FILTHY LUCRE

Filthy Lucre puts on events that move from concert to gig to club night. Tied together by artistic concepts, such as cultic rituals and urban sprawl, our events are not determined by genre constraints but by a cohesive artistic vision. Founded in Cambridge by Anthony Friend and Joe Bates in 2011, Filthy Lucre is now London-based.

Filthy Lucre 9: Digital Fragility

25 November 2018

Filthy Lucre presented music from broken machines, imagined games and toy pianos.

Digital Fragility saw Joe Snape return to Filthy Lucre with an extended work, Fleck Flob Flop, a love story performed with live typing, brittle electronics and acoustic instruments on the edge of collapse.

Three astonishing pianists (Ben Smith, Joseph Havlat and Siwan Rhys) then performed Matt Rogers's Mammals On The Edge, chiptune works that combine automated virtuosity with nostalgic whimsy. They also played Tristan Perich's qsqsqsqsqqqqqqqqq, for three toy pianos and electronics, and Thundercat’s Bowzer’s Ballad, a touching work dedicated to Nintendo boss Hiroshi Yamauchi. 

The event closed with the London debut of Kinder Meccano, a duo composed of Vitalija Glovackyte and Michael Cutting. They make music using tape machines, home-made instruments, modified keyboards and lo-fi visuals, creating pulsing, semi-broken music.

Photo copyright Dimitri Djuric

Filthy Lucre 8: Lingua Ignota

24 February 2018

Like music, imaginary language conveys a need for urgent communication but has unspecifiable meaning. We can glimpse what it means, but never truly grasp it. In this event, which moved from concert to gig to club night, Filthy Lucre continued its exploration of ambitious music in bold settings. 

With chamber choir and synthesisers, the Filthy Lucre Ensemble performed Claude Vivier’s langue inventée; Hildegard’s lingua ignota; the nonsense of Bowie/Eno’s Warszawa and the electric babble of the Talking Heads.
 

 

New music by Laurence Osborn, art by Georgia Hicks, and film by Paul Vernon Filmmaker was performed alongside arrangements by Emma-Jean Thackray and Joseph Bates. Lead man Love Ssega performed the final set, bringing the night to a dynamic close.

Photo copyright grittanicreative.com

Filthy Lucre Music Video: George Barton performs Vinko Globokar

Recorded October 2016

Filthy Lucre teamed up with our regular percussionist George Barton, filmmaker Daisy Dickinson and recording engineer Jack Mills to make a music video of Vinko Globokar's ?corporel.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=UhGaxDk3zhY

Filthy Lucre 7: Sounding Body

26-27 November 2016 at OMEARA

Filthy Lucre 7: Sounding Body was inspired by the eighteenth century idea that the body was comprised of resonant strings. Music vibrated them, shaking emotions and temperaments in time to its reverberations. Filthy Lucre explored the strange noises and mathematical constructions built on these Sounding Bodies.

Filthy Lucre: Sound Icons Installation, Somerset House

2-11 November 2015

Filthy Lucre 6: Sound Icons focused on the music of Radulescu. Drawing upon Romanian Orthodoxy and Pythagorean mathematics, he upended grand pianos, stripped them of their mechanical components and retuned the strings to create a stark instrument with a unique sonority. With two Sound Icons, orchestra, singers and DJs, Filthy Lucre explore the transformation of objects into sound.

 

Following a night in Shapes, Hackney, the Sound Icons were exhibited at Somerset House, attracting more than 1300 visitors, which included recording sessions and a talk by Julian Anderson and Éric Tanguy.

Filthy Lucre 6: Sound Icons

2 October 2015, Shapes, Hackney

Filthy Lucre 6: Sound Icons focused on the music of Radulescu. Drawing upon Romanian Orthodoxy and Pythagorean mathematics, he upended grand pianos, stripped them of their mechanical components and retuned the strings to create a stark instrument with a unique sonority. With two Sound Icons, orchestra, singers and DJs, Filthy Lucre explore the transformation of objects into sound.

Filthy Lucre 5: The Prisoner

4, 5 and 7 March 2015, Jazzlive @ The Crypt, Camberwell

Filthy Lucre 5: The Prisoner explores confinement and release through an evening of chamber music and a sound and light installation by Joe Snape, in The Crypt, Camberwell.

Filthy Lucre 4: Lost in the Nameless

11 July 2014, Bussey Building, Peckham

Filthy Lucre 4: Lost in the Namless City explores urban spaces, blight, degeneration and gentrification through an evening of orchestral music, spoken word poetry, film and dance music. FL4 is generously supported by Arts Council England.

Filthy Lucre 3: Cults

11 January 2014, Bussey Building, London

Filthy Lucre 3: Cults was an immersive music ritual that moves from the stage to the dance floor while exploring cults, religion and premonitions of death.

 

Interview: http://www.takingnotes.org/2013/12/taking-notes-episode-5.html

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