Performances from Current 93, Six Organs of Admittance, Charlemagne Palestine, Baby Dee, Richard Youngs, Vajra [Keiji Haino, Kan Mikami, Toshi Ishizuka], John Butcher & Ingar Zach, EXIAS-J, Steffen Basho-Junghans and Masayoshi Urabe. Both Chie Mukai and Derek Bailey were due to perform but unfortunately could not make it to the festival in the end.
What we said at the time:
Instal is a two-day new music blow-out borne of a desire to open eyes and expand musical horizons. It’s a celebration of intensity, ritual and some of the most intoxicating, vital music the world has to offer.
4 years on, 4 times the size and following the sell out success of last years event, Instal.04 is again programmed with an evangelical zeal, bringing to Scotland some of the most exiting and influential musicians the world has thrown up in the last 50 years. As music fans, we’re blown away by this years line up, not just because we have epochal, ground breaking musicians playing, [mostly for the first time ever in Scotland], but also because we have put together a programme that regardless of experimental importance, just simply kicks ass, knocks heads together and promises to be the best two nights of live music in Scotland this year.
One of the most incessantly experimental musicians in the UK, Youngs’ aesthetic is entirely unique, never really part of any scene [whilst influencing many], steadfastly unafraid and honest
US percussionist, poet, sound artist and instrument maker performing on self-made instruments constructed from industrial materials such as stainless steel, titanium, PVC plastics and various kinds of pipe.
Improvising using nothing so much as the passage of time as his instrument, Basinski creates works of great melancholic depth and fragile beauty.
Six Organs of Admittance
Pitching Fahey inspired, eastern-infused folk vibrations, sad elliptical drones and oracle chants into one kaleidoscopic sound.
An extravagant debauch of plush toys and ritual. Palestine performed a version of Strumming Music, a trance inducing investigation into overtone systems achievable on a Bosendorfer Imperial Piano.
Former street performer, organist, performance artist, circus performer, harpist, accordion player, tree surgeon and tricyclist performing solo.
One of the most revered and legendary underground acts of the past 20+ years, Current 93 is the constantly evolving creation of David Tibet.
Alex Neilson Jandek Richard Youngs
Jandek’s first ever live performance. Unannounced, the performance was a total surprise for everybody at the festival.
A voice that can vault from an elegantly whispered insinuation to asphyxiated and murderous barks or squalls in a heartbeat.
Tormented and drawn-out high-pitched yelps and drones, all interleaved with periods of torpid silence.
Repetitive, mesmerizing rhythmic workouts, to pieces of stark and rigorous introspection, where notes picked and slid in isolation, scatter like mercury around the listener.
The Experimental Improvisers Association of Japan, [EXIAS-J] are a loose collective of musicians and dilettantes who seem to represent an entire and self sufficient scene in one band.
Ingar Zach John Butcher
Originally billed as a duo of Ingar Zach and Derek Bailey, John Butcher stood in for Bailey at the last minute.
Kan Mikami Keiji Haino Toshiaki Ishizuka
Vajra are a Japanese psychedelic rock supergroup, hewn from the collective consciousness of Fushitsusha’s Keiji Haino, folk radical Kan Mikami and percussionist Toshiaki Ishitsuka.