A little taster of the show we are touring with DJ Format.
Format starts the show on the turntables cutting up some of his better known songs before being joined by Simon on the Moog Synthesizer and an armory of electronic effects. Here they take you away on a musical journey from Hip Hop & Funk to spaced out electronics. The music is accompanied by synchronised visuals that sample moments from classic B-Boy footage, tripped-out animation and carefully chosen visual oddities in a cut ‘n’ paste style that is completely in tune with the music. The music itself consists mostly of songs from DJ FORMAT’s first two albums, his new album STATEMENT OF INTENT and also songs from THE SIMONSOUND’s album REVERSE ENGINEERING that Simon & Format made together in 2010. The video footage was filmed at the launch party on Friday 2nd March 2012 at The Concorde 2, Brighton but the sound was replaced with practice recordings from home due to sound quality issues on the actual video recording.
DJ Format’s LP is out today. Double vinyl, CD and digital download. Get physical copies here and downloads here. Aside from the obvious listening experience, we also suggest you buy the vinyl so you can fully enjoy the stunning artwork by Mr.Krum.
See earlier post for details on our joint live shows kicking off in Brighton on the 2nd of March.
We’ve got a bunch of live shows with DJ Format coming up to promote the release of his new LP ‘Statement of Intent’. The new album, which features two Simonsound collaborations (Battle of the Planets and Beyond Disco) is out on the 27th February. We join forces for the live show with a mix of old and new DJ Format material and the simonsound tracks which we made together. The usual/unusual video projections will accompany the music…
First show is 2nd of March in Brighton at the Concorde 2.
60 Seconds with…. The Simonsound. A quick interview over at the Spitalfields Festival blog. Our next gig, hosted by Nick Luscombe, is at the Spitalfields Festival on Wednesday the 22nd of June. Find out more here.
Next gig coming up in May in Brighton at The Playgroup Popup (formerly Hectors House, which has/or is having a makeover).
The Simonsound present a 40-minute audiovisual performance that offers a window to the future as seen from the past. Performing songs from their debut album ‘Reverse Engineering’, alongside new material, The Simonsound use analogue synthesisers, vintage FX and tape machines to channel the sounds of pioneering electronics and mood music of the ‘50s and ‘60s.
They are joined on stage by the dynamic and captivating Laura J Martin (vocals & flute) with whom they are releasing a single on Battered Ornament Records. Plus EXCLUSIVE new Simonsound/DJ Format collaboration and a Simonsound remix of new Tru Thoughts artist Beta Hector which is like a very strange dream. To my personal taste Beta Hector is possibly the best thing to come out on the Brighton label, so make sure you check his album out in August.
Back to the gig - Laura J Martin will be performing a solo set, and the half of the simonsound that has the best record collection will be playing some obscure pysche/library/electronics into the early hours.
In addition to the sound, a pre-recorded synchronized video projects moving and still images from the period. Mans conquest of space, new advances in technology and early computers are all represented alongside clips that show the fascination with ‘inner space’, or ‘the mind’, prevalent during this period.
Ether 2011 has a great lineup this year including two screenings of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey with live soundtrack performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra and the Philharmonia Voices. To hear the music of Richard Strauss and Gyorgy Ligeti live in the surroundings of the Royal Festival Hall will be very powerful. The two performances are on the 8th and 9th of April, and we’ll be beginning the journey into space in the Clore Ballroom before the show on the 8th. Its free to come and hear us too!
Looking forward to playing at the launch of Form & Order at The Nest in Dalston, London towards the end of March. We’ll be performing a new song live for the first time too!
‘Form & Order: A new showcase exploring the innovative strains of live electronic music. Debuting this month, we focus on the versatility of the female voice with an eclectic foray into female fronted electronics.
Introducing the immersive analogue neo-pysch of The Simonsound with Laura D Martin, the crystalline prog-poptronica of Cornelia, and the moody slo-mo harmonic noise of the epic Snowghosts.’
In related news we bid farewell to Debbie Clare who is heading off to Vietnam to teach. So whilst we lose her beautiful voice, witty banter and pre show games, they gain a strange but intelligent brain. Come back soon Debbie!