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
Featuring innovative acts from a broad range of musical genres, Woodbridge Art and Music Event is an independent happening, set in a riverside market town, opposite the Sutton Hoo Anglo Saxon burial ship. The daytime events will take place in the award winning Elmhurst Park, while evening events will be held in several venues around the town. Entry to the event is with a wristband.
Acts announced so far include Red Snapper, The Reflex, Polar Bear, Severino (Horse Meat Disco), TY, The Woodentops, Justin Robertson, Si Begg, Ben Osborne, Noise of Art, The Intermission Project, Thomas J Spieght, Ben Hauke, Oculus, Swallow and The Wolf, Charlie Law, Kevin Pearce, Rhiannon Mair, Aartwerk, Jan Pulsford and Robert Castellani, BBC Introducing in Suffolk, Blue Bus Tour, Non Such DJs, Talulah Goodtimes, Ben Allen, U2R, Planet Patrol, plus art installations and exhibitions and plenty more to be announced.
Woodbridge Art and Music Event 2014
Various venues, Woodbridge, Suffolk, England, IP12
Saturday 9 August and Sunday 10 August.
TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE EARLY BIRD AND FIRST BATCH OF DISCOUNT TICKETS HAVE SOLD OUT BUT MORE DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE
Friday 4 July
Trans Europe Express
Mental Overdrive LIVE (Norway)
Ben Osborne (UK)
Nico De Ciglia (Italy)
Mathieu Maddisson (France)
7pm – 2am
93 Feet East, 150 Brick Lane, London EC1. FREE ENTRY
Having launched Trans Europe Express with a French theme in June, the crew behind TEE return with a distinctly Nordic feel, as Norwegian label Love OD flies into London.
Norways wonderKid Kohib (Beatservice Records // Cibicaldo Recods) has just released his third EP, “La Grave” for Beatservice Records and has, justifiably, been getting the support from tastemakers and DJs across the world. Currently working on an album, his recent remix of Volta Cab, on Lost Paradise, has been garnering heavy club rotation, as has his Sony released Henrik Schwartz collaboration.
Often cited as the father of the Norwegian electronic scene, Mental Overdrive’s joins us to celebrate his single on Love OD, which features remixes by Full Pupp’s Daniel Blackbelt Andersen and Optimo’s JD Twitch.
For those interested in the interplay between music and film, the event is taking place in the run up to the East End Film Festival, where Mental Overdrive’s film ‘Monster’ is being given its London debut on 21 July.
With more to be announced, the night features rotating resident DJs from Italy, France and the UK, with Horse Meat Disco’s Severino, Noise of Art’s Ben Osborne, Gucci Thump’s Nico De Ciglia and Sketch’s Mathieu Maddisson taking it in turns behind the decks.
The debut Woodbridge Art and Music Event takes place on Saturday 9 August and Sunday 10 August in the medieval market town of Woodbridge, Suffolk, opposite ancient Sutton Hoo.
Situated next to a tidal river, one hour and thirty minutes from London, the event features a line-up of innovative acts representing a diverse range of music – including electronic, jazz, indie rock, funk, folk, disco, house, electro and more.
Acts announced so far include: Red Snapper, TY, Polar Bear, The Reflex, Severino (Horse Meat Disco), The Woodentops, Justin Robertson, Si Begg, Ben Osborne, Noise of Art, The Intermission Project, Thomas J Spieght, Ben Hauke, Blue Bus Tour, Kevin Pearce, Rhiannon Mair, Artwerk, Jan Pulsford, Non Such DJs, Talulah Goodtimes, Ben Allen, Oculus, Swallow and The Wolf, Charlie Law, U2R and Robert Castellani, plus art installations and exhibitions and more to be announced.
TEE, a new monthly platform for European music, launches in London on Friday 6 June with live guests Griefjoy (Nice), Cleo T (Paris) and Ben Hauke (London) plus guest DJs David Agrella (Italy) and Craig Allison (UK). Resident DJs (on rotation) include Noise of Art’s Ben Osborne (UK), Nico de Ceglia (Italy), Mathieu Maddesson (France) and Severino (Italy).
Having taken Liverpool Sound City festival by storm, Griefjoy return for their second London gig. Their sound combines rock intensity with the heart tugging emotion of A Reminiscent Drive and the pure dance floor energy of Justice. Their only other London gig to date sold-out the Lexington.
Fast rising Parisian electro chanteuse Cleo T first started turning heads when she won Paris’ Young Talent contest in 2012. Since then she’s formed a band and recorded her debut LP ‘Songs of Gold & Shadow’ with producer John Parish. She went down a storm at this years The Great Escape festival.
New signing to Chris Coco’s Melodica imprint, Ben Hauke is an 18-year-old master of live sample looping, creating one-off live re-cuts on vintage samplers that repurpose everything from found sounds to jazz, classical music, hip hop and electro.
Taking place throughout 93 Feet East’s live room, DJ bar and courtyard terrace, the night is being run in partnership with Oui Love and the French Music Export Office in London.
Free Entry all night.
Friday 6 June, 6pm – 1 am, 93 Feet East, 150 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL
Friday 4 July with Mental Overdrive (Norway) Bosca (Berlin) and more to be announced.
Friday 1 August, Woodbridge Art and Music Event launch party.
More information and discount tickets for Woodbridge Art and Music Event on 9&10 August here;
Thank you everyone who came, performed, saw and heard Noise of Art’s celebrations of 100 years of electronic music in April – celebrating 100 years since Luigi Russolo played his first concert.
“They all referred back to Luigi Russolo, so he was the first…
“Pierre Schaffer referred to Russolo, and then Stockhausen took reference from Pierre Henry – this is the food chain.” Karl Bartos, ex Kraftwerk.
We are very grateful for support from the Arts Council and all the venues. These include The National Portrait Gallery, The British Film Institute, Bar Concrete at Hayward Gallery, Big Chill House, The Social, Red Gallery and The Angel. All the events went well, especially the sell out shows at Village Underground, which were the only ticketed events (the rest were free).
Booka Shade have announced that Fritz Helder, of Azari & III fame, will be joining the Berlin based duo live for the first time tonight.
Fritz, who also recently re-scored ‘All That She Wants’ with Yolanda Be Cool, will be joining the Berlin electronic duo for their collaborative track ‘Love Drug’, taken from Booka Shade’s acclaimed LP, Eve.
The Noise of Art gig, which takes place on Friday 25 April as part of Convergence Festival at Village Underground, is sold out.
Tickets are available for the Booka Shade and Noise of Art curated after show, later that night, with Tom Findlay of Groove Armada DJing, We Have Band playing live and much more. CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS. THERE AREN’T MANY LEFT but some will be for sale on the door.
On Saturday 26 April Noise of Art, Convergence, Village Underground and Red Gallery present Future Music Forum at Red Gallery 1-3 Rivington St, London, EC2A 3DT.
When Luigi Russolo described future music 100 years ago he was writing at the dawn of the age of large scale industry – the start of an epoch of noise. Today we are at the dawn of the digital age, where production is becoming increasingly silent. What sounds will shape the future of music?
This is the first session in a series of events discussing the future of music. It follows an afternoon of panels on music and technology at the Barbican and will take place in the Red Gallery’s man room (which bares an uncanny resemblence to a certain legendary Manchester nightclub).
Speakers at Red Gallery include a key note from Martyn Ware (founder of Human League and Heaven 17) in conversation with Luke Bainbridge (author of Acid House: The True Story), Dr Diana Salazar (lecturer in electronic music, City University) on the repurposing of sounds of the past to make music of the future and a discussion on the future of music writing with Professor Martin James (Solent University), James Drury (Festival Awards), Andy Malt (CMU), Carl Loben (DJ Magazine) and more to be announced.
See www.noiseofart.org for updates and more details on 100 Years of Electronic Music and on-going programme.
‘Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England’
Tickets for our jointly curated after-show with Booka Shade on Friday 25 April, featuring Groove Armada’s Tom Findlay and We Have Band are now on sale, while Noise of Art’s 100 years celebrations continue this week with a Woodentops DJ set at Hayward Gallery’s Concrete Bar on 11 April and Generic People’s debut London show at The Social on 12 April. Tickets for 25 April have just gone on sale HERE.
The full line-up for the Booka Shade after show includes Tom Findlay (Groove Armada DJ set), We Have Band, who unveil the live set for their new LP, Movements,, DJs Severino and Justin Robertson, plus Your Mum, Walkabout Projections by Prick Image, Overlap, Ben Osborne and guests.
Details of this weeks celebrations are below:
Friday 11 April, Noise of Art presents 100 Years of Electronic Music at Concrete Bar, Hayward Gallery
The Woodentops – DJ set with Rolo McGinty – plus Ben Osborne. Bar Concrete, Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, London SE1 8XX. United Kingdom 6pm-1am. Free Entry
The Woodentops, the indie band played a crucial part in shaping the acid house/ Balearic scene, play> a rare DJ set.
Saturday 12 April, Noise of Art presents 100 Years of Electronic Music at The Social
Generic People (LIVE), Ben Hauke (LIVE), DJS Ben Osborne, Fred Mann, Ronnie King, Chris Airplays
The Social, 5 Little Portland Street Fitzrovia London W1W 7JD United Kingdom. 020 7434 0620. 7pm-1am. Free Entry.
Noise of Art invites Dublin’s hot new live electronic act, Generic People, to play their debut London show at the home of the Heavenly Social, which is itself celebrating it 20th anniversary this year.
April 1914- 2014 celebrations announced – Booka Shade, Tom Findlay (Groove Armada DJ set), Coldcut soundtrack, Woodentops DJ set, We Have Band, The Reflex, Gaggle & many more in London line-up
Line up includes Booka Shade, Tom Findlay (Groove Armada DJ set), The Reflex, Woodentops (DJ set), Gaggle, Coldcut’s Soundtrack to Etudes Sur Paris, We Have Band (new live set), Justin Robertson, Severino, Generic People, Ben Osborne, Fred Mann, Chris Coco’s Melodica, Jan Pulsford, Diana Salazar, Mental Overdrive, Addictive TV, Overlap, Chris Airplays, Your Mum, Rupert The Brewer and more. Full programme details to date click here.
April marks 100 years since the first electronic music concert in April 1914, when Luigi Russolo played his prototype synthesisers in public for the first time. “Russolo was the first in the chain of the development of electronic music,” (Karl Bartos, former member of Kraftwerk).
Italian music mag Soundwall interviewed Noise of Art founder Ben Osborne about Luigi Russolo and 100 years of electronic music (click here to read interview).