The third Random Fridays was as popular as ever. This month's line-up was more of an avant garde affair. Setting the tone for the night was Stockhausen in the auditorium foyer. The crowd piled into the space to hear an introduction from the Sound Intermedia guys followed by a performance of Pole. This was a well spent 20 minutes of experimental noise that got us in the mood for the upstairs delight of Thomas Truax.
Without a doubt, Truax worked the crowd - at one point getting us to howl like wolfs as he recorded it. With an original dash of covers and some David Lynch inspired tunes, the crowd were well and truly captivated.
Shelley Parker finished the night off with her experimental beats that perfectly accomanied the time of night. With the crowd enjoying the sofas and their company, Shelley's contribution to the night was spot on.
Sound Intermedia present Stockhausen's Pole
& Gesang der Jünglinge
Sound Intermedia- alias Ian Dearden and David Sheppard – make up The Art Works and Cutting Edge Technology arm of previous Pavilion favourites The London Sinfonietta. They are dedicated to realising visionary new art works through live performance and cutting-edge technology. Their initiatives and artistic collaborations continually push past the accepted boundaries of composition, sound design, live sound, music technology and interactive multimedia. Internationally respected both as composers and performers, they collaborate with many of the world's most influential artists and organizations.
The London Sinfonietta is one of the world’s leading contemporary music ensembles with a reputation built on the virtuosity of its performances and its ambitious programming. It is committed to placing new music at the heart of contemporary culture and pushing boundaries; regularly undertaking projects with choreographers, video artists, film-makers, electronica artists, jazz and folk musicians.
New York City's Thomas Truax (pronounced troo-aks) is a left field troubadour and inventor/player of strange self-made instruments like his now legendary 'Hornicator' and a motorized mechanical drum machine called 'Sister Spinster'. He employs these and other contraptions as well as traditional instruments in exceptionally crafted, witty and often touching songs. Splendid magazine called him "one of the five or ten best singer/songwriters in the world that you've never heard of...an exceptional talent, unique and resistant to comparison, yet fairly accessible even to casual listeners.
Truax has got three acclaimed original albums and under his belt ( 'Audio Addiction', 'Full Moon Over Wowtown', and 'Why Dogs Howl at the Moon') and his fourth, 'Songs From The Films Of David Lynch'(SL/Psycho Teddy records 2009), is his first all-covers album. He has toured nearly constantly for the past seven years, including support tours with the Dresden Dolls and Duke Special. He's played Glastonbury and Edinburgh Fringe festivals and appeared on MTV. Thomas' own radio serial, The Wowtown News, plays on Resonance FM in London.
Photography courtesy of Paul Mansfield
Shelley Parker Shelley Parker is a London based artist working with sound/music/image.
Over the past year she has focused on audio production in terms of remixes and sound installations. Her most recent work includes 'Consume' in the pop-up store Man-Made during Frieze 2008 and 'Cast' at The Cast Courts at the Cold War Modern exhibition at the V & A. 2009 will see her launch her own label Structure as a platform for artists working with field recordings and experimental approaches to working with audio.
In addition she has co-promoted a number of club events including ‘Nerd’ where she made her debut as a DJ. As a progression from this night she was taken on by the Haywire agency and began to DJ around the UK and Europe in venues such as Fabric, The End and even Tate Britain. In 2007 she launched her own night Structure, a free monthly electronic event showcasing a cross-section of DJ’s and live performances: all chosen for their integrity and alliance to electronic music. As a photographer, she has exhibited in a number of alternative gallery spaces including Browns Focus, Great Eastern Hotel and Kokon to Zai. She has also been commissioned by musicians/bands and style magazines including I-D, GQ, The Face, Time Out and contributed to 'The Scream' by Kris Needs - a publication about Primal Scream.