THE MANHATTAN RESEARCH TRANSFER PROJECT feat:
GRAHAM MASSEY (808 State/BITING TONGUES)
DENNIS JONES (HUMBLE SOUL)
HENRIETTA SMITH ROLLA (SISTERS OF TRANSISTERS)
Illum Sphere (FAT CITY, 3024, TECTONIC) & Kidkanevil
Demdike Stare (MODERN LOVE)
DJ's on the night:
MO-G (Parliament of Bats)
"Raymond Scott themes like 'Powerhouse' in Warner Bros. cartoons arguably helped shape the postwar musical aesthetic as much as anything Elvis or the Beatles did."—John Corbett, Chicago Reader.
“Raymond Scott was definitely in the forefront of developing electronic music technology.”—Bob Moog
Without doubt, one of the most technically brilliant, musically talented & unsung heroes of 20th century music - from his off kilter Big Band Jazz hits of the 30's (that were picked up by Warner Bros for Bugs Bunny & co) through to pioneering electronic compositions and providing source material for the likes of J Dilla, & the Gorillaz. His ceaseless experimentation and technological innovation provided some of the foundations for modern electronic music.
Scott started composing big band jazz in the 30’s, before pioneering the use of electronic sounds in music, scoring ads for Ford, General Motors, Bendix, Sprite as well as several collaborations with the Muppets creator Jim Henson.
It’s hard to get across the gravity of his talent, but Scott was pretty much unrivalled in his ability to inject his quirky personality into truly outstanding compositions at the same time as inventing the machines that played them!!! Scott’s music really is one in the eye to anyone who thinks that electronic music is the joyless domain of bleeps and blandness.
FILM SCREENING: DECONSTRUCTING DAD - The music, machines & mystery of Raymond Scott
Introduction by director Stan Warnow
This feature length documentary charts his life's course from his hugely successful big band Jazz works of the 30's, through his pioneering electronic work (and inventions), his extensive soundtrack & advertising work up to the recent resurgence of a new generation of fans. The film's title comes from Director Stan Warnow's relationship to Scott, which lends an intimate & honest perspective to the movie. In his words 'this film is also a personal quest to unravel the timeless fabric of love, connection and rejection that are a part of every parent child relationship, with the additional element of having a famous father obsessed with his work'
This is the only upcoming screening of the film in the UK, and the director will be flying over from New York to add his own personal touch to the proceedings!!
The trailer for the documentary available to watch at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogJlnNqSHt0
In addition, the themes & aesthetics of Scott’s work will be extended to the walls of the space via original film work from:
CHRIS PAUL DANIELS: Experimental filmmaker with work screened at the BFI, graduate from the Royal Collage of Art, and recipient of the prestigious Deutche Bank award for the arts 2010. Chris has recently returned from Iceland where he produced a collaborative piece with musicians who have regularly worked with the likes of Arvo Part and Karlheinz Stockhausen! He is currently heading up Unravel, a year long project to create the longest hand painted film in the world that will take him to film festivals across the UK,
NEIL ROBBINS: Criminally overlooked in Manchester, Neil is nothing short of an artistic phenomenon in the true sense. His multi disciplined approach has been most apparent in Oklahoma / Pelican Neck where he designed & built the space, made most of the artwork and ran the ‘Like’ gallery from it’s basement. These days it’s a little harder to see Neils new work as, unlike many self promoting artists, he’ll normally be making art rather than Tweeting about it! For this event he’ll be mainly creating moving image material, although with Neil nothing’s ever certain!!
Live music reinterpreting, sampling and inspired by the original compositions of Raymond Scott from:
THE MANHATTAN RESEARCH TRANSFER PROJECT:
A one-off collaboration from some of the UK's finest exponents of experimental music: (Exclusive to this event)
Graham Massey- needs no introduction, but aside of his notoriety with 808 State & production credits for the likes of Bjork he has consistently championed all manner of oddball & experimental audio through his involvement in Biting Tongues, the Homelife project, his Toolshed events and a string of other one offs including last years Moon landing anniversary celebration!!
Henrietta Smith Rolla- plays alongside Graham in Sisters of Transistors and is one of those super rare talents that just gets it!! The attitude & energy of Post Punk/ Chicago House/ Dancehall but with classical skills on the keys. Unsurprisingly, Henrietta is one of the most in demand musicians in Manchester right now.
Denis Jones- has developed into something quite remarkable over the last few years. Unclassifiable according to any one prescribed musical genre, with a compelling approach that mixes live musicianship with on the fly sequencing that's projected with an honestly & directness that's completely compelling. Imagine the earthiness of John Martyn fused with the raw experimentation of Faust and you'll get an idea of how weighty a talent Denis is.
Graham, Denis & Henrietta will be picking up where Manhattan Research Inc. left off and re-interpreting choice selections as well as creating new compositions that will capture the madcap energy & moods of such favorites as 'the Bass-line generator' 'Baltimore Gas & Electric Co' 'Lightworks' & much more (Graham Massey appears courtesy of www.woodworkmusic.com)
ILLUM SPHERE & KIDKANEVIL- Melonball bounce set (exclusive to this event)
Following on from their time at the Red Bull Music academy London 2010, Illum Sphere (3024 / Fat City / Tectonic / Hoya:Hoya) & KidKanevil (First Word) will be creating a one off colaborative live show consisting of brand new material sampling Raymond Scott's music as well as upfront airings of selcted tracks from Kidkanevil's 'Tokyorkshire Research Inc' beat tape (which pays homage to Scotts work) …....visuals will be supplied by the legend that they call e-man!!
DEMDIKE STARE - Live / AV set
Miles Whitaker (Pendle Coven / MLZ) & Sean Canty (Finders Keepers / Haxan) will be unsettling the proceedings with their chilling take on deep dub via Anatolia and the dankest strains of Koncrete & Library music......the visual score will make the music seem polite!! (This material is not directly related to Raymond Scott however the palette of influences evident in their music make them an ideal choice to open up this event)
Experimental/ Esoteric record provided by DJ’s:
MO-G (Parliament of Bats) When planning this event there were very few fixed ideas about how things would develop, one thing that was never in doubt was getting this guy up though. Mo has always made music + is currently playing drums with Parliament of Bats, but his prowess as a DJ / Music lover is something else, it's safe to say that he plays a lot of stuff that is largely unknown but unlike many DJ's who claim the esoteric high ground this guys golden ears will always come through....and if you collect records – probably melt your head as well.
EIL-R: see above notes on Neil Robbins…..it will probably come as no surprise that this guy has amazing records + they tend not to be the obvious ones!!
KELVIN BROWN: Stalwart of the Manchester music scene, and previous resident at the now legendary Electric Chair, Eyes Down and Plastic People. Kelvin’s approach to music is as uncompromising as it is broad, taking him around the world, from Loose Joints in San Francisco to the Big Chill festival, Outlook and Garden festivals in Croatia.
JON-K:Past residencies at Eyes Down / Plastic People, Friends & Family (Fat City) and currently at Hoya:Hoya & Soup Kitchen with past slots in the US / all over Europe & the UK.
Jon also runs www.snipsnapmusic.com
A Manchester based agency providing cutting edge original music and research for TV, Film & advertising with previous work for MTV, CBS, Panorama, Dispatches, CWTV network (US) & various BBC shows.
This event started to take shape when Jon met director Stan Warnow at a Sheffield film festival earlier this year (and after keeping in touch) decided to put a few feelers out to see if there was enough interest to merit a Manchester screening of Deconstructing Dad.....the answer was an emphatic YES and the rest developed from there.