Norman Westberg is presently touring with SWANS around Europe. Between tours, he fills his time with many things, including making some of the most elegant solo guitar work you might care to come across. We’ve had the pleasure to reissue a swag of the handmade editions Norman has been making over the past half decade.
I’m excited to be visiting y’all in the Northern Hemisphere in the coming weeks. These will be the first Cruel Optimism presentations. I also have the great pleasure to host two field recording workshops at the Knockdown Centre and in conjunction with the Pasadena Arts Council (sold out, sorry). Dates are as follows:
MAR 25 BROOKLYN, NY @ KNOCKDOWN CENTER
MAR 26 BROOKLYN, NY @ KNOCKDOWN CENTER
PRESENTING THE RADICAL LISTENER: MASTERCLASS
MAR 28 CHICAGO, IL @ THE EMPTY BOTTLE
MAR 29 SAN FRANCISCO, CA @ THE LAB
MAR 31 LOS ANGELES, CA @ ZEBULON
APRIL 2 JACKSONVILLE, FL @ SUNRAY CINEMA
PRESENTING HEXA:FACTORY PHOTOGRAPHS
APRIL 4 IOWA CITY, IA MISSION CREEK FESTIVAL
PRESENTING HEXA:FACTORY PHOTOGRAPHS
APRIL 5 IOWA CITY, IA MISSION CREEK FESTIVAL
All orders at the emporium as of March 23rd have been shipped. The emporium will not be shipping between March 24 – April 10th, as I’ll be on tour in the USA. See you out there.
This February Jamie Stewart and myself are headed to the UK and EU for the first tour of HEXA’s Factory Photographs. Originally commissioned as part of the Between Two World’s Exhibition at the Gallery Of Modern Art, this project sees us sonically approaching the incredibly affective photography of Mr David Lynch. Musically, I’m partial to how Tiny Mixtapes summarised it. They remarked it is “Inward-looking and beyond bleak, yet ambient enough to meditate into, this session is like circular breathing coal smoke.” See you soon I trust.
DATE: Tuesday 14th February 2017
LOCATION: Firenze (IT)
VENUE: Teatro Della Compagnia
EVENT LINK: https://www.facebook.com/events/356579331386300/
DATE: Wednesday 15th February 2017
VENUE: The Forge
EVENT LINK: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/383554
DATE: Thursday 16th February 2017
VENUE: The Lantern
EVENT LINK: http://www.colstonhall.org/shows/hexa/
DATE: Friday 17th February 2017
VENUE: Howard Assembly Room
EVENT LINK: https://www.operanorth.co.uk/productions/hexa-david-lynch-s-the-factory-photographs
DATE: Saturday 18th February 2017
LOCATION: The Hague
EVENT: Rewire x Korzo
EVENT LINK: http://www.korzo.nl/nl/producties/rewire-x-korzo-5
DATE: Sunday 19th February 2017
EVENT: Glasgow Film Festival
VENUE: The Glue Factory
EVENT LINK: http://glasgowfilm.org/glasgow-film-festival
DATE: Wednesday 22nd February 2017
EVENT LINKS: http://ifz.me/
DATE: Thursday 23rd February 2017
EVENT LINK: https://vooruit.be/nl/show/detail/11833/HEXA_with_David_Lynch’s_’Factory_Photographs’_Miaux
Well that was quick. Less than 4 hours after we announced Spyros Polychronopoulos – LEM all of these special objects were spoken for.
Here’s a little note from Spyros about the project:
This album consists of four musical pieces. The music that you are going to listen is not prefabricated or stored in the device memory and every playback is unique. Five independent audio channels are processed, mixed and reproduced in real-time. A different sample is loaded on each channel, chosen randomly from a sample database. Additionally, each channel introduces a different filter featuring unique parameters. The parameters’ values are varying constantly between two points, resulting in a fluid development of the layers across one another in time.
I came to LEM through a discussion on the capabilities and limitations of live electronic music performance with my friend Fotis Kontomichos. In contrast to music performed by instruments, electronic music consists mainly of prerecorded or generated samples synchronized with specialized software. So, the audience in a gig is exposed basically in pure auditory stimuli. Following on from that idea, we thought that we could create a software supporting the dynamic evolution of a varying composition performed live, without the artist’s presence. So, LEM was born out of this simple idea.
London resident Mirko might be familiar to you as a long term collaborator and former member of Cut Copy, or perhaps as the drumming backbone of Australian minimal noise pop outfit Sekiden.
On Lp1, he strikes out his first full length solo offering, a lush suite of electronic entanglements that are deep and enveloping. He recently debuted a video with our friends at FACT. And exclusive audio excerpts can be heard below.
The album surfaces later this month. Or check out his debut ep for free HERE.