17th June 2017

Currently working on:

  • Another potential contribution for a forthcoming A Year in the Country collection (bringing the total to 4 this year)
  • Setlists for summer gigs in Doncaster (M+H, experimental drone/dark ambient POSTPONED), Hull (Pulselovers), Derby (Pulselovers) and Sheffield (with Derek Williams' VCM project)

Forthcoming:

  • Two new tracks (covers) on a new Mute Records tribute album: UnMute


Recent:

Pulselovers at Weird Garden, Lincoln

My first gig of the year was at the wonderful Weird Garden in Lincoln curated by the brilliant Experimental Sonic Machines. This was a solo Pulselovers gig (i.e. without regular six-string maestro Tony Nicholson) which I think went down really well... I enjoyed it anyway. The set included 4 tracks from the first album as well as a couple which have recently appeared on the albums 'The Restless Field' and 'From the Furthest Signals', though in drastically different forms. Pictures will appear soon in the Live section. There's also an old school lo-fi, mono, hand held bootleg recording in my possession which I might post at some point.

Modulations by Curly Wurly

Lupus: Feed

Recreation of the piece improvised at New Weird Planet in Doncaster on the 24th March 2017.
This version recorded in one take on Sunday 30th April.
Free Download
Craig Manga: Volca Kick, Bass, Samples
John Alexander: Projectors, Sharpies, Sandpaper
Mat Handley: Paintbox, Kalimba, Bow, Knife, Pedals
Original lino cut by Rachel Horne

The Restless Field (AYITC)




From the Furthest Signals (AYITC)




1st May 2017

Currently working on:



  • New Pulselovers tracks for a couple of different compilations appearing later in the year (3 original pieces, 2 cover versions)
  • An all new live set list for Pulselovers gigs later in the year in Hull, Derby, Lincoln, Doncaster and more (details in the Live page)
  • A performance concept for a solo spot at the next New Weird Planet event in June
  • Initial sketches for the second Pulselovers album, which will probably appear in 2018
  • New track 'Feed' recorded with Craig Manga as part of our Lupus project:
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Recent:

The Restless Field

New Pulselovers track Badby 80 is to appear on the forthcoming A Year In The Country album The Restless Field. I feel privileged to be appearing alongside artists whose music I admire, including Listening Center, Grey Frequency, Time Attendant, Vic Mars, Sproatly Smith and Polypores (all of whom make regular appearances on my radio show You, the Night and the Music).

"The Restless Field is a study of the land as a place of conflict and protest as well as beauty and escape; an exploration and acknowledgement of the history and possibility of protest, resistance and struggle in the landscape/rural areas, in contrast with more often referred to urban events.

It takes inspiration from flashpoints in history while also interweaving personal and social myth, memory and the lost hidden tales of the land."


When considering the title of this project, my thoughts went immediately to historical incidents such as the Battle of the Beanfield as suggested by the remit, however as I started thinking on how to translate these fragments of recent rural history into a piece of electronic music, an image came to mind of a photograph that I took in 1983 when on a nostalgic weekend return to my childhood home in Daventry, Northamptonshire.

On that excursion from my adopted hometown of Doncaster, I took photographs of old mates, my primary and secondary schools, and the various haunts where as a child, I played football, rode my bike and collected newts, frogs and other pond life on those endless seventies summer afternoons. One such location was a subway which went under the main road into town which I used to travel through in order to get from my council estate home to the then swanky and modern comprehensive school. On the wall was a piece of graffiti which intrigued me enough to want to capture it for posterity. In black spray paint with letters a foot or so high was the inscription ‘Badby 80 - 8 arrest, 8 innocents’

Badby was (and I'm sure, still is) a tiny village around 5 miles from my old Daventry home, and is located within the boundaries of the nearby Fawsley Estate. It was a magical place where my parents and siblings would spend many a Sunday afternoon exploring the woods, which was famous for it’s deep carpet of Bluebells that covered the entire forest floor each spring.

I could never comprehend how this little hamlet, with it’s idyllic mysterious, woodland, accessible only via a broken down stone archway could be the setting for anything where 8 'innocent' people could be arrested. I tried to find out the details behind this incident from friends and family during my visit without any success. Who were the 8? What was their crime? Nobody knew…. or if they did, they weren’t talking. The photo lay in my box of memories untouched and ignored for decades, only springing back into my consciousness when considering The Restless Field. 




Purchasing Info

The Restless Field can be found in two distinct versions: 


Dawn Edition

Hand-finished white/black CDr album in textured recycled fold out sleeve with inserts and badge.

Limited edition of 104. 

Further encasement details:
1) Custom printed using archival giclée pigment ink.
2) Includes 25mm/1″ badge, secured with removable glue on string bound tag.

3) Back of one insert hand numbered. 


Night Edition

Hand-finished box-set contains: album on all black CDr, 12 page string bound booklet, 4 x badge pack, 1 x large badge, 2 x landscape format stickers.

Limited edition of 104.

Further encasement details:
1) Booklet/cover art custom printed using archival giclée pigment ink.
2) Contained in a matchbox style sliding two-part rigid matt card box with cover print.
3) Fully black CDr (black on top, black on playable side).
4) Black string bound booklet: 12 pages (6 sides printed);
Printed on textured fine art cotton rag paper, heavy card and semi-transparent vellum.
Hand numbered on the reverse.
5) 4 x badge set, contained in a see-through polythene bag with a folded card header.
6) 1 x large badge.
7) 2 x vinyl style landscape format sticker.




1st April 2017

Currently working on:


  • New Pulselovers tracks for forthcoming A Year In The Country collections
  • Two different cover versions (originally by Duet Emmo and Non) for a double collection which pays tribute to the early output of Mute records
  • An all new live set list for Pulselovers gigs later in the year in Hull, Derby, Lincoln and more (details to follow)
  • Initial sketches for the second Pulselovers album, which will probably appear in 2018


Recent:

Sounds

New experimental piece which could potentially be incorporated into a future album track at a later date. Recorded on a rare Sunday afternoon when I had the house to myself. This piece was created using only the sounds of water dripping into a metal bowl in the kitchen.

video

Live

Really enjoyed the second New Weird Planet event which took place at Doncopolitan H.Q. a couple of weeks ago. Craig and I played an unrehearsed improvisation to John's wonderful Super 8 loop projections. The piece consisted of John projecting two loops of found footage onto frosted windows, distressing the film with marker pens and razorblades. Craig provided a lo-fi techno soundtrack using his recently acquired trio of Korg Volca gadgets (Kick, bass and Samples), which I processed with various pedals, adding extra noise from my trusty home made paintbox and kalimba. It was only a 10 minute set, but the three of us enjoyed it so much that we intend on reproducing it at some point, recording it for posterity... this will probably get posted on YouTube later in the year.


1st March 2017

Coming up...




I'll be taking part in the second NWP event at Doncopolitan HQ in March. Not with Pulselovers unfortunately, but alongside Craig Manga and John Floodlights for a short set of improvised sound and film. Details below.

This time round acts include:

JUMBLE HOLE CLOUGH (Hebden Bridge)

Zappa-esque lunacy from West Yorkshire, Jumble Hole Clough is a project by Colin Robinson to produce music influenced by the landscape, industrial remains and experiences around his home. Forgotten things half-hidden beneath the undergrowth.

Alongside the themes for imaginary puppet shows, there are e-bowscapes and krautish guitarloops, frazzled kraut jams, Clinton-style wig-outs, and always the most exploratory sound adventures up north.

EXPERIMENTAL SONIC MACHINES (Lincoln)
Experimental Sonic Machines is Peter K Rollings from Lincoln. ESM began in 2010 & the name pretty much explains what it is. It started with whirring & clanging noises from attempts to make interesting instruments never seen or heard before & has developed into music machines using paper discs as programs, playing the basslines & rhythms that naturally emanate from Peter's imagination. And from his admiration for Tolkien, Star Wars & mediaeval mystery plays comes the visuality, the theatricality...he transforms into unknown beings & entities as the performance unfolds, & a life size silver robot - Ernie - bursts into electro-machanical life. Underpinning it is solar power, & power obtained from run-down cells...this is truly environment friendly, planet friendly creativity pushing ambitiously forward gig after gig. He baffled the judges of Britain's Got Talent, for this is pure musi, not some superficial trendy froth accompanied by cute pets. ESM's music is as old as the hills, primordial, profound, daring, risk-taking, & reaching ever further each gig, each unique, never to be repeated.

CRAWLFORM (Bradford)
Crawlform is Ms. Jessica Pink, both architect and destroyer of sound, and is presently in a state of flux. We catch her UK debut at her most interesting point of development, her larval stage. We don't know what to expect of this 'pink noise', except for one almighty head-hump. Jess promises "distortion addled beats, caterwauling echoes and overdriven sounds...and maybe a ukelele." Bring your open minds.

DISEASESOFVENUS (Derby)
DOV is Nathan James Cantrill a solo dark psyche artist from Derby. His layered translucent distorted guitar contrails provide wonderous layers over which he melts vocals. This is soperific 'shoe-gauze' of the finest order, achingly slow, in which to lose ourselves. Music to swoon to.

JUXTAVOICES (Sheffield)
Juxtavoices is a 25-piece antichoir which includes many familiar faces from Sheffield’s leftfield music, poetry and visual arts scene. Although the group performs structured scores, no fixed pitches are ever notated, and the group uses improvisation to shape the detail of the scores as the music progresses. Both trained and untrained voices are included. As well as playing normal concerts, the group is to be found in various unexpected public places as diverse as a bear pit, a library stairwell, a disused steelworks, churches and more conventional concert settings. It includes arrangements of poems by singers Christine Kennedy and Geraldine Monk and others by Samuel Beckett, Gertrude Stein and the grandmaster of sound poetry Bob Cobbing, with solo and collaborative compositions by Martin Archer and co-director Alan Halsey.
Juxtavoices is no ordinary choir. It's not an ordinary antichoir either. You've probably heard nothing quite like them before. Nor, they'll assure you, have they.

AZZURRO PEAKS (Derby)
Azzurro Peaks is Mark Jones, an avant-garde singer/songwriter with translucent pop sensibilities. Over the last two years, Azzurro Peaks has been releasing low-key singles and EPs as well as sharing stages with the likes of the Fat White Family amongst others.
Latest release 'Leave It On The Island' is the kind of fidgety genre-defying record we all dream of. It is exploratory pedal-shaped dronefolk cosmiche of the finest order, with off-kilter acoustic guitar
tunings and yet hook-laden ethereal falsetto vocals. Azzurro Peaks stands on its own and should be applauded for doing so.

SCENTED POETRY (Lincoln)
Scented Poetry is Viborg Vee, experimental artist combining fan-wafted aromatic poetry readings with generative ambientscapes.

MUTIL8 PROJECT feat. LUPUS vs MKO (Doncaster)
An audio-video-experiment in which looped Cine8 film is warped and distressed with sharpies, pins and sandpaper into kaleidoscopic abstraction by John Alexander whilst homegrown glitch-dronewerks are improvised over them by Mat+Handley and Craig Manga.

Very limited spaces on first come, first served basis. Links to tickets will be displayed here when available. Advance £3.50/ £5.00 on door (if still available).

Buy music...


'Pulselovers' by Pulselovers


'M+H' by Mat+Handley


'Live at Weird Garden' by Lupus


'Moments' by Voltage Controlled Music vs Eigenfrequenz