Touch. 40 At Cafe Oto 01/10/22

To survive for 40 years as an independent music project is the ability to bear witness to the massive changes in cultural production – and to hold a candle for artistic freedom and sonic invention. We invite you to these celebrations of past, present and future. As everything gets more atomised in terms of inner and outer worlds, we intend this as a beacon of our collective commitment to joy, pleasure, life, the challenge of being human in these uncertain times.

Last Of The Summer Fog – Or What I Did While Not On Holiday…

Hello You. Time for another very hasty and massively overdue update from Fog Towers. It’s been a busy summer juggling various projects, new releases, plus a handful of performances, a spooky tower, some trashy cinema and preparing for a massive studio move too. Certainly not much time for a holiday!

FogCast of course has been on holiday throughout August as Resonance FM takes its yearly summer sabbatical, but will return to the airwaves in September. In the meantime, why not take a moment to listen once again to the series’ landmark 100th episode, in which all the previous 99 episodes were blasted out simultaneously in almighty cacophonic roar?! It is almost certainly THE MOST SOUND you will hear all week. Aren’t we lucky to have a station like Resonance that will not only tolerate, but actively encourage such shenanigans?

There’s a brand new digital release this month from PAWSER, my droney/theremin/tapeloopnoise trio with Sam ‘Sinister Masterplan’ Enthoven and Andy ‘raxil4’ Page. Recorded during a SKRONK all-dayer in the midst of a heatwave a few weeks back, 13​/​08​/​22: New River Studios marks what I’m pretty sure is our first ever performance as an actual trio in front of a crowd – though we’ve also been rehearsing in St. Mary’s Church Tower, hoping the crepuscular gothic surroundings filters into the sound by osmosis. Much more of this kind of thing coming soon, hopefully…

Physical copies of Howlround’s eighth official album Trespass And Welfare ended up selling out way before it even got released, but there is still plenty of digital goodness to be found over at Buried Treasure’s bandcamp page. In the meantime huge thanks to both Electronic Sound and The Wire magazines for such glowing reviews in their latest issues – and there’s a lovely video review from Was Ist Das too. Absolutely delighted that a record some reviewers apparently branded ‘too nasty’ is resonating with so many people. And buzzing and throbbing. Not to mention Howling!

Speaking of Howling (another of my fabulously tenuous links), I’ll be DJing at the official opening of the Iklectik Sound & Bookshop on Wednesday September 7th, along with a reading from Ken Hollings, my partner in the UK’s premier text, tape and trash duo. Incidentally, following our triumphant set supporting Ray Dennis Steckler at the BFI Southbank last month (triumphant = nothing fell off or exploded), we’re now in the early stages of a follow up to our debut album All Hail Mega Force, which is sounding most intriguing – and predictably trashy.

Then I’ll be returning to Iklectik on Sunday 11th for a very special event celebrating the life and work of Ian Rawes, founder of the London Sound Survey, and the launch of his posthumous album From Dusk Till Dawn on the ever-reliable Persistence Of Sound label.

The evening comprises performances inspired by Ian and his legacy – Elaine Mitchener and Steve Beresford present a set inspired by the forgotten sound-words in Ian’s 2016 book, Honk, Conk & Squacket, Kayo Chingonyi and PoS label head Iain Chambers will respond to the recordings Ian made across East Anglia in 2021; while Postcards From The Volcano (Helen Frosi & Stephan Barrett) will perform a work inspired by a field recording trip made with Ian in West London. As for me, I’ll be presenting a new Howlround work based on some of my own favourite recordings from the London Sound Survey archive – all of which can still be found online, as well as carefully documented at London Metropolitan Archives. A very special evening is in the offing – plus all proceeds will be donated to the Brain Tumor Charity, so it’s for a great cause too. See you there?

And finally on the subject of Iklectik, I know it was a month ago and I really should have got my act together before now, but good grief what an incredible evening FOGFEST was! Thank you so much to everyone who came down and sold the place out (TWICE!) and to Sculpture, Steve Davis, DJ Food and Franziska Lantz for absolutely smashing it! It was such an amazing evening that I barely had time to take a single photo – so do feel free to share any you might have taken if you were there. Honestly one of the greatest nights I’ve had in a very long time – and the best birthday EVER! Plans are already afoot for a sequel – but I’m not sure if I can wait until next year…

The Fuzz And Filth FOGFEST – Incredibly Strange New Album Plus Zombies Meet The Ghosts Uptown?!

Hello you. It’s been a busy old week here at Fog Towers, with plenty of excitement and intrigue to report, starting off with the grand unveiling of Howlround’s incendiary new album Trespass And Welfare!

…[A] full blown sonic assault […] Recorded entirely using closed-input feedback – two tape machines, a UHER6000 and a Revox B77, simultaneously recording a mixture of themselves and each other – no samples, no synths, no pedals + once you know that, listening is properly mind-blowing. Neil Mason, Moonbuilding

Containing ’12 semi-controlled bursts of hypnotic tape mulch, molten techno loops & asynchronous machine noise’, Howlround’s eighth studio album is now available to pre-order from Buried Treasure Records, ahead of its release on July 29th. Strictly limited edition CD with beautiful artwork in a cardboard slipcase complete with 20 page booklet of artwork and even a coaster, so you don’t spill your tea when the opening track blasts out of your speakers. The whole package is even more beautiful than I dared hope – and that includes the decidedly gnarly contents of the disc! There are only 100 copies in existence and sales have proved pretty brisk already, three weeks ahead of the release date, so it’s advisable not to sleep on this one. Click here to order your copy. Then while you’re waiting read this review from the lovely people at Freq which captures the essence and the spirit of the album so perfectly that you might not actually need to listen to it at all!

An elasticated whir-secting jive full of wording impressions, aural Rorschach blots that with every listen mysteriously reconfigure. Michael Rodham-Heaps, Freq

Elsewhere I’m very excited to announce that The Howling, my duo with Ken Hollings will be performing at London’s BFI Southbank on Wednesday 20th July as part of their regular Experimedia slot. We’re playing as a double bill with the premier screening of a brand new 4K restoration print of Ray Dennis Steckler’s 1964 trash classic ‘The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living And Became Mixed Up Zombies?!’ Having only ever had access to the film through gooey 10th-generation VHS copies, I’m very excited to finally be able to witness the insanity of this freakshow classic in all its glory, and the restored clips I’ve seen so far look incredible. Tickets for the event are available here and the hilarious gruesome seedy fun starts at 18:15. Don’t miss out!

NB This is obviously NOT the trailer for the restored print!

Unfortunately for annoying reasons beyond my control I’ve had to postpone my performance at Saturday’s Ealing Extranormal for a future date, but Howlround will still be returning to Iklectik on July 22nd as part of the latest event from my old friends Club Integral, alongside Nad Spiro, Robert Storey and Maya Yianni. Then the machines and I will return once more a fortnight later on August 5th, where I’m very excited to announce that for the first time in a very long time I shall be putting on an event of my own! FOGFEST! And just LOOK at this lineup I’ve managed to assemble! All of my first choices said yes!

It feels entirely right and proper to announce all this exciting activity during the landmark week that Howlround celebrates its tenth anniversary. For exactly one decade has elapsed since the project officially came to life on July 12th 2012 with the launch of debut album The Ghosts Of Bush, released to mark the day the BBC World Service finally left its home at Bush House in Aldwych.

To celebrate this anniversary I’ve commissioned Lucy Morrow better known as Captured by the Fuzz to recreate the project logo in her own inimitable style. And hasn’t she done a wonderful job of it?

Original cover photo by Lisa Hack

Recorded in a series of overnight sessions in a long-abandoned basement studio and created entirely by processing the sounds of the building through a pair of ailing reel to reel tape machines, The Ghosts Of Bush marked the end of an era for the corporation, but the beginning of another, smaller, weirder, noisier one for me! That day began with the album featured on the Today Programme and finished with Gideon Coe ending his 6Music show – and the evening’s broadcasting – by playing a sizeable chunk of the first side. Then somehow it just kept going from there: a **** review in Record Collector, Simon Reynolds calling it ‘The ultimate Hauntological artefact’, comparisons to Aphex Twin and Burial, having to rush a second green pressing then a third white pressing due to unprecedented demand. Happy and unprecedented days indeed.

Photo by Hannah Brown

Thanks once again to Lucy for providing me with this fuzzy felt classic (find much more like it by perusing her Etsy and Instagram pages) and to Lisa Hack and Hannah Brown for providing the original photography all those years ago (check out Hannah’s current printworks by visiting My gratitude also goes out, somewhat belatedly, to Gideon Coe, Stuart Maconie, Simon Reynolds and all the many, many people who supported the record and showed such enthusiasm in those early days. I have never ceased to be awed and humbled by the love so many people have for this album.

Photo by Hannah Brown

Ten years and ten official releases (eight studio albums and two split albums with Time Attendant and Marta De Pascalis respectively), plus innumerable compilation appearances, live shows at Coventry Cathedral, touring with William Basinski, playing a cavern beneath the streets of Copenhagen, a slightly weird venue in Portland with a huge pentagram on the ceiling… the project has come a long way. It’s also got quite a bit louder, weirder and darker in the intervening decade, but the essential philosophy remains the same: music created by manipulating acoustic sounds on magnetic tape, with all additional plugins, effects and artificial reverb strictly forbidden. My hope now is that people will take Trespass And Welfare to their hearts and ears in much the same way as they did The Ghosts Of Bush. After all, the basic premise is still the same… just that little bit more filthy!

Photo by Hannah Brown

PS Just to clarify the ‘****’ alluded to in Record Collector magazine was ‘a four star review’, not some kind of expletive outburst…

Photo by Hannah Brown

Underneath The Arches – MSCTY School Of Sound Art Heads Indoors

Hello You. It’s time for episode three of my new School Of Sound Art series produced in association with Nick Luscombe’s long-running MSCTY project and aimed at those just discovering the wonderful wonky world of noisemaking for the first time (and a kind of refresher for anyone else who might be interested). In keeping with the series’ ongoing themes of exotic and glamorous locations, today we’re moving on from a Hackney Artspace and a partially restored Georgian ruin to something a little closer to home – my own rather dark and cramped studio, nestled up an alley and inside a railway arch in deepest Loughborough Junction. And no, I’m afraid I can’t explain what these balloons are for:

I’m joined in this episode by musician and sound artist Robbie Judkins, better known as Left Hand Cuts Off The Right for an investigation into the thrilling and sonorous world of feedback. Together we’re going to create a new work generated entirely from the two most basic elements of the form – the joining together in unholy matrimony of a microphone and a loudspeaker:

We also take a very brief look into ‘the history of Howlround’ (the audio phenomenon, that is) as it has been shaped in the hands of a number of sound artists and musicians over the last few decades; plus video and multimedia artist James Alec Hardy pops up along the way to provide us with some visual feedback of his own. If you’d like to try some of these experiments for yourself all you’ll need is a microphone, a loudspeaker, something to plug them both into and a VERY careful grip on the volume control – this is one experiment that can get out of control very quickly!

Thanks as ever to Nick for agreeing to host my faltering and unpredictable noisemaking experiments and to Robbie and James for jumping in and being excellent and inspiring company as always. Left Hand Cuts Off The Right’s impressive discography can be explored on his bandcamp page, including his latest album Borrowed Time, made in collaboration with the equally awesome Tasos Stamou. James’ own extensive career has at various points included sound and music, video, multimedia art, sculpture and painting. Frankly the breakneck pace of his creativity can be quite hard to keep track of, but his website and Instagram page are both good places to start. So much talent in one cramped archway!

In other news, I’m playing at Holkus Folkus at Stoke Newington Old Church this weekend (Saturday 25th June) as part of a killer all day line-up. Further information and tickets are available here. Howlround are on early at 1pm and it’s a delight to be returning to such a lovely venue as part of such a fantastic roster of artists. Headliners are old friends The Band of Holy Joy and The Seer, so come early and make sure you stick around!

Hackoustic At Great Exhibition Road Festival

Explore the world of instrument building, acoustic hacking and sound art in this exhibition at the Royal College of Music. Meet artists and makers, discover new inventions and hear exciting demonstrations and performances. Hosted in partnership with the Royal College of Music Museum.

This Sunday Howlround will be conducting a tape loop workshop alongside numerous other makers of far-out sound as part of Hackoustic at the Great Exhibition Road Festival, which runs across multiple spaces and venues in the ‘Museums District’ of South Kensington. Come and find us from 12pm – 3.30pm at Amaryllis Fleming Concert HallThe Royal College Of MusicPrince Consort Road, SW7 2BS. It’s part of a fantastic programme of events, for which tickets are free and available here.

In other news, thanks to everyone who took part in my tape loop workshop as part of the state51 Factory Summer Party last Saturday – and especially to Taile Eigeland for taking these amazing photos! A whole afternoon and evening of far out sounds! Who could ask for more? More of the same coming up at Hackoustic this weekend – see you there?

State Boundary Camp – Here Come The Spools Of Summer

Hello You. Howlround are kicking off a busy month and what’s shaping up to be a busy summer this weekend at not one but two mini-festivals at either end of London. Starting off on Saturday I’m returning to state 51 in Shoreditch after a gap of what feels like an eternity since playing there with Steve Beresford (and the tapes of Basil Kirchin) for The Trunk Records and Ghost Box Midsummer Night’s Happening back in 2019. For their 2022 Summer Party, I’ll be running a tape loop creation workshop and hopefully a performance too – provided I get enough volunteers to help me put the set together, as I’ll be working purely with whatever we can put together on the day!

Save the date! After a two year hiatus The state51 Factory’s summer party returns, bringing you phenomenal tunes and immersive experiences. We’ll have debut performances from two artists / collectives putting out incredible records with us over the next two months. Better CornersValentina Magaletti (Vanishing Twin, Tomaga, Nicholas Jaar), Matt Simms (Wire, It Hugs Back) and Sarah Register (War Bubble, Kim Gordon), will play tracks from ‘Modern Dance Gold: Vol. 1’ for the first time ever together – having recorded remotely – and Brood X Cycles Nik Colk Void (Factory Floor) and Alexander Tucker (MICROCORPS, Grumbling Fur) will bring their modular drone improvisations to grace your ears. We’ll also have a sneak live preview of new material from the inimitable AGAAMA as she moves from the expansive jazz of her debut to new electronic, industrial inspired follow up ‘Wandering Worlds Vol: 1’ as well as a first UK performance from Georgian electronic artist Anushka Chkheidze who’ll be bringing an hour of live electronics, moving through her eclectic output from chillers to bangers and back again. Also throughout the day we’ll host tape workshops from Robin the Fog, craft workshops from the state51 atelier, food from the state51 kitchen, records in our pop-up shop GREED and late night DJs including but not limited to Joe Goddard‘. Tickets starting at £5 available here.

Then on Sunday, I’m absolutely delighted to be returning to Iklectik as part of the all-day killer line up at the latest Boundary Connection event. Apparently Howlround are playing two sets, so that should keep me out of trouble. Might even make a few new loops there too if there’s time.

Boundary Condition engulfs the collective mass longing for a past that never was, through studies in its sonic materialization stretching across the hyper-romantic limbo of post-Lynchian Darkjazz, the flickering scenarios and found sounds of Musique Concrète, and inert cyclicality of hauntological loops, projecting the residue of all that which could have been, as prosthetic sentiments. Via post instrument instrumentals, permutated compositions, site responsivity, missing fundamentals, severe interdependence, and retrograding structures. In a hybrid of duo live-sets, TV installations, and immersive projections, this episode includes CV-controlled turntables, generative & interdependent performance, text-sound, percussive electronics, vocal compositions, augmented acoustics and mud-drenched drone, set up in a candlelit, projection-heavy sleeping seating within the AMOENUS 17-speakers quadrophonic sound system’. Tickets available here.

In other brief news, I was recently very proud to be the featured guests in two episodes of music and oral history extravaganza The Polyhymnal on Camp Radio (which broadcasts both ‘direct from our revolutionary arts facility high in the French Pyrenees’ and also on Mixcloud as well, for those of us situated further afield), reminiscing about my early encounters with sound and music, happy days on Resonance FM making feedback from a phone booth, working with tape, The New Obsolescents and the enduring impact of hearing ‘Out Of Space’ by The Prodigy for the first time. All of this is accompanied by the music of Whatever The Weather, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and Emile Mosseri, Camp of Wolves and my old mucker Grey Frequency. Part 2 above was broadcast a couple of weeks ago and you can still find part 1 here. Listen to them in whichever order you prefer, my stories tend to be pretty jumbled anyway!

And finally, one of the most exciting developments of recent weeks has been my getting to grips with recorded cylinders at the British Library Sound Archive for the first time in my career. The image below was my second and is supposedly a completely unique and original item dating from around 1898 (as opposed to the mass-produced pre-WW1 Music Hall recording of a couple of weeks previously). What that basically means is that the voice you hear buried beneath a hubbub of hiss and crackle was standing pretty much as far away from the cylinder as you are when playing back. No electricity, no amplification, just a voice vibrating a membrane and being inscribed onto the cylinder – then played back a hundred and twenty four years later. Such a literal link to the past, I still haven’t stopped being amazed by it yet. Even if the cylinder is ‘fake’ as expert opinion seems to suggest, the fact remains you’re hearing a voice from the 19th Century. If I was Danny Dyer I’d be tempted to comment that it ‘freaks my nut’.

Fortunately I am not Danny Dyer. There can only ever be one…

Are You Man Enough For Mega Force?

Absolutely delighted to announce the release of All Hail Mega Force, the debut collaborative album by Howlround and Ken Hollings, working together as The Howling. Limited edition cassette out now on The Tapeworm, featuring tracks partially recorded at the Wimpy in Streatham High Road, mastering by Steven McInerney and absolutely stunning cover art by Deobrah Wade, who has managed to perfectly distill our aesthetic before we even realised we actually had an aesthetic! Consider these two tracks an opening salvo – an extended blast of deranged tape noise served up astride a winged motorbike in gold jumpsuit and blue bandana, just how you like it!

The Howling is a collaborative project started by writer Ken Hollings and sound artist Howlround devoted exclusively to their shared love of text, audiotape and trash aesthetics. An intense collision of spoken word and analogue tape effects, the Howling’s first performance took place at the Iklectik in September 2019 as part of a special programme to celebrate Tapeworm’s 10th anniversary.

Despite the pandemic, they have managed to continue working and conferring together since then, sharing sound files, texts and mixes online, which has resulted in All Hail Mega Force, their first full-length release for Tapeworm. The two extended tracks contained on this audiocassette reflect their shared interest in Fluxus and how informal rules and permutations can be set up to work themselves out through loops and repetitions. A straight line connects Terry Riley’s tape experiments in Paris from the early 60s with their experimental recordings in the Wimpy Bar on Streatham High Road, one of their favourite meeting places. ‘The idea of instant, disposable one-off creations appealed to us a lot at the time,’ The Howling explain, ‘particularly as both pieces were conceived and developed during different phases of Covid lockdown in the UK.’

The title and source material are derived from the kid’s adventure movie MegaForce, starring Barry Bostwik and Michael Beck. Designed to sell a range of Mattel hi-tech action toys, MegaForce tanked at the box office but lives on in the collective consciousness of those who share with The Howling a special love for Trash and Trash Aesthetics.

Through A Glass VERY Darkly – MSCTY And The Madman

Hello You. It’s time to unveil episode two of my new MSCTY SCHOOL OF SOUND ART series, produced in collaboration with Nick Luscombe and his fabulous pan-global platform devoted to sound, space and architecture. This month we’re heading into the Essex Countryside in search of spooky sounds within the partially restored ruins of Copped Hall. The footage here was shot late last year while gathering raw material for the first of Andy Popperwell’s Dark Tales And Strange Sounds events that took place back in January. I’m sure you won’t be surprised to learn that the bare brick walls, darkened staterooms and tumbledown masonry provide the most perfect setting for a bit of Haunted Radiophonics – plus it’s the single coldest building I’ve ever visited, making the frigid December day outside seem balmy in comparison. Seriously, the Hall did half the work for us!

As it happens I shall be returning to Copped Hall this weekend with Andy, Sinister Masterplan, Julia Stallard and very welcome new addition Dane Law for a second helping of Dark Tales And Sinister Sounds; but unfortunately I’m unable to invite anyone along as this second event sold out almost as quickly as the first! Hopefully the above video will provide sufficient intrigue until we can get a third dose of darkness in the diary – and perhaps even inspire a few people to have a go at haunting some houses of their own? I never cease to be amazed at the sheer transformative power of a wet finger on a wineglass!

In other news my radio show Fog Cast continues to haunt the Resonance FM airwaves every Wednesday at 23:00 UK time, providing an hour of deep listening and isolationist sounds which are (mostly) perfect for drifting off into the night. Following last week’s International Women’s Day Special, I’m delighted to now present a second episode guest-curated by Bay Area DJ, Crate Digger and Library Music Uber-Nerd Diagonals, aka Nick Daly of Oakland, California. Nick’s claims this second episode ‘has been inspired by insomnia, synesthesia and the colour blue: a feast for the ears and perhaps the eyes too’ and who could argue with that? Strap on your ear goggles and have a listen above, then head over to the Diagonals Mixcloud page for plenty more deep grooves including his first Fog Cast appearance from last month. Meanwhile, it’s currently Resonance FM fundraising season, so why not bung some cash in the direction of Fundraiser.Resonance.FM? The World’s Greatest Community Art Radio Station needs you!

Finally, I must take my hat off to the twin forces of The Dark Outside and Bibliotapes for putting together their new two-volume compilation Diary Of A Madman at such short notice in response to the crisis in Ukraine. Both cassette editions sold out within five minutes, but the digital download version is still available here, with all proceeds going straight to the Ukrainian Red Cross. My own contribution, just one of a whopping 121 tracks, is the exclusive new Howlround work ‘Vile Input’. As the name implies it’s almost certainly the single most piss-and-vinegar piece of tape noise that I’ve ever produced, but frankly what other kind of reaction would have been appropriate? Hopefully it proves as cathartic to listen to as it was to make.

Bonus points if you can correctly guess the original source material, which was actually quite a harmless and inoffensive sound until I started pushing it into the red and running it through a broken mixing desk. Like I said, entirely appropriate…

Sitting In A Room – MSCTY School Of Sound Art Meets Project DivFuse

Hello you. Very excited to finally unveil a new project that I’ve been sitting on for the last few months, created in collaboration with Nick Luscombe’s MSCTY, the long-running arts and educational hub dedicated to exploring new ways to experience the world through sound and space. Having conducted manifold installations, workshops and educational programmes in locations all over the world, for this latest endeavour they’ve tasked me with taking things back to basics. And so I’m delighted to present the first of a new series of video tutorials aimed at those relatively new to the wonderful world of sound art and seeking some inspiration for their own creative practice – but which will also provide some inspiration to those a little further down the line.

Sound creative extraordinaire, Howlround founder, tape machine manipulator and long time pal of MSCTY, Robin The Fog will have you reeling with inspiration [!]* as your teacher in the first series of MSCTY School of Sound Art.

Our mission is to demystify the world of sound’s relationship with spaces + places. We then empower you to create your own sound works in response. Using only minimal equipment and no prior knowledge, inimitable teacher Robin will open your mind to new ways to make, and have some fun along the way too. The first school term runs from February to June 2022, with lessons landing monthly via our YouTube channel.

This first episode involved a trip to Project DivFuse in Hackney, the small but perfectly-formed venue/art pod in founded and run by the artist and curator Livia Garcia. Shortly before the official opening, Livia and I conducted one of my all-time favourite sound experiments, using the four walls of DivFuse as both a source of inspiration and a sonic canvas. This video might be more of a beginner’s guide but the results were still amazing, as you’ll see in the video – what better way to prime the space for all of the intriguing artworks and performances it has played host to since?! Further assistance comes from the beautiful animations of Tim Iloobia and Steven McInerney, putting things into shape like the damn fine editor he is. So why not head over to MSCTY.Space and get involved? There’s a whole world of sonic intrigue to explore and even for you more experienced sound nerds, a quick round of resonant frequency bingo is always plenty of fun!

The launch of this video couldn’t be more perfectly timed, because this weekend I shall be returning to Project DivFuse to finally conduct the sound workshop and performance that was postponed last December. Join us on February 12th at 6pm for a unique event where tape loops will take over the entire venue – and the audience will be very much expected to help hold it all together! Tickets are only a fiver, but there are only 10 available due to the cosy dimensions of the venue – email for availability and payment information. I’m told there will be a small choice of non-alcoholic refreshments for sale on site – but it is possible we might end up in the pub afterwards. See you there?

The Howling onstage. Thanks to Philip Marshall for our tasty new logo!

Thanks so much to everyone who came to A Picture Of The Picture Of Dorian Gray at Iklectik last weekend to watch the second ever performance (and first in two years!) by myself and Ken Hollings as The Howling, plus amazing sets from ALPHA, Laura Agnusdei and the ever-wondrous Tears|Ov, who masterminded the whole thing. An amazing turn out and fantastic energy all night – plus our new work sounded amazing on their surround-sound PA system! The masters of our forthcoming album have now been approved, so hopefully they’ll be further developments before too long. In the meantime, what better note to end on than this image of my being flanked by David Guest and Michael Jackson, while simultaneously obscuring the image of Liza Minelli? If you were there, no further explanation will be necessary…

*That wasn’t my pun. Honestly it wasn’t…

This IS Relevant – A Picture Of The Picture Of Dorian Gray

Thrilled to announce the second ever performance by The Howling, my duo with Ken Hollings at IKLECTIK on 5th February as part of A Picture of The Picture of Dorian Gray, an evening of performances very (VERY) loosely based on the Oscar Wilde novel. Or ‘Elctroacoustic soundtracks and spoken word on the conditions of vice, vanity, and science fiction’ as promoters Tears|Ov have eloquently put it. They’ll be performing as well, alongside Laura Agnusdei and ALPHA, so while it’s not an official event of The Tapeworm and it’s sister label Wormhole, the presence of so many artists from the their rosters certainly makes it feel like it should be!

Tickets are available here and all being well the debut album by The Howling should surface later in 2022. In the meantime, check out the clip below. It’s sounding heavy!

In other news, thanks to everyone who came down to the Tape Letters From The Waiting Room launch party last Friday and also A l’écoute d’Éliane Radigue the following evening, what an amazing turnout to both events and what an absolutely fantastic weekend it ended up being! So lovely to be part of something so inspiring and to catch up with so many old friends. Mark Vernon’s live soundtrack to Steven McInerney’s latest film and the audiovisual collaboration of Pascal Savy and Hanzo Schwartz were sublime highlights of the Friday night, while the Saturday evening’s sound projection of Radigue’s pieces Arthesis (1973) and Kyema (1988), performed by GRM Director François J. Bonnet through the AMOENUS sound system that surrounded the audience was truly a rare and memorable experience.

In the round… Soundchecking the AMOENUS system

It seems only good and right to celebrate this event and the great composer’s 90th Birthday this week by dedicating the latest episode of Fog Cast to playing (almost all of) her magnificent 1978 work Triptych, which is now online and available to listen again via the link below. Happy Birthday, Eliane!

Oh, and this is happening:

…But more on that later!