Rare appearance by The Sound Projector doing a live DJ act, with the help of our good friend Philip Sanderson. It’s going to be at the Purcell Room in the South Bank Centre on 7th November 2008; it’s a free event called The Scope, organised by The Wire magazine, and part of the much larger programme of music and events celebrating the music of the great Karlheinz Stockhausen. We’ve been given a fairly ‘open’ brief to represent the music of Stockhausen and his progeny (or offspring, as some will have it). The billing also describes our meagre contribution as ‘the sounds of Radio Cologne’, a description on which I can offer no further elucidation. Sanderson and myself are planning to take what we hope is a fairly imaginative approach to this commission, but there are some fairly ‘obvious’ records which we can’t help but select. Your attendance would be most welcome, although there are plenty of other entertaining and wonderful things going on at this event – live music on the Purcell Room stage, projections, films, maybe even some performance art – which may command your attention instead. We will carry on playing and mixing records in the foyer regardless. 9.30 pm start, proceedings may continue until quite late the next morning. Bring your own hot water bottle.
The Sound Projector 17th issue is more or less “underway”, although anxious readers should not hold their breath; the finished magazine may not appear until around January 2009. What does this news mean for you?
- If you’re considering sending in CDs or other submissions for review, then I regret to inform you that issue 17 is pretty much full up. By all means please continue to send material, with the understanding that it will be carried forward to the box marked “issue 18″.
- If you’d like to advertise in issue 17, you are welcome to contact me about this and even submit your copy any time in the next few months. An official letter of reminder will be circulated to interested parties nearer the date.
- If you like reading the ‘Recent arrivals’ posts, I will try and keep these coming, but I must confess that most of my scriptorial and auditorial energies are now devoted to producing issue 17.
Ed Pinsent (Editor)
This personalised New Year’s greeting arrived in January from Aiko Machida. She makes “unique hand-constructed accessories and hand bags”, but I appreciate this small and simple item as a piece of mail-art poetry. I think it’s the petal of a flower, with a message inside handwritten with a pencil in the most delicate miniature lower-case script you’ve ever seen. Machida may or may not be a member of Unseen. When I receive things like this in the mail, I sometimes think I must be living a charmed life.
The Sound Projector 8ighth Issue, originally published in 2000 and out of print for some years, can now be perused in digital form. Sometimes nicknamed ‘THE EL LISSITZKY ISSUE’ or ‘ONE MORE RED NIGHTMARE’. Scanned direct from the original artwork and rendered as PDFs. A new index has been added to this digital edition. Contains interviews with those noted geniuses Pita Rehberg, Rev Dwight Frizzell, Reynols, Peter Blegvad, Donald Miller and John Gill of Big Stick. Excellent written contributions from Rik Rawling, Richard Rees Jones, Chris Atton, Harley Richardson, John Bagnall, Ian Nagoski, Jim Haynes, Shaun Robert, War Arrow, and the very first appearance of Jennifer Hor. Artworks by Scott Stevens, Rik Rawling, Chris Atton, Shaun Robert, Ed Pinsent and Donald Miller. This digital edition is almost an exact facsimile of the original, except that one page of adverts has gone missing, and artist Ian Middleton declined to have his drawings reproduced on the internet at this time.
A small technical note: the PDF files are images, so the text will not be searchable in your PDF reader. A version in plain text will be made available in due course.
Published November 2007. A fish in the air of geometrical appreciation. Climb the Astronomical Staircase. 184 pages. £7.00 + postage. Interviews with PHILIP SANDERSON, TETUZI AKIYAMA, FRANK ROTHKAMM, JOE FRAWLEY, CULTURAL AMNESIA and UNSEEN, plus scads of record reviews and artworks from cover to cover.
Don’t forget to go to the London Musicians’ Collective Experimental Music Festival in London this year. It starts on 29th November 2007 and ends on 1st December – the same year! What a way to mark the changing of the months. If you live in London, it’s at the Cochrane Theatre in Southampton Row. If you don’t live in London, it’s still at the same venue, only more wood panelling is involved. I remember I went to one of these LMC festivals a few years ago and it was quite good. They used to be held in May, and now they aren’t. This year features some of my favourite musicians. The larger-than-life Charlemagne Palestine will be skied over from Belgium in a big tea-chest. For his music he has often covered a grand piano with lots of soft toys. When he did it in Gateshead for Barry Esson’s festival, they had to buy the animals specially from a local shop called Bear Heaven. But on this occasion he’ll be doing his double-harpsichord piece. Taku Sugimoto will also be performing, but barely. I understand he’s so quiet these days that you have to use inbuilt sonar devices you never knew you had just to say good morning to him. If he brings his guitar, chances are it’ll be wrapped in cotton wool. Angharad Davies is the sister of Rhodri Davies the harpist from Wales. I never heard the sister play, but if she’s anything like the brother then you’ll be skinned alive by the severity of her strings – assuming she plays a stringed instrument, that is. Norbert Möslang is the Swiss noiseter who used to be one half of Voice Crack. He was more fun back in the 1980s and 1990s, but even so the way he wields his weird electronic devices usually makes the mice come out to see what all the commotion is. The UK contingent features the reliable player John Butcher, the saxophonist who can empty a warehouse of cardboard boxes with one blow of his steel monster. There’s plenty more names on offer: Steve Beresford, Yasunao Tone, Bob Levene, Julia Eckhardt, Michael Duch, Robin Hayward, Matt Davis, Tony Buck, Burkhard Stangl, Margarida Garcia, Barry Weisblat and Helena Gough. There may be exciting combinations of players the likes of which you will have not have encountered since Derek Bailey’s Company Week, where there used to be fist-fights breaking out on a regular basis. You can get a Festival Pass to enjoy all three days for only £35, which is about the price of two sandwiches in the V&A cafeteria. So what are you waiting for?
The Sound Projector Radio Show will once again be vershming out on the airwaves with many a zooming grort. Starting Friday 28th September, same time, same station. Tune in to Resonance at 5.30pm and leave the landlubbers laying down below below below. Utilise thy ears o’steel for 90 mins. Back to regular service thereafter and we hope regular podcasts from this locale, all things being equal. My Prince Consort doth exude a heavy glow at the prospect. As the crow flies…and with good caws…
The Sound Projector 16th issue is in preparation. Your hard-working writers have been busy since July, which is why the regular Latest arrivals feature on this site has been in abeyance. We hope, in due course, to resume normal service with weekly updates about the hottest tomatoes and kumquats to have landed in The Sound Projector box of late.
We are now taking advertising for issue 16. Please contact me before end of October 2007 if you wish to place an advert in issue 16. The current rates and other information are available here. Please note that the back cover space is already taken.
Issue 16 is now sadly full up and closed to new submissions of promos. Your CD submissions, gratefully received, will now be carried forward for consideration in issue 17.
The attached picture is not the proposed cover art, but a rendering of an advert we hope to place in the forthcoming Bixobal magazine.