TUSK FRINGE 2020 Artist Info:
Tusk Fringe Gig 1 Saturday 3rd October
TUSK FRINGE VIRTUAL 2020 ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
Found objects, mouth noise.
A reflection on low-frequency tinnitus and the aesthetics of bass.
Marie Thompson is a researcher, writer and occasional sound-maker, living in Nottingham, UK. She is the author of Beyond Unwanted Sound: Noise, Affect and Aesthetic Moralism (Bloomsbury, 2017). Marie is currently working on a research project about tinnitus and the arts. She sometimes makes music with Rebecca Lee.
A SMALL BIO
‘WANDA GROUP LIVES IN HUDDERSFIELD AND WORKS THERE AND HASN’T LEFT THERE SINCE FEBRUARY 2020 BUT I DROVE TO WAKEFIELD TO SELL A TAPE DECK TO SOME PRICK BLOKE WHO HAD ABOUT 7 CARS AND WON MY TAPE DECK FOR ABOUT 30 QUID WHEN IT SHOULD HAVE SOLD FOR ABOUT 80 QUID THE CUNT’
INSTA : @vvpregnat
Confield Corrosion Crew
Listen, it’s not my fault I read Ruhnama when I was 16 and realized that I had to chew bones during sex in order to have infinite semen retention. Greetings to sage Saparmurat Niyazov!
Mansplaining with homosexual traits is critical support for mansplaining. Continue explaining on socialist lines. If the Labor Party is elected, the white man will keep telling the Falkland Islands that he will not let Galtieri do what he wants. no problem! However, will it fund all of my ingredients for Molotov? You know how much I need poc to continue my pocness and if the police stop me i can’t be a poc, just disappear into the blackout of the blackout.
@redacted: Light the next white anarchist autonomous zone that appears. Start Molotov in every squat led by white anarchists you encounter. Treat these anarcrakkkas—many will follow people’s preferences on twitter but they will be friends with your dad’s irritating classmate Posho James Butler on facebook—like cops because there is no reason colonizers get permits. -pass to reclaim space on stolen land just to kill us. MC Barry Scott in the building! Psytrance is a Tommy Robinson conspiracy. I sent this to a nice, tense, cute, voluptuous middle class boy in the UK techno scene and Facebook gave me a standard community warning. I thought that’s what they called empowerment in their language. I’ve said for years that the middle class has the dirtiest houses I’ve seen in British Columbia. You are in my pristine, sacred, holy nocturnal emissions and lemme tells you the secrets of the relentless bass beating. That and also the Anglo-Saxons are in principle filthy, how do you keep your shoes on at home? 10:55 pm May 13th 2020.
It will be so cool when I find a way to pirate Patreon
w/visuals from Dede
In Manchester, Rosa runs with All Hands on Deck (a collective for women, non binary and trans DJs) as well as Partisan Collective. Her day job is at the library and during lockdown, she has been running No Bounds Radio – a literature-focused internet radio station – with some friends. [can add a bit more about what I’ve put in the mixes later on!
4.30- 6.30pm TUSK X TUSK FRINGE – MORDEN TOWER
Translocal Peripheries: The Morden Tower with Adam Denton, Rosie Lewis, Ben Ponton, Paul Kelly and Hasan Gaylani.
Rosie Lewis has been involved in social justice, DIY organizing (arts and music) and feminist activism for over 25 years. At 16 she joined her first punk rock group and kept touring and organising in various guises for the next 3 decades-gravitating across music collectives and projects that ranged from DIY riot grrl to free jazz improvisation. At the heart of everything she does has been a belief in social transformation through collective action and the need for self defined spaces led by and for marginalised communities- her work has always been intersectional and underpinned by a black feminist ethos.
She currently manages violence against women and girls services for black and minoritised women in the region but works, writes and campaigns for women’s rights nationally and internationally.
Hasan Gaylani has been part of the TUSK organisation since 2011.
He’s been putting on gigs in Newcastle since 1989 with The Syndicate
and as Clearing The Path For No-one. As a member of Jazzfinger,
he started putting on gigs at Morden Tower and did so
until 2011. He’s recorded and performed as Popular Radiation.
He’s collaborated with the likes of The New Blockaders.
He’s run labels, record shops and been a radio plugger and
now he’s also the label manager of Shellshock distribution.
Paul Kelly is a promoter of experimental music concerts in the
north east of England. Active between 2006-16, and as one third of A Better Noise, he organised concerts for the likes of Crank Sturgeon, Rhodri Davies and John Butcher. Paul was a keyholder at the Morden Tower between 2011-13.
Ben Ponton is a founder member of :zoviet*france:, who have
played at Morden Tower twice, performing all-acoustic sets there
that have been unique in the band’s gig history. He’s also been a
gig promoter on and off over the last few decades and involved in
organising events at most of the venues on Tyneside.
Alex Niven in conversation with Stewart Smith : Basil Bunting at Morden Tower
Alex Niven is a writer and editor from Northumberland. Currently a lecturer in English at Newcastle University, his books include Folk Opposition and Definitely Maybe 33 1/3. His writing has appeared in The Guardian, The New Statesman, Tribune, The Independent, Pitchfork and LA Review of Books. His latest book, New Model Island: How to Build a Radical Culture Beyond the Idea of England is essential reading for those who want to critically understand “Englishness” and the twilight of England.
Tusk Fringe 2 Sunday 4th October
“Ghösh combines the darkest elements of aforementioned 90’s rave — pummeling beats and washy, distorted samples ala Atari Teenage Riot or Front 242– with the lyrical intensity of a 2009 LiveJournal entry co-written by Angela Davis and your little sister: they’re pissed off, informed, and ready to party.” – Alex Smith, The Key
Ghösh is a nü jungle, digital hardcore, US grime band from Philadelphia formed in 2018. Members Symphony Spell (vocals) & Zachary Fairbrother (production) bonded over their love of jungle, techno, rap & nü metal. Frantic drums, synths and booming bass lines form the bedrock for Symphony’s frenzied vocals, whose lyrics deal with the anxieties & frustrations of contemporary life, as well as how to have a good time. Known for having a highly energetic and visual stage show, they have performed with Show Me The Body, Machine Girl, Deli Girls, Dreamcrusher, Abhora, Pissed Jeans and Downtown Boys.
(Yakutia, Russia) aka Anya Enot – harsh noise, dsch core, GULAG extreme and severe sound, with the lowest temperatures.
Tina Krekels x Adam Campbell
Tina and Adam love Sci-Fi books, both play computer games and both make music that sounds like rank noise and distorted slobber. As a duo they utilise saxophone, voice, electronics, guitar, microphones and chat. Their current relationship exists mostly on Telegram and low grade video calls. They have played together in Fua and the Boar Collective. Tina lives in Berlin and teaches kids what good music is – Adam is in Glasgow & runs the Fancyyyyy label with Tristan Clutterbuck.
Plastiglomerate is the experimental project of Thomas Tyler—a response to a condition he believes is descending into further simulation, and a search for “truth” in the age of post data. His practice is a multidisciplinary study of noise, noise being a grey area far from reason, but not quite absurd.
Thomas has exhibited/performed his work internationally, is a project assistant for The Auxiliary Project Space and operates the Base Materialism imprint, that specialises in small run experimental/noise/power electronics releases.
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VISUALS BY AVOLA
Portland-based musician/producer Veronica Avola is one of several US underground artists currently investing the ongoing crossover between DIY noise and electronic dance music with a sense of mischief and mirth.
The visual aesthetic surrounding Avola’s work bears a superficial resemblance to that of vaporwave. On closer inspection it’s a great deal less self-conscious and detached, messier and ultimately more fun. For her Pink Noise V performance she’s framed by low-res animations of Furbys, toilets, anime characters and grey aliens (the latter being a recurring element in her work as indicated by last year’s Consensual Abduction). Surrounded by a tangle of cables and equipment Avola rolls out a beautifully paced cosmic jam which journeys through raw Chicago-style house, lo-fi soundtrack atmospherics and sci-fi noise, at times folding in her own distorted banshee vocals. It’s crunchy, tactile and funky as hell.
Tusk Fringe 3 Saturday 10th October
Shelley Parker is an electronic music producer, DJ and composer. Since 2001 she has performed live and played DJ sets at venues spanning Fabric, Berlin Atonal, Palais de Tokyo, Tresor and Tate Britain.
Her music productions have been released on various labels including: Entr’acte, Hessle Audio, Houndstooth, One Little Indian and her own label Structure. From 2016 she has produced scores for various choreographers and the theatre production Remnants with work performed at the ICA, KOKO, Arnolfini, Marion Goodman Gallery and Oxford Contemporary Music.
In addition she has created several sound installations including commissions for the Victoria & Albert museum and John Cage retrospective at the De la Warr Pavilion.
David Howcroft x Swarm Front
Recreation of a Mesolithic Cup and rings ceremony at Roughtin Linn by David Howcroft with soundscape provided by Swarmfront.
Northumberland is noted for its prehistoric cup – and- ring marked stones.The largest of these carved stones is at Roughtin Linn. The name means ‘roaring’ and the sound is magnified by the rock formations. It feels sacred and the ceremony performed by David is a response to why Mesolithic hunter-gatherers venerate water.
Swarm Front are KENOSIST, SW1N-Hunter and Mariam Rezaei, all resident at TOPH.
To realise this project thank you.
Film/video: Ben Jones.
Photographs: Sarah Sullivan
josie is a writer, an artist and a philosopher, and the co-editor of New Socialist. Her interests coalesce around the intersection of the poetic and the political, with a particular emphasis on process, relationality, socialism, ethics, ecologies, words, and flowers. Her future plans include dismantling capitalism and co-creating a more beautiful world, with and for others.
Firas Khnaisser x Dave Murray-Rust
Firas Khnaisser is an improviser from Lebanon based in Edinburgh since 2010. His sound practice revolves around extending the sound of the electric and classical guitar through objects, contact mics, mixer and electronics usually applied within an improvisational context. Last year he set-up the TFEH gig series in Edinburgh welcoming free improv, free jazz and noise artists from across the UK. He collaborates frequently with Ali Robertson, Jack Weir, Dave Murray-Rust, Dimitris Papageorgiou, Armin Sturm and Fritz Welch.
Dave Murray-Rust explores the messy areas between humans and technology, often through shared noise making. He plays with Raw Green Rust and Firas Khnaisser among others, building up a dubby soup of expressive noise, continually resampling, grabbing and feeding back fragments of music. He improvises using laptops and controllers, trying to make computer performance as responsive and generous as possible.
With DJs Jennifer Walton, Peb and Spill Kit
Jennifer Walton is a London based composer and producer, creating music focusing on the in-between spaces of pop and experimental electronics. Releasing with labels All Centre & Mutualism, their work ranges from fleshy reconstructions of club music, to power electronics imaginings of the Xenofeminist Manifesto.
Spill kit is the main musical project of Imogen Rough who is currently based in London. Spill kit explores memory, storytelling and disparate locations. Spill kit uses noise, found sound, field recordings and vocal loops to create alternative pop/dance music.
daniel s. evans controls the amorphous parliament of owls known as peb. whilst not wrangling raptors he can be found vibrating strings in the shovel dance collective, teaching computing or screeching at astronomical pitches. his work has been performed at tate modern, cafe oto and corsica studios. although pebs aspirational home is amongst the mystical brass of the pennines, or the gnostic angels, we make do with the grey ringroad called london.
Everything TQN-aut; N-aut, TQN-aut & TQzine
David Howcroft and Andy Wood in conversation with Mariam Rezaei.
Since their unconnected inception in mid 2017, TQ (zine – Andy Wood) and N-aut (tapes –David Howcroft) have been actively supporting each other in their work and developing the synergy of both enterprises. Meeting in North East England once a month to share ideas and plans, it was decided to make real an idea we had discussed on many occasions.
With TQ zine offering free CDr’s to subscribers with many (not all) issues, and with both Andy and David on occasion helping with the funding of such, in May 2019 the idea of the
TQN-aut label became a reality.
David and Andy have a strong desire to;
It therefore made sense to work together and create a label that would act as a strong and additional vehicle to further help in accomplishing the aforementioned aims.
Active partners in this initiative are;
Ash Cooke aka Chow Mwng, Pulco, Dukes of Scuba, and member of Dererro.
Darren Holloway member of SINNEN band and has also released music as darren j holloway & Damselfly
Ash and Darren are responsible for the logistical workings of TQN-aut including disc and cover production, blog and bandcamp management
Some of what we put out on TQN-aut will be distributed free and in limited numbers to TQ zine subscribers. Others will have physical and / or digital copies for sale on the label bandcamp site.
If you wish discuss releasing any original material on TQN-aut, please contact us on;
David continues documenting and archiving the North East no-audience underground and makes his tapes available (upon request) for free. To request a list of N-aut tapes contact David at; email@example.com
Andy continues publishing and editing TQ zine, keeping the cost of single issues and subscriptions as low as possible. You can learn all about TQ zine at; tqzine.blogspot.com
____________________________________________________________________Martin Archer talks about Discus Music with Stewart Smith
Martin Archer is a composer / improviser who is equally at home on stage or in the studio. His own distinctive saxophone playing is rooted in AACM jazz. Through his use of keyboards and electronics, and as a studio producer, he extends this interest into extended song form and leftfield rock music. His principle music work is the Discus Music bel, the imprint for his various releases, and increasingly releases by other artists.
“Archer’s aesthetic is an intriguing and transformative one—whatever enters his world comes out changed, if not utterly, then beautifully.” – DUNCAN HEINING
Tusk Fringe Gig 4 Sunday 11th October
Since the mid 90’s, Vincent Koreman a.k.a. Drvg Cvltvre has been working on his own blend of dystopian acid, no wave and experimental house. Respected in the international underground for his groundbreaking work in experimental techno and electro as RA-X in the 90′s on labels like Bunker and KK Records, Koreman comes from a DIY punk background, opting for hard work and political stance rather than hollow pose.
Drvg Cvltvre’s music takes the speed down a notch to emphasis on the heaviness of sound and using the space left between the pounding kicks to build melancholic melodies that seem to grow out of thin air. A blend of dark techno and deep house with lots of experiment, influenced in equal parts by Suicide, Sun Ra and Terrence Dixon.
His discography is a staggering collection of releases on labels like Warp, Permanent Vacation, Viewlexx, Pinkman, Omnidisc, the legendary Nervous Records and his own imprint New York Haunted, that has been gaining momentum as a bastion of cool, experimental house & techno in an increasingly stale and bland music scene. Drvg Cvltvre is a sought after live act and dj that has been playing everywhere from Shanghai to New York and from Sydney to Helsinki, leaving crowds in awe of his hardware live sets and stellar dj selections. Drvg Cvltvre’s tracks are staples in several well known Djs sets. His cuts get played by Nina Kraviz, Speedy J, I-F, John Talabot, DJ Stingray, Juan Atkins, Jackmaster, Marcel Dettmann, Helena Hauff and many others. He’s been featured and interviewed by Djmag, Mixmag, Resident Advisor and The Wire.
With Visuals by Sigrid Calon
Stéphane Shibatsuji-Perrin is a musician, performer and artist living in Tokyo whose works make an extensive use of sensors, microcontrollers and obsolete devices.
Some of his music projects include: Nunk on Droise (music performance that makes use of alcohol sensors); Kousenjuu (projection on light-sensitive screens that generate sound, with Yousuke Fuyama); TV BUG (audio-visual feedback on analog TVs) and Les Belles Noiseuses (live mixing of numerous customized fashion dolls that produce sounds).
He regularly performs live in Japan and abroad. He has participated to a number of festivals, including live.code.festival 2013 and LUFF 2014.
2DRUNK2CODE is a new live coding project based on a former project of algorithmic live coding on microcontrollers – without computer; and inspired by the current situation of lockdowns and social distancing. For this new project, the performer/live coder is replaced by a robot that both determines the algorithms and types them. The performance is thus entirely automated but its physicality is preserved through the presence of the robotic coder.
TUSK FRINGE VIRTUAL 2020 ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
Found objects, mouth noise.
Stable & FK Alexander – Make Me Beautiful Duets (w/ visuals by Georgina Penstkart)
Both Stable and FK Alexander are Glasgow-based artists who have collaborated in the past, most notably for FK’s live performance art shows ‘Violence’ and ‘Diana Is Dead & Who Should We See About That’.
FK has been performing successfully for many years, most notably with the show ‘(I Could Go On Singing) Over The Rainbow’, which was performed most recently at London’s South Bank Centre. Her work is informed by her personal struggles with her addictions and her mental health as well as her love for the darker, more sordid side of celebrity
Stable is Andy Brown, he’s been creating aggressive, abstract, repetitive, noise-based electronic music under the Stable moniker for a couple of years. He aims to explore the limits of tolerance and resistance with his loud, longform, typically abstract and rhythmic compositions, while also using it as a means to vent and normalise his experiences with childhood sexual trauma and subsequent abuse of alcohol and drugs.
With DJs SW1N-Hunter and KENOSIST
Gwilly Edmondez – Experimental Improvisation in Wales
Burning like fuck. One half of Yeah You and arch-nemesis of KENOSIST.
STEWART SMITH – Things That Zap The Mind: Improvised Music In 1970s Scotland
Stewart Smith is a music and arts journalist and academic, with a particular interest in alternative cultural histories of Scotland. A regular contributor to The Wire, Bandcamp Daily, Tribune and Bella Caledonia, he recently launched Ion Engine, a newsletter dedicated to underground and experimental music from Scotland.
Twitter @Stewfsmith Insta: stewfsmith