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Grew, Blezard and Simpson live at Open Circuit March 14

Posted in Electronic Musik, free improvisation, gigs, live music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 9, 2014 by electronicmusik

Here’s a lovley short film shot by Phil Powell of a performance I did with Shaun Blezard and Stephen Grew at Open Circuit in Ulverston in March 2014.


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)

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)

New EP from Noise Research with Shaun Blezard – The Lanternhouse

Posted in blog, Electronic Musik, EM free downloads, Experimental Music, field recordings, new releases, news, Noise Research, Sound Art with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 19, 2012 by electronicmusik

Latest release from Electronic Musik comes from Noise Research (with Shaun Blezard)

Em179: Lanternhouse EP – Noise Research with Shaun Blezard

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The Lanternhouse – Noise Research with Shaun Blezard

Two pieces of ‘music concrete’ constructed from sounds recorded by Cumbria based artsist Shaun Blezard in the Lanternhouse Arts Centre, Ulverston. They were for his successful ‘Cumbria Remixed’ project from 2011.

Shauns recordings were used as the sonic objects for the realisation of the two works presented here.

Shaun Blezard on WordPress

Artwork – Ian Simpson (2012)

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)

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Album dedicated to Debbie, Rosanne and Womb : )

New album from Clutter on Electronic Musik – free download !

Posted in blog, Electronic Musik, Electronica, EM free downloads, new releases, news with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 22, 2012 by electronicmusik

Electronic Musik has released an album from Cumbria based artist Shaun Blezard under his ‘Clutter‘ guise.

Em161: ENJ::Y Y::U::SELF – Clutter

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Clutter releases a special give away through his favourite net label Electronic Musik to celebrate the coming of 2012 – The year when linear time stops, when The End Times begin etc, etc…. Not sure if I believe in any of it but it does make you think about time and what it all means, or not, but I thought it might be fun to do some music that is about time (Shaun Blezard – Jan 2012)

Royal Wedding Cash In EP from Clutter and Noise Research

Posted in blog, Electronic Musik, Electronica, EM free downloads, Experimental Music, Noise Research, Sound Art with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 29, 2011 by electronicmusik

New release from Electronic Musik comes in the form of a split EP from Clutter (Shaun Blezard) and Noise Research (Ian Simpson).

Clutter vs Noise Research – Royal Wedding Cash In E.P. (Em142)

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Both of these tracks were conceived, recorded and released whilst all the Royal Wedding sh*te was going on elsewhere (29th April 2011) !!