Wednesday 10 July 2024

Working In London [And] Intensely Active In Sonic Art

I've been reacquainting myself with the work of Scanner aka Robin Rimbaud recently. after picking up a secondhand CD of Scanni, the 2016 album he created with fellow composer Anni Hogan.
As luck would have it, this (re)discovery has coincided with the release last Friday of The Berklee Sessions, a collaboration with "composer, saxophonist, and transdisciplinary artist" Neil Leonard. The description of Neil's role comes from his website and may be the first time I've seen the phrase, "transdisciplinary artist". I like it.

As the album title hints, The Berklee Sessions was recorded live at Berklee College of Music in Boston. The session was part of a residency in the Berklee Interdisciplinary Arts Institute in 2014 and took one day to record, and a further decade to mix and release! 
Four of the eight tracks are available for preview on Bandcamp, with the above video edit of lead song Time Code posted on YouTube.

The other shock, although it happens so often that it shouldn't be, is that Robin has been releasing music as Scanner for over three decades now. I first came across his singular approach to sound and marrying human conversations with sonic soundscapes via compilations and remixes. 
Earlier this year, Robin posted a couple of archive TV interviews that explain the origins of Scanner's name, sound, inspirations and collaborations. One is from ITV's The South Bank Show in 1997, another from The Frame (a UK show I've no recollection of) in 1998. Both are a brief but fascinating glimpse into Robin's world.

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