07 May 2020

Introducing a new weekly playlist guided by the contents of the week's digital programme and its associated artists, music in its surrounding orbit. We’ll be compiling each shorter weekly selection into a rolling playlist for your longer listening needs.

Marking the start of Juliana Huxtable’s online residency with Somerset House Studios in collaboration with Goethe-Institut London, our third weekly playlist brings together some of her musical influences as well as tracks from fellow Discwoman-affiliates 700 Bliss and Bergsonist. In a nod to Mutant Promise’s first online workshop which started this week with an Introduction to SuperCollider from Joanne Armitage, we also include music from live coding composers/improvisers Shelly Knotts and Lil Data (here in collaboration with Harry Burgess), alongside highlighting a selection of artists releasing on The Death of Rave, the label home to Nozomu Matsumoto’s Climatotherapy – a record which informed a performance installation piece of the same name for Somerset House Studios in 2018, which we delve into for this week’s Deep Listen feature.   

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Etude No. 16357 – Shelly Knotts 

Shelly Knotts produces live-coded and network music performances and projects which explore aspects of code, data and collaboration in improvisation. She collaborates with Joanne Armitage, who led this week’s Mutant Promise live coding workshop, in algo-pop duo ALGOBABEZ. 'Etude No. 16357' features on RissEP, a collection of five works inspired by the ‘impossible’ pitch and rhythm illusions of computer music pioneer Jean-Claude Risset.

Prayer – Christian Death 

Final track on Only Theatre of Pain, an influential record for Juliana Huxtable – “One of my favourite albums of all time, Christian Death's Only Theatre of Pain is at the same time romantic, camp, poeti-dada and gothic with punk sonics. Only Theatre of Pain is poetry and sonic aggressive, sonic whimsy in record form.”

Vacuous Being – Bergsonist 

Under the guise Bergsonist, artist and musician Selwa Abd uses multiple mediums to investigate social resonance through divergent conceptual aesthetics. Alongside Juliana Huxtable, Bergsonist is also a Discwoman affilliate, part of the New York-based electronic music platform, collective, and agency. ‘Vacuous Being’ appears on Bergsonist’s From Dualism to Monoism.

Ring the Alarm – 700 Bliss 

From Spa 700, Discwoman artist duo (Moor Mother, DJ Haram) 700 Bliss’ 2018 release.

A2 – Rian Treanor 

One of four “150BPM hyperprisms” taken from Rian Treanor’s The Death of Rave 12” A Rational Tangle.  

Sugar Shack – Delroy Edwards 

Following his Teenage Tapes mini-LP for The Death of Rave, ‘Sugar Shack’ appears on producer Delroy Edwards’ Rio Grande, a 2018 release through his own label, LA Club Resource.   

From the Air – Laurie Anderson 

Another artist that helped shape and influence Juliana Huxtable’s practice, ‘From the Air’ comes from Laurie Anderson’s Big Science, her acclaimed 1982 debut album.   

Day Away – Offer 

Offer is the public result of almost ten years of private collaboration between Jack Armitage (AKA Lil Data of PC Music) and Adult Jazz vocalist Harry Burgess. You can purchase both releases ‘Day Away’ and ‘Offer’ here.

Funeral for a Building – Maxwell Sterling 

Maxwell Sterling’s ‘Funeral for a Building’ closes Hollywood Medieval, his debut album released on vinyl through The Death of Rave. Sterling also composed the title soundtrack to the Somerset House Studios co-supported TRANSMISSIONS series – a new online platform commissioning artists and bringing people together to share their work within a DIY TV show format, established by Anne Duffau, Hana Noorali and Tai Shani. 

Header image: Cover art for Rian Treanor's 'A Rational Tangle'.