Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Del Mar


Departures, the penultimate track from August is featured in this film which was released on You Tube today.

Produced by Tony Hawk's 900 Films the video is part of a series of films documenting historic skateparks, focusing in this episode on the legendary San Diego skate ranch Del Mar.

Home to many of the greatest skaters of the 1980's including Hawk and Mike McGill amongst others, Del Mar was demolished in 1987.



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Friday, 22 June 2012

En Route

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Advent, the opening track from August, will be featured in en route, an interactive theatre project taking place in Stratford from 26 June to 21 July as part of the Cultural Olympiad.

With MP3 player and mobile phone, audience members go on a journey, inward and outward, through the thoroughfares and back alleys of East London.

Winner of five awards including the 2010 Adelaide Fringe Best Theatre Award, en route combines local music and snatches of narrative, musings, sound, dialogue, philosophy with the wanderings, observations and experiences of each audience member, opening up a field for multiple ways of seeing the city, themselves, and others.

Part traveller, witness, voyeur, the audience is able to view a world in the process of making itself – en route – emerging and dissolving as perceptions, senses, insights make and remake the city they inhabit.
A theatrical experience that has had six sold-out seasons, en route is created especially for each city it inhabits.

'...a kind of euphoria and a breathtaking new perspective of the city.' – The Independent

The project is presented by Theatre Royal Stratford East.

Created and produced by one step at a time like this and Richard Jordan Productions.

Tickets are £15. Book here.

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

August Out Now

Arcam's debut album is on sale now.

Limited edition, hand-numbered CD available from Norman Records.

Download from Bandcamp

The album is released to coincide with the opening of the exhibition Arcam by Joel Clifford at the Orange Dot Gallery in Bloomsbury, London. 


The collaboration between illustrator and professional printmaker Joel Clifford and musician Arcam takes the form of a series specialist screen print series created in response to each track of Arcam's debut album, August. Each artwork has been assigned a QR code. By scanning these codes with a smartphone, visitors can stream the audio track associated with each artwork on their phone as they make their way through the exhibition.
 
Joel Clifford is an illustrator and professional printmaker based in London. His style has a graphic sensibility and is informed by the layering nature of screen print. He doesnʼt draw; instead he thinks in collage, mentally layering and combining shapes, colours and found imagery. He collects inspiration from all over, using found imagery and experimenting with the textures and half-tones of the original image. He ʻforms a narrative with whatʼs around himʼ, drawing upon the past and mixing in contemporary aesthetics.


Arcam is a guitarist and laptop artist who spent most of the late 90s and early 00s plying his trade in bands with a shoegaze aesthetic. Focusing on his solo project from 2006 he self-released a limited edition EP Moorings in 2007 before starting work on his debut album August. Over the development of the album he has collaborated with a number of film makers to produce a series of videos to tracks from the album and a multi-media performance at the Dislocation Festival in 2008. 


August is comprised of recordings formed entirely of sounds originating from a single source: the guitar. While the tonal qualities of an electric six-string are evident throughout, they appear here in a modified state, having been digitally re-rendered through extensive laptop processing to form tones, drones, swells and surges, resonant textures, clicks and cuts in structured ambient compositions.


Recorded intermittently between 2007 and 2012, the album was written as a single composition in which each track contributes to an overarching narrative exploring themes of time, memory and loss. Titles reference changes in seasons and the movement of the sea is a recurring metaphor. These themes and a mutual aesthetic ideals related to sight, sound and environment shared by Arcam and Clifford have formed the foundations to their interactive exhibition opening on 10 May 2012.


Friday, 13 April 2012

August

Arcam's debut album, August will be released on 9 May 2012 to coincide with the opening of the exhibition Arcam by Joel Clifford at the Orange Dot Gallery in Bloomsbury, London.

Digital copies of the album will be available to purchase on Bandcamp and a limited edition CD will be available to purchase from Orange Dot Gallery for the duration of the exhibition.

August is comprised of recordings formed entirely of sounds originating from a single source: the guitar. Yet, while the tonal qualities of an electric six-string are evident throughout, they appear here in a modified state, having been digitally re-rendered through extensive laptop processing to form tones, drones, swells and surges, resonant textures, clicks and cuts.

Recorded intermittently between 2007 and 2012, the album was written as a single composition in which each track contributes to an overarching narrative exploring themes of time, memory and loss. Titles reference changes in seasons and the movement of the sea is a recurring metaphor.

August litters over the last treads of day, and hope ever swells in all our dark places...  

Credits:
Mastered by Bradley Kulisic. 
Artwork by Joel Clifford.
Poetry by Dollie Stephan

All for you, my Ella. 

Friday, 6 April 2012

Exhibition

Visual artist Joel Clifford has created a series of artworks, each one relating to a track from my forthcoming album August. These will be exhibited at the Orange Dot Gallery in Bloomsbury, London from 9 May 2012. 

This is a multi-media exhibition. Each artwork has been assigned a QR code. By scanning these codes with a smartphone, exhibition visitors will be able to stream the audio track associated with each artwork on their phone. Visitors are hence advised to bring a smartphone with headphones to the gallery to experience the exhibition in full.

Visitor Instructions

  1. Install a QR code reader on your smartphone (we recommend QR Reader, available free with ads for iPhone from the App Store and Android from the Android Market, or £0.69 for ads-free version)
  2. When viewing an artwork open the QR code reader app
  3. Point your smartphone camera at QR code beside the artwork.
  4. Your phone should open a webpage containing an image of the artwork the code relates to. Below this you should see a SoundCloud music player. Click play on the player to stream the audio track associated with the artwork.
Full details can be found on the exhibition site.

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

August Videos


Film-maker Paddington Rutherford-Brown of the AFCO collective has created 3 videos for tracks from the forthcoming Arcam album August. Above is the video for Neap Rise. The videos for For Ella and A Summer Swell are below. All films are streamable from my You Tube channel.




Saturday, 16 August 2008

Dislocation Festival

On 16 August 2008 I performed a short live set on laptop and guitar for the Dislocation Festival. Taking place in a gallery space above a shop in central London the festival featured a mixed bill of video art and experimental music. All music acts had been given the brief to incorporate a video component into their performances. I collaborated with film-makers Millie Harvey, Fred Smith and Jack Dixon on 3 films to accompany my performance. Festival goers received a limited edition CD-R to which each artist had contributed a two minute piece of music. My track was a specially arranged and recorded version of the Arcam track August, the full arrangement of which was performed at the festival. 

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Monday, 3 March 2008

Moorings

Moorings, Arcam’s first ep, is a collection of songs about the sea, home, dislocation, travel and loss. All of the songs on Moorings began life as loops recorded on 4 track tape over the course of several years before being digitally processed and re-sequenced in 2007.

Limited copies are available direct from artist. The ep is also available to download from bandcamp.

Now streaming on bandcamp and soundcloud.