Graham Dunning is an artist and experimental musician based in London, originally from Lancashire. Dunning’s process involves working closely with sound and found objects. Visually, his work relates to aesthetic parameters associated with dirt, dust and decay, while at the same time evoking notions of memory and the compartmentalisation of ideas. In terms of the sonic, Dunning’s work remixes cultural off-cuts, often utilising the unwarranted noise inherent in vinyl and cassette playback.
Equally common is his tendency to construct complex mechanical operations, which veer into precarious, unstable territories. The Mechanical Techno project is a kinetic celebration of electronic music, which uses stacks of revolving vinyl records to trigger synths and samples. The overall impression is that of a chaotic intimacy rarely found in software-based dance music.
Photo credit: Julien Kerduff
Piece by piece, Dunning crafts a machine made out of records, modified tone arms, dangled contact mics, acoustic percussion, pedal FX and other objects, using the rotary motion of the turntable to bring the construction to life.
Inherently wonky, clumsy and prone to unpredictability, the process is also completely transparent. Physical adjustments lead to real time changes in sound, a live dub to release the ghost in the machine.
"The scene at an algorave is often what you'd expect from any good techno night - a dark room, engaging visuals. a decent, bass-heavy speaker set-up, and lots of people ready to dance. .. performers at algoraves respond to each other and the audience in real time, often projecting the lines of code onto the walls as they type. lt’s coding as improvisation and experiment.." - The Wire magazine
Algorave is a combination of "algorithms" and "rave", the opportunity to dance to alien rhythms and freaky visuals, all created from code before your eyes. The Algorave scene is fast-growing around the world, with Sheffield a strong centre, building on its fine roots in electronic music history. For the AlgoMech Algorave we are teaming up with Millennium Gallery Live Lates, and mixing in some mechanical techno to spice up the algorithmic electronics. We'll be bringing together algorithmic and mechanical artists from UIQ, PC Music, Computer Club, Rephlex, Conditional and NTS radio on one bill.. This has to be experienced!