EALING EXTRANORMAL VOL. 3, 19/02/22


Happy Lunar Year of the Tiger! Ealing Extranormal had to go online last month due to Covid concerns, but all indications are that we will be back in the flesh, and it’s going to be intense soundscapes all the way through this month, so come prepared to dive deep! In case you didn’t catch the stream last month, you can view it in full here.

Tickets: https://ealing-extranormal-03.eventbrite.co.uk

Time and date: Saturday 19th February, 7.30pm
Address: OPEN Ealing Arts Centre, Unit 14 School Lane, Dickens Yard, London W5 2TD

With the uncertainties presented by the pandemic please be sure to register for a free ticket if you are coming to ensure you receive any updates.

From the Facebook event page:

A monthly showcase for sonically adventurous experimentation and electronics in West London in association with OPEN Ealing. Free entry with ticket, donations at event, BYOB.

Featuring three full-length sets from:

Liz Helman

As a multi-disciplinary artist, Liz has always had an interest in ambient music and sound art as a form of expression. Her work, both visual and sonic, is a response to place and environment. Sensitive to how these energies make her feel, she is interested in the subliminal and sonic exploration of these experiences. By walking the streets, and experiencing different levels of sounds, she begins her process with field recordings, making immersive and mesmerising drone based compositions that explore layers of sound and texture. She very much likes working organically, following the thread of the sound to its ultimate destination, which she likes to think of as sonic alchemy.

https://lizhelmanworks.com

Ivano Pecorini

A composer and sound artist based in London. His works move across experimental approaches and aesthetic investigations, focusing on the manipulation and mixture between field recordings, synthesis, and acoustic instruments. His body of work maintains a strong spirit of exploration and experimentation, creating unexpected electronic soundscapes. In 2018, Ivano graduated in Electroacoustic Composition at the Conservatorio Santa Cecilia in Rome, and, in 2019, he post-graduated in Electronic Music Composition at the UWL in London. His music has been released by Mahorka, Elan Vital, and Stochastic Resonance.

https://www.ivanopecorini.com/

Grundik Kasyansky

A Moscow born electronic musician, based in London. He was a founding member of Israeli experimental electronic duo Grundik and Slava. The duo played an important role in the flourishing of the Tel-Aviv and Jerusalem art and music underground in the late 90s-early 00s. He collaborated with many musicians, dancers, painters and filmmakers, and released records through Matchless, Another Timbre, Takuroku, Creative Sources, Cathnor, Earsay, Fact, Auris Media, Stateart, Dromos and Linear Obsessional. He also plays in bands Теплота, Staraya Derevnya and Llull Machines. Before concentrating on electronic music he wrote poetry and it deeply influenced his current practice. Since 2006 he’s been developing a customised setup, which he calls “feedback synthesizer” (a feedback/analog synthesis system).

https://grundikkasyansky.com/

There is no bar, so please bring your own refreshments. Tickets are free with donations taken at the event.

COVID SAFETY

The venue has ventilation drawn from the air outside. Please be considerate of others who may be more concerned than you regarding social distancing etc. Some participants are at increased risk from Covid, so please wear a face mask.

Curated by Martin Lau www.martinlau.net

Presented by OPEN Ealing www.openealing.com

Take care and keep well,

Martin

EALING EXTRANORMAL VOL. 2, 15/01/22, ONLINE ONLY

***ANNOUNCEMENT***


The live show is cancelled this month due to Covid, sorry. Instead we will be streaming prerecorded performances from some of the original lineup, and look forward to bringing all of the acts to you live soon.


Tune in to https://www.facebook.com/ealingextranormal/live
at 7.30pm on the 15th.


Featuring sets from:

The Oneirologist

The Oneirologist is the electroacoustic and audiovisual project of Rick Jensen. Going since 2013 and playing live many times. Rick is also a member of many other projects using electronics but mostly playing saxophone (Apocalypse Jazz Unit, SKRONK, MGF, Nuha Ruby Ra, The Insect Explosion, Animals from Hell and more…)

https://theoneirologist.bandcamp.com/

Psychiceyeclix

A fluid approach to creation, never settling on any particular style or setup constantly experimenting with sound & visuals.

Using circuit bent toys/devices & diy electronics to create anything from glitch, harsh noise to drum & bass.

At present using a symbiosis of visuals & sound as much as possible, either visuals to influence sound or vice versa.

https://psychiceyeclix.wordpress.com/

Flooded Access

The performing name of sound and visual artist Martin Lau. His sound work involves the creation of improvised noise/soundscapes, largely using electronics and flute. He performs in the audio/visual project “on&off”. Solo performances often involve live scoring NASA footage, silent movies and other public domain visual material.

https://floodedaccess.bandcamp.com

Curated by Martin Lau www.martinlau.net

Presented by OPEN Ealing www.openealing.com

Take care and keep well,


Martin

NEW EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC EVENT: EALING EXTRANORMAL, 12/12/2021



I’m pleased to let you know that I’m organising a new monthly experimental music event, Ealing Extranormal, in association with long-time collaborators OPEN Ealing. I’m particularly glad to be bringing this type of sound work to my home area of West London, where it’s been pretty hard to find this kind of performance. This first edition will be on Sunday December 12th at 4pm, with future shows on the third Saturday evening of the month from January 2022.

Also, I’ve created a new Instagram focussing on my sound/music work, which you can follow at https://www.instagram.com/floodedaccess/

From the Facebook event page:

A monthly showcase for sonically adventurous experimentation and electronics in West London in association with OPEN Ealing.

Time: December 12th, 4pm-7pm
Location: OPEN Ealing, Free entry with ticket: https://ealing-extranormal-01.eventbrite.co.uk
Donations taken at event. BYOB.

 This first edition features three full-length (30min) sets from:

SLATE PIPE BANJO DRAGGERS

Andy Rowe’s sound, music and performance project is known as the Slate Pipe Banjo Draggers. The Slate Pipe Banjo Draggers current solo live incarnation uses up to twenty cassette walkmans, dictaphones and mini and micro cassette players. The sounds created during the improvised performance are drawn from an ever-growing collection of found and prepared tapes.
http://slatepipe.co.uk/

 on&off

on&off is a collaborative performance project between artists Nikolai Kozin and Martin Lau. Nikolai creates live animated drawings (using Tagtool software) accompanied by noise/soundscapes produced by Martin (electronics and flute), with each element being improvised in response to the other.
https://www.facebook.com/onoffduo/

J MILO TAYLOR

J Milo Taylor is an artist, musician, producer and researcher whose interests include site-responsive installation, interactive robotics, sound art, multimedia environments, improvisation and performance.
www.crisap.org

 There is no bar, so please bring your own refreshments. Tickets are free with donations taken at the event.

COVID SAFETY

The venue has ventilation drawn from the air outside. Please be considerate of others who may be more concerned than you regarding social distancing etc. Face masks are encouraged.

Curated by Martin Lau www.martinlau.net
Presented by OPEN Ealing www.openealing.com

Take care and keep well,

Martin

Take care and keep well,
Martin

BACK ON STAGE WITH MAYA DEREN SHORTS, LONDON 14/10/2021

After nineteen months of shielding and streaming performances, I’m thrilled to be returning in person to perform a live score to two short films by iconic film-studies favourite Maya Deren at this Halloween-tinged event at the Walthamstow Trades Hall.

The evening is organised by the amazing M-Orchestra with whom I’ve appeared at a number of virtual events, but this is the first time that we’re on the same bill “in the flesh”, which makes it doubly exciting for me. It’s also the first time that I am performing non-virtually under my artist name of “Flooded Access”.

From the Facebook event page:

An evening of 70s and 80s post-punk, new wave, indie, goth and alternative music from DJs Aidan and Vince, interspersed with live twenty minute electronic music sets from Flooded Access, M-Orchestra and Obscenity State. Free to get in and cheap drinks in one of Walthamstow’s loveliest venues:


Take care and keep well,
Martin

on&off AND LLULL MACHINES STREAMING 28TH FEB



I’m really excited that on&off are joining forces with fellow audio/visual duo Llull Machines for a double bill of intense improvised performances of constantly evolving dreamlike visuals and sounds in our fifth lockdown stream of Tagtool animation with electronic sounds, recorded live and remotely from separate locations.

Date and time: Sunday 28th February, 8.30pm UTC.

The event lasts about 60 minutes with a short break between sets. Tickets are free, or you can support us by donation.

Click here for tickets
Facebook event

See some of our previous performances and subscribe:

on&off is a collaborative performance project between artists Nikolai Kozin and Martin Lau. Nikolai creates live animated drawings accompanied by noise/soundscapes produced by Martin, with each element being improvised in response to the other.Llull Machines is an art group, consisting of painter Danil Gertman and musician Grundik Kasyansky. We create live performances and installations with projections of animated digital drawings and electronic music.

Take care and keep well,

Martin

Album Reaching for Andromeda available on Bandcamp, listen for free and read about it here.

NEW ALBUM “REACHING FOR ANDROMEDA”, AND PERFORMANCE NAME

I am releasing my first album, Reaching for Andromeda, under the new performing name of Flooded Access. It comprises two short pieces, Deneb Kaitos and BL Ceti, which were originally recorded for The Hello Goodbye Show on Resonance FM and the Linear Obsessional label’s Self-Isolating Compilation respectively, as well as the 28-minute title track, recorded for an on&off streaming performance in October for Sonic Electronics presented by IKLECTIK Art Lab.

The shorter pieces are named after the brightest and dimmest stars in the constellation Cetus, and are accidental companion pieces. Whilst I have generally been creating my improvised works from scratch with no prepared material, a lingering percussive element that had not been deleted found its way from Deneb Kaitos to BL Ceti. In the Greek legend of Perseus, Cetus is a sea monster sent by Poseidon to destroy the princess Andromeda as punishment for her mother Cassiopeia’s boasts of her beauty surpassing that of Poseidon’s sea nymphs. As my sound work attempts to connect with an expansiveness as evoked by both outer space and deep sea, these images came to mind readily.

The cover is taken from my photomontage of a whale’s vertebra found in the Hastings Fishermen’s Museum, which brought to mind the fate of Cetus, vanquished by Perseus through no fault of its own, combined with elements from fishing huts near that location.

I am timing the release just ahead of the Bandcamp Friday promotion on 3rd December, where that platform’s fees are waived so that artists receive the full revenue from their sales on that day.

Find Reaching from Andromeda here.

Hopefully an end to this pandemic is in sight, albeit some time down the line. In the meantime please continue to take care.

Best wishes for the festive season,

Martin

RADIOPHRENIA, 15/11/2020

ONLINE INTERVIEW, on&off AT SONIC ELECTRONICS 31/10/20

I recently ventured out for an outdoor, socially distanced chat with Andy Rowe, a.k.a Slate Pipe Banjo Draggers, for his regular column in The Sunday Tribune. You can read the potted results of our thoroughly enjoyable and very long conversation here:

Rain and Park Art Talk with Martin Lau

In other news, you can catch me in a streaming performance on October 31st with my long-term collaborator Nikolai Kozin in our audio/visual project on&off at the brilliant experimental showcase Sonic Electronics. This was originally going to be a physical performance at the equally brilliant IKLECTIK art lab in London, but I’m really pleased it’s going ahead in virtual form. The precise streaming details are being worked on, but you can join the event here:

Sonic Electronics Facebook event page

Take care,

Martin

SOUNDWAVE 3.0, YOUTUBE CHANNEL

You can catch on&off at the California-based Soundwave Festival this Saturday, 4-6pm PDT (midnight BST, with the show available after the live stream).

Link to live stream
Facebook event

In other news, I have been growing the number of videos I have on my Youtube channel, currently focussed more on my sound work, and I update it fairly frequently.

Subscribe to Youtube channel

Best wishes,

Martin

RADIO APPEARANCE AND LIVE STREAMING PERFORMANCES, 12 AND 23 AUGUST