Sunday 2 July 2017, 7.30pm
“Field recordings are often more about listening than recording, and nobody listens like Lieven Martens Moana. As Dolphins Into The Future, he blended new age, early synthesizer music and tropical field recordings making one-of-a-kind soundscapes during the noise boom of the mid-2000s. Now, under his own name, his music is even more poetic.” – FACT Magazine
Lieven Martens Moana (formerly Dolphins Into The Future) is seeking for a thorough aestheticism of the impression. Using analog and digital recording techniques, he creates a form of music that refers to both ethnomusicology and to sound art or modern classical composition. Resulting in a very contemporary dialect, live usually amplified by lectures and slide projections.
“… is a real-life Gaugain story in which his travels to the islands of Hawaii and the Azores are combined in a startling new musically poetic vision of his conversation with the other; Producer of the most hungover Corona Commerical… pulled off the air for having too many wave sounds.” (Spencer Clark, 2014)
Left Hand Cuts off the Right (Robbie Judkins) is an outlet for exploratory methods and composition. He plays with bent electronics, East African instrumentation, pianos, hand percussion, field recordings, loops and effects. The sounds are of otherworldliness, twinkling twitchings, habitual drones, crackling rhythms and oddities directing you, transfixed, through the won- derment.
Robbie will be performing a live version of Desired Place alongside Conny Prantera (The Seer, Moon-Ra) who will be providing live visuals for the work. Desired Place was created using electric piano, loops and effects after an attempted suicide in 2014. It focuses on a dark period of my life; yet allows for a feeling of calm, hope and optimism. Minimal tone clusters were chosen and expanded for four individual parts that were looped and mixed live. Creating simple, repetitive and focused sound works was a welcome distraction from destructive and spiralling thought patterns at the time.
His work has been featured in the Wire magazine, NTS radio, Barbican, Chelsea College of Arts and Design, Resonance FM and at the University of Central Lancashire. Robbie is also the creator of Animal Sounds (Resonance FM), a member of punk noise group, Casual Sect and far out space-noise clan, Ghost Fang.
“Robbie Judkins seems to specialise in sounds that stick to my face and get caught in my hair. I feel smothered and unclean within the tangle of viscous electronics and mouldy tape samples, picking bits of static and drone out of my scalp, inhaling flecks of synthesiser every time I breathe in. Where other musicians carve out space in the stereo field for each sound to move freely, Judkins pushes the noises closer together – moist electronics ooze as they press into the sides of distorted loops, wriggling and squirming in a bid for breathing room.” – Jack Chutter, ATTN:Magazine
R Elizabeth is the side project of London based artist Rachael Finney. Although connected to her studio practice R Elizabeth sees the artist exploring her interest in magnetic tape and voice from a different point of entry. Working somewhere between experimental electronics and pop music R Elizabeth often creates melodic hooks via a combination of tape collage and repetitive organ, layering low placed vocals that aim to present a continuous chorus.
Previous releases include ‘Mirror’ on Cazenove and last year saw the release of ‘Season on Error’ onWhere To Now? 2017 will bring a new album out on Home Normal.
The Cactus Band hunt ghosts.
They fix ventilation systems.
Sometimes they wash each other’s feet.
And caress LCD screens, whisking soap for days.
Until a ship full of turkeys gets wrecked on the shore.
And a printer asks you to flex your enormous muscles.
Sometimes they find themselves at the shallowest end of funk rock.
But they’ve never had any ideas.
They think it’s weird being watched.
And their bodies prickle when they play.
When you think something’s about to happen, it doesn’t.
And then suddenly something does, like a pack of adorable puppies hunting you down in the forest.