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INSTAL 08

Brave New Music

A 3-day festival of experimental music, sound and performance; a series of events that each explore different aspects of music that doesn’t quite fit any given category.

Nearly 50 of the most original, essential and legendary musicians (folk, free jazz, noise or improvisation) of the last 50 years, as well as visual artists, conceptual poets and radical thinkers. We asked them what it is that really inspires them, what’s right at the core of what they do. We’ve gone about turning those key impulses to create into one-off happenings, readings, performances and a couple of guerrilla distractions about town.

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Brave New Music

INSTAL: a cast of pioneering, provocative spirits (musicians, artists, writers, poets and bon viveurs), who exist outside the mainstream, between borders or definitions and for one weekend only, also in Glasgow. INSTAL is your chance to experience some of the most exciting experimental artists in Scotland and the world presenting a bunch of never to be repeated events quite unlike anything else you’ll see or hear in 2008.

We’ve hooked up with nearly 50 of the most original, essential and legendary musicians (folk, free jazz, noise or improvisation) of the last 50 years, as well as visual artists, conceptual poets and radical thinkers and asked them what it is that really inspires them, what’s right at the core of what they do? And then we’ve gone about turning those ideas, those key impulses to create, from some of the most creative people in music, into one-off happenings, readings, performances and a couple of guerrilla distractions about town. We reckon that there’s a whole bunch of you out there that share our affinity for things that don’t quite fit into any given category, that take creative chances or don’t conform.

INSTAL tries to let you see some of those things, and to provide flashbulb moments for everyone that comes; moments of fascination and excitement, confusion and inspiration. So if you think it might be interesting to find out what it sounds like to press white hot metal into dry ice, to treat punctuation as percussion or to see some of the most exhilarating live performers in music knackered and on their knees after a 3-hour high-energy-marathon, then INSTAL’s for you.

INSTAL 08 was reviewed by Nick Cain for The Wire here and Neil Cooper for The Wire here and The Herald here; Laura Cameron Lewis for the Scotsman here; Matt Evans for Rock-A-Rolla here and Euan Andrews, Daniel Barrow and Matt Evans for Plan B here.

Programme Events

A performer plays instruments in a suitcase on a subway carriage
7 February 2008
The Arches

Personal Space

Nackt Insecten

Where we join Nackt Insecten’s disembodied spectral howls and heavyweight locomotive drones about SPT’s Subway.

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Hands fiddle with items lit by headtorch
7 February 2008
Lobey Dosser Statue

Personal Space

Usurper

Usurper jamming live in a skip at the site of Bud’s Neill’s Lobey Dosser statue on Woodlands Road.

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A view looking down a stone spiral staircase. A pair of trainers is on a step.
14 February 2008
Glasgow Uni Music Dept

Personal Space

Aileen Campbell Neil Davidson

Personal Spaces: inversion of a territorial bell, confusing the realms between rehearsal and performance, public and private space.

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By blacklight in front of a yellow wall two silhouetted people perform
14 February 2008
The old public library in Easterhouse

Personal Space

Blood Stereo

Avant-wrongdoers Blood Stereo performing in Garthamlock the town spawned them.

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Lee Patterson adds a spoon of powder to a large glass of water
15 February 2008
The Arches

Self Cancellation – Vessels

Lee Patterson

In this response to the Self Cancellation project, Lee Patterson dissolves medicine in glasses of water and explores the sonic content.

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An animated suduko is on the screen as players perform to it
15 February 2008
The Arches

Self Cancellation – Palimpsest #1

Benedict Drew Chris Weaver John Butcher Mark Bain Michael Colligan Rhodri Davies Robin Hayward Sarah Washington John Bain Lee Patterson

Performance of a Sudoko based graphic score giving rise to a process of self cancellation.

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Two Bain brothers look down at a lit mixer in a dark space
15 February 2008
The Arches

Self Cancellation – Archisonic

John Bain Mark Bain

A system in which oscillators shake The Arches, seismographs pick up the harmonics that are then amplified through massive sub-bass PA.

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Rhodri Davies plays two suspended deconstructed weathered harps
15 February 2008
The Arches

Self Cancellation – Seed Burn / adh

Lee Patterson Rhodri Davies

Rhodri Davies plays two deconstructed harps. Lee Patterson examines the sonic properties of burning nuts.

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Robin Hayward sits whilst playing a tuba with a ball of sand at the horn
15 February 2008
The Arches

Self Cancellation – Sand

Robin Hayward

Robin Hayward – exploring the micro-sounds of a tuba, filling slowly with sand.

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Michiyo Yagi is bent over a large koto stringed instrument in a pink light
15 February 2008
Stereo

Michiyo Yagi

Michiyo Yagi

Sometimes delicate, sometimes harsh and jarring, Yagi’s koto solos are as much inspired by Nancarrow or Cage as they are traditional.

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15 February 2008
Stereo

Incapacitants

Incapacitants Junko Kazuo Imai

Ecstatic, scalding and ludicrously heavy, nobody matches Incapacitants for live noise energy. One of the most exhilarating live acts in underground music.

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Three performers on stage, two on electronics and one sings
15 February 2008
Stereo

Blood Stereo

Blood Stereo Heather Leigh Murray

Goofily deformed, deeply thought vocal jams: like the sound of your own breath rushing through your head.

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Robin Hayward and Radu Malfatti play brass instruments at the far end of a room
16 February 2008
The Arches

Wandelweiser

Antoine Beuger Manfred Werder Radu Malfatti

Expansive and considered, inclusive and deeply human minimalism: Antoine Beuger, Radu Malfatti, Manfred Werder.

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16 February 2008
The Arches

Translation

Jarrod Fowler

Jarrod Fowler creates a social space where layered one-to-one live encounters with the audience become sonic material.

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Two men in suits and ties ride exercise bikes whilst reading from books
16 February 2008
The Arches

Translation

Simon Morris

Simon Morris is joined by Nick Thurston as they attempt to read aloud whilst peddling on exercise bikes.

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16 February 2008
The Arches

Translation

Aileen Campbell Dylan Nyoukis Junko

Trio vocal performance of a score by Achim Wollscheid with Aileen Campbell, Junko and Dylan Nyoukis.

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Kenny Goldsmith holds a microphone wearing a white spotted jumper
16 February 2008
The Arches

Translation

Achim Wollscheid Kenneth Goldsmith

Kenneth Goldsmith reads extracts of his conceptual poetry and Achim Wollscheid manipulates mobile phone signals.

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A view of Kylie Minoise's bare back with a red bandand tied around their head
16 February 2008
The Arches

Personal Space

Kylie Minoise

Thirty lucky Instal punters experience Kylie’s pre-match aggro workout one-on-one in the darkness of an Arches dressing room.

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A large band play multiple instruments on a golden lit stage
16 February 2008
The Arches

Energy Births Form

Alan Silva Ben Hall David Keenan Don Dietrich Incapacitants Kazuo Imai Michiyo Yagi Sabu Toyozumi

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?

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Two men move things around on the floor
16 February 2008

Usurper

Usurper

This set continues on from the Bud Neill inspired clatter using the contents of the Usurper twin’s pockets.

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A bare chested man with a bandana of their face writhes on a floor with a torch
16 February 2008
Stereo

KMVSNI

KMVSNI

Kylie Minoise Vs Nackt Insecten feedback/ vocal physical threat ‘vs’ ecstatic electronic cloudbursts

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Metzger and students seated at table
17 February 2008
The Arches

Self Cancellation – A project for voices

Gustav Metzger Kenneth Goldsmith Simon Morris

A performed self-cancelling discussion, with artists from the festival, invited speakers and local artists talking at once, over each other, or straining to be heard over the din.

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17 February 2008
The Arches

Marginal Consort

Marginal Consort

Durational group-mind drone and clatter: bamboo, electronics, the contents of your local ironmongers bin. A 3-hour set from this legendary Japanese improvisation group.

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Richard Youngs stamps his foot and gesticulates as he sings energetically
17 February 2008
The Arches

Personal Space

Luke Fowler Richard Youngs

For musical chameleon Richard Youngs both his creative and family life are focused in the room that many of us consider the centre piece of our lives.

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Mick Flower and Matt Valentine play guitar my two amplifiers
17 February 2008
The Arches

Golden Cherry Ball

MV & EE The Cherry Blossoms

An event exploring anarchic and communal situations of musical creation with MV, EE and The Cherry Blossoms.

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Programme Schedule