Geoff Leigh

March 13, 2008

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Last Saturday I spent the afternoon working with ‘the legendary’ Geoff Leigh (pictured above in his cave like studio in Hastings) on some electro-acoustic improvised pieces: Geoff playing flute and various wind instruments which I processed live using granular sequencing software. This will hopefully be the beginning of a longer, currently anonymous, musical collaboration (if you can think of any good names, let me know). Geoff is a renowned multi instrumentalist probably best known for having played in an early incarnation of Henry Cow* in the early seventies, Moiré Music in the eighties and more recently with North African musicians and with those other old hippies, Faust.

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andywilsonLast Tuesday I was on the Eurostar heading south to Bruxelles when i was supposed to have been on stage with Andy Wilson as part of sunseastar’s third live outing…which was just as well as it turns out.

Jean-Hervé Peron of Faust (or, NotFaust) was headlining the night but had been deserted by his band. His solution was to imperiously co-opt the support acts into an ad hoc backing group, briefed just before the gig started with precise musical instructions (“in the second part make the sound of an exploding star…”) as a background for his “old hippy songs” (not my description) . At that point i would have gone home. Andy, who is made of sterner stuff saw the set out and said that some of it was “not that bad”.

This is not Faust…

October 23, 2007

The Luminaire presents
ART-ERRORIST / THIS IS NOT FAUST
+ sunseastar
+ DJ Tango-Mango
Doors 7.30
£7 via WeGotTickets | £8 door

Jean-Hervé Peron of Faust, featuring Jean-Hervé Peron and Geraldine Swayne [also of …bender], with sunseastar [Dield Recordings] and DJ Tango-Mango of the Komische Club / Drones Club star in this evening of experimental noise and organic, avant-drone.

“What a night! Totally insane evening beginning with a screening .. then delivering a through extrapolation of what an experimental noise band should sound like. They do not get bogged down in drone, or carried away with electronics. It is the mix of organic sounds and improvised music and theatrics that makes it make sense. Utilizing steel bars, a giant buzz saw blade, a chain saw, an oil drum, a chainsaw, stand up drums, a drill, an angle grinder, a female accordion player and a local knife wielding/sharpening chef. What more do you want?”

As a founder member of Faust, Jean-Hervé Peron was instrumental in doing nothing less than changing the face of rock music.

“Anyone who’s loved the last half-decade’s re-invention of the guitar (Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine et al.) will instantly recognise Faust as a prime ancestor of ‘our’ music. “Faust are essential, not just as a history lesson, but as a living legacy and as a reproach to an underachieving age.” [Melody Maker]

sunseastarAs sunseastar, members of RBE and Bourbonese Qualk, Simon Crab and Andy Wilson have been making electronic music for over 25 years. In their incarnation as sunseastar they create music from computer processed location recordings. sunseastar will release their first album, ‘Fjaerland’, later this year, based on recordings made in Norway and the UK.

DJing is DJ Tango-Mango of The Komische Club and Drones Club. For the last 11 years, the Kosmische Club has established itself as a place to hear some of the most forward-thinking, truly independent and downright amazing music ever made. Cherished by the open-minded, loved by the chronically energetic, and only occasionally visited by old men with beards, the Kosmische club’s remit slowly began to include the best danceable, experimental music, non-chin-strokey electronica, and classic underground tracks.