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Thursday Scratch Nights

Sound Art & Performance

Voice Studies presented by My Dance The Skull


Sound Art & Performance

Voice Studies presented by My Dance The Skull

Thursday 14 July / Doors 6.30pm, performances 7.15pm / Free


Voice Studies is an evening of performances celebrating explorations of the voice in contemporary sound-art and performance curated by London based publishing house and tape label, My Dance The Skull. This event coincides with their release of the Voice Studies tape series.


My Dance The Skull

We are an independent publishing house and tape label founded in 2009 and based in London. Our aim is to promote contemporary artists whose work is inspired by the dangerous and convulsive beauty of the everyday life.


Our vision is focused on contemporary drawing, photography, ordinary object, bullets, fashion, poetry, leaves, death, human behaviour, drama, gestures, life, dusty glass, blood, detailed lines and abstract prose, paper cut outs, video, violence, ink, protest, brutality, love, sex, sugar, blue collage, sound, curating, confusion, eyes, screaming, infamy and shame, light, absurdity and you.


Artist performing on the night: Dylan Nyoukis with Sharon Gal, Daniel Spicer; David Blamey and Craig Richards; and Tom White with Stephen Collins.



Dylan Nyoukis’ music exists outside of as many genre boxes as anyone might care to stick it into. A restless hurricane of mangled-throat vocalisation, wobbly tape murk, and feral punk/noise, the sound is urgently alive and human with a volatile undercurrent of absurd/sinister humor. As the head of pioneering DIY label Chocolate Monk, Dylan has been issuing a steady stream of sub-underground homemade strangeness since the early 1990s, including a slew of tapes and CDRs by his former band Prick Decay/Decaer Pinga, Ceylon Mange (with guitarist Bill Nace) and now Blood Stereo (a duo with his wife, the artist Karen Constance).


Tom White is an artist currently based in London. His work features across various multi-media platforms including sound, experimental film and video, installation and live performance.


David Blamey's work encompasses several activities which all overlap to form a multi-layered practice that defies straightforward categorisation. He has said of his approach, "I like the idea that the distance between the art world and the real world can be almost nothing. Framing, adjusting, assisting, promoting, thinking-about and reassessing what's already there, that is my work".


Craig Richards is a world renowned Tech House DJ and visionary musical director of Saturday nights at Fabric. In 2009, Richards collaborated with David Blamey on the piece ‘Quiet Place’ which sought to blur the boundaries between art and a DJ experience.


For Voice Studies, David Blamey and Craig Richards will present a new work that takes as its point of departure a text painting by David Blamey that simply states: ‘O.K.’ Recordings of different people repeating the word are mixed, layered and interlaced with electronic instrumentation. The piece develops into a kind of dysfunctional mantra – as quietly unsettling as it is reassuringly calm.

July 2011


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