Monday 24 August 2015, 8pm
An evening of electronic/acoustic experimentation, with a solo computer/feedback set from Tom Mudd, a collaboration between Louie Rice and Vasco Alves, and a very welcome return for the trio of pioneering electronic composer John Wall and two of improvised music's finest proponents, bassist John Edwards and drummer/percussionist Mark Sanders.
JOHN EDWARDS / MARK SANDERS / JOHN WALL
“What I really love about his work is that it’s so intense and stark, and has this absolute precision to it. I don’t hear that anywhere else.” – Helena Gough on John Wall, The Wire
“Edwards and Sanders paint, construct, choose ways to play the very guts of their instruments that are absolutely new to ears; of course, prevailing timbral shades tend towards low, a rumble here, some tremor there… everything goes to achieve the best result: string plucking, grunting arco, a multi-dimensional drumming approach.” – Massimo Ricci, Touching Extremes
“their music is at least 1073 times better than Jandek's” – Steve Beresford on Edwards/Sanders/Wall, The Wire
Electronic composer John Wall started playing live with John Edwards and Mark Sanders in 2009, after making the decision to start improvising as well constructing meticulous compositions in his studio (a decision discussed in depth in a fascinating 2008 interview with Richard Pinnell). The combination of electronic and acoustic elements creates multiple and at times disorienting perspectives as instrumental and digital manipulations merge and collide in a dense and complex knot of sound.
LOUIE RICE / VASCO ALVES
“Rice puts to use electronics of some kind, certainly a fair amount of lo-fi crackling and buzzing and also quite possibly analogue synth or something close to make music that is really very slow, quiet and remarkably simple but also in some odd way quite enchanting. . . It sounds vaguely like an outtake from minimalist techno of some kind slowed right down to a crawl, making each sound rub itself into your ears over and over again. . . Odd, unidentifiable scrapes and shimmering buzzes meet gurgling stomach churns and weird little ping pong clicks at various points.” – Richard Pinnell, The Watchful Ear
Tom Mudd is a musician and programmer interested in relationships between software, composition and improvisation. He has presented performances, talks and installations at places such as Tate Britain, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, MS Stubnitz, STEIM, the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, and the Ether Festival.
He is currently an associate lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London, at the University of East London, and at City Lit, teaching courses relating to music, programming, interactive media, and live performance. He is the organiser of the Contingent Events concert series, and in September will present CONTROL, an interactive sound installation, in the OTO Project Space.