7 December, 6:00pm Music Composition as Interdisciplinary Practice, Sounds Between Ivy Arts Centre Main Theatre, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK (sweet-ERROR: miku) is the prototype for a new project by squib-box, exploring questions of body image in the digital realm. It stars jarringly oppositional characters that are mashed together into a syncretic melting pot of a J-pop inspired family-friendly stadium rock […]
Federico Reuben was joined by Rachel Musson (sax) and Mark Sanders (drums) for a fiery improvisation concert at the York Spring Festival 2016, University of York. You can enjoy the video of the full concert here.
Drivetime Underground is a new radio series presenting vanguard new music in the fun and easily digestible format of commercial radio. It attempts to address head-on the growing commercial pressures faced by composers, performers, and organisations in today’s cultural marketplace, and rallies against any whiff of elitism. Each show in the series will feature features […]
squib-box’s Adam de la Cour talks B-movies, Troma, stupidity and his latest short movie Mr Topps… (more…)
11 December, 7.00 pm LCMF – London Contemporary Music Festival Ambika P3, London, UK Neil Luck’s LCMF commission Via Gut is monologue-cum-variety-act about the future. Performed by the hard-core of squib-box and ARCO (Neil Luck, Adam de la Cour, Federico Reuben, Tom Jackson, Benedict Taylor) the piece expounds upon a physical, metaphysical, and pataphysical reading […]
squib-box, in partnership with Hackney Classical present a series of concerts interrogating the fundaments of human existence. COMEDY //// 21st April//// 730PM FOOD //// 24th February //// 730PM SEX /// 24th March COMEDY /// 21st April POLITICS /// 19th May THE AFTERLIFE /// 23rd June DEATH /// 21st July
squib-box are proud to present Burn Before Listening, our first archival release. The Two Bennys were perhaps one of 1940s America’s most unsurprisingly unsuccessful light entertainment acts. Technically inept and deeply offensive, their repeatedly failed attempts at both live and recorded performance are now viewed by most as a fair indication of their low credibility […]
ARCO present a special live preview performance broadcast of Neil Luck’s Herakles! It explores the myth of Hercules, retold through wild allegorical misinterpretations, mistranslations and miscreancy. Written and directed by Neil Luck, Herakles! is music theatre gone awry; a cultural black-hole drawing-in and distending ancient and modern embodiments of the Greek demi-god. A tasteful fusion […]
New Music theatre by Neil Luck & ARCO Offspring of an immortal father and a mortal mother, Hercules is an oddity – in possession of unnatural gifts, but bound by the same wheezing, aching, bleeding, flatulent body as the rest of us. This ‘divine-fart’ is the singularity of a musical black-hole in Herakles!, drawing in, […]
Have you ever wondered what happens when you put a “perro” and a “chimp” together in the same room? Perro-chimp were in Málaga last July doing a set of concerts and workshops and they brought back some bootleg recordings of some of their improv sessions for us to enjoy.
squib-box are proud to present Troglodytes Troglodytes. This could be avant-garde sideshow music. Dave Maric and Elo Masing, the core of Vicious Circus, often seem to perform together like crazed dicephalus twins in this series of short pieces that could perhaps be thought of as the disowned siblings of free improvisation, contemporary concert music, and […]
Up the Shaft Commissioned by the LSO as part of the Soundhub scheme, squib-box present a new topical radio play. Join Matt Methaney, Vladimir Tintin, Mikael Gover, Tony Bassoon, Miley Cyrus and a host of other guests as they ride up and down, up and down in a magical elevator.
New Music-Theatre Written and Directed by Neil Luck Performed by ARCO Herakles! Is a new piece of music-theatre drawing on an eclectic range of influences from contemporary classical music, concrete poetry, slapstick comedy, free improvisation, Kabuki theatre and Broadway showstoppers, filtered through the highly idiosyncratic and avant-garde texts of Richard Foreman.
Video of highlights from the pilot of a Japanese Batsu game show featuring squibbers Adam de la Cour and Neil Luck. Filmed in 2009, in a secret underground military bunker. The show never aired.
On April 6, 2013, squib-box took part in the Spring Collage Party event organised by The Hepworth Wakefield. In a participatory sound installation/workshop, children (and adults) were invited to contribute their own sounds to create their own musique concrète collage in the style of Bernard Parmegiani with the added help of everyday objects, toy instruments, […]
Video of On Violence by Federico Reuben, for piano, live electronics and interactive score. Performed by Rei Nakamura This composition is inspired by Slavoj Žižek’s book Violence, in which he categorizes violence into two main types: subjective and objective violence.
squib-box are proud to present Songs from Badly-Lit Rooms. This collection of improvisations, recorded over 2011 and 2012, are the result of a longstanding musical partnership between squib-artists Tom Jackson and Benedict Taylor. Part wild and unbridled, part delicate and poised, these remarkable performances capture a particularly intuitive and intimate dialogue between two active members […]
Neil Luck is joined in the studio by Tokyo based artist Takahiro Tomatsu. They discuss Takahiro’s practice as a sound artist and performer, as well as work by other British and Japanese artists working, in some way, across the cultural, geographical and aesthetic gap between both nations
Presented as part of Resonance FM’s ‘Metronomic Marathon’; a 12 hour live radio relay involving a series of performers playing at a constant 135bpm (the average heartrate of a Marathon runner).
Soundfjord gallery have invited squib-box to take part in their ‘Soundspace’ store and project space as part of V22’s Summerclub. We’ll be resident in the space from the 17th-19th of May, and presenting a night of live performances on the 21st of June. More details here.
squib-box proudly presents Schopenhauer, a new band formed of squib-artists Tom Jackson, Adam de la Cour and Federico Reuben. Schopenhauer specialises in tasteless expressionist improvisations, dark dialectics, trashy late-romantic kitsch and banal and evil conservatism.
On the first of May, squib-artist and friend Mark Knoop presents new works which each take existing musical material as their starting point. From Adam de la Cour’s Stockhausen imposter, through Beaudoin’s microtiming, to Finnissy’s Brahms-style choral preludes based on Norwegian and American folk songs, each work proposes an intriguing method of negotiating with the […]
squib-box are proud to present Last Wane Days the latest manifestation of Neil Luck’s Notebook project This two-act monodrama for voice and ensemble has been composed in collaboration with the acclaimed singer-songwriter Fiona Bevan, and is performed by her alongside the avant-garde string ensemble ARCO.
squib-box are proud to present Spoken Word Music, by KLK. Led by composer Matthew Lee Knowles, the group take a radical approach to the spoken voice in music. Download the album now for free and prepare yourself for something we guarantee you’ve never heard anything quite like. For more information and to listen to this […]