Dinos Chapman on 6 Music with Stuart Maconie

Experimental visual artist Dinos Chapman chats to Stuart Maconie on the Freak Zone about his departure into creating music, his influences and plans for the future. You can listen to the show all week on the BBC website, in preparation for his performance at Bring To Light this Friday 25th October.

Dinos Chapman will be joined on the bill by Josephine Foster, Shangaan Electro, Richard Dawson, Sleaford Mods and many more.

Limited are available via theticketsellers.co.uk and Milque & Muhle records in the Custard Factory.


Bring To Light – one week to go

Noise rap trio clipping

The next Discover New Music event is Bring To Light 25-27 October – a Supersonic Festival inspired weekend featuring adventurous new music.

Friday’s programme will see performances in the industrial space of the Rainbow Warehouse in Digbeth, for the rest of the weekend dynamic new music will invade the new Library of Birmingham.

Hordes feature members of Mistress, Bargepole, I Am Colossus and Anaal Nathrakh

Friday 25th October / 8pm-late/ Rainbow Warehouse, Digbeth
Shangaan Electro + Dinos Chapman + Sleaford Mods + Deafheaven + Hordes

Also on Friday, Shangaan Electro will lead FREE dance workshops, giving people of all ages and abilities the chance to learn the wildest Shangaan dance moves step by step.
Two workshops will take at place 1pm and 3pm. Please email dance@capsule.org.uk if you are interested in taking part.

Kogumaza – essential for fans of Lungfish, Bardo Pond

Saturday 26th October / 3pm – midnight /Library of Birmingham
Kogumaza + Josephine Foster + Robedoor + High Wolf + Richard Dawson + Grumbling Fur

Kids Gig – 2pm at the Symphony Hall – Free
This free event is aimed at the under 7s and features the inimitable Richard Dawson. Symphony Hall is situated very near to the Library of Birmingham, in Chamberlain Square. No need to book, just drop in.

Shangaan Electro – 3pm Amphitheatre Library of Birmingham – Free
A free outdoor performance by Shangaan Electro, the high-speed dance phenomenon from South Africa.

Masaki Batoh will be demonstrating his brain pulse music

Sunday 27th October / 2pm – 11pm / Library of Birmingham
Evil Blizzard + Clipping + Masaki Batoh + Sarah Angliss + Laurence Hunt + Delia Darlings

Sunday will begin with a series of events celebrating the pioneering composer Delia Derbyshire, including a screening of the award winning documentary ‘The Delian Mode’.

Weekend and day tickets are available via www.theticketsellers.co.uk

DINOS CHAPMAN LUV2H8 from thevinylfactory on Vimeo.


Discovery season – week seven

Image by Cathy Wade

All this week the Pavilion houses Carousel – Slide/Tape by Cathy Wade. She has created an immersive environment that explores ownership, time, sound and image. Come and meet Cathy and work with the carousels, original slides and mementos, to create ever changing projected environments. This residency is open til Sunday 20th October.

Image by Katja Ogrin

On Saturday 19th October, there’s another chance to catch the Birder’s Paradise workshop. Nestled around the library are 12 bird sculptures inspired by birds that feature in the content of the library’s collection. The tour is free, just meet at the Pavilion at 11am or reserve a place online at www.birmingham-box.co.uk

The next in our Sunday Film Club series an archive travel compilation of shorts with a focus on Birmingham on Sunday 20th October at 2pm. Amazing footage has been sourced from BFI and MACE (Media Archive for Central England). Tickets are £5 and kids go free. www.birmingham-box.co.uk

Masaki Batoh will be demonstrating his brain pulse music at Bring To Light

The next Discover New Music event is Bring To Light 25-27 October – a Supersonic Festival inspired weekend featuring adventurous new music. The event features the internationally renowned artist Dinos Chapman performing his new sonic work, South African dance phenomenon Shangaan Electro, the roboticist and theremin player Sarah Angliss, the ‘brain pulse’ music of Japan’s Masaki Batoh and many more. Weekend and day tickets are available via www.theticketsellers.co.uk

DINOS CHAPMAN LUV2H8 from thevinylfactory on Vimeo.

Also that weekend, Flatpack Festival are celebrating early cinema with Box of Light. There’ll be performances, screenings and workshops. Bookings are open for very intimate performances of The Icebook. Thoroughly recommended, it uses miniature projects and delicate paper cut outs to create an extraordinary visual effect.Tickets are £5 www.birmingham-box.co.uk


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