Author: Spirit of Gravity

Thursday 6th June at the Rossi Bar: Andrew Greaves / Perry Frank / Nylon Prawn

Andrew Greaves: plays “a listener’s response to urban walking”
Perry Frank: dreamy synths & guitar soundscapes
Nylon Prawn: vocal soul FXed to the max with cyclical electronic riffs

Andrew Greaves is a Brighton based musician/artist and an active member of both the Spirit of Gravity electronic music and Safehouse improvisation collectives.
Andrew’s pieces combine melodic analogue synth improvisations within a layered mesh of minimalist repetition and sound art textures.
His latest release “a listeners response to urban walking” is inspired by a short visit to the Bauhaus town of Dessau, Germany in the spring of 2023; exploring options for combining the principles of design, architecture and colour within a music and sound project. “a listeners response to urban walking” was born out of a long day, walking around the town and its suburbs; visiting Bauhaus sites, artist’s, houses, workshops, public buildings and iconic housing estates. While walking, Andrew became interested in how, environments morph into each other; shopping quarters become residential, drift into light industrial areas, parklands and finally suburbs. Andrew was struck by how with a shift in environment comes a change of colour and sound types; each influencing his mood.
Each of the pieces on “a listeners response to urban walking” plot a journey on foot, including the extended “A Round Trip”, an aural trip around the whole town. Two of the pieces feature the guitar textures of Safehouse regular Pete Dixon. A highlight of the album is the duo version of Courtége, a piece written by and featuring the great saxophone innovator Ron Caines, of East of Eden fame. Andrew draws inspiration from many sources, including minimalism, German Kosmische, early synth pioneers, psychedelia, experimental jazz and a variety of non-western musics.
Andrew returns to Spirit of Gravity after performing there with Ron Caines & I’m Dr. Buoyant in 2023.
His work also includes live and recorded collaborations, with the sound artist Dan Powell, including their imminent release “Inside Journeys”.
In an altogether more raucous vein, Andrew has an analogue electronic duo “Screaming Alice” with synthesist Howard Spencer.
Andrew has also performed as a member of Broken Star, Himmel, Axz, Some Some Unicorn and Spirit of Gravity Quartet.
Andrew’s albums can be heard on the Spirit of Gravity Bandcamp label:
spiritofgravity.bandcamp.com

Perry Frank: a one man band project of Ambient, Post-Rock and Acoustic Music.
The unique sound of Perry Frank is based on guitar and synth loop soundscapes that create imaginary and dreamy textures on which arpeggios and melodies move with a timeless and spaceless feeling.
BIO: Perry Frank is an Ambient, Post-Rock, Acoustic and Psychedelic Music Project started in 2005, as a one man band, by the sardinian musician Francesco Perra. He released six albums MUSIC TO DISAPPEAR (Idealmusik 2012), THE NEPTUNE SESSIONS (Clubland Records 2013), SOUNDSCAPE BOX 1 (Tranquillo Records 2014), REVERIE (Dynamo Tapes 2020), SELVASCAPES (Lauge, Valley View Records 2021) and NUIT ENSEMBLE (Valley View Records 2022) During his career Perry collaborated with several artists like Chords of Orion, From Overseas, Antoine Michaud, PCM, Crows Labyrinth, Matteo Cantaluppi, Andrea Carri, Lauge, We Dream Of Eden, Spacecraft, Astropilot and Applefish. In October 2014 Perry Frank started a project called AMBIENT GUITAR SESSIONS. The sessions are filmed and recorded live in different outdoor and indoor scenic places.
PCM (the band he founded with Matteo Cantaluppi and Matteo Milea) released three albums ATTRAVERSO (2019), MACRO (2021) and DREAMLAND (2023) published by n5MD US based label. In January 2021, Perry started to collaborate with Valley View Records and released one album, several singles and EPs: LANDFORMS, JANAS, NEBULA, EARTHSHINE and MOONRISE with Spacecraft, MORNING VIEW, SIBERIA with Astropilot and DREAMSCAPES with Brannan Lane.
From July 2023 Perry started to collaborate with Ambient Soundscapes label and released 3 EPs: OUTER SPACE with Unusual Cosmic Process (July 2023), NEBEL (October 2023) and WAKE UP, WE’RE DREAMING with Applefish (December 2023). And in 2024 he has already released two EPs VANISHING, with Crows Labyrinth,  published by French label Mare Nostrum and SHORES OF SILENCE, with We Dream Of Eden, by VVR.

Nylon Prawn: A duo in which Nell Howe finds out what happens when soulful vocals are pushed through multi-FX, while Al Strachan supplies a bedrock of riffs and loops on synth and electronics, with the occasional cornet squeal. Also, tap dancing can occur.
nylonprawn.bandcamp.com/album/live-at-psychedelic-sundae

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:
spiritofgravity.com/site/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/The-Spirit-of-Gravity-at-The-Rossi-Bar-for-audience-members.pdf

If you can’t make it to the Rossi Bar, you can now live stream all of our gigs on our new Owncast platform at stream.gravitons.org/.

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

Thursday 6th June 2024 | 8pm – 10.30pm | £5 (cash only)
Downstairs @ The Rossi Bar
8 Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3WA

Next radio broadcast on ResonanceExtra FM: Sunday 26th May – 8.00 to 10.00pm

Gravity Waves and the Spirit World

Sunday 26th May 2024 from 8.00 to 10.00pm on ResonanceExtra FM, DAB radio or online at extra.resonance.fm/

This show includes a Gagarin special feature, plus Episode Two: “The Path” this month’s broadcast from the Spectral Transmissions Research Unit:

1st hour: Gagarin – Ganymede / Gagarin – V Stat / Gagarin – Golden Cap / Roshi feat. Pars Radio – Oosh Badaam Ber Goz – 3 Almonds and a Walnut / Gagarin – Therapia Lane / Gagarin – the Hogs Back / Gagarin – Lokuz / Roshi feat. Pars Radio – Lor Batche – Lor Children / Gagarin – Gibbet / Gagarin – Autonomist / Gagarin – Stanmer
2nd hour: Spectral Transmissions Research Unit – Episode Two: “The Path”; includes: The Path By Ivor Cutler / Women Gathering Mushrooms fromThe Book of Music and Nature: An Anthology of Sounds, Words, Thoughts, edited by David Rothenberg & Marta Ulvaeus. Music of the Babenzele people and sounds of their forest home.

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The April 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-spectral-transmissions-audio-collage-28th-april-2024/
This show features tracks from Andrew Greaves’ upcoming album on the Spirit of Gravity label, along with tracks by artists in the orbit of the Spirit of Gravity, including Dhangsha, Fat Concubine, Distant Animals and others. It also includes a mix from our new guest contributor Spectral Transmissions.

Thursday 2nd May at the Rossi Bar: Kinga Janicka / IOM / Faex Optim

Kinga Janicka: Improvised intense bass and thundering beats across genres
IOM: post-industrial sound processing and experimentation
Faex Optim: Dusty Post-electronic music

Kinga Janicka is an electronic music producer originally from Poland but now resident in London. Blending sounds from across genres, their unique style of improvisational music production generates intense bass and thundering beats that will get the entire floor moving.
www.youtube.com/@kingajanicka
soundcloud.com/kingajanicka
open.spotify.com/artist/1I2znli8aCbOqZGjmAnflx?si=KN4EOSFwR5mrPakNyyH1pA&nd=1

Edinburgh based artist Faex Optim worked under the radar for years on downtempo electronica until releasing Crystal Pleasures in 2023, with a change of focus and more up-tempo style. His music lies somewhere between 90s Warp-esque IDM and modern organic techno, resulting in a fusion of lush chords and driving beats.
Often noted for crisp drums and cloudy synths, Faex Optim makes driving IDM electronica that’s not out of place on either the headphone commute or the club floor.

IOM is the solo project from Iker Ormazabal. Born in Vitoria in 1981, he started playing at the end of the decade of the 90s. Interested in sound design from the early stages of his musical career, he toured extensively as a keyboard/sample player with pop and rock bands during the first half of the 2000s.
Shortly after, he moved to Barcelona where became involved with the experimental music scene. Currently, his music dwells in post-industrial, techno and dub territories with a strong focus on sound processing and experimentation. Synthesizers, drum machines, guitars, and vocals are recorded, then woven together with ambient field recordings, samples, and custom-crafted effects. This creates a foundation of solid, rhythmic pulsations overlaid by evolving layers of dense, dark sounds, contorted melodies, and manipulated vocal tracks
ikerormazabal.bandcamp.com/album/unlimited-dream-company

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:
spiritofgravity.com/site/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/The-Spirit-of-Gravity-at-The-Rossi-Bar-for-audience-members.pdf

If you can’t make it to the Rossi Bar, you can now live stream all of our gigs on our new Owncast platform at stream.gravitons.org/.

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

Thursday 2nd May 2024 | 8pm – 10.30pm | £5 (cash only)
Downstairs @ The Rossi Bar
8 Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3WA

New release on the Spirit of Gravity BandCamp label: Andrew Greaves – a listener’s response to urban walking

A further release from Spirit of Gravity hits planet earth on 1 May. Entitled a listener’s response to urban walking by Andrew Greaves, with contributions from Ron Caines (sax) and Pete Dixon (guitar). All written, arranged and produced by Andrew, apart from Ron’s original piece ‘Courtége’. The five-track album was inspired by a trip to the German city of Dessau, home of the Bauhaus. Walking between sites of memory linked the iconic design movement, Andrew noticed how “environments morph into each other; shopping quarters become residential, then drift into light industrial areas, into parklands and then out into the suburbs. With each shift in environment comes a change of colours and sound quality. I sensed these elements influencing my mood.”
The album may be streamed or downloaded from 1 May at: spiritofgravity.bandcamp.com/album/a-listener-s-response-to-urban-walking