AWARDED BEST MUSIC EVENT OF BRIGHTON FESTIVAL AND FRINGE 2011

“It felt like an audio version of The Shining, played on instruments thrown together in sheds somewhere near Bletchley Park
…mediaeval electronica meets Trip Hop meets Tomorrow’s World. Superb.”
Read a review from Tirimasu, Fringe Review

“Scientists, engineers but above all musicians, their genius lies in
their magpie collections of intellectual exotica”. * * * *
Read a review from Richard Stamp (aka FringeGuru)

“Spacedog deserves wider recognition for this constantly surprising,
inventive and moving show” * * * * *
Read a review from Stuart Huggett, Latest 7 Magazine

Read a preview of Televisor from Richard Stamp (Fringe Guru).

Televisor (Spacedog with Prof. Elemental)

Eerie musicians Spacedog summon the spirit of John Logie Baird as they perform with flickering projections, created live on their working reconstruction of Baird’s original 1920s televisor.

There will be a crackle of static as Fringe regulars the Angliss sisters evoke the earliest days of television in their new evening of deliciously unsettling music. Televisor is the latest retro-futuristic treat from their band Spacedog, mixing theremin, saw, vocals, waterphone and live action from the group’s famous, uncanny musical robots. And this year, their music is given an extra kick from tip-top percussionist Stephen Hiscock (Ensemble Bash).

Technically cranky, faltering, and even a little dangerous, Baird’s televisor was a world away from the bland plasma screens we see today; a perfect match, in fact, for Spacedog’s trademark, homespun electronica, haunted by an analogue past.

Highlights include a new torch song for variety star Tommy Cooper and a high-energy anthem to the awe-inspiring Soviet Ekranoplan (aka The Caspian Sea Monster).

“A word of mouth wonder”, the Londonist.

“Like a classic surrealist object from a dream”, FAD magazine

“Spacedog…generate the kind of gore-free spinechilling terror that mainstream cinema seems to have forgotten”, the Londonist.


Bom-Bane’s Brighton, Tuesday 24 May
Doors open 8:00pm
Show starts 8:30pm
Show lasts approx. 1hr 40 mins (including short interval)
Booking and tickets

Our Televisor shows at the Brunswick are now over – thanks to everyone who came along – but we’ll be reprising the Spacedog set at Bom-Bane’s Tuesday 24 May. Please note: The Bom-Bane’s show will not include a guest spot from our dear friend Professor Elemental as he will be strutting his stuff at the Steampunk World Fair, New Jersey, USA.

Brighton Festival Fringe
Brighton Festival Fringe

Spacedog are warming up the valves and making plans for the Brighton Festival Fringe, 2011:

Televisor

NEW! PREVIEW FROM FRINGE GURU

The Brunswick, Hove
8pm 9 and 16 May 2011
Tickets £8 (£7)

Venue and booking details

Eerie musicians Spacedog summon the spirit of John Logie Baird as they perform with flickering projections, created live on their working reconstruction of Baird’s original 1920s televisor.

There will be a crackle of static as Fringe regulars the Angliss sisters evoke the earliest days of television in their new evening of deliciously unsettling music. Televisor is the latest retro-futuristic treat from their band Spacedog, mixing theremin, saw, vocals, waterphone and live action from the group’s famous, uncanny musical robots. And this year, their music is given an extra kick from tip-top percussionist Stephen Hiscock (Ensemble Bash).

Technically cranky, faltering, and even a little dangerous, Baird’s televisor was a world away from the bland plasma screens we see today; a perfect match, in fact, for Spacedog’s trademark, homespun electronica, haunted by an analogue past.

Steampunk favourite, gentleman wordsmith Professor Elemental, will be guesting – he’ll perform a brand new number with Spacedog as well as a couple of his classics. Other highlights include a new torch song for variety star Tommy Cooper and a high-energy anthem to the awe-inspiring Soviet Ekranoplan (aka The Caspian Sea Monster).

“A word of mouth wonder”, the Londonist.

“Like a classic surrealist object from a dream”, FAD magazine

“Spacedog…generate the kind of gore-free spinechilling terror that mainstream cinema seems to have forgotten”, the Londonist.

Spacedog at Bom-Bane’s

George Street, Brighton 24 May 2011

Venue and booking details

Spacedog will be reprising some of the Televisor set as we squeeze our theremin and musical robots into Bom-Bane’s, Brighton’s most beautiful and diminutive music venue. Limited space – booking advisable!

For Laika (a song from Spacedog featuring theremin and robotic bells)

Extra event!

Spirit Broadcasts and Ghost Trains

Ocean Rooms, Brighton 11 May
Ticket details tbc

Two talks for a special Fringe edition of Catalyst Club, hosted by Playgroup and Dr David Bramwell

In the early 20th century, radio and gramophones seemed so remarkable, some tried to use these inventions to explain the spirit world and telepathy. Engineer and theremin player Sarah Angliss reminds us of a strange time when a handful of leading physicists flirted freely with the paranormal. Sarah’s talk includes live aether music mixed with genuine voices from beyond the grave – recordings of soldiers who were lost on the battlefields of the First and Second World Wars.

Starting with the ghost train on the Palace Pier, Colin Uttley examines how the 18th-century phantasmagoria became this classic fairground ‘dark ride’. He also examines a Victorian railway disaster, deep in a tunnel just outside Brighton, which inspired Charles Dickens to write his haunting tale The Signalman. Includes classic ghost train special effects – hold onto your seats!

Ghost Radio (photo Sergei Polishchuk)

Radio listening in the former USSR, c1954. Photo: Sergei Polishchuk.