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ACM + Joe Snape: FLECK

May 2015

Together with ACM and Sarah Hill I just finished five UK shows that were packed and inspiring: a remarkable privilege to play. After the London premiere, The Biting Point described Fleck Flob Flop, the hour-long piece about an Old Lady and her husband I wrote for ACM, as ‘a total game-changer’ (to the game’s overall improvement, I hope!) and Fluid Radio published this warm, thoughtful and thought-provoking piece about our Vivid Projects show in Birmingham. Filmmaker Ismar Badzic rode with us on the bus from city to city to capture highlights of the thing for posterity: video online soon. Peep this beautiful photo by Sarah Hill of our S1 Artspace Sheffield gig, and put August 4th in your diary: I’ll be presenting fresh Fleck Flob Flopish material with percussionist Delia Stevens at Café Oto that night, as part of the lovely Slip imprint’s festivities there. Before then we go to Europe and we do a summery weekend of filming and recording in the UK, and we’re hungry for it all.


Massive thanks go out to the band: Michael Cutting, Vitalija Glovackyte, Michael Perrett, Otto Willberg and Sarah Hill; to promoters Jelica Obican, Laura Milner, Yasmeen Baig-Clifford, Louise Snape, Rob Hughes, Jenny Porter, and the International Anthony Burgess Foundation; to our amazing guests Bastard Assignments, Darren Joyce, Andy Ingamells and Sheffield University composition students, Dan Thorne, Tom Cowcher, Mersey Wylie and ACM’s extended line-up; to Ismar Badzic and Sam Hanlan for their documenting prowess; to all those who helped us push the shows; to the Ono label for putting out our tour record of which there are now only a handful left over at Boomkat and Piccadilly; to Julia Haferkorn for her advice and encouragement; and to Sound and Music for taking the gamble on us and having faith in the project from the start. Here, as a little token of our appreciation, is the last track from the aforementioned record for your streaming pleasure. Mmnhm.

UK & European Tour with ACM

May & June 2015

Together with Manchester’s ACM, Sarah Hill, and the support of Sound and Music, we’re putting together a super fun and utterly poignant touring programme with new commissions of some of our favourite artists. It’ll feature new pieces by ACM founders Michael Cutting and Vitalija Glovackyte, alongside a fresh work by childhood hero Darren Joyce of Modified Toy Orchestra, to name but a few. All of these new compositions will happen in various dialogues with a monstrous hourlong piece called Fleck Flob Flop that I’ve been making this past year. Aesthetically, it’s like an explosion of the Brittle Love record from March, arranged for mixed four-piece ensemble, electronics, sound recordings, and live text projections. The band, photographed by Andy Sawyer, looks like this.


Our nine European dates in May and June – hopefully you can catch us somewhere along the way – look a lot like this:

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For more info and tickets, click here and scroll down. In the meantime, there’s a morsel of other exciting news: a tour-only release of seven tracks from the project via Manchester’s stalwart Ono label. The disc will feature artwork by Ono’s Michael Holland, a track each by Michael and Vitalija, and a 5-piece suite of reimagined Fleck Flob Flop material. Here’s an early mix of the second of those five pieces, called Happiness.

If you want even more, you’ll find a series of essays about the project over at ACM’s part of the Internet; stick the kettle on and check them out. Finally, to the swathes of people involved so far: thank you! It’s going to be good, and without you it wouldn’t be happening.

Records Roundup + Summer Shows

April 2015

Last month, I put out two quite different records at the same time via the Slip and Kesh labels, and you can find them here and here. Playing shows in their support has been a remarkable and pretty life-affirming few weeks: a big thanks to everybody who has been involved so far. Here’s a quick round-up, beginning with Paul Daly‘s beautiful video for Brittle Love‘s Lada, lovingly shot on 16mm film:

In other corners of the Internet, you’ll find this long-form interview on Brittle Love with ATTN‘s Jack Chuter, and this joint review of Brittle Love and Tired Music over at Fluid Radio. With a bit of extra Googling, you might find moreBrittle Love physicals sold out from Bleep in the first couple of weeks, but I have it on good authority that they’re back in stock; Tired Music is digital and therefore infinitely achievable. Listen to a slice of it here, played on Stuart Maconie’s BBC6 Freakier Zone a couple of weeks back. Video of a full Tired Music set from Berlin’s beautiful Quiet Cue space should be online soon.

Finally, there are a few shows I’m very excited about lining up for the summer, spread between other projects, including a fresh double album for Slip and a big processed organ piece with the second-to-none Will Gardner. Listen to mad bass here, read dates below, and expect more to follow.

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Two Releases & Twelve Shows

March & April 2015

I’m super pleased to announce two records coming out in March. The first to drop is called Brittle Love, and is a suite of unsung love songs made with a laptop, a lot of samplers, and old fashioned point-and-click mouse skills. A huge thanks to the Slip imprint for all their support in getting the music to this point over the last half year. Here’s the record’s lead track, Yesterday’s Bread Was So Much Better.

Artwork is by Dori Deng, and the 100-copy physical version includes a large-format print and forty minutes of conversation about the music, recorded in January in a favourite, now sadly departed, Neukölln bakery, dubbed onto recycled Children’s Bible cassettes and housed in a container made from soundproof foam. Got that? Right. On March 1st there’ll be an hourlong transmission on London’s Resonance FM during which I’ll talk to Laurie Tompkins about the record, some of my favourite-ever music by other people, and the relationship between those things. Fun sounds you almost certainly haven’t heard yet; tune in at noon.

The second, contrasting, cut is coming out March 16th and is called Tired Music. It’s a piece I’ve been playing for about a year since its first outing at Tokyo Wonder Site, and it’s taken care of by Simon Scott‘s beautiful Kesh label, home also to long-time heroes Machinefabriek and Lorenzo Senni. The aforementioned Rutger Zuyderveld took care of the artwork, and distribution is through Morr Music. As with the Slip release, it’ll be available via Bandcamp, Boomkat and Bleep, and also at iTunes if that’s how you like it. Here’s a dark snippet from the middle of the 24-minute piece.

It’s a great privilege to be out in a context like this, and so a major thanks to Simon, who is about to head on a North American tour. Also to Rosa van Hensbergen and Shaleigh Comerford, who listened and responded to an early version of the piece more than anyone else back in Japan.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be playing many shows in support of these records – especially Tired Music – in the UK and Germany. Particularly exciting is a show with Arts Assembly and the mighty Richard Skelton at the De La Warr Pavilion on the 21st. See you somewhere along the way? Dates below.

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UK Young Artist + SPACES UK Tour

Nov’ 2014

This November it was a great pleasure to be part of a sprawling programme of new art in Leicester, put together by the UK Young Artists festival-cum-extravaganza. The selection covered fine art, performance, music and literature, and included some awesome pieces, like Alexander Duncan’s cove, and Webb-Ellis’ Mother. I Am Going. Two packed shows the same night at Pace, in a super dark room on an amazing system. A film by Glenn Mallard here, and this photo from Claudia Dora:


Huge thanks to the Laura Boswell, Laura Evans and the whole team at UKYA for the invitation and support. If anyone from the Ramada in Leicester is reading this and knows anything about my favourite pair of grey trousers please drop me a line and I will buy you dinner. More Lärmlicht at Del Rex in Berlin on January 24th.

In other news, a tour organised by  Video Jam and Slip called SPACES totally happened. Together with the fine WULF Collective I made a 30-minute piece called Thus Spoke The Wulf, and we played it in Leeds, London, and Liverpool. It was all bright colours and xylophones and clarinet glissandi and hyperreal guitars and synthesisers stuck together with sellotape run red-hot through speakers smaller than a ten-pence piece, and it was a special treat to play it out alongside people like Ollie Coates and Ex-Easter Island Head. The project was backed by Arts Council England, and thank you to the hordes and unhordes that came to watch and listen. Below is a little excerpt, and the thing was recently shown in full at the Hyperlocal festival in Buenos Aires, which is a thing that seems to involve luxurious amounts of nudity. Special thanks to Sarah Hill for setting that up, and to Video Jam for the whole thing.

Lärmlicht @ SOUNDkitchen

May 23rd, 2014

Lärmlicht #5 at Birmingham’s SOUNDkitchen night, in the new Vivid Projects space on the city’s Eastside. Also on the bill were Xenia Pestova, Simon Whetham, and FIRE. Here’s Vzor, the second of #5’s ten sections.

Excellent fun on a grim and rainy day, and I even made the last train. Fluid Radio has a nice (and… precise?) review here. Many thanks to Annie, Iain, James, and Julien, all of whose sterling work you can find out more about on the SOUNDkitchen site. More home-game music, with a bit of luck, in the not-too distant future…