Put the date of Monday August 15th in your diary now. Then underline it heavily. Then put a circle round it and add a couple of stars.
Why? Well, because as part of Michiro Endo, Otomo Yoshihide and Ryoichi Wago’s Project Fukushima! festival, Cafe Oto and Resonance FM are hosting Jonny Trunk’s Hauntological Orchestra live and in concert, with all proceeds going to help those at the epicentre of the recent crisis in Japan. Trunk will be joined in his endeavours by a veritable cavlacade of talent including members of lounge quartet The Windsors, radiophonic genius Stefan Blomeier, Oramics researcher Chris Weaver, synth builder Ben Barwise, and others including a small support role by my Foggy self on ‘processed field recordings’ (yes, that would involve a laptop, cleverdick). Rumour has it there’ll be about 15 of us altogether for the final piece, playing a mixture of home-made, electronic, and acoustic instruments and even a vibraphone!
The playlist is a closely-guarded secret, but apparently will include some sort of interpretation of this:
I really, really hope that guy shows up.
Most importantly of all, however is that all proceeds are going to the very worthy cause of ‘Project Fukushima!’, about which you can read more here. As Resonance FM director Ed Baxter says: “The Orchestra doesn’t remotely pretend to – and probably shouldn’t – offer anything resembling a pertinent commentary on Fukushima. We can empathise and state our solidarity – and we can send the people of Fukushima our money and our prayers.” Well spoken, sir.
In summary, a fantastic line-up, a worthy cause and one of London’s finest alternative venues. Please do come along and show your support if you can. And try not to do any rioting while you’re there…
The first Electric Sheep anthology of film essays was published on 16 May 2011 by Strange Attractor Press. From the gutter to the avant-garde, The End: An Electric Sheep Anthology brings together Bill Morrison’s chemical ghosts, the bad girls of 50s exploitation films, apocalyptic evangelical cinema, the human centipede, Spanish zombies, Japanese nihilists and David Lynch’s soundtracks of decay. Contributors include the Brothers Quay, Peter Whitehead, Jack Sargeant and Jason Wood. And jolly fine it is too.
As part of the launch party of ‘The End: An Electric Sheep Anthology‘ on June 7th at The Horse Hospital, Holborn; I was asked to DJ a live soundtrack to a screening of Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated (1968 / 2009), an experimental collective reinterpretation of George A. Romero’s classic zombie film by various artists, animators and filmmakers, using mixed media including puppetry, CGI, hand-drawn animation, illustration, acrylics, claymation, etc. Over the top of this curious mash-up of styles I played a mixture of space jazz, musique concrete and murky electronic doodles. Why not have listen to this mix while watching the film for yourself? It syncs up quite well, although there was one point where I developed a stiff neck and missed a scene change…
This is the full-length slightly lower-quality version fit for the synch-ing. I also split the mix into two parts and uploaded them both onto mixcloud complete with tracklisting, which you can find on the DJ page of this website.
There’s also a frankly bloody marvellous pre-screening DJ set from Lucky Cat Zoe Lucky Cat Zoe featuring some unbearably smart tunes from the likes of Esther, Keith, Enid, Ella, Sharon (oh, Sharon!!) and Augustus. And while we’re on the subject of links, why not check out the Electric Sheep website and maybe even order yourself an anthology? It’s never less than stimulating!
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Made in one take on borrowed turntables during a brief 42-minute respite from the chaos of a live day of broadcasting, featuring whatever 12″s I had lying around. I must admit haven’t done this for a while due to my own turntables growing old and infirm, and I like to think that accounts for the occasional slightly baggy nature of some of the mixing, but are you really going to complain when the tunes on display include ‘Champion DJ’ and ‘Some Justice’? Of course not!
Once I retire, of course, I’ll have a lot more time to do this kind of thing and my mixing will no doubt go back to its previous lazer-like precision. But for now, this will be fine.
Mol’s Place is both a contemporary exhibition space and the home of collector and patron of the arts, Mr. Jan Mol; and The Art Party on 23rd March was the first in a planned series of events organised by the gallery to promote the work of a number of emerging artists and encourage fresh creative endeavour.
Actually, it’s probably better if I just show you their manifesto:
As well as exhibiting a host of artists working in such diverse disciplines as painting, sculpture and kaleidoscope, the evening also featured performances from awesome band We Are Birds of Paradise, the extremely bizarre Rodnik band and myself in my capacity of official Art Party DJ, which was really rather an honour. Here’s a short extract from a set that if memory serves me correctly spanned almost three hours. It would’ve been a longer extract but the batteries ran out. The batteries on my recorder, that is. My own batteries gave out at about 4 o’clock the following morning when I finally finished tying the speaker cables back together.
Thanks to Katy, Melissa and of course Mr. Mol for a splendid evening. Further events are apparently in the pipeline, visit the Mol’s Place website to find out more.
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Today my life began.
I am the personal website of radio producer, DJ and self-styled frustrated artist Robin The Fog.
I predict many happy years of him sitting in front of me swearing copiously as I dutifully spread reams of complex HTML code all over the space where he was hoping I’d embed a media player or something. He really has no idea what he’s doing. Still, wish him luck.
Here’s a video he’s just finished working on to celebrate: