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The Other Side: An Audiophonic Séance
Thu 12 May 2016, 19:30 – 22:30 BST
A night of dead formats, traces, sites and spectres from the underground featuring Howlround, English Heretic's new Documents project, Evie Salmon & James Riley performing 'Dust' and bad timing djs, presented by bad timing and The Alchemical Landscape.
The event will be two-thirds seated with further standing places also available. Seats will allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Please contact us if you would like to guarantee a seated place.
Contact bad timing to join the waitlist for returns. A small number of unreserved places will be available on the night.
Refreshments will be available.
Entry is free but to cover the performers' travel and expenses there is a suggested donation of £5 on the night.
Howlround is an ongoing exploration of the possibilities of magnetic tape as a creative medium for electronic music. Their live performances and compositions are created entirely by manipulating tape loops of natural acoustic sounds on vintage reel-to-reel machines, with additional reverb or electronic effects strictly forbidden. Their fourth LP Tales From the Black Tangle was released at the end of 2015 and was a dark and compelling concoction of industrial sirens, foghorns, seawash, ship to shore distress signals and even the creaking of a Broadcasting House microphone cradle in need of some oil.
'Uncanny, mesmerising, difficult and sublime' The Quietus
Documents is a nascent development of the long running creative occult project English Heretic. Documents has been set up to explore a remit of ethnographic recordings from the imaginal world. Combining the aesthetic of Bataille's surrealist journal "Documents" with the hermetic psychology of James Hillman, the project represents a deepening of the themes laid out by English Heretic. Documents first broadcast was released on the Eighth Climate imprint in December 2015.
Documents will perform two pieces. "Music For The Execution Of Geoffrey Firmin" An imaginary séance for the tragic protagonist of Malcolm Lowry's "Under The Volcano" abstracting dialogue from the film adaptation of Lowry's book to achieve rapport the spectre of Firmin. "Last Broadcast at Boleskine" manipulates field recordings taken at the cemetery overlooked by Aleister Crowley's notorious Loch Ness home. These recordings, carried out on the 1st December 2015, anniversary of Crowley's death, shortly before Boleskine House burned down, constitute music to precipitate the violent demise of an abode on the borderland. Together these pieces explore landscape, film and documentary dialogue as a form of theatrical EVP.
Evie Salmon and James Riley work across multiple faculties at the University of Cambridge. They co-direct The Alchemcial Landscape, an ongoing research and public engagement project looking at occulture and geography.
'Dust' is a speculative investigation into the afterlife of two lost recordings by Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs. Spoken word, archival murmurings and dead formats.
bad timing djs mix tapes: experiments and inventions from underground
bad timing is Cambridge's longest-standing DIY producer of live experimental and underground music, sound and art, now in its 15th year of events, festivals and projects This first event with The Alchemical Landscape explores core interests in 'obsolete' and subverted technology, sites, materials and revealing historical traces.