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Noise of Art – Covid-19 Update

by on Mar.28, 2020, under clubs, Events, film, music, music and film, performance art, theatre

Following government advice Noise of Art is currently suspending all activity while we observe social distancing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

While halting activity, we look forward to collaborating again with the many partners we have worked with over the last 15 years. These include the National Portrait Gallery, The Social, Chateau Perché Festival, First Light Festival, The Tate, BFI, The Cross Club Prague, Move Association, Southbank Centre/ Royal Festival Hall, Village Underground, Apple Records/ The Beatles, MaMA Festival (Paris), National Maritime Museum,  Latitude, The Roundhouse, French Music Export, Woodbridge Festival of Art and Music, to mention a few.

We wish them, all of you reading this and our colleagues in other European countries and elsewhere, many of whom had gone into lockdown before us, well during this unprecedented period.

While all the events we had lined-up this year are suspended, we hope that many of them will still happen at a later date. This includes plans for events in the UK, Czech Republic, France, Spain, Germany, Netherlands and Italy.

 

And while events such as First Light Festival have been suspended for 2020, we hope we may be able to involve these partners in our other projects later in the year.

Some of our European dates, which were scheduled to begin in April, are potentially still going ahead, although it is unlikely they will take place soon.

Noise of Art’s programming role in the Woodbridge Festival will also still go ahead, although we’re expecting a delay to the original date – which was the Weekend of 11 July.

DJ Ben Osborne played the National Portrait Gallery. This has now also become the last DJ date at the gallery until it re-opens in 2022, after a major refurbishment. It marks a ten year stint since Noise of Art held our first whole building event at the NPG in 2010. And 10 years since we first suggested regular  DJ slots to the gallery’s then music team. We are proud DJ events have run weekly ever since and we hope they will return to the gallery when it re-opens.

Here are some of the dates we hope to reschedule as soon as possible: 16 March, 20 April, 18 May at The Social, London, MSF including Wide Days (Scotland) launch event, 20 March, 10 April, 24 April, 1 May, 15 May, 22 May Freudian Lips, London, 30 March First Light Festival launch party, Lowestoft, 5 April,7 June, 5 July 1st Sundays, Hacheston, Suffolk, 8 May Turk’s Head Festival, 19 June Little Chill Festival (may still be on – keep checking), 20 June First Light Festival, 27 June Glastonbury Festival, 11 July Woodbridge Festival of Art and Music, plus dates in Prague in April, May and June and other European dates later this summer.

Stay safe and stay in until it’s safe to go out.

We hope you can find ways to be creative, laugh, share things, indulge your community spirit and regularly applaud the NHS and other health workers from your door steps and windows every week.

See you on the other side.

Love Noise of Art x

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Andrew Weatherall

by on Feb.18, 2020, under clubs, Events, film, music, music and film, performance art, theatre

Noise of Art is, like many, shocked and numbed to hear the sad news about Andrew Weatherall, who died yesterday aged 56-years-old.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Along with many, we mourn the loss of a hugely significant part of the UK’s musical and cultural life.

Our thoughts are with his loved ones and the many, many friends and colleagues who were close to him, were inspired by him and are coming to terms with this sudden loss.

This picture is from a Guardian review of the project he kindly did for Noise Of Art for an event we did in partnership with Rocket Girl, a label he always supported, and Convergence Festival. The first time we talked about it he said he wanted to do it because he could tell from the line-up it was being done for the love. His rider? – “two bottles of that lemonade I like…”

He was, of course, an absolute gentleman.

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June 2019 Events – First Light, Glastonbury, Cross & Move Festival Prague, Chateau Perché

by on Jun.19, 2019, under clubs, Events, film, music, music and film, performance art

EVENT ONE – FIRST LIGHT
With appearances at next week’s Glastonbury and Prague’s Cross Festival, NoA founder DJ Ben Osborne is co-curating the DJ line-up of First Light Festival, the free, non-stop, 24-hour multi arts festival taking place on Britain’s most easterly beach on 22nd June in Lowestoft, Suffolk.
DJ LINE UP: Gilles Peterson, A Man Called  Adam, Wayne Hemingway, Faze ActionBen Osborne, Flying Mojito Bros, Jack Hemingway, Luna Cohen Solal, Nathan X, Boby G, Infamous Alliance, Purple City Records, DJ Hustle, Tallulah Goodtimes, Richard Haugh, Smoothgroove and more acts, art, Suffolk Shorts. film, street and beach food, family entertainment. Non stop all night long.

Kicking-off with sets from Talvin Singh and a Man Called Adam and followed by a special sundown set by BBC 6Music’s revered DJ Gilles Peterson, the dance acts will also feature seaside sets from Faze Action, Ben Osborne, Jack Hemingway, Flying Mojito Bros and many more

There will also be a Noise of Art curated beachfront silent disco, with a special guest performance by Wayne Hemingway, one of First Light’s founders and a prolific collector of vinyl from northern soul, through funk, underground, disco and boogie.

The multi-arts free-entry festival will feature stages and performances on the beach and in the Japanese Gardens. The silent disco and after hours Gilles Peterson set will be ticketed separately, as will a beach front screening of Danny Boyle’s acclaimed Sunshine.

Danny Boyle, the Oscar winning director of new Suffolk based Beatles-less film ‘Yesterday’, will present the film himself.

Line-up – DJ strand
The brilliantly eclectic BBC 6Music radio presenter and international club DJ Gilles Peterson will bring the best world-wide vibes to the beach for a sunset session This will be followed by a ticketed after hours show at the club venue. Best known as a radio presenter on Saturday afternoons on BBC 6Music and label boss for acid jazz, Talking Loud and Brownswood record labels, Gilles is a global tastemaker, avid record collector, curator and music producer.

A Man Called Adam, one of the main UK acts to fuse jazz and Latin with dance music, are responsible for spearheading Balearic House, Chill Out and UK House/ Nu disco. Their recently-released album Farmarama (Other Records 2019) has been described as “brilliant” by Gilles Peterson and “the sound of summer 2019” by Danny Rampling.

Faze Action (DJ Simon Lee). Simon, along with his brother Robin, is Faze Action. He’s been producing, playing live and DJing for over 20 years and released five acclaimed artist LPs and countless remixes. Simon’s one of the most credible and original artists within the growing Disco, House and Balearic scene. Faze Action’s live shows have seen them connect with audiences on every continent including Glastonbury and support for Groove Armada’s US tour.

Playing on various stages, Ben Osborne is a DJ, writer, musician and award-winning creative producer. He plays clubs and  festivals internationally, including numerous shows at nearby Latitude, and seeks-out unusual venues, such as DJing at the top of an exploding BT Tower (for the Olympics). He’s collaborated with a wide range of artists and joins First Light after recent slots with Groove Armada and Booka Shade. He’s presented radio shows for Xfm, NME, NTS and Totallyradio and is the founder of Noise of Art.

Jack Hemingway will be playing on the Sunlight stage and joining Gilles Peterson and Ben Osborne at the afterhours club event. A  multi-disciplinary designer by day, his extra-curricular record collecting has seen him manning the turntables at London’s on-point audiophile night spots Brilliant Corners and Spiritland, as well as playing on the airwaves of  legendary online radio stations NTS and Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide FM. Expect a varied and energetic mix of genres, tempos and flavours.

Pan-American disco bandoleros The Flying Mojito Brothers have been rising through London’s club-land making Americana danceable again. Producer/musician Ben Chetwood and DJ/digger Jack Sellen’s shows feature on-the-fly remixing, edits, live instrumentation and tripped-out visuals. They specialise in turning soft-rock shoe shuffles into tasteful dance floor dynamite. Their refry of 77:78’s Chilli, on Heavenly recordings, was the ubiquitous Balearic track of summer 2018.

Luna Cohen Solal, a Paris-born, London-based DJ whose eclectic style brings together music from the past and present, familiar and foreign, from Nigerian boogie to UK garage, old-school hip-hop to Nu disco. She is a resident at Sketch in London and has been playing her uplifting tunes at parties all around the world, from Paris Fashion Week to the beaches of Zanzibar.

The Moon Dance Silent Disco Line-up,Sign up for headphone hire
Silent Disco has become a popular way of getting around noise restrictions. But the concept originated as an arts project that re-shaped the dancefloor, with DJ channels playing radically different styles of music. First Light takes it back to these roots, with a line-up of distinguished DJs known for playing different styles. People will be able to switch between dancing to the best in Northern Soul, Afro House, Electro Swing, Jazz Funk, Latin, Detroit Techno, Hip Hop, Broken Beat and Disco. What condition the dancefloor will end up in is anyone’s guess.

The late night beachfront silent disco features a very special guest performance by Wayne Hemingway, one of First Light’s founders. As well as being a leading designer and the force behind numerous projects, including Vintage Festival, Wayne is a consummate DJ and a prolific collector of vinyl, with a much respected collection of everything from northern soul, through to funk, underground disco and boogie.

Matt Bayfield and Purple City Soufflé present Etch and Jabru
Matt is CEFAS / First Light’s artist in residence and also a Lowestoft local. As well as film & video work, Matt runs the  Purple City Souffle broken beat record label. Featuring acts such as Etch and Jabru , the label’s attracted airplay by Tom Ravenscroft on BBC Radio 6, Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide and support from  by Andrew Weatherall, Groove Armada and Black Madonna Tonight’s set will see Matt is presenting a label showcase.

Nathan X
DJ / Producer Nathan X grew up in Lowestoft and was once briefly in a band with local hero Justin Hawkins (The Darkness). He co-formed The HouseBreakerz – the 2ToneHouse music act signed to Basement Jaxx/Atlantic Jaxx / XL Recordings. He’s also produced with Stereo Mc’s and Fat Boy Slim, remixed many well known artists and DJ’ed all over the world, from V Festival Glastonbury (UK), Snowbombing (Austria), Aura (Ibiza), Switch Asia (China), & Ultra Music Festival (Miami). He has just finished recording a new track, The Weekend – which he will debut at First Light.

Richard Haugh – Introducing BBC Radio Suffolk
The longest serving presenter of BBC Radio Suffolk’s Introducing programme, Richard Haugh joins First light on the beach to play a trade mark eclectic set that spans everything from indie dance to punk funk and acid jazz. Richard grew-up in Ipswich and for a long time co-ran the Uprock night, hosting acts such as Mumford & Sons and Ed Sheeran.

Tallulah Goodtimes.
Tallulah Goodtimes is a leading Suffolk-based electroswing DJ, producer and singer. Her high energy performances draw the crowd into the vintage sounds of yester-year combined with the beats of today – goodtimes electroswing at it’s finest! She combines singing with DJing, and also works with her music collective The Goodtimes Republic – a DJ/live electroswing extravaganza, to create musical fun and mayhem.

Jimmy Green (Infamous Alliance)
Jimmy and Ben are two halves of the Infamous Alliance, the Ipswich-based rare groove and hip hop DJ dream team and residents at the town’s Smokehouse music venue. Jimmy Green’s Scratch Skills have seen him play support slots for hip hop founding father Grandmaster Flash.

Boby Glo
The new girl on North London’s afro house party scene, Londoner Boby Glo’s love of music takes in Indie to Neo-Soul, while her sets specialise in Lo-fi and Afro House. She is a resident at Camden Underground.

Smoovegroove
Smoovegroove’s career began at the start of the 1990s and the arrival of Detroit Techno on the European underground scene. He joined the Offworld tour of
the freshly liberated Eastern Block states – Bassmental ’91. Through this he became involved in early Berlin techno and began his radio show. He currently broadcasts on Ipswich Community Radio (ICR FM) – the UK’s longest running community radio station.

7AM
DJ Hustle
Popular DJ and regular fixture at Suffolk’s Sub Love parties, DJ Hustle has a love for all things bass-line and is known for tearing-up dance floors with quick fired break beats. At First Light he’ll be revealing a more gentle side, with a spine tingling ambient set in the early sunrise.

10 AM
Jack Hemingway and Ben Osborne
Harking back to Big Chill Festival’s regular Sunday midday closing sets, where Norman Jay MBE would make sure the festival danced into Sunday with smiles on their faces, Ben and Jack will be digging through their crates of collectables for tracks that bring on the Sunshine.

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London Prague and Ireland – Kalle and Everything Shook

by on Oct.16, 2018, under Events

In advance of our weekend of events marking the end of WW1 on 9-11 November in Prague, there is a little soiree tonight (Tuesday 16 October) in Central London.

The third in our series presenting up-and-coming acts at The Social sees a double-headliner with award winning Czech act Kalle being joined by all-girl Irish electronic three-piece Everything Shook and host DJ Ben Osborne.

Kalle are Veronika Buriankova and David Zeman from the Czech Republic. They released their debut LP, Live From The Room, in 2014. Recorded at home on cassette, it won the Andél Award for Alt.Music in 2015. Their sophomore LP, Saffron Hills, was released at the end of last year.

Everything Shook consists of Robyn Bromfield, Jessica Kennedy and Áine Stapleton who recently stunned the audience at Ireland’s Electric Picnic festival. One of The Irish Times’ Best Irish Acts of 2014. The trio have played large festivals, music venues and art spaces throughout Ireland and New York. This is their debut at The Social, London. ‘Everything Shook…recall Fever Ray and Ladytron at a melancholy 4am disco with David Lynch DJing’ (Buzz.ie).

Host DJ Ben Osborne is the founder of Noise of Art. The Guardian describes Noise of Art as an “actual cathedral of sound” and Time Out says his sets span “techno, funk, galactic house, deep down and dirty disco and other dancefloor dynamite”

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Noise of Art Launches End of WW1 Centenary in Prague

by on Sep.10, 2018, under clubs, Events, music, music and film, performance art

Noise of Art is organising a marathon launch party for a its latest project, Century of Sounds, in Prague, featuring two months of events marking 100 years since the end of World War One – and the creation of the Czech state – with Brit DJs Tom Findlay ( Groove Armada ) and Ben Osborne ( Noise of Art ), Italian house star Angelo Ferreri , Pat Heart from French Guiana , and Czech DJs Tráva, Risto, Telly Savalas, Smeghouse, Skeledan, DJ Slater, Scannt, Silhouette and more…

The line-up launches a series of events highlighting the music and art that followed WW1, laying the foundation for the first nightclubs and the growth of jazz, avant garde and electronic music in Europe. Get Tickets to LAUNCH PARTY HERE.

Organised by Noise of Art (UK), Move Assoc (CZ) , Instituti Moderni Hudby and Stichting Nederlandse Muziek Export (NL), the series of events is launching with a party headlined by a DJ set from Tom Findlay, of legendary British dance act Groove Armada.

British duo Groove Armada have released eight studio LPs and received three Grammy Awards. This rare Prague appearance will see Tom Findlay play one of his legendary roof-raising DJ sets. Joining him is DJ Ben Osborne, award-winning creative producer, writer and founder of Noise of Art.

Also headlining on the night is celebrated Italian house producer Angelo Ferreri, who was awarded Jackin’ House DJ of 2017 by Traxsource, plus very special guest DJs Trava and Risto and, from French Guyana, Pat Heart – who are joined by the acclaimed CHU? ŽÍT residents Telly Savalas, Smeghouse and Skeledan.

Tonight launches over a month of events marking the birth of modern nightclub culture and the social and artistic legacy of the creative movements that flourished after World War One – includig the launch of Nosie of Art’s Black Monmartre show.

Events run from 29 September to the closing party, with Booka Shade, on 2 December.

More event details to be announced here soon.

Get tickets to the LAUNCH PARTY HERE

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Soon in Prague & Thanks Moulin Rouge & Trés Particulier, Paris

by on Dec.18, 2017, under clubs, Events, music

With London NYE dates being announced today, here’s a quick heads-up for our friends in Prague, where Noise of Art founder Ben Osborne will be DJing the first weekend of 2018.

We’d also like to belatedly THANK MaMA at Machine du MOULIN ROUGE, Paris, and Devient Disco at Hotel Trés Particulier, for inviting us over to Paris. (Picture of Ben Osborne DJing at Moulin Rouge courtesy of JL Bouchart)

Here’s the Czech Cross Club date:

Saturday 6 January Cross Club, Plynární 1096/23, Praha 7, 15500 Prague.

Coincidence presents DJ Ben Osborne (UK), Jesse (Cz), Taino (Cz), Tyrll (Be)

Prague’s Cross Club kicks off the first Saturday of 2018 with Ben Osborne (Noise of Art, London) and Tyrll (Gullegem) joining residents Taino and Jesse, spinning house, techno and disco and the odd bit of London bass. Ben Osborne is also being joined by fast rising Czech singer Maella, to perform a live version  of their new collaboration, Break Me.

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Noise of Art Panel at MaMA 2017, Paris

by on Oct.12, 2017, under Events

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Reflecting our exhibition at this year’s MAMA festival, Noise of Art has gathered a panel of pioneers and practitioners to discuss France’s 100 year history of electronic music and whether Paris can be considered the birth place of electronic music?

The discussion will include the culture, art, politics and fashion that has accompanied French electronic music. It will look at the earliest stages of French music, including the role of Russolo, Vares, Martenot, Schaffer and Henry, as well as that of Laurent Garnier, Jack de Marseilles, Daft Punk and Jacques. It will discuss the influence of jazz and African music, the importance of gay clubs and radio stations and the role of and challenges faced by female DJs, such as Jenifer Cardini, Chloe and Sex Toy.

Panel on the history of French electronic music with Ben Osborne, Jean Jacques Birgé, Kat & Samy from Chateau Perché, Ygal from Versatille, DJ Yellow & Eva Peel

The panel is at 12:30-1:30, Friday 20 October at FGO BARBARA – PANEL ROOM 1, Monmatre, Paris
Restricted to MaMA delegated (subject to availability)

    Associated events

Friday 20 October, Closing parties
DJ Ben Osborne, Machine, Moulin Rouge, 90 Boulevard Clichy, Paris 22:30
DJ Ben Osborne & Eva Peel, 23, Avenue Junot, Paris 21:00-03:00

17-20 October
French Touch; Voyage Dans Le Paysage Électronique Français/ Images and artwork; the history of French electronic music
MAMA Festival 2017, La Machine, Moulin Rouge, 90 Boulevard Clichy, Paris, France 75018.

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Noise of Art presents electronic pioneers at Convergence Festival 2017

by on Feb.03, 2017, under clubs, Events, music

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Radiophonic Workshop

Andrew Weatherall
White Noise
Orka and DJ Ben Osborne
Jazz Cafe, Parkway, London NW1
7pm-11pm

Fifty years ago Camden hosted one of the UK’s first electronic music festivals. To  start celebrating this anniversary, Noise of Art’s invited the legendary electronic pioneers, Radiophonic Workshop, to headline a special show at Convergence Festival

They’re joined by innovator, DJ and producer Andrew Weatherall, as well as White Noise, the band behind the groundbreaking 1969 LP, An Electric Storm. White Noise’s members were also present at the 1967 event.

Completing the line up are Nordic Grammy winning act Orka, who’ll perform in collaboration with DJ Ben Osborne.

The Convergence event is Produced by Convergence Festival, Noise of Art and Bluedot.

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Convergence Festival presents Noise of Art’s comfortably spun

by on Mar.03, 2016, under Events

Comfortably spun – an audio visual installation By Ben Osborne (Noise of Art) and CAVALCANTI
Noon – until 7pm
Saturday 12 to Sunday 20 March 2015
With LIVE CLUB night on Friday 18 March 7pm-2am
Red Gallery, 1-3 Rivington St, London EC2A 3DT

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For this collaboration, between textile designer CAVALCANTI and electronic music and art outfit Noise of Art, Ben Osborne uses a textile factory in Portugal as an instrument, creating electronic music out of the sounds of looms and tufting machines making CAVALCANTI’s specifically designed rugs. The design of the textiles are then also translated into digital signals and patched through synths, to create other-worldly melodies and baselines.

‘Comfortably Spun’ turns the weaving and tufting techniques used in the textile industry into music.

The sounds and rhythms of the looms and tufting tools have been recorded and arranged into contemporary electronic tracks, using techniques from early electronic ‘tape” music. To complete the creative loop, the designs of the rugs have been digitally mapped into synthesiser patterns, adding melody to the rhythms of the factory.

On Friday 18 March the AV installation will be joined by live sets from White Noise – the band behind the UK’s first electronic LP in 1969, live electronic improvisors, The Deben Collectove and DJ sets from Horton Jupiter and Ben Osborne.

“When it comes to mega multimedia events, Ben Osborne and his collective, Noise of Art, are all over it.” (Time Out London).

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Convergence presents Noise of Art’s Lab/ Comfortably Spun at Red Gallery Friday 18 March

by on Feb.29, 2016, under Events

white_noiseLive club night with DJs, live electronic music and art installation with
White Noise –  Live
Deben Collective – Live
Ben Osborne – DJ Set
Horton Jupiter – DJ Set
Comfortably Spun –  AV Installation by CAVALCANTI & Ben Osborne

7pm – 2am, £5
Red Gallery, 1-3 Rivington St, London EC2A 3DT

On Friday 18 March Comfortably Spun, Noise of Art’s audio visual installation at Convergence festival, will be joined by a live club night celebrating the legacy of the late Sixties Arts Lab club night.

Arts Lab was one of the first clubs in London to bring art installations, film, technology and experimental music into the same space. One regular who modelled his career on Arts Club’s cross platform art message was David Bowie, who was so influenced by the club that, after the central London venue closed, he started his own Arts Lab in the suburbs.

Tonight’s show features a rare live set by White Noise (pictured), the band behind the UK’s first electronic LP. More importantly for tonight’s show, they were also the band that first took electronic music into Arts Lab – using their otherworldly, futurist vision of music to soundtrack early experiments with pop video. White Noise’s appearance tonight connects today’s experiments in multi media with its London origins at Arts Lab.

Joining White Noise  are The Deben Collective, a live, experimental electronic outift formed by Jan Pulsford, whose credits include works with Cindi Lauper, The Thompson Twins and Nile Rodgers.

On the decs, throwing down a mix of twisted disco and cosmic house, will be Noise of Art’s Ben Osborne and Horton Jupiter, former frontman of krautrockers They Came From The Stars I Saw Them.

The night will also feature Comfortably Spun, an art installation by Ben Osborne and CAVALCANTI, which uses a textile factory in Portugal as an instrument.

There’s more on the Comfortably Spun installation here

http://convergence-london.com/sessions/noise-of-art-presents-comfortably-spun

“Harbingers of a future where sampling and sound manipulation would become the pop norm.” (Quietus on the legacy of White Noise).

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