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  • No Lectures from Western Works/Friday 16 May 2014, Sheffield

    Following on from 2012's Festival of the Mind, sponsored by Sheffield University, which included the 'Do It Thissen' week long event that eine and I put together, we gave some thought as to what to do for 2014's Festival of the Mind.

    One idea which we worked on revolved around taking 'historic' spaces (in Sheffield post-punk terms), which had been re-purposed as something else, and perform some artistic event there, filming it, and presenting a short film at the Festival. Such spaces under consideration included 'Studio Electrophonique', at Ken Patten's suburban semi, the garage in Doncaster which was home to the 'Future Earth' label, and Cabaret Voltaire's 'Western Works' studio in Sheffield, demolished in the late 80s, with a University building now occupying the site.

    We got quotes for filming three events and turning the footage into a film: pricey, and I was unsure that we'd get the backing. In the event, we missed the submission deadline, so no Festival of the Mind event for the 'Do It Thissen' crew.

    BUT

    The University also runs another festival called 'In the City', which, in their own words is: "a celebration and exploration of urban existence, heritage, and experience, with a variety of themes including modernist housing, forgotten places, activism, musical heritage and personal narratives".

    We were keen to do something with the Western Works theme, so - to cut a long story short - and due to very hard work by eine and Nick, an intern at the university responsible for putting the festival together (and also a member of Sheffield's premier DIY collective 'The Audacious Art Experiment'), there's an event planned for Friday May 16th to be held at the John Pemberton Lecture theatre, which is the closest usable space to the location of the original Western Works studio.

    "No Lectures... aims to explore the space that remains in 2014. Contemporary musicians will draw on the material recorded here while writers and academics will discuss some of the ideas that travel around the place. Join residents and workers past, present and future in experimenting with art and Sheffield, music and technology, health and disease".

    There'll be a mix of talk/panel/discussion and music/poetry/video mashup, all to do with some aspect of Western Works, present & past (it was originally home to a number of cutlers back in the day)

    Musical content will be provided by local bands BloodSport, Juxtavoices (an 'anti-choir'), BHS (techno/drone), Ron Wright (ex-Hula), and a Sheffield post-punk 'supergroup' IBBERSON.

    IBBERSON are Stephen Mallinder (Voice) Simon Elliott-Kemp (Electronics / guitar), Charlie Collins (Percussion), Michael Somerset Ward (Electric woodwinds / electronics), Nigel Humberstone (Bass guitar).

    Tickets are free, and went 'on sale' last night. They all went within a very few hours .... But there's a distinct possibility of a few more tickets being released nearer the date, if anyone fancies travelling over for this. Watch this space...

    No Lectures from Western Works
    OK: ready; let's do it ...

    >>> Hobbies Of Today - RU12 EP: Unreleased South Yorkshire Post-Glam/Proto-Punk from 1977 <<<

  • #2
    The hype begins .....
    OK: ready; let's do it ...

    >>> Hobbies Of Today - RU12 EP: Unreleased South Yorkshire Post-Glam/Proto-Punk from 1977 <<<

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    • #3
      ... and continues
      OK: ready; let's do it ...

      >>> Hobbies Of Today - RU12 EP: Unreleased South Yorkshire Post-Glam/Proto-Punk from 1977 <<<

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      • #4
        Well, that went rather well.

        The event had sold out in several hours, and the 150 or so who attended, enjoyed smashing sets from:

        Blood Sport (destined for great things), who had borrowed a young lady keyboard player/ vocalist, for their take on I'm So Hollow's 'Entrance'

        Juxtavoices, Sheffield 'Anti-choir', who gave a capella renditions of early CV tunes (complete with human 'synth' noises), finishing off with Nag, Nag, Nag.

        Ron Wright (ex Now Society and Hula), with some hard electronic sounds

        BHS, who gave a short techno set based on samples taken from Cabaret Voltaire and Clock DVA tracks, plus samples from the noises made by the supercomputer in the basement of the building in which they were performing (i.e. the space formerly occupied by the original Western Works)

        Graham Duff, and Bob Baker of Clock DVA/PTI did a multi-media interlude (spoken word, music, video, performance), conjuring up the spirit of the original PTI (....which stood for 'Prior To Intercourse')

        Damon Fairclough of Noise Heat Power did a spoken word piece about 'finding' Sheffield & Western Works in the early 80s, set to Mal's 'Cool Down'

        Finally, IBBERSON took to the stage, and performed new versions of tracks which had originally been recorded at Western Works, back in the day. (Lydia Lunch, 23 Skidoo, ClockDVA, and a couple of Cabaret Voltaire tracks 'On every other street' and 'Kneel to the boss'). For one night only, IBBERSON were Stephen Mallinder (Cabaret Voltaire, Wrangler), Charlie Collins (Clock DVA, The Box), Simon Elliott-Kemp (Clock DVA, Greysecond), Mick Ward (Clock DVA), Nigel Humberstone (In The Nursery), and Eric Random (Bedlamites)

        All MC'd by eine, and DJ interludes between 'turns' by yours truly

        After tackling down, everyone moved on to nearby Hallamshire Hotel for more industrial/post-punk/electronic goodness via the medium of vinyl record ...

        Here's what they got:

        Eric Random - Fade in
        Peter Hope & Richard H Kirk - Leather Hands
        The Box - Curfew
        Chakk - Out of the flesh
        The Anti Group - Zulu
        DVA - High holy disco mass
        Workforce - Heap the blame
        In The Nursery - Remain
        Nort - Cool on the loop
        Shriekback - My spine is the bassline
        Cabaret Voltaire - Sensoria
        Stephen Mallinder - Temperature drop
        The Future - C'est grave
        Clock DVA - Four hours
        Severed Heads - Spittoon thud
        The Normal - Warm leatherette
        Thomas Leer - Private plane
        Fad Gadget - Ricky's hand
        23 Skidoo - Last Words
        Alex Ferguson - Stay with me tonight
        Gerry & the Holograms - Gerry & the Holograms
        Spizz Energy - Soldier, soldier
        Tiller Boys - Big noise from the jungle
        Cabaret Voltaire - Silent command
        Minny Pops - Dolphin spurt
        Surface Mutants - Train
        New Order - Turn the heater on
        Human League - WXJL tonight

        Photos of main stage performers here .....
        OK: ready; let's do it ...

        >>> Hobbies Of Today - RU12 EP: Unreleased South Yorkshire Post-Glam/Proto-Punk from 1977 <<<

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        • #5
          Oh, and, just to add that it was all recorded and may well get a proper release in the near future
          OK: ready; let's do it ...

          >>> Hobbies Of Today - RU12 EP: Unreleased South Yorkshire Post-Glam/Proto-Punk from 1977 <<<

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          • #6
            Sounds like a great project. I live the otherside of the country, otherwise I would have attended. Keep us posted on anything we can listen to.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by DRSMITH View Post
              Keep us posted on anything we can listen to.
              Will do!
              OK: ready; let's do it ...

              >>> Hobbies Of Today - RU12 EP: Unreleased South Yorkshire Post-Glam/Proto-Punk from 1977 <<<

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              • #8
                As above - looks and sounds like a fantastic event... had an afternoon using the playlist above to tickle some musical memories... top stuff indeed...
                "It's all just one big plastic hassle..." - Psych-Out

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                • #9
                  Damon (Noise Heat Power) has uploaded his spoken word piece on his website. The whole website provides a good read and listen, and I can heartily endorse the products in his shop

                  Anyway, here's "Where there was discord..."
                  OK: ready; let's do it ...

                  >>> Hobbies Of Today - RU12 EP: Unreleased South Yorkshire Post-Glam/Proto-Punk from 1977 <<<

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                  • #10
                    Cheers for the link - the book looks spot on...
                    "It's all just one big plastic hassle..." - Psych-Out

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                    • #11
                      A short film of the event (17 minutes) has been released to Youtube:

                      OK: ready; let's do it ...

                      >>> Hobbies Of Today - RU12 EP: Unreleased South Yorkshire Post-Glam/Proto-Punk from 1977 <<<

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                      • #12
                        Ahh, it was good!
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