Just a few days after losing the world’s best drummer, Tony Allen, we lose the best rock keyboard player, Dave Greenfield from The Stranglers.
These guys put it better than I can…
JJ “On the evening of Sunday May 3rd, my great friend and longstanding colleague of 45 years, the musical genius that was Dave Greenfield, passed away as one of the victims of the Great Pandemic of 2020.”
Jet Black “Dave was a complete natural in music. Together, we toured the globe endlessly and it was clear he was adored by millions. A huge talent, a great loss, he is dearly missed.”
Hugh Cornwall “He was the difference between The Stranglers and every other punk band. His musical skill and gentle nature gave an interesting twist to the band. He should be remembered as the man who gave the world the music of Golden Brown.”
The White Noise: An Audio Feature in Stereophonic Hell
The White Noise: An Audio Feature in Stereophonic Hell is a collage of audio arranged and edited by David Butler with video by Andrea Pazos produced for Delia Derbyshire Day 2019 which honoured the 50th anniversary of “An Electric Storm” by White Noise (Island Records, 1969). This feature is made in the spirit of the four ‘Inventions for Radio’, which Delia Derbyshire collaborated on with the dramatist Barry Bermange.
This piece is an attempt to illustrate with sounds and voices the story of White Noise’s album An Electric Storm – how the album came to be made, its distinctive qualities, cultural significance and ongoing influence on artists today.
All the voices were recorded from life and arranged in a setting of radiophonic sound in twelve movements.
Drawing on music and sound design by Delia Derbyshire, Brian Hodgson and David Vorhaus from the Kaleidophon years when An Electric Storm was made and released, the feature includes interviews with Ian Campbell, Chris Carter, Ian Heliwell, Suzy Mangion, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Adrian Utley, Martyn Ware and Mandy Wigby as well as an original arrangement and performance of ‘Firebird’ by Morris Clarke.
The groundbreaking White Noise album, An Electric Storm, is celebrated this Saturday at The British Library.
Organised by our friends at Delia Derbyshire Day, there are a series of events planned throughout the day, including a contribution from Delia’s bandmates Brian Hodgson and David Vorhaus.
The day will also include a special screening of a 20 minute audio feature produced by Lead Researcher and Curator of the Delia audio archive in Manchester, David Butler. This includes contributions from Adrian Utley (Portishead), Martyn Ware (The Human League, BEF, Heaven 17), Chris+Cosey (Throbbing Gristle), and our own Ian Campbell.
Tim Seeley and Ian Campbell from Synthcurious were delighted to work with local poet and visual artist Mary Courtney on her digital art project. Below are 2 of the pieces they provided the music for.
Best played on loop.
A series of electronic music scores for short films. Composed for, and inspired by, the visual art of Mary Courtney.
The pieces were performed and recorded live using analogue synthesizers, with computers only involved for the purpose of recording.
Composed to accompany the digital art piece Lips.
Equipment used includes: Cwejman modular; Korg Delta