The Other Room: a review

“Our eighth birthday event was initially billed as a sound art night, but as it turned out, two of our performers decided to deliver their poetry, setting up some delicious counterpoints for the evening. In time-honoured fashion we had to have a gimmick – on this occasion it was a complete copy of the annual anthology turned page by page into paper aeroplanes which got fired at various points during the evening at an increasingly wary audience.”

Scott Thurston’s thoughts on our eighth birthday event. Read them in full here.

Gary Fisher: a preview

Gary Fisher will perform at our next event on Wednesday 13th April. The other performers are Stuart Calton, Linda Kemp and Rosanne Robertson. Scroll down for previews of Stuart and Linda, with a preview of Rosanne to appear here in the next few days.

​Gary Fisher is an artist and improviser who explores sounds, objects, actions, words and places through processes of experimentation and enquiry. He has made works for live radio, gallery installation, performance and published recordings. Central to the work is the on-going development of improvised playing, composing and recording practises exploring intersections between analogue and digital, acoustic and electronic, composed and accidental. He is particularly interested in using found sounds and materials, the amplification of objects and surfaces and site-specific responses.

After graduating from the University of Salford in 2008 with BA in Visual Arts and already focussing on sound, Gary went on to develop his work independently for a number of years before joining the Masters in Sound Arts programme chaired by David Toop at The London College of Communication and graduating in 2015.

Working solo and collaboratively Gary has created various live, recorded and site-based works including: the experimental radio broadcast The Inaugural Terminal Program on Resonance FM London with artists Barry Dean and Gilda Manfring; a group improvisation as YARD Collective in the 50th anniversary installation of Allan Kaprow’s YARD at The Hepworth Wakefield for David Toop and Rie Nakajima’s Sculpture series. In 2015 he played in an ensemble with Christian Marclay, Thurston Moore, members of London Sinfonietta and CRISAP for Marclay’s major exhibition at White Cube London; during press week of Venice Biennale featured in Rob Pruitt’s Flea Market with Gilda Manfring and in collaboration with the School For Curatorial Studies Venice and during April 2015 Gary was artist in residence for Noise Above Noise at the Penthouse, Manchester. More here.

New Counting Backwards site

Recalibrate your instruments. Counting Backwards, Manchester’s new series of text-sound-performance events has a new site at Counting Backwards takes place on the first Thursday of alternate months at Fuel cafe bar in Withington. After a successful launch in June the series returns on Thursday 5 August 2010 with performances from Blood Stereo, Becky Creminand Jennifer McDonald & Louise Woodcock. Counting Backwards is Richard Barrett, Matt Dalby and Gary Fisher.

Counting Backwards in two weeks

Counting Backwards is a new series of text-sound-performance events. It takes place on the first Thursday of alternate months at Fuel cafe bar in Withington. The first event is on Thursday 3 June 2010. Entrance is free. Performing at the first event are Mike Cannell, THF Drenching and Holly Pester.

Mike Cannell is an intermedia poly-poet from west Midlands who works in visual, linear and sound poetry of various types. His work is primarily concerned with exploration of the materiality and emotional power of language. He releases the experimental sound poetry podcast l,angu(ages)paz,m, which is to be regarded as both one long, ongoing sound poem and an audio essay proclaiming ideas regarding experimental poetics He is also is the editor of würm, a monthly e-magazine showcasing experimental poetry of all kinds. His work including many e-books can be found at:, worbdlog, {n/o/t/a/t/w/i/t}. His work has featured in online periodicals such as Otoliths and wordforword.

THF Drenching is a free improvisor and composer of musique concrète, based in Manchester, England. As a dictaphone-player, he was one fifth of Derek Bailey’s final band Limescale, and has played with many of the UK’s best improvisors. He was also half of the bricks and dictaphone duo Pleasure-Drenching Improvers. As a poet (writing under his slave name, Stuart Calton) he’s published four books. Three came out on Barque Press and one is self-published. His fifth is awaiting publication. As a composer, he’s completed thirteen albums of musique concrète, electronic music and various dubious overdubbed semi-improvised amalgams.

Holly Pester is an experimental sound poet and writer undergoing practice-led research at Birkbeck, University of London in ‘Speech and the Archive in Intermedia Poetry’. Her performance texts are experiments in the sound and shape of speech, blending pre-verbal noises with semantic surrealism in an investigation into language transmission. She is currently investigating the sound aesthetic of the ‘radio-voice’ and the poetic qualities of analog sound.

Holly Pester regularly performs her poetry at art and literary events in the UK including the Serpentine Gallery Poetry Marathon and the upcoming Text Festival 2011. This also includes collaborative works with regular co-performers Jamie Wilkes and Abbi Oborne. She has been published in numerous journals and an anthology of London poets, City State.

Examples of her work and theory can be found at

Richard Barrett, Matt Dalby, Gary Fisher

Counting Backwards editors

Counting Backwards

At last I can let you know about a new series of events in Manchester.

For a few weeks now Richard Barrett, Gary Fisher and myself have been working on a new series of text-sound-performance events called Counting Backwards.

Beginning Thursday 3 June 2010, Counting Backwards will take as its starting point contemporary text-sound practices that question semantics and received traditions, and emphasise performability.

Counting Backwards takes place at Fuel Cafe Bar in Withington on the first Thursday of alternate months. Entry is free. The flyer for our launch event is below.

Via Matt Dalby