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

Gravity Waves and the Spirit World

Sunday 23rd August 2020 from 8.00 to 10.00pm on ResonanceExtra FM, DAB radio or online at extra.resonance.fm/

This month we have a taster for 2 upcoming Spirit of Gravity netlabel releases, plus part 12 of Ascsoms ongoing isolation reel experiments with 2m tape loops – check them out on Bandcamp. More details to follow.

The July 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-july-2020-sunday-26th-july-2020/

The first hour consistes of a guest mix “Noise Evades Kontrol” from  Dr RAYPOWER, while the second hour includes work from Chris Cobilis and Jobina Tinnemans amongst others, plus a track from the latest Spirit of Gravity netlabel release from Cookie.

Any money made from downloads of recent Spirit of Gravity releases will be donated to the fund-raising scheme for the venues that have been our home for the last 10 years.

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

Gravity Waves and the Spirit World

Sunday 26th July 2020 from 8.00 to 10.00pm on ResonanceExtra FM, DAB radio or online at extra.resonance.fm/

Featuring another selection of tracks from the orbit of the Spirit of Gravity Collective.

First hour: Guest Mix – Noise Evades Kontrol – Dr RAYPOWER

Second Hour: Cookie – Man-tra / Chris Cobilis (performed by Spektral Quartet and Kenneth Goldsmith) – The Sun as Narcissus- Big Boy Prism / TRA – The First of the Adventures / Cloud Diameter – Liquid Interior / H A I R S A B Y S S – Up North / Brontis – Futuristic Bum Cream Infomercial / Jobina Tinnemans- The Shape Of Things Aquatic / Jilk – Last Star Stopped / Chris Cobilis – This is you

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-2020-sunday-24th-may-2020/

This show contains some tracks from the first of the lockdown releases on the Spirit of Gravity netlabel release, Behind the Shutters. The first half contains a lengthy piece by Melbourne based artist Gillian Lever who played for us several times as The Vainglories when she lived in Brighton. Also included are some interesting things from the archives.

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-2020-sunday-28th-june-2020/

The first hour is drawn from new releases all set loose in the world in the last couple of months of COVID 19 lockdown, including the latest from the Spirit of Gravity netlabel, Distant Sounds. The second hour revolves around two live sets from last year, one from Spirit of Gravity long time member Henry Collins, and the other from more recent favourite Elefante Branco.

Any money made from downloads of the two Spirit of Gravity releases will be donated to the fund-raising scheme for the venues that have been our home for the last 10 years.

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

Gravity Waves and the Spirit World

Sunday 28th June 2020 from 8.00 to 10.00pm on ResonanceExtra FM, DAB radio or online at extra.resonance.fm/

The first hour is drawn from new releases all set loose in the world in the last couple of months of COVID 19 lockdown, including the latest from the Spirit of Gravity netlabel, Distant Sounds. The second hour revolves around two live sets from last year, one from Spirit of Gravity long time member Henry Collins, and the other from more recent favourite Elefante Branco.

Meshes – Empty Weight / Ascsoms – Isolation Reel 1 pt 1 / Olivia Louvel – A Woman Artist Not Deprived / Soundtrack -Industrial Wasteland / Muster – Remote Control / Noteherder – Your Warmth / Jilk – All Gentle Creeping (Arrive For Soft) / Olivia Louvel – The Sound Of A Mallet

Elefante Branco – Live On February 21.2020 / Nil By Nose – That Chair Rocked It’s self / Urs Graf Consort – Sudaca / Henry Collins – Rummaging in Amsterdam / Jobina Tinnemans – Microbioism / Brontis – Hoofin’

Next radio broadcast on ResonanceExtra FM: Sunday 24th May – 8.00 to 10.00pm

Gravity Waves and the Spirit World

Sunday 24th May 2020 from 8.00 to 10.00pm on ResonanceExtra FM. extra.resonance.fm/

ResonanceExtra FM continues regardless, so we are able to bring you another selection of tracks from the orbit of the Spirit of Gravity Collective.
This show contains some tracks from the latest Spirit of Gravity label release, any money made from downloads of this will be donated to the fund-raising scheme for the venues that have been our home for the last 10 years. The first half contains a lengthy piece by Melbourne based artist Gillian Lever who played for us several times as The Vainglories when she lived in Brighton. Also included are some interesting things from the archives:

Pt I
Gillian Lever – Brain Box binaural version / Zaum – Let’s Call It Myth / Rotten Bliss – One Day This Will All Be A Ray Of Noise / Kutchi – Pugsly / Brown Sierra – Mr Chiodini / T-Toe – မင်္ဂလာပါ – 02 ကမ်းခြေ (the beach)) / Vera Bremerton – Apostasy
Part II
Tapeworms Orchestra – 3 pieces live at Splitting The Atom / Niki Matita – Babosa / Annie Kerr & Andrew Greaves – Thanka Alap / Inwards – 19TEST / BBBlood – Combined / Dolly Turing, Garth Erasmus – Distance Traces / Ocean in a bottle – Space Dust

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-2020-sunday-26th-april-2020/

This month we have a special guest curation from the Othermen crew, featuring music from the sewage works, sand bag and brain cell
“And just because I’m Smyling
Doesn’t mean that it’s happy.
And just because I’m laughing
Doesn’t mean that it’s funny.

Do you know how Real that is!”

7th May netlabel release: Behind the Shutters

The Spirit of Gravity is finding ways to keep the unusual sounds flowing under lockdown. Exclusive tracks by the artists who had kindly agreed to appear at our May show – and then just as kindly agreed not to appear – are now available as a netlabel release: ‘Behind the shutters’.

Vera Bremerton is a classically trained vocalist who specialises in extended technique. ‘Blends classical harmonies with industrial, avantgarde, techno beats and aggressive sounds.’
https://verabremerton.bandcamp.com/

Yorkshire Modular Society is Dominick Schofield, and ‘is an ethos of creation by way of listening. It is truly formless, without beginning or end, like a great ashen tree beneath the Earth’s crust, whose roots penetrate the skies.’
https://yorkshiremodularsociety.bandcamp.com/

midierror is Spirit of Gravity collective member Chris. ‘Synth Explorer, Renoiser, Sample Maker, MIDI Idiot, Community Music maker, Film Fan, Sky Watcher, Photo Chap, Own Worst Enemy.’
https://soundcloud.com/midi-error

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

Any monies made 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

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

Gravity Waves and the Spirit World

Sunday 26th April 2020 from 8.00 to 10.00pm on ResonanceExtra FM. extra.resonance.fm/

This month we have a special guest curation from the Othermen crew, featuring music from the sewage works, sand bag and brain cell

“And just because I’m Smyling
Doesn’t mean that it’s happy.
And just because I’m laughing
Doesn’t mean that it’s funny.

Do you know how Real that is!”

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-2020-sunday-22nd-march-2020/

Another selection of tracks from the orbit of the Spirit of Gravity Collective, including music from the Chocolate Monk label: Powell:
The Singing Island – The door is in the valley / Tindegger – deed deid horst / Blood Stereo – Two paths to outer edge (excerpt) / Sexton Ming’s Porridge Van – Twelve / The Singing Island – Stone Telling Stone / Tindegger – Mechanical Powell:
Map71 – CDM (Nmesme remix) / si – cut.db – Post Emblem / Donna Summer – The Man Who Was Thursday / Dynamo Bruit – Monody Tracts / GRST – Penance State / Mully – Get A Phone That Works You Useless Hippy And Maybe We Could Use The Correct Track Titles / Shitmat – You Be Virgil And I’ll Be Ted Dibiase / Noony Banoony – froth and frizz / Maya Verlaak – All English Music is Greensleeves (II) / Official Licensed Product – Dan’s Cat and a Humming PC

Ghosts

March 2020
The Rossi Bar

We’re posting this now, a review of the last Show before Lockdown. It all seems strange now, being in the same room as friends and strangers. Enjoying people making music in the room, playing from their hearts into ours without the mediation of the internet. Writing this is partly a reminder to myself of what life was like a few weeks ago…

 

Ascsoms

So first up was Ascsoms, Adam, and a small table of kit. A bouncing word in a swirl of space delay starts the set, followed up by fatly quiet drone. He says something that’s distorted to hell into a munging delay, as space crickets and odd burbles get in on the act. A distant pair of notes as if played on a Mississippi bridge loop ominously, as we get odd foregrounded sounds like creatures of the river bank scurrying about their business. We get into a more industrial soundspace, like finding a vast working quarry in the middle of the downs. Giant Gerry Anderson machines slowly grinding their way round its circumference. We’re past, we can still hear the bridges in the distance, cyclists and door chimes, uncanny wildlife. This idyllic landscape becomes subtly more intense until it’s overwhelming. We go under a bridge where some pretty serious welding is occurring before getting into new, more tonal, country. A 3 tone beeping riff starts up, tape spooling, slowly denuded by a scouring wind bringing swarms. Finally we find some piece in some kind of saturnine lagoon. This was definitely a journey.


Meljoann

Second up was Meljoann. Mel, office ready, with laptop and recorder. I don’t have a recording of this set so my review will be light on details, sadly as it deserves them. Mel lured us in with her deceptive pop like charm, modern beats and shiny electro surface sheen but as with all our song based artists, she takes the songs off to strange places, amping up the energy levels with some rattling drums and extraordinary bass. I also get tricked by the brevity of her set and only get one song videoed. Its brilliant stuff, and we ask her back, but she’s done. You should have a look at her office life themed videos and feel nostalgic… www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLhUrDac40s-VNUDMVVJYucqcqPKHchme2


Bela Emerson and Hervé Perez

And to round off the evening we had the return of Bela Emerson in a duo with Hervé Perez.  Bela on electric cello and electronics, and Hervé on laptop, electronics and occasional sax.  They start with Bela looping up a scouring edge of the bow on the cello strings and a nice edge of feedback drone, Hervé providing field recordings of birds in an electronic murmuration that swings in and out of sonic sight. He then brings in his first saxophone intervention. Flurries of notes, that Bela responds to, the birds swirl about too, before everything levels out in drawn out tones against an itching cello loop that drops away leaving the saxophone taking on electronic tones against a drone. Bela brings up a cello line and the sax drops away completely leaving her to slowly layer up an evolving that imperceptibly transforms into Hervé taking it on. I think this is the point at which Bela sat back with that smile of “this is why I love improvising” she takes back the line and passes it on again it a slow back on forth of stunning spontaneous composition. We move on, with Bela taking a slow bass line against bird song and smoky midnight sax. There is a hint of electronic manipulation from Hervé as he plays. After sitting back for a while Bela brings in a disarming cello loop of high frequency tremulous drone. Hervé octaves his sax against that to build the unnerving atmosphere some more. Bela contributes a bassline. And after an exchange of flurries from Hervé and an electronically mutated version of himself, Bela worries away at a bass string and the birds quietly return.  Hervé playing quiet high pitched bursts of notes, it rains, an odd 3 note trebly cello riff loops, Bela plays a slow line almost a drone it moves so slowly, Hervé’s electronics moving slowly round it, an accidental squeak gets into the looper and fades slowly away to smiles, an almost crystalline thin feedback line takes us slowly and beautifully to the end.


I think it was quite a show to take us into the current situation. It was our first night with visuals by midi-error, we were projecting onto the black curtain, which gave things a nicely subtle effect, but means you can’t fully appreciate them in the photographs and video.