Sunday 7 June
White Noise – Live
Ben Osborne – resident DJ
Free entry to DJ bar/ restaurant and canal terrace (additional pay-as-you-go payments for bands).
The Barge House, 46a De Beauvoir Crescent, London, N1 5RY, London
3:30pm – 11pm
Our next paddle through the cultural shockwaves still rippling from the era of psychedelia draws inspiration from seminal London counter culture night club, the Arts Lab.
A short-lived experimental club night, Arts Lab was opened in 1967 by Jim Haynes, a leading figure in London’s counter-culture.
Amongst Arts Lab regulars was a young David Vorhaus, who formed pioneering electronic band White Noise in 1968, with his partner Deliah Derbyshire – herself a prominent member the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Deliah was also responsible for the Dr Who theme tune.
White Noise’s first LP, An Electric Storm, is widely regarded as the UK’s first proper electronic LP. David and White Noise will be making a rare live appearance at Smart Lab.
Other regulars at the original Arts Lab included John Lennon, Yoko Ono and David Bowie – who performed at Arts Lab in December 1968 and later set-up his own Beckenham Arts Lab in honour of the central London version.
Smart Lab is inviting people from every genre of the arts and technology to come and get creative. The original Arts Lab invited people to pay what they wanted to. For the new version the music in the bar and on the canal side is free, but to see the additional acts in the live room the audience pays per performance. The acts set the fee for each performance themselves.
Smart Lab is held on the banks of the Regent’s Canal in Dalston at the Barge House, home to the popular Sunday brunch – Breakfast in Bread.
Friday 15 May and Friday 25 May, details below:
Friday 15 May
Woodbridge Art and Music 2015 presents
Saycet (Live) (Fr)
DJ Ben Osborne (UK)
5 Little Portland Street,
London W1W 7JD.
“Paris’ Saycet conjures enigmatic, glacial electronic textures as fragile as frost on a badger’s beard, and fit for soundtracking a Nordic noir crime series.” (The Guardian, review of Noise of Art, March 2015)
Having impressed critics at his London debut show at Noise of Art in March, Saycet and band return for the first London event being organised in the run-up to the Woodbridge Art and Music Event 2015.
The free event, being held at the Social on Friday 15 May, will see Pierre Lefeuvre jet in from Paris to join Noise of Art’s Ben Osborne for an early evening session, followed by the Heavenly Jukebox club night.
A multi faceted artist, as well as creating synaps tickling electronic music, Lefeuvre, is the sound designer for the Pompidou Centre in Paris, often creates music for french national radio station France Culture and shows on Arte, ZDF and the BBC. His music for commercials includes the campaign for Audi TT.
His show tonight will offer a rare chance to see the critically praised live audio visual show in an up close and personal venue. This is part of a series of events and experiences being organised in London and elsewhere by the Woodbridge Art and Music Event, which takes place on the weekend of 8 August in Suffolk.
“Pierre Lefuevre is the chief sound designer for the Pompidou Centre in Paris, a man whose every waking hour is dominated by the way we hear things. It’s no surprise, then, to discover that the producer’s own work is a feast for the ears.” (Clash Magazine)
Friday 25 May
Rocket Girl Records is joined Noise of Art founder Ben Osborne for a Friday night of eclectic music. Details here:
The Woodbridge Art and Music Event launched last weekend with a series of events in woodbridge and news about the first acts appearing on the front page of the East Anglian Daily Times. Ticket are going on sale this week. Read the article here
Thank you to Mark Beaument and The Guardian for todays review of last night’s launch of the Boom Room at Village Underground. Full Article Here
The 2015 launch events continue this weekend with the launch and first line-up announcements for this year’s Art and Music Event in Woodbridge, Suffolk.
Woodbridge Art and Music Event Launch Weekend,
Saturday 21 March, Club Night at The Riverside
Sunday 22 March, New York Bloc Party at The Table and Soul Food at The Anchor
The Woodbridge Art and Music Event returns on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 August 2015, To celebrate the first line-up announcements on 21 March, a weekend of music’s been organised with Horse Meat Disco’s celebrated Italian Disco don Severino joining DJs Ben Osborne and David Freeland.
With the Saturday night’s event featuring more contemporary sounds, the second session will reference New York’s celebrated Sunday scene daytime events. Stand by for a New York style Body and Soul style percussive disco work out – before Severino returns to London to play his regular headline set at Horse Meat Disco later that night.
Starting at 10pm on Saturday and late afternoon New York brunch buffet on Sunday. Attendees will be monist the first people to learn who is playing this year’s event in August and will have special access to tickets.
More details, venue information and ticket prices will be available from http://woodbridgeartandmusic.weebly.com
Noise of Art launches into its tenth year of activity with a series of events in and around London’s Convergence Festival. The events, two in conversation sessions and three gigs, take place 13 March – 16 March in London.
Noise of Art’s Boom Room project is inspired by the role sound manipulation has played in electronic music. It will be turning unusual locations and buildings into musical effects units to be used live – starting with a disused nuclear airforce base at Benwaters and the Adnams brewery in Southwold.
The line up includes: Andrew Weatherall, Mental Overdrive, White Noise, Bernard Szajner (aka Z), Saycet (Paris), Ben Osborne, Eat Lights Become Lights, White Noise Sound (LP launch), Clara Brea, Addictive TV and more to be announced.
Organised in and around Convergence Festival, Noise of Art is also partnering with the Mayor of Paris, French Music Export Office, Institut Francais, Rough Trade East, The Wire, Heavenly Social, Big Chill House, Woodbridge Art and Music Event, Old Jet Studios and Adnams.
Friday 13 March
In Conversation with Bernard Szajner, David Vorhaus (White Noise). Chaired by Jennifer Lucy Allen (The Wire, The Guardian), Rough Trade East, Dray Walk, Brick Lane, London E1. 6pm-7pm. Free Entry
Friday 13 March
White Noise (Live) plus DJs – Heavenly Jukebox, Ben Osborne, David Agrella, The Social, 5 Little Portland Street. London W1W 7JD. 7pm-2am. Ticket price: £6.50
Saturday 14 March
The New Digital Wave – How Has New Technology Impacted on the Arts in the UK and France? Panel discussion with Pierre Lefeuvre aka Saycet, Hugo Arcier, Jean-Paul Fourmentraux, Addictive TV. More details, participants and venue to be announced.
Institut Français, 17 Queensberry Place, London, SW7 2DT. 2.30pm. Free Entry.
Saturday 14 March
Noise of Art presents Mental Overdrive b2b with Ben Osborne + Guests
Big Chill House, 257-259 Pentonville Road; Kings Cross; London N1 9NL. Free Entry
Monday 16 March
Noise of Art’s Boom Room with Andrew Weatherall, Eat Lights Become Lights (new live show debut), White Noise Sound (LP Launch), Mental Overdrive (Love OD, Norway), DJ Ben Osborne (Noise of Art), PLUS Saycet (France) LP Launch, Clara Brea and more. Village Underground, 54 Holywell Lane, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3PQ. £10 advance
Convergence festival has announced a series of shows in partnership with Dalston based NTS radio, starting with Noise of Art’s show, presented by Ben Osborne, this Monday 2 February.
Noise of Art is organising a weekend of events around the Convergence Festival, culminating with the launch of Boom Room with DJs Andrew Weatherall, Mental Overdrive, Ben Osborne, Clara Brea and live bands Saycet, Eat Lights Become Lights and White Noise Sound on Monday 16 March.
Noise of Art Starts Week of Events on 13 March with electronic legends White Noise and Z, live and panel discussion
Noise of Art launches into 2015 with a week of events, starting with two events on Friday 13 March, followed by panels, live shows and club nights in and around London’s Convergence festival.
At 6pm on Friday 13 March Noise of Art is teaming up with French Music Export Office, Institute Francais, Rough Trade East and The Wire to present two celebrated pioneers of electronic music – White Noise’s David Vorhaus and Bernard Szajner, aka Z.
There’s more information about this one-off event on Rough Trade’s site here.
Straight after we’ll be heading over to The Social, where 1960s electronic legends White Noise will perform a completely new set live. We heard a bit of this last night and it’s, um, rather good. The live show will be followed by a Noise of Art vs Heavenly Social club night.
Noise of Art starts it’s tenth year with a series of events in March, including a night on Monday 16 March at the Convergence Festival, Village Underground.
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As a part of Convergence and Noise of Art’s exploration of technology and art (and following-on from NOA’s sold out series of 100 years of electronic music shows in 2014), NOA returns with a theme that explores sound manipulation’s effect on contemporary music.
To celebrate the origins of sound effects, where early recording studios were built with “natural” echo or reverb, Noise of Art is creating a series of Reverb effects chambers using unusual architectural locations, such as nuclear aircraft hangers on a disused US nuclear airforce base.
Launching this new series at Convergence, Noise of Art has invited pioneering DJ and producer Andrew Weatherall to DJ using the Boom Room effects, alongside two launch sets from Rocket Girl acts Eats Light Becomes Light and White Noise Sound.
Weatherall has been at the forefront of UK’s electronic scene since the late 1980s. A tireless innovator, and peerless producer and remixer, with a John Peel like passion for discovering music and sounds, he’s also one of the most imaginative DJs around.
New Rocket Girl signing, Swansea’s six piece White Noise Sound, combine the hypnotic rock of Spacemen 3, with psychedelia, sonic loops and drones and indie dance floor sensibility. Tonight they launch their much anticipated new LP, Like A Pyramid of Fire, released in March 2015 on Rocket Girl.
Neil Rudd’s boundary crossing project, Eat Lights Become Lights, joins the line up to debut their new live show. Their LP, Into Forever, released in spring 2014, pre-echoed much of the drone and looped based music that followed, containing both dance floor bombs and long, swelling ambient opus’s.
Pioneering electronic musician Per Martinsen (aka Mental Overdrive) and Noise of Art founder Dj Ben Osborne, the creators of the Boom Room effects units, will be debuting new music specifically designed for the Boom Rooms.
Noise of Art has partnered with Vinita Joshi and her Rocket Girl label for this event. Long term champions of off centre music, Rocket Girl has consistently supported quality acts too often ignored by the mainstream.
The Boom Room.
Created by pioneering Norwegian electronic artist Mental Overdrive and Noise of Art’s Ben Osborne, the “natural” echo chambers being used tonight will be linked over broadband to Village Underground and used live to manipulate the music being played.
Sound effects and the manipulation of recorded music have been at the heart of modern music since Sam Philips first added echo to Elvis’ vocals and Pierre Schaeffer and Pierre Henry used magnetic tape to turn industrial sounds into music.
Early recordings effects were created architecturally – with some recording studios being purposely designed with “natural” reverb, to help recordings sound closer to the real thing.
Noise of Art’s 2015 project uses new technology to go back to these roots, linking the music made in the venue over broadband to distant echo chambers in unusual places, such as the abandoned bunkers of a nuclear airforce base on Britain’s east coast. To help create these effects chambers, Noise of Art has partnered with The Old Jet studio, a new state of the art recording and tour rehearsal studio set up by Jesse Quin (Keane).
The acts selected to play come from a range of genres, but all have a connected interest in the core of early electronic music’s use of loops and drones.
Additions to the line up and further events to be announced soon.
Noise of Art’s sister club session, Slipped Disco, and Trans Europe Express are holding events in London’s Brick Lane, while the Woodbridge Art & Music Event has spawned a new night at The Riverside on the banks of the River Deben at the beginning of September.
Slipped Disco will see Noise of Art’s head honcho, DJ Ben Osborne, return to The Big Chill Bar on Saturday 30 August. The night’s open-ended music has been described by Time Out as being: “Obscenely fun electronic oddness. This pleases us very much indeed.”
The following week will see Trans Europe Express team up with funk night Trick Bag (who’re running two nights on Thursday 4 and Friday 5 September at 93 Feet East), to present two rooms of high calibre house and funk ‘n’ soul on Friday 5 September.
Finally, the successful Woodbridge Art and Music event is being followed up by the first ever club night at cinema, restaurant and Theatre complex, The Riverside, on the banks of the River Deben on Saturday 6 September.
Dates and details
Saturday 30 August
Slipped Disco presents DJ Ben Osborne
The Big Chill Bar, on Dray Walk (off Brick Lane), London, E1 6QL 8pm until 1am
Thursday 4 September
Trick Bag presents DJ Ben Osborne and Fred Mann
93 Feet East, 150 Brick Lane E1 6EL
Friday 5 September
Trans Europe Express Vs Trick Bag
Presents one room of house and one room of funk with
House: Nico De Cigelia, DJ Ben Osborne, Carl Loben (DJ Mag), David Agrella
Funk: Fred Mann, Tim Ott Jones (RnB123), Sonny “Scully” Evans
93 Feet East, 150 Brick Lane E1 6EL
Saturday 6 September
Club Night with DJ Ben Osborne
The Riverside, Woodbridge, Suffolk