75 Dollar Bill (U.S.) w/ Core of the Coalman (various) + Guttersnipe (UK) at Wharf Chambers in Leeds

This Sunday!  I am super happy that 75 Dollar Bill from the new york city, Che Chen and Rick Brown, are visiting us in Leeds.  They are amazing, so don’t miss this opportunity to see them!

Sunday at 8 PM – 11 PM

Wharf Chambers

Ground Floor, 23 – 25 Wharf Street, LS2 7EQ Leeds

£8 Waged/£6 Unwaged OTD


75 Dollar Bill was formed in 2012 by percussionist Rick Brown and guitarist Che Chen. Played on a deeply resonant plywood crate, Brown’s earthy, elemental rhythms are both the foundation and foil
for Chen’s ecstatic, modal guitar style. The duo’s electric, richly patterned music can shape shift from joyful dance tunes to slowly changing trance minimalism, an uncategorizable hybrid which draws on early electric blues, the modal traditions of West Africa (Che studied the unique modes of Mauritanian music for guitar under Jheiche ould Chigaly, one of Mauritania’s most celebrated guitarists), India and the Middle East, Sun Ra’s space chords and the minimalist and No Wave histories of their home town. While Brown and Chen are always at the band’s core, the duo frequently expands into other configurations live and on record, from trio to 25-piece marching band. They have released a string of cassettes and two LPs, the most recent of which, Wood / Metal / Plastic / Pattern / Rhythm / Rock, met with wide critical acclaim and appeared on numerous “Best of” lists for 2016. It is now being released in Europe (on vinyl, digitally and, for the first time, on CD) by Glitterbeat Records, on its brand-new tak:til imprint.
Percussionist Rick Brown has been in bands in NYC since the late 70s, including Blinding Headache, V-Effect and Run On. Guitarist Che Chen was previously in the band True Primes and has been an energetic collaborator in the American and Japanese undergrounds over the last decade.

USA/Czech Republic/UK based musician Jorge Boehringer, partial spawn of the SF bay area Brutal Sound FX scene, composition student of Fred Frith and Pauline Oliveros and now an affiliate of Huddersfield University (and the Electric Spring Festival), makes mercurial and unpredictable music from a hybrid of classical and electronic instruments, transforming viola, harmonica, voice and other sources into radiant, otherwordly squalls of noise and burning irridescent texture via effects pedals and home-made devices. He has since the early 2000s also composed music for ensembles and created sound-installations, his work often inviting comparison to visual artists as well as musicians.
Solo performances by Boehringer are characterized by dark humor, expressed through costumes, theatrical devices, and bizarre textural program notes and descriptions of his work, such as “feedback driven yodel triggers presented simultaneously with carnastic arrays”. As Core of the Coalman, Boehringer has shared concerts and collaborated with bands including Gowns, Rubber O Cement, Deerhoof, Ikue Mori, Luciano Chessa, Badgerlore, Grouper, Yellow Swans, 7 Year Rabbit Cycle, Ramon Sender, Tralphaz, Sixes, Grey Daturas, Xome and Jessica Rylan to name a few.

Local wispy goofball duo cranking out the New Wave Of British Hysterical Mania – or the gaudiest cartoon rock hysteria this side of an impending aneurysm!! Guitar/drums/electronics/dual vocals
deployed in parallel asynchronicity to disrupt, disorient and induce a flaming wiggle the likes of which only the birds know. Queer absurdist no wave noise rock rainbow-black metal abstract freak out that has drawn comparisons to Fat Worm of Error, Orthrelm,
early Melt-Banana and Tunnel Canary, or as Kek-W for The Wire wrote “like sped-up Boredoms, Lighting Bolt, PIL and an old Associates record at 178rpm in a wind tunnel”.

Wharf Chambers is a members’ club and you need to be a member, or guest of a member, in order to attend. Please visit wharfchambers.org/join. Membership costs £1 and requires a minimum of 48 hours to take effect.

Wharf Chambers opperates a Safer Spaces Agreement, see: http://www.wharfchambers.org/the-club/safer-spaces/ for details.


If you are not a member at wharf chambers remember to sign up for membership here: http://www.wharfchambers.org/membership/

Just fill in this form online and pay a pound when you get there. If this is impossible somehow, don’t panic! There will be someone around who can sign you in as a guest (but deffo do it if you can, its a cooperative club) Thanks!

Wharf Chambers opperates a Safer Spaces Agreement, see: http://www.wharfchambers.org/the-club/safer-spaces/ for details.

Ignore whatever godawful hype wordpress has blathered below across the bottom of my beautiful website:


CyberSpace Exhibition # 2017, Vernissage/Opening Monday at 6pm, Prague!


18:00 Pondeli 19 Cerven/ 6pm Monday 19 June 2017

Biskupský dvůr 6, 110 00 Praha, Česká Republika

1 Patro

Vstup Zdarma/Free Entry

Vernissage From 6pm..until 9 or 10


Exhibition of the immersive and interactive Art installations created in situ during The CyberSpace Workshop 2017. It will combine contemporary Arts and technologies with experimental and new electronic artistic forms of expression.

The event is proposed by PragueCollege (CZ) and Libat (FR/CZ),www.libat.net.


Pascal Silondi Artist/Lecturer, Workshop Director
Jakub Grosz  Artist/Lecturer, Workshop Coordinator
Jorge Boehringe  Invited artist
Eleanor Cully  Invited artist
Aya Akhmetova, Antonio Ferrari, Kristian Muchychka, Danylo Hovzan, Aliraza Shafiei

The Exhibition is based on a 10 days workshop and invites artists, students and lecturers to work in an Omni-directional research Laboratory.

The “Cyberspace Exhibition” aims to propose different stimulating aesthetic experiences in what the public is performing as a set of disturbing agents who can introduce chaos into sensitive digital creations, involving alternatively emotions, behaviors, critical or alternative thinking, and capacity to act when surrounded by multimedia messages and representations.

We propose to experience and to open a discussion about the technologies which are invading our everyday life. How can we return to being the “cre-actor” and not only the downloader or consumer of pre-digested mass media messages? Is it possible nowadays to re-appropriate our own public/private space and the technological tools which belong to its control, to create and share un-formatted visions, critiques and Utopian visions?

By using interactive and sensitive principles, the different artworks presented will aim to modify the traditional relation viewer-representation and to open artistic visions to improbable changes initiated by others.

Different types of contemporary media, techniques and languages will be explored during the workshop like performance, installation, video and sounds-cape creation, interactive 3D environments and immersion in cyberspace using Oculus rift or HTC Vives Virtual Reality systems, augmenting bodies, instruments and objects by using different types of sensors and motors, MIDI/OSC controllers, Arduino boards, video tracking and motion capture techniques, visual programming and 3D game principles, etc; to develop inter-media prototypes based on dynamic approaches and to finalized interactive installations or performances for the Exhibition.



Cyberspace workshop/exhibition + Core of the Coalman/Eleanor Cully/Margaretova Citrony/Kneeling Coats performances in Prague, and soon

Eleanor and I are going to Prague this coming week to make art.


We will be joining Jakub Grosz, Pascal Silondi and students from Prague College for a 11 day workshop at the Prague College Fine Arts Studios.  We will be exploring sound in, with, and for immersive virtual reality and 3d installations, as well as generative systems and interactive, kinetic sculpture.

The workshop finishes with an exhibition on Monday, June 19 at the Bishop’s Court Fine Arts Studios:

Biskupský dvůr 1147/6, 110 00 Praha 1-Nové Město

  More info on this presently, but its free and, I think, starts at 6.


We are also playing two concerts while we are in Prague.

The first one is at the Staroměstské náměstí Scout Institute

Wednesday June 14th, 8pm

100kc or so

New pieces by

Core of the Coalman/Jorge Boehringer

Eleanor Cully

Trio Improvisation from Cully/Boehringer/ Mikyska

and rare live appearance by the illusive apparition Margaretova Citrony.  Its swamptime.

Kneeling Coats (Kneeling Coasts?) will also perform for the first time on the Prague Headphone Festival

the complete details of which really exist.


Prague Headphone Festival 3 / Pražský sluchátkový festival 3

Saturday June 17 2017, 12:00 – 0:00
Punctum (Krásova 27, Praha 3)

Prague Headphone Festival / Pražský sluchátkový festival

Free entry / Volný vstup

I think we play at 15:00/Zahrajeme az 15:00.  There is also a Live Stream..see below:

live@stream Radio Punctum

V sobotu 17. 6. 2017 v prostoru Punctum v rámci koncertního cyklu A2+ proběhne Pražský sluchátkový festival.

Koncept „tichého“ koncertu, recipovaného prostřednictvím sluchátek, proslavil festival Le Placard, který roce 1999 založil pařížský hudebník Erik Minkkinen. Od té doby se tato nomádská, v reálném čase streamovaná akce uskutečnila na mnoha místech po celém světě. V Česku sluchátkový festival inicioval v Praze usazený francouzský hudebník Romano Krzych – první ročník proběhl v roce 2012 v Komunikačním prostoru Školská 28 a spolupracovaly na něm ještě kulturní čtrnáctideník A2 a vydavatelství KLaNGundKRaCH. Další ročník se uskutečnil roku 2015 v Karlin Studios. Nyní se v rámci koncertní série A2+ k tomuto formátu vracíme, akce však proběhne nezávisle na mateřské platformě Le Placard.
Ideou festivalu, během něhož posluchači vnímají živou hudbu prostřednictvím sluchátek, je vytvořit intimní prostor pro poslech hudby nikoli v izolaci domova, jak bývá běžné, ale ve společnosti dalších lidí. Toto pojetí živého a zároveň zcela privátního poslechu hudby (ale třeba i mluveného slova nebo terénních nahrávek) si získalo mnoho příznivců na celém světě – částečně i proto, že produkce nejde jen do sluchátek na daném místě, ale bývá také streamována po internetu.
Festival je otevřený nejen posluchačům, ale i účinkujícím, nemá pevnou dramaturgii, pořadí je ponecháno na vystupujících.
Pořadatelé: A2, Romano Krzych, KLaNGundKRaCH, Punctum
Cyklus A2+ probíhá s finanční podporou Ministerstva kultury ČR, Městské části Praha 4 a nadace Český hudební fond.

Prague Headphone Festival was inspired by Le Placard. It was initiated in Paris 1999, since then the concept has grown to an international streaming festival, with many cities providing listening rooms for local and remote performances. French musician Romano Krzych introduced Le Placard in Prague in 2012 in cooperation with A2 magazine and KLaNGundKRaCH at Školská 28 Gallery. Then it was set up again in 2015 at Karlin Studios and now the same collective of organizers returns with the same format but this time independently of the home platform.
Organizers: A2, Romano Krzych, KLaNGundKRaCH, Punctum.



Sounds of Prehistory and Antiquity Conference in NYC this week+Sunview Luncheonette Show with Che Chen/Amirtha Kidambi/Robbie Lee


I haven’t been back in the United States in a really long time, but I am going to be in New York this coming week for a conference about sound in Prehistory.  There will be a short concert afterwards including performances by Stef Connor, Leah Stuttard, and I.  At the conference I will be discussing the cup-and-ring marks on Rombalds Moor and contemporary art and sound art, among other things.  There is also a small concert on

Thursday May 25 at 7 PM 

at Sunview Luncheonette
221 Nassau Ave, Brooklyn


(full details of both events below)


The study of music from the earliest past draws upon iconography and archaeology, and any attempt tounderstand the earliest acoustic ecologies requires some level of approximation based on material artefacts.Participants are invited to offer embodied, experiential, phenomenological, creative, practice-based andpractice-led research that explores the sonic contexts of prehistory and antiquity

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 24/05/2017

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Martin E. Segal Theatre, The Graduate Center, City University of New York (New York, NY, USA)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Zdravko Blazekovic (Research Center for Music Iconography, Graduate Center of the City University of New York) ; Rupert Till (University of Huddersfield)

INFO: zblazekovic@gc.cuny.edu  r.till@hud.ac.uk



10:00-10:30 Stef Conner (The University of Huddersfield), Deciphering the World’s Oldest Musical Notation: A Performer’s Perspective
10:30-11:00 Heidi Köpp-Junk (Universität Trier), The Earliest Music in Ancient Egypt (Predynastic and Early Dynastic Period and the Beginning of the Old Kingdom)
11:30-12:00 Fang Xueyang (The University of Huddersfield), A Study on Research Methodologies Relating to Lithophones
12:00-12:30 Günay Kochan-Flower (Istanbul Teknik Üniversitesi), A Brief Look at the Role of Sound in State and Local Cult Festivals in Hittite Anatolia
Lunch break
2:30-3:00 Leah Stuttard (The University of Huddersfield), The 15th-Century Harp: Approaches to Documents, Scores and Instrument
3:00-3:30 Daniel Sánchez-Muñoz (Universidad de Granada), The Sound of Mesopotamian Aerophones through the Sumerian Texts
4:00-4:30 Jorge Boehringer (The University of Huddersfield), The Cup and Ring Marks on Rombalds Moor as Conceptual Point of Intersection
4:30-5:00 Rupert Till (The University of Huddersfield), The Acoustic Ecology of Sculptor’s Cave: Musical Responses to Pictish Iconography in Scotland

I am also playing a new piece at the small after-conference concert.  It is called Two Bowls and is a relative of some of my other recent percussion/electronics stuff.



Che Chen/Amirtha Kidambi/Robbie Lee


Core of the Coalman

Thursday May 25 at 7 PM 

at Sunview Luncheonette
221 Nassau Ave, Brooklyn

Food at 7, Music at 8 / a hat will be pa$$ed

Amirtha Kidambi/Robbie Lee/Che Chen Trio

An improvised set of voice, reeds, winds and guitar (also mystery instruments of the ancient and modern)…featuring Che Chen (75 Dollar Bill), Amirtha Kidambi (Elder Ones, Mary Halvorson, Seaven Teares) and Robbie Lee (Creature Automatic, Seaven Teares, Heresy of the Free Spirit).

Core of the Coalman (Jorge Boehringer – UK)
Jorge Boehringer is an composer, artist, and researcher exploring layered processes from the microscape to the landscape, and how they interact with perceptual experience. Utilizing a protean platform for experimentation and presentation, Boehringer creates performances, recordings, music, installations, texts, three-dimensional objects, and visual phenomena. Boehringer’s work offers an experience of reality presented as a textural field. “Multiple systems of events, appearing and disappearing, and evolving at their own rates…



adds below?  don’t believe it

new percussion music by pablo vergara and jorge boehringer this thursday in Huddersfield

the difficult crossing, Rene Magritte

I am thrilled to have Line Upon Line Percussion premiering my new percussion piece on Thursday night in Huddersfield.

The concert is open to the public and starts at at 7:30 pm.  It will happen in Phipps Hall in the Creative Arts Building (CAB) on the University of Huddersfield campus.

My piece is called

Incidents of an Uncertain Passage

to a Defined Address

all I can tell you is that all is not as it seems.

‘To let that which shows itself be heard in the very way it shows itself from itself,” but as both first and second order listening: one hears, and one hears oneself hearing.  This piece accompanies a celebration of the emergence of this tangle.


Jorge Boehringer is an composer, artist, and researcher exploring layered processes from the microscape to the landscape, and how they interact with perceptual experience. Utilizing a protean platform for experimentation and presentation, Boehringer creates performances, recordings, music, installations, texts, three-dimensional objects, and visual phenomena.  Boehringer’s work offers an experience of reality presented as a textural field. “Multiple systems of events, appearing and disappearing, and evolving at their own rates…”

A new piece by Pablo Vergara will also be premiered that night, and he writes amazing music, so come listen.  I am not sure what else will be played but it is sure to be a programme full of variety.  Should last maybe an hour and a half.  Looking forward to this…see you there!


LIBAT: Abiogenesis Begins with a Single Step on the Road to Nowhere

Creative Arts Bilding Atrium University of Huddersfield



until late


this is part of the amazing

Electric Spring festival!


Abiogenesis Begins with a Single Step on the Road to Nowhere



RQ-L30 Surface Feedback

Eleanor Cully & Daniel Portelli

(electronically prepared guitar, piano, and instruments)

Pascal Silondi/Jorge Boehringer / Jakub Grosz

(Simian Social Netverk)


Elliot Buchanan/Kris Dodd/Dan Fisher

(electronic music)

Abiogenesis Begins with a Single Step on the Road to Nowhere

During the week of Electric Spring, nomadic media arts laboratory LIBAT and students from the University of Huddersfield will combine their efforts in the creation of ongoing experimental installation work(s) to be presented informally throughout the week and slightly more formally on a special evening event Saturday the 25 February (with refreshments and an open bar), following that evenings festival concert.

From a leaderless, voluntary collaboration, and a combination of independent materials and artistic visions Abiogenesis Begins with a Single Step on the Road to Nowhere. Different types of contemporary media, techniques, and languages will be explored through video and soundscape creation, performance, and interactive 3D environments. Combining algorithmic and generative strategies with immersion in Cyberspace using VR Oculus rift, augmentation of the physical body with different types of sensors, video tracking, and motion capture techniques, we will develop inter-media prototypes and new realized works based on dynamic artistic approaches.


Political situation go you down?  Nothing like a little harsh noise to ease the pain.  Below are three versions of my piece Hand Catching Lead.  It is one of several pieces I made based on films by Richard Serra.  In this one I treated Serra’s film as video score, simply imitating the movements of both the hand and the lead with my instruments.

The instruments consisted of a no-input mixer (or a cross -modulated, self-oscillating feedback system to be super redundant and amazing sounding) and- one of my favorite instruments-  a little mint tin from Letna Filmova Skola Uherske Hradiste full of amerikan coins (ah the symbolism) with a contact mic stuck to it.  Maybe its even in the picture below.


So, yeah, I shook the mint tin to the shaking and (not) catching of the lead.  And now you can do.  Vicariously.

Things to do with Hand Catching Lead:

1. Listen to it

1a. loud

1b . soft

2. Play it (approximately) at the same time as the video above.

2a. becoming frustrated and/or irate that it doesn’t match up or exactly

2b. becoming elated that it matches up perfectly

3. Become Irate and Scream “Its Not Music!”

4. Become Irate and Scream at Your President


and if there are ads below here, ignore them, they don’t really care about you anyway:

I Think They’ve Moved to Colorado

I am not sure why but I have posted this track in past ewe ears and I am doing it again.

mysterious characters named Custodian, Color Zoo Containers, who released this tape a long time ago:




I think they moved to Colorado.



This Thursday at Cafe Ollo in Huddersfield I will be playing two new pieces.  One of them is a solo, for viola, synthesizer, and a bell.  Its called The Unsteady Disciple.  It used to be called Twelve Times, but times changed.  We are also doing my new quartet for woodblocks and sine waves: Descent from the High Arches and the Bog Chorus, this time performed by myself, Eleanor Cully, Kathy Grey, and Cassandra Miller.  Also on the bill are the fantastic Scott Mc Laughlin playing cello and electronics and Morgan Evans-Weiler presenting two pieces for violin and electronics.

Cafe Ollo is located at

The Media Centre, 7 Northumberland St



AS PART OF Made in Huddersfield 03
Supported by The Media Centre

BaconJam & AME present: an evening of experimental sounds from three internationally acclaimed musicians performing composed and improvised music. Doors £3.





(and friends: Kathy Grey, Cassandra Miller & Eleanor Cully)


Endless Overtones in Relational Space by Morgan Evans-Weiler
for violin & electronics
Unfinished Variations (for Jed Speare) by Morgan Evans-Weiler
for violin & electronics

Scott Mc Laughlin
cello & electronics

The Unsteady Disciple by Core of the Coalman (Jorge Boehringer)
for viola, percussion & electronics
Descent from the High Arches with the Bog Chorus by Jorge Boehringer
for woodblocks & electronics performed by Jorge Boehringer, Kathy Grey, Cassandra Miller and Eleanor Cully

This event will be held at Cafe Ollo, The Media Centre, Huddersfield.
Doors £3.

Descent from the High Arches and the Bog Chorus at Total Inertia

Advanced Tickets and Real Information:


facebooks: https://www.facebook.com/events/801410716661354/

we (Core of the Coalman and Friends (Eleanor Cully, Kathryn Grey, and Sarah McWatt) are on Sunday:

thanks Cassandra for the amazing video footage!

Here is a mixture of some artists performing at the festival:


A festival of underground/diy/experimental musics
at Wharf Chambers, Leeds

September 23September 25

Running order (Top to bottom=first to last act):

Friday 23rd
Doors 7pm, Bands 8pm till 11pm


Saturday 24th
Doors 3pm, Bands 4pm till 11pm


Sunday 25th
Doors 3pm, Bands 4pm til 10:30pm


Weekend Tickets £30 (+£1 fee) at http://totalinertia.co.uk/

Limited Two Day Tickets available for £20 (+£1 fee) for Friday/Saturday or Saturday/Sunday

Day Tickets:
Friday £10 / £8 unwaged/concession (+£0.50 fee)
Saturday £15 / £10 unwaged/concession (+£0.50 fee)
Sunday £10 / £8 unwaged/concession (+£0.50 fee)

See website for tickets and updates

| twitter: @totalinertia

An expressive barrage of apocalyptic folktales, bawdy misadventures, heartwrenchers and awe-inspiring guitar work from the UK’s best-loved avant balladeer.


Legendary Leeds astral-travellin’ supergroup – kaleidoscopic drones and enveloping psychedelia wielded with maximum shimmer for deep brain saturation!


Fearsome sax and drums from two heavyweights of the UK’s free music scene. Rare chance to see this duo in action.


Warsaw based sisters on an immersive voyage in pure form for voice and analogue video feedback. Electronics and effects sculpt abstract, otherworldly vocals alongside melting, searching visuals.


Unholy debut collaboration between cracked lounge crooner HD and Leeds’ abject rock wraiths.

meets this:

Hyperkinetic performances and electronic pop detonations from Glasgow based Night School Records honcho Michael Kasparis.


Adam Bohman and Richard Thomas mix up absurdist theatre and music concrete, bizarro sketches, dislocated texts and a tableful of noise making apparatus and flea-market detritus.


Trash noise freak-outs, giant garbage suits and fullest frontal lunatic theatrics from the Netherlands.


Newcastle father & daughter duo improvising mutant pop forms and experimental electronics with effects garbled voice and mangled drum machine/synth rhythms.


Beefheartian gurgl-ing and screeching atop fragments of demented disco-psych and scrying mirror synth meditations from MQ, vocalist in Krautrock legends Embryo.


Zaragoza/Brighton based experimental rock quintet delivering incredibly detailed, deformed songs to reorganise your cerebrum and make your body move around in a weird and very good way.

If there is hype below, don’t believe it:


Whirlwind crashing, howling group improvisations and mesmeric other-world musics from Jon Marshall, Sarah McWatt, Charlie Collins and Otto Willberg.

Rotterdam quartet creating a fractured, warped take on the group sound. No wave rock that crawls though the gutter and up the trouser leg.

Demented Primitivist troubadours twang and bang their way through the lowest form of rockabilly, filthy chants and riotous ceremonies – teetering on that sinister/ludicrous borderline.


Rhythmic loopings, drones and and singular computer musics. Jorge Boehringer’s solo project expands for a special ensemble piece for woodblocks and synths.


Collaboration between two of Lancashire’s most intriguing instrument-builders/audio-visual assemblage constructors Sam Mcloughlin (N Racker, Sam and the Plants) and David Chatton Barker (Folklore tapes).


Captivating otherworldly bluesing and clamorous freeform rock. Todmorden based artist/musician and sometime member of Vibracathedral Orchestra and The Telescopes, murks up the boundaries between folksong, howling echo-logged drone and molten guitar thrum.


Phantom Chips is Tara Pattendon an Australian musician and instrument inventor based in Glasgow. She makes squelchy noise and mangled future melodies with an array of home-made electronic instruments, samplers and audience-interactive noise-costumes.

Deconstructo rock three-piece from Edinburgh. Taking cues from pioneering distorted drawlers, and dissonant dirgers like The Dead C, Earth and The Fall and adding their particularly agreeable tang to the proceedings. Humorously despondent narratives unfold over shambling, fuzzed-out riffs and slo-mo drum blatter.

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