This month’s instalment of SoundProof sees us getting some guitars out and in the open. Four musical projects each dealing with the potential of the guitar in differing ways. The music will start at 8pm.
Prior to this, from 7pm, we will have a rendition from the Lights Out Listening group. Presented will be several short pieces that had the brief of being created from a singular sound source. Come early to hear these, in the dark.
YOUR LOYAL SUBJECTS
Three-piece : Afro-punk : Sound-fuck = Dougstep
YLS is the on-going musical vehicle of Edinburgh guitarist/singer Doug MacDonald. Starting as a two-piece in the late 00’s the current line-up includes guitarist Benn Smith and drummer Kirsty McConnell. Wilfully euphoric yet brazenly confrontational, the band omnivorously subsumes afro-beat, reggaetton, math and noise rock in its core sounds. Eschewing a bass player for a guitar-through-bassamp, YLS have a unique take on genre. Expect biting Caledonian cynicism, bubble-gum 8bit arcade guitars and a drum-kit falling down a fire-escape.
Hiva Oa produce music with a fragile sense of melancholy, buried under a brooding darkness. Guitars, bass, cello, the odd piano and haunting vocals combine to create something unique and intensely evocative. Blending acoustic sounds with more experimental moments the band has created an EP and album that are distinct and immediately compelling. The beauty of Hiva Oa lies in the understated.
Collings’s work contrasts the crushed guitars and textures of My Bloody Valentine or Sonic Youth with structures more akin to contemporary classical composers like Steve Reich or David Lang. In his powerful live performances, he uses the amplifier as an instrument and the guitar as a control device for innovative digital processes. Using numbers of ‘prepared amplifiers’, he coaxes unique sounds by placing bells, rice and wood directly onto the speaker cone and manipulating the physical vibrations with his fingers, producing a highly visual and physical performance.
These approaches a viscerally demonstrated on his début full-length release ‘Splintered Instruments’ (2013). This music is textural, melodic and often sonically overwhelming.
ES and AC of EYE SPLAT splat up some risky noise business with the début of their side project.
SoundProof also has a page, you can like it here.
There are some photos from our previous events.
Jeeps (gig) on Monday 21 April at the Forest cafe, 8-11pm.
Eclectic London-based folk group with elements of post-punk sounds and complex compositions.
UKE Boogie, open mic for ukulele, on 17 April, 8-11pm, at the Forest Cafe.
Inky fingers speakeasy (open mic show), at 2pm-5pm, at the Forest cafe, on Sunday 13 April.
The SPEAKeasy Performers’ Group meets every two months, alternating with the READeasy Writers’ Group, at the Forest Café. It’s a group for writers of every kind from all levels of experience to practise performing their work aloud to a supportive group of peers. We take poets, story-writers, novelists, playwrights, experimenters and everything else, and we don’t care whether you’ve never performed before or have been doing it for years. It is a special (and free) opportunity to get feedback, to experience new writing, and to practise performing your work aloud.
Less is mor (gig), on Friday 11 April, at 7.30pm, at the Forest cafe
Swedish Scottish music evening, on Thursday 10 April, at the Forest cafe.
Poetical exploration of the French language, on Wednesday 9 April, 5:30pm, @ Forest Centre Plus, 38 Castle Terrace.
Join this experimental workshop that explores the French language through readings and recordings !!!!
This workshop is experimental. the aim is not here to learn french grammar and syntax but to explore this language musicality by oral readings of literature, poetry, songs. We will record this readings in order to play with our different voice tones and enjoy the resonances of french.
This workshop is open to learning french people of all levels and eager to experiment an other approach to language training. Participants shall also bring text excerpts. All music or singing practices are welcome.
Who I am ???? : a new french volunteer at the FC+, musician (violin player, voice - song - body movement worker) and cultural manager in art centers in Paris (music, circus and contemporary art).
"The Brazilian" (dance performance), on Sunday 6 April, 9-10 pm, at the Forest cafe.
A 1h performance of contemporary dance to genesis’ most thrilling opus.
Kevin Gilday narrative poetry show, on Saturday 5 April, at 7.30pm, at the Forest cafe.
Music Rehearsal Room
Currently located in the basement of FC+ is THE CAVE
A music rehearsal space open for use.
We charge a very reasonable £3 - £5 per hour
opening times are
7am - 8pm weekdays
8am - 2pm Saturday
Our space is kitted out with the following
PA, with mixer
2 SM58 microphones
In order to take advantage of this please email
and we can talk further.
4by8 G A L L E R Y presents ZOSIA JASINSKA
4by8 G A L L E R Y presents MARINA TSELEPI
"Shoe Dreams", inspired by Giannis Patsakas’ poem "the shoe", depicting the angst of dealing with norms and forced reality as you grow up, choosing to conform or not.
Soundproof (music performance) this Saturday 8 March, 8-11pm, at the Forest Cafe.
SOUNDPROOF is a programme of sonic performance art taking place across the two sites of The Forest, Forest Cafe and ForestCentre+. A monthly performance night happening on the second Saturday of the month will take place in the basement of Forest Cafe will present a cross section of talent grappling with sonic potential with the emphasis on presenting works in an informal atmosphere. There will be risk taking, there will be the potential to fall on ones face, there will be chaos around the edges, there will be moments of joy and succes, all events wil be free
Also at Forest Cafe, Every Wednesday evening at 7.53pm a slab of vinyl will be on rotation at the lights out listening event 33 & 1/3 for the remainder. This will take in noise music from the last 100 years. It is an open group and suggestions for the playlist are welcome via our facebook group.
Protest in harmony (choir and singing), at Forest cafe, on Saturday 29 March, 2-3.30 pm.
Campaign against the arms trade campaign launch.
Growing underground (Forest open stage), 7-10.30pm, at Forest cafe, on Thursday 27 March.