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.

Self-Cancellation, Friday 15th, 19:30

Can sound auto-destruct, can it cancel itself out in the process of it's own creation?

Society tends to cancel itself out: every new invention creates a new accident waiting to happen (e.g. before trains, derailment never existed). Gustav Metzger was the first artist in the UK to really address this tendency via his Manifestoes for Auto-Destructive Art in the late 50's & early 60's.

We've asked Rhodri Davies, inspired by and in collaboration with Gustav, to bring together a collection of musicians to look at ways in which music and sound can cancel itself out, can auto-destruct during performance.

Maybe you think that sounds kinds dry, or theoretical, but it's both real pertinent in today's political climate and also a way of thinking about sound that could lead to some pretty spectacular performances.

E.g: Mark & John Bain using oscillators to shake The Arches, seismographs to pick up the harmonics and a massive sub-bass PA to play that back to live, Michael Colligan pressing white hot metal into dry ice, causing the metal to sing and scream, Robin Hayward's sand filled tuba solo.

Rhodri Davies One of Europe's leading improvisers on auto-destructive harp.
Mark Bain & John Bain Shaking buildings with oscillators & seismographs.
John Butcher The most exciting saxophone player in Europe today. Bent to his will, a saxophone can sound like almost anything.
Robin Hayward Explores the micro-sounds of the tuba, filled with water, with sand.
Lee Patterson Burning nuts.
Gustav Metzger Author of the 3 manifestoes of auto-destructive art.
Benedict Drew On electronics, broken cables and standing waves.
Michael Colligan Playing dry ice, a camping stove and superheated metal.
Sarah Washington Electronics and wind-up radios, running out of charge.

Co-produced with the London Musicians' Collective
There will be associated talks, discussions and an exhibition associated with this event. Click for more info on events surrounding Self - Cancellation.