Save the Rossi Bar

Spirit of Gravity live gigs have unfortunately been cancelled for the foreseeable future, due to the closing of the Rossi Bar in line with government COVID-19 guidance. However, we are releasing new material via the Spirit of Gravity netlabel each month in lieu of live events, and the radio show will continue on the 4th Sunday of each month.

In the meantime, as The Rossi Bar, our current venue, is on the #SaveOurVenues Red list, if you’re lucky enough to be in regular work at the moment, please think about contributing to their crowdfunder page: www.crowdfunder.co.uk/save-the-rossi-bar

18th February netlabel release

This new album is a collaboration between Noteherder, aka Chris Parfitt, and I’m Dr Bouyant, aka Tony Rimbaud, entitled The Floating Museum.

During COVID lockdowns, Chris has been exchanging soundfiles with several members of the Spirit of Gravity Collective. This is the result of one of those collaborations, with I’m Dr Buoyant sampling field recordings by Noteherder made over the course of a day at Newhaven Fort to create the album’s essential rhythms and soundspaces. Thus emerged the four tracks of The Floating Museum, in which some startlingly crunchy rhythms kick things along with a delicate kind of urgency. Over these, Noteherder improvises with soprano sax and alto flute, and adds elements of musique concrète to create a mesmeric whole –stripped down, bare, and yet beautiful. Music to listen to while gazing through winter trees.

The album is available for streaming or download here:
spiritofgravity.bandcamp.com/album/the-floating-museum

Any money donated for these releases will go to help our current venue, the Rossi Bar: www.crowdfunder.co.uk/save-the-rossi-bar

As we move into 2021 Spirit of Gravity presents – in place of a monthly show – a new release by McCloud, aka the collective’s very own Geoff Cheesemaster. The album is The Stars Unfixed. This is a long form piece lasting just over an hour, originally created for the Amass Radiant Heretics broadcast that went out on 20 December – a streaming event for the winter solstice curated by collective member Caleb Madden.

The long, pseudo-narrative structure was conceived to fit the format, but the slowly evolving, atmospheric, sounds very much demand repeat listens. Minimal rising notes gain weight, and rise almost imperceptibly to a crescendo, evoking a sense of growth and renewal. McCloud made extensive use of his old Casio CZ101 as a sound source, interspersed with flute parts ably provided by his long-term collaborator Chris ‘Noteherder’ Parfitt.

The album is available for streaming or download here: spiritofgravity.bandcamp.com/album/the-stars-unfixed

Also available:

A tribute to one of Spirit of Gravity’s founding fathers, the omnipresent, omniscient, dronemaster extraordinaire minimal impact. Steve recently moved to North Wales where no doubt he will continue to terrify the locals, just as he did in Brighton with his immense supernova-exploding-meets-reverb-uptown vibes.

Steve was for many years the curator of the electrocreche and a man who was never seen in anything but black. His minimal impact sets amply belied his moniker. Vast billows of rumbling noise, the sounds of tectonic plates shearing and tearing – volume used as punishment.

The tracks presented on minimal effort are the responses of members of the Spirit of Gravity collective to minimal impact’s musical universe.

Stream or download at: spiritofgravity.bandcamp.com/album/minimal-effort

Plus don’t forget the previous lockdown releases available on BandCamp:

Hardworking Families – Three Parade Reductions: spiritofgravity.bandcamp.com/album/three-parade-reductions

Cookie – Future from the Past: spiritofgravity.bandcamp.com/album/futures-from-the-past-ep

Noteherder & McCloud – Clarity of Vision: spiritofgravity.bandcamp.com/album/clarity-of-vision

TRA 2 – TRA 2: spiritofgravity.bandcamp.com/album/tra-2

Cookie – Man-tra EP: spiritofgravity.bandcamp.com/album/man-tra-ep

Various artists – Distant Sounds: spiritofgravity.bandcamp.com/album/distant-sounds

Various artists – Behind the shutters: https://spiritofgravity.bandcamp.com/album/behind-the-shutters

Next radio broadcast on ResonanceExtra FM: Sunday 28th February – 8.00 to 10.00pm

Gravity Waves and the Spirit World

Sunday 28th February 2021 from 8.00 to 10.00pm on ResonanceExtra FM, DAB radio or online at extra.resonance.fm/

This month’s show features a specially commissioned mix by Dan Powell:

Martha Skye Murphy – The Late Departure (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) – 5-46PM, Hailstones / Haroon Mirza – Jack Jelfs – We Magnetise Thee / John Wall & Mark Durgan – Trapt
Bolet Blafard – AUDIO1-4 – AUDIO1-4 B  / Muster – Tine / Found Drowned – Clownslave – Slave (excerpt) / Waxed Apple – Thousand Bruises / Noteherder & McCloud – What is it we want / Henry Collins – Rummaging in Amsterdam (excerpt) / Memori Yobidashi – Dang hog / Andrew Greaves – Reinstate

Plus more tracks from the orbit of the Spirit of Gravity:

Sajjra Chrs Galarreta – Uturunku Motor Hayway / In Arcadia – Minimaus / Axiomatic Integration – the Day After Tomorrow / Johnny Woods – Autowalk / Mark Waldron-Hyden – Venus Reduction / Monzen Nakacho – The Elsewhere / Same Actor – NCR9

The January edition of the Spirit of Gravity Radio show is available on the ResonanceFM Mixcloud page:
www.mixcloud.com/resonanceextra/gravity-waves-and-the-spirit-world-20th-anniversary-special-sunday-24th-january-2021/

This month celebrated 20 years of the Spirit of Gravity on the 17th January, including tracks from the re-released 1st CD from May 2002.

20th Anniversary release February 2021

Continuing to celebrate the 20 years since the first Spirit of Gravity show on 17th January 2001, this was the second Spirit of Gravity compilation CD, compiled by Steve Gillitt to give away at our 2 day festival at the Free Butt on 7th and 8th December 2002 – featuring Spirit of Gravity alumni such as Waxed Apple, Sh*tmat and Stendec (Rashamon), along with Monster Bobby and Urban Myth.

Full track listing:

1. Minimal Impact – Diseased 03:25
2. Waxed Apple – Spaced 03:32
3. Remote – Minute 00:56
4. Urban Myth – Viewpoints #3 03:36
5. Shitmat – Nicky Blackmarket ate my hamster 06:56
6. Monster Bobby – Burning ambition of early diuretics 02:08
7. Malevich – Little Fractures 04:47
8. Stendec – Assault Mode 05:17
9. McCloud – Trouble and Desire 06:10

Stream or download the album here:
https://spiritofgravity.bandcamp.com/album/the-spirit-of-gravity-volume-2

Any sales from the album will be donated to the Rossi Bar CrowdFunder, or please make a donation here: www.crowdfunder.co.uk/save-the-rossi-bar to help our home in central Brighton.

 


The year 2021 marks the twentieth birthday of Spirit of Gravity – our first show was on 17 January 2001 – and to celebrate this anniversary year we’ll be doing some special releases, and hopefully some special events too, later in the year.

The first of release is this re-issue of our first compilation CD, featuring tracks by early members of the collective. Among those featured are Henry ‘Shitmat’ Collins (as Audio Restoration and among the So Whitehawk Crew), Chris ‘Same Actor’ Cook (as Remote), Geoff ‘McCloud’ Cheesemaster and Tony ‘I’m Dr Buoyant’ Malevich’ – also included is a track donated by friend of the Gravity Scanner.

Full track listing:

Scanner – Sound Polaroids
DJ Cheesemaster – Raymond Scott Electronic Audio Logos
Waxed Apple – Thousand bruises
Remote – Gamelan Twelvestep
So Whitehawk Crew – Kestral Tannoy Syndicate
Audio Restoration – Michael Crackson is my Pimp and Producer
Multiplex – Fun With Fractals
Malevich – Feet of Clay
Minimal Impact – Battle Strength

At the time this came out, it took around twenty minutes to download a single track using a dial-up modem. Consider that, as you effortlessly stream or download the album here:
spiritofgravity.bandcamp.com/album/the-spirit-of-gravity

Any money donated for these releases will go to help our current venue, the Rossi Bar: www.crowdfunder.co.uk/save-the-rossi-bar