20th Anniversary release March 2021

For the latest 20th Anniversary release, we have raided the vaults and gone back to 2006, when members of The Spirit of Gravity collective remixed works by Henry Collins, aka Shitmat. The source files were from unfinished and now lost works from one of Shitmat’s knackered old hard drives: hence the arresting title of The hard drive cessation termination: Shitmat remixed.

Full track listing:

  1. minimal impact – aol (full vocal mix)
  2. Terror Wogan – Complaints (Mouse Glue mix)
  3. Rashamon – Disk Defragmenter (Crash mix)
  4. Hot Roddy – Fig Roller
  5. The Notorious c.h.a.v. = Ketamice Cauliflower (Broccoli dub mix)
  6. McCloud – Zodiac Translation War (Mind drone mix)
  7. Malevich – 4 Stepper Shoes (Zero Fetus Shopper mix)
  8. Faoi – Blank Tape (Who Da Fuk)
  9. Cookie – I was once a fig roll
  10. nwotdleM – Never seen Hollyoaks (remix of my shitemate)

Stream or download the album here:
spiritofgravity.bandcamp.com/album/the-hardrive-cessation-termination-shitmat-remixed

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


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.

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


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.

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

18th March netlabel release

There are two new releases from the Spirit of Gravity in March: 

Memori Yobidashi is a collaboration between electronic producer Jake Smith and sound therapist Ruth Summers. In this eponymous release, they explore the sonority, texture and tone of assorted gongs, bowls and metal percussion through improvisation and electronics. Music to invoke memories known and unknown.
spiritofgravity.bandcamp.com/album/memori-yobidashi

Neural Outage is Geoff Cheesemaster (Noteherder and McCloud) and Karl M V Waugh (The Zero Map, God’s Teeth & The Interstellar Tropics, A Band, Binnsclagg, among others). Using ‘electronic devices and other things’, Tiniest Glimpse was recorded during the brief period of permissible mingling in the late summer of 2020, with the two improvisors in the same acoustic space, and no online software involved.
spiritofgravity.bandcamp.com/album/tiniest-glimpse

All sales from these albums will be donated to the Rossi Bar Crowdfunder.
Direct donations can be made here: www.crowdfunder.co.uk/save-the-rossi-bar

Also available:

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.

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

A new release by McCloud, aka the collective’s very own Geoff Cheesemaster, 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 album is available for streaming or download here: spiritofgravity.bandcamp.com/album/the-stars-unfixed

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.

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 25th April – 8.00 to 10.00pm

Gravity Waves and the Spirit World

Sunday 25th April 2021 from 8.00 to 10.00pm on ResonanceExtra FM, DAB radio or online at extra.resonance.fm/

Details to follow

The March 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-march-2021-sunday-28th-march-2021/

This show included a selection of new audio works by students on the Soundworks elective BA module at the University of Brighton, plus tracks from Dan Powell’s upcoming release, Isnaj Dui, King Kong Quixote, Rapt, Kieran Mahon, mærcstapa, and an excerpt from a piece made buy Nigel Wrench in South Africa in the 1980s.

 

Second Spirit of Gravity online streaming event: Thursday 1st April 8.00 pm

Live at: 8pm on Thursday 1st April
Event location: https://youtu.be/LBjRsLoaYgw

The Spirit of Gravity presents our second online event, featuring in no particular order Ensemble 1, The Zero Map and Cutlasses: home-made kit, drones & interwoven intricacies from the Brighton and Hove area.

Cutlasses
Cutlasses is the solo project of maker and musician, Scott Pitkethly. A sound art project which seeks to integrate the process of creating music with the process of making the sound creation tools themselves. The compositions combine field recordings, recorded from various sites around the British Isles, which are heavily manipulated using DIY electronic controllers and effects he has designed and built himself, accompanied by live guitar drones and melodies. Taking cues from the world of sound art and horror film soundtracks but always trying to apply pop sensibilities, the result is lush and cinematic soundscapes topped with delicate melody.
www.cutlasses.co.uk/about :
www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHBhX_wTx44

The Zero Map
The Zero Map is Chloe Wallace and Karl M V Waugh … (blah blah) … Brighton …. Since 2008 … (blah blah) … psychedelic ambient noise … (blah blah) … released albums on Apollolaan, Sonic Oyster, Infinite Exchange, Ikuisuus, Golden Lab, Different Lands, Armed Within Movement, Tor Press, RHP and Sheepscar Light Industrial … (blah blah) … frequently with video installations … (blah blah) … Supernormal / Splitting The Atom (s) / The Spirit Of Gravity / & around the U.K. … (blah blah) … other bands they’re in include: Thee Hairee Kuntz, The Larsens, Eye-eN T T, God’s Teeth and the Interstellar Tropics, Binnsclagg, The Emperors Of Ice Cream, The A Band (wherein they have both played extensively) … (blah blah) … facebook around the internet and thezeromap.bandcamp.com/

Ensemble 1
Solo home performance vid of ‘Submerged Harmonics’ for electric bass and delay, a long-form work utilising high feedback delay loops over three broad sections consisting of variations on tone frequency, technique, process and rhythmic counterpoint, FFO Steve Reich, Eliane Radigue, John Luther Adams, Live Minimal/Electronic/Instrumental.
www.facebook.com/ensemble1music
ensemble1.bandcamp.com

The 1st streaming event is available to view on the Spirit of Gravity YouTube channel, featuring Dan Powell’s film based on an installation for Fort Process, Noteherder & McCloud reconstructing a musical zoom meeting, and midi_error’s new foray into AV improvisation: www.youtube.com/channel/UCBOpPIol32j2ydppLgS7Osg

20th Anniversary release April 2021: Elliptical Orbits

Released to mark the twentieth anniversary of the Spirit of Gravity as a promoter of experimental and electronic music in Brighton, Hove and beyond, this collection offers a beguiling cross-section of the interesting stuff we’ve been putting on these past two decades. It includes contributions from current and former members of the Spirit of Gravity Collective and from friends and fellow-travellers, among whom are some of the most outstanding artists who have appeared at Spirit of Gravity events over the last two decades.

The selection represents acts who have appeared throughout the 20 years, and reflects both the high quality and wide variety of music produced during this time. New and old tracks are featured, including a Nick Langley track on which he has been working since 1997, the first Monster Bobby material to be released for more than 5 years, and the first from Same Actor for 3 years. The compilation includes a plethora of exclusive tracks, including unreleased material from Gagarin and Scanner.

The Spirit of Gravity has been hosted by more than ten venues in Brighton and Hove over the last 20 years. We could not, obviously, have done it without them. Remembering this, we are donating all money received from downloads of this compilation will be donated to the CrowdFunder for our venue for the last two years, the Rossi Bar.

Featuring more than 30 tracks and over 3½ hours of music, it offers a varied and fascinating journey through the last twenty years of experimentation on this part of England’s southern edge, so please dig deep and give generously.

You can view or download this release from the Spirit of Gravity BandCamp site at spiritofgravity.bandcamp.com/album/elliptical-orbits
All sales from these albums will be donated to the Rossi Bar Crowdfunder.
Direct donations can be made here:
www.crowdfunder.co.uk/save-the-rossi-bar

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

Gravity Waves and the Spirit World

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

This month’s show includes a selection of new audio works by students on the Soundworks elective BA module at the University of Brighton, plus tracks from Dan Powell’s upcoming release, Isnaj Dui, King Kong Quixote, Rapt, Kieran Mahon, mærcstapa, and an excerpt from a piece made buy Nigel Wrench in South Africa in the 1980s.

The February 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-february-2021-sunday-28th-february-2021/

This month included a special mix by Dan Powell, featuring Martha Skye Murphy, Haroon Mirza & Jack Jelfs, John Wall & Mark Durgan, plus SoGs own Waxed Apple, Noteherder & McCloud, Henry Collins and Andrew Greaves.