David Toop: Cramb Residency in Music 2020

David Toop: Cramb Residency in Music 2020

College of Arts School of Culture & Creative Arts: Material/Immaterial
Date: Thursday 27 February 2020 - Friday 28 February 2020
Time: 17:15 - 21:00
Venue: University of Glasgow Concert Hall
Category: Concerts and music, Social events
Speaker: David Toop

Cramb Residency in Music 2020 | David Toop
Thursday 27 & Friday 28 February
*Please note change from previously advertised dates*

All events are free but ticketed | Reserve your space via david-toop-cramb-2020.eventbrite.co.uk

David Toop, renowned experimental musician and celebrated author about all things ‘sound’ and ‘listening’, joins us as our 2020 Cramb Resident in Music.


Rap Attacks - Revisited | 'Popular Music and Politics' Seminar
14:00 - 16:00, Thursday 27 February

University of Glasgow Concert Hall

Limited to staff and student at the School of Culture & Creative Arts
In this special seminar as part of our Popular Music Politics course, Toop will take part in a wide ranging discussion of the politics of hip-hop, drawing on his landmark 1984 book ‘Rap Attack’ and beyond. 

Cramb Concert
19:00 - 21:00, Thursday 27 February

University of Glasgow Concert Hall
Co-presented with Music in the University

A concert of improvised music hosted by David Toop featuring Una McGlone (double bass), Ute Kanngiesser (cello) and Sebastian Lexer (piano+).

On Listening | An Open Conversation with David Toop and Guests
17:15 - 19:00, Friday 28 February

Room 204, Sir Alexander Stone Building

As befits the experimental, open, and inclusive practice of Toop as a musician and listener, our first event offers a public ‘round table’ on the theme of Listening - to sound, music, or anything else - featuring several invited guests from within and beyond the University. The audience will be welcome to join in, or might prefer just to sit and listen.


David Toop has been developing a practice that crosses boundaries of sound, listening, music and materials since 1970. This encompasses improvised music performance, writing, electronic sound, field recording, exhibition curating, sound art installations and opera. It includes seven acclaimed books, including Rap Attack (1984), Ocean of Sound (1995), Sinister Resonance (2010), Into the Maelstrom (2016), Flutter Echo (2019), and Inflamed Invisible: Writing On Art and Sound 1976-2018 (2020). Briefly a member of David Cunningham’s pop project The Flying Lizards in 1979, he has released thirteen solo albums, from New and Rediscovered Musical Instruments on Brian Eno’s Obscure label (1975) and Sound Body on David Sylvian’s Samadhisound label (2006) to Entities Inertias Faint Beings (2016). His 1978 Amazonas recordings of Yanomami shamanism and ritual were released on Sub Rosa as Lost Shadows (2016). In recent years his collaborations include Rie Nakajima, Akio Suzuki, Tania Chen, John Butcher, Ken Ikeda, Elaine Mitchener, Henry Grimes, Sharon Gal, Camille Norment, Sidsel Endresen, Alasdair Roberts, Thurston Moore, Ryuichi Sakamoto and a revived Alterations, the iconoclastic improvising quartet with Steve Beresford, Peter Cusack and Terry Day first formed in 1977. Curator of sound art exhibitions including Sonic Boom at the Hayward Gallery (2000), his opera – Star-shaped Biscuit – was performed as an Aldeburgh Faster Than Sound project in 2012. He is now Professor of Audio Culture and Improvisation at the London College of Communication

The Cramb Lecture in Music was founded in 1911 by Miss Susannah Cramb of the Hermitage, Helensburgh and in 1947 provision was made for the lecture to become an annual event. In more recent years the format has been expanded and visiting speakers have carried out an extended residency at the University. Residencies have incorporated public performance and seminars with Music students in addition to the traditional public lecture.

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