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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 !

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

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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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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

Second ‘Id of Mobius’ album out on Electronic Musik May 2012

Posted in Electronic Musik, EM free downloads, Experimental Music, new releases, news, Sound Art with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 27, 2012 by electronicmusik

Electronic Musik have released the second album from UK improvising collective ‘Id of Mobius’

Em180: A Further Out Excursion – Id of Mobius

download A Further Out Excursion FREE here

Id of Mobius had it’s roots in the ‘Centrifuge’ series of concerts organised by the Liverpool based ‘Frakture’ organisation via an impromptu grouping at ‘Centrifuge #1’.

“My faith in electronic music has been restored” (Phil Morton, Frakture)

Thanks to Mark Jones for recording ‘Id of Mobius’

Artwork copyright – Ian Simpson (2012)

Noise Research / Ian Simpson gigs for 2012 – 13

Posted in blog, gigs, live music, news, Noise Research, Sound Art with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 27, 2012 by electronicmusik

Gigs for 2012 (scroll down for 2013)

15th January – Ship and Mitre, Liverpool (as part of Kipple)

26th January – Islington Mill, Salford (as Noise Research)

2nd February – Kro Bar, Manchester (as part of Centrifuge)

19th February – Ship and Mitre, Liverpool (as Goldilocks Axe Murder)

17th March – The Lanternhouse , Ulverston (as Noise Research)

15th April – Ship and Mitre – Liverpool (iSplash night)

22nd April – Antwerp Mansion– Manchester (Video Jam)

10th May – Fuel – Withington (Noise Upstairs)

20th May – Ship and Mitre – Liverpool (with Id of Mobius)

22nd May – Kro Bar Oxford Rd, Manchester (with Centrifuge)

7th June – Acoute #4, Bluecoat, Liverpool (acoustic performance)

13th June – Noise Upstairs, Sheffield (as part of Kipple)

14th June – Noise Upstairs, Fuel, Manchester (as part of Kipple)

3rd July – Centrifuge, Riverside, Sheffield

25th July – Acoute #5, Bluecaot – Liverpool (acoustic performance)

14th September – Crimson Grail – Anglican Cathedral, Liverpool (with Rhys Chatham)

16th September – Ship and Mitre, Liverpool (duo with Rob Harrison)

20th September – Centrifuge #18, Ducie Bridge, Manchester

6th October – Centrifuge #19, Gregson, Lancaster

22nd October – Notes & Sounds, Red Deer, Sheffield (with Wire Assembly)

8th November – Noise Upstairs, Fuel, Withington (with Wire Assembly)

14th November – Noise Upstairs, Riverside, Sheffield (with Wire Assembly)

15th December – Electronic Organica XII, Britions Protection, Manchester

2013

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 set)

20th March – Acoute, Bluecoat Arts Centre, Liverpool

Acoute #3 at The Bluecoat, Liverpool – November 8th

Posted in free improvisation, gigs, live music, news, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on November 3, 2011 by electronicmusik

I’ll be playing at this event on Tuesday the 8th of November at the Bluecoat Arts Centre, School Lane, Liverpool.

Frakture Concerts presents an evening of free improvised, contemporary music using acoustic sources with local and regional musicians, with special guests Bruce Coatesand Mike Hurley from Birmingham.

Bruce Coates Reeds
Dave Tompkins Double Bass
Ian Simpson prepared acoustic guitar
Mark Jones Flute
Mike Hurley Piano
Pete Jones Guitar
Phil Bernia Drumset
Phil Hargreaves Sax
Phil Lucking Trumpets
Phil Morton Accidents & Treatments
Simon Jones Violin

http://www.frakture.org

Noise Research at Bombed Out Church Liverpool (Frakture / USL Event)

Posted in blog, Experimental Music, gigs, Noise Research with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 12, 2011 by electronicmusik

Big thanks to Frakture and Urban Strawberry Lunch for giving me (Noise Research) the chance to play in such a fantastic setting last Sunday (10th July, 2011). Commonly known in Liverpool as ‘The Bombed Out Church’, St Lukes is situated at the end of Bold Street where it joins with Hardman Street.

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Here’s a couple of pictures from the event !