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INSTAL 01

A one day festival of experimental electronic and contemporary classical music

The first INSTAL festival (programmed by Barry Esson of Arika and Tiernan Kelly) featured a line-up including Robert Lippock, Philip Jeck, Fennesz, Paragon Ensemble, Icebreaker International, Defaalt and Rhomboi. Following on from the success of the Polaroid event in 1999, which crossed new boundaries in presenting contemporary classical music and electronica in a club environment, the Arches hosted INSTAL. INSTAL featured leading international experimental electronic artists, together with a full and challenging program of contemporary classical works, presented in promenade style in the unique confines of The Arches, which was at the time one of Scotland’s foremost venues for performance, music and clubbing, located in several underground railway arches beneath Central Station in Glasgow.

The festival was reviewed by Diskant here and by Lorna Rankin for The Scotman here and by Neil Cooper for The Herald here.

Neil Cooper wrote that “It went like clockwork. From the 100 metronomes lined up like pretty maids in a row, welcoming the curious to this day-long sen-surround of experimental, electronic and contemporary classical exercises in sound, a dozen acts dovetailed in rapid-fire but oderly succession across three spaces designed to drift through, in and out of focus.”

Diskant said “So that was Instal and it left me feeling very positive. To see so many people coming out and listening to the sort of music you only read about in The Wire is the sort of thing that gives me faith in people’s taste and the world in general.”

Programme Events

Image with the word: Rhomboi
9 December 2001
The Arches

Rhomboi

Rhomboi

Ex Ganger guitarist’s solo performance for guitar and fx, featuring breathless processed guitar, complex in structure and melody.

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Image with the words: Paragon Ensemble
9 December 2001
The Arches

Paragon Ensemble

Paragon Ensemble

The program of composed music including Feldman’s Instruments III, Ligeti’s piece for 100 Metronomes Poeme Sympathetique, and Rebonds B by Iannis Xenakis.

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Image with the words: Paragon Ensemble / David Fennessy
9 December 2001
The Arches

Paragon Ensemble / David Fennessy

Paragon Ensemble

The Scottish based Paragon Ensemble has commissioned David Fennessy to compose music for Instal, which will be performed during the evening.

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Image with the words: Music Electronica
9 December 2001
The Arches

Musica Electronica

Musica Electronica

A sound diffusion piece by Glasgow University’s Musica Electronica, and a further selection of electroacoustic performances.

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Image with the word: Fennesz
9 December 2001
The Arches

Fennesz

Fennesz

Austrian guitarist who specialises in a warm digital deconstruction of guitar noise

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Image with the words: Philip Jeck
9 December 2001
The Arches

Philip Jeck

Philip Jeck

Philip Jeck creates slowly evolving symphonies that are as much about the crackling hiss of old vinyl as the actual ‘musical’ material.

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Image with the word: Defaalt
9 December 2001
The Arches

Defaalt

Defaalt

Glasgow based artist Defaalt invites the audience to collaborate fully in his performance by means of a generative graphical interface.

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Image with the words: Icebreaker International
9 December 2001
The Arches

Icebreaker International

Icebreaker International

An audio report for the NATOarts board of directors that seeks to promote global security and stability through the exhibition of works of conceptual art.

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Image with the words: Robert Lippock
9 December 2001
The Arches

Robert Lippock

Robert Lippock

To Rococo Rot member Robert Lippok performing for the first time in the UK with his solo project.

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Image with the words: Koji Asano
9 December 2001
The Arches

Koji Asano

Koji Asano

Koji Asano, Japanese composer and sound-artist performing slow groaning burbling tones, moaning echoes and drones.

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