The first of a new series of events, to and fro, brings together Rebecca Lee and Graham Dunning to perform different audio experiments. Lee will perform a live Bredbeddle set for the first time, and Dunning will continue his exploration of Mechanical Techno.
to and fro will pair Primary residents and external artists, utilising various formats to explore overlaps in their work.
Rebecca Lee is a multi-instrumental musician, composer and artist. Her work experiments with the implications of musical systems whilst also questioning the meaning of public and personal listening, producing scores, performances and research-led audio projects. Works include ‘The Heavy Note’ with the University of Nottingham at Nottingham’s Brewhouse Yard caves; an infinitely changing generative score to soundtrack Yelena Popova’s ‘This Certifies That’, shown Nottingham, Cologne and Moscow; and ‘If the bell rings we will hear it’, a touring project exploring improvisatory methods with Samuel Rodgers. As Bredbeddle she released ‘Stackes’ (Fractal Meat Records), listed as one of The Quietus’ ‘Top Tapes of 2017′.
“Lee audibly jams with herself, and feels her way with a narrative intensity… At the very least it’s narcotic music of the highest possible grade (seriously, listen to this in the bath with the lights out and you might well hallucinate), but it’s also an extrapolation and reassertion of some founding principles behind experimental, electronic and tape music, whereby the rules regarding pitch, rhythm and melody can all be jettisoned as a deeper structural logic is able to hold a piece of music together.” Tristan Bath (Spool’s Out, The Quiteus)
Graham Dunning is self-taught as an artist and musician having studied neither discipline academically. His work explores sound as texture, timbre and something tactile, drawing on bedroom production, tinkering and recycling found objects. He has performed solo and in ensembles across the UK, and Europe, and shown solo sound installations in the UK, New Zealand and USA. He teaches Experimental Sound Art at the Mary Ward Centre in London and also gives various independent workshops. Dunning has released through Entr’acte, Seagrave, Tombed Visions and more.
“Piece by piece, he crafts machines made out of records, modified tone arms, dangled contact mics, slinky-springs, pedal FX and other objects, using the rotary motion of the turntable (along with additional motors) to bring the constructions to life. The end product is a dance music of mechanical chain reaction, electronic pulse, gravity aided impact. An emulation of club music, albeit with digital quantising swapped out with the slips and falters of human calibration.” Jack Chutter (Attn Magazine)