It's been fairly quiet on the Dollboy front because of all the activity under my own name, Oliver Cherer so all things Dollboy have been "dormant". For now I'll continue using my own name but maybe some projects will come out as Dollboy, who knows?
Sotto Voce Arts
This week I have been working with Riz Mazlen and many others as part of Sotto Voce Arts, an exchange of ideas and series of collaborations with artists from South Eastern Italy. This included live theatre and a new piece based on Galileo's "sotto voce" utterance, "And yet the earth moves".
In A Hole
Last year I made the music for a crazy play called In A Hole by Claire Frankland (Dir. Biba Lille-West) about an Allen Jones scuplture (Waitng in Leather) which is owned by Gary Hume. It ran for three perfromances in Mr Hume's drawing room in Bloomsbury and was subsequently recorded on video for inclusion in the Jones retrospective at the Royal Academy. It can now be seen on the RA website. Working with Biba is always bonkers and rewarding in equal measure and this just turned it all up a notch.
Daylight 5th Birthday
I devised an update of the fanfare we did for the Arctic Circle Christmas concert a few years ago as part of their 5th birthday celebration. This time we had Darren Morris playing the chapel organ, Riz Mazlen on vocals (along with the Chaps Choir) and various members of Frank Chickens!
I teamed up with Darren Morris, Jack Hayter and Riz Mazlen to put on a performance of various old and new Dollboy pieces at The De La Warr Pavilion in December 2013. It was a lovely show to do as we had a 180° panoramic view of the horizon at Bexhill wit the Royal Sovereign lighthouse in the centre. We had quite a few children there all playing handbells and chimes and we played along with them. Magical.
So DLWP commissioned Riz and me to devise new music in celebration of the building which we called Since 1935 and for which we assembled a new band featuring all the previous musicians which we called Non Blank. We spenty the summer working as artists-in-residence and made tape loops and sampled the building and sang in the hallways and played iuntruments in the balcony all as research for two performances given at the end of the summer. These performances we improvised to a script! Different both times but featuring friends playing bells and singing remotely. You can see some of it here: https://vimeo.com/114619163
The first 50 to be ordered from AF will arrive with a 2 mini CD live recording of our performance at The De La Warr Pavilion on 25th January this year.
Casual Nudism Vinyl & CD
In other news......a recent acquisition of long lost NOS Dollboy vinyl and CDs means that the second album, Casual Nudism is available from the DB Bandcamp page. Handmade LP sleeves and a free download with both CD and vinyl versions. The LP comes in two flavours, Japanese livery (less offensive if you consider a close-up of my mate's arse to be so) and the ROW version with the '30s nudists on the cover.
The album has now been reissued and is available from Second Language now.
The Ghost Stations concert at The Brunel Museum.
You can see the whole thing here thanks to Andres Vincente.
There's an album of remixes of tracks from Ulu just out for download on Bandcamp. Some great mixes from some great artists. I feel truly honoured.
I'm keeping this barkyhead film for our cover of Ivor Cutler's "Women of the World" on the home page because I love it. The track was originally issued on a free cassette at a show in Birmingham with Seeland in 2009.