Editors podcast, Russian tour, mixing

02.08.2019

Tape Notes made a podcast about the making of Violence, featuring an interview with Justin, Eliot and I. “Listen to find out what an Ed ‘weasel’ is and why many were brutally culled by Leo, why Tom is the easiest vocalist in the world to record, and why Justin’s guitar solos are more ‘Top Gun’ than they are ‘Joey Santiago’.”

Also, I’ve been preparing for a 2-week solo tour of Russia in November. It’ll feature a framework of improvising environments that I’ve made in Ableton, where all sounds including drums come directly from the guitar, live with no looping. I’ve spent much of the last 6 months developing it and I’m excited to finally be doing shows.

Sample of logistical arrangements from my dear friend Iouri Lnogradski, heroic mastermind behind the Muzenergo tours of Russia:
Connection to Izhevsk, really a bit insane as the train I was hoping for is cancelled for ever and we cannot change dates. They drive you after the gig (2 hours) to small station at Arzamas and help to get train 01:50-12:09 (10 hours to go), of 20 EUR in 4-beds. Then you’re picked up and yet 1 hour of driving to Izhevsk. I asked from local promoter if that’s possible to mount the only remained direct train but it leaves at 20:48, and even with a gig starting 19:00 strict and lasting till 20:00 strict, I doubt he’ll accept that idea. Sorry, sorry, sorry :((

An album will probably be made out of the live recordings. Dates to follow shortly.

Baikalsk

I’ve been doing quite a bit of mixing work over the last month – starting finally to enjoy it after 10 years or so – for a really talented artist from Poland called MIN-t, The Magic Lantern – one of my favourite bands whose first record I was involved with 10 years ago, and the Ligeti Quartet whose record of throat-singing arrangements by Christian Mason is a work of demented genius.

Dau

01.02.2019

A couple of years ago Brian Eno invited me to go with him to a meeting in Piccadilly about a mysterious film project called Dau. What I saw there left me in no doubt that the project is the most exciting thing to happen in cinema in my lifetime – though it goes way beyond cinema.

I was involved in some of the music that Brian contributed. Dau recently opened in Paris – more info here.

The Crying Of Tanbur

20.11.2018

The Crying Of Tanbur is a short film made by the director of the Tajikistan documentary that I took part in earlier this year. Anisa Sabiri, native to rural Tajikistan, hopes the film will shine a light on the history and horrors of the civil war and conflicts that have affected so many in her homeland, but are often forgotten by the rest of the world.

It is a brilliant piece of work and has been doing really well on the festival circuit. The producers are trying to raise money for the continuing promotion of the film. It’s a worthy cause, and the GoFundMe link is here.

November Update

17.11.2018

I’m in New York at Figure 8, working with my friend Shahzad Ismaily to finish off a couple of projects. One is a record of improvised guitar duets that Shahzad and I have been putting together whenever we find ourselves in the same city, and the other is more of a group effort based around Martin France and I, featuring Arve Henriksen, Matana Roberts, Tim Harries and Shahzad.

Last week Tom Rogerson of Three Trapped Tigers came to the studio. Improvisation is a large part of his approach, but we are also re-framing and redeveloping material that came about in earlier sessions.

I wrote a piece for this month’s Songlines magazine about the Roof Of The World Festival in Tajikistan.

Imogen Heap has released her soundtrack to Harry Potter And The Cursed Child – I’m on it, though I have no idea where.

Lastly I’ll be taking part in a live stream for Spitfire Audio on November 22nd, about my approach to playing guitar on film soundtracks. Check out their Facebook for updates.