A Music Residency program.
The live show culminating Ex Easter Island Head’s two week Samarbeta residency.
As part of their residency EEIH will be developing the Large Electric Ensemble working with a handpicked selection of local guitarists from a variety
of musical backgrounds to compose a new piece that will see the groups' unique vocabulary of extended techniques deployed on a mass scale. Drawing influence from the ensemble-wide tunings of gamelan, change-ringing patterns, and the harmonic possibilities afforded by massed amplified strings, EEIH seek to create an ambitious, long form work for multiple prepared guitars, basses, and percussion.
This show will be the debut performance of the newly composed Large Electric Ensemble.
Schoolhouse an electronica project with visuals from Manchester.
“Textually, it resembles the dense minimalism of Pauline Oliveros or Makoto Kawabata’s most cosmic excursions, but the inclusion of rhythm adds an intoxicating sense of urgency and drama. Even by dizzying standards of the prolific underground of greater manchester, the heavy textures and inundated tendrils of this music are hard to resist.”
“A spellbindingly pretty, utterly mysterious, and very welcome addition to the growing British school of guitar minimalism."
"Keening microtonal drone explorations and slow, shapeshifting industrial/electro-acoustic structures recalling work by Ilpo Väisänen or KETEV."
“The thing that keeps drawing me back to this is the mysterious atmosphere the music evokes, a kind of contemplative wonder.”
Included in Blackest ever blacks top 25 records of 2015.
Vitalija Glovackyte feat Michael Cutting
Performing a piece called 'Mario Goes Frippertronics’, the result of experiments with a couple of reel to reel tape recorders, several lengths of tape, a DIY Bug Crusher and an old Casio monophonic keyboard. The set explores the idea of process as performance, with the act of live recording and analogue delay reminiscent of the 70s tape technique Frippertronics, made popular by Robert Fripp and Brian Eno. The music itself is heavily reliant on the capabilities and limitations of the instruments, conjuring hints of vintage arcade game sounds alongside an analogue reimagining of Japanese glitch music and while the work is carefully structured and preplanned, much of the edge comes from the possibility that at any point the whole performance could collapse, as the nature, age and condition of these old machines means the risk of failure is pretty high.
This is a FREE Event - email booking required (see below).
As part of thier Samarbeta residency Benjamin D. Duvall of Liverpool-based experimental trio Ex-Easter Island Head (2009-) presents a lecture and workshop exploring the groups' approaches, techniques and preparations within the broader context of 20th century experimental music and 'prepared' instruments, through mixed media and group participation.
The session will cover the historical development of extended techniques and mechanical preparations for the electric guitar, and the development of the groups' own music.
Participants will be given a crash-course in preparing their own guitars and be given the opportunity to collaborate on short group pieces.
The event lasts for approximately two hours (7.00pm-9.00pm) and is FREE. Participants should bring their own electric guitar, leads, tuner and a small practice amp.
Space is limited to 20 participants (with instruments) with additional non-performing participants welcome. You can reserve a space to participate by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Back in February 2016, Ex-Easter Island Head (EEIH) took up home at Islington Mill as part of a 10 day Samarbeta residency to work with an ensemble of handpicked guitarists from a variety of musical backgrounds and artistic disciplines. The outcome of the residency was the creation, performance and recording of an ambitious new piece of music, breaking new compositional ground for the group. This show sees the reconvening of the ensemble to present this ambitious work in full following a Sold Out show at Islington Mill back in 2016 and a performance at 2017’s Supersonic Festival.
The ensemble featured members of Gnod, Action Beat, ILL, Mother and more, tapping into the vast resources of talent at Salford's Islington Mill and Manchester-based Tombed Visions label, coming together to form EEIH's largest amplified ensemble to date.
The piece saw EEIH's unique vocabulary of extended techniques deployed on a mass scale, drawing influence from the ensemble-wide tunings of gamelan, change-ringing patterns, and the harmonic possibilities afforded by massed amplified strings, as well as the groups' previous work, Large Electric Ensemble (2012-14) to create an ambitious, long form work for multiple prepared guitars, basses, and percussion.
This show sees the reconvening of the ensemble to present this ambitious work in full following a Sold Out show at Islington Mill back in 2016 and a performance at 2017’s Supersonic Festival.
EEIH are a Liverpool based trio, composing and performing music for solid-body electric guitar, percussion and other instruments. Incorporating multiple prepared electric guitars struck with percussion mallets and treated as an infinitely variable sound-source as well as drawing on an arsenal of cymbals, bells and acoustic percussion. Ex-Easter Island Head devise works that explore group interplay, repetition and melodic invention through purposefully limited means.
The Salford Large Electric Ensemble:
Benjamin D. Duvall