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David Toop

David Toop (born 1949) has been developing a practice that crosses boundaries of sound, listening, music and materials since 1970. This encompasses improvised music performance, writing, electronic sound, field recording, exhibition curating, sound art installations and opera. It includes seven acclaimed books, including Rap Attack (1984), Ocean of Sound (1995), Sinister Resonance (2010), Into the Maelstrom (2016) and Flutter Echo, a memoir. Briefly a member of David Cunningham’s pop project The Flying Lizards in 1979, he has released thirteen solo albums, from New and Rediscovered Musical Instruments on Brian Eno’s Obscure label (1975) and Sound Body on David Sylvian’s Samadhisound label (2006) to Entities Inertias Faint Beings (2016). His 1978 Amazonas recordings of Yanomami shamanism and ritual were released on Sub Rosa as Lost Shadows (2016). Curator of sound art exhibitions including Sonic Boom at the Hayward Gallery (2000), his opera – Star-shaped Biscuit – was performed as an Aldeburgh Faster Than Sound project in 2012. He is currently Professor of Audio Culture and Improvisation at London College of Communication. Published by Ecstatic Peace Library, David will join Thurston Moore and Eva Prinz in converation with Matt Everitt.

Dr Simon A Morrison

Dr Simon A. Morrison is a writer and academic, currently working as Programme Leader for the Music Journalism degree at the University of Chester.  Author of the book Discombobulated – a collection of Gonzo ‘Dispatches From The Wrong Side’ columns penned for DJmagazine and published in the UK and US by Headpress – Simon has reported on the music scene everywhere from Beijing to Brazil; Moscow to Marrakech.  He edited Ministry of Sound’s Ibiza magazine for two years and has also produced and presented TV and radio.  A screenplay Simon penned, based on a story he wrote for The Guardian, is currently with a TV production company.

Simon’s research interest remains in the intersection of words and music.  He has written extensively on this relationship, with a new book to be published by Bloomsbury in May 2019, and he has also presented this research at conferences across the world, including Australia.

John McCready

John McCready began writing as a news journalist in Liverpool and freelanced for NME from 1986. He also wrote extensively for The Face and there were significant associations with ID, Radio Times, Mojo, Mixmag and Word.

John has compiled and written sleeve notes for releases by New Order and Stone Rose and was Press Officer for Network Records in Birmingham — the pioneering dance independent which brought the world Detroit Techno and Altern 8!

He has written and presented stories for Radio 4’s Front Row and worked as a producer and music consultant in TV — overseeing an entire evening of anniversary programmes on John Lennon for Channel 4 — together with documentaries for BBC and ITV on the Beach Boys, Abba and the Carpenters.

John was a resident Hacienda DJ and a New Order tour DJ. He released records on the great Rob Gretton’s label.

He has created and taught courses in music and journalism at Leeds College of Music, Huddersfield University, Edge Hill University, Salford University and for journalism training specialists, News Associates in Manchester and London. He is currently Course Leader for the Music Journalism Degree at BIMM Manchester.

Simon Frith

Sociologist Simon Frith is Emeritus Professor of Music at University of Edinburgh. In the 70s, 80s and 90s he wrote for Let It Rock, CREEM, Melody Maker, the Sunday Times, and the Village Voice.

A Hidden Landscape

A Hidden Landscape: John McCready in conversation with Mark Sinker and Simon Frith, on where UK music-writing as we understand it came from, and where it went …

Sunday 10 Nov  |  2.00pm

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‘The Politics of Dancing’

Louder Than Words Club Culture Panel

Arguably the greatest reconstitution of music and intoxication came during 1988’s Second Summer of Love, where a rave might co-opt a beach, field or warehouse for a dancefloor. However, academics, writers and commentators have long argued over whether this party ever had a political point.  Music writer Simon Reynolds for instance called the rave scene, ‘the cult of acceleration without destination’, with Rupa Huq adding that ‘rave was seen as ideologically vacuous’.

Saturday 9 Nov  |  8.15pm

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Simon Philo

Simon Philo teaches Popular Music in Society and American Studies at the University of Derby.  He is the author of British Invasion: The Crosscurrents of Musical Influence (2015) and Glam Rock: Music in Sound and Vision (2018) and presents shows on Radio Free Matlock and Stranger Radio.  In a 25-year career in higher education, Simon has made it his mission to introduce as many students as possible to the joy of popular music.  His favourite Stones’ track is “I Wanna Be Your Man”.

Romantic Soul…or Whole Lotta Love?

Songwriting Genius…or Musical Magpie?
Guitar Hero? Guitar God!

The original enigmatic rock star, Jimmy Page is a mass of contradictions.This is the recluse who played marathon guitar solos to millions all over the world; the man whose glittering gold brought him a classic car collection, even though he cannot drive.

Saturday 9 Nov  |  10.00am

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