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33 minutes | Sep 22, 2021
Nuts & Bolts S4 E1 – Cathy van Eck
Nuts And Bolts Podcast is back with the first episode of Season #4, where host Jessica Sligter interviews composer, sound artist, and researcher Cathy van Eck (1979 Belgium/Netherlands), whose work combines elements from performance art, electronic music, and visual arts. Cathy teaches at the Department for Sound Arts of the University of the Arts in Bern, Switzerland. In 2017 her seminal book Between Air and Electricity was published, detailing how musicians have explored how to transform microphones and loudspeakers from “inaudible” technology into genuinely new musical instruments. https://cathyvaneck.net This episode was edited and mixed by Jessica Sligter. Made possible with the support of Norsk Kulturfond. Go to https://nutsandbolts.space for information about all Nuts And Bolts’ activity, such as tutorial videos and workshops, and to become a member of Nuts And Bolts association. © Nuts And Bolts 2021
36 minutes | May 27, 2020
Nuts and Bolts S3 E4 – Jessica Sligter
The final episode of Season 3 features Nuts & Bolts founder herself, Jessica Sligter. Sligter is a performer, composer and producer based in Berlin, whose practice lies at the meeting point of various experimental expressions, in a ‘noir,’conceptual space. Exploring conflict and border-crossing both in her music and text, Sligter has been touring and releasing under the radar for years. Among her releases are the critically acclaimed Polycrisis:yes! and A Sense Of Growth, and her compositions for ensemble include Movements 1, Two Figures for Oslo14 ensemble, and Dark Passenger in collaboration with Jenny Hval. This episode has been edited and engineered by Jessica Sligter, and was made possible with the support of Norwegian Culture Fund and NOPA. Support Nuts And Bolts by becoming their patron on patreon.com/nutsandbolts, and check out the Nuts And Bolts gear-tutorial videos on our Youtube channel, get there via our Instagram page @nutsandboltspodcast
33 minutes | Apr 23, 2020
Nuts and Bolts S3 E3 – Nadah el Shazly
Our special guest for this episode is Nadah el Shazly, Cairo-based producer, composer and performer. Her work both radically reinvents the popular music of her homeland from the early 20th century and explores new sonic and harmonic frontiers. She released her critically acclaimed debut album Ahwar in November 2017 via Nawa Recordings. We met Nadah in her studio and talked about amongst others synths, creative process, beat making and sound manipulation. Nuts And Bolts is hosted, recorded and engineered by Jessica Sligter, with editing by Julia Reidy. PR videos by Sligter and Liz Kosack. This episode was made possible with the support of Norwegian Culture Fund and NOPA.Support Nuts And Bolts by becoming their patron on patreon.com/nutsandbolts, and check out the Nuts And Bolts gear-tutorial videos, get there via our Instagram page @nutsandboltspodcast
35 minutes | Mar 30, 2020
Nuts and Bolts S3 E2 – Jana Winderen
For this new episode, we’re thrilled to meet Jana Winderen, researcher and artist (Goldsmiths, university of London) with a background in mathematics, chemistry and fish ecology from the university of Oslo. Jana focuses her work around audio environments and ecosystems which are hard for humans to access, both physically and aurally. We will discuss her practice, and the environmental stakes it holds (underwater noise pollution) as well as technical topics (hydrophone, portable pre-amps, ultrasound, recording techniques). Nuts And Bolts is hosted, recorded and engineered by Jessica Sligter, with editing by Julia Reidy. This episode was made possible with the support of Norwegian Culture Fund and Komponistforeningen. Check out the Nuts And Bolts gear-tutorial videos, get there via our Instagram page @nutsandboltspodcast
36 minutes | Feb 27, 2020
Nuts and Bolts S3 E1 – Jessica Ekomane
For the first episode of our third season we chatted with electronic musician and sound artist Jessica Ekomane, French-born and Berlin-based. Ekomane, who recently released the LP Multivocal, explores psychoacoustics, rhythmical perception, and the interchange of noise and melody, in immersive, slowly shifting pieces, using Max/MSP. She is also an active radiomaker at Cashmere Radio. Nuts And Bolts is hosted, recorded and co-engineered by Jessica Sligter, with Julia Reidy as main engineer of this episode. Check out the Nuts And Bolts gear-tutorial videos, get there via our Instagram page @nutsandboltspodcast. The series are partially funded with support of the Norwegian Culture Fund. Help them continue to make work by becoming our patron at patreon.com/nutsandbolts
41 minutes | Jul 7, 2019
The Best of Times… with Geddy Lee
Welcome to The Best Of Times… podcast brought to you by Lush and The Quietus. The Best Of Times… podcast is presented by John Doran. In this series he talks to people about some of the best and worst times they have been through and hopefully discovers how these experiences have made them who they are today. So far he has interviewed Sleaford Mods, The Specials, Kristin Hersh, Róisín Murphy, Mavis Staples, Kate Tempest and Cate Le Bon. Today’s guest is Geddy Lee. Geddy is a lifelong resident of Toronto, Canada. He dropped out of high school at the age of 16 to join Rush in 1968. They would eventually go on to become one of the most successful progressive rock bands in the world. They disbanded after 50 years in 2018. Among his many hobbies, Geddy is now an author, having just published the Big Beautiful Book Of Bass. This podcast was produced and engineered by Andrew Paine and co-produced by Heather Weil. The theme music is by Oh The Gilt. If you enjoyed it please subscribe, give us a star rating, tweet about us and tell your friends and family. Thanks for listening. We’ll be back soon with more Best Of Times.
44 minutes | Jun 23, 2019
The Best of Times… with Kate Tempest
Welcome to The Best Of Times… podcast brought to you by Lush and The Quietus. The Best Of Times… podcast is presented by John Doran. In this series he talks to people about some of the best and worst times they have been through and hopefully discovers how these experiences have made them who they are today. So far he has interviewed Sleaford Mods, The Specials, Kristin Hersh, Róisín Murphy, Mavis Staples and Cate Le Bon. Today’s guest is Kate Tempest. Kate grew up in South London and first performed as a poet at an open mic night at the age of 16. Since then, exemplifying a fearsome work ethic that she has become well known for, she has become a playwright, a novelist, a band leader, a rapper, a published poet and a spoken word artist. She has won the Ted Hughes Award and been nominated for the Mercury Prize. This month sees the release of her most accomplished album to date, The Book Of Traps And Lessons, recorded with Dan Carey and produced by Rick Rubin. This podcast was produced and engineered by Andrew Paine. The theme music is by Oh The Gilt. If you enjoyed it please subscribe, give us a star rating, tweet about us and tell your friends and family. Thanks for listening. We’ll be back soon with more Best Of Times.
37 minutes | Jun 20, 2019
Nuts And Bolts S02 E04 – Maja S. K. Ratkje
Season #2 of gear-talk podcast Nuts And Bolts comes to an end with a fourth episode, where host Jessica Sligter meets Maja S. K. Ratkje, at her home in the Norwegian woods. A prolific performer, improviser and composer, technology is a part of Ratkje’s practice across the board. Chance versus control, working versus broken, throwing away versus fixing. Also oscillators, cassettes, making contact mics, tailor-made plugins, and more, where woven together with many impromptu demonstrations. A dense conversation, fuelled by skill and play. An immenselysatisfying experience to end our season with.Before season #3 hits, Nuts And Bolts will be publishing their first video-series of artist portraits and gear-tutorials. Seek us out on Instagram and Youtube, and stay tuned! Nuts And Bolts is hosted and made by Jessica Sligter, and co-engineered by Bridget Ferrill. This episode was supported by NOPA and Norsk Kulturfond.
34 minutes | May 11, 2019
The Best of Times… with Cate Le Bon
Musician Cate grew up in rural Carmarthenshire, Wales and she sings in both Welsh and English. After an early tour with Gruff Rhys Of Super Furry Animals and a collaborative role in his Neon Neon project, she went on to release a series of inimitable records as a solo artist. Staking out a sound that’s as much influenced by folk and prog as it is by psych and krautrock, she neatly sidesteps the hackneyed sound of most modern indie while still making timeless pop. She recently spent some time in the Lake District, where she divided her time between songwriting and learning how to make solid wood furniture. The music eventually became her new album Reward which is released later this month by Mexican Summer records.
36 minutes | Apr 27, 2019
The Best Of Times… with Mavis Staples
Welcome to The Best Of Times… podcast brought to you by Lush and The Quietus. The Best Of Times… podcast is presented by John Doran. Over the coming months he will be talking to people about some of the best and worst times they have been through and hopefully find out how these experiences have made them who they are today. So far he has interviewed Sleaford Mods, The Specials, Kristin Hersh and Róisín Murphy. Today’s guest is living legend Mavis Staples who was born in Chicago in 1939 and from an early age was the voice that pushed The Staples Singers, the world’s most successful gospel group, to international fame. From the late 50s onwards the group started incorporating hard hitting social themes into their songs and from 1963 they were essential figures in the American Civil Rights movement. In a long and storied career she has sung for Barak Obama at The White House and has worked with Prince, Curtis Mayfield and Jeff Tweedy. Her new album, called We Get By, is produced by Ben Harper and is out on Anti- records in May shortly before her 80th birthday. This podcast was produced and engineered by Andrew Paine and co-produced by James Shakeshaft. The theme music is by Oh The Gilt. If you enjoyed it please subscribe, give us a star rating, tweet about us and tell your friends and family. Thanks for listening. We’ll be back soon with more Best Of Times.
23 minutes | Apr 26, 2019
Nuts and Bolts S02 E03 – Jlin The Innovator
Straight from Steel Town, we talk to Jlin The Innovator on the third episode of Nuts And Bolts Season #2. Growth and health in music production: it’s not just about the skill, but also about the spiritual, says Jlin. Creating layered, propelling compositions, Jlin shares with us her tips on working on the road, affordable gear, and more. Jlin caught everyone off guard with her thrilling albums Dark Energy and Black Origami. She has collaborated with amongst others choreographer Wayne McGregor, and musicians Holly Herndon and William Basinski. Nuts And Bolts is hosted and made by Jessica Sligter, co-engineered by Bridget Ferrill, and co- produced by Anne Gerd Grimsby Haarr. This episode was supported by Norsk Kulturfond.
37 minutes | Apr 14, 2019
The Best Of Times… with Róisín Murphy
Róisín grew up in Arklow, Ireland but moved with her family to Manchester, when she was 12. She formed the group Moloko with Mark Brydon in 1995, straddling the pop, art rock, trip hop divide, cementing their place in the popular consciousness with the tracks Sing It Back, The Time Is Now and Familiar Feeling. Her solo career since has provided evidence of a restless, creative mind, and she has released music ranging from the leftfield pop of Ruby Blue, made with tech jazz producer Matthew Herbert to a recent series of sumptuous deep house EPs (made in conjunction with Maurice Fulton). She has recently moved into film making and has a new single due out this Spring, made with Parrot from Sheffield electronic mainstays, All Seeing I.
31 minutes | Mar 28, 2019
Nuts and Bolts S2 E2 – Maria W Horn
Swedish composer and electronic musician Maria W Horn is our guest at Nuts And Bolts gear-talk podcast, episode #2. Horn works immersively with electronics; her main weapon of choice, Supercollider, is but one of many software and hardware tools that she interacts and experiments with to create and manipulate her compositions. From mechanical electronic beats to multidisciplinary installations, to textural conceptual works, Horn lets us in on some of her techniques and thoughts about gear. Nuts And Bolts is hosted and made by Jessica Sligter, co-engineered by Bridget Ferrill, and co-produced by Anne Gerd Grimsby Haarr. This episode was supported by NOPA and FoFoGoFo.
44 minutes | Mar 25, 2019
The Best Of Times… with Kristin Hersh of Throwing Muses and 50 Foot Wave
Kristin is an American rock musician, songwriter and author and is probably best known for fronting the bands Throwing Muses and 50 Foot Wave. In the past she has talked candidly about the battles she has faced regarding her mental health which have run in parallel to her 35 year career as a musician. After a car accident at the age of 16 left her able to hear noise and music that no one else was able to discern, she received several misdiagnoses through her life including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder; and has only recently been successfully diagnosed with PTSD and dissociative disorder. As well as fronting two bands she has released 11 solo albums, the most recent of which was Possible Dust Clouds on Fire records in 2018.
36 minutes | Mar 9, 2019
The Best Of Times… with Horace Panter and Terry Hall of The Specials
This popular punk-influenced rocksteady and ska band formed in Coventry in 1977 and went on to record one of the most highly rated British debut albums ever, The Specials in 1979. They rapidly became the epitome and gold standard in socially realist, anti-racist, politically progressive bands. They are back today with a new album ‘Encore’ and it feels like it’s not a moment too soon.
30 minutes | Feb 28, 2019
Nuts and Bolts S2 E1 – Andrea Parkins
Opening Season 2 of gear-talk podcast Nuts And Bolts, improviser and sound artist Andrea Parkins chats with host Jessica Sligter about synths, pre- and post-sampler life, glitchy Goldberg machines, and more. Andrea Parkins has traded New York for Europe, and is an established part of the improvised music scene on both ends of the ocean. With a background not only in improvised music but also art school, Parkins also makes installations and compositions. A force of nature, combining performance, technology and traditional instruments seamlessly. Nuts And Bolts is hosted and made by Jessica Sligter, co-produced by Anne Gerd Grimsby Haarr, with soundtechnical advice by Bridget Ferrill. This episode was supported by NOPA and FoFoGoFo. Photography by Mark Poucher
35 minutes | Feb 22, 2019
The Best Of Times… with Jason Williamson of Sleaford Mods
Welcome to The Best Of Times podcast brought you by Lush and The Quietus. The Best Of Times is a new podcast show presented by writer and broadcaster John Doran and over the coming months he will be talking to people about some of the best and worst times they have been through, and in the process, find out how these experiences have made them who they are today. The podcast is produced and engineered by Andrew Paine and co-produced by Matthew Shaw. The theme music is by Oh The Gilt. EPISODE ONE: The Best Of Times… with Jason Williamson of Sleaford Mods Jason is one half of the electronic punk band Sleaford Mods, along with Andrew Fearn. He started making this inimitable brand of music in 2007, which felt like it was just in time for the banking crisis and the band went on to capture the zeitgeist as it exists at street level. Sleaford Mods have become the true poet laureates of broken, austerity, Brexit Britain. They are just about to release their 11th album, Eaton Alive.
80 minutes | Oct 23, 2018
Neil Tennant Interview and Q&A
Neil Tennant joins Michael Bracewell at EartH in Dalston to discuss his new collection of lyrics, ‘One Hundred Lyrics and a Poem’, in front of a sold-out audience. In a wide-ranging conversation they discuss the lyrics that made Pet Shop Boys one of the most successful pop groups in British musical history, with over 50 million records sold over a 13 album and 30 year career. The conversation ranges from the personal to the political as it includes the terrible impact of the AIDS crisis, what makes good pop music, the inspiration gleaned from the former Soviet bloc, and the songs Tennant is most proud of. One Hundred Lyrics and a Poem is out now on Faber.
27 minutes | Jul 13, 2018
Nuts and Bolts #4 – Susanna
For the last episode of Season 1 of Nuts And Bolts, our podcast dedicated to female* musicans and their gear, Norwegian artist Susanna talks to host Jessica Sligter about recording, doing it yourself, and more. Something of an institution in her homeland of Norway, American songwriter Bonnie Prince Billy recently covered Susanna’s entire 2007 album Sonata Mix Dwarf Cosmos, released as Wolf Of The Cosmos. Susanna’s work is focused, elegant and gloomy, as her most recent releases, Go Dig My Grave and Triangle, confirm again. Nuts And Bolts is hosted and made by Jessica Sligter, and co-produced by Anne Gerd Grimsby Haarr and Susanne Christensen.
30 minutes | May 24, 2018
Nuts and Bolts #3 – Danishta Rivero
Gear-talk podcast Nuts And Bolts is back with a third episode, where host Jessica Sligter meets with sound artist and improviser Danishta Rivero from Oakland, California. From Venezuelan folk to metal, Rivero’s work brings her gear and her voice together in a visceral, noisy expression, in bands like Las Sucias! and VoiceHandler. This episode of Nuts And Bolts doesn’t play – be ready to get exposed to the bear bones of sound and synthesis! Nuts And Bolts is created, hosted, edited and mixed by Jessica Sligter, co-produced by Anne Gerd Grimsby Haarr and Susanne Christensen. Technical advice by Ragnhild Nelvik Bruseth. Nuts And Bolts is supported by the Norwegian Arts Council.
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