Dear all,

I’m booking some dates for SCANNER.
Robin Rimbaud (SCANNER) is available from 19th May onwards.

Please read this biography and also visit:

Robin Rimbaud (born in 1964 in Southfields, London) is an electronic
musician who works under the name Scanner due to his use of cell phone and
police scanners in live performance. He is also a member of the band
Githead with Wire’s Colin Newman and Malka Spigel and Max Franken from
Minimal Compact.

RoninRimbaud is also a writer and media critic[citation needed],
multi-media artist and record producer. He borrowed his stage name from
the device he used in his early recordings, picking up indeterminate radio
and mobile phone signals in the airwaves and using them as an instrument
in his compositions.

Growing up, Scanner was interested in avant garde literature, cinema and
music. When he was a teenager his family was bereaved when his father was
killed in a motorcycle accident.[1] He attended Kingston University in
Surrey, earning a degree in Modern Arts (BA). There, he formed a musical
project The Rimbaud Brothers with fellow student Tony Rimbaud, releasing
cassette editions in the early 1980s, later becoming Dau Al Set with the
addition of Chris Staley.

He released Peyrere compilation cassette album in 1986, featuring the work
of Nurse with Wound, Derek Jarman, Current 93, Coil and Test Dept. That
same year, he composed the soundtrack to a short film A Horse with No
Name, directed by Phil Viner, shown at the London Film Festival.

In 1989, he was commissioned to contribute to the Cultural Icons
publication (Bloomsbury) edited by James Park, writing many articles on
contemporary art, literature, music and dance.

His debut Scanner CD was released in 1992 on Ash International, a
subsidiary label of London’s Touch Music label. He continued to produce
the first dozen releases with Mike Harding of Touch, including Scanner²,
Mass Observation, Blind, and Runaway Train, a real-time recording of the
captivating radio contact between Alfie, controller of the line and
Wesley, the driver of a runaway train. Location: New Brunswick, Canada,
recorded 9 March 1948.

In 1994, he pioneered one of the first webzines, in the very early days of
the internet, I/O/D, in collaboration with Matthew Fuller and Graham
Harwood. In 1998, he presented Surface Noise on a London bus, commissioned
by Artangel, and won the Imaginaria 99 Award for Digital Arts, ICA London
the following year. He re-soundtracked Jean-Luc Godard’s Alphaville movie
in a series of performances around the world, whilst playfully presenting
16 concerts in one evening using a series of Scanner look-alikes to
perform in his absence. For 2003, he installed a permanent installation in
Raymond Poincaré hospital in Garches, France as part of the bereavement
suite Channel of Flight.[2] In 2004, Tate Modern commissioned Sound
Surface in collaboration with Stephen Vitiello as their first sonic arts
work. In the same year, he composed Europa 25, an alternative National
Anthem for Europe that was freely distributed via 10,000 CDs and a

He has continued to collaborate with classical musicians – Michael Nyman
for Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria, Musique Nouvelles in Belgium for
their ‘Play Along’ collaborative string quartet, and opera singer Patricia
Rozario for a new untitled work in 2007.

From 1994-2000, he set up and « curated » The Electronic Lounge music club
at London’s ICA, where these monthly sessions presented nights of music in
a social environment. Nights included presentations with the record
companies Warp Records, Irdial, Ninja Tune, Touch, Mego, Leaf Records and
many others.

Since 2000 he has featured on BBC Radio 4, as a commentator on issues
relating to popular music on a number of occasions.

Working with choreographer Wayne McGregor, he created Nemesis for Random
Dance in 2002, Detritus for Ballet Rambert in 2003, and Qualia for the
Royal Ballet in 2004. He continues to work with dance, with new works for
Shobana Jeyasingh and Siobhan Davies in 2007. In 2006 he created the sound
for Merce Cunningham’s E:vent at London’s Barbican theatre.

In 2006, he created Night Haunts, a monthly online artwork, working with
writer Sukhdev Sandhu and designers Mind Unit. He sound-designed Aitan
Errusi’s new British horror film Reverb. In 2007 he soundtracked British
filmmaker Steve McQueen’s film installation Gravesend, at the 52nd Venice

In 2008 he was President of Honour at the Qwartz Music Awards in Paris,
and scored the musical comedy Kirikou & Karaba in Paris, which was later
released on DVD (EMI). He premiered his six hour performance show, Of Air
and Eye at the Royal Opera House London in late 2008, and sound-designed
the new Philips Wake-Up Light with Philips Electronics in NL, a lamp to
wake you up with natural light and sound.

In 2009 He showed Atlantida, an HD film installation at the Canary Islands
Biennial, created in collaboration with filmmaker Olga Mink. In the summer
of 2009 he composed the soundtrack to the opening ceremony of the World
Swimming Championships in Rome, broadcast in 164 countries, and
soundtracked the new Samburg Corby telephone campaign in Italy.

In 2005, he was a contributing curator ‘J’en rêve’ at Fondation Cartier
Paris, and in 2006, jointly curated the video art exhibition ‘Mobile’ at
Espace Landowski Paris.

His BBC radio production of Jean Cocteau’s The Human Voice won the Prix
Marulic Award and recently, he won First Prize Neptun Water Prize for his
installation Wishing Well in Austria, in collaboration with Austrian
artist Katarina Matiasek. In 1998, he became ‘Professor Scanner’ at John
Moore’s University in Liverpool. In 2009 he became Visiting Professor at
University College Falmouth UK, and Visiting Professor at Le Fresnoy
National Centre for Contemporary Arts in Tourcoing France.

He is a Contributing Editor of, a London centric e-zine
which goes out weekly via HTML email to 27,000+ subscribers.

He recently contributed a chapter to Sound Unbound: Sampling Digital Music
and Culture (The MIT Press, 2008) edited by Paul D. Miller a.k.a. DJ
Spooky. In 2010 Rimbaud working with The Post Modern Jazz Quartet on Blink
of an Eye with a very subtle touch, embedding his sounds into those of the
New York jazz ensemble seamlessly as critics observed.

I hope to hear from you soon.




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