XWORM – The Tapeworm 10th Anniversary
Thursday 26 September – doors 7.30pm – start 8pm | £8 adv – £10 otd | BUY TICKETS
The Tapeworm celebrates its tenth birthday at IKLECTIK – AV performances from Zeno van den Broek and Blood Music, plus People Like Us. Splendid trio Tears|Ov premiere their forthcoming album on The Wormhole, ‘A Hopeless Place’. Savage Pencil and Barbara Frost launch their new Bookworm paperback, ‘Cuckoo Head Cool Dog’ with a book singing. Collaborating for the first time, The Howling is a Ken Hollings/Howlround soundclash. To end it all, Dale Cornish will be banging out a ‘Dale on 45’ megamix of his greatest worms.
People Like Us
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The Howling (Ken Hollings / Howlround)
Zeno van Den Broek
Tears|Ov Founded in 2015, Tears|Ov are sound artist/self-taught musician Lori E Allen, classically trained cellist/mixed media artist Katie Spafford and illustrator/prison psychotherapist Deborah Wale. The trio first collaborated on Lori E Allen’s ‘Tears of the Material Vulture’ cassette on The Tapeworm, a re-imagination of a brief collaboration with Madame Chaos of cut-up cablecasts, 1995-1996, on Manhattan Neighborhood Network and Television in New York City. That release served to resurrect a hibernating creative practice between the three friends. Their debut album for The Wormhole, ‘A Hopeless Place’, was initiated by a commission from Wolfgang Tillmans to perform at the Tate Modern’s South Tanks, part of a concert series curated by the artist in parallel to his 2017 retrospective at the gallery. ‘We were asked to play a gig at the Tate in March 2017’ recalls Lori. ‘I’d already started on some of the tracks, but it gave us an opportunity to present them as a composition around their connected themes. Sometime after the gig we decided to capture the work and turn it in to an album.’ The album is to be released on LP and digital platforms in late October 2019 but will be first available at Iklectik.
Ph Credit: Joseph Tovey Frost
SavFrost are two people who came together after drifting in opposite directions. SavX was born was born in Leeds, moved South in the early 70s and now lives in South London. Frost (Barbara) was born in South West London and has drifted slowly north. She now lives in North West London. He did art school, first in Essex then scoring a Masters Degree at the RCA. She did art school, first at St Martins then dropping out of a BA in Fine Art at Chelsea. He has always been interested in drawing, making comics as a kid, pulling monsters out of thin air. She worked with her partner Frank Tovey (aka Fad Gadget) as photographer, lyricist, singer, tour manager, accountant, costumier and whatever else needed doing. Overlapping with having children. Overlapping with teaching. But always writing. Many years ago they met thanks to an amazing woman – his wife, her best friend. Then, last June, they decided to collaborate in a little project with no specific end in sight. Every night SavX sent Frost a drawing that he had done during the day. Every next morning she opened the email stared at the drawing, made a few notes then wrote a something. They did ten. Thought about it. Then, because they were enjoying themselves, they did ten more. Twenty drawings + twenty writings = ‘Cuckoo Head Cool Dog’, a new 190-page paperback, to be launched with a book-singing at IKLECTIK.
Blood Music is Simon Pomery: London-based sonic artist and poet. Founded in London in 2009, Blood Music is one English translation of the name of Japanese taiko ensemble, Kodo, meaning ‘mind-before-thought’, ‘children of the drum’, ‘music heard in the womb’, or rather, ‘blood music’. His work has been released on Diagonal Records and dingn\dents. A split release (split with himself, into a book and a download) was released by FLUF in summer 2019: ‘FOUR PINTS OF GUINNESS FOR TONY CONRAD: infinity poems by Simon Pomery / music by Blood Music’. Earlier this year, The Wormhole released his album ‘GPS Poetics’ on CD and as a download.
The Howling: a Ken Hollings/Howlround Soundclash
Ph Credit: Rachel Hollings
Ph Credit: John Barrett
Sound artist Howlround and writer Ken Hollings are collaborating for the first time on a live performance. An intense celebration of trash, tape and text, The Howling mixes bad words with bad sounds and even worse people. Things will probably get weird, so be ready for anything.
Ken Hollings is a writer, broadcaster and lecturer. He is the author of the books ‘Destroy All Monsters’, ‘Welcome to Mars’, ‘The Bright Labyrinth’ and ‘The Space Oracle’. The first volume of his three-part Trash Project, ‘Inferno’, is due from Strange Attractor Press this autumn. His writings have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies; and he has made programmes for BBC Radio 3, Radio 4 and Resonance 104.4FM. Other soundclashes involving Ken have been with Biting Tongues for the forthcoming Wormhole release ‘Clear Your Screens’ and his spoken-word project ‘Works for Magnetic Tape’, available from The Tapeworm. Ken teaches at the RCA and Central St Martins and has presented his work at the Royal Institution, the British Library, Tate Britain, the Berlin Akademie der Künste, the International Space University in Strasbourg, the Venice Biennale and TED.
Howlround is a quintet (four slightly battered machines machines, one slightly battered operator in the shape of sound artist Robin The Fog) that create recordings and performances entirely from manipulating natural acoustic sounds on vintage reel-to-reel tape machines, with all additional effects or artificial reverb strictly forbidden. In an age where one can create all manner of electronic music with the merest swipe of a mouse, Howlround prove not only how much fun is to be had in making things complicated again, but conversely just how little effort is sometimes needed to create a genuinely uncanny and beguiling soundworld. Sixth LP ‘The Debatable Lands’ is out now on Touch and was recorded and produced entirely on a Cumbrian dining table.
Zeno van den Broek
Ph Credit: Maarten Nauw
Zeno van den Broek is a Dutch-born, Copenhagen-based composer and artist. Van den Broek works in a multi-sensory way to research and express physical, social and acoustic notions. He utilises audiovisual means to create site and concept specific works. This trans-disciplinary method has a strong conceptual foundation, originating from a background in architecture, which enables Zeno to comprehend and reveal the richness and complexity of spatial, visceral and physical perception. He works with a characteristic artistic language based on minimalist and fundamental elements such as sine waves, lines, noise and grids. His music has been released by labels such as Moving Furniture Records, Unsounds and The Tapeworm.
Ph Credit: David Keen
Born, raised and current of London (South), Dale Cornish has released a series of acclaimed albums for Entr’acte, including latest album Enhex (2019), along with releases for labels including Where To Now? And Halcyon Veil. In addition to this he has done remix work for artists as diverse as Merzbow, Perc and Billie Ray Martin, and collaborations with the likes of Powell, Adam Asnan, Nicola Ratti and Andie Brown. A regular duo with Phil Julian cuts such a dash it has memorably/horribly described as ‘Coil for the Trump age’. Dale has had a number of releases for The Tapeworm and participated in a number of shows for the label. At tonight’s spectacular he will be performing a special ‘Dale On 45’ set.