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.

Preview of Counting Backwards #5 performer James Davies


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Preview of Counting Backwards #5 performer Philip Davenport

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Counting Backwards #4 reviewed

From The Other Room, a review of the night by Tom Jenks.

Follow the link or see ‘Counting Backwards #4 elsewhere’ in the menu for the full text.

In a short space of time, Counting Backwards has opened and occupied an important space, a place where different disciplines can meet, inform and impact upon one another, creating hybrids and mutations that step off the slab and into the night like beautiful monsters. Tonight was no different, incorporating poetry, electronic collage and radical interaction with instruments. Imagine these elements as transparent colours, each overlaid and suffused with light to make new shades and you are some of the way towards what an evening at Counting Backwards feels like.

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Ghosts move about me patched with histories

Ghosts move about me patched with histories is an exhibition from artists Philip Davenport and Nicola Smith.

It takes place at the Chinese Art Centre in Manchester from Thursday next week 9 December to Friday the following week 17 December.

It kicks off with an Artists’ Talk on 9 December between 5.30-6.30pm, followed by a preview evening from 6.30-8.30pm, also on 9 December.

The artist talk is free but booking is required. Tickets here. I’ve got mine.

Tours of the space take place 9-11 December. These are at 7pm on Thursday 9 December, 1.15pm and 3.30pm on Friday 10 December, and 1.15pm on Saturday 11 December.

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The second Kinokophonography event takes place on Wednesday 20th January 2011 at MadLab between 19:00 – 21:00 for the main event.

The Other Room have helpfully posted the press release following November’s event here.

Kinokophone describe themselves like this:

Kinokophone collects and composes sounds, stories and imagery from around the world. Kinokophone take their name from the Japanese word for mushroom. Mushrooms are a product of intricate connections that lie beyond the surface, with roots in folklore and imaginary worlds, much like the work we produce. In short, our name kinokophone encapsulates what we like to do, which is is to record and communicate ideas with an unaffected sense of wonder for what is growing up around us, unearthing the intertwining connections that lie beneath the surface…

Publicity and registration details for January’s event will follow soon.

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Audio from Counting Backwards #4

Audio of all the performances from last night’s Counting Backwards are available here – or check the link on the right.

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Photos from Counting Backwards #4

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The Noise Upstairs

Wednesday 1 December – Parallax

Kro Bar, Oxford Rd. Manchester, M13 9PG.

Entry £5/4. Start 8pm

Stian Omenås (trumpet, percussion) Are Lothe Kolbeinsen (guitar, prepared gitar) Ulrik Ibsen Thorsrud (drums, percussion).

Parallax is one of those rare and lucky collaborations where there is a great sense of chemistry from the very beginning. Since forming the group in 2008 they have toured and recorded extensively in Europe, and present a selection of this material on their debut album Live in the UK. These musicians are musically so far inside each other’s heads that their improvisations seem to border on the telepathic, and have forged their own unique take on improvising that seamlessly draws on an array of influences ranging from Asian folk musics to traditional jazz and abstract soundscapes. Rustling, crackling, stealthily winding and melodic, the music moves effortlessly from a mere whisper to intensely suggestive stretches of rhythmic improvising. Parallax will be on tour to promote the album in China, Poland, Norway and the UK in 2010.

Support comes from The Noise Upstairs Trio in their second outing together, Rodrigo Constanzo, Anton & Johnny Hunter playing a few different things. Possibly with a special guest, possibly not, you’ll just have to find out for yourselves.

Next week – Noise Upstairs Jam in Sheffield and Manchester

Wednesday 8 December. The Riverside, Mowbray Street, Sheffield, S3 8EN 8:30pm FREE

Thursday 9 December. Fuel Cafe Bar, Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 3BW 8:30pm FREE

The special guest in both cities this month is Daniele Ledda, all the way from Sardinia, Italy performing solo with his laptop. He studied wind instruments, piano, composition, electronic music, information technology and worked as a teacher, and in the field of composition, improvisation, sound recording, electronic music, music for dance, for video and theater. He has worked with, among many others; David Shea, Marc Ribot and Elliott Sharp. He says he “today explores the experience of philosophy in the practice of contemporary arts. This means the creation of works that coordinate writing, speech, vision, listening.” We say it all sounds very good, so do make sure you come along.

He’ll be playing around 9:45pm in either city. Preceding and following that its the usual melee – bring anything you like to make a bit of a racket, pop your name in the hat and wait to get involved. Bring laptops, voices, toys, antiques, instruments, furniture etc etc.

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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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