Neil Campbell & Helena Celle – 12.11.21

Bumper download release featuring two solo sets plus a very special duo performance from Glasgow based musician and sound artist, Kay Logan - aka Helena Celle - and Leeds underground legend Neil Campbell!

Set one sees Helena Celle weave an enveloping atmospheric surround by turns uneasy and transcendent. Over an ebbing and flowing industrial swell, Celle draws up shapes from the depths which briefly coalesce before dissipating back into the gloam. 

In set two, Neil Campbell blurs the boundaires between electronic and acoustic sound sources, constructing a blanket of tuned percussion, modulating tones and skittering and shimmering synth patterns, before introducing clusters of piano notes made all the more beautiful for their unexpectedness.

Finally, the closing set sees the pair combine, with Campbell building a dizzying miasma of hiss and hum, punctured through by Celle with scattered bursts of voice and radio fragments which refuse to settle. Hard-panned left and right, the set unfurls like an eavesdropped conversation infused with a disorientating dream logic.

Please note that the FLAC version of this release is fairly large (1.1GB)

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Recorded at Cafe OTO by Shaun Crook

Mixed and mastered by Oliver Barrett

Cover photo by Robert Sookhan

Available as 320k MP3 or 24bit FLAC

Tracklisting

1. Set 1 - Helena Celle (solo) - 39.11

2. Set 2 - Neil Campbell (solo) - 30.00

3. Set 3 - Neil Campbell & Helena Celle (duo) - 35.27

 

Neil Campbell

Neil Campbell has been active on the lunatic fringe of underground music since at least 1979. In that time he has performed and recorded widely as solo performer, ad hoc collaborator and core member of groups such as Vibracathedral Orchestra, A Band and Astral Social Club. His collaborations are myriad, including Richard Youngs, Campbell Kneale, High Wolf, Grumbling Fur, John Clyde-Evans, Filthy Turd, Oren Ambarchi, Ashtray Navigations, Spider Stacy, David Larcher, Blood Stereo, John Olson and Matthew Bower. Writers have described him variously as "a one-man subculture", a "grandfather figure" with "hallucinogenically inclined pallet". Neil shares his birthday with Grace Jones, Malcolm X, Ho Chi Minh, Pol Pot and Joey Ramone - LOOKOUT!

Helena Celle

Helena Celle is a Glaswegian artist and audio producer. She is concerned with the participatory representation of the imaginal through the organisation of sound, image and language, and currently produces an hour (or more) of original recordings for her patrons every month through an endeavour titled "Outlet Archive".

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