By WAYNE SAVAGE, entertainment writer
Friday, February 1, 2013
There will be strange, otherworldly emanations upstairs at St Jude’s Brewery Tavern tomorrow.
It welcomes Hypnotique - aka London-based Susi O’Neill - a virtuoso performer of the Theremin, thought to be the world’s earliest electronic instrument.
Developed in Russia by Léon Theremin in 1920, originally for military use, it needs no physical contact from the player. Sound is generated and controlled by the movement of their hands near the device. Its eerie, oscillating tones will sound familiar to some because of its prominent use in science fiction movie soundtracks like The Day the Earth Stood Still.
The show, which starts at 8pm, is a joint project between Ipswich-based record label Antigen Records and Dead Air Recordings and is the second special showcase to be held at St Jude’s.
Hypnotique trained with Theremin’s grand-niece, Lydia Kavina, and has toured internationally with her dark electronic cabaret show.
In 2009, she performed on Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth as part of Antony Gormley’s One & Other and also appeared on TV where she tried, unsuccessfully, to teach the instrument to Paul O’Grady.
Tomorrow she’ll launch new single Give Me an England, available only on wax cylinder via Dead Air Recordings.
The Essex-based record label specialises in obsolete formats and, in 2010, put out the first new right-track cassette released in the UK since Fleetwood Mac’s Greatest Hits in 1988.
“Digital downloads have completely revolutionised the music industry, but it means there’s very little mystery to be found in music. Dead Air is trying to reclaim some of the mystery and experience of recorded music,” says Dead Air boss Lee Ashcroft when asked why he releases records in formats few people can actually play.
“By recording onto obsolete formats, it requires an effort of its audience that simply doesn’t exist with iTunes. If someone has gone to the effort of recording a song, the least you can do is make an effort to listen to it.”
Hypnotique shares the bill with John Callaghan and Marcus Kuzvinzwa, also known as Languid.
John will perform his auto-karaoke show in which he sings along to his own songs in homemade costumes. Marcus is one of Ipswich’s rising stars in the electronic music scene; a beat-maker who has already made it into Soundcloud’s top 500 most influential users ahead of many major label artists.
Tickets for tomorrow’s event at the St Matthew’s Street venue are £4 and available from www.antigenrecords.com
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