In a celebration of a genuinely iconic building, non-blank will be performing Since 1935, a semi-improvised suite of music based on recordings, schemes and strategies made and devised in and around the De La Warr Pavilion. Over the summer, Oliver Cherer and Riz Maslen have been in in residence at the pavilion, in both public and private spaces, exploring the sonic possibilities that the architecture has to offer. From the mechanical fire curtain on the stage to the pitch-modulating echo of the auditorium balcony, the claustrophobia of its roof void and the deep natural reverb of the staircases, the building’s very particular spaces have provided samples and inspiration which the duo will use as the basic ingredients of their performance on November 15th.
Recent shows have included spontaneous composition involving church organs, a male voice choir, school children armed with hand bells and game passers-by on massed corrugaphones.
Riz is Maslen well known for her long list of recordings and projects under the Neotropic moniker and Ollie Cherer has been trading for the last decade under musical alias Dollboy and, along with Darren Morris on keyboard instruments and Jack Hayter on steel guitar and viola, they come together as non-blank and will be "playing the building" in a live experiment in sound and music. They will be using old tape machines, organic, analogue and digital instruments, voices and willing members of the audience to improvise around and react to the results of their summer research at the De La Warr Pavilion