‘Picasso 1932’ @ The Tate Modern – Audio Guide

The headphone audio guide at the Tate Modern’s new exhibition, Picasso 1932: Love, Fame & Tragedy plays host to a medley of new original musical pieces I composed (on instruments both post-electronic and more conventional sorts) with the complex dynamics of Picasso’s inner life at this period firmly in mind. The audio guide was produced by the talented Samuel Shelton Robinson.

Picasso 1932 runs from the 8th March to the 9th September.

The Wire #409 – Psyphonics – ‘Further Listening’

The latest issue of The Wire (#409) contains my article on ‘psyphonics’ – the idealistic practice of attempting to embed idea, emotion and ‘thought’ within sound. A blogpost over at the Miraculous Agitations blog gives a little background to the idea. The Wire article charts how this romantic concept survives and even flourishes within modernity’s rigours.

A newly formed Psyphonics Facebook group now exists for anyone wishing to explore the idea further and share related music/recordings.

Meadow House 2LP anthology of ‘tapedropping’ music

Two separate labels have just released limited edition LPs of Meadow House ‘tapedropping’ material (that is, music designed to be left on cassette – later CDR – in public places for people to pick up).  They showcase the volatile, fun, idiosyncratic, daring, irritating, despairing and inscrutable styles that this mode of soundmaking has gravitated towards over the years.

Misadventures on the Scorn Cycle is on Public House Records, and This Should Not Be Happening is on Feeding Tube Records.

Background fluff pertinent to these releases is readable on the Miraculous Agitations main blog.

Organised Sound – Alternative Histories of Electroacoustic Music – August 2017

My paper – ‘Failed Histories of Electronic Music‘ – appears in issue 2 (vol. 22) of Organised Sound.  It brings to light some electronic music precedents that have never received detailed attention, if at all.

The background of the ‘failed histories’ concept is given in a new blogpost over at my Miraculous Agitations blog – click here.  It raises many questions, including “why can’t I earn a living from my research?”

IKLECTIK Tuesday 13th June 2017: Extra Nights #2: Nicolas Collins + Oscillatorial Binnage

Oscillatorial Binnage will be performing at IKLECTIK tomorrow (13th June)! More details can be found on the Iklectik website: here.  There’s a Facebook event page here.  It forms the second in the series of Resonance Extra’s ‘Extra Nights’.

A posting over at the main Miraculous Agitations blog gives an idea of what to expect.

Here’s an impromptu behind-the-scenes photograph of us setting up for our rehearsal at the weekend:

Toby Clarkson, Fari Bradley and Chris Weaver