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regular nights of experimental, electronics,
radiophonics, diy, lofi, noise
weird pop, randomness ...
experiments and inventions from the underground since 2001
in cambridge, uk
Since 19th April we have been resident in small artspace The Frontroom in Gwydir St, Cambridge. Starting with kleeep-a-kleeep 'House Music' and continuing with 'sole possession' an experimental and accumulating installation by possible area, Bad Timing's associated visual project, which continues until 31 May.
As part of the residency, Pete UM will play a free pre-pub/beer festival gig within the installation at The Frontroom, this Friday 24th May, open 7-9pm, with live set from 8pm. Free entry/donations. Bring a battery-powered FM radio, which you can also donate to the spares and repairs box which is part of the installation.
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Since forming in 2002, The Dead Rat Orchestra have played regularly throughout the UK and internationally, always attempting to react or interact with their surroundings and the people and ideas that they come across - often crafting each performance for the particular space in which they find themselves (from former abattoirs to churches, concert halls to coppice woods and Cambridge venues from CB2, The Shop, Jesus Lane and Amphis at Wysing Arts Centre).
‘Acutely haunting and occasionally brutal’, and neither entirely composed nor improvised, their music is always focused on the freedom to play. A framework of ideas or sounds is created, but the exact form of a piece is never derived from these.`
Dead Rat Orchestra play a special live soundtracking event in support of their new project and forthcoming album release ‘The Guga Hunters Of Ness’.
The album was originally recorded as the soundtrack to Intrepid Cinema's critically acclaimed BBC Documentary The Guga Hunters of Ness, which follows the journey of ten men from the community of Ness on the Isle of Lewis as they embark on a traditional hunt for gannets. Utilising their customarily unconventional instrumentation to create precarious and powerful abstract-folk, the trio of Daniel Merrill, Robin Alderton and Nathaniel Mann have come up with a powerful score, with compositions seeded in hours of study of Hebridean folk song.
Cambridge-based acoustic guitarist C Joynes uses a heavy thumb-led finger-picking technique that harks back to traditional country-blues and early ragtime, however, he uses this technique to explore alternative melodic traditions: the English folk-tune; North and West African music; elements of classical Indian music; proto-minimalist and impressionist music.
Plays 'iranian zither strategy'.