27th November at the Green Door Store: Mai Mai Mai / Hum / Breaking Robots

Experimental electronics, improv, incantations and astral forays from Brighton and the Outer Limits

SOG Nov 14 poster

Mai Mai Mai
Italo-Occulto-Psychedlicko astral forays

Solo project by Rome based Toni Cutrone. His latest output Δέλτα (Delta) is a journey of Italo-Occulto-Psychedlicko astral forays that stretch beyond space and time. Ceremonial driving beats mix and weave with far-out ambient son0scapes and Giallo tinted non-melodies. Cutrone is also a member of the noise-rock outfit Hiroshima Rocks and runs the NO=FI Recordings label, Dal Verme Club in Rome and annual Thalassa festival. Bello…

Hum
incantations, chanting drones, ritual drummings, french variété

[shanti, shanti, shanti] [[[₪{{{

Kosmik Phenomenon, constellation triangle of MW // H \\ Uiutna ~ WE ARE ONE ~ mantra Arch-Mages of astral magic and sound Mysteries, H+U+M unite Elements, whirl, lift {stones, spacecraft bell, electronics>>>> They abandon themselveself to alchemical practice, incantations, chanting drones, ritual drummings, french variété ; “All things done must come undone”
FX From the Depths, they venture, voyage~voyage {{sonicexplorations, interzone travels, cyphers, waves, bubble, aux couleurs d’été eternelle………

They invite you for soul dance – particules – envision vision division : Los…Void…Clasp…Cloud…Hands…Eye…Sea…More…INFINITY

Heloise and Olmo (Uiutna) run ZamZam recs out of Bristol dedicating sacred energies to the label and putting on many gigs-events-radios-festivals-fares etc. in Bristol and beyond…. Mark Wagner runs MKII creative and healing space in London.

Breaking Robots
Free improvisation on the themes of assimilation & disintegration to promote a human awakening process through music and performance that seeks awareness and solutions to dehumanising social conditions & behaviour

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Cymagick demo

Cymagick describes a practice consisting of : study of Vibratory Phenomena, Mystical Experience and Creative Expression.
The term is derived from Cymatics – the science of visualisation of sound, and is composed of the words Kyma which is Greek for wave and magick, with a ‘k’ to mark it’s esoteric tradition and occult leanings and to differentiate it from stage magic. Cymagick is insight into the vibratory nature of all things and shows some of the mesmerising invisible correlations between worlds seen and unseen. It bears profound metaphysical implications which often provoke strong physical, mental and spiritual effects in the manipulator and spectator alike…

Wildrfid DJ
Disco-functional creative DJ Si-mon Wildrfid half way between Jockey and live de/recomposition. Runs cult experimental output record label Wildrfid from Switzerland.

Thursday 27th November | 8pm – 10.30pm | £5
@ The Green Door Store


COMING SOON

Wednesday 17th December at the Scope: Ripsaw Catfish shoaling with The Static Memories / Nyogotha

Wednesday 21st January at the Scope: Warrior Squares / Laborotoro


19th November at the Scope: Robert Barry “Music in Texts” / Dan Powell and Paul Khimasia Morgan

The Spirit of Gravity presents the fourth night of the Scope, our new sound lab type of thing

SOG Nov 14 poster

Robert Barry “Music in Texts”

Realisations of text scores from Bobby Barry’s new book “Music in Text” performed by groups and individuals

Late replacement – Dan Powell and Paul Khimasia Morgan

Paul Khimasia Morgan is an improviser, currently working with electronics, zither and the sonification of low voltage. Paul’s music has been released on Absence Of Wax, Aural Detritus, Engraved Glass, Con-V, Cronica and his own The Slightly Off Kilter Label. Paul curates aural detritus concert series and writes for The Sound Projector.
“…a weft of mysterious hums and clicks that creeps organically across the intervening space between the speakers and my ears, never quite identifying itself but always offering tantalizing glimpses…” – Brian Olewnik, Just Outside
www.auraldetritus.blogspot.com

Dan Powell began making sound for installation works in London in the mid 90′s and was involved in live arts group OMSK. Since moving to Brighton in 2000 he has concentrated on experimental and improvised music. He is a member of Brighton based collective The Spirit of Gravity and has performed across the UK. Dan is also a member of free improv duo Nil with Chris Parfitt and The Static Memories with Gus Garside.
http://danpowelldanpowell.wordpress.com

All the Lissajous figures you could ask for

Wednesday 19th November | 8pm – 11.00pm | Feed the piggy donations on the door please
@ The Caroline of Brunswick, 39 Ditchling Rd, Brighton


23rd October at the Green Door Store: Aigon DAAC / Supercell / Nicholas Langley and Hassni Malik

Experimental electronics, rhythms and kosmische improvisations from Brighton and the Outer Limits

SOG Oct 14 poster

Supercell
Madden / Dylewski – machine rhythms & digital noise in conversation with error-born colour & form

Following on from last year’s epic live AV art installation at Fabrica Gallery and their visuals and installations at Fort Process, the duo will strip things down to a straight audio/visual set up. Expect machine rhythms and digital noise in conversation with error born colour and form.

Aigon DAAC
Analog Digital Acoustic – it’s always DAACest before dawn

Dominic Lash (bass), Dan Bennett (laptop) and Stuart Chalmers (tapes). Melding analogue cassette tapes, acoustic double bass and computer controlled prepared speakers, their improvisations move freely from minimal abstract textures through to dense, highly charged interactions

Hassni Malik & Nicholas Langley
‘Indigenous electronic music’, a free improv culture with European kosmische references

Members of Brighton’s infamous experimental unit, Vitamin B12, Hassni Malik & Nicholas Langley create purely electronic ambient music, making their synthesisers sing, drone and pulse, taking you on a slow moving and heady journey through gentle pastures of ambience and noise

Thursday 23rd October| 8pm – 10.30pm | £5
@ The Green Door Store


COMING SOON
19th November at the Scope
Bobby Barry “Music in Texts” performed by various artists / Named (Dan Powell and Will Miles)

27th November at the Green Door Store
Mai Mai Mai / H.U.M. / Wildfrd records DJs / Cymagic demo


Not all as advertised

September 2014
Month 2 of the Scope was great fun.

Benzo Fury

We’d booked Daniel Spice and Verity Spott expecting wordplay and were completely outflanked and got a tasty improv session from the debut outing of the pair, Verity on Cello and Daniel on his usual varieties of trumpet, bamboo sax, and percussion. Dan was on fine form playing some nice lines and they worked really well as a duo. Unfortunately, no photographs appear to exist for this performance.


I’m Dr Buoyant and Ron Caines

I'm Dr Buoyant and Ron Caines I’m Dr Buoyant and Ron Caines have played together a few times now and Tony Rimbaud seems to bring out the best in Ron, giving him the freedom to weave his lines as he wished. At the start Tony started by working on Ron’s sounds, looping and effecting them round. As the set progressed he worked up some more orthodox backing tracks to rumble away under Ron’s improvisations.


Ashtoreth / TCH

Ashtoreth / TCH Rounding off the evening Tim Holehouse in collaboration with Ashtoreth. Ashtoreth started by burning a great swathe of Sage in a quite alarming manner before getting to work on his acoustic guitar loops. Tim had some doom-y chords going on under that before they both got into some gravelly vocalising and then twin electric guitars sweep up all the loose ends in the looping stations and Ashtoreth gets back to the acoustic guitar for the finale.


Unfortunately, we also have no video available for this event.

18th October: The Spirit of Gravity & Safehouse come together for Oxjam

The Spirit of Gravity & Safehouse presents the Oxjam Electronic & Improvised music all dayer

SOG & Safehouse at Oxjam

Featuring
I’m Dr Buoyant and Ron Caines
Noteherder & McCloud
Nil
SafeGrav Orchestra
Broken Star and Ron Caines
Tidal Surge
TR Agency
plus Wildcard Quartet/s
[6 unique, improvised performances from 6 different quartet line-ups comprising members of the Safehouse]

Saturday 18th October | 12.30 to 11.00pm | Entry to this event £7 / £5 or buy a wristband for all events in the Oxjam Brighton Takeover at oxjambrighton.co.uk
@ The Good Companions, Dyke Road, Hove BN1 3TE

15th October at the Scope: Stereocilia / Ampism / Arboria Auralist

The Spirit of Gravity presents the third night of the Scope, an evening of Experimental Electronics

Stereocilia
Unstructured guitar electronics

Ampism
Electrical box wrangling post-noise

Arboria Auralist
Mistreated electronic tomfoolery [beep]

All the Lissajous figures you could ask for

Wednesday 15th October | 8pm – 11.00pm | Feed the piggy donations on the door please
@ The Caroline of Brunswick, 39 Ditchling Rd, Brighton

There’s got to be an easier way to get your Five-a-day

August 2014
Back to the Green Door Store in August, and a hat-trick of fine visuals to accompany the usual high quality music this month.

Andrew Greaves

Andrew GreavesAndrew Greaves began with a premiere of his piece for organ, ‘Octabeast’. A rare foray into composition for SoG, this was a massively physical performance, with his swift fingers producing relentless arpeggios, the effort becoming increasingly visible as the piece developed. The overlaying echo, and rhythmic pulse which began to introduce itself, produced a kosmische feel. The accompanying visuals were provided by street photographer Simon Peacock, presented in Andrew’s patent flowing slideshow format, and grounded the experience in a way that more spacey images would have failed to do. Watch out for a photographic exhibition from Simon, with the possibility of further collaborations in store, and you can also find a CD of ‘Octabeast’ at our Bandcamp page at http://spiritofgravity.bandcamp.com/album/octabeast.


Gagarin

GagarinSet to his trademark film of Soviet space footage, Gagarin’s set eased in with ambient washes and picked out keyboard notes, but soon his mode of more delicate physical performance was introduced. Moving as lightly as Fred Astaire, his hands and feet danced across his pads and keys, always a pleasure to witness. Glitch funk recognisable from his Biophilia CD, nicely pulled apart and played around with live, was interspersed with less rhythmic interludes creating a subtle and nuanced set. The visuals developed into a more abstract, washed out style as things continued, closing with a more robust beat-driven sequence.


Pawnsphinx

PawnsphinxThe professionalism of Pawnsphinx’ musical presentation apparently caused some confusion, with some mistaking his set of original pieces for a DJ set. Muscular beats emerged from his laptop, bouncing well-developed drum and synth pads around the venue. He also shared with a bemused audience the bizarre video art of Matthew Barney, from his Cremaster cycle (www.cremaster.net/). This involved two identical women stealing grapes through a tablecloth from a load of air stewardesses in two blimps, with the stolen fruit defining the choreography of a Busby Berkeley-style dance troupe on an American football pitch below – no, I wouldn’t believe me either. Possibly a bit too distracting to make the most of the sounds developing, but Ben was given leave to continue past our normal curfew time to provide something of an SoG rave-up to finish the evening.