Another delightful little collab with J. Worms. I recently met a French woman in a squat in Switzerland who had lived in south-east London in the 90's. The wide-eyed energy with which she spoke about her time there made me feel slightly vindicated in my sense of nostalgia for a particular type of, now relatively marginalised subculture of exploratory and/or free music that I tried, through the lens of Edwardian romanticism, to evoke with this soundtrack. And which, whether successfully evoked or not, was some kind of inspiration.
I'm sure London is still very exciting if your in the right situation. And it still has lots of lovely parks.
hand developed 16mm rushes of a park | 3' | 2018 | Sound: Benjamin Whitehill
"An experiment in hand developing 100ft of 16mm film in my flat. Just a collection of shots of Ruskin Park in Camberwell... The real action is on the soundtrack, which I asked Benjamin Whitehill to construct. He wanted to draw out the aesthetics of the city which surrounds the tranquil Edwardian Park, as well as evoke a sense of the musical history of the area - ‘exploratory music, improv, avant rock post punk kinda stuff’.
Ben finishes: ‘So that was a vague consideration in terms of, I suppose, 'musical aesthetic.' In a very loose sense I was trying to create a kind of lament for this stuff and a related atmosphere of London which seems to be lost but is also largely imaginary to me... A nostalgic view on a somewhat mythical past of the sort that cities always seem to possess after they reach some kind of 'development' critical mass. In the case of London, one which seems to have remained fairly intact right up until the point when I was old enough to really appreciate the city. Boo!’"
'The Month of January' re-released in shortened twenty minute form, as part of the first edition of Otomatik Muziek's 'Echonomy Series' alongside Julius Gabriel:
“I remember that one day, when we were in a car tooling along at top speed, we crashed into a cyclist, an apparently very young and very pretty girl. Her head was almost totally ripped off by the wheels. For a long time, we were parked a few yards beyond without getting out, fully absorbed in the sight of the corpse. The horror and despair at so much bloody flesh, nauseating in part, and in part very beautiful, was fairly equivalent to our usual impression upon seeing one another.”
More great stuff from Jack Wormell featuring a piece of guitar from 'A S E R I E S O F M I S G I V I N G S' by Ben Whitehill; who is, as usual, very proud to soundtrack Jacks gaze. In particular on this occasion, when for a moment it falls on the 5000 year old stones of Callanish. The stones, in the words of Julian Cope, "are most alive when they are attended to." An enchanting place, as no doubt the outer hebrides are in general, attended to beautifully, poetically and slightly absurdly by Jack with this film.
Temporary Tripods | 8' 20'' | 2017 | Music: Benjamin Whitehill
"Off to the Outer Hebrides I went but unfortunately forgot a piece of kit I usually take with me on holiday. Eager to evoke something of the landscape around me, I made do...using the landscape around me.
This was videoed on Lewis and Harris; from what I saw of the island from my short stay it seemed to be a place where ancient, very old, old, new and newer, are sprawled on top of each other like duvets at a sleepover.
The whole thing comes together with the gnarly and nuanced guitar playing of Benjamin Whitehill on the soundtrack."
You can find the album Benjamin's track is from here.
The tale of douglas firs..
At this edition of "Ich Hör Dauernd Hühner" 'Douglas Firs' were born. A guitar/ violin drone and spoken word trio consisting of Ben Whitehill and Isaac Ray + Ruth Maria-Adam (Schrein/Flamingo Creatures/Datashock). This name was acquired largely through administrative error. As such the group have now adopted a new one; 'Dead Lifts.' This name was suggested to Isaac in a dream and therefore lives up somewhat to the serendipity of the groups initial mis-billing. But will nonetheless also likely change in time.
A Temple by The Sea is the first release by YSTLUM GWYN, a collaboration between Bethan Lloyd (Ystlum) and Ben Whitehill (Devvin Gwyn). The album was arranged from material recorded over a couple of days in November, in a vicarage in Llandudno, N. Wales; and the presence of the neighbouring church, sitting empty save for it's ghosts, looms heavy over the recordings. The house that was their setting served as surrogate temple for a domestic ritual - a communion of sound in consecration of the old building to secular yet devotional tones and echos - and preceded an album of spectral presence. Bethan's pensive melodies and layered vocalisations sing from distant hills, born on the squall of Ben's electro-acoustic investigations. The colours in a tapestry of tempestuous noise. Invocations summoning other strange voices.. Within the walls or above the ceiling, out to sea.
A few photos from Fagmente, Wiesbaden. Many thanks to Holger Adam For organising a great little event. I feel honoured to be one amongst the many fine musicians who have contributed to Phantom Limbo events in the past. Also very pleased to have been a part of this exhibition and supported the wonderful work of Albina Gräfe and Christian Schoppiks.
Albina Gräfe legt in ihren Fotografien keinen Fokus auf bestimmte Subjects, vielmehr fängt Sie ein, was oft nur rauschhaft, im Vorbeischauen, wahrgenommen wird. So bilden Empfindungen und Stimmungen den zeitlosen Rahmen der eingefangenen Momente. Dabei tritt alles Belebte, mit Schlieren der Bewegung und Schleiern der sich ausdehnenden Zeit, in den Vordergrund und das zwischen den Dingen Liegende wird zum Hauptakteur.
Um Christian Schoppiks Malerei zu beschreiben, kommt man nicht umhin, auf deren Ähnlichkeiten zum deutschen Expressionismus und der osteuropäischen Naiven Malerei zu verweisen. Mit vielfältigen, satten Farben und groben Konturen wird hier Triviales zu Magischem. Ob in Natur oder WG-Küche, alle Dinge scheinen symbolisch und mythologisch geladen.
Two short films by Jack Wormell, with sound from B. Whitehill (in collaboration with J. Thomas on one). For more of Jack Wormell's films go here. They're all fantastically playfull and well worth a watch.
Holiday Video | 4' 56'' | 2016 | Sound: Benjamin Whitehill & Jamie Thomas
'Holiday Video' is meta, mental and quite magical. Here's what jack has to say about it
"A video I videoed on holiday a couple of years ago, with some Super 8 in there as well. Great holiday, went canoeing on a loch, played frisbee, walked up a mountain, drank beer in a water sports centre and generally enjoyed the magical wooded environs. I then took some of the footage I shot and cut it into this, and gave my friends Ben and Jamie some sounds, from the holiday and elsewhere, to work into a soundtrack, which they did admirably."
Scree Fucking Junk | 11' 27'' | 2014 | Sound: Benjamin Whitehill
'Scree Fucking Junk' was made some time ago. I'm very fond of it. It's delightfully lo-fi and a wonderful expression of the unnerving, grainy strangeness that can occupy the banal. In Jack's words:
"This film’s a real groaner. It looks at a fairly useless piece of land in north west London which seems to only exist because of the roads and walkways that delineate its perimeter. An irrational space born out of rational urban planning, me and Ben worked on this premise, shifting from rational to the irrational in the sound and image relationship. They move along separate trajectories, at times in unison, at other times just out of step with each other, and at others, way off. It reminds me of Mulder and Scully’s phone calls in X-Files - always just missing each other in times of crisis. Partly inspired by the photography of John Gossage and listening to The Dead C, and wanted to make a video with some of that wreckage of the everyday. Filmed over two mornings in Febuary because the internal battery of the Panasonic SDR-S26 handicam I was using only had about an hour of juice. I had to get a tube and then a rail replacement bus both days. Play loud please."
09/02/2019 - Berlin // Benjamin Whitehill // 'i am trying to reach you' Vol. 1 @ Gelegenheiten // + Hannes Buder //
25/01/2019 - Berlin // FDBK EXPT (Whtehill x Kriton Beyer x Norbert Stammburger) // @ Geyger Gallery + Quasi Stella, Semiotic Primate //
10/11/2018 - Bern // Scree Fucking Junk // @ Schwob Haus // + Naked in the Zoo //
09/11/2018 - Lyon // Scree Fucking Junk // @ Bimbo // + Naked in the Zoo //
08/11/2018 - Basel // Scree Fucking Junk // @ Off Bar // + Naked in the Zoo //
07/11/2018 - Wesserling // Naked Junk in the Scree Fucking Zoo // @ château d'Eau // + Timothee Quost //
06/11/2018 - Besançon // Scree Fucking Junk // @ L'Atelier de l'Etoile // + Naked in the Zoo, Timothee Quost //
03/11/2018 - Innsbruck // Scree Fucking Junk // @ Cafe DeCentral // + Naked in the Zoo //
02/11/2018 - Feldkirch // Scree Fucking Junk // @ Chybulski // + Naked in the Zoo //
01/11/2018 - Biel/Bienne // Scree Fucking Junk // 'Noise & Poetry' @ Labiu // + Naked in the Zoo //
13/10/18 - Berlin // Whitehill x Bastian Hagedorn // 'Ohne Vorschlag' @ Geyger Gallery // + Simon Rose x Joshua Weitzel, Marcelo Cabral //
10/10/18 - Berlin // Whitehill x Busato // @ Loophole // + Lorenzo Colocci x Thiebault Imm x Ole Mofjell, Anil Eraslan x Ruben Tannenbaum //
04/10/18 - Berlin // Whitehill x Marcello Busato // Redox Reaction @ West Germany // + Kriton b x Simon Rose, Sink //
23/09/18 - Bologna // Whitehill x Giulia Valenti (Unprofessional) // Discomfort Dispatch @ Mikasa // + Bomi Kim x Jacopo Mittino, Laura Agnusdei x Diego D'agata x Fra Zedde, Guajetern, Heaven, Self Toxification, Carlo Marrone x Paulo Gaiba Riva //
22/09/18 - Civitanova Marche // Whitehiil x Alessandro Funari // MULTIMACE_micro @ Jolly Roger // + Gangbang, DJ Balli, Unprofessional, Guajo Eterno, Self Toxication, Heaven //
07/09/18 - Berlin // Ystlum Gwyn // Session #101# @ Geyger Gallery // + -ASTO-, Alex Moran, Bruno Kretz //
28/08/18 - Berlin // Whitehill x Erika Sofia Sollo // Starling Murmuration @ Loophole // + Marcello Busato x Frank Szardenings x Antti Virtaranta, Simon Rose x Nicola Hein //
03/08/18 - Berlin // Ystlum Gwyn // @ Loophole // + SN50, Samin Son x Skuv, Seth Frightening, Cozmik Onion Express, Madamo, MIIN, 93N3R4TΩR x Natarajan, ORCH-OR x Alexandra Maciá, Vincent de Quiram, Jeroen x Boris //
25/07/18 - Berlin // Scree Fucking Junk (Whitehill/Ray) // @ Loophole // + Palm Squirrel, Zhenja Oks
24/07/18 - Berlin // Whitehill x f:rar x Royston-Ward // Starling Murmuration @ Loophole // + Kalashnikov x Lanzo x Tavillah, NEXUS / OKUDA //
29/06/18 - Berlin //
B. Whitehill + Issac Ray // @ Kék Ló //
23/06/18 - Berlin // Scree Fucking Junk (Whitehill/Ray) // @ Geyger Gallery // + Naked in The Zoo, Santa Binder //
24/04/18 - Berlin // Scree Fucking Junk (Whithill/Ray) // @ Loophole // + Laura Boer, Zhenja Oks //
18/04/18 - Berlin //
B. Whitehill // @ Kék Ló //
27/04/18 - Berlin // Scree Fucking Junk (Whitehill/Ray/Maria-Adam) // Patchworkin' @ Bei Ruth // + Technosekte, Rudolph/Ennsen/Klotz, Viscerale, Esura, Gtuk //
27/01/18 - Berlin // Scree Fucking Junk (Whithill/Ray) // Backwards Face Bash @ Hauskonzert // + Ugly Object //
10/01/18 - Berlin //
B. Whitehill // @ T, Berlin // + Hannes Buder //
07/01/18 - Berlin //
B. Whitehill // Sonic Krause#10 @ Hauskonzert // + Hannes Buder / Marie Takahashi //
17/11/17 - Berlin // Scree Fucking Junk (Whitehill/Ray/Maria-Adam) // @ West Germany // + Blevin Blectum, Bridget Feral //
06/11/17 - Berlin // Scree Fucking Junk (Whitehill/Ray/Maria-Adam) // @ T, Berlin // + Bird People //
24/07/17 - Berlin // Dead Lifts (Whitehill /Ray/Maria-Adam) // 'Experimontag' @ Madame Claude // + Torba //
14/07/17 - Berlin // Douglas Firs (Whitehill /Ray/Maria-Adam) // 'ICH HÖR DAUERND HÜHNER' @ Bei Ruth // + Electric Anthillman, Duvel Brothers, Adel Akram, DJ Ansgar Wilken //
1/07/17 - Oranienburg // B. Whitehill /
I. Ray // Grabowsee abandoned sanatorium //
04/06/17 - Wiesbaden / B. Whitehill [guitar solo] // Albdrunck und sommerfrisch vernissage
@ Fragment //
03/06/17 - Köln //
B. Whitehill [guitar solo] // @ ChaCha & Tantra // + Roland Wendling //
01/06/17 - Berlin //
B. Whitehill [guitar solo] // @ T, Berlin // + JP. Carter, Tyson Naylor //
19/05/17 - Vilnius // B. Whitehill [guitar solo] // 'Sound Ideas' @ Ideas Block // + Roberto Baccera //
23/03/17 - Berlin //
B. Whitehill [percussion solo] // 'Ornaments'#2 @ T, Berlin // + Yorgos Dimitriadis, Bastian Hagedorn
22/03/17 - Berlin //
B. Whitehill /
M. Johnson // 'Infinite Pest'#3 @ Yodel // + Isaac Ray //
12/02/17 - Berlin //
B. Whitehill [guitar solo] // Sonic Krause#5 @ Hauskonzert // + Hannes Buder & Brianne Curan, Ulf Mengersen //
10/02/17 - Berlin //
B. Whitehill [guitar solo] // 'Infinite Pest'#2 @ Gelegenheiten // + Johnson //
12/12/16 - Berlin // M/S/M/S // 'Experimontag' @ Madame Claude // + Matias Brunacci & Juan Orozco //
12/11/16 - Manchester // Ystlum Gwyn // 'Liberate yourself from my vice like grip' @ Islington Mill // + Mother, ILL,
Andy or Jenny //
06/10/16 - Berlin //
B. whitehill /
M. Johnson / B. Lloyd // Ornaments#1 @ t-Berlin // + Jon Collin, Ansgar Wilken //
22/09/16 - Berlin // M/S/M/S // @ t-Berlin // + Zeta, Hunllef, Bruxa Cosa, Oscar der Winzige //
08/08/16 - Berlin // M/S/M/S // 'Experimontag' @ Madame Claude // + Conure //
28/07/16 - Berlin // I. Ray / B. Whitehill // @ t-Berlin // + FITH + Bruxa | Cosa //
16/07/16 - Poland //
B. Whitehill [percussion solo] // 'The Palace Arts' Festival
25/06/16 - Berlin //
B. Whitehill [percussion solo] + Isaac Ray [reading] // 'Voll Verkabelt Kunst Kiosk #2' as part of '48hours Neukölln' @ Obst & Gemüse //