An afternoon of modular synthesis, laptop violation, random sonics, analogue tapes, home-made electronics and a Theremin to boot; ‘On The Cusp’ explores the borderline between free improvisation and collaborative composition with –
Born near London in 1957, Phil Durrant is a multi-instrumentalist improviser/composer/sound artist who currently performs solo and group concerts.
As a violinist (and member of the Butcher/Russell/Durrant trio), he was one of the key exponents of the “group voice approach” style of improvised music. In the late 90s, his trio with Radu Malfatti and Thomas Lehn represented a shift to a more “reductionist” approach.
Recently, he has been performing solo and duo concerts with Bill Thompson, Mark Wastell, as well as his seven-piece group ‘If Herbie Went West Coast’, using a modular synthesizer system. As a mandolinist, he has been performing with guitarist Martin Vishnick, mandolinist Richard Scott and drummer Emil Karlsen.
Durrant still performs regularly with the acoustic/electronic group Trio Sowari (with Bertrand Denzler and Burkhard Beins) and Mark Wastell’s The SEEN.
I am an improvisor, sound, and visual artist who performs under my own name and also as DiscountGnostic, a loosely structured collaborative experimental vehicle. I have a specific interest in the use of ritual mannerism in the creation of sound, the idea of shifting sonic states – liminality – and the use of sound to reinscribe memory. My practice is an ongoing exploration of presence, absence and occulted information. A regular player at Eddie Prevost’s workshop and John Russell’s Mopomoso initiative, more recently I have contributed to the radio festival Radiophrenia 2019 and to the ongoing Institute for Alien Research compilation project. I am currently preparing material for a release on Mouth In Foot records early next year and continue to promote events under the Babble&Squeak and DiscountGnostic banners.
Andy Rowe is a sound artist, producer and musician who lives and works in London. He has worked with sound in a professional and creative context since 1996 and gained a degree in Sonic Art from Middlesex University in 2009. He has displayed work in Coventry’s Herbert gallery, London’s Hundred Years, Raven Row, Chalton, Art and Escape, Horse Hospital, ToandFor, and Doomed galleries. His work was selected for the Artsway Open 09 Exhibition and he was a finalist in the Degreeart.com gallery 2010 show. His current ongoing series of paintings called ‘the Greyness’ were displayed in the 2018 Floor 2 group exhibition in Hammersmith. He has had video pieces shown at film events in the U.K and Internationally. His music, which he creates using the name ‘the slate pipe banjo draggers’, has received international radio play and he has performed live at festivals and events in England, France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands and Italy both alone and collaboratively.
More Information can be found at www.slatepipe.co.uk
James L Malone
hybrid feedback systems / acoustic laptop
Theremin, found sounds, ominous atmospheres
Tony James Morton
A musician, composer and sound artist whose work focuses on real-time systems aesthetics. These systems created have rules and structures, but within the confines of these boundaries there is enough room for improvisation, chance and probability. This allows for a different interpretation each time, creating unique experiences of sound. His work has been displayed and performed at; OXO Tower Bargehouse (London, UK), IKLECTIK (London, UK), BEAST FEaST 2016/2017 (Birmingham, UK) and Studio 47 (Amsterdam, Netherlands). Adam Kinsey is a sound artist with interests in electronics, improvisation and transmission arts. Adam performs sporadically in London at free improv events and has had work broadcast on transmission art platforms such as Radiophrenia Scotland.
As one half of improvising duo Littoral Transmissions Adam has performed live at various venues and festivals, as well as having work broadcast regularly on Resonance Extra and Threads Radio. Adam curates a painfully slow, meandering and largely directionless project called Desire Lines which includes a Threads Radio show, live events and releases.
Tony Hardie-Bick plays a modified tape echo. This creates a mixture of textures from filtered noise to precisely pitched oscillations. He combines his interest in electronics, performance and music-making, constantly searching for new forms.