GRAND DEPARTY: Wanda Group / Illum Sphere / Rough Fields / Echo Of Light / Crystal Mirrors / + film screenings
To celebrate the peloton blurring past Bradford like a chimp on a rocket, we're holding an all day festival of music, film and cycling at Fuse Art Space.
We're kicking off at midday with the best ever Bollywood cycling film "Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar", followed by Matt Hulse's epic bike adventure "Dummy Jim" and Louis Malle's classic Tour documentary "Vive Le Tour".
Later on we've got WANDA GROUP and ILLUM SPHERE in the house, joined by Rough Fields and, thanks to a whole pannier or help from our friends at Folklore Tapes, the amazing optical theatre, sound projection and light puppetry of Echo Of Light and Crystal Mirrors.
Add to that: top drawer local ales and mouthwatering food from Bare Plume. And did we say it's free? It's free.
"As Wanda Group, Louis Johnstone creates beautiful, decayed landscapes of tape crackle, hiss and distortion... With a quick-fire succession of cryptically titled records, accompanied with greyscale collage artwork built from images of fragmented rock, he's established a particular aesthetic that's both unique and tough to pin down. Certain elements coincide with the styles and ideals of musique concrete, or artists like Joseph Hammer, Atrax Morgue and the school of industrial/experimental/minimal cassettes that cropped up in the late 80s and early 90s... His tracks are complex, intimate structures: webs of samples stripped of their original setting, closely examined, then messily smeared and reapplied into radically new shapes. The overall approach and final appearance is closer to papier-mache than any traditional style of production." (The Quietus)
Restless as a DJ and adventurous in his productions, Illum Sphere (real name Ryan Hunn) is both a key player in the Manchester music scene and a unique presence on the global stage. Deliberately oblique in his approach, he’s had a vital impact on electronic music. Besides releases on Manchester’s own Fat City, he’s released music on a plethora of electronic music’s best imprints: Martyn’s label 3024, Pinch’s Tectonic and Young Turks. Just as his DJing style fuses the explorative and the unexpected, so do his productions, and with the talent to match his idiosyncratic style, he is now achieving a newfound confidence and artistic distinction.
Rough Fields has already released two albums and an EP this year, including the first ever solo version of Steve Reich's "Music For 18 Musicians". "Armed with a diverse range of both organic and inorganic textures, Rough Fields (a.k.a. James Birchall), crafts a warm, voluminous sound... shimmering guitar riffs emerge alongside a thumping bassline, with subdued vocal bits sparsely strewn throughout the soothing mix." (XLR8R)
ECHO OF LIGHT
Echo Of Light are Alison Cooper and Sam Mcloughlin (formerly N. Racker), joined by Folklore Tapes dude David Chatton Barker.
Crystal Mirrors is Alison Cooper (Magpahi / N. Racker / Bird Records / Folklore Tapes) and Gwendolen Osmond (Trianglecuts).
Dummy Jim (Matt Hulse)
Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar (Mansoor Khan)
Vive Le Tour (Louis Malle)