Counting Backwards is a new series of text-sound-performance events. It takes place on the first Thursday of alternate months. Counting Backwards takes place at Fuel cafe bar in Withington. The first event is on Thursday 3 June 2010.

The world outside

Two recently launched projects from Counting Backwards organisers.

Richard Barrett’s Dept. issue 1 is now available. £3 or exchange.

Submissions are now open for issue 3. The magazine is co-edited with Simon Howard.

See the Facebook group or Richard’s blog for more details.


Gary Fisher’s Found In a skip is a new net label hosted at the Internet Archive.

Found in a skip releases free downloads of experimental music, sound art, field recordings and a variety of experimental approaches to sound and recording. It is open for submissions.

See the Facebook group for more details.


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Preview of Counting Backwards #4 performer Richard Parker

Richard Parker was born in 1978, completed his D.Phil. at the University of Sussex in 2010 and has published poems in Onedit, Signals, Great Works, Freaklung, Naked Punch, Glitch, Brand and Wolf, his first collection, from The Mountain of California … was published by the Openned Press in August 2010.  He has read at various reading series, including Crossing the Line in London and Chlorine and Desperate for Love in Brighton.  He is the editor and printer of the Crater poetry pamphlet series.

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Keston Sutherland + Pat Thomas & Martin Hackett

via Dominic Lash

Friday 3 December – the day after Counting Backwards –  at the Albion Beatnik Bookshop in Oxford if you can get there.

Poetry and improvised music at their finest: two sets each from Keston Sutherland (poetry) and Pat Thomas & Martin Hackett (electronic improvisation).

Keston Sutherland lives and works in Brighton. His books include _The Stats on Infinity_, _Stress Position_, _Hot White Andy_, _Neutrality_, _The Rictus Flag_ and _Antifreeze_. His theoretical study of Karl Marx, human jelly, being made wrong, making other people wrong, doubt as an origin of happiness and the meaning of fear for deconstruction, _Stupefaction: a radical anatomy of phantoms_, will be published by Seagull Books in May 2011.

Pat Thomas and Martin Hackett are two of the most unpredicable and energising improvisers to be found anywhere. Pat’s most recently released CD, “4 Compositions for Orchestra” (with the Oxford Improvisers Orchestra) was described by New York’s Downtown Music Gallery as “one of this year’s most uncompromising treasures”. Having previously worked together in a piano/electronics duo, this evening will feature electronics all round.

Entrance £5/£3


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Preview of Counting Backwards #4 performer Dominic Lash

Dominic Lash is a freely improvising double bassist and composer. Based in Oxford, he has performed with musicians such as Tony Conrad, Evan Parker and the late Steve Reid. He leads his own trio with Alexander Hawkins on piano and Javier Carmona on drums, while his current collaborative projects include a trio with John Butcher and John Russell as well as the Convergence Quartet (with Taylor Ho Bynum, Harris Eisenstadt and Alexander Hawkins).

See also Oxford Improvisors and his blog Force of Circumstance.

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Preview of Counting Backwards #4 performer Chris Gladwin

The Wyrding Module is a solo project from paramusician Christopher Gladwin, one half of Team Doyobi (Skam, Icasea). The psychotronic sounds of the module are inspired by Kosmische Musik, Mantra-rock, post-industrial ambience and the occult. [Link launches sounds]

In metaphysical terms, the wyrd embodies the concept that everything is turning into something else while both being drawn in toward and moving out from its own origins. Thus, we can think of wyrd as a process that continually works the patterns of the past into the patterns of the present.

Chris Gladwin’s work including The Wyrding Module and links to his YouTube channel here.

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Preview of Counting Backwards #4 performer Graham Dunning

Graham Dunning is an artist in sound and visual media. His practice deals with temporality, memory and narrative.

Graham’s work draws on photographs, sound recordings or objects, and the function of archiving. His recent residency at The Rea Garden in Birmingham took the form of a pseudo-archaeological investigation into the site’s former life as a record plant.

Graham’s performances explore the relationship between sound and music with rhythmical elements and drone, repetition and variation. These make use of modified turntables, altered and adapted records, field recordings pressed to dubplates and self-built electronics. Other objects are also used as sound sources on the turntables using the stylus as a primitive pick-up

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The Other Room 21

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Counting Backwards #4 Thursday 2 December

Our fourth Counting Backwards event happens on Thursday 2 December.

The performers will be:

  • Graham Dunning
  • Chris Gladwin performing as the Wyrding Module
  • Dominic Lash
  • Richard Parker

Biographical details and links to follow.

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Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

From Friday 19 – Sunday 28 November 2010 huddersfield contemporary music festival the ‘UK’s largest international festival of new and experimental music’ returns.

An e-book of the full programme is available here.

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