Cosmic Puffin Festival May 2013

What a site! The best festival site, next to the beach, clean showers, lots of warm interior spaces, good food, great music and lovely people… What more could you want?

Here’s me singing a totally unrehearsed improvisation around the well known tragic love song “Black Orpheus”, it kind of goes wrong as I try to adjust the tempo on the second pedal.. wishing i had turned the output of the second pedal down at the time, so no bubbly noises… i thought it was nicely arty… perhaps it is?

End of Tuesdays Post series 1


Artists came from far and wide (Wales, Bristol, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Singapore) to perform in the West London W10 area. It was not compulsory to be silent

The idea was to come and enjoy unusual electronic, live music, drink, chat and relax.

These were the line ups:-

March 11th 2013

David Cooper Orton
Graham Dowdall (Gagarin)
Solar Quest
Georgina Brett

February 5th 2013

Georgina Brett
Illi Adato & Graham Dunning

December 4th 2012

Steve Lawson
Ruby Colley
Ricardo Spaggiari
Georgina Brett

November 6th 2012

Ourobourus (Chris Leeds and gong percussion orchestra)
Ov London Electronic Improv. (Illi Adato-Percussion and Electronics and Guy Harries-Voice and Electronics)
Georgina Brett

October 2nd 2012

Per Boysen
Leander Reininghaus
Randolf Arriola?
Georgina Brett

September 4th 2012

Michael Peters
Andy Butler
Georgina Brett
Fabio Anile

August 7th 2012

Simeon Harris
David Cooper Orton
Tom Wallace

July 3rd 2012

Tantric Sax
Lee Harris and the Moonlight Orchestra
Steve Moyes and Jude Cowan Montague
Jon Sangita

June 5th 2012

Jo Thomas
Greg Hunter
Georgina Brett
Suzy Condrad

May 1st 2012

Otto Fischer
Georgina Brett
and Clive Graham

Opening night 24th April 2012

David Cooper Orton
Matt Stevens
Georgina Brett
and Darren Sangita

Pythagoras Live @ The Loft, Cologne Germany

This is me at my first International gig. In Cologne. An unforgettable time, and I presented “Pythagoras”. A song I wrote which displays Pythagoras’s opposite words. Opposition being an interest of mine, latest childhood development theories guard against too much focus on likes and dislikes, polar opposites… it possibly creates a “Good” and “Bad” labelling mind…. one that misses the complexities of the middle ground..

12 12 12 Project Finally Released!!

Cover image for 12 12 12 project, coloured light bars.

We finally released the 12 12 12 project on 31 03 13, on Bandcamp. The whole album is available for free, but donations are gratefully received. This project contains 27 supremely varying pieces of music, what binds them together is the date they were made, the use of pedals/live electronics and many of the artists also chose to use the number 12 as a theme. 12 notes, 12 in the rhythm, 12 pedals, 12 words..

Looper’s Delight 12 12 12 project click here

Tuesdays Post February 5th

The music ranged from hypnotically beautiful to AvanteGarde improvisation.

We did our usual 20 minute set each, followed by another 20 minute set. In Darkroom’s final set Andrew and Michael invited me to join them on stage.

Beginning with me.
My first song was the first of a pair of love songs (since it’s February). The negative one called “I Don’t Love You”. I always feel slightly naughty singing this song. Especially the line “All you do is bore me to tears” It doesn’t just trip off my tongue, feels too mean but I think the problem with relationships is that we can put up with awful situations, here is the bald version of goodbye. The second song was Etusta, a song i have sung for very many years, it was originally written for a play about Joan of Arc, it has grown and developed into many versions.
He sang “Rise & Fall ” and “The Landing”
Ov Collective – Illi Adato and Graham Dunning.
Illi and Graham between them had a large array of unusual sound items, they make quirky collages of sound.
And finally
Absolutely love this first section, rhythm is punchy and irreverently fluid.

We had a break and then i began the second set with the second in the pair of love songs called “I Wanted you the Hear me Say It”
Acouchristo continued with “I Miss You Babe” a brave, personal, sad but strong song and “I Won’t Let You Down”. This was my favourite song of Acouchristo’s. Absolutely stunning. It builds slowly with this xylophone melody and Chris overlays layer after layer of the same phrases,,,.. and the reality of the words is driven home. Fabulous voice and original concept. (Inspired by a Dyson vacuum cleaner).
Illi and Graham continued with a sonically spacious and rarified palette of improvised sounds…. Very nice careful work where you could tell they were zoned into each other’s playing.
Darkroom and I improvised the last set of the day. This was a joy! It is so nice working with Darkroom, you never know what you are going to produce live, Andrew takes the sample, real time, and effects it there and then making a collage of vocalness over whatever else is also happening in the guitar and synths. (check expert sleepers for custom and niche market soft and hardware synths)

Ov London Collective Radio Shows

I have been helping to make radio shows for Ov London Collective. Ov London is specifically focused on Improvisation. Here is the first radio show to be broadcast on K2K Radio K2K (Kilburn To Kensal) Radio a brand new internet radio based in Green Park.

It features:-

Track 1 – The Feral Choir with Phil Minton 24th January 2008 by
Phil Minton, Maggie Nichols, Sharon Gal, Moshi Honen, Frank Charlton, Carmel Morrisey, Illi Adato, Steve Moyes, Dave O’Connor (and others Please do get in touch if you were here and want to be listed!!)

Track 2 – Known Not Learnt and Known Unknowns by
David Cooper Orton

Track 3 – A Living Score. CWM Festival, Wales June 2012 by
Bethan Graham Dolman, Illi Adato, Mia McAllister, (and others Please do get in touch if you were here and want to be listed!!)

Track 4 – A Cave with Curious Twins by
Georgina Brett