1/OFF THE PAGE Date: Friday 11 - Sunday 13 February 2011 Venue: The Playhouse, Whitstable, U.K. Produced by: Sound and Music and The Wire
Sound and Music and The Wire present Off the Page, the UK’s first ever literary festival devoted to music criticism. Taking place at the Playhouse Theatre, Whitstable, on the South coast, this weekend-long event will feature a host of internationally-renowned critics, authors, musicians and artists discussing the current state of underground and experimental music in a programme of talks, presentations, panel discussions and workshops.
Friday 11 February, 7pm – 10.30pm Presentation: Robert Wyatt on his favourite music Short films hosted by BFI and introduced by Jonny Trunk: Tristram Cary on film
Saturday 12 February, 10am – 10.30pm Talk: Ken Hollings on the post-Cageian universe Talk: Rob Young and Matthew Herbert on the impact of musique concrète on contemporary sonic culture Talk: Steve Beresford and John Kieffer in conversation Talk: Kodwo Eshun on his favourite music writing Talk: Dave Tompkins on the history of the vocoder, from its use in the Second World War to its role in the era of Auto Tune Talk: Teal Triggs on Fanzines Presentation: Christian Marclay Short films hosted by Lux: Cage On Cable
Sunday 13 February: 11am – 5pm Roundtable discussion: including Mark Fisher, Nina Power, and The Wire editors on the role of music criticism on print and the Web Panel discussion: Salome Voegelin, David Toop, Daniela Cascella on the philosophy of listening In conversation: Green Gartside with Mark Fisher discussing politics and cultural theory in pop culture and music Performance lecture: Claudia Molitor, Jennifer Walshe, Sarah Nicholls on music notation
First impression, this is digging into guitar tradition again, but much earlier than Moanad's New Wave, late 70s/early 80s purview. It might even be Woebot's Groundhogs album. With some Grand Funk Railroad, Mountain and Bluesbreakers thrown in. Passing vision of cover art in which Matt, in mudstained bellbottoms and tight denim jacket, lounges in a farmyard. Three of him in fact, cloned to make a power trio. There's hours of sample-spotting here. But whatever the sources, there's a crispness of organization which transmutes it all into something new (shedding that Gutbucket feel on the way).
The physical edition of Blackest Ever Black's mix The Scold's Bridle. Great mix obviously, but the design - don't know how deliberate this is on their part, but it's very evocative for me of the 7" single's last days – the early to mid-90s before the internet came along & killed the market. Clear plastic sleeve, coloured paper insert folded, grimy photocopied insert. Makes me think of Trumans Water, early Drag City. In particular it reminds me of a Merzbow split 7" with some Midlands noise freak. Where did I put that?
Incomplete list of recent listening:
Æthenor's En Form for Blå - awesome gloomy improvisations that bring to mind doom and 70s Miles, with Steve Noble on drums, Daniel O'Sullivan on Rhodes, Stephen O'Malley on restrained lightning-fork-from-clouds guitar, Kristoffer Rygg from Ulver too
new Mamuthones - giallo fever
Yoko Ono/Ono Plastic Band, Between My Head and the Sky
Vangelis, Beauborg. One of Chris Cunningham's favourite records I recently found out. An excellent counterpart/point to the current synth fetish.