I have a new monthly radio show Walking & Talking on http://listen.camp where I get a musician to take me on a walk somewhere special/interesting to them and record the ensuing conversation. Sometimes we might play music or not. The first episode Walking & Talking with Alex Pierce is now available to stream anytime. It’s an exploration of the former docklands area known as Pomona which lies just west of Manchester City Centre. Alex knows this area really well through the plant life that grows there. There is a lot of very useful information about mugwort in the episode as well as nettles, coltsfoot, epigenetic, animism and some guitar and scrap metal improvisation. You can hear Alex’s music as Yet Gel here, check his monthly NTS radio show here and check the band Historically Fucked we are in here.
Really pleased that a piece from my ongoing research at Pomona Island in Manchester’s former docks is included in the Becoming Earthly Film season which is instigated by The Barn Arts in Aberdeen and runs 12th-20th of March. My piece is twinned with Hayley Suviste’s excellent work Edgelands which premiered at HCMF last year and explores similar ideas to my work from a different angle. There will be a Q and A with us both and curator Huw Wahl online as part of the season.
Short 16mm film and sound piece made with filmmaker Huw Wahl. This is an exploration for a longer work we are developing at the minute thinking through collaborative creative processes, lines of travel, and the access/redevelopment of interstice sites on the River Mersey/Manchester Ship Canal.
Happy to report that our session from September on the very edge of the moors above Rochdale has had a digital reissue on Confront Recordings https://confrontrecordings.bandcamp.com/album/watergrove-part-two
Really pleased that 3 pieces of music I’ve been involved with making and a short interview were included in a Manchester special episode of BBC Radio 3’s New Music Show last night. One of the pieces was the first ever public presentation from work in progress on my MA. That piece is a recorded performance except made around Pomona Island. You can also hear some of mine and Otto Willberg‘s Murky Sovereignty record which was released last year on Cafe Oto’s Taku Roku label and an excerpt from Watergrove II a moorland/treeline improvisation made above Rochdale with my fine colleagues Adam Fairhall, Fran Comyn and Michael Perrett You can listen again for 30 days.