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Leafcutter John
Mar 2017 30

Leafcutter John


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Tickets: £7.50 - 10.00

Times: 7:30 - 11pm

Leafcutter John

Archspace, London


Pioneering electronic producer and Polar Bear member explores post-electronica with his self developed instruments, forming a unique and immersive audiovisual experience at a limited capacity London railway arch venue.

Soundcrash are ecstatic to announce a special show for award winning sonic experimenter Leafcutter John at the secluded Archspace venue in the heart of London’s buzzing east end.

John Burton is a key member of twice Mercury Music Prize-nominated band Polar Bear. He began recording and manipulating sound on an old computer he originally bought to write his Art School dissertation. In 1999 his recordings reached the offices of Planet Mu Records, where its founder and Aphex Twin collaborator Mike Paradinas encouraged John’s more experimental efforts. John released critically acclaimed albums including The Housebound Spirit, featured in The Wire Magazine’s Top 50 records of 2003 and The Forest and the Sea, which was nominated for Best Album (Quartz Award 2007).

Since 2010 John has been developing his light controlled musical interface. A music performance system comprising a light sensitive controller and specialised software that is played gesturally using handheld lights and other light sources. The sounds produced are related to the performer’s actions and create an immersive audiovisual experience. In 2014 he played it to a sold-out Roundhouse in London supporting Imogen Heap. In 2015 the interface won the Quartz Award for Innovation.

Support on the night comes from acclaimed UK experimental duo Trans/Human. Employing noise making devices including mobile phones, radio, cassette tape, prepared electric guitar, processed drums, strobe lighting, contact microphones, field recordings and feedback systems, Trans/Human’s concerns lie within the physical act of music making and its relationship to environment and audience.

“One of the bourgeoning stars of post-electronica” (The Wire)

“Alongside Aphex Twin and Bogdan Raczynski – he’s one of the UK’s most fearlessly inventive electronicists” (Time Out London)

“A musician who combines acoustic and electronic music with an irresistible compulsion to build Heath Robinson- like inventions” (The Guardian)

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