The Tapeworm presents…



The Tapeworm’s Bunch of Fives – our fifth birthday, live at Café Oto, 16 September 2014

Celebrating five glorious years of The Tapeworm… starring a clew of worms: CM von Hausswolff, BJNilsen, Dale Cornish and Phil Julian, Andrew Poppy, Osman Arabi, Autodigest, Zerocrop and Graham Dowdall.

at Dalston’s finest…
Café OTO
18-22 Ashwin Street
London E8 3DL

16.09.14 at 20h00
£5.00 in advance, £7.00 on the door

On the 16th of September, we warmly welcome you to Dalston’s finest, Café Oto, for our fifth birthday concert, ‘The Tapeworm’s Bunch of Fives’. BJNilsen, CM von Hausswolff, Osman Arabi and Autodigest are flying in from far-flung places, especially for you. Andrew Poppy will finger the ivories; our interim minstrel Zerocrop will sing for you a lullaby or two; straight outta Croydon, Messrs Cornish and Julian will début a duet set. Graham Dowdall will now be joining us for 10 minutes of unexpected pleasure. Surprise guests? Possibly, yes!

The first 50 guests on the night will receive TTW#73: Autodigest’s appropriately-titled “Free Tape”. Lovely! This edition will be available exclusively at our Café Oto show – a bait, dear friends…

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CM von Hausswolff lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden. Since the end of the 70s, von Hausswolff has worked as a composer using recording technology as his main instrument and as a visual artist using video and still photography as well as other media. His music may be heard through labels such as Touch, iDEAL, Raster-Noton and Firework Edition Records. His visual artworks and installations have been seen at various biennials such as Venice, Istanbul, Liverpool, Moscow and Pusan and numerous other places. He currently curates the sound-installation FREQ_OUT and collaborates with artist Leif Elggren, film-maker Thomas Nordanstad, EVP re-searcher Michael Esposito and author Leslie Winer —

BJNilsen is a sound and recording artist. His work is based on the sound of nature and its effect on humans. He primarily uses field recordings and electronic composition as a working method. He has worked for film, television, theatre, dance and as sound designer. At “The Tapeworm’s Bunch of Fives” he will be performing “Release the DATs”, a new work to be released that night on Digital Audio Tape in an edition of 25 copies only. Each inlay features a unique hand-drawn DAT Bat by the Mister Savage Pencil… —

The donation by Kevin Drumm to Phil Julian of a Hewlett Packard test tone generator (to avoid excess baggage charges) caught the curiosity of Dale Cornish. With Cornish and Julian renowned for their own releases, for a variety of labels including The Tapeworm, this chance bonding over former NASA technical equipment has led to their first collaboration. This is their first live performance, and their first album (naturally on cassette) will follow on The Tapeworm — /

Andrew Poppy is a Post-Minimalist composer, musician, writer and record producer with a unique body of work and a long history of collaboration. He studied with John Cage before releasing three albums on Trevor Horn’s Zang Tuum Tumb label in the 1980s. The first, ‘The Beating of Wings’, was praised by critics as a successor to the Art Of Noise. Poppy recently presented his work ‘12 Thoughts’ as part of the London Contemporary Music Festival’s ‘New History of Song’ evening, and his ‘Almost the Same Shame’ was performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra, with Poppy as soloist, as part of the festival ‘The Rest Is Noise’ at the South Bank —

A unique figure in the international noise and industrial music scenes, Osman Arabi is a composer, producer and sound designer from Tripoli, Lebanon. His work elicits images of desolate industrial landscapes and shamanistic rites. From his beginnings in black metal, Arabi has progressed through such genres as dark ambient, industrial, tribal, psychedelic, electro-acoustic, power electronics and noise. His many projects have included Seeker, Kafan, Veinen, Shamanic Death Trance, The Ritual Inclusion of Code, harsh electronics outfit 20.SV, as well as nihilist Dutch collective Stalaggh. In 2000 Arabi stopped performing live - vanishing into the underground, not resurfacing until 2009… For the past decade, Arabi has been developing – in complete secrecy – his ‘occult guitar’ playing, based on the sigil work of Austin Osman Spare. This new thread to his work was only recently unveiled, in late 2013, and is set to become the backbone of his live rituals hereon in —

Autodigest was conceived [as in ‘concept’] in a hotel lobby on 26th May 2001, at approximately 9am, after a night of excess and euphoria (a lot milder than you may think, actually). Hotel muzak acted as the trigger for a quick rêverie on the state of music at the beginning of the 21st Century. Through a series of unplanned events and actions, coincidences and convergences, Autodigest became the focus for an ‘apocalyptic’ perception of contemporary culture, dedicated to developing and sharing a critical eye within a culture that is quickly becoming synonymous with ‘pure entertainment’. Autodigest has made live appearances since 2002, establishing the world record by performing the shortest concert ever (one-second-long concert in Stockholm, May 24, 2002), and beating its own record in June 2004 (half-a-second-long gig in Porto, Portugal). Autodigest has meanwhile released sound documents via Touch, Ash International, KREV, The Tapeworm, Crónica Electronica, The Gulbenkian Foundation, Rádio Manobras and various blogs. Though not secretive, Autodigest remains anonymous. It means to walk the tightrope between the complexity of the issues addressed and a hyperconformist approach to cultural resistance, placing itself right in the middle of the syndromes it analyses and critiques. For all we know, one of these days it might surface as a reality show… In the meantime, keep on cheering! —

London-based singer/musician Parker has been recording as Zerocrop since 2000. “ees vurry complicatedurr” —

Graham Dowdall aka Gagarin is a current member of avant rockers Pere Ubu and previous collaborator with Nico, John Cale and many more. As Gagarin he creates often-rhythmic, atmospheric electronica, and has released several acclaimed albums. For the “Outside Broadcast” cassette released by The Tapeworm under his given name, he created two extended pieces based largely on sounds from analogue radio – a mix of half-heard musics, call signs, and interference to evoke early memories of playing with sound via large Bakelite knobs on a huge “portable” radio. He will be performing a short set based on this material purely on an iPad with manipulated samples. The set will be largely improvised but using samples and sounds that appear on his Tapeworm tape. —


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