Monday, 27 July 2015

New Album 'Insomni' out Sept 25th + Drums on new LP by James Blackshaw

Summer 2015:

I've played drums and added electronics to the new album by James Blackshaw! It's a pleasure to play with James again after performing on the live album 'Le Faux Magistrat' (Fantomas) in 2013.


'Summoning Suns' is out now on Important Records and can be heard and bought here:

http://www.importantrecords.com/imprec/imprec407

http://jamesblackshaw.tumblr.com

Blackshaw's 'Le Faux Magistrat', out on Tompkins Square' is available here: http://jamesblackshaw.tumblr.com/post/84933628098/fantomas-le-faux-magistrat-cd-2lp-available-on

'Insomni'

Ash International, the label run by Mike Harding from Touch http://www.touch33.net, will release my fourth solo album 'insomnia' on September 25th 2015. It was mastered by Denis Blackham and artwork was created by Philip Marshall. 
I will be also performing the album at two Touch related live events in California around the release date....(LA and in the San Fransisco area) can be found advertised here: https://www.facebook.com/events/849832585052419/ + https://www.facebook.com/events/1476279799349391/

Be sure to order from the Touch site shop as it included two rare exclusive tracks unavailable anywhere else!



Thanks you for listening. S x


Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Springwatch Unsprung

I had the immense pleasure to head out to RSPB Minsmere in Suffolk, UK to be interviewed by Chris Packham for the BBC program 'Springwatch Unsprung' this week. Catch it here on the BBC iPlayer:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b05x7vw6/springwatch-unsprung-2015-episode-9

At 55 minutes I am also interviewed about sound ecology on the 'Springwatch Extra' show (shown at 16.30 before 'Unsprung'- http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b05xx9t9/springwatch-extra-2015-27-afternoon-08062015




If you are in Berlin or able to travel into this great city I am live on 11th June for a Miasmah Records night (they released my previous two albums) at FEED:

http://www.6554.de/061115/




I have a commissioned piece called 'FloodLines' now running at AirSpace Gallery for the 'Balle Lines' project that is open to the public to visit:

http://www.airspacegallery.org/index.php/projects/battle_lines


Slowdive are busy recording and doing a few shows too:

www.slowdiveofficial.com


Saturday, 30 May 2015

New work, BBC TV and radio

Spring has sprung over here in the UK and it's a pleasure to announce that the BBC television show 'Springwatch' have invited me onto the show to discuss my latest album 'Below Sea level'. I'll be chatting to Chris Packham on Monday 8th June at 9pm on 'Springwatch Unsprung'.


RSPB Minsmere, Suffolk, UK.


AirSpace gallery in Stoke-on-Trent are now exhibiting my new field recordings composition 'FloodLines' as part of a new exhibition called 'Battle Lines'.

My focus was collecting the sounds of the three types of water (flood) defence systems in the Fens. The wind pump at Wicken Fen, steam at Streatham and diesal at Prickwillow pump station. It's now open until June 27th and also features three other artists work within the gallery space.

https://www.facebook.com/AirSpaceGalleryStoke?fref=nf&pnref=story


UK music and arts organisation TOUCH have my 'Caxton Gibbet' radio piece now broadcasting. It's a composition created from within the gallows that stand on a site known famously in English folklore for its ghost stories and true tales of capital punishment taking place on this site:



Touch have also rereleased 'Below Sea Level' and the accompanying 80 page journal:


'Caxton Gibbet' is also included in a wonderful new project 'Tyburnia' by The Dead Rat Orchestra about public execution sites in the UK when it's performed in Cambridge on Castle Hill on Sunday June 7th.




Thanks for listening!

Slowdive, the band I play drums in, news, gigs etc is here: http://www.slowdiveofficial.com

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Touch Radio

Touch have added my piece 'Caxton Gibbet' to their Touch Radio series. It took between 2012 and spring 2015 to collect and edit hundreds of hours of sound recordings I made at this site.

The British Library, home to the UK's national collection of radio recordings, also share the exclusive Touch Radio broadcasts and I am honoured to become part of this collection. Listen and read about the project here (or go to Podcasts on iTunes and find Touch Radio):




'Below Sea Level' is available to buy here:




Further information:

A mile and a half from Caxton, at what was the crossroads (now a roundabout next to MacDonalds and a Costa Coffee) there exists a gibbet, a grim reminder of the history of the place. Gibbeting was the punishment for some capital offences including highway robbery. An iron cage would have hung from the wooden arm of the original gibbet. Here criminals were hung, imprisoned in the cage until they were dead. The head was clamped at the top to prevent tired legs from resting and the person would slowly starve to death, or in the winter succumb to exposure. The body would remain suspended for some time after death as a warning to others.
The original gallows stood on Caxton Common and open area of land that surrounded the junction which was part of King’s Field. 
There are, not surprisingly, a number of tales about the people to have died on the gibbet. The most common tale relates to the robbery and murder of the Partridge family, in Monk Field, Bourn in the 18th century. The murderer fled to America but returned to England after 7 years. After spending some time in a local pub, drink loosened his tongue and he alluded to fleeing the place because he had poached some partridges. The publican believed him to be referring to the unsolved murders and called the police. The man was then arrested and sentenced to be hung in the cage and starve to death.
Another variation tells of a man named Jack Williamson who had a black lurcher called Flash whom he adored. Flash became ill and died after 2 weeks. Knowing Albert Partridge had envied Flash, Williamson became convinced he had killed his beloved dog. The two men met and Williamson struck Partridge. He then, unusually for him, began drinking and muttered about Partridges. When Albert’s body was found Williamson was therefor linked to his death. He was gibbeted alive. A baker who took pity on him and offered him bread suffered the same fate.
Legend has it that a landlord of a nearby inn murdered three travellers but was found out and hung on the gibbet.
In 1676 a highwayman called Christopher Ewings was hung here. On 10 August 1745 Footmass and Jerroms were hung for robbing Mr William Wright, a horse dealer of his gold on 12 February 1744. 

The area is a place with a lot of history. The bodies of suicides were traditionally buried at crossroads as they were not allowed to be buried in consecrated ground. It is not clear whether this happened at this particular crossroads though. Here the A1198 (the old Roman road) and the A428 meet. Nearby used to be the Caxton Gibbet airfield. In September 1939 it was used as a satellite for Bassingbourn but from 1940 it was used by 50 group as a landing area for No 22 Elementary Flying School. The inn nearby (the original would have been 18th century) catered for viewers of the gibbeting.
More recently the inn became a Chinese restaurant that mysteriously burnt down in 2011 and reports of ghostly visions of a hitchhiker who disappear when motorists slow down to offer them a ride and also a voice appearing over car stereo's forewarn motorists of impending accidents.
In 2015 McDonalds restaurant bought the site and began to trade but the gallows still stand at the entrance as a macabre reminder of the local history and English folklore.

Text taken from sources:

 
Cambridgeshire Journal. February 2001. Pp11-13

Cambridgeshire Collection. RO6 2904. David Mossop. Caxton Gibbet


http://www.touch33.net/touchline/touchline2.html

Monday, 23 March 2015

US Tour April 2015

Tour 2015:

To promote my new album, out now on TOUCH, I'm touring very soon! http://touchshop.org/product_info.php?cPath=113&products_id=692
April 12th:
LA
The echo- http://www.theecho.com/event/721663-simon-scott-from-slowdive-los-angeles/
http://parttimepunks.com



April 13th:
San Francisco
Studio Grand
3234 Grand Ave, Oakland, California 94610
https://www.facebook.com/events/1551590065110015/
http://www.studiograndoakland.org/calendar/2015/4/13/little-nickys-presents-tompkins-square-record-release-wchuck-johnson-simon-scott



April15th:
Vancouver (CA)
The Wise Hall
https://www.facebook.com/events/1484037245168840/
http://simonscottwise.bpt.me

* with Loscil and Marcus fisher

April 16th:
Seattle- Hollow Earth Radio
https://www.facebook.com/events/928383300540647/
http://www.hollowearthradio.org

* with Marcus fisher (plus an improvisational finale between Fisher/Scott)



April 17th:
Anacortes- The Business
https://www.facebook.com/events/1375866736071310/

*with Peter Broderick and Marcus Fisher

April 18th:
Portland- Reed College
3203 SE Woodstock Blvd, Portland, Oregon 97202

https://www.facebook.com/events/371309296407811/

* with Loscil and Marcus fisher






Saturday, 7 March 2015

Touch



'Below Sea Level' by Simon Scott







UK arts organisation/label Touch have released 'Below Sea Level' and the download includes the rare 76 page journal that is long out of physical print!

The Touch version, on their new imprint TOUCHLINE, has been mastered by Taylor Deupree.

12k, the label run by Deupree from Pound Ridge US, released the limited edition journal featuring Scott's essay on listening, sound ecology and the draining of The Fens, and CD in 2012.


Get it here: https://touchshop.org//product_info.php?products_id=692


Reviews:
  • CHAIN D.L.K. (.COM)

    "A sort of osmosis between acousmatic pastorale and lively natural elements."
  • TEXTURA (.ORG)

    "He has granted access to what for many will be a new locale and provided enlightenment about its dramatic history."
  • AMBIENT EXOTICA (.COM)

    "Scott’s devotion to this project results in a fantastic journey through the Fenlands of England."
  • WAJOBU (.COM)

    "Simon Scott has given us a great gift—finding music in nature."
  • SKELETON CREW QUARTERLY (BLOG)

    "In some cases, Scott seems to be playing for the present moment, merely coexisting with a complicated patch of nature. In its most satisfying moments, however, Below Sea Level sounds like a poignant farewell."
  • TITLE (DE)

    "Warmen Klängen und unaufdringlichen Bewegungen."
  • PLAYGROUNDMAG (.NET)

    "Es un disco que suena como una gran burbuja, una burbuja fina que puede estallar en cualquier momento."
  • A CLOSER LISTEN (.COM)

    "Below Sea Level is more than music, more than sound; it’s a quiet revolution."
  • HAWAI (PT)

    "The sound of rushing coastline washed sand regions without relief, ossified in time."

  • MUSIQUE MACHINE (.COM)

    "This sense of the past threads through 'Below Sea Level' to remind of the qualities of Super 8 footage."
I'll be touring North America in April (please see previous post for details).