At the beginning of 2013 Musicians from London and Brighton came together for The Long Half Day a twelve hour performance of free improvisation. Members of the Carousel Collective - Tim Yates, Benedict Taylor, Noura Sanatian and Charlie Sdraulig - were joined by Brighton based improv quartet Thomas Mindhouse - Chris Parfitt, Kev Nickells, Adam Bushell and Dan Powell at The Coach House in Brighton’s Kemptown.
Starting at 10.30am they used a mixture of their own instruments - traditional and homemade - plus found objects and anything that happened to be lying around and moved slowly and thoughtfully towards 10.30pm.
We at The Slightly Off Kilter Label are proud to be releasing the full, unexpurgated 12 hour recording of the performance on a USB stick with remixes and written and visual supporting material. There will be a launch at London’s Rag Factory on Sunday 24th November between 7pm & 10pm with a chance to hear the group play again, plus playback of the remixes and a chance to see the visual material. The USB sticks are housed in hand made packaging produced by the musicians in a diverse range of styles and materials.
Carousel is a collective of four musicians interested in exploring the possibilities of sound and music in new and imaginative ways. Formed after a commission from the SoundFjord sound-art gallery to create a performance using an ‘object-based score’, they have continued to explore this area of performance and to extend it into collaborations and contexts that force them to explore sound materials in new way.
Thomas Mindhouse were formed to take part in the performance. Chris Parfitt and Dan Powell work together in free improv performance / sound group Nil as well as pursuing many other projects in experimental and improvised music. As well as exploring folk and traditional music and free improv - notably with Urban Myth and Vole/ViV/Baby - Adam Bushell is the founder and principal percussionist with contemporary classical group Tacet Ensemble. Kev Nickells is a member of the Bang the Bore Collective as well as being a member of a number of improvising outfits.