Tusk Festival

Capsule took a jaunt to Newcastle last weekend for the always brilliant Tusk Festival. Now in its third year, it’s a heady mix of noise, outer limit beats, psych and an ever expanding talks and film programme.

Highlights for us included a wide grin inducing improv set from Oren Ambarchi, Neil Campbell and Mick Flower, Jessika Kenney & Eyvind Kang, Basic House and Richard Dawson (who you can see at Bring To Light and a special Kids Gig performance next weekend) and Mark Fell’s series of sound installations at Baltic 39.

Capsule, Tusk and Bristol based Qu Junktions have formed Y Music, a consortium of UK

organisations supporting adventurous music. Expect to see Y Music activity in the future, in the meantime check out last year’s Y Music podcast.



Meet Rhys Chatham

Next month, a stellar collaboration comes to Library of Birmingham – Rhys Chatham & Charlemagne Palestine perform in collaboration, this performance will be a UK exclusive. Two giants in composition, this show will be unmissable. Selftitled Mag have published an interview with Rhys Chatham, touching on his part in the No Wave scene during the 1970s, his iconic mass guitar ensembles and his admiration for bands like OM and Sunn0))).

“When I was in the no-wave scene, that was a curse word—’composer’. People like Lydia Lunch and James Chance would beat me up after a concert, like, ‘Oh, you conservatory musicians, we don’t want to hear anything about you!’ So I had to prove myself.

I’m essentially

a minimalist composer though. I studied with La Monte [Young] and worked with people like Tony Conrad, so I’m definitely coming from that background, although now I just don’t care. I’m a composer/performer, you know? In the same tradition as Terry Riley, who was the model for us all.” Read the full article

Saturday 2nd November, 8pm.
Rhys Chatham & Charlemagne Palestine
Ex Easter Island Head Large Guitar Ensemble
Library of Birmingham
Tickets are available from www.birmingham-box.co.uk


Birmingham and Beyond: Sunday Film Club

Join us this weekend for the next Sunday Film Club, programmed by

Kino 10, where we delve into archival footage documenting Great British holidays (before we were calling them ‘staycations’).

Before there were package holidays and budget airlines, us Brits used to be more than happy jumping on a train and holidaying right here in good old blighty. For this special film screening, we’ll be looking back at those traditional English holidays and transporting you back to a bygone age with a selection of shorts from the 50s, 60s, and 70s. We’ll be reminiscing about summer holidays on the east coast in We Chose Skegness (1961), taking a high speed cab ride from Paddington to Snow Hill in the classic Let’s Go to Birmingham (1962), and coaching it up to the Peak District (1952). Part travelogue, part comedy, and part propaganda, these films, from both the British Film Institute and the Media Archive for Central England are a fascinating insight into how we once used to travel. They’re sure to make you smile and get you thinking about summer 2014. Expect deck chairs, tea ladies, and some tasty picnic treats.

Birmingham and Beyond is at 2pm on Sunday 20th October at Library of Birmingham Studio Theatre. Tickets are £5 and kids go free www.birmingham-box.co.uk



Thanks to all who came to visit The Outcrowd Collective in residency last week, with the House of Beorma Archive. A beautiful homage to the lost customs of Birmingham. Images by Katja Ogrin.

Creating offerings to the House of Beorma

One of the lost relics resdiscovered by the Outcrowd Collective

Carousel. Image by Keith Dodds

In partnership with Vivid Projects, the next Discovery season is Carousel. All this week the Pavilion will house Cathy Wade’s residency, she is creating an immersive environment that explores ownership, time, sound and image. Come and meet Cathy artist and work with hand held projectors or carousels, with original slides and mementos, to create ever changing projected environments. Catch this residency from Tuesday 15th October til Sunday 20th.



Grumbling Fur at Bring To Light

We’re sad to have to announce that Zomes have cancelled their tour and will no longer be at Bring To Light. In happier news, the excellent Grumbling Fur have been added to the bill. They got a great reaction at the St Paul’s church show this April, so it’s great to have them back. Featuring Alexander Tucker and Daniel O’Sullivan (Ulver, Miasma and The Carousel of Headless Horses, Guapo, Mothlite), they concoct a potent brew of doomy psychedelia, interspersed with blissful krautrock, Grumbling Fur will play Bring To Light on Saturday 26th October.

Day and weekend tickets are available via www.theticketsellers.co.uk


October playlist

A playlist of some of the sounds coming from the Capsule office, featuring Evil Blizzard, Grumbling Fur, Sarah Angliss and more.


Discovery season – week six

Characters from the Festival of the Rea – part of the House of Beorma archive of the city’s lost origins

Six weeks into the Discovery season and we’re getting great feedback on our celebration of the new library. The Discovery Trail is open for you to explore throughout the season. And each week there are one off events and workshops to get involved in.

This week the Outcrowd Collective are in residency. They present the House of Beorma archive, a selection of artefacts from lost local history. Come visit them til Sunday 13th October in the Pavilion, and make your own offerings in honour of Birmingham’s lost customs and festivals.


Reference Works is an exhibition featuring new works by photographers Brian Griffin, Andrew Lacon, Michael Collins and Stuart Whipps. Each artist diplays their creative responses to the new Library of Birmingham, the ‘old’ Central Library building and the build, transition and relocation. Stuart Whipps will be giving a free exhibition tour this Saturday 12th October at 11am.

There’s still time to sign up for the Shangaan Electro dance workshops. Your chance to be part of the South African dance craze that became a youtube sensation – workshops are 1pm or 3pm on Friday 25th October at Dancexchange, Thorp Street. Workshops are totally free, you just need to sign up via dance@capsule.org.uk

Shangaan Electro will also perform as part of the Bring To Light weekend of adventurous music, 25-27 October. The next in the Discover New Music series, this event features the artist Dinos Chapman, roboticist Sarah Angliss, the Brain Pulse Music of Masaki Batoh and many more. Day and weekend tickets are available viawww.theticketsellers.co.uk



Meet Sarah Angliss

A composer, multi-instrumentalist, roboticist and sound historian, Sarah Angliss‘ work explores her obsessions with defunct machinery, faded variety acts and European folklore. Awarded Most Groundbreaking Act of Brighton Festival and Fringe 2013, Sarah will perform at Bring To Light on Sunday 26th October at the Library of Birmingham.

Sarah’s music mixes her own software patches with samples, field recordings and live performance on theremin, saw, recorder, waterphone, keyboard, handbells and other instruments.

Sarah is currently researching a book about sound, is sound designing an exhibition on a 1940s submarine, composing tracks for a solo album and working on a 7” record for Ghost Box.

Tickets for Bring To Light are available via www.theticketsellers.co.uk