Grouper presents ‘Violet Replacement’

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Grouper unveils a haunting new performance entitled ‘Violet Replacement’ comprised of tape loops, field recordings and submerged atmospherics presented in a set of naturally resonant and specially customised locations.
Grouper is a recording and performing project by Liz Harris. She lives and works in Portland, Oregon. Since 2005 she has released a flow of LPs, CDRs and tapes into the world on labels like Type, Room40 and her own Yellow Electric imprint.
Grouper’s live shows are rare occurrences and are always in tune with the architecture and acoustics of a space. For this tour she performs a new collection of tape collages derived from a commission for New York’s Issue Project Room. Field recordings, Wurlitzer loops and vocal tracks from her archives are mixed, spliced and processed live from an array of dictaphones and tape players.

http://sites.google.com/site/yellowelectric/

 

Diamond Catalog

“NNA is proud to present the debut LP by Diamond Catalog, the new duo of Lala Conchita and “Glamorous” Pat Maherr (Indignant Senility, Expressway Yo-Yo Dieting, and so on). This full-length is the definitive statement of Diamond Catalog’s concoction of cross-bred dance music and mutated, swirling noise bricolage. “Magnified Palette” seems to exist in five dimensions of sound, with factory-booming beats creating a mechanical-yet-organic framework for devious sonic chatter to wind its way through. Imagine the sound of a distant rave in the midst of a disorienting drug spell, wading your way through the infinity of your mind’s own dark matter.”  NNA Tapes

 

SWLLWS/Sian Macfarlane presents a new work exploring the Victorian séance, and its roots in the pain of the loss of loved ones.

An exploration of the world of the séance, popular in Victorian times, where spiritualism was at its height, this piece will incorporate family snaps, slides, and super 8 footage as well as found sounds.

http://swllws.bandcamp.com/

 

Tickets to this show includes entrance to after party featuring:


Harry Dawes Trio:
Harry Dawes from Pram
Joe Welden from Juneau Brothers
Stuart Tonge from Papa November

 

plus BOYD/First Fold DJs playing an eclectic uptempo mix of the familiar and rare:
Pierre and Karlheinz
The Quite Good DJs

www.firstfoldrecords.com

 

This event is part of Fierce Festival http://www.wearefierce.org/

 

Poster designed by Bethan McKnight http://b-vo.tumblr.com

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Atsuhiro Ito + Windscale + Nicholas Bullen

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Atsuhiro Ito was born in 1965. He launched his career as a visual artist in the late ’80s, and in ’98 began presenting sound performances at art exhibitions and so on. Ito made use of fluorescent lighting (which is also an element of his art installations) in the creation of an original musical device called the optron. He continues to refine the instrument while approaching sound and music from a contemporary-art-based perspective. In addition to his solo exhibition and performance projects, Ito is active in a number of musical units. One of these is Optrum, the explosively loud “extreme optical noise core band” consisting of Ito and drummer Yoichiro Shin. Between 2000 and 2005 Ito presented various sound (music)/visual image-related events at Off Site, the now-defunct gallery/free space in Yoyogi, Tokyo. The Optrum album Recorded was released in June 2006 on the label Unknownmix (Headz).

 

 

 

Windscale

Windscale was formed in 2005 as the musical arm of the Birmingham based Circuit Bending company “Happy Robot”, and Guitar Effect Pedal company “Ghost” which are both run by Ian Sherwen. Needing some way of showcasing Ian’s handmade devices in a musical recording and performance context, Windscale seemed an ideal solution. Bassist Neil McAuley (Seeland) joined in 2006, leading to the recording of 2 albums – “Schwarzes Ei” in 2007, and “Conflicts in Time” in 2008.
In 2009 drummer Neil Spragg (Omnia Opera/Sand) joined making the band a 3 piece further emphasising the influence of Neu and Galaxie 500 on their sound.

www.myspace.com/00windscale00
www.happyrobotmusic.co.uk


 

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Capsule are 10 – Closing Party

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The closing party to Capsule’s 10th birthday celebrations will see a gathering of some of Birmingham’s most exciting experimental live acts – paying tribute to the ten years of exciting, genre pushing music that Capsule have produced and provided a stage for. Modified Toy Orchestra are a collection of abandoned and reconstructed Childrens electronic toys, conducted by a selection of musicians to create electronic music in a league of its own. PCM, the dark lords of drum n bass have long been key figures in the Midlands underground dance scene and firm Capsule favourites.

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Beak> cancelled

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DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES THIS SHOW HAS BEEN CANCELLED
YOU CAN GET A FULL REFUND FROM THE PLACE WHERE YOU BOUGHT YOUR TICKETS

BEAK> were formed in January 2009 by three Bristol musicians, Billy Fuller, Matt Williams and Geoff Barrow. Geoff Barrow is a musician and producer best known for forming and producing music group Portishead and part owner of the independent record label Invada Records . Einstellung blend glorious monotonous Krautrock with melodic tones and heavy slabs of Sabbath riffage, whilst finding time to declare sonic warfare on those tinnitus victims who have passed the point of no return.
http://www.myspace.com/beak2009

From the deepest depths of the industrial heartlands of Middle England comes a small ray of light. Since late 2003 a warm glow has steadily grown into what can only be described as a fireball. From this point on let this gentle fireball be known as Einstellung.
Blending glorious monotonous Krautrock with melodic tones and heavy slabs of Sabbath riffage, whilst finding time to declare sonic warfare on those tinnitus victims who have passed the point of no return.
www.myspace.com/einstellung 

Thought Forms are Charlie Romijn (guitars / vocals), Deej Dhariwal  (guitars / vocals) and Guy Metcalfe (drums). Hailing from England’s rural South West, the trio were brought together amongst the ley-lines and ancient vibrations by a shared love
of guitar abuse and pedal worship.
The band take influence from luminaries Sonic Youth, Slint and My Bloody Valentine, blending their structure with inspiration from modern experimental noise bands like Boris, Double Leopards and  Emeralds; It is this which gives rise to a more psychedelic sound.
They have fun; watching them onstage, they exude charisma with their emotion-fueled chiming guitars and gloriously euphoric songs. They create an intense and haunting atmosphere that mentally takes the audience with them to a higher plane.

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Knowing Me Knowing You

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Wouldn’t it be lovely if we all just talked a bit more? I feel so distant from you. What the devil are you up to? If you’re doing something super awesome, got some plans under your creative sleeves, putting on interesting gigs, exhibitions and the like then tell people about it at this little talky talky chit chat in association with Created In Birmingham.

Featured folks include ATTA Girl, Scott Johnson aka Film Ficciones, Stephen Earl Rogers, James Yarker of Stans Cafe, local historian Ben Waddington, illustrator extraordinaire Ben Javens, Gung Ho Housing Co-operative and Stitches & Hos.

Charlie Pinder also performed her Cake Orchestra piece

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Afternoon Delight with Capsule & 7 Inch Cinema

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Almost since day one, 7 Inch Cinema have been crouching in a corner at Capsule gigs with a video projector gaffa-taped to a stool showing films of hairy men shouting and small dogs in space. To celebrate the grannies’ remarkable and unexpected longevity we shall be gathering up some filmic highlights from the last decade and showing them at Vivid, alongside the customary mix of light snacks and word-searches.
You are positively encouraged to bring baked goods to share.
www.7inch.org.uk/

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Pram + Light Trap

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Incorporating the techniques of early cinema, Filmficciones dark collages are stalked by a live performance by Pram, creating an eerie musical nightmare – think creepy Victoriana, tropical analogue and tumbledown funk.
www.myspace.com/pushthepram

Light Trap are a trio from Birmingham, England comprised of John (Haxan, ex Doom & Sore Throat), Doug (Una Corda) and Nic (ex Napalm Death & Scorn).
They combine blackened and primitive noise rock with progressive and experimental elements.

In Association With … is a new VIVID project to provide access to its space and facilities as a platform for social interaction, engagement and critique. It utilizes the history and role of VIVID as an experimental lab through offering an open and versatile environment for thinking and working. The activity and outcomes are completely governed by its users in the creation of an evolving space for production, dialogue, new collaborations and emerging networks. Through the initiative, VIVID wants to encourage risk taking and showcase a wide array of aesthetics from both the city’s vibrant visual, sound and film culture and far beyond.

In Association With … launched in August 2009 with projects from John Hammersley, Jenine McGaughran and Trevor Pitt. This December VIVID are delighted to welcome Capsule for a fantastic series of events to celebrate their 10th anniversary
www.vivid.org.uk

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Monotonix + Esquilax + Beestung Lips + Cum Dogs

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Capsule will be 10 years old this December and we very rarely do things by halves, as is the case with this month long celebration which will include a number of live performances, exhibitions and workshops.

 

We’ll be starting with a big party to launch an exhibition which delves way back  into our archive, this will be held at Vivid on Tuesday 1st of Dec. With special guests MONOTONIX. These guys absolutely stole the show at this years Supersonic Festival with their acrobatic antics, so it was only right that we have them open proceedings. Vivid has a limited capacity so get your tickets in advance!

 

MONOTONIX frequently set up on the floor among the crowd, playing shows raucous enough to result in the power being shut off or the police called in. Eventually finding themselves banned from most of the venues in Tel Aviv, the band decided to leave Israel so they could tour the United States and Europe. Their reputation as a band whose shows are not watched, but experienced. Monotonix have become known for setting themselves and their equipment on fire, stealing drinks from audience members to pour on themselves, and turning their shows into unabashed, frenzied dance parties.

http://www.myspace.com/monotonix

 

In celebration of some of the ground breaking local music Capsule have championed ESQUILAX will be performing a special one off live performance. ESQUILAX were a schizoid terror pop group from Birmingham – a duo creating a frenzy of digital noise, splintered ultra-rapid glitch beats, furious guitar thrashing and barked vocals.Featuring members of Gravepaintings, Dream Dreams the Dreamer and Doom Patrol.

www.myspace.com/esquilax666

BEESTUNG LIPS
Spewed up from the murky depths of Birmingham at some point in mid 2006, Bee Stung Lips is a four-headed hideous beast, with blood-shot eyes and tentacles stretching far back into the Midlands music scene.
Chewing on notes from The Jesus Lizard, Hot Snakes and Oxbow, and then spitting them back out, with additional nods to literary giants such as Charles Bukowski and John Fante, they create a provocative mixture of wilfully abrasive noise and viscera-shredding rock ‘n’ roll. Howling, anguished, and convulsive vocals tussle with rapid-fire drums, riotous guitar and blistering bass lines, before collapsing into a chaotic heap, breathless and foaming at the mouth.
Fiercely intelligent, yet unashamedly reckless, Bee Stung Lips possess an irrepressible addictive fury along with an abundance of technical aplomb. Rapidly garnering a sizeable reputation for their infamous live performances.
http://www.myspace.com/beestunglips1

 

CUM DOGS is a new musical venture for Brian Duffy ( Modified Toy Orchestra). This performance will be Cum Dog’s first live outing so come and see what inventions Mr Duffy has crafted for us this time.

In Association With … is a new VIVID project to provide access to its space and facilities as a platform for social interaction, engagement and critique. It utilizes the history and role of VIVID as an experimental lab through offering an open and versatile environment for thinking and working. The activity and outcomes are completely governed by its users in the creation of an evolving space for production, dialogue, new collaborations and emerging networks. Through the initiative, VIVID wants to encourage risk taking and showcase a wide array of aesthetics from both the city’s vibrant visual, sound and film culture and far beyond.

In Association With … launched in August 2009 with projects from John Hammersley, Jenine McGaughran and Trevor Pitt. This December VIVID are delighted to welcome Capsule for a fantastic series of events to celebrate their 10th anniversary
www.vivid.org.uk

Poster by Ben Javens

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Lightning Bolt + Tweak Bird + Pete Prescription

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As part of our birthday celebrations we are delighted to have the mighty Lightning Bolt performing for us in such a unique space as Vivid. Taking it back to the old school this is a strictly limited capacity show so that we can all re-live the first time the bolt played for Capsule back in 2004 in what is now the theatre space at the Custard Factory, it was an unforgettable show and we’re sure this one will be too, with special guests Tweak Bird whom we saw at SXSW and the ever perplexing Pete Prescription.
Get tickets while you can there are just 150 on sale!

Lightning Bolt emerged from Providence, Rhode Island in 1995 as a three-piece art school project. Initially there was Brian Chippendale’s explosive, non-stop drumming, Brian Gibson’s Contortions-like bass lines, and Hisham Bharoocha’s vocals propelling them in a fury of volatile noise and orgiastic tribalism. The group helped found Fort Thunder, a music and art collective, and recorded a self-titled album which was issued through Load in 1999. By 2001’s Ride the Skies Bharoocha had departed (he eventually formed Black Dice.). This left the vocal duties to Chippendale, who jammed the microphone into his mouth as he drummed. Lightning Bolt did a series of tours with bands like The Locust, Arab on Radar, Orchid, and Melt Banana before returning in 2003 with the studio album Wonderful Rainbow. The album did very well in underground music circles, and set up the release of 2005’s Hypermagic Mountain.
http://laserbeast.com/

Tweak Bird is a brother duo consisting of Caleb and Ashton Bird. Produced under the helm of Deaf Nephews (Melvins’ Dale Crover and Altamont’s Toshi Kasai), the duo’s debut is a sweeping seven-song intro to a band exploring the depths of heavy experimental, progressive, and psych-infused rock. A sort of musical Armageddon that’s constantly on the horizon, looming. Tweak Bird has played shows with the Melvins, Ancestors, Earthless, and many others.
www.myspace.com/tweakbird

One half of the marvellous and frightening  TeaTowel and the man behind the world’s only and best Happy Hardcore covers band, Pete_Prescription. Expect Krautrock, Melody, Noise or something else entirely.
www.myspace.com/misterprescription

In Association With … is a new VIVID project to provide access to its space and facilities as a platform for social interaction, engagement and critique. It utilizes the history and role of VIVID as an experimental lab through offering an open and versatile environment for thinking and working. The activity and outcomes are completely governed by its users in the creation of an evolving space for production, dialogue, new collaborations and emerging networks. Through the initiative, VIVID wants to encourage risk taking and showcase a wide array of aesthetics from both the city’s vibrant visual, sound and film culture and far beyond.
 
In Association With … launched in August 2009 with projects from John Hammersley, Jenine McGaughran and Trevor Pitt. This December VIVID are delighted to welcome Capsule for a fantastic series of events to celebrate their 10th anniversary
www.vivid.org.uk

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A night of aural carnage feat. Prurient

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This is a one off event utilising the Vivid warehouse space as a venue for one night only. Cold Cave is the brainchild of Philadelphia’s Wesley Eisold, ex-Some Girls, Give Up The Ghost, and currently Ye Olde Maids etc with fellow band mate Caralee from Xiu Xiu. Cold Cave are a darkwave synth confection with more than enough static and noise cycling through to justify mentions of Prurient and Burning Star Core on their personal MySpace. The songs are danceable, dark, instantly infectious. Think ’80s industrial and synth pop over-driven through power electronics. The band are touring alongside one man noise assault Prurient playing a long continuous set. Painted Nails, a three-song 7″ released by Dominick Fernow’s Hospital Productions is out now.

Nicholas Bullen is a musician, sound artist and writer from Birmingham, England.
From early projects (including the abrasive ‘Grindcore’ of Napalm Death – of which Bullen is a founder member – and the dark, dub-inflected beats of Scorn) to an ongoing range of solo and collaborative projects. In recent years, his work has expanded into the broader field of the arts including sound installations, texts and lectures, along with continued performances at art galleries, music festivals and cinemas.

Dream Dreams The Dreamer Orkestra
Solo project of Matt Snowden, recently evolved to be a handpicked orkestra performing music way beyond the usual noise and drone tags. Multiple guitars, drumkits, basses, vocals, violin, trombone and other instruments create an overwhelming experience of sound. Power, restraint, intensely physical rhythms, unknown lyrics screamed and sung over silence and extreme volume.
Music for open minds and deep listening.

Iron Fist Of The Sun
Hailing originally from Druids Heath in Birmingham. Iron Fist of the Sun is the current sonic project of extreme noise protagonist Lee Howard. Live power electronics, experimental sonic terrorism and Black Metal are all encompassed in an unforgiving soundtrack to your most brutal nightmares… just don’t dare call it “Art Noise”

More info about Vivid
http://www.vivid.org.uk

More info about Prurient at http://www.hospitalproductions.com/

Poster by Ben Javens

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