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Thursday 4th April at the Rossi Bar: Gagarin / I’m Dr Buoyant / Melancholic Robot Tantrum

Gagarin: Light melodic sounds filtered through a shaded lens
I’m Dr Buoyant: Loop dreams – compilation release celebration
Melancholic Robot Tantrum: Super slow 180bpm bass music

Gagarin is the solo project of veteran experimentalist and teacher Graham ‘Dids’ Dowdall, a British musician who has spent a fruitful career operating around the edges of where rock, dance, electronic and improvised musics collide. His forthcoming new album is entitled Komorebi, a Japanese word that refers to how sunlight is seen and felt through leaves and branches. Dids takes this idea as its loose theme, evoking light and shade and combining both throughout its duration.

Emerging from the free improv scene of the late ’70s, Dids joined the Manchester-based cult post-punk group Ludus in 1980 as their drummer before being recruited to join the legendary German artist Nico, with whom he spent seven years writing and performing. This tenure included the acclaimed John Cale produced studio album ‘Camera Obscura’, following which the Welshman hired him to play on his own ‘Artificial Intelligence’ record. Both were released via Beggars Banquet.

Following the untimely death of Nico in 1988, Dids formed the Faction and also played with Eric Random & The Bedlamites, Bill Pritchard, the highly experimental Infidel (including a tour in deepest Siberia) and dance pop duo Sonexuno. He also trained as a community musician at this time and has subsequently spent over thirty years in a parallel career making music with disabled people and others experiencing disadvantage

SoG founder I’m Dr Buoyant returns for a solo set to celebrate the release of ‘Sampler Sampler’, a compilation of artists using samples as the sole basis for their musical productions, building a set based on samples used by artists on this collection. Other recent projects have included live work with saxophonist Ron Caines and keyboard player Andrew Greaves, and two releases on the Spirit of Gravity netlabel in collaboration with multi-instrumentalist Noteherder.
soundcloud.com/im-dr-buoyant

Melancholic Robot Tantrum – brooding underground dance music from the dark side; bass heavy Industrial amen face breakage.
melancholicrobot.bandcamp.com
www.facebook.com/melancholicrobot

Hosted by our very own DJ Cheesemaster

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 4th April 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: Sampler Sampler

The Spirit of Gravity label launches another release into sound orbit on 1 April – a compilation entitled Sampler Sampler, curated by I’m Dr Buoyant.
I’m Dr Buoyant bases his practice on live sampling and manipulation. For this compilation, he has gathered together like-minded artists working entirely with samples, both musical and on-musical. Despite this commonality, styles vary from ambient to noise, unstructured to composed, with some artists sharing I’m Dr Bouyant’s interest in introducing chance elements into the construction. No musical instruments were used on these recordings.
Dr Buoyant and his colleagues will see you now from 1 April at the following stream/download link: spiritofgravity.bandcamp.com/album/sampler-sampler

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

Gravity Waves and the Spirit World

Sunday 24th March 2024 from 8.00 to 10.00pm on ResonanceExtra FM, DAB radio or online at extra.resonance.fm/

In this edition, guest curator Think Twice presents a second instalment of his Rascal Arts mix, while the second hour features tracks from the forthcoming Spirit of Gravity compilation of sample-based music “Sampler Sampler”, accompanied by sounds from the orbit of the Spirit of Gravity by Gagarin, Hannya White, Noteherder & McCloud and Spaghetti Blacc.

First hour: Think Twice – Rascal Arts Vol 2: Tribe Wissin Billiw Inn
Second hour: Not By Radium – The Pain of Being Conscious / Gagarin – V Stat / Dynamo Bruit – Delta Warnings / Hannya White – Silver Cowboy / Minatory Dub – You Could Call it Despair / Spaghetti Blacc – Gator Shears / Art Buoy Mind – Labyrinth / Noteherder & McCLoud – The Tuxedo Moon (Live at Splitting The Atom) / Dynamo Bruit – Ecocide Panic / Andy Trubimo – Subside

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-rascal-arts-volume-1-dj-cheesemaster-25th-february-2024/nd-the-spirit-world-sirius-dj-cheesemaster-28th-january-2024/
This month, guest curator Think-Twice presents his latest mix Rascal Arts Volume 1, followed by another high quality selection of sounds from the orbit of the Spirit of Gravity

Thursday 7th March at the Rossi Bar: Olivia Louvel / [something else] / Automouse

Olivia Louvel: Voice and Electronic Sound Art
[something else]: Sound and Text duo
Automouse: Cyclopean Noisy Rave-ups

Olivia Louvel is an Ivor Novello-award winner composer and artist whose work draws on voice, computer music and digital narrative. Her work is presented in the form of sound recordings, sound art installations, video art and live performances. Her practice is built upon a long-standing exploration of the voice, sung, or spoken, and its manipulation through digital technology as a compositional method.
Louvel often operates at the intersection of creation and documentation. Throughout her extensive research on Barbara Hepworth [also called Hepworth Resounds], she produced ‘The Sculptor Speaks’ (2020) a resounding of a Barbara Hepworth archival tape, which was premiered on Resonance Extra and followed by an audio-visual version presented at The Hepworth Wakefield in 2021, and at Towner in 2023. ‘SculptOr’ is a suite of nine pieces based on Hepworth’s writings released as a digipak CD.
For this show, her first in four years, she will be performing a hybrid set.
www.olivialouvel.com/
catwerkimprint.bandcamp.com/

[something’s happening] is the sound and text duo of poet and performer Iris Colomb and composer Daryl Worthington (Beachers). The project explores textual and sonic permutation through improvisation. Their first release, an album of single-take live improvisations recorded with a single mic in a practice room, ‘Something Like That’, was released in May 2022 by Sensory Leakage.  Their second release, a recording of a live performance from October 2022 at Cafe Oto was recently released on the venue’s digital label Otoroku.
Otoroku release: www.cafeoto.co.uk/shop/somethings-happening-121022/
Something Like That: somethingshappening.bandcamp.com/album/something-like-that

Automouse – improvised lo-fi hardware, with swamps of distortion and really filthy beats. Future refuse reused.
automouse.bandcamp.com

Hosted by our very own DJ Cheesemaster

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 7th March 2024 | 8pm – 10.30pm | £5 (cash only)
Downstairs @ The Rossi Bar
8 Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3WA