Early London train depart with Dave Hunt to Holland for an afternoon of Sonic Bed_Scotland installion at Marres HCC, Maastricht. It’s for the Winter Anti Depression show opening on Saturday. We are greeted with astonishing Syrian lunch downstairs in the Marres restaurant with a goat wool carpet to sit under Bed upstairs, so its a super start.
Monday January 6thJanuary 6th, 2014
A great way to start a new year. Working a new instrument, to be back on stage, in a pub, stereo, live sampling and processing the things that six hammerhead shark traces play through 12 oscillators. Its the Shark Synth Gold made with Adam Parkinson, the sonifying salmon and shark collaborator I’ve had the pleasure of working with since ‘Where are the wild ones?’. On stage this Thursday, 8pm at EAVI III, Amersham Arms, London.
Friday January 3rd 2014January 3rd, 2014
Running New Year check on the sonic beds. Sonic Bed_Scotland’s Mandy McIntosh upholstery passes with flying colours. Only one small repair after a year of bodies at Sound Art show, ZKM, Karlsruhe, plus the other shows inbetween. And the base of the mattress cover is a second hand Scottish wool blanket, designed into this cover by McIntosh in 2007.
Friday 13th DecemberDecember 13th, 2013
Adam Parkinson is in the house and we are working on the Shark Flutes. This is a live sample and processing instrument for play via OSC sent from 16 faders and switches (aka the Gluebox) and 4 channel spatialization control from my Android. Finally I’m making some sensitive noise live once more. Seems the best thing to be doing the day Zbigniev dies. The Shark Flutes will receive their debut, in a live gaming with the Shark synthesizer on January 9th, 2014 at the Amersham Arms. DETAILS will follow.
Thursday 12th DecemberDecember 12th, 2013
I had decided I needed to further my shark research with species found in more local waters and have been studying the Basking shark. Gavin Maxwell’s Harpoon at a Venture is a fascinating though brutal study in learning how to hunt, catch and land them in the 40′s. Factual tales of hunting are told with never a moment of remorse at the frequent escape of these giant fish, wounded, half a harpoon sticking out. On Monday I joined the Shark Trust and adopted a shiver of basking sharks. Today the fat info pack dropped through the letter box.
Monday 9th DecemberDecember 9th, 2013
Friday 6th DecemberDecember 7th, 2013
The Gluts have been sharpening their wits, tightening up their moves and getting their tongues around those amazing lyrics for the DVD launch celebration on Sunday 2.30pm at Cafe Oto project space and the Oto/Lux Christmas Fair. “Drain it, chop, it blend it, grate it, peel it, squeeze it, mash it, roll it, mix it, can it, bottle it, label it, sell it. S UP E R M A R K E T !” Hope to see you.
Café Carbon flint by Hayley.