Sunday, 5 October 2014

Far Rainbow // Ryans Bar // Stoke Newington // Tuesday 7th October

Happy to announce the first performance by my new group Far Rainbow, an improvising duo featuring drums and electronics.

The event will take place at Ryan’s Bar in Stoke Newington, just up the Church Street, by Clissold Park. It starts at eight, we’ll be on about nine, and our friends Astrakan will be on about ten. Fiver on the door. Hope you can make it. You may record your intentions in advance here.

Friday, 1 August 2014

Guards! Guards! At The Edge of the Sea

I am very happy to announce my new pop group Guards! Guards! featuring Lisa Bouvier will be performing at this year’s At The Edge of the Sea festival hosted by The Wedding Present in Brighton this August bank holiday weekend.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Monday, 23 June 2014

The Future Radio First Broadcast Tracklisting

Archive of first edition of The Future for Haggerston Radio.

Tracklisting (incomplete) :

Dat Politics – Go Pets Go
Pierre Henry – Messe Pour le Temps Present
Jon Hassell – Dream Theory
Sacred Tapestry – 花こう岩Cosmorama
Lil Texas – Goin Round
Yellow Magic Orchestra – Absolute Ego Dance
A. G. Cook – Beautiful
The Free Pop Electronic Concept – Cosmos Rhythms
The Orb – Edelgrün
Lucky Dragons – Givers
The Boredoms – Vision Creation Newsun
David Cain / Patrick Tull – Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy
Laraaji – Essence
Jack Nitzsche – Star Man Leaves / End Title
Tokyo Hands – Rainforests
Tara Cross – Tempus Fugit
George Clinton – Computer Games
Sun Ra – Space is the Place
Holly Herndon – Chorus
Laurel Halo – Serendip
Daytime Television (with Internet Club) – Sunrise HD
Boris Vian / Bernard Parmegiano – L’alcool tue
Steven Halpern – Be-muse-ment
Brian Eno – Music for Airports 2/1
Toto – Dune (Prologue / Main Title)
Arca – DOEP
Sophie – Bipp
Raymond Scott – Lightworks
Tonto’s Expanding Head Band – Jetsex

Thursday, 19 June 2014

The Future… starts this Saturday on Haggerston Radio

Image courtesy Sheroes tumblr

Welcome to The Future. The year is 2359. We are broadcasting from the basement archives of the former State Institute for Futurology. For the next two hours we will be sifting through the ruins of yesterday’s dreams for tomorrow. Everything is in disarray. The filing system is corrupted. But somehow, somewhere amongst the dust and the rubble we will – we will – we – w –

Haggerston Radio. This Saturday, the 21st of June. 18:00 – 20:00.

Still Life (Betamale), Jon Rafman + Oneohtrix Point Never, 2013 from jonrafman on Vimeo.

Piercing Brightness (extract) from The Wire Magazine on Vimeo.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Guards! Guards! on Ear Drums Pop Comp

Artwork by Ray Kimura

Today, Ear Drums Pop release the third volume of their Between Two Waves compilation series and this one features the first track by the new project from Lisa Bouvier and myself, Guards! Guards!

The album also features exclusive collaborations from Spook School and the Just Joans, Fireflies and the Marshmallow Kisses, Enderby’s Room and Victoria & Jacob, along with many others. The whole thing is available to download for free from the Ear Drums website.

Keep an eye on the Soundcloud and Facebook pages for Guards! Guards! for more new songs in the near future.

Friday, 4 April 2014

A Little Orchestra at the Lexington

Unearthed some guy’s bootlegs from Sunday’s gig by A Little Orchestra at the Lexington.

Here, from last year’s album Clocks, is ‘Clocks (part three)’ arranged for several violins and a clarinet; and here, as captured mid-performance above, is me and Lisa singing ‘Pightie 21’.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Praise for The Dark Ages

“Plantagenet 3′s minimalist widescreen projections are perfectly lit, with the added layer of A Little Orchestra adding a judicious touch of the epic. There’s a subtle emotional lilt the strings bring out that compliment Richard Lanyon’s knotty, chiming guitar injecting a different taste of tension to their wares.” 
Sunrise Ocean Bender
“Imagine The Ventures playing chamber music to the clatteringly spare drum machine tracks of Young Marble Giants. Next, imagine all this happening in modern times inspired by the age of heraldry … slow burn guitar that brings to mind a seriously introspective Hank Marvin, whilst violins slice out severe string arrangements. It makes me think of what kind of effect would seawater have on a suit of armour. Stirring stuff.”  
Louder Than War 
“appropriately dark twangingly cinematic” 
“a desert-fried ode to the blistering heat … Morricone would be proud.” 
Sonic Masala

Monday, 17 March 2014

Solo for a DVD player

Digital Versatile Music’ (2014)

for a dvd player

With the power on stand-by, stroke a telephone pick-up coil across the top of a standard domestic dvd player. Move in slow, graceful arcs, picking out ‘sweet spots’ where the most resonant noises can be found and focus on these areas to generate a steady, throbbing hum.

Turn the machine on. Make another sweep with the pick-up coil to see what new noises you can eke out of it.

Insert a disc and press play. Skip chapters and fast-forward. Keep sweeping for sounds.

Eject the disc. Insert another (does your player accept Bluray?). Repeat.

Finally, power off.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

The Dark Ages

A Little Orchestra and Plantagenet 3 are very happy to announce the release of our forthcoming collaborative ep, ‘The Dark Ages’. The 7" record will consist of two tracks, both composed by Richard Lanyon of Plantagenet 3 with strings arranged by myself. It’s coming out on Jitter on March 24th but you can already pre-order it from Norman Records and listen to a sneak preview below. 

Ever busy, A Little Orchestra are also all over the forthcoming album by The Understudies. Due out one week later, The Understudies will be launching their record, Let Desire Guide Your Hand, with a live performance at The Lexington on Pentonville Road, London, on March 30th. A Little Orchestra will also be playing (along with special guests). Tickets here.

With a bit of luck, copies of both records will be on sale at the gig.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Dandelion Ident

This is a little jingle I made for Dandelion Radio I can't even remember how many years ago. I think they had put out some sort of open call on Myspace or whatever and I sent them three or four of which this is the only one that I can still find on my hard drive. Made using a dictaphone and a Casio keyboard by the sound of it. I have no idea if they ever used it.