6th May netlabel release

‘Works from home’ is the latest release from Andrew Greaves. It features five tracks produced, unusually for Andrew, purely as recordings and without regard to live performance (what with their being not a lot of opportunity for that of late). Some of the set is based on organ improvisations created during the first lockdown of 2020. The rest of the album comprises works from the winter of 2020-21, using spontaneous of analogue synth sequencing. Each piece was conceived, collaged, recorded and mixed in one hit.

Stream or download the album here:
spiritofgravity.bandcamp.com/album/works-from-home

As will all SoG releases, any sales income will be donated to the Rossi Bar Crowdfunder, to help the venue that we will, if all goes to plan, be returning to fairly soon
Direct donations can be made here: www.crowdfunder.co.uk/save-the-rossi-bar

For other releases on the Spirit of Gravity netlabel, go to: spiritofgravity.bandcamp.com/

Thursday 5th August at the Rossi Bar: CANCELLED

Unfortunately the Rossi Bar has had to close due to COVID-19, so our event on 5th August is cancelled. Watch this space for further developments

Previous streaming events are available to view on the Spirit of Gravity YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/channel/UCBOpPIol32j2ydppLgS7Osg

4th March: Dan Powell / midi_error / Noteherder & McCloud
1st April: Ensemble 1 / The Zero Map / Cutlasses
6th May: Ascsoms / child / Not By Radium
3rd June: Kieran Mahon / rDyer / Melancholic Robot Tantrum / Andrew Greaves

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

Gravity Waves and the Spirit World

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

Presenting a special mix of live tracks recorded at the Spirit of Gravity over the last 20 years, compiled by Tony Rimbaud – a personal selection from the early years to the most recent performances, featuring all of the acts from the Spirit of Gravity Collective, plus guests including Devilman, Sarah Angliss and Monzen Nakacho.

minimal impact May 2002 / Waxed Apple May 2002 / Multiplex May 2002 / Rashamon November 2003 / Sold June 2004 / Same Actor July 2004 / Kutchi December 2004 / LRS March 2005 / Faoi August 2006 / Dan Powell April 2007 / nwodlteM May 2008 / Shitmat October 2008 / This Sound Bureaucracy October 2009 / Thomas Hiltz January 2010 / Broken Star March 2010 / Komuso February 2011 / I’m Dr Buoyant and Ron Caines July 2011 / Transept July 2011 / June Deer March 2012 / Devilman December 2012 / Sonic Roundabout March 2013 / The Static Memories December 2013 / Sarah Angliss June 2014 / Noteherder & McCloud December 2015 / Johanna Bramli December 2016 / Andrew Greaves April 2017 / Capslock 20s December 2017 / midi error July 2018 / Monzen Nakacho March 2019 / 30. Ensemble 1 March 2019

The June 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-june-2021-sunday-27th-june-2021/
This month’s show pays tribute to Rowan Forestier-Walker, better known to us as Embla Quickbeam,who sadly died recently.

Next radio broadcast on ResonanceExtra FM: Sunday 27th June – 8.00 to 10.00pm

Gravity Waves and the Spirit World

Sunday 27th June 2021 from 8.00 to 10.00pm on ResonanceExtra FM, DAB radio or online at extra.resonance.fm/

We were sorry to find out that Rowan Forestier-Walker, better known to us as Embla Quickbeam, sadly died last week. She’d been ill for a while and passed in the company of her husband in a cabin they’d been refurbishing down in Cornwall. She was one of life’s decent people an artist of singular vision and always a pleasure to have play.

When we moved to the Green Door Store she was the first artist to play, and the first artist we asked to play. Her sets were rather like her in the end, rather lovely, full of depths and just gone far too soon.  She will be missed by all of us who knew her.

Sound Artist Jez riley French has written this obituary for The Wire: www.thewire.co.uk/in-writing/essays/rowan-forestier-walker-1977-2021

Our radio show this month starts with two Embla Quickbeam pieces, one from record and one live set from Splitting The Atom.

The rest consists of music from the orbit of the Spirit of Gravity, including more tracks from Elliptical Orbits, our commemorative 20th Anniversary compilation:

Embla Quickbeam – Gloam Mirror / Embla Quickbeam – Live at Splitting The Atom / Andrew Greaves – Organ Improvisations / Mathematical Tile – Ladies’ night (uncle Perce’s mix) / Yudd Habb – Butterfly sandwich / Cutlasses with Duncan Speakman – Return Carrier / Barker – E7-E5 / Same Actor – The Current State of Play / Map 71 – Girlface Occupation / Melancholic Tantrum Robots – Ritual / Monzen Nakacho – Death Spiral / Cutlasses with Amy Cutler – Wolf moon / Ingrid Plum feat Lisa Jayne and Ben Graham – Running with wolves / Resonant Blue – Gilded

The May 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-may-2021-sunday-23rd-may-2021/

This month’s show presents a guest mix from Spheress featuring music made by young producers in Brighton alongside more established artists.

Fourth Spirit of Gravity online streaming event: June 2021

Featuring Kieran Mahon / Rdyer / Melancholic Robot Tantrum / Andrew Greaves

Kieran Mahon: This piece was made and recorded especially for Spirit of Gravity and was entirely improvised in one take. It is a repetitious cosmic drone, based on two very simple sequences and a lot of random modulation. Over the last year I have found increasing inspiration from the music of Michael O’Shea  – this piece owes a lot to him. It would be best listened to on headphones.
www.kieranmahon.com

Rdyer uses saxophone, saw, harp, found sounds, tape samples, looped vocals and synth to create mesmerising baroque pop laced with chaotic improvisation.
soundcloud.com/r-dyer-uk
rdyermusic.bandcamp.com/

Melancholic Robot Tantrum: Industrial tinged electronic music for robots & humans.
melancholicrobot.bandcamp.com/

Andrew Greaves is a Brighton based musician, visual artist and member of the Spirit of Gravity. His work over the past decade has focussed on electronic minimalism, keyboard improvisation, live film soundtracks and sound collage. During the past year, Andrew has set aside his intense Casio organ improvisations; central to his previous work, in favour of layered analog synth sequences, arpeggios and loops. Andrew is exploring the meditative effects of gradual melodic and harmonic development, where multiple elements build, mesh, shift, vie for dominance, ebb and flow. Andrew starts his June show performance with some synthesiser improvisations intertwined with a collage of found cassette recordings of his father’s classic tenor voice. Andrew’s melodic approach at times recalls the simple and brittle themes of Hans-Joachim Roedelius, Tonto’s Expanding Head Band and Robert Wyatt. While his more intense improvisations seem a contemporary development on the works of Terry Riley, Suzanne Ciani or Mike Ratledge. The use of non-western scales is a constant and Andrew acknowledges the influence of African, Indian and Far Eastern musics on his work and its wider impact on all kinds of minimalism, experimental and electronic musics. This mix of influences and approaches can be heard on his most recent album “Works From Home”, just released on the Spirit Of Gravity Bandcamp label.
For this event, Andrew hopes to recapture a little of the feeling of an intimate performance at the Spirit Of Gravity show in the basement of Brighton’s Rossi Bar.
spiritofgravity.bandcamp.com

Stream visuals by midierror: soundcloud.com/midi-error
Incidental music provided by midierror and Kristoffer Lisgaard: https://www.kristofferlislegaard.com

 

Next radio broadcast on ResonanceExtra FM: Sunday 23rd May – 8.00 to 10.00pm

Gravity Waves and the Spirit World

Sunday 23rd May 2021 from 8.00 to 10.00pm on ResonanceExtra FM, DAB radio or online at extra.resonance.fm/

This month’s show presents a guest mix from Spheress featuring music made by young producers in Brighton alongside more established artists:

The Spirit World: Belief Defect – No hope no fear (Surachai Nihilist mix) / clipping. – Looking like meat (ft. Ho99o9) / Shortghost – Liar / Wu-Lu – South (ft. Lex Amor) / Ashinoa – Koalibi / Shed – Nacht, Fluss, Grille, Auto, Frosch, Eule, Mücke / Kyoka – Smash Hush / Spheress – untitled / Burial – Space Cadet / Arctor – Retrograde / Wisp – Untitled (excerpt from PSA no.26) / Itto – Nurokic / nthng – With You (edited)

Gravity Waves: Map 71 – Nude / T-Toe – Whats going on in Myanmar (all proceeds go to Myanmar fight for democracy) / Memo Comma – Tif’eret / Isnaj Dui – Moving Waters / Uryhan Geomarsar  – Sargeomar/Alisargra / Melancholic Robot Tantrum –  All systems fail / Pat Hime – Fumes / Olivia Louvel – Regina Embodied IV

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-april-2021-sunday-25th-april-2021/

This edition highlighted tracks from the 20th Anniversary commemorative compilation Elliptical Orbits, including contributions from Jo Thomas, Gagarin, Multiplex and Scanner, plus a special version of Nick Rilke’s ‘Real Imagined & Mistaken History of the Spirit of Gravity’ narrated by Sasha de Goguel.

Third Spirit of Gravity online streaming event: May 2021

Featuring Kieran Mahon / Rdyer / Melancholic Robot Tantrum / Andrew Greaves

Kieran Mahon: This piece was made and recorded especially for Spirit of Gravity and was entirely improvised in one take. It is a repetitious cosmic drone, based on two very simple sequences and a lot of random modulation. Over the last year I have found increasing inspiration from the music of Michael O’Shea  – this piece owes a lot to him. It would be best listened to on headphones.
www.kieranmahon.com

Rdyer uses saxophone, saw, harp, found sounds, tape samples, looped vocals and synth to create mesmerising baroque pop laced with chaotic improvisation.
soundcloud.com/r-dyer-uk
rdyermusic.bandcamp.com/

Melancholic Robot Tantrum: Industrial tinged electronic music for robots & humans.
melancholicrobot.bandcamp.com/

Andrew Greaves is a Brighton based musician, visual artist and member of the Spirit of Gravity. His work over the past decade has focussed on electronic minimalism, keyboard improvisation, live film soundtracks and sound collage. During the past year, Andrew has set aside his intense Casio organ improvisations; central to his previous work, in favour of layered analog synth sequences, arpeggios and loops. Andrew is exploring the meditative effects of gradual melodic and harmonic development, where multiple elements build, mesh, shift, vie for dominance, ebb and flow. Andrew starts his June show performance with some synthesiser improvisations intertwined with a collage of found cassette recordings of his father’s classic tenor voice. Andrew’s melodic approach at times recalls the simple and brittle themes of Hans-Joachim Roedelius, Tonto’s Expanding Head Band and Robert Wyatt. While his more intense improvisations seem a contemporary development on the works of Terry Riley, Suzanne Ciani or Mike Ratledge. The use of non-western scales is a constant and Andrew acknowledges the influence of African, Indian and Far Eastern musics on his work and its wider impact on all kinds of minimalism, experimental and electronic musics. This mix of influences and approaches can be heard on his most recent album “Works From Home”, just released on the Spirit Of Gravity Bandcamp label.
For this event, Andrew hopes to recapture a little of the feeling of an intimate performance at the Spirit Of Gravity show in the basement of Brighton’s Rossi Bar.
spiritofgravity.bandcamp.com

Stream visuals by midierror: soundcloud.com/midi-error
Incidental music provided by midierror and Kristoffer Lisgaard: https://www.kristofferlislegaard.com
www.crowdfunder.co.uk/save-the-rossi-bar