Bomb Shop Session: Rough Fields / Survival Skills / ADULT MAGS
UK electronica label Bomb Shop take over Fuse Art Space for a session of improvised music, experimental rave and electronics.
"Astonishing music" Gilles Peterson (BBC Radio 1)
"Tremendous" Lauren Laverne (BBC 6Music)
"Outstanding experimental music" www.blindfun.com
"...the new Robert Wyatt!" Nick Luscombe (BBC Radio 3)
Rough Fields is the solo project of UK-based producer James Birchall. Began in 2011 with a series of epic lo-fi cassettes on the Bomb Shop label, the Rough Fields project progressed through expansive song forms on debut album Edge of the Firelight, and surreal, dreamy pop on the High Time EP. In 2013, Birchall released the first ever solo version of Steve Reich’s “Music For 18 Musicians”, produced in collaboration with the composer.
The current Rough Fields live show stems from the 2013 album “Wessenden Suite” - a long-form drone piece constructed from layered field recordings. The performance involves recording environmental sound around the venue throughout the day of the performance, and then manipulating those recordings live using Max, Ableton and a series of custom built resonant filters to achieve densely layered textures of blissful, harmonic sound.
More info: http://www.bombshop.org/artist/5/roughfields
Survival Skills is the solo, improvised music of Chris Sharkey, former guitarist for trioVD and Acoustic Ladyland. It has no fixed instrumentation but often the electric guitar, effects pedals, vocals, synths and other hardware are processed and layered to create dense, slowly shifting textures where rhythms are created from cracks, pops and noise with harmony emerging from hums and feedback.
The main goals are to slow down the creative process and listening experience while eliminating the sound of the individual tools in order to create an audio object as physical as a painting or sculpture. Like placing one note or sound under a magnifying glass, then watching and listening to the results in slow-motion.
ADULT MAGS is the pairing of DMC finalist and hardcore legend Dr Weevil (aka Will Baldry) and Rough Fields. The collaborative project sees Birchall feeding the controlled output of his field recording manipulations into Baldry’s Serato setup, for the latter to use as raw material or vinyl manipulation. The result is chopped, weird techno, angular glitch-house, pseudo-garage and deep, disorientating bass music.