|Worms Making Music, YouTube, 2007|
|Rejected Meadow House LP|
Anyway... To stave off Colin Wilson's potentially criminous endgames, we would do well to take an active interest in the work of others. Web algorithms can imprison us in ever-individuating bubbles - to escape, we must broaden. This would seem the primary solution to the increasing "impossibleness" cited above. I recently appeared in the background on two instalments of William English's weekly Wavelength show on Resonance FM, showcasing the talents of two very different guests: on the 24th January, the instrument-builder and audiovisual artist Ian Helliwell guested, and the following week, on the 31st, the sound artist and songwriter Samuel Shelton Robinson aka Kalou dropped by. Despite their contrasting styles, both guests touched upon the dilemmas arising from dwindling oxygen. Is exposure becoming harder to obtain? Even Wavelength's host, film-maker William English, took a moment to lament his own omission from a supposedly academic new book entitled 'Artists' Moving Image in Britain Since 1989', whilst also playfully provoking Helliwell that even he too is absented from it - an especially startling oversight given Helliwell's prolific and original output. Maybe this is evidence of the extent that self-enclosed feedback bubbles have compromised academia.
To return to the Wavelength broadcasts... It's uncertain whether there would be much overlap between Helliwell's and Robinson's audiences, such are their sonic differences. But in an ideal world, there would be overlap. To hasten the emergence of this ideal world I was in attendance at both Kalou's and Ian Helliwell's interviews, as I'd contributed tracks to both their releases. In a songy frame-of-mind, I remixed the track 'Floundering' on Kalou's cassette-orientated album 'The Sculpture Garden'. And in abstracter pastures, on Helliwell's 'Project Symbiosis' I contributed one of ten realisations of an obscure electronic graphic score.
|Ian Helliwell's 'Project Symbiosis' (2020)|
|The 'Lynne Maddy' 1970 instrument|
|Recording 'Symbiosis' for Helliwell's project|
|Kalou's The Sculpture Garden|
Out now: Kalou's 'The Sculpture Garden' is available on the Kalou Bandcamp...
... and Ian Helliwell's 'Project Symbiosis' is available via Public Information's Bandcamp...
Wavelength is a weekly radio show on Resonance 104.4FM hosted by William English, Fridays, 14:30-15:30.