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Noise of Art presents electronic pioneers at Convergence Festival 2017

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


Radiophonic Workshop

Andrew Weatherall
White Noise
Orka and DJ Ben Osborne
Jazz Cafe, Parkway, London NW1

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 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

“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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SmArt Lab launches Sunday

by on Jun.02, 2015, under Events

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.

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Noise of Art launches 2015 activity and Boom Room 13-16 March

by on Mar.10, 2015, under clubs, Events, film, music, music and film, performance art

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Boom Room #1 - nuclear airforce base

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

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Noise of Art Starts Week of Events on 13 March with electronic legends White Noise and Z, live and panel discussion

by on Jan.29, 2015, under Events

szajnerNoise 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.

More information about White Noise live and the Noise of Art club night  – including where to get tickets for live show (the club is free) – is  on The Social‘s website now.

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