All Ears 010 – 16th Nov 2017

Welcome to the All Ears Leeds special. We take a break in December and then return, back in Ilkley, in January.

All of this month’s music and visuals have been chosen by our five selectors in response to Tom Beesley’s Sifting Defunct Modernity exhibition which you can see in the next room.

Listings of all the tracks we play, and a Spotify playlist, will appear on our website and Facebook page in a few days’ time.

If you have friends in the York area they may want to check out our sister event: The Listeners Club – Twitter: @listenersyork,

8:30 Simon East

In a reference to Tom’s geodesic dome structures the visuals are a film about Buckminster Fuller’s Union Tank Car Dome. The music is a selection of tracks by English electronic duo Plaid (they also record as The Black Dog). The organic sound of the music and their avoidance of standard dance music time signatures struck me as a good pairing with Fuller’s domes and Tom’s sculpture.

9:00 Tom Beesley

A selection of six pieces of music to accompany five short films featuring iconic buildings or groups of buildings. The release date of each track is also a significant moment in the life of the building.

9:30 Rachel Sedman

Catarina Barbieri is an Italian musician composing on analogue and digital synthesisers with a focus on minimalism. Her work explores themes of machine intelligence and perception in sound through approaching music practice as a cognitive feedback between humans and technology.

10:00 Gary Winters

“Modernity is the transient, the fleeting, the contingent; it is one half of art, the other being the eternal and the immovable.” – Charles Baudelaire. I have chosen a suite of pieces ranging across the period broadly categorised in terms of modernity. These works were a radical challenge to the past; maybe they still are, even if there are indicators of a more palatable, known, popular culture.

10:30 John Gamble

My selections are played alongside the homemade films of people breaking into and exploring abandoned buildings. These explorers are drawn to these spaces, capturing them as they are precariously positioned on the edge of failure. The selected sound artists use the process of tape loops with Basinski repeatedly running tape over the head, and allowing it to deteriorate, leading to a beautiful collapse.


After a stressful few days of installation (its always the technology stuff that lets you down!) the exhibition opened on the 25th October. Thanks to everyone who came and made it a great night as the space became busier and busier and the bar ran dry. I will now retire to a darkened room for a few days before contemplating the forthcoming viva (yikes).


Following a longer than intended absence (mainly due to a concentrated period of writing, oh and a holiday!) I’ve started to think about producing new work. For a variety of reasons I’ve found myself drawn to the idea of creating contrived plastiglomerates from the detritus of everyday life. Plastiglomerates are the new material forms that have been emerging where geological forces have combined with waste materials (in places such as Hawaii) to produce new rock forms incorporating glass, plastics, sand and rocks in new lava flows. This piece started within a box of miscellaneous items from a house clearance sale, objects left over from a life, bound together and subject to the relentless reconfiguring powers of nature.


One of Richard Buckminster Fuller’s many projects involved the creation of the Dymaxion map of the world. Using a modified icosahedron, Fuller created a projection of the globe on which all the landmasses could be connected together, or conversely the projection could show all the oceans of the planet as one. This is a link to a small gif from wkipedia that shows the development of the pattern. I’ve started to think about the next body of work that will be exhibited this Autumn, I’m particularly interested in creating small environments within which further work (by myself or others) could take place.