If you’re in the mood for reminiscing you can go to our archive section for last year’s programme and associated images, but we’re back on the festival tack now with our second festival taking place on 3rd, 4th and 5th July 2020.
This year we’ll be branching out into afternoon workshops and more electronic music open mic nights, as well as another roll call of grass roots talent, visual artists, environments and the Lunchtime Q&A session.
First off, we’re extremely proud to have Suzanne Ciani, ‘The Diva of the Diode’ join us to perform on the opening night of 3rd July at Band on the Wall. Suzanne is a five-time Grammy award nominated composer, electronic music pioneer, and neo-classical recording artist whose work has been featured in countless commercials, video games, and feature films. Over the course of her 40+ year career, she’s released 16 solo albums, including “Seven Waves,” “The Velocity of Love,” and most recently, her comeback quadraphonic Buchla modular synth performance recording “LIVE Quadraphonic.” She’s been recognized as Keyboard Magazine’s “New Age Keyboardist of the Year” and was inducted into the first class of Keyboard Magazine’s Hall of Fame alongside other synth luminaries, including Bob Moog, Don Buchla and Dave Smith. She’s provided the voice and sounds for Bally’s groundbreaking “Xenon” pinball machine, created Coca-Cola’s pop-and-pour sound, designed Atari’s sound logo, played concerts all over the globe, and carved out a niche as one of the most creatively successful female composers in the world. A Life in Waves, a documentary about Ciani’s life and work, debuted at SXSW in 2017 and is available to watch on all digital platforms.
Adrian Sherwood returns to Band on the Wall to revisit his work with seminal ’80’s industrial funk unit Tackhead. Whilst Adrian is arguably better known as the founder of the On-U Sound record label and his work with Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, it is his role as producer and mixologist with Tackhead that tonight’s DJ set will be focussing on.
Adrian Sherwood will be delving into the vaults to produce a mouth watering mix of his work from this productive period so we’re making this our ‘End of Festival Party’.
Headlining Ambient Sunday
Scanner (British artist Robin Rimbaud) traverses the experimental terrain between sound and space connecting a bewilderingly diverse array of genres. Since 1991 he has been intensely active in sonic art, producing concerts, installations and recordings, the albums Mass Observation (1994), Delivery (1997), and The Garden is Full of Metal (1998) hailed by critics as innovative and inspirational works of contemporary electronic music.
To date he has scored 65 dance productions, including the hit musical comedy Kirikou & Karaba Narnia, Qualia for the London Royal Ballet, and the world’s first Virtual Reality ballet, Nightfall, for Dutch National Ballet. More unusual projects have included designing sound for the Philips Wake-Up Light (2009), the re-opening of the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam in 2012 and the new Cisco telephone system used in many offices around the world.
His work Salles des Departs is permanently installed in a working morgue in Paris whilst Vex, the residential house by Chance de Silva architects, featuring his permanent soundtrack, won the RIBA London Award 2018.
Committed to working with cutting edge practitioners he collaborated with Bryan Ferry, Wayne MacGregor, Mike Kelley, Torres, Michael Nyman, Steve McQueen, Laurie Anderson and Hussein Chalayan, amongst many others.
Ian Boddy is a North-East composer who has been recording & releasing Electronic Music for the past 40 years. During this time he has released a huge catalogue of music as well as performing hundreds of concerts both in the UK as well as in Germany, The Netherlands & the USA. For the past 20 years he has run the Electronica label DiN which has over 80 releases by an internationally renowned collection of artists including Robert Rich, Node, ARC, Erik Wøllo, Bluetech & Markus Reuter. He also composes music for TV, documentaries and films and has done sound design work for the likes of Apple, Camel Audio, Soniccouture, Zero-G & Time & Space.
This specially commissioned performance comes in three stages. Ian Boddy will perform solo followed by a solo performance from Scanner. Scanner and Ian will then perform a duet to close. Entire performance duration is 3 hours. Expect the supernatural.
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