RFM review

I’ve ended up staying with Radio Free Midwich because I heart them. Have a read of a review I wrote –

Anla Courtis – Antofagasta (Beartown Records) CD I’ve wanted to listen to the music of Anla Courtis for ages after reading that big article about him in The Wire, so I was thrilled to see this new CD by him on the Midwich review pile released by Beartown Records. And a bloody good job of […]

via Memories reworked and remembered again: Sophie Cooper on Anla Courtis and Vollar/Murray Tag Team on Culver versus Fordell Research Unit — radio free midwich

Tor Fest All Dayer

yes, yes, I know. I know I said I would never put a festival on again, think I’ve said this every year since 2002 but here we are – again. I love it really.

Click pic to buy a ticket!


Ever since Jake and I moved to Todmorden and started arranging shows here we always said that the number one band that we wanted to put on, at the top of every wish list, was Pelt. Honestly never thought it would happen but I guess if you dream enough… blub blub, might cry.

So yes! On the 19th February this year the mighty PELT are coming to TODMORDEN (?) and it’s their only gig in the UK outside of London. It’s pretty unbelievable but we are very lucky so I hope everyone reading this will make the effort to come and see this one off show of a lifetime here in our small Yorkshire town. It’s a Sunday but don’t worry, we’ve arranged it so everything will be over by 10pm so folks can get off home on the last trains.

In addition to Pelt we have the lads from the band performing in 3 other acts during the day plus a whole heap of local talent so it’ll be a great event. It’s £10 for the day with all proceeds, as always, going straight to the artists performing. Cheers to The Golden Lion for being so supportive of us, we love you.

Tickets available here – it’s quite a limited capacity so get a ticket soon as, even if you’re my friend it won’t guarantee entrance, soz. 

PELT Acoustic drone legends, incorporating elements of folk, traditional and old time music. Only UK show outside London, not to be missed!

SPIRAL JOY BANDPatrick Best and Mikel Dimmick, microtonal explorations and trance inducing dronescapes, only the second time they’ve played in the UK!

A member of Pelt and The Black Twig Pickers as well as a regular member of Steve Gunn’s band, Bowles has been carving out a name for himself as a solo artist fusing old-time appalachian banjo picking with avant-garde composition.

MIKE GANGLOFF & MATT PEYTONGangloff is the founder of both Pelt and The Black Twig Pickers. A new duo taking traditional old-time music in a new direction.

KELLY JAYNE JONES – Manchester based sound artist specialising in electro-acoustic works. Jones’ solo music combines live flute with subtle feedback with astonishing results. She is best known for being half of Part Wild Horses Mane On Both Sides.

BIRDS & SHIPS – Two members of local folk heroes the She-Shanties, Ruthie and Esther sing unaccompanied traditional folk and rolling shanties.

NEIL CAMPBELL – The artist formerly known as Astral Social Club, Neil Campbell is well known on the UK underground music scene for being a founding member of Vibracathedral Orchestra. Expect dense electronic sound that gives you psychedelic feelings.

MIA LA METTA – Leeds based, member of ‘Beards’, Kathy Grey’s solo project. Sythy art-pop constructions skewed with bizarro effects, wonked guitar and dreamy vocals.

ELEANOR CULLY – Charming guitar and vocals act from Hudderfield. Close mic hushed singing combined with light guitar and tape manipulations.

Right, now I never normally point this out (online I mean, I tell everyone I know in real life) but I think it’s really important in these times to be even more vocal so here we are. I’ve got 11 people playing, 6 are men, 5 are women, that’s a pretty good balance and it didn’t happen by accident. I actually thought to myself, huh, women are really unrepresented in the music scene so let’s give a platform to them and show the world how easy it is to include a bit of THOUGHTFUL PROGRAMMING. I do this at every single show I organise, it’s easy. Women are out there, you just have to think about it and present opportunities. I urge anyone putting on gigs to do the same and if you need advice about it please ask me – sofiesea@gmail.com





The Slowest Lift 10/02/17

Playing some new material with Julian at this gig in Feb at Wharf Chambers in Leeds:

7.30pm – 11pm

Facebook event page

£5 OTD | £4 unwaged

Abstract noise and audio paranoia from Gary Myles and Kieron Piercy, taking you ever deeper into the mind maze. Releases on Harbinger Sound, Chocolate Monk and Feral Tapes.

Pastoral wanderings through psychedelic dronescapes in this fresh collaboration between singer-songwriter Sophie Cooper and Julian Bradley of Vibracathedral Orchestra and The Piss Superstition.

Unholy metal punk from members of No Form, Perspex Flesh and Mob Rules. Hail Satan.

+ 1 more TBC

End of year…

…Thank God.

Musically this wasn’t the most terrible year ever but this has only been achieved by largely ignoring everyone outside. Get your head down, make some stuff happen, it’s the only way out.

Got some releases lined up for 2017 and a residency planned. More info for those who are interested may follow later.

Big love and respect to Norman Records for including my EP ‘Count the Days’ in their end of year list – good people.

Ta to Spools Out for having me on their radio show a week or so ago. I talk a bit about my girl Kelly Jayne Jones’ cassette on there.

I have one show lined up for 2017 in February with Julian Bradley in our group ‘The Slowest Lift’, that’ll be fun.

All the best if you are celebrating Christmas.




Tor Festival 2016 – and

Just a quick one to say thanks a million to everyone who played, came along, supported us with anything…it went really, really, well. It was the best turn out we’re had in the past three years which was very positive. Someone asked me last night who the best act was and I couldn’t pick one out for them, think that’s the thing about putting on just one day rather than two, you get the packed in quality – no filler. Anyway, who knows if it’ll happen again…. we’ve got our eyes on a bigger venue so we’ll see what happens with that idea.

All the bestest for now, keep an eye out for Tor Bookings shows in Todmorden please.

Sof x

Spools Out Radio Show

Spools Out of Resonance FM and The Quietus asked me to make a mix of music made only from tapes..so I did! Here are the results.

I also made them a jingle at the start recorded in the back of a taxi between Lancashire and Yorkshire.

Sophie Cooper is musician based in West Yorkshire, deploying vocals, trombone, guitars, and keys to make droney, dreamy, psychedelic experimental noise and folk music. She’s released several tapes and CDs of her own music to date, notably collaborating with French pianist Delphine Dora last year, and helping to run the Tor Festival in Todmorden.

This week, she’s dived into her tape collection to make an ace mix of lo-fi junk and trippy tunes…

email // spoolsoutradio@gmail.com
tweet // @Tristan_Bath

Fuzzy HellNet of Dust (Sofia Records)

Sophie Cooper’s Tape-Only Mix:
Avarus Live Lal#46
Sam Mcloughlin “Show your Sketches” Hood Faire
Irma Vep “Deep Sea Fish”
Ali Robertson Total Vermin #41
Gendhing Nujukarsa “Palaran Gobyog 7” Lokananta Recording
Wicked Game from Wild at Heart soundtrack on London Records Ltd
Harappian Night Recordings “Chudail Kay Chutar”  – Krayon #19
DDAA – Volume 1 Colour out of Space
Twin Sister Moon – Tor Press
Fuzzy Hell “hex songs” Sofia Records #3
“The Apology Line” 1996 manufactured by Disc Makers
Broery P – “Hatiku Hatiku menyatu” Gajah Mada Record
Daphne Oram – Pop Tryouts. Was ist Das
Throbbing Gristle “New T.G.” self released?
Etai Keshiki – split with Castrato Attack Group on Memoirs of an Aesthetic
Time Ghost – Threshole45 on CVSS #005
Blue Sabbath Black Fiji
Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan – Evening Ragas on Audiorec Limited
Ashtray Navigations – unfuck you. A Crater Lake release
Chopin Nocturnes – released by Naxos
Richard Chamberlain – mysikeflowslune self released
Tape with Paul and Chris on the cover – Beartown Records
Meitheal “Early in the spring” Fort Evil Fruit
Ignatz – Because life is too short – TPCASS04
Pre-recorded music from Nepal
Lubomyr Melnyk – The Lund – St Petri Symphony. Apparition Records
Brugmania in Excelsis – Arcane Pariah Records
Worship my panther – This is Scald House – WAS22
The restless dead and bird people – meet the dervishes of Khartoum. FEF34
Divil a bit – in deference to the squeamish
Nacht Insecten – Sick Head Tapes #5
Slow Listener – The long rain – Exotic Pylon 13
Hot Fanta – Dead or Alive. Fez the Facts 002
Talking Heads EMI Records
Pro Arte Guitar Trio – ASV Digital
Sump – self released
Stellfox – “woles” Peringatan Records
Duncan Harrison – Others Delete God – Reckno
The Beatles – with a little help from Ringo

These Feathers Have Plumes – Return II (Was ist Das?)