Deliaphonic A celebration of the life and work of Delia Derbyshire on the 80th anniversary of her birth, in her home town of Coventry. An event at Coventry Cathedral with some incredibly special acts, supported by Coventry UK City of Culture bid 2021 as part of their Advanced Programme of events for 2017 and Heritage Lottery Fund. Performances by: •Pete Kember (Sonic Boom) •Dr Peter Zinovieff (EMS) •Hannah Peel •Jerry Dammers (DJ set – playing ambient and electronic “Library Music” including some by Delia Derbyshire.) •Howlround For more information & tickets:
Great turn out for an amazing set by Sonic Boom last night at the Tin, thanks to everyone for making it such a fantastic night. //Sonic Boom
Looking forward to the events today, there is some interesting kit arriving at the Coal Vaults for the modular meet starting at 1:00…see you there! (Photos by Nav Kaur https://instagram.com/nicedaynav/)
Sonic Boom is the alias of Pete Kember, also known as the singer-guitarist in the legendary hypno-drone unit Spacemen 3. While attending art college Kember teamed with Jason Pierce to form Spacemen 3, recording a demo tape in 1986; after signing to Glass Records, the group recorded their debut LP Sound of Confusion, for which Kember adopted the name Peter Gunn. By the time of their follow-up EP Walkin’ with Jesus, he had rechristened himself Sonic Boom, keeping the pseudonym for the duration of his career. Sonic Boom was also the driving force behind the Experimental Audio Research project, a loose configuration of musicians which included My Bloody Valentine’s Kevin Shields. Both the Spectrum and Sonic Boom projects have existed in parallel, and recordings under both names occasionally only feature Kember. Kember has also played and collaborated with Stereolab and Yo La Tengo.
**Programme will be updated on a regular basis – please check back for details**
Synthcurious is the first in a series of electronic music events in Coventry. Curated by Alex Miles and Ian Campbell, with support from The Tin Music and Arts, and funding from Arts Council England and Coventry City Council, its intention is to demystify electronic music synthesisers, and make them more accessible to others, through live performances, modular synth meetings, films, and DIY synth workshops.
In an age when synths are more widely available and affordable than ever, there has never been a better time to be synthcurious.