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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)


New comlpilation (Survey 0016) from Classwar Karaoke – Nov 30th 2011

Posted in Electronica, free improvisation, new releases, news, Noise Research, other net labels, Sound Art with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 30, 2011 by electronicmusik

The very wonderful Classwar Karaoke have a new compilation released today.

Classwar Karaoke – 0016 Survey is a free download via FMA (Free Music Archive)

Artists include – Clutter, Noise Research + Richard Knight, Anthony Donovan, Bunfly, Chris Lynn, Elizabeth Veldon, Jo Pearson, Macu, Sound Inhaler, Stormhat, Vultures Quartet and many others.

download the album FREE here

New Classwar Karaoke compilation out – Survey 0014

Posted in blog, Electronica, field recordings, Home Made Instruments, news, other net labels, Sound Art, video / film with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 1, 2011 by electronicmusik

Classwar Karaoke have another fine compilation released today (June 1st, 2011). Whats more is it’s a free download.

download Survey 0014 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, disclogs, youtube, lastfm, facebook, sonic squirrel, reverbnation, soundcloud etc.

49 participants, with 41 pieces of music and 10 short-films…. Thank you so very much! We are never anything short of amazed and delighted with these quarterly collections, and 0014 survey is a pure delight. Many new friends to welcome. Please explore their work generally; as well as the previous surveys. These pieces here are tips of many lovely icebergs… (Anthony Donovan)

3 Volume compilation from suRRism Phonoethics – free download

Posted in blog, Experimental Music, field recordings, free improvisation, other net labels, Sound Art with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 29, 2011 by electronicmusik

suRRism Phonoethics have a mammoth 3 volume compilation out today.

sPe-0100 Peak the Source Volumes I,II and III are hosted on FMA (free music archive)

The quality of artists and material on them is stunning …..

download FREE here

Featured artists include

Noise Research, noizeDemon, Nutrients, Olelé Brut, Ophir Ilzetzki, Otras Carpeta, Otto von Rhinau, Owl Brain Atlas, Pacific 231, PAS, Bryan Lewis Saunders, Carlos Ramirez, Catalyst Fantasy, Crank Sturgeon, Dada AG, Daniel Jeczalik, Darius Greene, DMAH, Inconnu Ictu, ION, Isak Anderssen, J Karl Bogartte & Jaan Patterson, Jack Hertz, Jared Balogh, Jean Montag, Jeff Gburek, Jeremy Gluck & Dave Fuglewicz plus many others.

Surrism-Phonoethics is a Frankfurt, Germany based non-profit netlabel specializing in Experimental music. Some of their releases could be classified as Electronic art music/Electronic music, industrial or experimental music with sub-genres like Electro-Acoustic, Improvisation & Cut-Up. Their official launch occurred in 2008, with a release for Undress Béton ‘Tarentaliogy Defloration’. All their releases are free for download under Creative Commons or Copyleft licenses.

Classwar Karaoke – Survey 0011

Posted in blog, Electronica, EM free downloads, Experimental Music, field recordings, free improvisation, other net labels with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 2, 2010 by electronicmusik

Latest in the wonderful series of releases from Classwar Karaoke.

Compilation – Survey 0011

Click here to download free !!

Artists include: Noise Research, Connor Donovan Packer, Ambient Fabric, One Minute Wanda, Macu,
Beetjes Donovan Johnco plus many more !

Classwar Karaoke Survey 0010 out now

Posted in blog, EM free downloads, Experimental Music, field recordings, free improvisation, Sound Art, video / film with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 31, 2010 by electronicmusik

Latest survey is 0010untitled / published 31st May 2010
curated by Adrian Beentjes, Anthony Donovan & Jaan Patterson.

0010 survey is now published… 39 acts, 35 pieces of music, 7 films, images, texts. A beautiful thing.

Featuring: Akoustik Timbre Frekuency / Ambient Fabric / André Pissoir / Anthony Donovan & Bryan Lewis Saunders / Anton Mobin / Anton Mobin & Denis McCarty / Autotistic & Unhinged / Ayato / Chevo Légé / Clutter / Dr(Dr)One / EHEIM 1000.220 / Familiars / Gurdonark / Jonas Ruchenhever / Kalistongue / Lezet & Sarah / Lux P0g0 / Macu / Mark Nolan-Blackman & PAS / Murmurists / Noise Research / One Minute Wanda / Otohime / Pixyblink / Planetaldol / Pythagora / .RR / Ruela Pinho, Babalith & Marta Amado / Scribble Orchestra / Silverhead / Six or Seven / Sound Inhaler & Ericka Ryder / The Thud Experiment / Thomas Fernier / Tvlasunor / Vultures Quartet / Zilmrah

Download it free here