Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Susan Phillpsz "Surround Me" with Artangel

Susan Philipsz: SURROUND ME

A Song Cycle for the City of London
Saturdays & Sundays only, 10am - 5pm
9 October 2010 - 2 January 2011

Change Alley / London Bridge / Mark Lane / Milk Street / Moorfields Highwalk / Tokenhouse Yard
A walkway in The City of London. Photograph by Julian Abrams
"Things… made truly Musicall with Art by my correction, and yet plaine, and capable with ease, by my direction." Composer Thomas Ravenscroft, from Deutoromelia, 1609

At the weekends an eerie quiet descends on the City of London, in offices, squares, churchyards and streets, broken by the occasional sound of traffic and church bells. The silence of the city has inspired artist Susan Philipsz’s first commission in the capital. Her unaccompanied voice resonates through empty streets around the Bank of England, across postwar walkways and medieval alleyways and along the banks of the River Thames.

SURROUND ME: A Song Cycle for the City of London takes inspiration from the heightened presence of the human voice in Elizabethan London. To be heard over one another a natural order and harmony evolved in the cries of the street traders which enthused composers of popular song such as Thomas Ravenscroft to write canons where one voice follows the other in a round. Another popular song form for several voices, the madrigal emerged in Italy in the 16th Century and soon travelled to England where it flowered as the English Madrigal School.

SURROUND ME embraces the vocal traditions of the City of London connecting themes of love and loss with those of fluidity, circulation and immersion; the flood of tears, the swelling tide and the ebb and flow of the river, to convey a poignant sense of absence and loss in the contemporary City of London.

Susan Philipsz has been nominated for the Turner Prize 2010 for Lowlands, a work installed under three bridges beside the River Clyde in Glasgow. Her work is in the Turner Prize exhibition at Tate Britain, 5 October 2010 – 3 January 2011.

Susan Philipsz speaks about SURROUND ME in the third Artangel Podcast, Memory, an audio programme by award-winning producer Francesca Panetta. Click here to listen or download.

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Freedom Sound at The Fountain

Freedom Sound

DJ’s Simon Fraser and Steve Smith present Freedom Sound. Picking up from their twice-monthly radio show for Cambridge 105FM they describe as Jazz and beyond, this bi-monthly session goes way beyond. Expect the unexpected, joining the dots between Soul, Deep Funk, Latin & Jazz to Disco, Hip Hop, Deep House & Worldwide Beats; Freedom Sound at The Fountain is a truly eclectic mix of music for the abstract dancefloor.
Expect to hear a strictly vinyl session with the likes of Theo Parrish, John Coltrane, The JB’s, Fela, Soil & “Pimp” sessions, Airto and Ramadanman in the mix. It’s all about the music, its Freedom Sound.
17th December & 18th February
The Fountain Inn
12 Regent Street, Cambridge, CB2 1DB

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Have You Seen Drum Recently?

Have You Seen Drum Recently? (1988)
Colour, 77 mins
Director: Jürgen Schadeberg (b.1931)

In the 1950s, DRUM magazine became the most widely read magazine in Africa. With its articles on crime, politics, sport and the township jazz scene, DRUM was the first African magazine to focus on contemporary urban black life. Photography was an especially important component in the magazine’s success. In this documentary, Drum’s Chief Photographer Jürgen Schadeberg brings together rare archival footage with photographs sourced from the DRUM archives to tell the story of the magazine and document its contribution to the cultural and political life of South Africa. Vibrating with original fifties music, the film captures the vitality and spirit of black South African life whilst addressing the difficulties of living under apartheid.

Price is £3.50 (on the door).
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Friday, 12 November 2010


Special shout and big thanks to Crowstick featured on our latest show. Crowstick produces his music for the love of creativity and to get the music out to everyone, he does not sell his music and makes it freely available to all. Check out his music on these links.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010


work:ethic is a website that paints portraits of creative people and their creative environments.

Sunday, 24 October 2010

London Sound Survey


Welcome to the London Sound Survey, a growing collection of Creative Commons-licensed sound recordings of places, events and wildlife in the capital. Historical references too are gathered to find out how London sounds have changed.

Secondhand Sureshots

dublab presents...SECONDHAND SURESHOTS (preview) from dublab on Vimeo.

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Cambridge 105FM

Cambridge 105 is a new Community Radio Project for the city of Cambridge.

A volunteer-based, community-owned organisation, Cambridge 105 is here to provide a broadcast voice for Cambridge.
We are now broadcasting live on 105 FM seven days a week.