Tonight: An evening of multi-media events both indoor and outdoor to mark the official opening of the new foyer
Entry free on a first come first served basis - just come along on the night. No ticket required.
Doors will open at 17:30 and performances will start at 18:15 with African Drummers and Dancers
The event will feature Andy Sheppard' s Saxophone Massive, Adrian Utley's 'Music for Massed Guitars', The Emerald Ensemble, Richard Barnard, Cirque Bijou, Charles Hazlewood, Sheelanagig and more.
An evening of multi-media events both indoor and outdoor to mark the official opening of the new foyer featuring a 200 saxophone massive, a world premiere of a new choral work featuring over 80 voices, the ground-shaking sound of 100 guitars played in unison and, to end the night in style, a gypsy jazz hoopla.
Video release. This is a quick 10 min version of the 45min Databent UrbEx live set I played at Bash Out at the Black Swan, Bristol on 20th June 2009.
All photographs and image & audio manipulation by Dan Gusset. Cover image courtesy of Lisa Furness
Source audio: Field recording of metal roof in the sun by Nick Adamson, MC Prof C and MC Doc G from Radio 4, Floreo De Lamas by Guamary, The Collier's Rant by Bob Davenport, Rubik's Cube: 10.56 seconds, Grow Grow Grow by PJ Harvey @ 33RPM, The Training of O, Mothers Talk by Tears For Fears @ 17RPM, White Chalk by PJ Harvey @ 33RPM.
the outside agency [aka dj hidden and eye-d - live bristol debut]
twinhooker & paulie walnuts [mad dem sound usa: soldiers in the streets tour]
duranduranduran [cock rock disco, planet mu - live birthday set!]
ely muff [headfuk/deathchant - live]
boep [aka schemeboy vs randomoidz - adverse camber]
bashout allstars [resident badmen]
upstairs: staggering bass abuse
rogue state ft. mc deadman [r8 recordings - bristol debut]
lief ryan [growth recordings - bristol debut]
big d’s dancehall clearout
diode [aka el kano vs magimix - adverse camber]
davey t [dissident]
back room: the bashout lectures
dan gusset and friends
dubboy vs beavis inna rootstyle
& more tbc...
sat 20 june 2009 black swan, bristol 10 til 5, £8 b4 11, £9 after... tickets: £6 [plus booking fee]
The Bash Out Lectures with Dan Gusset and Friends
Dan Pope (aka Gusset) will be presenting an A/V performance of data bent versions of his urban exploring photos alongside a live drone/glitch soundtrack in room three of Bash Out at the Black Swan, Bristol on Sat 20th June (10pm – 6am).
Data bent images are intentionally corrupted digital images where the files have bits altered, cut around, have channels moved or filtered, and are otherwise bastardised to cause all forms of distortions and bizarre effects. Often the results are disappointing fields of black or images that refuse to open at all but persistence and luck can lead to intriguing results.
Like it's close relative circuit bending, where any electronic sound making device, usually a cheap children's toy, is dismantled and its circuitry randomly rewired, it's something that anyone can try. It may just be noise with occasional recognisable hints of what it once was, but there is a beauty to be found in there either by close study or by allowing it to wash over you.
Among the friends Dan has filled the rest of the line-up with will be a Dub Boy & Beavis - Inna Rootstyle, films from public space hijacker and Occasional Cinema organiser Badoni, and beatless soundscapes from Freq.
I've decided what I'm doing for my set at the Bashout Lectures (Black Swan, 20th June). I'm presenting data bent versions of my urban exploring photos and providing a live drone soundtrack. I've been inspired by the brilliant stAllio, who I've been following since I found his Mash Smarter Not Harder mash-up.
Thanks to everyone who came along to the Boomshank Redemption gig on Saturday. It was my first London gig and I really enjoyed it. It went well and the crowd were great. Thanks too to everyone I caught up with and chatted to, especially Johnny for putting me on the bill (happy birthday btw), Phil and Sigrid for putting me up, Rory, Ameet and Sarah for their great sets, James, it was good to meet you finally, and the dude I met previously at the Wrong gig in Brighton, sorry I've forgotten your name again.
I'm still playing Mixxx DJ sets at the moment since my move to Ubuntu but it's given me a lot of freedom to match the set to the crowd, so this one was heavy on the gabba and breakcore as that's what people were asking for.
When I'm having a good gig I do like to chat a bit over it and this was the first time I used a Mark E. Smith style rant I'd written after some friends lost their jobs recently. I used it over the final tune and ended it abruptly to see what the reaction was. In the sudden silence that followed me pulling the cables I heard two lone voices from the front of the crowd. One said, "thank fuck for that," the other, "that was intense." I take the second one as a compliment, just, but the first tells me I over did it a bit. Useful feedback.
"Sunday morning in a cafe near Paddington Station. The wobby reflection in the bar was a nice analogy of how I was feeling."
Visions Video Bar 588 Kingsland Rd, London, E8 4AH
£3 before 11pm. £5 after. No admission after 3am.
Randomoidz – DJ/Live Winner of both the Bristol and London 2008 Laptop Battles. His sets merge many different styles and are likely to raise a smile or two, but there are no gimmicks. Randomoidz is on fire! Wicked music to move your feet to. (Adverse Camber / Ninja Columbo)
El Kano – DJ Another AdCam boy, El Kano promises bass ragga and noise. He has devastated many soundsystems throughout the country for several years now with a blinding selection of heavy tracks from death metal to jungle via bhangra and dark techno. (Adverse Camber)
Gusset – Live The one man Gusset live experience courtesy of Dan P. He's a fundamental part of the Bristol breakcore collective, co-presenting the Goatlab Radio podcast, promoting shows, producing, playing live and has just started a netlabel. Expect oddness! (Death$ucker)
Wombcorps – DJ Sarah has been DJing all over the shop lately. Expect only the finest cuts of Jungle-shank and Hardcore-rump. (Bad Sekta)
Alan Titmash – DJ/Live The puerile breakcore influence refuses to fade, but Titmash's DJ sets inject a lot more funk and groove into the proceedings. (Blunt Force Trauma / Structural Damage)
Shredexx – DJ Fresh dubstep from the past, present and future (white labels!). (DehdBeatz)
Free books at the Book Barn Hands off! Some of those are mine. I took boxes full of books in there for them to sell over the years, some not long before it closed. I'm quite annoyed about this. =[
Books' free-for-all in warehouse
People have been invited to help themselves to the books
People in Bristol have been invited to help themselves to free books at a warehouse which were left behind when the owners left the site.
Bookbarn's lease on the premises in Arnos Vale recently expired and when the firm moved out it left behind thousands of books.
Managers of the Paintworks site have invited people to help themselves.
This Bookbarn is in no way connected to the company BookBarn International at Hallatrow in North Somerset.
In no way connected? Except that they were sister stores running on the same account so money you earned in one store could be spent in the other. So I feel like they've given away some of my books. So I went down there on Friday and took goods of equivalent value. Felt better after that.
I also bumped into some squatters I know in there, busty loading book cases into a van. Apparently their fifth day on the job! And I got a gig out of it. I'll be playing another Occasional Cinema film night in Stokes Croft on April Fools Day.
This will be my first proper photo exhibition (ie more than one shot! I've got 56 in there I think) so I'm really excited about this. I'll also be DJing my favourite ominous film scores as well as some of Gusset's lesser heard soundtrack work after Manufactured Landscapes to close the night. Can't wait!
As played at the end of the radio show... Somatic Responces says, "Radiohead have got this online remix comp thing going on..... We knocked 3 mixes, 2 slow, 1 fast...please take some time to listen and vote and blab about it if you want...." Mix 1 Mix 2 SR to Blame Mix
Found in the C8 thread mentioned in the radio show... Amen Evilution Projekt "this projekt consists in producin tunes usin only one sample, the infamous amen break, to build each part, rythmics,basslines,scapes,synth-like sounds....evryfkinthang! expect strong sound manipulations creating tracks rangin from downtempo to breakcore thru abstract sounds and scapes...if u r interested in participatin to the proj, contact me and submit your tracks!"
Abelcain: Still Life Produced by Abelcain for the photography of Rebecca Sadler [page with 45MB zip]
Shitmat (Planet Mu / Wrong Music) Hardoff (V/Vm Test / Digital Vomit) Gusset (Death$ucker / Disco_r.dance) Parasite (Peace Off / Clash) Demon Cabbage (Wrong Music) & Tripledot
The Attic, Stokes Croft, Thursday 9th Oct Time: 9 - 1 £3
Other Gusset gigs coming up include at Oxfam benefit at The Farm in St Werburghs on Sat 15th Nov, Wrong Music at the Black Swan ("Wrong at the Swan"?) on Sat 29th Nov and maybe another Freq colab with Dev/Null at the Attic on Thurs 20th Nov (TBC). More news as I get it.
“Gusset, with Parasite, at one point puts Lily Allen’s ‘Smile’ through a rapid wash cycle and his faders-to-10 set closer is a thrilling jack hammering explosion of drum & bass and a highlight of the evening that sets the room properly dancing. “
This was actually a Gusset back-to-back with Parasite set so full credit to Armin too. I think that final track referred to was one of his selections. As I remember, it went something like this: Exillon – Acid Panda Laptop Death Parasite selection Alan Titmash – Ditch Pig Parasite selection The Teknoist & Scheme Boy - Leppers on Garys … vs Microphist – I Love Lily Allan (cranked up a bit)… vs Julie Andrews – The Lonely Goat Herd (cranked up a lot) Parasite selection Gusset – Gussetbusters (Ghost Busters theme mash-up) Parasite selection
So thanks to Jay, Jon, Mike, Ash, Dunc, Julie, Spokesy and Armin for their input there!
I did my first stand-up / spoken word performance at Bash Out on Saturday and I'm actually really pleased about how it went. It could be massively improved but I know what needs doing to it. Despite the room being empty when I was due to start I managed to pull in 20 or 25 people and keep them there with my 'The Matrix: The Pantomime' piece and then filled the rest of my allocated hour(!) with a recording about identifying bat calls (thanks Vilas) and some slides of bat photos stolen from the net. It was a massive rush to pull together. I wrote most of the perfromance on Wednesday and then spent Saturday afternnon pulling the graphics together. Thanks to Spokesy for help with that. It was really good fun and went down well, so thanks to everyone who came along.
Trippmatic Poland's Biggest Breakcore DJ makes his UK debut @ the Goatlab! Trippmatic has been organising gigs and playing at virtually every breakcore gig in Poland for the last two years! He did a wicked mix for Peace Off called "Break Beathoven Got Heroin" and used to live in Bristol! Check out some of his mixes here: www.myspace.com/trippmaticsk.
War Against Sleep Goatlab brings the outdoor vibes to the back room of The Croft with a special set from local festival favourites War Against Sleep. Expect a psychedelic audio-visual feast with a goaty twist.
Michael J Rocks As the 1manarmy collective continue to push the boundaries of live electronica, one act stands out from the rest for both the most intense live experience and for having the best comedy name. Prepare to Rock. To Michael J Rock. s.
+ all the regulars Fri 20th June 08 @ The Croft, Bristol 10pm - 4am £5 Entry
main room: multi core bong ra & mc mike redman [special ‘10 years of bong ra’ set - live] fff [mindbender/planet mu - live] - bristol debut! autopsy [audio damage/deathchant - live] - bristol debut! putsch [no fixed abode - full av live show] - bristol debut! randomoidz [adverse camber - live] bashout allstars [resident badmen] --- upstairs: bass abuse warlock [rag'n'bone] 3d!t [coin operated - live] - bristol debut! arsequake [the blast] stylatron [fire] davey t [dissident] p.r.a.n.k. dancehall clearout --- back room: the bashout lectures audio and visual edutainment, special dj sets, powerpoint displays & more... Lineup TBC (Gusset, Various Bashouteers & More...)
The Gusset Bashout Lecture:
The Matrix: The Pantomime
Abstract: From folk stories and fairy tales to science-fiction and fantasy, western literature has always used metaphor and simile as devices to put across an idea or philosophic argument removed from the prejudices that may otherwise surround it. This lecture will analyse “The Matrix” series of films from the perspective of a traditional British pantomime to draw parallels between the mediums and demonstrate how this abomination of poor story telling, worse acting, and designed-to-date special effects could be better enjoyed with cross-dressing, smut and audience interaction. 'Where’s Agent Smith?' 'He’s behind you!'
Syntheme (Planet Mu / WeMe) Lou Wood make's her Bristol debut with her phenomenal fucky acid. If you liked the The Doubtful Guest's acid rinse out at the last Goatlab you don't want to miss this. Another Planet Mu newcomer shows us how it should be done. Rumours abound about her true identity. Want to know more? Come and see for yourself.
Toecutter (System Corrupt / V/VM) - Australia All the way from Australia, Toecutter is the original breakcore mentalist. And it's been a long time since he was last in Bristol. Having shared a house with Candi Hank in 99 and taken his name from the character in Mad Max, the desert sun must have got to him as he became the most frightening and original thing to mash it's way across musical styles in memory. Or is it just "Progressive Progressive Progrsv House"? Either way, he's a long way ahead of the rest of the game. With releases on System Corrupt, V/Vm Test, Digital Vomit, Bruchstellen, Mutant Sniper, and Death$ucker you know this must be quality.
General Disarray (Blunderphonics / Laptop Battle) Matt Jackson one of Bristol's most talented up-and-coming breakcore producers! He is also one half of the Blunderphonics crew, who have organised many a good night down at the legendary Black Swan. He beat Parasite in the first round of Laptop Battle 5 only to be knocked out in the final by house favorite Defazed. His music is raw and full of energy, and he has also been known to play his live set entirely from a game pad using Max/MSP! See for yourself:
Before the Gusset vs Hoonboy set at The Cooler on Thursday Thom and I were setting up and practicing backstage. That turned out to be the highlight of the night as it was sounding good but in the end we didn't get to play. I bailed out at 1am as there was hardly anyone in the place, we weren't due to start until 3am, and the sound was awful for poor Rich Defazed. We tried to get the venue to sort it out put the sound guy had already fucked off home. We were told, "there's nothing wrong with it, it's been set up by professionals." What? Professionals who go home and leave it to run itself? Anyway, I cut my losses and got out and that turned out to be the right more as the venue decided to shut down an 2am anyway. Shame, it was a great line up and could have been a great night, but a Thursday was not the time for it and the promotion could have been better.
Chatting during set-up I mentioned how cool it would be to have a tracker in a VST. Thom pointed out ReViSiT, which does it already. I presumed it would exist but hadn't been bothered to search for one. Cheers, Thom. And sorry you wasted a night coming down from Manchester for a gig you didn't play.
We also have an interesting couple of hours chatting with Juxtaposeur, and have put the breakcore world to rights. Maybe more on that later.
Reminder: Gusset vs Hoonboy Death$ucker mash-up tonight at The Cooler, Part St, Bristol. We'll probably be on 3-4am. Although I'm hoping it wont be that late as I have to be in work tomorrow morning! Oh well, burlesque dancers should make up for it.
The flyer for the Feb 15th Goatlab @ The Croft, Bristol is below. However, please note that The Doubtful Guest has unfortunately had to cancel. Flyers and posters had already been printed and we are awaiting confirmation from a replacement artist. News here when we get it. More information about who is playing on thegoatlab.com
I've also just agreed to play a one hour Death$ucker mash-up vs set with (against?) Hoonboy at New Born @ The Cooler on Park St, Bristol on Feb 28th. Finalised flyer to follow.
Knowing you are unlikely to be low on things to do over Christmas and the New Year I though playing a gig for your entertainment was just as likely to clash and interfere with you personal calendar as it was to compliment it. To overcome this problem I have whored myself liberally across as many gigs as possible this festive season. If your winter festivities are shy on Gusset, you may wish to consider attending one of the following. And if you are hardcore enough to attend all of them the sets will be different at each.
Metropolis Music Presents: PORTISHEAD, Bristol Academy Saturday, December 15 at 7:00 PM £25.00
Tickets on sale: Friday, December 7 at 9:30 AM "Tickets are limited to 2 per person, and are only available from Bristol Ticket Shop and Academy Box Office, with a limited amount on Ticketweb. Academy Box Office will be opening at 9.30am, and people paying with cash don't pay any booking fees. We will be asking people to provide ID (as will Ticket Shop) to try to prevent touting of the tickets."
"Drop Beats Not Bombs ... the bi-yearly anti war event that donates 100% of its profits to the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and Campaign Against Arms Trade.
"Our aim is to educate the people on these important issues whilst they have a good time. So from the start we have made it our mission to put together an event that comprises of a broad spectrum of sounds and styles. From Drum & Bass to Techno to Indie to Hard House, we aim to leave you breathless as we relentlessly seek out the cream of up coming talent as well as established acts/artists. And we hevent even mentioned the incredible visual displays at every event. This truly is a full on assult on the senses."
Next event: The Custard Factory, Birmingham, Sat 10 Nov 2007
(Gusset will be playing after Shitmat in the Medicine Bar)
Tickets are also avalable from the following outlets: Jibbering Records 136 Alcester Rd 0121 499 4551 Swordfish Records Temple St Birmingham 0121 633 4859 Disorder 14 Needless Alley Birmingham 0121 643 2131
SQUAREPUSHER ALTERN-8 BOGDAN RACZYNSKI BONG-RA CEEPHAX ACID CREW DJ REPHLEX RECORDS DJ STINGRAY KID606 KNIFEHANDCHOP KROME & TIME LUKE VIBERT µ-ZIQ RAGGA TWINS AARON SPECTRE SAINT ACID SHITMAT THE DJ PRODUCER THE PANACEA MIKE DRED VENETIAN SNARES KODE9 MALA (DIGITAL MYSTIKZ) CHAS & DAVE DMX KREW REMARC PLAID THE DOUBTFUL GUEST CYLOB DJ SCOTCH EGG CASSETTE BOY
Yeah, the summer lull (also known as the festival season we didn't get booked to play in) has ended and the club nights are starting up with a vengeance. The illusive powers behind the GoatLab have been deliberating whether they want to carry on running the night, so I've stepped in as co-promoter and moved it to a new venue. It won't be restarting until December but will now have a regular slot on the last Friday of alternate months at The Croft. More news as and when.
In addition to this Gusset will be playing at the anti-war fundraiser Drop Beats Not Bombs at the Custard Factory in Birmingham on Saturday 10th November. The line-up will look something like this, although is still subject to change: Wrong Music Grott Bag Acid Experiment, STIG Noise, Mully(Acid/House), Demon Cabbage (Fill Room Full on Rave!), Teknoist, Vex Kiddy, Shitmat VS Shitnat, Gusset, Comp Winnder Set! and Wrong Music DJ's. All of this will be in the Medicine Bar and there will be loads of other stuff going on across the rest of the complex. Plus the Gusset set will include a rare live appearance by Spokesy!
The official website hasn’t been updated yet. I'll update as things come together.
P.S. Remix album release is imminent. The meeting to finalise track order and artwork is this weekend. Rush your gusset pictures in now if you want a chance of appearing on the cover!
Gusset have agreed to play at an Ashton Court Festival benefit gig at Timbuk2 in Bristol on 15.06.07. I've always been a fan of the festival (also known as the Bristol Community Festival), and thanks to my parents enthusiasm too I went from an early age. This photo is from 1977 I believe:
The festival has always struggled financially and are very open with their predicament, which seems to have them teetering on the verge of bankruptcy year on year. A whole bunch of people are campaigning to raise funds through various means to help ensure it's future.
The line up for the benefit gig is as yet uncertain but it looks like a highly varied line-up of exciting local talent ...and Gusset. More news as I get it.
Yey hey! Out in the first round by a unanimous judges decision!
Congratulations to Headphobe and Defazed (Ned and Rich) for a deserved win, they trounced everyone in every round, there was no doubting they were going to walk away with it.
By extreme ill fortune we were drawn against them in the first round, which we had been dreading. They really hammer hard with their live drum triggering rather than loop based play. We thought we might be able to compete with them in one of the longer later rounds, as Parasite thought they were struggling to keep it up that long when he saw the last battle. In the two-minute opening round it's very very hard to prove yourself and we had no chance against them.
Michael J Rocks was cruelly knocked out. He was the only person who played two two-minute tunes with a beginning a middle and an end (like they teach you at school). Everyone else just kept making noise until they were told to stop. It leave the crowd wanting more but it's not quite as satisfying as a whole.
I think we could have gone further with a different draw but that's life. Was still great fun and the night in all was great. All the neigh-sayers who think its just a geek fest really should see it; there was a brilliant vibe, the crowd were well up for it (there was almost a mosh pit at times) and no beardstroking in sight. Well done to everyone involved and thanks to the promoters for putting it on.
At least I squeezed in a DJ set early in the night so I did play for more than four minutes, and I got to have a little jam with DJ Asian Hawk (UK DMC champion and 2nd in the world, apparently), which was fun.
I've learnt a lot about software and performance though doing this and my normal live sets will improve for it too. It's been a valuable learning opportunity. For the technically minded the advice I received is mostly in this Mu thread. The exception was an email string with Steve Milanese who adviced me not to try to learn software (when I mentioned Pd) in a short space of time, "practise drumming shit a lot and not worry too much about using mad software." It worked for Ned and Rich, as they were much tighter than I've ever seen them before last night. The practice pays off. Well done guys.
Shawn Greenlee, Gusset, Bulimic Sideburns @ El Perro, Madrid, 15.03.07
Thanks to JC for sorting out the gig while I was over in Madrid. And thanks to everyone else for making me feel so welcome. Cheers, guys. Especially to Gabi. It's great to work with someone who takes the integration of visuals with the music so seriously. I know you wanted to prepare more and that my freeform, 'don't know what I'm going to play next' attitude to live sets doesn't help, but I think it worked out nicely. And also thanks to Roland. Sorry I couldn't make it to your radio show, that would have been great fun, but time and laptop problems did not permit.
Great music from everyone, all night. The DJ sets at the end were a breath of fresh air. Hearing medieval pieces mixed in with breakcore and booty is brilliant. A very open minded audience you have there, I wish it was like that everywhere. "Theremin boy" (I never found out his real name) was good too. As I discussed with Shewn, it's amazing how simple an instrument still holds so much fascination. Although you can argue the same about guitars or bongos or anything else. Within electronic music it has a unique place.
Shawn Greenlee's set was superb. He wanted to limit it to 40 minutes, joking that people can't take much more of it than that, but I would have gladly listened to more. (Thanks for the CD too btw.) His homebrew interfaces (the drawing tablet and the battered and hacked-up keypad) made for an inspiring visual performance. These were input devices anyone watching could understand and using the laptop purely as a display of the audio visual interaction between the controls and the music means he creates perfectly entwined abstract visuals at the same time. It's difficult to explain. Just look at the pictures and imaging the visuals projected on the ceiling are constantly evolving and changing with the aural onslaught.