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Monday, 21 November 2011

...more foil...

Hong Chulki soundchecking at the Caroline of Brunswick, 31st August 2011.

Saturday, 12 November 2011

...park where you like...

SCOTT R. LOONEY & KLAUS JANEK and ROBERT CURGENVEN at Friends Meeting House, Brighton, tues 8th nov 2011.

The main auditorium at the Friends Meeting House is one of Brighton's secret jewels. The building was constructed in 1805 and the auditorium is acoustically extremely well designed. Scott R. Looney immediately noted the quality of the venue's grand piano, and positioning it centrally, set up his and double bassist Klaus Janek's electronics around it. Charming Australian Robert Curgenven thus set up his three turntables and additional devices in the centre of the room allowing the audience to surround the performers to create an intimate atmosphere.
Due to unforseen time constraints, Paul Khimasia Morgan opted not to perform, letting Robert Curgenven start the evening. Performing in almost total darkness, Curgenven built up a set of monumental moving tones constructed partially from inducing finely-balanced feedback from the PA system, partly from various mic'ed up fans and other electronic devices. Alternately powerful and direct, thanks in part to his sub-bass speaker augmenting the sound, and quiet and subtle. Anyone who has tried working with feedback will know that it is quite a feat to control it let alone manipulate it into melodic information. This Curgenven did with aplomb, periodically employing additional sounds from a variety of his own dubplates containing field recordings, tonal information and room sounds. One of the best and most "musical" performances of avant-electronics I have witnessed in a long while.
By contrast, the duo of Scott R. Looney and Klaus Janek produced a very interesting collection of extended jazz thinking; Scott prepared the grand with a selection of objects to produce a range of metallic rings, subdued thumps and reverberant artifacts. He also played some dischordant and melodic sections, demonstrating advanced technique. Electronics also featured in Scott's sonic armoury and to me, mostly heavily influenced the direction of the improvisation. Klaus Janek began the interplay by sawing hard with his bow on his double bass; i noted very complex fingering work with his left hand, before bringing his own electronic devices and effects into play. As is much the case these days, both musicians employed laptops and/or ipads as control/source devices. The single circa 45 minute piece was completely involving; the music having only the slightest references to "jazz", yet blossoming with melodic and harmonic content from time to time over the mainly abstract backdrop of extended technique, electronic noise and sound-making.
This was the last date on the current Looney/Janek european tour, but they are set to return in 2013, and we look forward to hosting them again.

Photograph of Robert Curgenven's set-up taken by Paul Khimasia Morgan.

Thursday, 6 October 2011




SCOTT R. LOONEY & KLAUS JANEK [usa/italy]

Their music covers a wealth of sonic and textural landscapes in their interactions, with an emphasis on logic and contrasting concepts guiding the overall shape of the work. The resulting sound is meditative and ambient at times, yet hints at free jazz and electro acoustic improvisational influences as well.

ROBERT CURGENVEN [australia]
[Recorded Fields]

The starting point for composer Robert Curgenven's work is his Transparence dubplate, developed as part of the O'A.I.R. Artist In Residence program at O'Artoteca, Milan. The dubplate was created from feedback recordings that were run through the O' gallery space, resulting in a drone signal capturing the subtle resonances of the room.

"The best 12k/LINE release in ages, dark, Lynchian, eroded tape-loops and analogue menace"
- Boomkat

Both performances will feature the venue’s Grand Piano.

Plus an additional performance by

PAUL KHIMASIA MORGAN [uk]
[con-V, engraved glass]

Paul Khimasia Morgan's uneasy solo improvisations employ brass objects, dc motors, natural materials and his own spoken word recordings.

www.auraldetritus.blogspot.com

Tuesday 8th November 2011
The Friends’ Meeting House, Ship Street, Brighton

Friday, 2 September 2011

...a novel use for aluminium foil...

A fantastic and surreal evening of improvisation from south koreans HONG CHULKI and CHOI JOONYONG on wednesday night! Thanks to everyone who came along, particularly Richard Pinnell who drove all the way from oxfordshire and then very kindly wrote this review:

http://www.thewatchfulear.com/?p=5818#more-5818

support came from the trio of PATRICK FARMER, DANIEL JONES & STEPHEN CORNFORD whose three (3) tables-worth of electronics, turnatbles and objects was easily the biggest performers' set-up of equipment we've ever seen at aural detritus, and myself, PAUL KHIMASIA MORGAN which should have been composed of 15 minutes of me coughing a lot due to illness but luckily for the audience, (and me), wasn't.

but here's the bare bones of the koreans' set from Richard's review:

http://www.thewatchfulear.com/?p=5818#more-5818

"There then followed a set by two of the Korean musicians involved in the Seoul-based Balloon and Needle organisation, Choi Joonyong and Hong Chulki. Having long been a fan of their music, I was blown away by their live performances in London early this year, which leant towards a more inclusive, maybe theatrical manner of performing that extended beyond the purely aural. Last night’s duo set continued in the same vein, and was a remarkable performance. They began with Chulki sat behind his turntable in the centre of the room, letting it spin and applying small pieces of metal to its edge, the lids from baked bean tins or something similar, so creating a thin, squealing sound that thickened and thinned as he crouched over it, carefully retaining the same sound by holding his hand steady. He did similar things with various other objects, sheets of thin metal and a small transistor radio, which he allowed to spin around on the turntable, its blast of detuned white noise flicking on and off as the speaker turned to and ‘fro. After they had done this for a while, Joonyong set off with a roll of aluminium kitchen foil, initially cutting off lengths of it as he wandered about the small room, dropping them as he went. Then, much to the amazement of the audience, he climbed on a spare seat amongst them and began to tape these lengths of foil to the blades of the currently switched-off ceiling fan. He then went over to the wall switch and turned the fan on, slowly at first, increasing the speed so that the streams of foil fluttered around, creating a very satisfying whirr that complimented the similarly circular sounds from Chulki’s turntable. Joonyong also then tried to do something similar with a small electric fan mounted high on one wall, but here the intended stream of foil failed to work, and instead we watched him studiously trying to push the foil in to the machine so as to create a sound, settling for a deep rumbling in the end.
Then Joonyong wandered off out of sight, but I kept track of him in a mirror as he opened and closed a window at the far end of the room, so letting the sound of the pub garden below flood in and out. Then as Chulki sat motionless and focussed, continuing to produce sounds in the manner we have come to expect from a musician, Joonyong began to place several of his modified portable CD players around the room, some on the chairs amongst the audience, each doctored so that the disc span even with the lid removed, and each producing whirring, clicking sounds as bits of paper, little screwdrivers and other odds and ends were stuck or rested against the discs as they rotated. Then, as we were all sat completely engrossed, he went to his mixer and sent a low roar through the room’s P.A, before he got up and, picking up one of the weighty speakers, he opened a door and took it out onto the narrow balcony overlooking the street below, leaving it outside, facing in, but with the door shut. He then took the other speaker out of the room through onto the landing outside, closing the door behind him as he returned. He then adjusted the volume now and again, reminding us that the speakers were there, and using the doors themselves to adjust the sound coming into the room. Finally, returning the speakers to the room, he turned a microphone towards Chulki, who had until now played entirely acoustically and for a few short blasts amplified the sound back to the audience before gradually the duo set about turning everything off, ending with the blocked-up wall fan to finish the performance."

- Richard Pinnell, The Watchful Ear, 1st sept 2011



Friday, 5 August 2011

South Korea meets Brighton


aural detritus proudly presents

Wednesday 31st August 2011
The Upper Lounge at The Caroline of Brunswick, Ditchling Road, Brighton

CHOI JOONYONG & HONG CHULKI [south korea]
[balloon & needle]

On a basic aural level, it is a retort to the ambient noisiness of Seoul, focusing inwards on sonic minutiae. But their music is also resolutely unaspirational, embracing the redundant, the cracked, the possibility of failure, in stark contrast to a society that prizes the shiny and new, where conformity and social climbing measure success.
- Peter Meanwell, The Wire

DANIEL JONES & PATRICK FARMER [uk]
[another timbre, compost & height, cathnor]

Shifts of texture occur sporadically and without seismic structural earthquakes; the music just seems to know, and goes there.
- Phillip Clark, The Wire

PAUL KHIMASIA MORGAN [uk]
[engraved glass, con-V]

...textures placed on top of each other, but still with the sudden appearance of smaller, hard to identify sounds.
- Richard Pinnell, The Watchful Ear

www.auraldetritus.blogspot.com

Door £5/4 concs
prompt 8pm start

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Gold Dust headphone concerts in Brighton

Gold Dust headphone concert at The Ceramic House, 75 Stanmer Villas, Brighton on Wednesday 18th May 2011 7pm £8/5 concs. Sound / Art performances by Joseph Young, Paul Khimasia Morgan, Neil Luck and Michail Mavronas.

The final Gold Dust performance will feature performances by Joseph Young, Jon Aveney and Marcus Leadley. 7pm £8/5 concs. Saturday 28th May 2011 at The Ceramic House.

Organised by Joseph Young as part of Open Houses/Brighton Fringe Festival.

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

pictures from aural detritus shows in march 2011



daniel and simon taken at komedia show in brighton 31 march 2011.

Thursday, 20 January 2011

aural detritus uk tour 2011


Ongoing throughout 2011, collaborative and solo performances from Simon Whetham, Daniel Jones and Paul Khimasia Morgan around and about the UK. Starting with Manchester St Margarets Church (tbc) (26 March), Brighton Komedia (31 March).