A new CD with handprinted covers and a detail of artwork from a painting by Alexander Brealey Birchall is now out on Vernacular. Interesting for me as it explores recording quiet, end of the day, melodic improvisations, using lots of space: the kind of playing I did nearly everyday at this kind of dusk time but just as a private exercise. I realised though that sometimes very really great moments of music occur during this playing; so repeatedly recording these sessions over a couple of months this May & June has been really enjoyable; being able to capture some of these nice glistening moments.
New CD out now on Raw Tonk Records! Live recording from a gig at Ftarri in Tokyo, Japan April 2017 featuring:
Sam Andreae: saxophone
David Birchall: guitar
Toshimaru Nakamura: no input mixing board
Otto Willberg: double bass
First play the other night for ages in duo with Andrew Cheetham.
You can still, i think get our debut release from 2012 here:
We played alot together round that time so it was good to revisit the duo vibe. Recently we’ve more or less ended up playing together loads but within other groups: ABC Trio with Sam Andreae, in quartet with Otto Willberg and Colin Webster and in Desmadrados Soldados de Ventura. But here’s a slice of duo action”
New release out today from myself along with Sam Andreae, Otto Willberg with art and design by Mio Ebisu. This was recorded last July with Shakeen Abu Hamdan at Ouse Studios in Leeds. It was a really nice session and we felt like we had began to crave out a very interesting space for improvising in a really wide range of modes while maintaining an overall coherence to the sound. We’re really pleased with the record and it proved to be a great jumping off point for the 2 weeks we just spent in Japan on our AIDF funded trip working with a wide range of really amazing artists.
Its a joint release through Vernacular and Heavy Petting in Manchester. You can also pick up copies at Ftarri in Tokyo.
Really pleased to that the second album we recorded with the ABC Trio (myself, Andrew Cheetham and Sam Andreae) has been released on CD with splendid artwork in a DVD style case by our long term supporters over at the Tombed Visions in Manchester. We’re super happy with the record! If you want a copy drop me an email here davidmbirchallatgmail.com or buy thru the label direct. I’ll also have copies of this and other releases at upcoming gigs in Japan, Holland and Manchester!
Really pleased with this! First release from a new project attempting to improvise short songs:: in fact pop music:: with some degree of precision. Its in an edition of 27 copies then its gone. I’m playing guitar along with Greta Buitkute on vocals, Alecs Pierce on drumset and Otto Willberg on electric bass. Its a really nice excuse for me to think about improvising and some of my favourite band/guitar lines things at the same time: The Slits, DNA, God is my Co=pilot, the quiet guitar bits from the Nirvana song Milk It, The Raincoats, The Shaggs etc are all pleasantly looming there for me.
Another interesting day exploring the few hundred metres surrounding the People’s History Museum in Manchester using a pickup as a listening device. This is for a piece of sound work with accompanying map that I’m preparing for an exhibition curated by the Loiterer’s Resistance Movement at the PHM opening on 23rd July. See more here http://www.thelrm.org
The sound clip above is of the most interested thing discovered today; recording outside the Nat West in Spinningfields; super high end drone generated by who knows what wifi or security signal but interestingly its accompanied by internet office work sounds/conversation. Wondering if this is being transferred by radio or CCTV signal somehow? Even could be that the higher sound is a carrier frequency for whatever electronic signal is making the office sounds audible. Or completely unrelated.
The other interesting discovery (perhaps not surprisingly) is that there is a huge huge voltage present on the corner of Bridge St and St Mary’s Parsonage just behind the Tax Office. Very pleasing massive low ground/high voltage hum and then a much higher frequency modulation patterned trigger at regular internals.
Here’s the map shaping up