Save the Green Door Store and 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 Green Door Store was a happy home to us for 8 years, and they also own our current home The Rossi Bar, if you’re lucky enough to be in regular work at the moment, please think about contributing to their crowdfunder page: #SaveOurVenues – The Green Door Store & Rossi Bar

Next radio broadcast on ResonanceExtra FM: Sunday 25th October – 8.00 to 10.00pm

Gravity Waves and the Spirit World

Sunday 25th October 2020 from 8.00 to 10.00pm on ResonanceExtra FM, DAB radio or online at extra.resonance.fm/

This month features an hour of Japanese mid 20th century electronic music followed by tracks from 2 new albums by friends of ours, Map71 and Monzen Nakacho, and more music from the orbit of the Spirit of Gravity, including an excerpt from a new release by longstanding member Henry Collins.

Makoto Moroi – & Toshiro Mayuzumi – Variations on a Musical Principle of 7 / Yoshio Hasegawa – The World In The Jar / Toru Takemitsu – Ki, Sora, Tiri / Toshiro Mayuzumi – Works For Musical Concept X / Toru Takemitsu – Clap Vocalism

Map 71 – Turn Back Metropolis / Monzen Nakacho – Death Spiral / Henry Collins – excerpt from Prepared Rain side A / Nostril Flair – Playing In The Sirens / mærcstapa – Burnt Biscuit / Cutlasses / Rotten Bliss – Spun out In Devon / Monzen Nakacho – Cogs / Map 71 – Suburbanites / Kutchi – Small Hands

The August 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_august_2020/

This month we had a taster for 2 upcoming Spirit of Gravity netlabel releases from Noteherder & McCloud and TRA2, plus part 12 of Ascsoms ongoing isolation reel experiments with 2m tape loops – check them out on Bandcamp – also a tribute to Brighton’s Green Door Store.

The September 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-september-2020-sunday-27th-september-2020

This edition featured another selection of tracks from the orbit of the Spirit of Gravity Collective, including Rotten Bliss, Karl MV Waugh and Chris Cobilis, plus a special mix compiled for us by Spheress.

10th September netlabel releases: Autumn double-header

After a quiet month in August, we return with two full-length releases on the Spirit of Gravity netlabel, from collective stalwarts Noteherder & McCloud, and a collaboration between members of the Gravity and SafeHouse collectives.

Noteherder and McCloud present ‘Clarity of Vision’, a 16 track album that is their first since 2015’s ‘Recent Observations’. Recorded at various venues in London, Croydon, Brighton and Worthing, it features (as ever) Chris Parfitt on Soprano Sax & Voice and Geoff Cheesemaster on Synthesisers, Effects and Voice, gleefully weaving an unsettling but very listenable kind of magic.
Stream and download the album here on a pay-as-you-will basis: spiritofgravity.bandcamp.com/album/clarity-of-vision

TRA 2 is a new name, with an eponymous 10-track album, and some familiar faces behind it. In 2019, I’m Dr Buoyant invited colleagues in the Spirit of Gravity and SafeHouse Collectives to contribute soundfiles for this project. McCloud, midierror, Noteherder and Ron Caines answered the call with recordings ranging from live saxophone and flute to electronic beats for the good doctor to manipulate – a remote collaboration before lockdown was even a thing.
The results are lyrical and evocative – you can hear the sound origins at times, but you can’t hear the joins. The group is dubbed TRA 2, as the 2nd iteration of the TR Agency, an occasional gathering of artists brought together by I’m Dr Buoyant.
Stream and download the album here on a pay-as-you-will basis: spiritofgravity.bandcamp.com/album/tra-2


In July, we released Cookie’s Man-tra EP.

Cookie is Mike Cook, originally from Cleethorpes, who was part of the band Planet Cook in the late 80s and early 90s, then partnered with the DJ Mickey Vespre to release under moniker The Medicine Cabinet. In the mid 90s, Cookie joined a brass band, starting a lifelong quest to improve as a brass musician. Fast forward to 2020 and with brass bands forced into virus-related hibernation it was time to start exploring electronic/brass hybrid music again.

Stream and download the album here on a pay-as-you-will basis: spiritofgravity.bandcamp.com/album/man-tra-ep


The second edition featured exclusive tracks by the artists who were slated to perform at the June Spirit of Gravity show, and is titled Distant Sounds.

Distant Sounds features tracks by Muster – James O’Sullivan (Found Drowned) on guitar with Dan Powell (Static Memories, Nil) on electronics – Meshes, an ethereal electronic noise maker from Kent – and Henry Collins, the artist, performer and extreme lateral thinker formerly known as Shitmat.

Stream and download the album here on a pay-as-you-will basis: spiritofgravity.bandcamp.com/album/distant-sounds


Also remember that the May release is still available: Behind the shutters

Including Vera Bremerton, a classically trained vocalist who specialises in extended technique – midierror, Spirit of Gravity collective member Chris, Synth Explorer, Renoiser, Sample Maker, etc – Yorkshire Modular Society is Dominick Schofield, and ‘is an ethos of creation by way of listening’.

Stream and download the album here on a pay-as-you-will basis: https://spiritofgravity.bandcamp.com/album/behind-the-shutters

Any monies made from any of these releases will go to the crowdfunder for the Rossi and the Green Door Store, our present and our former home venue. Please give if you can.  https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/save-the-greendoor-store-and-rossi-bar