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Centrifuge Workshop: developing an aesthetic II

Posted in Experimental Music, free improvisation, news with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 9, 2015 by electronicmusik

I took part in a fantastic improvisation workshop on Saturday (6th June) organised by the ever enterprising Centrifuge (Phil Morton et al).

Held at the MMU campus in Crewe, it was a chance to play and talk about performance in the here and now. Turned out to be a most thought provoking day with great contributions from all concerned. Took copious notes for further study. Great to perform a duo with Steve Lewis (voice) and a trio with Bruce Coates and Mark Haslip (saxes)

As well as performing Alex Cutteridge took these amazing photos

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Mopomoso Tour – not to be missed April 2012

Posted in blog, Experimental Music, free improvisation, gigs, live music, news with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 6, 2013 by electronicmusik

Co-produced with Sound and Music and supported by Arts Council England, Mopomoso’s first ever UK tour will take place between 23rd and 30th of April 2013.

Each night of the tour will be unique as local musicians from each city join the line-up.
With a firm focus on free improvisation, musical references could range from jazz, rock,
folk, classical, electronic, world and computer-generated music, representing the broad
brush stroke spirit of inclusion embodied in the Mopomoso aesthetic.

Not to be missed, a superb array of the UK’s top improvisors, I’ll be at the Sheffield one for sure !

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Noise Research / Ian Simpson gigs for 2013

Posted in blog, gigs, live music, news, Noise Research, Sound Art with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 9, 2013 by electronicmusik

Gigs for 2013 so far (keep checking for updates)

20th January – Blank Canvas, Ship and Mitre, Liverpool (guitar)

28th January – Open Mind, Fuel, Withington (as Noise Research)

17th February – Mopomoso, Vortex, London (with Kipple)

7th March – Centrifuge, Ducie Bridge, Manchester (guitar)

8th March – Xposed Club, University of Gloucester, Cheltenham (NR solo)

20th March – Acoute, Bluecoat Arts Centre, Liverpool

19th May – iSplash – Ship and Mitre, Liverpool (guitar / perc)

21st May – Centrifuge #21, Ducie Bridge, Manchester (Frakture event)

25th May – Chorlton Arts Festival – St Werburghs Church, Chorlton (Wire Assembly)

25th June – Centrifuge #22 – Ducie Bridge – Manchester (guitar / perc)

21st July – Blank Canvas, Ship and Mitre, Liverpool (with Wire Assembly)

22nd July – Centrifuge, Fuel Cafe Bar, Withington, Manchester

10th Sept – Centrifuge, Lamp Tavern, Birmingham

15th Sept – Just a Minute, Ship and Mitre, Liverpool (Frakture gig)

16th Oct – Acoute, Bluecoat Arts Centre, Liverpool (acoustic guitar / perc)

4th November – Centrifuge, Fuel Cafe Bar, Withington, Manchester

20th Nov – Noise Upstairs, Riverside, Sheffield (duo with Herve Perez)

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Classwar Karaoke Survey 0020 out now …… free download

Posted in blog, Electronica, Experimental Music, field recordings, free improvisation, Home Made Instruments, new releases, news, Noise Research, other net labels, Sound Art, video / film with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 2, 2012 by electronicmusik

The latest in the wonderful series of compilations from Classwar Karaoke is now out and its a free download.

117 participating acts, with 108 pieces of music and 23 short-films. No more musical chairs. Please be nice to one another. 0020 survey is dedicated to the memory of Robert Chrysler

Classwar Karaoke – Survey 0020

download the audio content FREE here

view the visual content FREE here

Founded in 2008, Classwar Karaoke is a label dedicated to the release of experimental music and short-films; principally, by means of a series of ongoing quarterly surveys, made available via sites such as internet archive, myspace, discogs, youtube, lastfm, facebook, sonic squirrel, reverbnation, soundcloud etc, under Creative Commons license 3.0. All material remains the property of the respective artists and is offered for free download in line with this license. The Surveys published so far feature artists from all over the world; and the material in total represents significant documentation of the experimental scene itself. Involvement in the project has helped spawn many fruitful collaborations, live-shows and a vibrant exchange of ideas; so much so that, for several repeat-participants, Classwar Karaoke is as much a collective as it is a community and also a mechanism for the release of new material

(Classwar Karaoke 2012)

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New EP from Concrete Bunker on Electronic Musik

Posted in Electronic Musik, EM free downloads, free improvisation, new releases, news with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 28, 2012 by electronicmusik

The new EP from Concrete Bunker has been released on Electronic Musik as a free download.

Em185: Few Will Survive – Concrete Bunker

Free improvising duo of Rob Harrison (drums) and Ian Simpson (guitar / percussion) who have collaborated together in other situations (Acoute / Fraktal) exploring the extremes of volume and various sonic textures.

‘No Wave freakouts with post punk walls of sound’ – EM (2012)

‘Brutal’ – Reinhards Fuchs (2012)

Recorded live at Fraktures ‘Blank Canvas’ in Liverpool UK, September 2012.

download the album FREE here

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

Noise Research review on Misfit City

Posted in blog, Experimental Music, news, Noise Research with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 6, 2012 by electronicmusik

Misfit City has reveiwed the ‘Space Stones’ EP by Noise Research.

Read it here on Misfit City

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