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Noise, Affect, Politics Conference Screening – Salford University

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

The Beat is The Law (80′s) is screening as part of the Noise, Affect, Politics Conference at Salford University on 1st July 2010 and will be preceded by a lecture from Stephen Mallinder (Cabaret Voltaire) entitledWhite Heat, White Noise: Ambient Noise in Pre-Punk and Post-Punk Music

“…what exactly is noise and what conditions these relative thresholds in which sound crosses over into noise? Or are these more organised and polite sonic phenomena merely varieties of noise that have been tamed and civilised, and yet still contain kernels of the chaotic, anomalous disturbance of primordial noise? As a radical free agent, how is noise channelled, neutralised or enhanced in emergent cityscapes?

Such questions are particularly applicable to contemporary forms of music which, based as they are on a variety of noise-making technical machines, necessarily exist in the interface between chaotic, unpredictable noise and the organised and blended sounds of music and speech. Does modern noise seek to lead us to new, post-secular inscapes (as with psychedelia and shoegazer), or defy the lulling noisescapes of processed background muzak with punitive blasts of disorientating, disorderly noise? And why the cult of noise – in term of both volume and dissonance – in which low cultural practices (metal, moshing) meet those of the avant-garde (atonalism, transcendentalism)?”

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Warp and Phil Wolstenholme – Millstone

Friday, November 14th, 2008

For one of the film’s pieces of artwork on sale in the shop, we asked Phil Wolstenholme, the mind behind some of the most classic Warp album designs, to come up with a little piece of computer art reflective of his time represented in the film. We never expected him to come up with such an amazingly intricate and personal piece of art!

Originally a Fine Art graduate of Sheffield Hallam University, Phil Wolstenholme has worked at

the coalface of inventive computer art for nearly 20 years, and has inhabited a variety of strange but CGI-rich environments during that time.

Often working in conjunction with Designers Republic, Phil produced some of the most enduring sleeve images of the electronic/techno phenomenon from the early-to-mid 90’s. In his cover images for musical artists such as 808 State, The Orb, and Cabaret Voltaire, and for clients such as Warp Records, Designers Republic, Sony Japan and Strictly Rhythm, his unique style and pioneering use of 3D imagery helped define the look of a whole new musical genre.

Cover images of the time include such classics as:

‘The Extended Pleasures of Dance EP’ by 808 State

‘Yeah You’ by The Step on Warp Records

‘This is Strictly Rhythm’ and ‘Tracks ‘92′ on Strictly Rhythm Records

‘UFOrb’ by The Orb

‘Groovy Laidback and Nasty’ and ‘Colours’ by Cabaret Voltaire

‘Pioneers of the Hypnotic Groove’, compilation series on Warp Records

‘(Artificial Intelligence)’ and ‘(Artificial Intelligence II)’ on Warp Records

‘A Different Drum’ by The Shamen

‘The Professional School of Techno’ on Sony Music (Japan)

‘Pulseman’ on Frogman Records (Japan)

In 1993, together with CG artists David Slade and Jess Scott-Hunter, he produced a still talked-about (and still influential) video release that set Warp’s finest electronic musical artists against ambitious CGI, in a suite of plot-based animation sequences. On a miniscule production budget, ‘Motion’ exceeded all expectations, and launched at the ICA in London, was a huge success.

Alongside this were projects such as a collaboration with the British composer Gavin Bryars, producing 3D animation for projection during live orchestral performances of ‘Sinking of the Titanic’, 1995.

Since these heady days, Phil has continued to produce commercial CG images, is a panoramic landscape photographer, and has also worked extensively within the software industry, designing, developing and demonstrating new 3D software packages and literature. Phil recently exhibited a new body of work at a former monastery in Provence, France.

He has also launched a publishing company, Heavy Everywhere®, producing digital fractal imagery for fabric, interior design and other product lines. The first fashion release is a range of luxury swimwear on a new label in January 2009.

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