What's it all about?

A 3-day festival of experimental music, sound and performance. This year we've pulled in a clutch of artists to create a series of events that each explore different aspects of music that doesn't quite fit any given category.
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What this requires of you

An open mind, an interest in things that don't fit into the normal, given categories, and to be in Glasgow between the 15th and 17th Feb 2008. Not much else. Well, let's be honest; you'll need a ticket. But we've made them real cheap: a mere tenner for a day or 25 quid for the whole lot. But then that's not much; it's cheaper than last year.

Call 0141 565 1000 or visit www.thearches.co.uk to book your tickets, find out where the Arches is, how to get there, accessibility and the like.

Thank you

Many thanks to all our supporters.

Where to stay

If you're needing accommodation in Glasgow during the fest, we have some ideas.

Energy Births Form, Saturday 16th, 19:30

Can group energy birth new musical forms?

Some of the greatest (improvised) music we've ever heard was born of collective sweat, in that space half-way between individual expression and a group mind, moving collectively.

So we wanted to ask a bunch of the best high-energy-improvisers around; can musical form really taking shape via a group energy? Can individual concentration lead to a group consciousness? And if so, what form might that take if you put a celestial orchestra of some of the best underground players about together and make them play for 3 hours straight; what will happen after the point of exhaustion?

We've put together a pretty unbelievable group of musicians to have a go at working this out.

Alan Silva (double bass)
One of the great, and most delicate of Free Jazz double bassists, (he's played with Cecil Taylor, Albert Ayler and Sun Ra for god's sake!), Silva's Celestial Communication Orchestra forms a deeply thought blue-print for group energy in music.

Donald Dietric (sax)
Don's gruff holler incanted through a sax makes up half of the front line assault of legendary snuff jazz outfit Borbetomagus.

Incapacitants (electronics)
2/5ths of Hijokaidan, (who just about blew the PA at INSTAL 05), and active since the first wave of Japanese pure noise acts in the late 70's / early 80's, Incapacitants have created a noise music of ecstatic and emotionally expressive reverie: one of the most exhilarating live acts you're likely to see.

David Keenan (sax)
Keenan's one half of Tight Meat, Glasgow's own punk-primitive free jazz duo.

Kazuo Imai (electric guitar)
Jaw droppingly beyond any idea of technique, Imai is our favourite guitarist. A sometime Incapacitants collaborator he's equally at home in post-Derek Bailey nylon stringed navigations.

Sabu Toyozumi (drums)
Seriously heavy Japanese free-music thinker and Masayuki Takayanagi, Kaoru Abe, Keiji Haino, and Peter Brötzmann collaborator.

Michiyo Yagi (17 & 21 stringed koto)
Classically trained koto (traditional Japanese stringed musical instruments, about 5ft long) player and fearsome free improviser.

Ben Hall (drums)
Hall occupies the drum stool in Graveyards, the most intriguing of Wolf Eyes offshoots, specialising as they do in lower case murmerings as much a free noise.

Curated with David Keenan of Volcanic Tongue www.volcanictongue.com