Ed Baxter on Artists in Ruins (Destruction in Art Part 11)
Interview number six with Resonance Executive Officer Ed Baxter and ostensibly part two of Ed's association with Art in Ruins (Glyn Banks and Hannah Vowles). Alcohol gets a cameo role, Dermot Todd's book: Filth, is passed over (grisly and embarrassing), disarmingly candid introspection.
17th December 2010
Four tracks which seemed to have something in common but now I'm not sure...
Join the angry side by Stewart Home from the CD Stewart Home comes in your face, Motor City is burning by The MC5 from Kick out the Jams, Happy Jack by The Who Live at Leeds University 1970, and The Wolfman (1964) by Robert Ashley; tape, voice and feedback, produced at the University of California at Davis by Composer-Performer Editions. First performed at Charlotte Moorman's "Festival of the Avant-Garde" New York, fall 1964, created, processed and mixed by Robert Ashley in his studio in Ann Arbor Michigan. The piece gained considerable reputation as a threat to the listener's health.
10th December 2010
Blue Blue Christmas... The Wavelength Annual Christmas Party
How will you spend Christmas by Reverend A.W. Nix; Fighter Pilot's Christmas by Captain Richard Jonas; How I hate to see Christmas come around by Jimmy Witherspoon; Santa Claus goes modern by Rod Rogers, Teri Summers and The Librettos; Christmas Time by Black Ace; No Christmas in Kentucky by Phil Ochs; Did you spend Christmas Day in jail? by Reverend J.M. Gates; Blue Christmas by Low; Christmas Blues by Larry Darnell; One Special Gift by Low.
3rd December 2010
Destruction in Art part 10 with Richard Thomas
Conversing with Resonance apparatchik Richard Thomas on Tenerife, anti-design, a Markson piano, ResoVision, and the recent student demonstrations.
26th November 2010
Clive Phillpot on Ray Johnson
Clive Phillpot, Super Librarian, started at Chelsea Art School before becoming director of the library at the Museum of Modern Art New York. One of the world's leading authorities on artists' books, Clive talks about Ray Johnson; mail artist and founder of the New York Correspondence School. Clive's book; Ray Johnson on Flop Art was published by fermley press in 2008.
19th November 2010
Maurice Seddon on cassette
Conversing with Captain Maurice Seddon, Royal Signals (retired) by telephone. Maurice is now 84. I played some cassette tape recordings he had made in the 1980s, all telephone conversations which Maurice would habitually record, perhaps since the 1960s but his memory is not what it was. One such conversation was with Fritz Fend, designer of the Fend Flitzer which developed into the Messerschmitt bubble car. I mentioned theremins to Maurice and he thought I said thermin which reminded him that he had recently bought a thermal hat which he now can't find. The final track is Kaddish (Ravel) played on the theremin by Clara Rockmore with piano accompaniment by Nadia Reisenberg
12th November 2010
Salvador Dali flexidisc
A disparate selection of 45rpm vinyl singles: 1. a flexidisc by Salvador Dali: L'Apotheose du Dollar. 2. Michael Prime: Skeet Hill, pipistrelle bats recorded feeding in Hollow Lane, Skeet Hill, Chelsfield. 3. Toshiyuki Kobayashi: Radio Gagaku. 4. Charles Aznavour: Yerushalaim. 5. The Hitmachine: IE OE AA. 6. Nokia Connecting People: mainpal inv. 7. Baby Jane Holzer: Nowhere. 8. Rude Ass Tinker: white label. 9. The White Stripes: Baby Brother. 10. Volcano the Bear: supplement to some copies of the LP Yak Folks Y'are.
5th November 2010
George Barber scratch video artist
Guest this week is renowned video artist George Barber. "George Barber's work on 'The Greatest Hits Of Scratch Video' is internationally known and has been featured in many galleries and festivals across the world. The Independent and Sunday Times ran features on it, and the tapes, unusually for video art, sold in record shops. His two famous works of the period, 'Absence of Satan' and 'Yes Frank No Smoke' are screened regularly and many of the other works are considered seminal in the history of British Video Art". George Barber:
29th October 2010
Songs of the Brokenhearted
"Give Me Love. Songs of the Brokenhearted - Baghdad, 1925-1929". In February 1925 the engineer Robert Beckett, travelling from India, recorded 200 titles for a new series on HMV, the label allotted to the region. The sessions were organised by Meir Hakkak, the eldest of 4 brothers running a record, gramophone and musical instruments shop in Baghdad. The following year, Marcus Alexander took another 367 titles. These recordings were reportedly sabotaged by Hakkak. At the close of the decade it was the turn of the engineer Arthur Twine. Unhappily, in 1929, the new compound he used to create the masters made them fragile, and many were shattered or cracked en route to the Company's manufacturing plant in Hayes, west of London. The music collected on this double LP compiled by Mark Ainley in 2008 (HJRLP35) is diverse; Kurdish improvisations and a Hebrew hymn amidst an array of erotic overtures and expressive distress from Iraq, Bahrain and Kuwait.
22nd October 2010
Destruction in Art part 9
Destruction in Art continued. Deconstructed theme tune composed by DJ Numpty followed by music by William Basinski from the 4CD series "disintegration loops". Readings from The Destruction of Art by Dario Gamboni referring to incidents of civil disobedience, guerilla tactics and open warfare by the Women's Social and Political Union between 1903 and 1914, followed by selected texts from 4 Dada Suicides (Atlas Press 2005). The reading fades briefly towards the end due to a technical glitch which might be a happy accident.
8th October 2010
Chinese Experimental Music
The choice is yours: Tracks from a recent 4 CD set issued by Sub Rosa: An Anthology of Chinese Experimental Music; An Overview of Experimental and Non-Academic Music in China. This anthology features 48 artists from within the Chinese area of influence. "j gmc" by Hong Qile, "Chi" by PNF, "Eat" by Li Wen Tai aka Vince Li, "It's more than enough" by Yan Jun, "A dark knife" by D!O!D!O!D!/Li Jianhong + Huangjin. Intro and occasionally throughout: "Victory News Spreads Thru Mountain Villages" and "Tachai's Bumper Harvest" (Tachai is the name of a commune brigade which is setting the pace in Chinese agriculture) Folk Instrumental Music from the Maoist era.
1st October 2010
Digital animation artist Andrew Greaves talks about "Unnatural Order" a 14 minute movie made in collaboration with Brian Marley. The film was screened for the first time at the Whitechapel Art Gallery; London Art Book Fair, as part of Oblique Texts/Visual Dialects film programme selected by William English. Andrew talks candidly about his past and the making of this film and soundworks.
24th September 2010
Destruction in Art part 8 with Ed Baxter
Auto-destruction in Art and Art in destruction: Ed Baxter remembers Art in Ruins and his own contemporary installations incorporating human hair gathered from barbers' shops and a vast mound of used tea bags. "The cosiness of the war-years' subway... of the mattress... of the priesthole... of the flophouse... of the bamboo cage. Of the public house. In the mausoleum of kitsch that shelters you from the storming sky hangs a photo of the now bearded Prince and the now blond Minister of Defence, his hair blowing like industrial scum in the Goose Green breeze, subliminally announcing the recovery of equilibrium." Extract from 'Filth' by Ed Baxter 1985. To be continued...
17th September 2010
Destruction in Art part 7 with Stewart Home
Destruction in Art continued with guest Stewart Home who talks about his Art Strike 1990-1993 (after Metzger's Art Strike 1977-1980) and shredding books. Stewart Home is the author of The Assault on Culture, Cranked up really high; genre theory and punk rock, Down and Out in Shoreditch and Hoxton, Blood Rites of the Bourgeoisie and others. "Smash the Individual" track 1 from the CD Stewart Home Comes In Your Face.
3rd September 2010
Dave Critchley and Peter Todd
This week's guests: Peter Todd and Dave Critchley talk about 2B Butler's Wharf, and Ayton Basement Newcastle. In the 1970s and early 1980s Dave Critchley made and exhibited films, audio and performance works, and especially video from 1976. He collaborated with many artists on projects and exhibitions at 2B Butler's Wharf and was one of the founder members of London Video Arts where he worked until 1986. Filmmaker, writer and curator Peter Todd was a founder member of the artists' venue in Newcastle: Ayton Basement. This venue became Basement Group of which he was a founder member which evolved into Projects UK and today continues as Locus +.
6th August 2010
Destruction in Art part 6 with Gustav Metzger
Latest instalment in Auto-Destructive Art: Gustav Metzger in conversation with Mathieu Copeland, Clive Phillpot and myself. "Gustav Metzger was born in Nuremberg in 1926 and came to Britain in 1939 as a Polish citizen, but since the late forties has been stateless. During his involvement with the anti-nuclear campaign, he continued to develop Auto-Destructive Art and its subsequent manifestations in the 60s and 70s. Now thirty years on, Metzger still feels the need to address issues that put the human race on the edge of a precipice". (Gustav Metzger 'damaged nature, auto-destructive art').
30th July 2010
Destruction in Art part 5 with Nicky Hamlyn
Nicky Hamlyn, author of Film Art Phenomena, filmmaker and lecturer talks about cellulose nitrate film, the self-destructive character of film, Tony Conrad and film performances by Annabel Nicolson, Lis Rhodes, and Taka Iimura.
28th July 2010
Destruction in Art part 4 with Michael Landy
Latest in the series devoted to auto-destructive art; guest Michael Landy talks about Jean Tinguely, his Breakdown installation on Oxford Street and other auto-destructive topics.
16th July 2010
Destruction in Art part 3 with Mathieu Copeland
Mathieu Copeland, co-curator of the 2009 exhibition at the Pompidou Centre and Kunsthalle Bern: Voids, A Retrospective in the studio to talk about Voids and Yves Klein. Part 3 of the ongoing series about auto-destructive art.
9th July 2010
Destruction in Art part 2 with David Toop
This week's guest is David Toop, distinguished musician, curator and writer on music and sound art, author of The Rap Attack and Haunted Weather as well as numerous articles for The Wire, The New York Times and The Village Voice. In 2000 he curated Sonic Boom at the Hayward Gallery. (Sonic Doom, the conference scheduled for June 4th at UCLA was cancelled). David comes into the studio on the eve of an exhibition curated by himself and Tony Herrington of The Wire: Blow Up: Exploding Sound and Noise (London to Brighton 1959-1969) at The Flat Time House, South London, home and studio of the late John Latham. Part 2 of auto-destructive art series.
25th June 2010
Destruction in Art part 1
Part one of a series on auto-destructive Art and Music coinciding with an exhibition curated by David Toop and Tony Herrington at The Flat Time House, South London called Blow Up: Exploding Sound and Noise, London/Brighton 1959-1969. David Toop will be along next week to talk about the exhibition. The July edition of The Wire includes an article called Brotherhood of the Bomb. By another coincidence a conference took place at UCLA called Sonic Doom: Decay, Disease and Destruction in Music on June 4th and 5th, sponsored by Echo; a music centered journal. Other guests lined up for July include artist Michael Landy to talk about his own auto-destructive art practice, Nicky Hamlyn will talk about film that destroys itself and curator Mathieu Copeland co-author of Voids will talk about Voids possibly. Today's programme starts with 3 different versions of Anyhow, Anyway, Anywhere by The Who, played simultaneously, followed by a 4 minute extract of Guitar Drag by Christian Marclay and then Turntable Solo by Otomo Yoshihide.
18th June 2010
Guest Rhonan O'Reilly aka James Tregaskis almost delivers a lecture on hydrogen and Gurdjieff but fate and a temperamental laptop force an anticipated change of direction. Chants of the Native American Church of North America featuring Alfred Armstrong and Ralph Turtle provide a backdrop to some information about Gurdjieff before the laptop sulks into silence. Carlo Gesualdo (1560-1613), Prince of Venosa, was also a composer of Madrigals. In 1590 he had his wife and her paramour murdered. His use of chromatic scale passages was, in those days, unheard of as were the effects he was able to extract from harmonies revolving around a pivotal note. The laptop is coaxed into action and James continues with a recording of Gurdjieff's music for harmonium and a conversation about macaroni before briefly describing meetings in West London where Gurdjieff and Ouspensky apparently inspire social interaction in the Fourth Way. Who knows.
11th June 2010
This was my birthday
Soliloquies by Gabriel Severin 2008. Another Sub Rosa release in their series of Outsider Music; Music in the Margins. Last track; She's Alright by Muddy Waters from Electric Mud 1968. This was my birthday.
4th June 2010
Maurice Seddon's injunction
Captain Maurice Seddon in telephonic conversation. He was faced with an injunction at the Royal Courts of Justice to silence his numberless pack of dogs but thanks in no small part to his Mackenzie friend (me) the case has been adjourned for 3 months. Interpretations of the music for two Adolf Wolfli paintings by Baudouin de Jaer.
28th May 2010
Klaus Beyer sings The Beatles (out of tune and in German), Rodney Graham's version of Blue Jay Way, Those Were the Days (Mary Hopkin/Paul McCartney/Apple single) from Ground Zero plays Standards with Otomo Yoshihide and Vanilla Fudge's rendition of Ticket to Ride.
21st May 2010
Multi-disciplinary artist Denise Hawrysio in the studio talking about her Spotlight Project and artistic practice. Hawrysio:
14th May 2010
Musics in the Margins
Musik Oblik; latest addition to the musics in the margins series by sub rosa. Anthology of outsider music with tracks by Adolf Wolfli, Carlo Gesualdo, Othin Spake, Klaus Beyer, Normand L'Amour, Jacques Brodier, Baudouin de Jaer, Baudouin Oosterlynck and the Wild Classical Music Ensemble.
7th May 2010
Malcolm McLaren part 2
Tribute to Malcolm McLaren part 2: Malcolm told me once that he particularly liked Billy Fury so the show starts with a Billy Fury hit written by Goffin and King: Halfway to Paradise, 1961. Walking with Satie and Paris Paris from the CD Paris, 1994, the second track features Catherine Deneuve singing with Malcolm. More tracks from Buffalo Gals Back to Skool featuring the voice of Malcolm and the World Famous Supreme Team, sounds from 1982 and 1983 remixed etc. in 1998. A snatch of I Like you in Velvet from Waltz Darling by Malcolm McLaren and the Bootzilla Orchestra which includes Jeff Beck and Bootsy Collins from 1989. Remembrance Mix from the green vinyl single The Bell Song 1997 and Death of Butterfly (Tu Tu Piccolo) from Fans 1984.
30th April 2010
Malcolm McLaren part 1
Today's show is a tribute to Malcolm McLaren who died last week. Once upon a time I travelled down to London from Leicester to visit a shop on the King's Road called Paradise Garage which was owned by Trevor Myles who was photographed by my friend David Parkinson, sitting on the bonnet of a zebra skin flocked car outside the shop. Another friend; John Cramphorn, bought some white overalls from the shop, with the word Firestone stitched in red across the back, slightly ironic as he later became a tyre fitter in Leicester. The next time we visited the shop it was under new ownership, renamed Let it Rock and that was the first time I met Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood. I remember bakelite radios on the pavement and I bought an American fleck jacket and some obscure singles on the King label. On subsequent visits the shop changed its identity to Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die and then Sex which is when I took some photographs of Vivienne in various rubber and leather garments posing in front of a sculpture of a severed leg with livid boils and blisters at the top of the thigh. One of these images signed in gold ink by Vivienne is coming up in the Resonance auction on May 1st. It was always possible to chat with Malcolm and Vivienne in the shop and then eventually David Parkinson told me he had encountered Malcolm one evening in Mayfair and he had adopted yet another persona; his hair was now up and permed and he was wearing tight black leather trousers with tassles and a small grey sports jacket, and he mentioned that he was now managing a band. So, one Sunday afternoon we found ourselves in a small strip club or porn cinema on Brewer Street and witnessed the Sex Pistols live on stage to a fairly bemused audience of about 40 people. At the time I thought it was some sort of hoax, like bad painting or something. The rest is well documented. The last time I saw Malcolm was about 2 years ago in Paris. He was having an argument with a woman in Place St. Sulpice. I passed within a few feet of him but decided not to encroach on what was obviously a private discussion. So, this programme is a tribute to an extraordinary character. The first track is Have Love Will Travel by The Sonics 1965 from Sex: Too Fast to Live Too Young to Die, a compilation of 20 records that were on the jukebox in the shop compiled by Marco Pirroni in 2003. Next is No Fun (unedited version Oct 76) from Spunk which featured the Sex Pistols before Sid Vicious joined and Glen Matlock left the band.
Followed by a mix of tracks from Revenge of the Flowers by Francoise Hardy and Malcolm McLaren including the title track and Driving into Delirium (extended version), and Buffalo Gals, Back to Skool.
23rd April 2010
Clive Graham on Max Eastley
Clive Graham comes into the studio to introduce the latest release on his paradigm label:
PARADIGM DISCS (PD 26) Max Eastley - Installation Recordings (1973 - 2008)
This 2CD is essentially a retrospective of Eastley’s installation work. As such, it updates and adds many new examples to the 1975 release “New and Rediscovered Musical Instruments”, which was released as a split LP with David Toop on Brian Eno’s Obscure Records. This is Eastley’s first solo CD. Of the 35 tracks, only the last 2 have any guests or ‘playing’ (the most virtuosic moment being George Lewis playing a grass blade). All the other pieces are either powered by the natural forces of wind and water, or else are motor driven gallery installations.
The ethereal sounds of the aoelian harp, the haunting aeolian flutes, and the violent tension of his aerophone installations are hallmark Eastley sounds. These sounds, and many others, sit amidst a wide range of acoustic settings, from windy hill tops to quiet brooks, residential street scenes to coastal shores. The indoor recordings are no less varied, ranging across a rich variety of acoustics and gallery spaces from tiny micro sounds to large scale amplification. Wood, metal and stone are brought to life with electricity. Although there are many photos in the 20 page booklet, much is left to the imagination to work out how the sounds are made. With this limited access to the visual, the focus is pulled towards the musicality of the sounds themselves. This musicality is reinforced by the slow crossfades of most of the pieces from indoors to outdoors to form a series of suites.
The recordings mostly date from the mid 70s, but there are pieces from later decades. Nearly everything was recorded either to Revox or Uher and occasionally cassette, using what microphones were available at the time. Recent recordings are digital. The varying quality of the recording set-ups across this 2CD adds yet another dimension to the shifting sound fabric of this anthology.
17th April 2010
Lawrence Upton, sound poet, artist and long time collaborator with Bob Cobbing interviewed at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in Autumn 2009.
10th April 2010
Radio Stimme + Microphone Stimme
Radio Stimme + Microphone Stimme by Konstatin Raudive from Musics in the Margin Sub Rosa SR254. Lee Ranaldo; Shibuya Displacement, and David Toop; Yanomamo Wayamou, both from the Sonic Arts Network CD Otherness curated by David Cotner in 2007. Then; Its not my fault and Going too far by Nihilist Spasm Band, Take on Me by Rank Sinatra and Cock! by Gwilly Edmondez, all from the Sonic Arts Network CD Smiling Through my Teeth curated by Vicki Bennett in 2008. Finally, the first half of Hymnos by Scelsi 1963.
2nd April 2010
iPhone Apps Ensemble
iPhone Apps Ensemble live in the studio: Creator Tania Chen, Benedict and Nick Evans improvise on iPhones. Ensemble iPhone Apps:
19th March 2010
Tracks from 3 CDs by Brooklyn based laptop artist Fuckintosh:
Jimi vs. Heino, Tamiflu and Eric Satie vs. Richard Wagner.
12th March 2010
FIRE! from Good Morning Vietnam, recorded in Vietnam by Claude Johner (Folkways 1972); Bang Bang by Vanilla Fudge (1967); Pistol Poem by Brion Gysin from lunapark 0.10; Shoot Out by Playgroup, Epic Sound Battles (On-U 1983); Machine Gun Fighting by David Jackman (Die Stadt DS29); Ultra Q from Ground-Zero plays Standards and another track from Good Morning Vietnam: The Abstract Universe of War.
5th March 2010
Felicity Sparrow on Ian Breakwell
Felicity Sparrow, long-time partner of Ian Breakwell, talks about the exhibition The Elusive State of Happiness at the Quad Gallery Derby.
26th February 2010
Avant-garde filmmaker, theoretician and writer Peter Gidal describes several anxiety inducing incidents involving lost books.
19th February 2010
Ian Breakwell and Kevin Coyne
Friday 12th February sees the opening of an exhibition "The Elusive State of Happiness" a retrospective of the works of Ian Breakwell (1943-2005) at the Quad Gallery, Derby. A fellow student of Breakwell's at Derby College of Art was Kevin Coyne (1944-2004) (as was artist Andrew Greaves). In 1977-79 Breakwell and Coyne made a film together called The Institution. Reading of an unpublished letter from Ian Breakwell to a former teacher asking for a job circa 1970. Poem; The Ape Age by Coyne from a catalogue for their first show after leaving Art School. Tracks from Marjory Razorblade by Kevin Coyne, originally released in 1973 and reissued in 2010 with previously unreleased material: Marjory Razorblade, Marlene, Talking to No One, Do Not Shout at Me Father and Marjory Razorblade Suite live at Hyde Park 1974.
12th February 2010
Tick Tock... Bong
This show features a ticking clock with occasional chimes. It could have been thirty minutes long but circumstances meant that the recording was interrupted after twenty minutes so the clock chimes eleven, then one, then twelve then six, with one or two odd glitches and a couple of murmuring voices towards the end. It was midnight in Syston, Leicestershire and the microphone was inside the clock which was awarded to Sandra’s grandfather; William Cross who won a stack of individual and team titles with the army and Castleford Harriers and was presented to King George V and Queen Mary in January 1920 after finishing sixth out of a field of 700 in the army cross-country championship. Sandra’s mother came into the room, noticed the microphone and just said “tick tock” before going back upstairs.
5th February 2010
Rodney Graham part 2
Rodney Graham Part Two: Vancouver-based artist Rodney Graham's musical output; today's tracks; Sinkin' in the West from Never Tell a Pal a hard luck story (You'll only get a hard luck story in return); Ball and Chain, and The Bed-Bug Part II, both from The Bed-Bug, Love Buzz and other songs in the popular idiom; More Music for the Love Scene, Zabriskie Point from the 10 inch vinyl LP Getting it Together in the Country; finally Electric Slim and the Factory Hen from the latest CD Why Look for Good Times?
29th January 2010
Maurice Seddon, spillage and slippage
Telephone interview with Captain Maurice Seddon (Royal Signals, retired); hospital appointment, prostate problems, blended food, spillage of apple juice, days spent in bed, update on dog pack issue, pullover sleeves torn off and placed over shoes to prevent slippage on ice.
22nd January 2010
Rodney Graham part 1
James Tregaskis performs an "announcement" accompanying himself on laptop followed by Part One of music and sound works by Vancouver based artist Rodney Graham: Feelin' Alright from Getting it Together in the Country, Some Works with Sound Waves, Some Works with Light Waves and Some Other Experimental Works (2000). What is Happy Baby, and So-Called Friends from The Bed-Bug, Love Buzz and other short songs in the Popular Idiom (2000). She Failed to See the Point from Never Tell a Pal a Hard Luck Story (You'll Only Get a Hard Luck Story in Return) (2002).
16th January 2010
Outsiders, Rev. Fred Lane et al
Ron Pate's Debonairs featuring Rev. Fred Lane play Volare from Raudelunas Pataphysical Revue originally recorded in 1975 and issued in an edition of 200 copies with covers cut from end rolls of pizza box cardboard. This CD reissue dates from 2003 enabled by Ed Baxter. Jack Smith's Earthquake Orgy from Tony Conrad's soundtrack for Flaming Creatures, recorded 1962. Wild Man Fischer sings Young at Heart from the CD Wildmania 2004 (1977). Wild Classical Music Ensemble; Rien de Rien and Tears from the Ensemble, sub rosa 2008. McSpeedy; improvisations pour l'emission Implosief sur un truc de dd De Meuter et Mozart Me de Lost (Kris Engelen) from sub rosa CD Musics in the Margin. Ludwin; San Francisco. Philippe; I've been looking, and la ballade des gens heureux. Guillaume; ambient, all from Bokan! sub rosa 2006.
8th January 2010