My new album Vex is out on 25 September and available for pre-order here, at a special low price for the introductory period only, until it returns to normal price.
It’s quite a unique recording too. Back in 2012, I was approached by architects Chance de Silva to collaborate with them on their project Vex, a curved, fluted, in situ concrete house in London.
This album is an adaptation of the permanent and expansive sound installation that exists within the frame of the building itself. Initially inspired by Erik Satie’s Vexations (1893), the composition that was the starting point for the architecture design itself, the final soundscape focuses more on the environmental sounds of construction, the physical pouring of the concrete and so on. It’s truly musique concrete!
Two of the pieces are edits of the full-length extensive work, plus a special mix made for showing our work in the Venice Architectural Biennial in 2014.
The building is a three-storey studio house with top floor living spaces and a roof terrace accessed via a glazed roof pavilion. The music/sound is fully integrated within and around the building's spaces. Vex is an unusual addition to the Northwold Cazenove conservation area.
Stay tuned too as there will be a series of live performances within the house itself in the next months. We had over 1000 visitors to the opening weekend so it’s proving to be very much in demand.
So, pick up your copy now and thanks again for your support!
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Moving home can bring many joys and many stresses. One pleasure is discovering boxes of stock otherwise unknown, sneakily hiding away in a cupboard, hoping for a quiet retirement :-D
However I can now offer up a host of items, mostly very limited stock, many of which cannot be found anywhere else these days, not even digitally, unless you are searching Russian torrent sites that is of course. These include a wealth of 12" vinyl long thought lost, such as Move to Choose (1997), Mass Observation (1995), Moskau Disko (2007), as well as 7" singles as Seamless Data Generator (1996) on Soul Static Sound, ghost collector Michael Esposito (2013), and Tokyonin (2105) only previously available in Italy for a sound art competition and more.
CD releases include international collaborations with David Rothenberg on You Can't Get There From Here (2013), Polish ensemble Kwartludium on our Graphic Scores (2013), Jean-Paul Dessy of Musique Nouvelles on Play Along (2005), techno frenzy with Tinnito (2005) from Italy, 48 Cameras (2013) in Belgium, and Double Fold (2003), my tribute to the writer Nicholson Baker, with everything, pulses, melodies, running at 128 beats per minute.
I've even left a few items out of this expansive list to encourage you to have a browse through the shop. Still this place remains the only location one can buy original items from the source, knowing in confidence that any proceeds contribute towards further magic and the occasional sandwich.
Thanks for your support!
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It has indeed been a busy month since I'm now delighted to announce the release of a limited live CD, Electronic Garden, which if bought here will be accompanied by another free album.
With a catalogue busy with commissions, soundtracks and studio releases it’s extremely rare to find an official live recording of mine, so Electronic Garden stands out by measure of this. Recorded outdoors in the small open air amphitheatre in the big garden of Dresden in Germany in 2007, the set comprised of variations on tunes as well as a significant portion of largely improvised unreleased material, performed exclusively here and never again.
Opening with the epic rhythmic Muster that soars with a radiant splendor, moving through the flickering nervy melancholic pulses of Backwood, the organic warmth and harmonies of The Nature of Being and closing with the atmospheric Singing Through Qualia, Electronic Garden captures Scanner in full live mode.
All initial orders for this release via Greedbag will be accompanied by a special digital release of Scanner: Live at 1/4 Inch Wollongong 01.12.2010, a completed unreleased recording from Australia, remastered for this edition. Believe me that was an incredibly epic set and completely different from Electronic Garden. Digital codes for this release will be sent out the week beginning 24 March. Anyone who has pre-ordered the CD will automatically receive this special edition.
As always, thanks for your support.
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On this summery London day I'm delighted to announce the official re-release of The Garden is Full of Metal, described by The Wire magazine as "a beautiful and fragile tapestry. Reflective, tactile and emotional." It's a very personal tribute to the late British filmmaker Derek Jarman who sadly died twenty years ago.
Using recordings of Jarman's voice as well as location recordings around his home, this is a graceful and delicate sculpture in sound. Out of print for some years this new release comes with new expanded artwork, four unreleased tracks and is completely remastered by Lawrence English of Room40.
The first thirty CDs come with a signed CD but every copy after that is still filled with memories :-D
As ever, thanks for your support over the years and stay tuned for another special Scanner CD in the next month, a new live album, Electronic Garden.
Very best wishes
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The first release in my archive series in collaboration with label Sub Rosa is released this week, Colofon & Compendium 1991-1994, on CD, limited double vinyl and digital formats, all exclusively available here. The vinyl sold out on pre-sales already but I've managed to acquire a few remaining copies which can be directly bought here with free digital downloads. You can also acquire full quality Wav files.
The sleeve notes to the release explain more, as I wrote: "In the summer of 2010 I worked through my extensive archive of DAT tapes, cassettes and minidiscs, which had accumulated since 1977, and with the help of my ever capable and patient interns, began the process of digitising these materials. The result, over 600 hours of largely unreleased material, was overwhelming to say the least, and that was only the edited highlights, as we never touched any material prior to 1991.
Most of these recordings have never been heard before or released, though ideas, voices and samples may have reappeared in altered forms on future releases. Very little of it is 'finished' in any sense, it is more of a thinking process, sketches towards something else, a moment of inspiration briefly captured. At the invitation of Sub Rosa I honed down the selection to the controversial scanned telephone call works by- passing film scores, dance pieces, remixes and so on. The shorter pieces interspersed throughout the album were originally commissioned by James Lavelle for an edition of his Mowax compilation label series Headz, but for unknown reasons were never included.”
Next up will be a double CD release of Scanner 1 and Scanner 2 CDs originally available on Ash International, followed by a remaster of The Garden is Full of Metal with additional material.
Stay tuned for more fun and thanks as ever for your support.
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And it's a bumper update on the Scanner Store now, featuring new and some exceptionally rare back catalogue, down to the last remaining physical copies of releases that have long since been deleted.
Céleste I've been working with Joel Cadbury of South and Unkle. Joel co-wrote and produced many of the songs on ‘Where Did The Night Fall’, ‘Another Night Out’. He also co-wrote Michael Winterbottom’s dark and brooding noir epic ‘The Killer Inside Me’ and Simon Aboud’s ‘Comes A Bright Day. We were commissioned by choreographer Wayne McGregor CBE to compose the score to The Big Dance - the world record attempt for the Largest Dance Routine in the world. More information here on how to join in can be found here (www.bigdance2012.com/schools_and_teachers.php)
Celeste is exclusively available here as a digital single in the highest quality MP3 and Wav format.
Uniform (2001) A limited issue CD put out by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in conjunction with the exhibition "010101: Art in Technological Times". "A collaborative performance between Carsten Nicolai (aka Alva Noto) and Scanner.We performed a three hour set for the opening of the exhibition, and the CD is a twenty six minute edited-down version of this performance. After the show, we emailed files back and forth to each other, edited, tweaked and finessed the capsule and came up with this CD. Carsten designed the digipak, a visual remix of the recent 'Vrioon' release with citric intensity. A continuous 26 minute low end rumble with microscopic clicks, fuzzy static with lost and stolen dialogue. A complete sonic success to test drive the bass cones.
Memetic Flesh (1996) Recorded for ORF radio in Vienna, this collaboration between Rupert Huber of Tosca fame and spoken word by Canadian cultural theorists Arthur and Marilouise Kroker produced an eerie cinematic full album recording, with stories about discovering Scanner in a tiny club performance back in the 1990s.
Sound Polaroids (2002) A series of works in collaboration with visual artist and designer Tonne based around the sound of the city, beginning with the score to the prize-winning work at the Imaginaria show at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London, following with live recordings from Montreal, Milan, Munich and Naples. Features a remix by American sound artist Stephen Vitiello. Originally released on the French Bip-Hop label.
Esprits de Paris 2003) With the recent tragic death of American artist Mike Kelley I've been approached many times regarding this album we released on his Annexe Compound label. Originally a massively ambitious twelve screen installation at Centres Pompidou in Paris for the Sonic Process exhibition this album was composed from anomalous sounds found on blank digital minidiscs "exposed" to various historically-loaded locales in Paris. This is a subtle and beautiful, one hour-long, electronic music composition that explores the "ghost in the machine" - a tribute to the pioneers of the "Electronic Voice Phenomena": Friedrich Jürgenson, Attila von Szalay, and Konstantin Raudive. http://mikekelley.com/academicut.html
The Quick and the Dead (1999) American musician DJ Spooky and I have travelled and collaborated many times over in the past and this album features a diverse agglomeration of drum'n'bass, ambient and dub, sizzling sampled raps, drunken swaggering beats, short-wave interference and hazardous sonic waste. Features Freight Elevator Quartet. Originally released on Sulphur (UK) / Sulfur (USA)
Reason by Heart, Sleep by Twilight (2005) Recorded for Bine Music in Germany, this album offers a lucid-dreaming, insular world, a tangled web of disturbed vocals, scrawling, spidery sounds wrapping themselves sinuously around a central, muted rhythmic motif, that slowly draws you into a sleazed vision. One of my personal favourite recordings.
So a host of items to tickle your brain, resonate your skull and improve your mood.
Thanks for your continued support.
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