Monday, 3 December 2018

Among the Never Setting Stars

Friday, 3 June 2016

Dada Garden

On Sunday 24th April at the Priest House Museum, in the center of Wimborne, Dorset I performed a new piece called Panarchy.
The piece can be downloaded for free along with other performances from the day here
Inspired by the theory in which systems of nature, humans as well as combined human-natural systems are interlinked in continual adaptive cycles.

The event was set up by Adrian Newton to Celebrate a century of Dada, in a garden setting.
It included
– Performances of improvised and experimental music
– Installations, sound art, horticulture, notallotments
– Experimental video, dada manifestations, things left behind
An installation featuring my piece Venus Rosalia was also featured on the day entitled ‘Sounds emanating from foliage’
Here is a short clip of the piece on the day

The program featured works by Gerauschhersteller, Nemeton, Matthew Shaw, Max Bellancourt, Language Timothy!, Watt Tyler, Order of the Hoof, Jon Lloyd, Rochelle Rochelle, Michael Tanner, David Rogers – and more

A video posted by @texlahoma on
A video posted by @texlahoma on
A video posted by @texlahoma on

Thursday, 24 December 2015

At Midnight

The music slides down 
to a soft thrum, like embers
still holding their essence
cast-off memories,
past ventures.
Time to become empty
make space, wood-ash a bed
for new light,
more music.
Soon enough
the pace will increase -
new seeds sinking roots,
secrets seeking expression,
a desire to bring forth a song.
Enjoy the sacred silence
of winter's deep;
ponder patiently in the dark
before new light's voice
sings out its call.

Poem by Kaaren Whitney

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Summer Solstice recordings

This past week both at the Summer Solstice at Stonehenge and in the following days back at home in Dorset I recorded two new pieces which I present here for you to listen to.

The first here was recorded on June 24th in Christchurch Dorset, my version of the traditional folk song John Barleycorn.
The second piece was recorded following the dawn ceremony at Stonehenge on June 22nd, an improvised piece with the sound of the summer shower in the background.

The Rot of the Stars

Last month I took a trip to the ICA in London for a perfomance art experience titled 'The Rot of the Stars'.

The introduction to the event read "ROTS is a collaboration between Jo Fisher Roberts and Mark O Pilkington. Jo is an artist with an interest in natural history and the grotesque, currently working primarily in live art and installation. Trained at the Slade School of Fine Art, Jo exhibits internationally and teaches Natural History Illustration. Mark is a writer and experimental musician; he also founded and runs Strange Attractor Press."

In reality the space in which one entered was quite otherworldly, or more literally under-earthly. The same kind of atmosphere as being below ground, in a cave, or Fogou or Souterrain. The darkness and light pulsating cocoon / womb in the center of the room the main visual focus. Aurally, washes of sounds at low level maintained and added to the visual signals and our olfactory sense was awakened by a mycelium fragrance created by fine fragrance perfumer Simon Constantine. Off the main room was a trip into the earth, within, enveloped, consumed in darkness and the slight glittering of light reflected diamonds as semi precious stones within.

When the performance began the shamanic channeling of the microbial took collective consciousness to an animistic universality, of which we all played a part. Our guide departed as if by magic, her purpose completed after a sunwise channeling with liquid fluency building layers of texture on a once dark dawn.

Among the Never Setting Stars

Among The Never Setting Stars by Matthew Shaw