So, MS Stubnitz has left Canary Wharf in favour of Dunkerque.
While I’m sad to see her go I’m thankful for all of the fun times we had together, playing both Exploding Cinemas Ship of Fools & Monsters and Hydroacoustics (which was headlined by the fantastic Helm and :Zoviet*France:).
I’m sure she and her crew will have many more fun times ahead.
You can see a timelapse of her journey from here to there over here.
Here are a few snippets of Harmergeddon on board from our show with Jonathan Pigram:
Harmergeddon very much enjoyed playing @ Deptford Town Hall last month.
We were accompanied by the amazing Jonathan Pigram who added some beautifully surreal projections to the stage with his trademark live video feedback technique.
Here is a clip of the show taken from the feedback camera.
We will upload a version with better audio quality and varying camera angles as soon as we finish editing it.
Harmergeddon had a great time playing Sinful Supper at The Victoria in Mile End on 3rd of Feb with the awesome Daniel Merrill. It was our first gig of 2013 so we decided to add a few new things to our set to shake things up and continue the evolution. Namely an early learning centre microphone/voice changer, some bowed fridge grate (check out my Sonic Art page for more on that) and the inclusion of audio material from a standard microphone (yes, I know, what a Maverick!).
This allowed us some fun playing with some off the cuff samples captured from Dan’s awesome Violin playing as well as allowing me to sing through some of the algorithms.
Here is a short video excerpt of the last few minutes of the first set taken by Tomoroh Hidari. He also wrote a nice article about the night on his blog Ivory Bunker.
Check it out, some very cool music there.
Thanks to all who came down to Silence and Noise @ Power Lunches. It was a fantastic night of interesting sounds and we had a lot of fun!
We were also pleased to find out we had been reviewed by Sam Ludford over on his Scrolldust blog.
Here’s what he had to say:
“After a short break was Harmergeddon, with a set somewhat more anarchic in nature. Their chosen medium was billed intriguingly as ‘consumer electronics’, and this was no word of a lie: one half of the duo was on laptop duties while the other crawled around with a pickup hunting static and other signals from a variety of broadcasting devices: an old TV, a router, a VCR player, a big pile of disembowelled video tape. These sounds were layered with those coming from the laptop, blending into a fast-moving collage of noises shunted aside by the digital age. The concentrated interaction with all these raggedy electronics gave the piece an air of performance art, appealing to some part of the brain that had lain dormant during the pure sonics beforehand.”
It’s been a long while from the making of this album to it’s release and all I can say is that sometimes life gets in the way, but finally here it is available in stereo as well as in it’s original octophonic state for the price of just £5.
There are three tracks in total all wholly improvised using the MinutiÆ performance environment, a selection of 5 years worth of field recordings, a Yamaha Disklavier Piano and a Playstation 3 Sixaxis controller.
The simplicity of this control over what could have been a very complicated set up allowed me to reach a deep state of mindful meditation within each improvisation.
The stereo mix was created by recording the playing back of the original recordings on an octophonic setup with two Neumann U87′s placed in the center.