The 2006 INSTAL saw a broad range of artists that included Blood Stereo and Ludo Mich, Ellen Fullman and Sean Meehan, Keiji Haino and Tony Conrad and a specially created performance by Maryanne Amacher.
What we said at the time:
INSTAL is a festival of underground music. It’s full of musicians who are brave enough to want to honestly say something about themselves, the world around them or simply to investigate or lose themselves in the form of music itself, without worrying about what scene they might fit into, about sounding like someone else, about being correct. We think that this is pretty fearless, bold and admirable; it’s that admiration that makes us put together this festival each year. And don’t worry, it’s not a festival with anything to do with connoisseurship or elitism; it’s got everything to do with self expression. So this year’s is a handcrafted programme which we hope feels honest and open to anybody with an inquisitive mind. We want it to be an atmosphere where the connection between the artist, their work and the audience is direct and democratic. So come down to The Arches and sample some of the most thrilling, individualistic music you could wish to see, music that’s made simply because it has to be made, because it couldn’t be made any other way – we really think you might have an experience that makes you feel alive, excited and inspired. I guess that’s all you ask of any art.Read
Instal 06 featured
Blood Stereo + Ludo Mich
Ellen Fullman + Sean Meehan
Nmperign + Jason Lescalleet
Steve Baczkowski + Ravi Padmanabha
Keiji Haino + Tony Conrad
The Bohman Brothers
Jazkamer (metal music machine line-up
Kuwayama + Kijima
Arrington de Dionyso
And a special Scottish / UK underground stage curated by Giant Tank + Tremors.
Hockyfrilla + Muscletusk
Wounded Knee + NOMA
Nimrod 33 + Shareholder
Birds of Delay + Nackt Insecten
Polly Shang Kuan Band
Instal 06 was reviewed for The Wire by Neil Cooper here and Julian Cowley here; Euan Andrews for PlanB here; Ali Maloney for the Skinny here; Sue Wilson for the Scotsman here; and Stewart Smith, Matt Evans and Gary Thoms here.
David Dove Nmperign
During their time in Scotland for Instal 06 Dave Dove, Bhob Rainey and Greg Kelly did some improvisation workshops and performances in and around Glasgow.
Blood Stereo Ludo Mich
Blood Stereo & Ludo Mich: linking past and present generations of DIY intuitive expression in a post fluxus ‘big mess’.
Ellen Fullman Sean Meehan
Long Stringed Instrument performance involving up to 100 wires strung in tension over a 40m arch.
Jason Lescalleet Nmperign
Music is full of refracted brass and wind tones, distorted tape loops, dead silent air and the occasional piercing shard of sound.
No Wave, damaged garage jams and crazed instant vocal shrieks.
Blood Stereo Ellen Fullman Jason Lescalleet Ludo Mich Matt Hulse Nmperign Oshiri Penpenz Sean Meehan
Freeform Super 8mm documentation of Friday at Instal 06 by filmmaker Matt Hulse.
Ex-Decaer Pinga and CKDH rodeo queens; regular ladynoise hoedown gets gatecrashed by sonic chunder-huffing remedial clatter boys.
Nimrod 33 Shareholder
West Coast drone-age guitar grumbler/ consumer electronic reclaimer meets free-thinking clang/ chime/ drone bluesman of The East.
Miniscule free-noise hissy-fits and broken instrument scrape/ squeal jams from the fools what brought you Giant Tank.
Power-electronic klutz behaviour indecipherable blasphemies, cuts, bruises and broken microphones by Kovorox Sound head-honcho Lea Cummings.
Cask-strength electrohypnol/ shroom damaged folk croonings by Lapsed Electronics empire builder responsible for recent Tremors blowouts.
Lo-fidelity sheets of parinirvanic mangled tone get driven into oblivion by two longstanding gurus of the Northern England primitivist noise.
Dave will lead a session created for teenagers and designed to stimulate a supportive environment for artistic exploration through music improvisation.
Sonic ‘observations’ of the world, through micro recordings on a tiny scale and transformed into something musically compelling.
Ravi Padmanabha Steve Baczkowski
Sax/Drums duo of raucous, pealing noise, and cries of beguiling lyricism, whispered sax phrases float in a timbral cloud of bowed metal and rumbling toms.
A performance for dry ice and four specially constructed steel tables, each one heated by a single candle until searingly hot.
Keiji Haino Tony Conrad
Although Tony had visited Haino in Japan, and they played together in private, this was the first time anyone other that Haino’s cat saw them perform together.
The Bohman Brothers
Quintessentially British, The Bohman Brothers’ music is a home-made and DIY conflux of some of the most virulent strains of experimental music.
A black hole of dense heaviosity, full of slow motion riffage, tectonic pummel and massive planet destroying rock.
Jazkamer Keiji Haino Kiyoharu Kuwayama Lee Patterson Matt Hulse Ravi Padmanabha Steve Baczkowski The Bohman Brothers Tony Conrad
Freeform Super 8mm documentation of Saturday at Instal 06 by filmmaker Matt Hulse.
An LSD trip gone right via dense explorations of post-Fahey steel and low level drone.
Low-end drone guitarage army since 1997: nobody has done more on this occasion by a gaggle of sludge-lovers from the Scottish underground.
Birds of Delay Nackt Insecten
Out holler/ howl of English pukenoise posterboys exploded by incessant insect chatter of Northern fug dweller.
Brother and sister stumble over the early morning horizon in a spectral haze of emotionally devastating lunar vocals and oblique, lithium-soaked folk.
Polly Shang Kuan Band
Ever changing coven of feedback worshipping witches led by Blood Stereo/ Smack Music 7 shrieker Karen Constance spit audio hexes through yr skulls.
Umeda is a Japanese artist who is as fascinated in setting up interesting situations to observe, as he is in creating performances.
Wordless, reverb drenched voice, ghosted electronics, seething and ferocious electronic damage and Patty Waters style vocal mania.
Arrington de Dionyso
Solo performance on bass clarinet, jaw harp & voice by Arrington De Dionyso.
Kiyoharu Kuwayama Rina Kijima
Using violin and cello the duo map out a twilight sonic world that seems to tread the faultlines between improvisation and composition.
Free Jazz group comprising Matt Lavelle, Matt Heyner (TEST, No-Neck Blues Band) and Ryan Sawyer (Tall Firs).
A rare live performance which, although not a full installation, made use of the unique acoustic and spatial properties of the Arches to rattle the audience and help it locate its third ear.
Arrington de Dionyso Eye Contact Kiyoharu Kuwayama Maryanne Amacher Matt Hulse Rina Kijima Tetsuya Umeda
Freeform Super 8mm documentation of Sunday at Instal 06 by filmmaker Matt Hulse.