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The Sense of Adventure Tape Deck Orchestra at Folk Narratives 08/12/12

The Mirrored Hammer

The Mirrored Hammer: Art, Cultural Activity and Social Change in Bradford and Beyond

“Art is not a mirror to reflect reality, but a hammer with which to shape it.” —Bertolt Brecht.

Through this series of radio programmes Andy Abbott - artist, musician, writer and Fellow in Music at University of Bradford – explores, reviews and highlights the happenings in art, music and culture bubbling beneath Bradford’s surface and elsewhere. Originally broadcast on BCB 106.6FM, you can listen again to all episodes here.

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Previous episodes

The Mirrored Hammer: Threadfest 2016 Special  A special edition of The Mirrored Hammer previewing Bradford Threadfest 2016; a festival of independent music and art at various venues in the city 27th – 29th May

The Mirrored Hammer Episode 34 This upload features tracks from group ATomoko SauvageRogier Smal & David Birchall,ChicaloyohCheval Scintillantes and more.

The Mirrored Hammer: Episode 32 This upload features tracks from Steph HladowksiZa!L'ocelle MareZeaMagpahi and more.

The Mirrored Hammer: China Tour Special A special edition of The Mirrored Hammer documenting a tour of independent venues in China by TFT with bootlegs of live performances and field recordings.

The Mirrored Hammer: Postcapitalism and Postwork Futures Special Part One The first in a two part special edition of The Mirrored Hammer about Postcapitalism and Postwork futures to coincide with the Notes From Technotopia exhibition at Gallery II, University of Bradford.

The Mirrored Hammer: Recon Festival 2015 Mixtape A special edition of The Mirrored Hammer previewing Recon Festival 2015; a festival of pioneering music, art, film and technology taking place across Leeds and Bradford October 2015. 

The Mirrored Hammer: Burnel Rooms Summer 2015 Mixtape A special edition of The Mirrored Hammer previewing gigs happening at Burnel Rooms - a new independent live music venue in Bradford Playhouse - throughout August 2015. 

The Mirrored Hammer: Bradford Threadfest 2015 Mixtape (Part Two) Part two of a special edition of The Mirrored Hammer previewing Bradford Threadfest 2015; a festival of independent music and art at Bradford Playhouse 22nd – 24th May.

The Mirrored Hammer: Bradford Threadfest 2015 Mixtape (Part One) Part one of a special edition of The Mirrored Hammer previewing Bradford Threadfest 2015; a festival of independent music and art at Bradford Playhouse 22nd – 24th May. 

The Mirrored Hammer: Episode 25 The 25th episode of The Mirrored Hammer with bootlegs of live performances by Maurizio Abate, Elizabeth and Above The Tree upon the completion of their UK tour together that stopped in Bradford as part of the M@BU warm-up gig for Threadfest at Bradford Playhouse.

The Mirrored Hammer: Episode 23The 23rd episode of The Mirrored Hammer rounding off 2014 with documentation from the Bradford Festival of Pastimes and selected tracks from top Bradford DIY gigs of the year.

The Mirrored Hammer: Creative Time Summit Special A special edition of The Mirrored Hammer comprising lightly edited bootlegs of presentations from the Creative Time Summit in Stockholm that took place 14/15 November 2014.

The Mirrored Hammer: UK DIY Riffstape 2014: A special music only edition of The Mirrored Hammer surveying the landscape of riffs and rambunctious guitars in the UK DIY underground in 2014.

The Mirrored Hammer - RECON 2014 special - part two Part two of a special edition of The Mirrored Hammer previewing and documenting RECON festival 2014; a festival of pioneering music art and film taking place across Leeds and Bradford 18th - 29th September 2014. 

The Mirrored Hammer - RECON 2014 special - part one Part one of a special edition of The Mirrored Hammer previewing RECON festival 2014; a festival of pioneering music art and film taking place across Leeds and Bradford 18th - 29th September 2014

Threadfest14 special part two Part two of a special edition of The Mirrored Hammer previewing Bradford Threadfest 2014; a free cross-city live music event 23 – 25th May

Episode 17 This episode documents the M@BU Improv and Experimental Weekender that took place at Delius Arts and Cultural Centre in Bradford 21 - 13 February 2014.

Threadfest14 special part one Part one of a special edition of The Mirrored Hammer previewing Bradford Threadfest 2014; a free cross-city live music event 23 – 25th May. See www.bradfordthreadfest.com for details.

Episode 16 This episode is a North UK early 2000s DIY scene special with a selection of tracks by bands related to Slampt, Gringo Records, Obscene Baby Auction, Bombed Out Records and Chinchilla-Tone

Episode 15 This episode document's the M@BU and Topic Folk Club Folk Narratives event that took place on Saturday 14th December at The New Bradford Playhouse 

Episode 14 This episode is a Bradford and Leeds 90s/2000s DIY scene special with a selection of tracks by bands related to Flat Earth Records, Obscene Baby Auction, Subjugation and Armed with Anger. 

Episode 13 this episode includes live recordings from the M@BU Matinee for RECON festival with performances from Grew Quartet, Minimal Bouge and N Racker

Recon Special Special edition of The Mirrored Hammer previewing RECON festival that takes place across Leeds and Bradford in September 2013. www.reconfest.co.uk for details. 

DIY special  A Special edition of The Mirrored Hammer that documents 'Just Do(ing) It, Again: The Politics of DIY and Self-Organised Culture'. 

Threadfest special part one and two two special editions of The Mirrored Hammer previewing this year’s Bradford Threadfest; a free cross-city live music event 24 – 26th May. Seewww.bradfordthreadfest.com for details. 

The 'Istanbul Special' Parts 1 and 2 are audio diaries resulting from Andy Abbott’s residency at PiST/// Research and Production Residency: PIRPIR through Gasworks (London). The shows include Mombu, a conversation with PiST///street musicians and city soundsMr Wagner's First Flux Company, the Istanbul Biennial Press LaunchAh! KosmosShe Passed AwaySHARE sessions at Arkaoda, MondualA conversation with Kaba HatRicochet, Kim Ki O, Elizabeth, Grup Ses Beats, Poster-Iti, Baristik mi- Göstembil Project and more.

Episode Five, the final episode of the first series, includes interviews with the curators of this year’s Kunstvlaai festival of independent art in Amsterdam and the Corners exhibition at Gallery II, University of Bradford. David Bell talks about the political resonances of improvised music and there are live recordings from No Hands, as well as the ImprovDay and Folk Narratives events that took place in Bradford; songs from Champion Lover, Howie Reeve, Bridie Jackson, Stephanie Hladowski, Richard Dawson, Bennett-Murray-Vulliamy and The Sense of Adventure Tape Deck Orchestra.

Episode Four focuses on varying approaches in socially-concious art and culture and its potential to effect change from the level of the individual to the social and environmental. It features excerpts from talks by Karren Ablaze about her new book 'The City is Ablaze: The Story of A Post-Punk Popzine 1984 – 1994'; fragments of the Bradford One launch event with Griff Rhys Jones talking about the use of Bradford's former Odeon Building as a cultural centre and music venue; artist Jeanne Van Heeswijk on sustainable socially-engaged art and the Homebaked project as part of the Liverpool Biennial; an interview with interactive arts trio Invisible Flock; and excerpts from Irna Qureshi and Chol Theatre's rehearsed reading of 'Cartographies of Love' and accompanying discussion. There's also bootlegs of live performances by Cowtown, The Jelas, Garfunkle and Simon, James Blackshaw and Matthew Bourne.

Episode Three is a ‘music special’ prompted by the ‘It Came Out of Nowhere’ event in September that focused on DIY and self-organised music. The programme contains live recordings from a.P.A.t.T, Dolphins, The Bismarck, Poil, Dean McPhee and The Horse Loom. There are also conversations with Chris Jury and The Bismarck about the DIY punk scene in the American Upper Midwest and Gary Cavanagh about Bradford’s music history.

Episode Two has interviews with Dusty Rhodes talking about being a student in Bradford post ’68 and the/(a) history of The Bradford Festival. Also a chat with Nagbea (The Word/Sound Shack Records) talking about the birth of the Punk scene and resonances between African culture and DIY music/politics. Live bootlegs from Blood SportGuns or KnivesJupiter and Okwess InternationalJaipur Kawa Brass Band and Gerrard Bell-Fife.

Episode One features interviews with participants and contributors at Documenta 13 art festival, conversations with people involved in music in Bradford and live recordings from the Grand Obscene Baby Auction weekend festival of DIY music.

 

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