Glasgow Music and Film Festival presents
Sun 26 Feb 2012 | 8.30pm | £10 + bf
The forefathers of electronic rock as we know it
Formed in 1967, Silver Apples made unprecedented sounds. Originally part of a rock band, the group soon reduced to Danny Taylor and Simeon Coxe III after the latter’s obsession with oscillators effectively pushed the other members off stage, eventually using “nine audio oscillators piled on top of each other and eighty-six manual controls to control lead, rhythm and bass pulses with hands, feet and elbows”, and, of course, his own self-devised and self-titled synthesizer, The Simeon.
Their two albums – Silver Apples in 1968, and Contact in 1969 – were not chart sensations. Cacophonies of hums, drones, buzzes and beeps descended from whatever planet they came from to merge with electronically-generated melodies, a new and strange combination which now has them lauded as the foundation for at least one genre every decade – 70s krautrock, 80s acid house, 90s indie and no doubt something from the 00s.
True to bizarre form, the pair vanished after their second album. Then in 1995, Simeon reappeared with a new partner (Xian Hawkins), released a new album, hunted down Taylor, and proceeded to tour together until the road accident which broke Simeon’s neck, leaving him unable to play.
After much recuperation, 2007 marked the return of one of music’s most enigmatic characters, delighting fans by reappearing behind his army of oscillators at festivals across the world. Needless to say, we’re delighted to have the master himself here as part of the GMFF for a rare gig.
Simeon will be introducing a FREE screening of Silver Apples – The Key of Yellow at the GFT at 3.30pm on the same day. A three-part interview, it covers the fascinating history of Silver Apples, including live session versions of A Pox on You, Oscillations and Seagreen Serenade. The perfect preview to the evening’s performance. Tickets are available from the GFT on the day.
“Silver Apples are to electronic music what Thomas Edison is to Facebook.” Trebuchet Magazine
ABOUT GLASGOW MUSIC AND FILM FESTIVAL //
Now in its fourth year, the Glasgow Music and Film Festival is a series of one-off events combining audio and visuals. Lovingly co-curated by film buffs and music geeks from the Glasgow Film Festival and the Arches, the results range from the entertaining to the inspirational to the downright weird.
This year’s festival runs from 16th-26th February 2012 and comprises a series of gigs at venues across the city, complemented by a programme of music documentaries and fiction films at the GFT. For all the up-to-date news and ticket competitions, follow the GMFF on Facebook.
N.B. This event will take place at Mono, 12 Kings Court, Glasgow, G1 5RB
Legendary international acts, cult festivals and the most exciting new bands collide at one of the city’s most eclectic live venues.
It’s perhaps natural that, as one of the nation’s most unusual live music venues, our programme spans rock, pop, indie, electronica, soul, jazz, country, metal, folk, and the many sub-genres inbetween. The unique atmosphere and space of the building means it’s often used for anything from intimate acoustic gigs to stage-diving, sweaty rammies and slick, spectacular international concerts.
Supporting the best examples of the known and the not-so-known, the Arches stage is host to everything from the latest stars of leftfield pop, such as Grimes and Chvrches, to alternative indie rock acts such as Peace and Yeasayer, prog and rock heroes such as The Fall, Swans and Dinosaur Jnr, and cutting edge electronic talent, from Rustie to James Blake.
We also regularly plays host to international legends – from Martha Reeves to Ben E. King to Jane Birkin – and provide the perfect multi-room setting for various festivals, from Celtic Connections to the Glasgow Jazz Festival. In 2012, the hallowed arches played hosted to the UK-wide Africa Express tour, featuring Damon Albarn, Baaba Maal and a trainload of world music stars, and in 2013, the building was transformed into a sonic Cineplex for our own co-curated cult event the Glasgow Music and Film Festival, featuring live film scores and AV sets from Jeff Mills, Dieter Moebius and Raime.
“A classical gig in the vaults of Scotland’s dance mecca might sound an odd prospect, but the Arches proved the perfect setting”
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