Braver Newer Musics
Music is More than just music. In fact, any radical music has always been provoked by something from outside: by non-musical ideas, ideas from and about our situation. And it only stays radical if it keeps saying something back to that situation, if it tries to change it.
An experimental festival of experimental music, INSTAL 10 addresses itself to these and subsequent concerns.Read
Music is about more than just music
So. We think that the most exciting music, music that is genuinely radical, makes a basic appeal to ideas. It reaches out, tries to be bigger than itself, engages with things other than just the musical; and occasionally, admirably so.
Also. Music has always been most radical when it’s applied the incredible tools it’s developed (ideas about how to improvise situations, how to deal with noise/the unwanted, how to foster intense social interaction) to unexpected situations. Or when in allows unexpected ideas, or situations, to gain purchase on it.
But so then. INSTAL 10 is a festival of these kinds of situations, and of the cross-pollination (through performance, discussion and action) of ideas from experimental music with: radical thought, activism, geography, hardcore mathematics, everyday life, social interaction, politics….and more. An experimental festival of experimental music, INSTAL 10 addresses itself to these and subsequent concerns.
Remember. Music is about more that just music.
What to expect. 3 days of events that explore un-average musical ideasFN1; INSTAL features unmissable gigs and performances, in-depth discussions, readings, film, installations. Local, national and international musicians, artists and thinkers. Intriguing young artists alongside some of the most influential of the last 50 years. INSTAL will have thrilling performances, (dry) humour, extremes of volume/ silence, immersive environments, and multiple permutations of kicks ‘vs’ contemplation and emotion ‘vs’ intellect…It might be gentle or inspiring. It might be challenging or troubling. The only specialist knowledge required is the knowledge that no specialist knowledge is required.
Now. If you were trying to convince us to come to a gig, we’d ask: Who is this person? What are they doing? Why might I be interested? Reasonable questions which we will try and answer about INSTAL 10 in the rest of this programme. FN1 Way too many ideas to try and cram in here: but perhaps incl. how music can rethink it’s relationships with: everyday life, (social) geography, means for (collective) learning, philosophy (music’s obligation to think), how ere change the collective conditions of existence (politics), the known/ the unknown, other art forms (visual art, film, literature…), (cultural) consumerism, music’s audience, festivals, you, and/ or us.
Instal 10 was featured by the Scotsman which included an interview with Vanessa Place here. The event was reviewed by Richard Pinnell for the Wire here; Stuart Marshall for Sound Projector here; and Matt Evans for the List here.
A kind of an informal overview of INSTAL.
Vanessa Place talks at The Friday Event series at the Glasgow School of Art about her practice as a writer.
Three intense solo performances for drums (both played and screamed through), cymbal, voice, credit card, bird whistle, and guitar amplifier/leads.
Resonance Radio Orchestra
The first performative part in a game of chance and endurance as actor Tam Dean Burn constantly broadcasts for 24hrs.
Three (thankfully short) chats wherein we try and get at what’s eating us with regards to experimental music, and what we think might be worth salvaging.
French improviser, composer, writer & musical thinker of dry humour and elegant clarity. Sly conjurer of music from the unconsidered processes of music making.
Christian Kesten Lucio Capece
Intriguing, underground, Berlin based musicians interested in the borders between music and theatre, language, the visual arts, politics.
Diego Chamy Jean-Luc Guionnet Seijiro Murayama
An improvisation that may or may not involve (typical) improvisation.
A solo improvisation using just the situation of the concert: a space, a PA, Mattin’s own thoughts, you, the audience.
Resonance Radio Orchestra
The worlds leading radio art station brings you: a performance, a radio show, an installation, an endurance test.
Mark Sanders Vanessa Place
Conceptual writer and practicing lawyer Vanessa Place performs and talks with Mark Sanders, author of the brilliant “Complicities: The Intellectual and Apartheid”
Pascal le Gall
A carefully thought out, simple but rich performance using just a turntable, teach yourself foreign language LP’s, the impeccable timing of a percussionist, and an idea.
Arika Catherine Christer Hennix Florian Hecker Robin MacKay
Electronic music, time, thought, the word, and consecutive matters
Three short performances involving social exchange (jumpers, hats, glasses…) and singing (ballads)
Three different performances variously featuring: Fritz Welch, loud drums, guitar, local collaborators, paper, memories, Roland Barthes, string quartets
Iain Campbell F-W
A series of three short performed situations and statements to be examined or judged from the most interesting young musician in Glasgow (we think).
N30 is a massive, dynamic, immersive multi-channel presentation of front-line field recordings from the protest against the WTO in Seattle
A multi-speaker, electronic, spacious and spatial performance from Florian Hecker.
Catherine Christer Hennix
Complexly interacting colossal drones by the creator of some of the most legendary yet least heard music of the 70’s.
A kind of performed installation of searing noise and silence, where we’re not sure who the performer is, when it starts or ends or even who it’s for.
Temporary Outpost for an Auditory Gesture is a kind of performed installation that explores how sonic phenomena (like feedback, vibration, resonance, echo, rhythm) condition our experience.
The Echo project is an installation as audio guide for a crowd. And at the same time it’s a private conversation: with you, as one of 20 people in a room, a sort of public intimacy.
Aileen Campbell Eric La Casa Gaël Leveugle Jean-Luc Guionnet Neil Davidson Seijiro Murayama
Listening to people listening to their own homes. Musicians and actors will listen back to recordings made in local peoples homes on headphones, and interpret/ translate what they are hearing.
Paper Piece: Secrets is a performance for and with the whole audience, using paper, text, secrets, being in the crowd
Resonance Radio Orchestra
A performance, a radio show, an installation, an endurance test. A game of chance. Constantly broadcasting live, actor Tam Dean Burn will leave Tramway at the start of INSTAL and walk away from it, in an ever increasing spiral, for a day. Then he’ll walk back.
Mattin Ray Brassier
Three workshops lead up to an open invitation to improvise with the festival as concert. The last four hours of the Sunday 14 at Instal 10 were devoted to presentations devised during the three workshops. The material conditions (time, space, facilities…) were the instruments. From there anything could happen.