British Library commission – Children of The Stones

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Supersonic Festival are delighted to be partnering with the British Library Sound Archive to create a new commission as part of the Capsule Labs, an artist development and commissioning scheme devised to create more opportunities for commissioning experimental, cross-disciplinary art.

Stephen Cracknell, founder of The Memory Band, has worked with selected material from the Library’s archive to create a new work, Children of the Stones  is intended as a sonic adventure into the strange heart of our haunted landscape. . Mixing archival recordings, natural and industrial sounds, traditional melodies and original field recordings alongside a new acoustic score, the performance will celebrate the strange, mysterious and playful relationship we have developed with the ancient and magical landscape we inhabit.

Since 2003 The Memory Band has been mapping the mutant edgelands of British Folk music, where digital machinery and acoustic music combine to make traditional music from the future.

The Children of the Stones performance will take place on Saturday 13 June as part of Supersonic Festival

To accompany the commission there will be a ltd edition seven inch record on sale containing audio from the performance via Static Caravan Records.

The British Library is home to the nation’s sound archive, an extraordinary collection of over 6.5 million recordings of speech, music, wildlife and the environment, from the 1880s to the present day. It has recently launched the Save our Sounds programme which is a major digitisation project to preserve the nation’s sound heritage – read more here: www.bl.uk/projects/save-our-sounds

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Upcoming Circle / Hey Colossus / Opium Lord show

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“I’m 100% sure that I would be a Circle fan, if I didn’t play in the band. Circle is a terrific band that combines fine arts, stumbling in rubber boots, unrecognizable superiority of otherness, notorious rock & roll, and ecstatic self-disgracing. We are a marginal band who are easy to discard and painstaking to follow.”

Jussi Lehtisalo, founding member of Circle

 

It’s just over three weeks until our pre-Supersonic Festival warm up show, featuring three mysterious musical outlaws; the one and only Circle, Hey Colossus and Opium Lord. Get your tickets here.

Circle
Circle have constantly reinvented themselves, weaving hypnotic mantras out of exacting Krautrock beats, heavy riffs, arty noise, dark psychedelia, and soundtrack-like beauty.
www.circlefinland.com/

Check out the trailer for the upcoming live DVD, in which the pranksters make gratifyingly free and easy with subliminal advertising techniques:

Hey Colossus
Emerging in a haze of demented riff science and booze-addled abandon, Hey Colossus have carved out a notable niche for themselves in the British underground’s murkier quarters.
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Opium Lord
Desolate doom-sludge with a coal black heart, redefining what doom can be. Filthy grooves meet abrasive noise to convey a menacing atmosphere akin to the dodgiest drinking establishments that only a band from Birmingham could make.
www.facebook.com/opiumlord

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Supersonic named no2 in The Times top 50 events


An English Trip – John Doran & Arabrot, Roger Robinson and Chrononautz live in Birmingham

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As a pre-Supersonic warm up, we’re delighted to be partnering with Ideal to host long time friend and supporter of all things Capsule, John Doran the editor of The Quietus. Doran is celebrating the publication of his first book – Jolly Lad – by going on a 31 date reading tour called An English Trip. He is teaming up with other writers, poets, film makers, musicians and DJs over the course of a month and putting on nights in prisons, churches, libraries, record shops, book stores, village halls, warehouses and cinemas and his musical support on every night of the tour is Kjetil Nernes aka Arabrot, the Norwegian noise rock musician.

The night they have planned at Birmingham’s Eastside Projects is a real cracker. Anglo Trinidadian wordsmith Roger Robinson (King Midas Sound, Techno Animal, Attica Blues) is performing dub poetry from his new album Dis Side Ah Town (Jahtari Records). Twisted Leeds party starters Chrononautz are bringing the live techno vibes. John Doran is reading passages from Jolly Lad and also performing various incantations and rituals concerning black holes, the dismemberment of Dapper Laughs, ghosts and Birmingham bus timetables while backed ably by Kjetil Nernes from Arabrot.

Tickets for the event are available here
(Be warned that the venue has only got a limited capacity)

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BBC 6 Music Supersonic special

On Sunday BBC 6 Music’s Stuart Maconie focused the spotlight on Supersonic Festival on his weird and wonderful show, Freakier Zone

The special featured a selection of choice tracks by artists performing at this years Supersonic, selected by the festival’s Creative Director, Lisa Meyer. Lisa was also be in conversation with Stuart, taking us through her choices and telling us exactly why she is so excited about Supersonic 2015’s programme. Those of you who caught her sludge special with Stuart last year will know you’re in for a treat.

Listen to the show on BBC 6 Music website

Artists playing at Supersonic include Holly Herndon/The Pop Group/Gazelle Twin/Liturgy/Richard Dawson and many more. Tickets available now.

 

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Circle, Hey Colossus, Opium Lord show announced

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As a pre-Supersonic Festival warm up we’re delighted to host the one and only Circle at Hare and Hounds, Kings Heath on Thursday 21 May.

Formed in 1991, Circle is the most visible and prolific name in the Finnish avant-rock underground. Circle have constantly reinvented themselves, weaving hypnotic mantras out of exacting Krautrock beats, heavy riffs, arty noise, dark psychedelia, and soundtrack-like beauty. Hard, chilly repetition has served as the lone unifying theme throughout 20 years of experiments.HeyColossus

As if that wasn’t special enough we also have Hey Colossus performing. Emerging in a haze of demented riff science and booze-addled abandon, Hey Colossus have carved out a notable niche for themselves in the British underground’s murkier quarters. They’ve dished out a formidable array of wax over the last decade, specialising in a primordial barrage of abject noise from overheated ampstacks.

Opium

Opium Lord complete this killer line up. The band make desolate doom-sludge with a coal black heart. Filthy grooves meet abrasive noise to convey a menacing atmosphere akin to the dodgiest drinking establishments that only a band from Birmingham could make. Made up from the ashes of History of the Hawk and Stinky Wizzleteat, Opium Lord are certainly on a different level from previous ventures. Blending genres into a sonic chokehold, they will make you re-evaluate what doom can be.

Tickets available here

You can also RSVP on Facebook here

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Capsule welcomes Russell to the team

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Hailing from the real ale capital of the Midlands, Derby, Russell is splitting his time between Capsule and his own promotions and events project, Sound Of Static.

After volunteering at last year’s Supersonic Festival and other Capsule events such as the Grand Crosse Fayre and the Ben Frost show, Russell has now come on board as Festival Intern. Volunteering at Supersonic was such a valuable experience that has led on to many interesting projects and opportunities for him; anyone toying with the idea shouldn’t hesitate to get involved.

Back in Derby, Russell is part of the music and art collective, Holy Smokes! and is slightly obsessed with cats and hot sauce (but not necessarily together!).

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Supersonic Commission: British Library Sounds

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Open call for British Library Sounds Commission

To be premiered at the Supersonic Festival

 

Deadline for applications: 5pm Friday 27 March 2015

Commission dates: April – June 2015

Performance/installation:

Supersonic Festival, Birmingham, June 11 – 14 2015

 

Supersonic Festival are delighted to be partnering with the British Library to offer an opportunity for an artist to develop a new work as part of the festival programme in June 2015. The successful artist will have the opportunity to work with selected material and their associated documentation in the Library’s archive to create a new work culminating in a performance or an installation at the festival, as well as being archived within the British Library’s sound collection.

 

This commission will be presented at the Supersonic Festival, 11 – 14 June, the UK’s premier experimental music and arts festival. Its international reputation and multidisciplinary programme draws audience, artists and industry professionals from across the globe ensuring a great showcase for this new work. For more information on the festival visit www.supersonicfestival.com

 

The British Library is home to the nation’s sound archive, an extraordinary collection of over 6.5 million recordings of speech, music, wildlife and the environment, from the 1880s to the present day. It has recently launched the Save our Sounds programme which is a major digitisation project to preserve the nation’s sound heritage www.bl.uk/projects/save-our-sounds.

 

For this commission, selection of wildlife and environmental recordings from the collection will be made available and will include, among other things, the songs & calls of British birds, the soundscapes of natural habitats such as woodland, marshland and the British coastline, and a range of environmental recordings covering weather, waves, streams, rivers and more. Additonal content from other curatorial areas may also be available, subject to availability and rights clearance
More information on the collections can be found at http://sounds.bl.uk

 

The selected applicant will receive a £750 fee for the development and performance of the commission. They will receive mentoring from the Supersonic team and an introduction to the collections from the British Library’s Curator, Wildlife and Environmental Sounds.

 

How to Apply:

To apply please send a proposal that includes all of the following:

Your name, contact details and website address.

A short statement explaining why you want to undertake the commission and what you hope to gain by working in this context (300 words max). Also tell us about two pieces of recent work that you are most proud of (200 words max) please save these documents together as a PDF or .doc file.

Evidence of your current work in the following form:

2 x links to your work uploaded to Soundcloud or You Tube/Vimeo.

Please send to sean@capsule.org.uk with ‘BL_SS commission’ in the title
Email attachments must not be larger than 5MB. Application is by email only.

Deadline for applications: 27 March 2015

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