Other Worlds: Ambrosia (@), Rough Fields, Third City
Date Friday 05 June 2015
Time 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Location The Continental, South Meadow Lane, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 8JP
This past April saw the advent of the OTHER WORLDS FESTIVAL, a fantastic festival of experimental music and sound art organised by MUST DIE RECORDS and taking place in a myriad of venues across Blackpool. They Eat Culture and The Continental are now excited to announce this great new series of bi-monthly events in Preston.
Ambrosia(@)’s back story is complicated. The duo first emerged in 2010 with a series of drone tapes packaged in ZX81 cases with defaced inlays, each one equally unique, puerile and mildly offensive. Then came the intense Hysteria Siberiana, with its sheet noise pressure, monolithic bass and enormous harmonic structures.
This aggressive yet blissful approach translated flawlessly into a live format, and the band shared stages with High Wolf, Maria Minerva, Female Band, Blue Daisy and others. A growing interest in field recordings led to 2012’s Pevensey NLZ, a long-form study in coastal sound processed into ephemera and noise. Spring 2015 sees the duo return with focus - the new material is just as expansive and euphoric as their most rapturous previous moments, but there is a precision, an element of brutal frequency control designed for big sound systems and dark rooms.
Rough Fields is the solo project of UK-based electro-acoustic composer James Birchall. Began in 2011 with a series of epic lo-fi cassettes on the Bomb Shop label, the Rough Fields project progressed through expansive song forms on debut album Edge of the Firelight, and surreal, dreamy pop on 2013's High Time EP.
After spending a year producing the first ever composer-approved solo recording of Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians, Birchall shifted focus on the field recordings which had previously formed a backdrop to his instrumental work. The Wessenden Suite album formed the first recorded instance of Birchall's new working process, whereby field recordings from a specific location are played back, overlayed, and manipulated using a series of resonant filters which pull individual tones from the environmental sound.
The current form of the Rough Fields live show - which has recently featured on bills alongside Tara Jane O'Neil, Steve Hauschildt (Emeralds) and a sold-out show at Cafe Oto alongside Jozef Van Wissem - involves field recordings taken from the venue area earlier in the day being played back through this manipulative process to form vast soundscapes of noise, texture and harmony.
Third City formed recently from the embers of an intended one-off electro acoustic improv show in Preston. Although having worked in various combinations of two in the past, Jon Aveyard, Carl Brown, Josh Horsley and Dan Wilkinson decided to pool their talents to form this supergroup of electro-acoustic musicians.
Creating direct, short and structured improvisations using a wide variety of sound sources, the aim is to dive straight into the good stuff and then quit whilst ahead, yet still retain the precariousness and enchantment that comes about through improvisation.
The very first OTHER WORLDS night at The Continental takes place from 8pm on Friday 4th June 2015.
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