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·     Last Tuesday of every month - A free improv’ & experimental music jam night with guest performers. Take your instrument, laptops, toys and voices - The Golden Lion, Fielden Square, Todmorden. OL14 6LZ - 7.30 – Free

·     ‘Find the Others’ Monthly Noise Matinee, 13thNote, Glasgow. 2-5pm.
2020 Dates: 18.04, 16.05, 20.06, 18.07, 15.08, 19.09, 17.10,     21.11, 18.12. If you wish to make a noise then please contact; 

2nd – ‘Jesus Blood Never Failed Me Yet’performed by The Northern Symphonia – £20 - Wylam Brewery, Newcastle
2nd– Robert Ridley-Shackleton, Wendy Miasma, Molloy
11th – The Leaf Library, The Understudies, Samantha Whates. The Slaughtered Lamb, Great Sutton St. London. WC1V 0DX
18th– Taupe, Faye MacCalman, Calm C, Yes Grasshopper. Star & Shadow, Newcastle. 7.70pm. £7.00
18th– Gary Wilkinson, Unit Ama, St James Infirmary. YMCA Ashington
Audio visual performances of orchestral music created using cut-ups, loops and layers of public domain classical pieces. Three new pieces of music by Gary Wilkinson which cover stories and subjects from former mining communities that have been left behind and are struggling through a ‘downturn’.

The orchestration is stripped back, using only the piano to challenge the very limits of the composer’s techniques, reflecting the isolation of the individual and the single player nature of the central theme. Fixed Odds Betting Terminals have been described as the crack cocaine of gambling and the piece combines Chopin, Rachmaninoff and Albéniz to portray a world where vaulting and cascading rhythms meet with shadowy intent. 

Using a typical theme within classical music of ‘nature’, Cannabis Farms were chosen to represent this theme after reading a local free newspaper front page story detailing police raids on a sizeable number of cannabis farms in the area. An observational piece on nature’s corruption the music deftly integrates pieces from Ravel, Beethoven and Prokofiev as it explores the dark spaces where nature slips effortlessly into humanity’s noose. The innocence and beauty of the plant fulfilling its nature by simply growing is juxtaposed with the manipulation and exploitation of that plant at the hands of people for both criminal and leisure activities. The accompanying video is filmed on streets where Cannabis Farms were raided. 

WIND FARMS//Sinfonietta
Tackling another typical theme within classical music which describes a notable ‘landmark’, Wind Farms were chosen because of their predominance in the locality. This ominous piece touches on the destructive power of nature as it’s transformed into positive raw energy. Created only using wind instrumentation from pieces by JS Bach, Elgar and Holst among others, the visuals take inspiration from the local surroundings in Ashington and Northumberland, humanising a global endeavour.

27th– Stealing Kittens, Black Holes are Cannibals, - The Cumberland Arms, Newcastle. £6.50 Adv & £9 OTD

23rd– Kieron Mahon, Modulator ESP, Grey Frequency.Decimal place, 10 Burton Rd, Lincoln. LN1 3LB. Free entry. 7.30pm
Kieran Mahon’s press release: ‘I make drone music and incorporate elements of ambient, psychedelic, kosmische/Berlin school, although I am always in a state of work in progress. Since 2015 I have played at many of the events that are part of the experimental/electronic scene, particularly in London, including Sonic Imperfections, Ambience Chasers (Sonic Cathedral), Dronica Festival, More News From Nowhere, Emotion Wave (Liverpool), Blacking out… (IKLECTIK Art Lab), The Spirit of Gravity (Brighton), Linear Obsessional and These Days and been on bills with artists such as Scanner, Ulrich Schnauss, Samuel Kerridge, Lætitia Sadier and Sean O’Hagan. I am based in St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex’.

Jez Creek is from Nottingham & his Modulator ESP project has played many acclaimed sets at Weird Garden & elsewhere. He makes fantastic synthesiser music, using an ingenious table of synths, effects & mixers. Vast shimmering notes, sparkling chords, profound bass drones, then from this melodies can emerge & go fascinatingly rhythmic. He runs the Church Of Sound nights in Nottingham.

Grey Frequency is the ambient music project of audio & visual artist Gavin Morrow from Nottingham. Through the manipulation of found sounds & field recordings he explores themes of memory, folklore & modern mythology. Soundscapes are crafted using audio cassettes, tape players & effects pedals, creating an atmospheric blend of lo-fi ambient textures, dense drones & abstract musical passages.

18th – The Necks – Kings Place, London – 8pm
10thA 'Weird Garden' evening of live original sound & vision. Jeff Surak, Rinus Van Alebeek, Girls On Tape, Experimental Sonic Machines. Decimal Place 10 Burton Rd Lincoln LN1 3LB. 6-10pm. Free entry

Jeff Surakstarted in the early 80s participating in the international hometaper network. He released his music under the name -1348- on his own Watergate Tapes imprint along with other artists such as Controlled Bleeding, Kapotte Musik, Odal, F.A.R. and collaborations with John Hudak, Crawling With Tarts, Zan Hoffman and others. Surak also performed and toured with his live unit New Carrollton creating improvised post industrial soundscapes. During the early 1990s Surak spent most of his time living in Russia, where he formed the noise group Sovmestnoye Predpriyatiye (Joint Venture), which did site specific performances. In the late 90s, Surak returned to recording and live performance with the free music duo V. After releasing numerous recordings and touring the USA, V. disbanded and Surak focused on solo works under the name of Violet, creating organic irrational compositions, using electro-acoustic instruments and tape/cd/vinyl manipulations.

As well as being part of the duo Girls On Tape, Jeff Surak performs under his own name, operating in the netherworld between composed and improvised music, moving between musique concrete, drone, noise, & free improvisation using whatever sound implements are at hand. He has collaborated with other artists: Alexei Borisov, Zan Hoffman, Frans De Waard, and Michael Gendreau. Surak runs the Zeromoon label and directs the annual Sonic Circuits Festival of Experimental Music in Washington DC, presenting performances by a wide range of artists from Phil Niblock, Magma, Univers Zero, Merzbow, Faust, Odal, Andrea Parkins, David Behrman, and hundreds of others.

The other member of Girls On Tape is Rinus Van Alebeek, a writer and dictaphone experimentalist. He is the curator of the revived (since 2010) Staalplaat’s cassette label, Staaltape. He is also alongside Adrian Shephard the founder of the Berlin-based radio Radio On.

Girls On Tape sees Surak & Alebeek creating sounds with Walkman tape players, vocals, & bizarre ideas such as Alebeek’s ‘acoustc laptop’ & Surak’s ‘lentil crisps’. Sometimes they don’t use amplification, just the on-board speakers in the tape players. Chaotic elements such as chanson, sound art, whisper culture, plunderphonics, archaic ceremonies, voodoo, trad avant-garde music, Soviet realism, musique concrete, laws of Leo Stassberg, geo-dating & journalism are skilfully brought together in their sonic creations.

The evening starts at 6pm with an outdoor performance near Decimal Place byExperimental Sonic Machines & robot drummer Ernie. Peter K Rollings makes most of his instruments & music machines from scrap materials & some are solar powered. In his shows he metamorphoses into a series of bizarre costumed characters, with highly imaginative, original electro-acoustic music to go with them.