Part-Throbbing Gristle, part clever electronica, Dinos Chapman’s debut album, Luftbobler, received plenty of intrigue and several favourable reviews when it was released in March.
Quizzical listeners were partly keen to know whether the artist might support his record through live performances, having previously curated an edition of thinking gig-goer’s festival All Tomorrow’s Parties with his brother, Jake, in 2004.
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“We’ll be taking the show around Europe,” he says, mentioning dates in Turin, Paris, London and at ATP’s final edition in Camber Sands at the end of this year.
“It’s a constantly evolving thing. I don’t really see a distinction between audio and visual.
“All the music I make I see as invisible sculptures. The sounds have characteristics that are sculptural. And sound defines a three-dimensional space.”
Chapman has named Luftbobler after the bubbles in a Norwegian Aero bar. He’s outlining his plans ahead of Bring to Light, a three-day festival as part of the new Library of Birmingham’s inaugural programme where he'll star alongside the likes of hyperactive South African dance act Shangaan Electro and Richard Dawson, a singer-songwriter whose Kids Gigs are designed to provide belly laughs for under-sevens at the city’s Symphony Hall.
"While you lot have been sunning yourself on beaches all summer, I've been locked in the basement toiling away making noisey stuff for your amusement," he offers, when asked what wristband holders might expect.
"It's an experiment in how far the viewer and listener's imagination will forge a link between sound and vision. And a man in a rabbit suit."
- Bring to Light runs October 25-27. Visit the festival online for full details.
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