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

Pre-Sophie-Music:
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

Post-Sophie-Music:
These Feathers Have Plumes – Return II (Was ist Das?)

 

TOR FUSS 2016 !!

See you there? This is happening very very soon… we have sold loads of tickets so thanks to everyone who has already got one. The rest of you, buy one now! Click on this image of my dog’s eyes to purchase:

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There are loads of band’s playing:

Friday –

MAGPAHI– ETHEREAL FOLK SONGS FILLED WITH MYSTERY AND INTRIGUE.

SOPHIE COOPER AND JULIAN BRADLEY– NEW DUO EXPERIMENTING WITH VOCALS, TROMBONE AND ELECTRONICS, AMAZING STUFF.

TOR INVOCATION BAND– AMORPHOUS GROUP WITH NO FIXED LINE UP, DILAPIDATED DRONE AND HAZY DISINTEGRATING PSYCH.

Saturday –

BONG – ULTRA HEAVY PSYCHEDELIC DOOM MASTERS FROM NEWCASTLE

TOM CARTER– FOUNDING MEMBER PSYCHEDELIC FOLK LEGENDS CHARALAMBIDES, SPECTRAL GUITAR METAMORPHOSIS.

SAMARA LUBELSKI– PASTORAL FOLK TINGED POP SONGS, SAMARA HAS PLAYED IN THE TOWER RECORDINGS, MV & EE, THURSTON MOORE’S BAND AND CHELSEA LIGHT MOVING, AMONGST MANY OTHERS.

IGNATZ– THE ALIAS OF BELGIUM’S BRAM DEVENS, SPARSE, DEEPLY PERSONAL AND EMOTIVE SONGS, CAPTIVATING AND ENTHRALING.

BLOOD STEREO – EXPERIMENTAL NOISE DUO OF DYLAN NYOUKIS AND KAREN CONSTANCE, ALWAYS A BLAST AND NEVER PREDICTABLE, DEMOLISHED FENG SHUI.

ASHTRAY NAVIGATIONS – PSYCHEDELIC LEGENDS CONSISTENTLY PRODUCING MIND MELTINGLY GREAT MUSIC.

EARLY MAMMAL– MAMMOTH FUZZ CLOAKED PSYCHEDELIC ROCK, HEAVY STUFF.

RYOKO AKAMA – SOUND ARTIST FROM JAPAN VIA UK WORKING WITH OBJECTS AND ELECTRONICS, DELICATE INTRICATE WORK EXPLORING SPACES AND ENVIRONS.

HARAPPIAN NIGHT RECORDINGS– ANARCHIC EUPHORIC MADNESS, INSTRUMENTS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD BLASTED TOGETHER IN A FRENETIC VORTEX.

ROMAN NOSE – TRIO OF JON MARSHALL, SARAH MCWATT AND CHARLIE COLLINS, RELENTNESS ECSTATIC PROPULSIVE MONSOON.

CHRISSIE CAULFIELD – ELECTRIC VIOLIN THROUGH MORE EFFECTS PEDALS THAN YOU CAN COUNT, ENTRANCING STUFF.

Sunday –

TAPE ROAST – DROP BY THE GOLDEN LION FOR A SUNDAY ROAST AND SOME TAPE DJING.

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What’s going on.

Thought I’d do an update about what’s been happening over the summer with music and all that. Been a hectic one for sure.

My summer tour with Delphine Dora went amazingly well. I was a bit nervous about how a whole tour where the music is completely improvised might go but turned out pretty great. Wonderful crowds all around the UK, ace hosts, good to catch up with pals over this island, yep. Fun too.

Supernormal was a blast particularly, what a festival. Honestly I’ve never felt so supported by an organisation before to be an “artist”. They were so supportive of me going off and experimenting for them that resulted in me trying some stuff out with Julian Bradley which we performed at the fest. They had no idea about what we were going to do but that wasn’t important to them really, I mean, they trusted us A LOT and isn’t that a special thing? The show was heartwarming for us and an album is almost complete as a result of this support so thank you Supernormal for being so open minded.

One of mine and Julian’s new tracks got some Late Junction BBC3 love too thanks to Supernormal. Listen here – http://bbc.in/2c5aTA0

Delphine and I are working on a new release right now too, here’s a track which may or may not be part of it:

In other news Tor Festival 2016 is around the corner! I’ll do a separate post about that but it’s basically shaping up well and will be lots of fun, always is🙂

All for now, cheers for reading x

 

 

Collaboration with Julian Bradley

I’ve been working on a new collaboration with Julian Bradley (the piss superstition / Vibracathedral Orchestra) and have been absolutely loving it. Can’t wait to get the record released but for now here’s a nice pic of the two of us, some words on the collab and a song we’ve been working on. First live outing will be at this year’s Supernormal Festival. 

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Separated by Lancashire-West Yorkshire boundary, Sophie Cooper and Julian Bradley have recently embarked on a new distance duo for performance at this year’s Supernormal Festival. A release is also in the works as a result of this project.

Julian Bradley is a founder member of Vibracathedral Orchestra, solo as The Piss Superstition, in Never Rad with Luke Poot, and a past member of The Negative Kite. His sound has been described as intricate electronic calligraphy produced by malfunctioning effects units, tapes and guitar.

In collaboration with Sophie Cooper, a musician interested in reimagining the conventions of song writing through incorporation of drones, weird noises and alternative vocal approaches, the duo have created a series of pieces where fuzztone and feedback patterns pulsate, sweet vocal lines play with repetition and a sense of maximalism is achieved.

New Releases

Hello!

I had a new 3 inch EP out on the ace Rural Colours label last week. I dipped a toe into the waters of ambient drone trombone for it… Actual copies will be on sale at my gigs but you can also have a listen here:

https://ruralcolours.bandcamp.com/album/count-the-days

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This amazing 7 inch also came out, or is due to soon, on NZ based label ‘End of the Alphabet Records’. Alastair Galbraith is on one side (swoon swoon, I love this guy’s music like you wouldn’t believe) and I’m playing piano and singing with Mike n Cara Gangloff and me Jake Blanchard on the other. It’s a dream come true, have a listen:

https://endofthealphabetrecords.bandcamp.com/album/slavery-in-sulfur-house

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Just came back from France where I was recording and practicing with Delphine Dora. We have a few shows coming up in the UK this summer so have a look at my Live dates to see where. We’ll see what happens with the new recordings.

Lastly I’ve been working on a new project with someone to be revealed (by the guys who asked it to happen in the first place) but here’s a song that we’ve been working on. I’m loving this collaboration so much…

– Sof x

 

Dear diary

I seem to be spending a fair bit of time juggling a lot of musical plates at the moment. Currently preparing for a solo gig this Saturday with the lovely Daniel Bachman and hilarious user of Miitomo Dean McPhee. Last time I saw Dan was in Durham, North Carolina. We drank $4 bottles of wine acquired at some posh health food shop which made the price tag more acceptable. Anyway, it’ll be great, in Todmorden, at The Golden Lion. Here’s a FB page for it. So yeah. I’ve actually got a release out soon but I guess I’ve got to wait for the label to “announce” it or whatnot. It’s a solo trombone job, drone songs, I’m pleased with it. I’ve been asked to make another solo record but again, under the hat for now. You know how the music biz is. I’m going to France this month to record another record with Delphine Dora at her isolated home location. Mountains just everywhere apparently but I can’t imagine going skiing. Fair amount of snow about right now isn’t there? We are playing our first live show together while I’m out there on the 28th May at La Loupiote – Cafe Asso, Aurillac, France. I’m hoping DD knows where this is because I don’t. We will be performing together at Supernormal Festival in August and following that we will be doing a few dates around the UK, there’ll be a separate memo regarding these details later on. I’m performing twice at Supernormal but again, can’t say what until the festival does. I’d like to announce it to the world right now because I’m really happy with the preparations for this one, sounds ace. Another thing, I’ll be at the festival Sin Eater in June, playing trombone with the Tor Invocation Band. That’ll be a laugh. Hoping my new dog Dana will be allowed to come along for the show. Ok, better stop this ramble now.