us to perform and the hard work he put into the night. Look out for the next one (they have a FB page).

I played (guitar) as part of the ‘Eternal Return Arkestra of Gizeh’ a four hour continuous improvised performance on the 5th floor loft space at Islington Mill in Salford as part of FatOutFest 2014. It was hosted by Gizeh Records and featured legendary This Heat man Charles Hayward, Manchester’s Horrid and Toronto’s Nadja as section leaders. Another incredibly positive experience for me and many thanks to the guys from Gizeh for the massive efforts they put into it.

Wire Assembly played Mopomoso at the Vortex Jazz Club to launch our CD in February to a very appreciative audience. A nice quality video is on Mopomoso’s You Tube page so check it out. Thanks to John Russell for putting us on us. We also played the Red Deer in Sheffield (June) hosted by Notes and Sounds with a set of compositions (one from each of us) and a set of improvisations. A live recording was made which will hopefully be released at some point.

Along with all this have been the usual Noise Upstairs nights and a couple of Centrifuge nights at Fuel Cafe bar in Withington. Always great fun to play free improvisation on my archtop guitar and a great networking / social scene for like minded players. Check them both out through Facebook. As always its thanks to Phil Morton , Anton Hunter and Rodrigo Contanso for their efforts with these nights.

Thats all for now, gig news coming soon !


Kourozu performimg at The Audacious Art Experiment in May 2014 (pic Annie Dee)


Rhys Chatham’s Crimson Grail (UK Premiere) at Liverpool Cathedral

Posted in Art, blog, gigs, live music, news, Noise Research with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 31, 2012 by electronicmusik

Just found out I’ve been accepted to perform as part of Rhys Chathams piece ‘Crimson Grail’ which gets it’s UK premiere at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral (14th September, 2012).

The ensemble features 100 guitars and 8 basses

Rhys Chatham’s career started as the piano tuner to the radical avant-garde composer La Monte Young. He quickly became established within the experimental music scene in New York whilst still in his teens, becoming the first Music Director of The Kitchen, the home to the New York art scene in the 1970’s. Here he presented works by over 250 composers working with everybody from Philip Glass and Sonic Youth to Robert Fripp of King Crimson whilst all the while creating his own compositions. Heavily influenced by both the early Ramones concerts he attended in his youth, his work expresses the sheer power of punk-rock whilst all the while being intertwined with the beautiful and precise nature of his minimalist contemporaries.

A Crimson Grail, due to its huge scale has only previously been performed twice, once in the Lincoln Center in New York and once in the Sacré-Cœur in Paris. For this, the third ever performance and UK premiere, one hundred volunteer guitarists and eight bassists will join Rhys Chatham and his team in a performance of A Crimson Grail in the glorious setting of Liverpool Anglican Cathedral.”

Rhys Chatham’s A Crimson Grail for 100 guitars and 8 basses will be performed free as part of the Liverpool Biennial Launch Weekend 7.30pm @ the Anglican Cathedral Friday 14th September 2012

New EP from Matt Dalby on Electronic Musik

Posted in Art, Electronic Musik, EM free downloads, Experimental Music, new releases, news, Sound Art with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 28, 2012 by electronicmusik

Latest release from Electronic Musik comes from Manchester based artist Matt Dalby

Em176: Waking – Matt Dalby

Matt Dalby is a multidisciplinary artist and writer based in Manchester.
His reviews and other online activities are at Santiago’s Dead Wasp.

Second Sight and Green are live, semi-improvised, lo-fi home recordings mainly built around looped voice and bass guitar.

download Waking by Matt Dalby FREE here

Santiago’s Dead Wasp on Blogspot

Artwork by Matt Dalby

Manchester Artists Bonfire 26th January 2012 Islington Mill

Posted in Art, gigs, news, Noise Research, photography, video / film with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 21, 2012 by electronicmusik

Great event coming up on the 26th of January is the annual Manchester Artists Bonfire.

I’ll be playing as Noise Research with Clutter at the after party.

Also playing are Womb, Hop Man Jnr, Debbie Sharp, My Disabled Daughter and No Womb

Bonfire is 6 – 9 pm, after party 9 – 1am.

It takes place at Islington Mill, James Street, Salford, M3 5HW.

The Manchester Artists’ Bonfire 2012 is the second annual bonfire. The bonfire is delivered this year by RS a new visual and live arts events company.

This is an event for artists by artists, however you identify with the word, and all are welcome to attend. In the absence of our art we will rethink our relationships to it and to each other at a time when the country is re evaluating art in economic terms. Each artist has equal stake in the collective outcome and the discussion that is generated by each burning. Artists take to the centre to burn their art and have the opportunity to say something important to them, their practice, their art world or community.

Artists are asked to pledge their art to the fire with an companying piece of writing (or any other output ie sound) related to why they are burning it or to the act of burning art and what it can mean.

We join in a festival of flux and celebrate it on our own terms.

In 2011 the fire acted as a symbol for solidarity and provided a voice for dissatisfaction. In 2012 a new context will be built based on a cross section of personal and political pledges.

The Bonfire event is a free event for all. The after party entry cost is tbc (reduced entry for artists).

Rosanne Robertson (2012)

Visit the website here

New 12″ EP from Womb out on the 10th October

Posted in Art, blog, Experimental Music, free improvisation, new releases, news, Sound Art, synthesizers with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 28, 2011 by electronicmusik

Sways records are to release a 12″ EP from Manchester collective Womb on the 10th October.

Sways says: Sometimes it’s noise, sometimes it’s punk, sometimes it’s no-wave, sometimes it’s psych, sometimes it’s spacerock, sometimes it’s free jazz and sometimes it’ drone. At their second gig, Dan Treacy from the Television Personalities described Womb as “like seeing the Velvet Underground for the first time”. They also recently supported the great Electrelane at Manchester Academy.

Sways also says : We are pleased to announce the first 12″ release on SWAYS will be the self-titled EP from the Manchester-based all-female massive known collectively as WOMB. Each vinyl will come with handmade covers, some of which will be prints of Womb member’s body parts.

Electronic Musik says: The most important band to come out of Manchester in a very long time. I’ve heard a sneak preview on Fiona Ledgard’s Anything Goes Breakfast show last week. The track ‘Temple of Bees’ is a huge slab of primal sounds and energy, so much has been brought to Womb’s palette (Krautrock, free jazz, noise, punk, contempory classical, spacerock, avant garde, freak out) which is joyfully and unashamedly splattered onto their sprawling sonic canvas.

To pre order the EP with a choice of covers by Whitney Bluzma, Loiuse Woodcock, Helen Shanahan or Jennifer McDonald Click here

Needless to say I’ve pre-ordered mine already !

Noise Research soundtrack for new David Anthony Sant film

Posted in Art, Experimental Music, news, Noise Research, video / film with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 19, 2011 by electronicmusik

A new film from David Anthony Sant features a soundtrack from UK sound artist Noise Research aka Ian Simpson

Western Europe’s tallest building The Shard is the reoccurring image that appears throughout this experimental film. The footage was shot during Easter 2011. The Shard had not yet become the crystalline beacon of the “London Quarter” it is proclaimed to be. This exposed carcass hemmed in by the wide expanse of council housing that fills the London Borough of Southwark was redefining the London skyline for the people who live south of it. The construction of the Shard is a timeless reminder of how the power of some will always make their presence felt when and where they choose.

‘THE SHARD’ from David Anthony Sant on Vimeo.

New ‘Noise Research’ film on YouTube – Film VI

Posted in Art, blog use, Electronic Musik, Experimental Music, Noise Research, Sound Art, video / film with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 22, 2011 by electronicmusik

The 6th in a series of films using public domain footage juxtaposed with a soundtrack from UK sound manipulatist ‘Noise Research’ (aka Ian Simpson).