Non-Stick Erratic Carvery - Inverleith House, Edinburgh, Sun 13 Feb 2011
Day-long experimental event featuring Jazzfinger, Duncan Harrison, Usurper and more
Lazy Sunday afternoons in the Botanics will never be the same again after this all-day extravaganza of nine acts culled from Edinburgh’s fecund experimental hiss-and-mist scene, set in the ornate upstairs gallery of Inverleith House. Headlined by out-of-town guests Jazzfinger, a series of mix-and-match collaborations between assorted members of Scrim, Muscletusk, Hockyfrilla and Fordell Research Unit came complete with natural light and the eerie outside silence outside once darkness fell.
Cartoon sound-art double-act Usurper added a meta-narrative to their usual japes by recreating the noise of their wilfully absent kindergarten junkyard kit using vocal noises rather than manufactured ones. ‘Deadhelhestcess’ was a loose alignment of Helhesten’s theatrical sound poetics and Muscletusk/Dead Labour Process’s vocal deconstruction of counter-cultural anti-psychiatric guru R.D. Laing’s volume of word-game dialogues, ‘Knots.’ As dusk turned to black night, Duncan Harrison presented a triptych of contrasting sonic bursts. Jazzfinger played in darkness, conjuring up a sublime elemental brew of rolling electronic thunder that became oddly meditative. Next time round, if the wind is right, we might even be able to hear the grass grow.