Last weekend I spoke to Ziggy Campbell, frontman of acclaimed Edinburgh band FOUND, during a wedding in the grounds of Edinburgh Zoo.
After a failed attempt to noise up the monkeys we thought we’d record a wee interview instead as a special treat for you.
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The ‘nitty-gritty specifics’ we cover during our conversation include:
- His forthcoming EP under the guise of his mysterious alter-ego Lomond Campbell (you can also hear sneak previews of some of the tracks)
- Why he’s calling himself Lomond and not Ziggy (the below picture is a clue)
- Why he isn’t your typical singer-songwriter
- His joint record with band member Kev Sim aka River of Slime
- How to get into their intimate Edinburgh house gig in July and get free records and whisky into the bargain
- whether there is a future for FOUND ‘the band’ following internet guru and bassist Tommy Perman‘s departure
- fellow FOUND collective member and computer genius Professor Simon Kirby’s debut singing performance (it involves carrots)
Ziggy also gave me a wee preview of the new EP and it’s cracking – if you like FOUND you’ll love it. My favourite track is the epic krautpop closing track Hit The Kiss Button.
Only A City Apart is the debut EP from Lomond Campbell and marks the first music to come out of the FOUND collective since their acclaimed 2011 album factorycraft. It’s being released on the 19th July 2013 on coloured vinyl, limited to 250 copies.
The EP features a guest vocal from fellow Fence Collective member The Pictish Trail. The record will serve as a taster of the forthcoming collaborative album with River of Slime, which is due to come out on Chemikal Underground later in 2013.
The 12” EP will be given away for free at a “secret” house concert in Edinburgh on 20th July 2013. To reserve a space email firstname.lastname@example.org. All who attend the concert will also be treated to a dram of whisky decanted personally by Lomond and River of Slime.
The remaining copies will be available from Chemikal Underground & Fence Records online shops and in various independent record stores throughout the UK. A digital copy will be available to download from Lomond’s Bandcamp page.
Music and technology are both big interests of mine (despite not being particularly skilled in either area myself!) so I was happy to write about how Scottish artists are combining the two for the new We Create section of The List.
As research I attended the launch of Music Hack Day Scotland, part of this August’s Turing Festival at Summerhall in Edinburgh.
At the launch Matthew Herbert spoke eloquently about the topic of music and technology, with some particularly interesting comments on the ethics of sampling.
We were also treated to a rather disquieting performance by Marco Donnarumma, whose biophysical system Xth Sense has been named the 2012 “world’s most innovative new musical instrument”. Basically, it takes the body’s own rhythms and translates them into a variety of synthetic sounds. Donnarumma’s highly physical performance certainly gave him the air of a mad professor intent on taking over the world by blasting everyone with dark soundwaves.
Afterwards I interviewed FOUND (creators of #UNRAVEL and Cybraphon) and Yann Seznec (founder of Lucky Frame), who also spoke at the event. Below is an additional quote from Seznec following Music Hack Day.
The Music Hack Day was Jim Wolff’s idea, and I’m really pleased I was able to get involved. There were so many positive outcomes from the weekend, I’m not sure where to start!
I was really proud to show off all of the amazing people and work that is happening in Edinburgh, for one thing. I think over the past few years Edinburgh has quietly become a very strong center of music technology and I think we really managed to show that off.
It’s also great to bring unbridled creativity and unusual thinking together with industry, just to see what happens – there were representatives from Last.fm, Spotify, EMI, and many other amazing music giants, and they were so excited to see people building wacky things with their products.
Finally, I think we managed to get people thinking about all of the different directions music technology can go in, from performance to teaching to listening to games and everything.
You can read the original article over at The List.
“Everything starts with the truth and goes somewhere else”
The Edinburgh-based FOUND Arts Collective have followed their brilliant (and BAFTA-winning) Cybraphon project with a new interactive sound installation called #unravel. They’ve collaborated with songwriter and storyteller extraordinaire Aidan Moffat, former frontman of Arab Strap and who recently collaborated with Bill Wells for the excellent ‘Everything’s Getting Older’ project.
I spoke to FOUND and Aidan Moffat at the launch of the project yesterday at Edinburgh’s Inspace Gallery and cobbled together this video today (despite a number of technical difficulties!) to give you an idea of what the project involves.
Fear not though as there will be a proper short documentary about the project coming soon – for more details see the official website.
#UNRAVEL opens to the public on 20 April – 7 May as part of Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art at Arch 24/ SWG3.