Nottingham – Chameleon Arts Café – FLAMINGO CREATURES + DANIEL VOIGT – Wednesday 12th August 2015

rammelwebDelighted to be DJing in Nottingham for this very fine gig from the Rammel Club people. On the bill are Ruth and Ronnie from German collective Datashock aka Flamingo Creatures. Their live sets are a wild, Dadaist explosion of noise and sound. With the help of electronics, bells, a violin and various percussion instruments the couple develops musical dialogues that speak to you in the most handsome way one can think of. Like Hans-Joachim Roedelius waltzing with Joan La Barbara while Smegma play (quietly) in the back.

Also on the bill is Daniel Voigt, the artists formerly known as Hering Und Seine Sieben Sachen, and head of Sic Sic Tapes. Augmented by effect pedals & mixer treatments Daniel Voigt blends a Musique Concrète approach (cutting up tapes and looping sounds with the help of several walkmen) with the cosmic aesthetics of Krautrock to make his music sound like the love child of Delia Derbyshire and Klaus Schulze. Both these acts are headed North to play our Tor Ist Das? Festival.

Yerma Mansa were to have played too but had to cancel. Perhaps some surprise may take their place? If not, you’ll get even more of me DJing

Tickets on the door only – £6 waged / £4 unwaged

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Todmorden – Unitarian Church – MINORU SATO + RYOKO AKAMA + BEN GWILLIAM – Tuesday 11th August 2015

bens gigA unique triple bill that will explore process and instability in acoustic phenomena and electronic space. Three solo sets that will permeate and vibrate, this is a unique chance to see both Minoru & Ryoko on the same bill after the YO NO BI #1 tour. Todmorden is the only date that features this bill & again will be new works. Bring your own beer. £5 on the door.

Minoru Sato ia Japanese sound artist and curator. He has an interest in a relationship between a description of nature and an art representation, and is creating art works per physical phenomena and various concepts. His creative activities are explored in the form of installations, multiples, performances and texts. He was running a label called “WrK” from 1994 until 2006. Now he is producing music pieces by solo, collaboration with ASUNA and so on.

Ryoko Akama is another sound artist, composer and curator. Akama approaches the aesthetics of silence and time/space, pursuing minimal and abstract sonic experiences. Akama explores sine tone performances generated by old synthesisers and produces installations with small objects and electronics. She runs melange edition label and co-edits Reductive Journal.

Ben Gwilliam is an artist whose work spans sound, film, installation & performance. His work explores how the mechanics of sound medias’ reflect the ways in which we listen to and look upon the world around us. His fascination with making sound drives a curiosity that forms as durational performances and Installations, film & video works and writing. He is currently a PhD candidate at Oxford Brookes University based in the Sonic Arts Research Unit and he started moreorlessthan in 2015.

Yours truly will be DJing from his laptop between the sets. And before them. And after.

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Hebden Bridge – Inkfolk – ASHTRAY NAVIGATIONS + TIM BENJAMIN – Sunday 9th August 2015

ashtray tim webAlthough Was Ist Das? is no longer a Hebden dweller, we’re still coming back for Inkfolk basement action. Delighted to say we have the return of Ashtray Navigations who last played Hebden in 2012. They put out their first release in January 1994 and have a major retrospective on the way including a best of CD selected by Henry Rollins. They exist in a confusing void between the worlds of experimental music and garage rock. As disorientating as they are fun, they are an unmissable live band. They’re also the covers of starts of the latest issue of The Wire magazine.

Tim Benjamin is better known as a composer of operas. He won BBC Young Musician of The Year at the tender age of 17 and also won the Stephen Oliver Trust’s Prize for Contemporary Opera with his first opera. He has long dabbled in electronic music, often using his Kauppe alias and is about to release his first all electronic album, “Fractures” (as Tim Benjamin).

Its a Sunday night and we appreciate some of you wish to travel from Leeds and Manchester so we will be keeping it last train friendly. It’s also a pay what you can night [which means please give as much as you can in the collection for the artists. Don’t come in, drink five pints and chuck a few coppers in, you tight twat]

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Hebden Bridge – Trades Club – TREMBLING BELLS + CHRIS WADE – Sunday 26th July 2015

trembling bells WEBSuch a pleasure to say we are working with the quintessential English psychedelic folk group of our times, Trembling Bells. Masters of songwriting, they have collaborated on albums and tours with both Bonnie Prince Billy and Mike Heron (co-founder of the Incredible String Band). Since their last gig in Hebden Bridge they have expanded into a five piece with the addition of second guitarist Alasdair C Mitchell.

Support comes from acclaimed Leeds based songwriter Chris Wade, best known for his Dodson & Fogg project. His list of collaborators includes Judy Dyble of Fairport Convention, Celia Humphris of Trees, Rik Mayall, Nik Turner of Hawkwind and Alison from Mellow Candle. He’s had acclaim from the likes of Terrascope and Shindig but chances to see him live have been next to none until now.

Tickets on sale from the venue and also on their website

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Hebden Bridge – ??? – RAUCHWOLKEN IM HIMMEL AUF WIEDERSEN – Saturday 4th July 2015

himmelwiedersenWEB This is our final session in that special location that we don’t name on here. Previous themes have included krautrock and cassettes. This time I’ll be doing a DJ set revolving entirely around the Radiophonic Workshop but as it is our final rural takeover we’ll have some very special guests including live music and other DJs and lights. Might tell you what, might not. We’ll be starting around 8pm and ending as late as possible.

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Todmorden – Unitarian Church – JOHN CHANTLER + BRIDGET HAYDEN & CLAIRE POTTER + ELIZABETH – Thursday 2nd July 2015

john chantler Tor Bookings are really pleased to have acclaimed modular synth master, JOHN CHANTLER, visit us in Todmorden to perform an exclusive north west show during his visit from Sweden. Last year, John performed a highly regarded set as part of the St John’s at Hackney series in London so he is no stranger to performing in a church environment. We are thrilled to have him over and can’t wait to hear him play.

We have also invited BRIDGET HAYDEN AND CLAIRE POTTER along to perform a debut duo show following on from their successful release “Mother to no swimming laughing child” on Irish label Fort Evil Fruit.

Completing the lineup we have Andy Abbott aka ELIZABETH who will bring his amazing synth and guitar soundscapes along to fill the huge space.

Can’t wait, hope to see you there.

£5 in, all money to performing artists.

Starts at 7pm, over by 10pm.

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Hebden Bridge – Nutclough Tavern – SUZUKI JUNZO + TEPEU Y Q’UQ’UMATZ + SOPHIE COOPER – Thursday 25th June 2015

junzo 4 webJapan’s cosmic bluesman returns to Hebden Bridge for another of his mind-blowing live shows that cover everything from half-whispered laments right up to all consuming walls of guitar noise. Its a special night as he will be launching his new album “If I Die Before I Wake” which is coming out on Was Ist Das? and Plunk’s Plan Recordings.

Tepeu Y Q’uq’umatz is the new solo project from Murray Royston-Ward of the Failed NASA Experiment. Expect contact mic explorations.

Sophie Cooper is an acclaimed local singer-songwriter with deep, experimental tendencies infusing her love of the song.

Last train friendly, pay what you can and bring your own booze.

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Todmorden – Golden Lion – ETERNAL TAPESTRY + WOVEN SKULL + SOPHIE COOPER – Thursday 11th June 2015

Eternal Tapestry WEBWhite Rabbit have kindly asked myself and Red Tin Dave to DJ for this super fine Thursday night gig at Todmordens reborn and rejuvenated White Lion pub. COming all the way from Portland, Eternal Tapestry create psychedelic improvisations and have had releases out on Thrill Jockey, Not Not Fun Records and Three Lobed.

Woven Skull are an Irish trio whose hypnotic drone improvisations bend the mind. Sophie Cooper is local songwriter and dreamweaver.

Upstairs function room with own bar and an outside roof top terrace.

Bands will be finished by 11pm (DJ’s will continue) for people travelling from outside of Todmorden with train and bus links 5 minutes walk from the venue. Tickets – £5 advance, £6 on the door. Limited tickets and capacity of 65.
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Cragg Vale – Robin Hood – KK NULL & KAWABATA MAKOTO + JAKE BLANCHARD – Sunday 7th June 2015

kknullmakotoWEBIts time for our final Cragg Vale gig at the very special location behind the Robin Hood.

Two legends of the Japanese musical underground join forces and light up an intimate space at 1000 feet above sea level in the beautiful village of Cragg Vale, up above Hebden Bridge. KK Null made his name leading the band Zeni Geva (most of their albums were produced with Steve Albini and released on Alternative Tentacles) and went on to collaborate with John Zorn, Boredoms, Jim O’Rourke, Keiji Haino, Earth, Fred Frith and many more. Kawabata Makoto should need no introduction to our regular gig goers as leader of Acid Mothers Temple. He’s also played Hebden Bridge with his noise rock band Mainliner and played solo last year.

Their debut album “Psychetronic!” has just come out on Noisoke! and captures a live show with Null on laptop and vocals with Makoto on guitar. Here’s a taste:

Support comes from local drone-weaver Jake Blanchard

It will be £10 on the door if any tickets are left. Advance tickets are £8 from our shop

PLEASE NOTE: there are two pubs called the Robin Hood in the Hebden Bridge area. If you google Robin Hood Hebden Bridge, it brings up the other one which is right on the other side of the parish boundary in Pecket Well. Don’t go there or you will miss the gig.

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Hebden Bridge – Inkfolk – MAGPAHI + PADDY STEER + GWENDOLEN OSMOND – Sunday 31st May 2015

magpahiWEBOnce again we return to the basement with the canal window for another unique show. As usual, it will be last train friendly and pay what you can afford. Doors are at 7pm.


Magpahi is the solo project of Alison Cooper, formerly of Samandtheplants and N.Racker. She has recorded for labels such as Twisted Nerve.

Very excited to have the Was Ist Das? debut for Paddy Steer. Paddy is one half of Homelife and also plays in Graham Massey’s Toolshed. He’s been making some waves with his solo work and you can hear for yourself by streaming his latest album below:

Gwendolen Osmond (who also works as Trianglecuts) crosses different artistic disciplines with her work. She plays with Alison in Crystal Mirrors who supported Natural Snow Buildings last year in Cragg Vale.

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