Saturday night saw…well, there aren’t really any words.
So instead here’s a 50 second video roundup of the bat-shit-crazy-alternative-grownup-discotheque we put on at The Hare and Hounds the other night…
So that’s that!
Huge thanks to the fascinating Graham Dunning and his Mechanical Techno set, Antonio Roberts (aka HelloCatFood) for providing the mind-bending visuals, Rocky Steps for his incredible warm-up set for the main event – Steve Davis – what an unbelievable 3 hours of experimental party music he gave us!
And a huge thanks to The Hare and Hounds for hosting the event and including us in their 10th Anniversary Series!
We’re just about recovered.
Steve Davis: https://www.mixcloud.com/interestingalternative
Graham Dunning: https://grahamdunning.com
Rocky Steps: https://rockysteps.uk
Hare & Hounds: http://hareandhoundskingsheath.co.uk
“IT’S LIKE A BADLY-OILED MACHINE, A MACHINE THAT IS ALMOST FALLING TO PIECES.” – Graham Dunning
On March 4th in association with Hare & Hounds 10th anniversary series we bring you the ultimate alternative DJ night. With headliner Steve Davis, snooker champion turned Alt-DJ cult hero paired with live visuals from HelloCatFood and support from Graham Dunning with his Mechanical Techno Set, we’ve no doubt this avant-garde-discotheque will exercise your body and your brain.
Graham Dunning works with sound, processes and found objects visually drawing upon dirt, dust and decay, evoking notions of memory, collecting and archiving. Dunning’s work sonically remixes cultural off-cuts, often utilising the unwarranted noise inherent in vinyl and cassette playback.
A self-taught artist and musician, his work explores sound as texture, timbre and tactility, drawing on bedroom production, tinkering and recycling found objects.
Dunning’s background in experimental music informs his approach into whatever audio, visual, physical piece of art he is creating; experimentation and play being a main part of the process.
“My work explores time and commemoration: How people store their memories, in personal archives – photographs, audio journals, post-it notes – and what becomes of those archives. I find discarded objects interesting in themselves, for the stories that they suggest or that can be read into them. Collecting things has always held a fascination for me, both to do myself and to look at the way others do it.”
This enthusiasm in ‘the way others do it’ is probably what makes this artist such an avid collaborator. From musicians, to producers, to multi-disciplsinerary art groups such as A.A.S – Dunning, in his art-form fluidity, has created a patchwork quilt-esque archive: offering something for all kinds of art-appreciators.
Recently Dunning’s performance project Mechanical Techno – a teetering stack of collaged vinyl interspersed with physical interventions and extended phonograph needles – has drawn accolades from sound art and music festival scenes.
The installation of the Mechanical Techno set is an incredible thing to watch come to life; Graham is gradually joined on stage by some abstract lo-fi R2D2 sound machine, fully responsive but slightly out of whack, with it’s own chaotic wit.
Dunning speaks fondly of Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, who referred to dub as “the ghost in me coming out” and with his own brand of techno he certainly unleashes a whole new entity into the a-typical DJ night.
For an in depth interview with Graham from ATTN Magazine click [here]
This is set to be an unmissable, mind bending night of dance. For more info. click on the Facebook event page [here].