UK electronica label Bomb Shop take over DSFL for a session of improvised music, experimental rave and electronics. £5 ADV, £6 OTD
“Astonishing music” Gilles Peterson (BBC Radio 1)
“Tremendous” Lauren Laverne (BBC 6Music)
“Outstanding experimental music” www.blindfun.com
“…the new Robert Wyatt!” Nick Luscombe (BBC Radio 3)
Rough Fields is the solo project of UK-based producer James Birchall. Began in 2011 with a series of epic lo-fi cassettes on the Bomb Shop label, the Rough Fields project progressed through expansive song forms on debut album Edge of the Firelight, and surreal, dreamy pop on the High Time EP. In 2013, Birchall released the first ever solo version of Steve Reich’s “Music For 18 Musicians”, produced in collaboration with the composer.
The current Rough Fields live show stems from the 2013 album “Wessenden Suite” – a long-form drone piece constructed from layered field recordings. The performance involves recording environmental sound around the venue throughout the day of the performance, and then manipulating those recordings live using Max, Ableton and a series of custom built resonant filters to achieve densely layered textures of blissful, harmonic sound.
Petrels is the solo project of London-based musician and illustrator, Oliver Barrett. Since releasing his debut Haeligewielle in 2011, Petrels has toured across Europe and shared a stage with the likes of Tim Hecker, FIRE!, Nate Young (Wolf Eyes), Trouble Books, Demdike Stare, Nadja, and Hans-Joachim Roedelius (Cluster). Last year’s Flailing Tomb LP made a number of best-of-2015 lists and a new album is due on Denovali Records in the autumn. Having also collaborated with and provided remixes for artists as varied as Duane Pitre, Brassica, Talvihorros and Max Cooper, Petrels’ output is proving to be thrillingly eclectic and unpredictable.
Cru Servers is the audio-visual collaborative project of Glasgow-based brothers Rickie and Jamie McNeill, a duo who individually appear under a plethora of monikers including Fox Gut Daata, Perfumed Head, Burnt Altar and Voices Like Bones. The sounds made are a kind of Poundshop psychedelia, where permo flashbacks bring half memories of Marshall, Theo and Juan, and hardware remains their master and guide. The influences are diverse, and the resulting sound is both large-system-functional and highly original.
Survival Skills is the solo, improvised music of Chris Sharkey, former guitarist for trioVD and Acoustic Ladyland. It has no fixed instrumentation but often the electric guitar, effects pedals, vocals, synths and other hardware are processed and layered to create dense, slowly shifting textures where rhythms are created from cracks, pops and noise with harmony emerging from hums and feedback.
The main goals are to slow down the creative process and listening experience while eliminating the sound of the individual tools in order to create an audio object as physical as a painting or sculpture. Like placing one note or sound under a magnifying glass, then watching and listening to the results in slow-motion.