Further at the Portico Gallery trailer

Here’s a trailer for what to expect at Further on May 6th at the Portico Gallery

DJ Food & Pete Williams present a new, irregular evening by creating an audio visual space to enjoy. Films, slides, oil projections, food, drink and plenty of seating form the environment to soak up the sights and sounds.

7.30 – 8.30: Doors, there will be a record stall with stock picked to compliment the evening by Micheal from the nearby Book & Record Bar and delicious food from local café Pinterdera served alongside the fully licensed Portico bar with beers & ales

8.30 – 10.00: Ghost Box Records in the form of Jim Jupp (Belbury Poly) and Julian House (The Focus Group) will be playing an audio visual DJ set.

10.00 – 10.3: Howlround will perform a live score to ‘A Creak in Time’, a film by Steve McInerney (Psyche´-Tropes), via tape loops and reel to reel machines.

10.30 – 12.00: DJ Food & Pete Williams will open and close the evening with their multi-projection Light & Sound Designs.

Location: Portico Gallery, 23B Knight’s Hill, London, SE27 0HS, UK

Tickets here: (limited cheaper early bird price nearly gone)

Train: West Norwood overground station (1 min walk)
Buses: 2, 68, 196, 315, 322, 432, 468, 690

Pierre Henry’s Liverpool Mass completed after 50 years

Liverpool’s Metropolitan Cathedral is to host ‘The Liverpool Mass’ (Messe de Liverpool) by Pierre Henry on May 13th.

Developed by one of the godfather’s of musique concréte for the Cathedral’s inaugural mass in 1967, it wasn’t completed it in time and another work was substituted. Now, 50 years on, in a unique collaboration between Henry and Bluecoat, the piece will be staged in full at the Cathedral, in an immersive experience. With a sound design created especially for the space using 40 speakers arranged around its circumference, The Liverpool Mass will be presented as a live mix by Henry’s collaborator Thierry Balasse.

Consisting of six movements – Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Agnus Dei and Communion – the work interprets the traditional mass through recitation of its texts, accompanied by musical instruments ‘treated’ by Henry to produce a composition fitting for the ceremonial and celebratory occasion of the Cathedral’s inauguration.

This will be the first time The Liverpool Mass has been presented with Henry’s cooperation and a new sound design in the setting for which it was originally intended: a mid-20th century modernist structure with distinctive ‘brutalist’ architecture of concrete and stained glass. Henry’s electronic score was intended to complement this daring new building, as the sound would resonate in the magnificent, cavernous, light-filled circular interior. Watch this fascinating short film about how the stained glass was made for the top tower.

The evening programme will begin at 7.30pm with a set by Vincent Epplay and Samon Takahashi, made in response to Henry’s music in the Cathederal setting. Tickets cost £10 or groups of ten or more get a discount of £7 per head – on sale here.

FourFromFoodFridays #17.12

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Four From Food Fridays – a weekly look at four things that have been doing it for me. They can be new or old, any style so long as it’s been getting some rotation in the studio. From top left:
The Mothers of Invention – We’re Only In It For The Money (Verve Records) LP – probably my favourite Mothers LP although it’s a close tie with Absolutely Free, Uncle Meat or Freak Out
Various Artists – Unboxed Brain (De:tuned) 12″/DL – 7th addition to the Brainbox compilation from last year
Frank Zappa – the MOFO project/object (Zappa Records) CD – expanded 2 CD version of Freak out! plus there’s a 4xCD version available only from the official Zappa site
Narassa – Viaggio Pop N.1&2 (Cinedelic) Double LP – Italian composers Alessandro Brugnolini and Giuliano Giunti library albums reissued in the most insane packaging

Seen out and about in Penge

I found myself in Penge today, which is a rarity, and there was plenty to see in the quiet South East London suburb. The Penge / Pengeuin paste up above doesn’t really trip off the tongue but it’s always nice to see the orange logo. A little further down the road was a fascinating shop, with a colourful mural outside, that looked like it had been shut for many years. Inside the grilled window were old lamps, bottles, heads and all sorts, stuffed to the rafters but locked up and inaccessible.
Penge_Shop front mural
Next were a brace of shops with fresh murals on side walls and shutters.
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The local charity shops threw up a couple of fabulous covers, brilliant in their unstyled glory.
Later, up the road in Crystal Palace, I came across this amazing stained glass window on a church.

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The The new documentary – The Inertia Variations

I think a projected record of this title (based around John Tottenhams writing) was in the works when I first met Matt Johnson back in 2003, but finally, he and director Johanna St. Michaels have put together a documentary of ‘The Inertia Variations’. In the intervening years it has morphed into a film about Matt, not a musician with a copious output during the last 15 years (although by no means dormant, he just quietly ‘left’ the music business without telling anyone) and his struggle to write new songs. It follows him in the run up to his 12 hr Radio Cineola broadcast from his ‘War Room’ that culminated in a set of reinterpreted classics and the debut of a new song.

The premiere is happening next week in Copenhagen at the CPH:DOX festival with Matt and Johanna attending a Q&A on the 23rd at Cinemateket and on the 25th at Kunsthal Charlottenborg. Hopefully there will be a UK showing soon

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Four From Food Fridays #17.11

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Four From Food Fridays – a weekly look at four things that have been doing it for me. They can be new or old, any style so long as it’s been getting some rotation in the studio. From top left:
The By Cracky Beat (Lowrey’s Chocolate) 7″ – groovy freakbeat promo for chocolate bar
Klaus Wiess – Time Signals (Trunk) LP – Drums & electronics, old library in new form on Trunk
Geoff Barrow & Ben Salisbury – Drokk (Invada) 2×10″ – alternative synth-heavy soundtrack to the Dredd film
Paul Reid – The Sounds of Expo 67 (Sonologue) 7″ Travelogue montage around Montreal’s Expo 67

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Diggers Dozen vs Soundsci mixes

The two jonnies
The Diggers Dozen vs Soundsci ‘My Boosey Weighs A Ton’ launch party at Joyeux Bordel in Old Street the other week was as nerdy and bloke-centric as you’d expect with frequent outbreaks of ‘breakface’ and clusters around the decks as library oddities were pulled out left, right and centre. Various old heads were in attendance and new acquaintances were made until 1.30am when it wound down. Much chatting obscured indepth appreciation of the musical treats going down but Maxwell from DD has kindly snipped some of the sets out of the melee and uploaded them to the cloud of mixes. If you listen carefully you can even hear the faint sound of chatter coming through the needle in the quiet parts. First up, Jonny Cuba (above left, below right) with his ‘spy jazz’ set, then Jonny Trunk (above right).

Ollie & jonny Soundsci

My mix, alongside more from Ollie Teeba and Mr Thing can be heard here

Announcing Further at the Portico Gallery

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Announcing a new venture put together by myself and old friend Pete Williams (Eikon / Out Of The Wood) – a collision of Light, Sound and Design… Further.

An irregular event held in different places, it’s not a club night, it’s not monthly, there’s no dance floor. It has got all the things we love in it though: experimental music and film, food and drink, socialising and a bit of record hunting.
The first event is on May 6th at The Portico Gallery, a hidden treasure in the heart of West Norwood and a venue very dear to us that offers an extremely adaptable space to project, perform and present our guests in.

We have Jim Jupp (Belbury Poly) and Julian House (The Focus Group) from Ghost Box Records playing an audio visual set and Howlround sound tracking Steven McInerney’s short film, ‘A Creak In Time’.
Pete and I will be pulling all manner of projections, films, slides and FX out to illuminate the gallery at the beginning and end of the evening to compliment our DJ sets.

There will be food on sale from local café Pintadera, a fully licensed bar and plenty of seating. Michael from the nearby Book & Record Bar will also have a stall selling hand-picked stock for the event.

Venue: The Portico Gallery, 23 Knights Hill, West Norwood, London, SE27 0HS
Doors: 7.30 and we’re all done by midnight. Let’s go Further…

V. limited early bird tickets are on sale now through Eventbrite

Facebook event page here

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Raymond Scott reissues


This compilation of jazz bandleader / electronic pioneer Raymond Scott first surfaced in 2000 on the Dutch Basta label as both a 2xCD with hardback book and 3 separate LPs in gatefold sleeves. It’s now getting a new reissue as a triple set with booklet and coloured vinyl in a slipcase at a very affordable price by Music On Vinyl. To say that this is an essential release is an understatement, Scott was a pioneer and, along with the Louis and Bebe Barron‘s Forbidden Planet soundtrack, one of the first people to place electronic music in the commercial sphere outside of the avant garde. Composing for adverts, short films and working with Jim Henson prior to the Muppets, this collection is a treasure trove of tones, collages, early electronic compositions, sometimes in an array of versions. J Dilla famously sampled a track from this on Donuts (“The name of the game is Lightworks”) and the vinyl has become expensive now.

Another recent reissue saw Scott’s triple LP ‘Soothing Sounds For Baby’ set get a silver vinyl repress and while not as essential is an intriguing listen given that it was supposed to be an ambient record for newborns when it’s actually quite unsettling in places and far from what I’d term soothing. But as an extended work of electronic music from the early 60’s it’s often overlooked because of its novelty nature. BUT! Continuing the triple album theme, this was just posted on the Raymond Scott website:
“The long awaited second collection of Raymond Scott electronica is finished. The album, titled Three Willow Park: Electronic Music from Inner Space, 1961-1971, will feature over 60 previously unreleased recordings by Scott from the decade before he left to work for Motown in L.A. Most of the tracks were recorded on devices he invented, and the Motown Electronium will be heard for the first time on disc. The 3-LP set, which serves as a companion to the Y2K 2-cd set Manhattan Research, Inc.,  is scheduled for release in 2017 on Basta, and will include a 20-page LP-sized booklet and a 300-page downloadable pdf of archival artifacts.”

Just take my money…   follow @_Raymond_Scott_ on Twitter for forthcoming info

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Four From Food Fridays #17.10

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Four From Food Fridays – a weekly look at four things that have been doing it for me. They can be new or old, any style so long as it’s been getting some rotation in the studio. From top left:
Temples – Volcano (Heavenly) LP/CD/Cass/DL
Thundercat – Drunk (Brainfeeder) 10″ box set/CD/DL
Vermont – II (Kompakt) LP/CD/DL
Rob Thomsett – Hara / Yarnandoo (Now Again Reserve Series ) LP / CD

Dust & Grooves Weekly Grooves giveaway

The #WeeklyGroove Series & #Giveaway Week 5: Strictly Kev (DJ Food)

This week Dust & Grooves have made me the subject of their Weekly Groove giveaway series

By end of week, they will give a fine-art print from their photo archives, signed by @eilonpaz and a signed, quadruple 12” version of my album ‘The Search Engine’.

To participate in the giveaway, tag a friend on the #WeeklyGroove posts on @dustandgrooves Instagram account ONLY.