Ian is playing 2 solo gigs during May with his Hellitron tone generators - at Club Integral, The Others in Stoke Newington, London, Friday, May 23rd. And in Brighton sharing a bill with John Hiom and Simon James, at The Round Georges Pub, Brighton, Saturday May 31st.
A new Helliwell article for the Wire magazine appears in the April issue 362 - the 3rd in an occasional series examining overlooked aspects of early British electronic music history. The piece, Early DIY Synthesists looks at the Practical Electronics magazine synthesizer home construction projects in the 1970s, and how experimental music pursuits were picked up by hobbyists galvanised into action through building their own synths. The role of composer Malcolm Pointon is discussed, and Ian has compiled an anthology of his electronic music for the Public Information label, due out soon.
Tape Leaders - A Compendium of Early British Electronic Music Composers - for the past couple of years Ian has been researching and writing this ambitious book which is due for publication by the end of this year. The A-Z is designed as an essential reference guide to British based composers who created experimental work with electronics and tape - concentrating on the formative electronic music period during the 1950s and 60s. The aim is to document every serious composer and as many amateurs as possible, who created an experimental tape piece up to 1970, and thus tell the hidden story of early British electronic music. Anyone with information or leads please contact Ian.
Analogue Sound Workshop - a one day practical session led by Ian focussing on basic analogue electronic music techniques using hands on tools and equipment. Each student makes tape loops, cuts up and sticks sound patterns onto 16mm film, builds a noise generator kit and creatively solders a walkie talkie circuit.
£55 per person, all materials and cups of tea provided. Ideal for beginners, the workshop will run on a saturday 11-6pm at Helliwell Hq in central Brighton, and can cater for 2 students each time. Anyone interested in doing this, please contact Ian directly to arrange a mutually agreeable date.
Interpretations on FC Judd - and an accompanying 7" single Retuned are both available, featuring electronic music from Ian. The 7" was assembled as a collage sampler featuring extracts from the compilation, cut together with his radios, reel to reel tape loops and Hellitronic devices. The discs have been released via the Public Information label, and Ian has made a short trailer to accompany the project. Interpretations trailer
Listen to tracks from the compilation... publicinformation
Due to a farcical state of affairs with Youtube - Ian was forced to make a copyright claim against himself because he could no longer access his own Ian Helliwell Film Channel. However, uploading is now taking place on both Vimeo Helliwell-vimeo and Youtube Helliwell-youtube
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Hellifilms - to hire a selection of Ian's shorts please get in contact, and also check on either the LUX or Light Cone websites. lightcone/filmmaker-ian-helliwell
Ian Helliwell: Hellifilms Vol. 1
The first dvd of films to buy from Ian's substantial body of over 80 shorts, features 4 works made in 2007, which incorporate abstraction, animation, found footage
and experimental music soundtracks using Hellitron tone generators.
Amazing Rayday Compendium - Deluxe limited edition box containing reprints of Jeff Keen's Rayday papers + Marvo Movie badge, text by
Al Rees and Ian's specially made collage timeline. Issued by the Permanent Gallery in a run of 200.
Gazwrx - Superb BFI dvd collection of Jeff Keen films (copious 9 hour retrospective which includes illustrated booklet and Ian's experimental short Art Flies Free).
Ian presented a screening of Practical Electronica at the Monomania Festival, Cambridge March 8th.
Punto y Raya 2014 - the worlds most abstract film festival hosted a fantastic line up of contemporary abstract shorts, with 7 programmes of international entries from around the world. Ian's At the Glitterball screened in programme 2 showing at Harpa - the Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Center. January 30th - Feb. 2nd, Reykjavik, Iceland. puntoyrayafestival
Split Screening short film programme received its premiere during the Cinecity film festival at the Basement, Brighton, November 24th.
Jukebox Fury: The Assassination of JFK - for this ambitious 50th anniversary multi-media event, Ian assembled the programme in conjunction with the Brighton Cinecity film festival. He made a new paper cut-out collage, a short film and a new piece of electronic music, and worked with puppeteer Teresa Grimaldi, cartoonist Fraser Geesin, and vocalist/poet Vicky Fenlon on several performance, image and sound based pieces. The event included Ian's Kennedy Johnson found footage film, a recreation of the assassination with puppetry, a soundtrack to accompany a reading of JG Ballard text, and a special tape loop installation. Basement, Brighton, November 22nd.
Helliwell live performance and screening of films by Ian in Oslo, organised by nyMusikk, with a matinee live electronics set at Oslo Central railway station, and performance with his Hellitrons and short films at the Kunsthall Oslo in the evening. November 20th. nymusikk
Constellation - Art Music/Music Art - included a new piece of Helliwell electronic music to accompany slide projections in a church interior by Chris McKeeman - as part of the Whitley Arts Festival. St. Mary's Minster, Reading, October 25th.
Scratch screening - included 18 Helliwell short films from the early 1990s up to premieres of new films from 2013. University of Aberdeen, September 21st.
Mute Sound - mixed shorts programme of recent experimental work including 2 films by Ian. Clore Studio, South London Gallery, August 7th.
Interpretations on FC Judd - album launch with live sets by contributors Karen Gwyer, Pye Corner Audio and Ian. Islington Mill, Salford, May 30th.
Great Escape festival - matinee show with live Hellisizer set from Ian, organised by Resonance FM at Brighthelm Centre, Brighton, May 17th.
York Spring Festival of New Music - 5 day festival featured a screening of Practical Electronica + Experimental Amateurs + Tristram Cary's Trios + a Hellisizer demo and talk by Ian. University of York, May 11th-12th. yorkspringfestival 2013 events
Dear Serge - all dayer featured a screening of Practical Electronica + tape loop making workshop + interactive Helli-machines + live performance with various Hellitrons and Hellisizers. The event included Spirit of Gravity improvisations and Ron Geesin headlining. De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, April 20th.
Pioneers of Electronic Music - included a screening of Practical Electronica and a performance of Tristram Cary's 1971 Synthi/dice piece Trios. Hackney Picturehouse, March 17th. www.nonclassical
Get Set - Ian's 2005 abstract Letraset film, screened in an excellent programme including work by Richter, Duchamp, Eggeling, Fischinger, Breer, Whitney and Cecile Fontaine. Musee D'Art Moderne Andre Malraux, Le Havre, France. February 13th.
Alien Jams interview - podcast of this hour long show featuring Ian's electronic music plus an interview with Alien Jams supremo Chloe Frieda. Ian discussed some of his projects and demonstrated various Helli-machines, and the programme was rounded off with a selection of some of his recent tracks. January 13th 2013. http://www.mixcloud.com/player/
Experimental Amateurs - a film programme of shorts from the 1950s to the present, made by DIY filmmakers. Cinecity Film Festival, Brighton University, November 28th. cine-city experimental-amateurs Cafe Oto, London, December 3rd, 2012. cafeoto experimental-amateurs