Thursday 4th April at the Rossi Bar: Gagarin / I’m Dr Buoyant / Melancholic Robot Tantrum

Gagarin: Light melodic sounds filtered through a shaded lens
I’m Dr Buoyant: Loop dreams – compilation release celebration
Melancholic Robot Tantrum: Super slow 180bpm bass music

Gagarin is the solo project of veteran experimentalist and teacher Graham ‘Dids’ Dowdall, a British musician who has spent a fruitful career operating around the edges of where rock, dance, electronic and improvised musics collide. His forthcoming new album is entitled Komorebi, a Japanese word that refers to how sunlight is seen and felt through leaves and branches. Dids takes this idea as its loose theme, evoking light and shade and combining both throughout its duration.

Emerging from the free improv scene of the late ’70s, Dids joined the Manchester-based cult post-punk group Ludus in 1980 as their drummer before being recruited to join the legendary German artist Nico, with whom he spent seven years writing and performing. This tenure included the acclaimed John Cale produced studio album ‘Camera Obscura’, following which the Welshman hired him to play on his own ‘Artificial Intelligence’ record. Both were released via Beggars Banquet.

Following the untimely death of Nico in 1988, Dids formed the Faction and also played with Eric Random & The Bedlamites, Bill Pritchard, the highly experimental Infidel (including a tour in deepest Siberia) and dance pop duo Sonexuno. He also trained as a community musician at this time and has subsequently spent over thirty years in a parallel career making music with disabled people and others experiencing disadvantage

SoG founder I’m Dr Buoyant returns for a solo set to celebrate the release of ‘Sampler Sampler’, a compilation of artists using samples as the sole basis for their musical productions, building a set based on samples used by artists on this collection. Other recent projects have included live work with saxophonist Ron Caines and keyboard player Andrew Greaves, and two releases on the Spirit of Gravity netlabel in collaboration with multi-instrumentalist Noteherder.

Melancholic Robot Tantrum – brooding underground dance music from the dark side; bass heavy Industrial amen face breakage.

Hosted by our very own DJ Cheesemaster

Chris [Symmetrical Forces] creates live visuals for each performance using his own lo-fi footage, dusty VHS tapes and obscure videos from the internet to create futuristic images from the past overlayed with out-of-reach memories and vague fragments of lost visions.

The Rossi Bar is a small grade II building, and they are restricted with how they can improve access for anyone with mobility issues. The live music venue is located in the basement, which can only be accessed by a short spiral staircase. More accessibility information and images of the venue are in this document:

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“The Spirit of Gravity: making experimental music a threat again – since 2001”

Thursday 4th April 2024 | 8pm – 10.30pm | £5 (cash only)
Downstairs @ The Rossi Bar
8 Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3WA