After several trips to the archives at the Southbank Centre, as well as numerous workshops and recording sessions, a ‘supergroup’ of musicians from various Club Soda bands (and especially named Royal Boil Alice for this project), wrote and recorded a site responsive piece of music called ‘Echoes in Time’. The following film captures the piece in all its glory.
This year our fundraiser is being supported by Hoodoos and will take place at Croydon Conference Centre. There’s over 9 hours of live music, interspersed with Soda Crew DJs and the crazy raffle!
Here’s the fantastic line-up:
The Nine Lives
Junk Time Party
The Beat Band
Tickets are just £5 on the door. See all you lovely people there!
19 MAR – 16 APR // MORDEN HALL PARK, STABLE YARD GALLERY (FOLLOW SIGNS TO THE STABLE YARD)
EXHIBITION OPENING // SUN 19 MAR, 12-2PM
Turf Projects presents an exhibition by the Club Soda Pop Artists at Morden Hall Park’s Stable Yard Gallery. ‘Weft and Warp’ is a collaborative work inspired by the historical textiles industries that existed along the River Wandle, which were at their height in the 18th and 19th centuries.
The river provided power for the mills used in the production of calico, natural dyes and fabric printing. Some of the most celebrated textiles printers and manufacturers working along the Wandle were William Kilburn, William Morris and Arthur Liberty. The Club Soda Pop Artists have hand dyed calico with indigo, using the traditional Japanese technique of Arashi Shibori, which creates a pattern that resembles moving water. This has then been embellished with embroidery and printing using industrial objects.
With thanks to Wandle Industrial Museum, Morden Hall Park, Croydon Council, Arts Council England and our volunteers, Jacinta Bridge, Mattina Hiwaizi, Jasmine Popper and Meg Southwood.
/ WITH WORK BY
Angela Rebecca Carrett
Loraine Ann O’Shaughnessy
Robert Leslie Lovejoy
The Stable Yard Gallery,
Morden Hall Road
You can get a tram from outside East Croydon station. Get a tram going towards Wimbledon. Get off at the stop Phipps Bridge, which is at the gates to the park.
Nearest stop is Morden (Northern Line), then 500 yards walk along Aberconway Road.
There is free parking available.
A Glimpse of What’s to Come
‘A Glimpse of What’s to Come’, is the name of a new composition by Club Soda musicians. A response to a commission by Drake Music in association with Southbank Centre.
Club Soda’s composition has been inspired by the brutalist architectural style of the Queen Elizabeth Hall on London’s Southbank. The musicians have been influenced by some of the early concerts that were staged at the venue, notably that of Pink Floyd in 1967, David Bowie in 1969 and some of the early Radiophonic workshops that took place there. After spending time researching the archives and exploring the The Southbank, the musicians have recorded a special piece of music on the site itself. No postproduction was used on the recording in order to capture the pure atmosphere and the acoustics of the site, the reflections and the reverbs of the spaces.
‘A Glimpse of What’s to Come’, will be performed live at a special event taking place at the ICA on the 17th March, along with three other commissions by disabled musicians. It will be an evening of audio visual delight, performances, films, improvisation and installations featuring up and coming artists from across London.
For tickets to this very special event, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/resonate-an-evening-with-drake-music-bold-electric-eclectic-tickets-32119950637
The ICA is an accessible venue.
Check out some of the great acts at the last Soda Beat
Huge thanks to Constant Flux for releasing The Carbonators 3rd Album!!
Constant Flux says, “NUMBER ONE is easily their best work to date – reflected in how amazing they’ve been the last few times they’ve played. A unified force to be reckoned with, 5 songs that take you through a journey through their lives, at times honest, surreal, funny and emotional. I fell in love with this record the first time I heard it & I hope you do too.”
Available as a limited edition cassette with download or on all your usual digital streaming and downloading sites. Check it out – BUY/LISTEN HERE – http://smarturl.it/
Please support our artist group, The Pop Artists, to win £300 funding to support their activities next year. It only takes a couple of minutes to vote and you can cast a vote every week. Click on the link below:
We are thrilled to announce Club Soda has won a commission from Drake Music in partnership with Southbank Centre, to create a new piece of music that will be inspired by stories from the 1960’s about the Queen Elizabeth Hall. The Hall is currently closed for refurbishment and this commission is an invitation to look back on the impact that the building has had over the past 50 years.
It’s a fantastic opportunity for Club Soda musicians, who are all exceptionally creative. This project will help them grow as artists and music makers. When we told some of the main participants their response was overwhelmingly positive and excited, saying things like: ‘Amazing! Can’t wait to get started’, ‘I’m speechless’, ‘Lovely, rock ‘n’ roll!’ and ‘You’re kidding? I can’t believe it’.”
The commissions programme aims to act as driver and model for a more inclusive arts sector, whilst demonstrating high quality new work by talented artists using new technology.
Work will get underway in January and the new piece of music will be presented at a showcase event in March 2017.
The Carbonators will be playing at DIY Space For London this Friday (25 November) alongside Charla Fantasma, Joy-Rides and Catherine O’Rourke.
Charla Fantasma is a three-piece girl gang playing ghostly tunes while trying not to freak themselves out.
Joy-Rides have been going for over 11 years without compromising or practicing and have now swollen to 7 people who make noises, 2 of whom are a big booming rumbling rhythm unit and one is primordial keyboards and one is a sex-toy guitar and one is a dying-whale trumpet and one is a fire-alarm electric violin and 2 people assertively vocalising epigrammatic mantra phrases and there’s a big noise and there’s shouting and it is theatrical and spectacular and visual and intense and everyone gets very excited not least the audience. They have a pact to play at least one gig a year forever.
Reverb-heavy 80’s influenced pop from an enigmatic DIY artist that has been recording and performing in and around Brighton and London for years.
Catherine O’Rouke: 20:00
The Carbonators: 21:15
Charla Fantasma: 22:00
Night runs until: 23:00
£5 on the door / carers free / nobody turned away for lack of funds
Flat access / Gender Neutral Accessible toilets
Full access info: diyspaceforlondon.org/
DIY Space For London is a volunteer/community run space, to attend events here you must be a member. Joining costs £2, lasts for a year, and you can pay online. Membership takes 48 hours to take effect and you will receive a membership card the first time you visit the space. Please note that you must be 18 years and over to be a club member; people under 18 can come to the space but must be accompanied by a cardholder.
Check out some of the great acts at the last Soda Beat!