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, facebook.com/listenersclubyork/
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.