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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 album from Clutter and Noise Research (free download)

Posted in Electronic Musik, EM free downloads, new releases, news, Sound Art with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 8, 2012 by electronicmusik

Electronic Musik has released a new album from Clutter and Noise Research

Em167: Burning – Clutter and Noise Research

Source material was recorded live at the Manchester Artists Bonfire on 26th of January 2012 by Fiona Ledgard (thankyou thankyou).

Source material has been extensively reworked and re-edited by Ian Simpson (Noise Research) and Shaun Blezard (Clutter).

No new sound sources have been added.

Many thanks must surely go to Debbie ‘Elvis’ Sharp and Rosanne Robertson for putting us on in the first place.

Ian Simpson – Electronics
Shaun Blezard – electronics

Artwork by Ian Simpson (copyright 2012)

download the album FREE here

Album dedicated to Debbie, Rosanne and Womb : )

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

First Fonik gig in 12 months at Manchester Art Crawl

Posted in Art, blog, Experimental Music, news, Sound Art, Uncategorized, video / film with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 19, 2011 by electronicmusik

I was pleased to re-launch the duo Fonik last Friday (15th April) at the opening of the Manchester Art Crawl. It took place at the very lovely Islington Mill, Salford. The Manchester Art Crawl is an artist led event originally devised by art students at Manchester School of Art and is one of the official events of the ‘Not Part Of’ festival running alongside The Manchester International Festival.

The evening began with an introduction and then open submissions for the 2011 event (complete with Rocket Launch). The rest of the night was made up of performances from 5 Manchester bands / artists. Fonik played last thing providing a 40 minute blissed out soundtrack to something vaguely post apocalyptic. We felt is was a fitting return and many thanks to Rosanne for asking us. Other noteworthy sets came from Debbie ‘Elvis’ Sharpe and Dave Birchall (Primate Engineer)

Thanks particularly to Rosanne for putting it all together and asking us to play.

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Debbie Elvis Sharpe

Dave Birchall

Dave Birchall II

Graham Dunning at Mill24

Posted in blog use, Experimental Music, field recordings, news, Sound Art with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 30, 2010 by electronicmusik

You can view Graham Dunnings Mill24 work by following this link

It’s well worth a look and a listen ……..