Friday 1 September 2017, 7.30pm


The Edinburgh-based improvised noise duo of Malcy Duff & Ali Robertson will perform a one-off trio with multi-instrumentalist Yoni Silver, Ego Depletion is the new pairing of Fritz Welch & Adam Campbell, and a "show 'n' tell" will be held in OTO Project Space featuring Sharon Gal, Holly Pester and Ash Reid.

“A deliberate, luddite refusal to speak music’s language “properly” … the foremost exponents of contemporary post-punk improvisation in the UK... By favouring the sounds other musicians might ignore or avoid – placing a beer bottle on a table, the clicking of a pedal’s pot-switch, the resonant clang of a dropped coin – Usurper, paradoxically, go right through “lo-fi” and come out the other side. It’s this transformative process of enticed attentiveness that produces a genuinely collaborative environment in which focus on the incremental allows us to appreciate the delicacy and subtlety of sound-worlds we normally ignore or take for granted” – Foxy Digitalis on Usurper.


“We have a punchline at the end of each set which equals one joke every three weeks: "I'm not laughing at him. I'm laughing with him. No, i'm not laughing at him. I'm laughing with him."
Combined comprehensive educations of Fife and Edinburgh failed to curb luddite tendencies or discourage low forms of wit: Ali Robertson got remedial as Giant Tank head-honker. Malcy Duff draw.
Meanwhile: A lack of understanding proved that if you leave something broken long enough it'll start working again and Usurper got born.
Minusculist practical pranks and barely there puns for sound keep us chortling like never since John Candy jammed with his dashboard.”

Sharon Gal

Sharon Gal is a vocalist, performer and experimental musician. Her practice involves vocal and electronics free improvisation, collaborative group & site specific performances, field recordings and radio broadcast. She performs solo, and in regular collaborations with Steve Beresford, Steve Noble, Alex Ward, John Edwards, Dylan Nyoukis, Phil Minton & Feral Singers, Andie Brown and Lina Lapelyte.

She has been conducting a series of collaborative group compositions ; L'ESPRIT D'ESCALIER – for voices in a staircase, LONG DRONE – for a large ensemble of various instruments, TOY ORCHESTRA – for children and adults and GALS with GUITARS – for female guitar players.

Sharon is a founder member of London's arts radio, Resonance 104.4 FM and has been presenting and producing various shows, including the weekly; DIGGERS, with Edwin “Savage Pencil” Pouncey, and STEREO CILIA, an audio diary and a city soundscape. In 2013 she was commissioned, together with artist Liliane Lijn, to recreate Lilliane's book, Crossing Map, as a radiophonic sound piece.

Sharon's music was released by Ash International/ Paradigm records/ Chocolate Monk / Emanem / Ecstatic Yod/ American Tapes and The Tapeworm labels, with the recent release, Voice Studies, by My Dance the Skull label.

Recent performances include; a new audio/visual commission by The Philadelphia Association for the Freud Museum, relating to the life and work of Psychiatrist R.D. Laing, a solo performance at Supernormal Festival, and a new large group composition and performance, SOUND OUT, at The Victoria & Albert Museum.

Holly Pester

Holly Pester is a poet and multidisciplinary writer. She has worked as an archivist, lecturer and practice-based researcher with readings, performances and sound installations featuring at Segue, New York, dOCUMENTA 13, Whitechapel Gallery, and the Serpentine Galleries. She teaches courses on Oulipo and Poetic Practice at the University of Essex.

Ash Reid

Ash Reid plays variously by herself, with Liene Rozīte or Ali Robertson when available, and intermittently as the muddy bank of Pond Scum. She also edits videos, runs the cult of Ackerism with artist Kari Robertson, and wishes she was part of Vin Diesel's Dungeons & Dragons group.

Ego Depletion

EGO DEPLETION is a system of recycled movements designed to break a hole through invisible or undetectable barriers. It goes for the mind, ear, leg, heart, hand and scalp. Its first impulse is subtracted from the overall net of intentions. For example, sound is produced for the sole purpose of abseiling clogged and crystalized hierarchies and putting it all to rest. Speakers and surfaces are thoroughly interrogated yielding a steady diet of perpetual come-down. EGO DEPLETION is a Glasgow based duo made up of members Adam Campbell and Fritz Welch.

Yoni Silver

Bass clarinetist and multi-instrumentalist. His current projects include different combos with Sharon Gal, Steve Noble, Mark Sanders, Tom Wheatley, Grundik Kasyansky and he is a long-time member of Iancu Dumitrescu and Ana Maria Avram's Hyperion Ensemble.