The London/Berlin based Not Applicable Artists team is going to invade some of Berlin’s most notorious improv and experimental hotspots, in this series of events dealing with cinema, software quests and of course an abundance of adventurous, risky, razor-edged, cliff-hanging, live music.

Follow us during this nine day tour de force around town, which will finish with a big party at one of Berlin’s most historical underground landmarks, the Eschschloraque.

Thursday 2nd September
Isambard Khroustaliov / Maurizio Ravalico duo @ Sowieso

Friday 3rd September
Isambard Khroustaliov / Maurizio Ravalico duo
@ Club der Polnischen Versager

Saturday 4th September 
Isambard Khroustaliov
/ Lothar Ohlmeier / Ollie Bown / Tom Arthurs @ NK

Sunday 5th September
Large scale improvising ensemble curated by Anna Kaluza, featuring Axiom by Isambard Khroustaliov @ Wendel

Monday 6th September
Not Applicable film
night @ Lichtblick

Tuesday 7th September
The Not Applicable Artists @ Finnlandzentrum

Wednesday 8th September
The Not Applicable Artists @ Babette

Friday 10th September
Fiiuum Shaarrk @ Eschloraque

click on the dates above to see individual events or see details for the entire festival here: (more…)

Isambard Khroustaliov, Lothar Ohlmeier, Ollie Bown and Tom Arthurs will be showing work at this years North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam on Sunday 11th July 2010 courtesy of Juha at Non-Fiction. I say ‘showing work’ because, although Lothar and Tom will actually be performing at the event, Ollie and I will not be there … instead, we will be sending software to perform with Lothar and Tom, the aim being to have it run autonomously without any human intervention during the performance.

As Ollie muses on his blog, it’s a somewhat strange scenario, but not altogether without precedent. In many ways, I like to think of it as a kind of ‘v.2.0’ re-reading of traditional music notation, where the score has moved off the the page and into the world of code, when you think of it like this, sending a bunch of embedded ideas and concepts for someone else to realise as a performance has evidently been going on for centuries.

However, what is nice, is that it feels like the world of non-determinist scores and strategies (as cooked up by 20th Century composers such as Cardew and Cage) are finally finding what feels like a new home of sorts in the form of computer music, where these type of abstract strategies and procedures are the norm rather than the exception.

Above, you can find a video of Ollie explaining a similar concert we were both involved in along with a crack team of computer programmers as part of the Live Algorithms for Music Network last summer. Below are the details of our forthcoming performance at the North Sea Jazz Festival.

Sunday 11th July 2010 @ 19:15

Isambard Khroustaliov, Lothar Ohlmeier, Ollie Bown and Tom Arthurs

New series of pieces entitled ‘Long Division’ for two performers and autonomous electronics.

musical assistant: Roy Carroll

North Sea Jazz Festival 2010,
Volga Hall,


It was nice to go into Foyles here in London not so long ago and find a book I contributed a score to on display. I’ve still yet to receive a copy from the publisher myself, but it kept me enthralled for a good half an hour in the shop, I can really recommend it.

You can pick up a copy at Foyles or on Amazon and you can hear a realised version of the score published in the book, entitled ‘Aporia’ on ‘Ohka’.