09/19/2014

10653444_728909177145621_6859405507485520794_nGraphic is a group show opening September 20th at Gallery Nine5, 24 Spring Street, NYC 10012. The exhibition includes Anne Senstad‘s video piece “The Lockerplant Projections“, which features sound by JG Thirlwell.The piece was previously shown at Centre Pompidou, Haus der Kulturen der Welt and Beirut Art Center with Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid in 2011. The exhibition also contains works by Rubin415, Ye Hongxing, Desire Obtain Cherish, Jessica Lichtenstein, Jeremy Flick and Oona Ratcliffe and will run until October 29 2014.

09/17/2014

eMEGO197cvr-350JG Thirlwell has remixed a track for COH which will appear on the album “To Beat Or Not To Beat”. Along with new material, the album also features remixes by John Parish, Matmos, Ryuchi Sakamoto and Drew McDowall. ”To Beat Or Not To Beat” is an companion album to “To Beat”, which was released by Mego in May 2014. COH (pronounced “Son”) is the nom-de-musique of Russian-born Ivan Pavlov.

“To Beat Or Not To Beat” will be released by Mego Records on vinyl only November 24, 2014.

09/02/2014

JBritish Summer Time 2014 - July 4thG Thirlwell just completed a remix of a new song by Faith No More, which be released on a single preceding their first new album in 18 years. Entitled “Motherfucker”, the single will come out as a seven inch on Reclamation thru Ipecac Records on November 28 2015, with the band version on one side and the JG Thirlwell remix on the other.

08/26/2014

No-houndThe Great Learning Orchestra will take part in the exhibition No Sound Is Innocent  at Marabouparken Konsthall in Sundbyberg, Sweden. In the exhibition they will show what they are referring to as the a4 room, where one page graphic scores will be displayed, along with corresponding recorded interpretations of them.

“a4 room is a cross-border project between visual art, composed music and improvisation which was initiated in 2004 by Leif Jordansson for The Great Learning Orchestra. It was initially an open invitation to contribute with a composition for orchestra, with the only restriction that it should be written to fit on an a4 sheet. Now it has now grown into an archive with more than 140 compositions made by artists and composers from different genres and from all over the world.” Included in the collection are by two scores by JG Thirlwell, as well as scores by LaMonte Young, Christine Ödlund, John Cage, Per Magnusson, Arnold Dreyblatt, Ebba Matz, Tony Harris, Hugh Shrapnel and many more.

On the opening night, August 29 2014, participants of the Great Learning Orchestra will perform one of Thirlwell’s scores.

The No Sound Is Innocent exhibition will also include Erik Bünger and Angelika Mesiti. The exhibition will run until November 30 2014.

08/10/2014

.The newly formed duo of JG Thirlwell and Sarah Lipstate which debuted  at The Stone in NYC in April 2014, will return to NYC for a pair of shows in October. They will play at Joe’s Pub in Manhattan October 2 , and at Saint Vitus in Greenpoint, Brooklyn on  October 4. The latter show is a benefit  for the David Lynch Foundation , which provides transcendental meditation training to those in need. Soft Pink Truth , the side project of Drew Daniel of Matmos, and JGT fave Dominique Leone are also on the Saint Vitus bill.

In this project, Thirlwell plays synthesizers and electronics and Lipstate (aka Noveller) plays guitar through a multitude of effects. Tickets for the Joe’s Pub show are available now. Photo by Robert Kenney.

08/04/2014

Screen shot 2014-08-04 at 1.18.49 PMJG Thirlwell is currently scoring Venture Bros Season Six. There is a expected to be a double episode special, based on the space station Gargantua 2, completed and aired this year. The remaining episodes will air in 2015. A Venture Bros Season Six teaser just posted by Adult Swim doesn’t give too much away, but you can hear some bits of the new music JG has written for the Gargantua 2 special episode.

07/18/2014

Skandion_toppfreq_out 1.2∞(skandion) will be the first permanent freq_out sound installation. It will be installed in the small garden at the new Skandion Clinic for cancer treatment in Uppsala, Sweden, and inaugurated in the fall of 2014. The following artists will contribute to the sound installation : Tommi Grönlund / Petteri Nisunen, Mike Harding, Jana Winderen, Finnbogi Petursson, Anna Ceeh / Franz Pomassl, Jacob Kirkegaard, The Sons of God (Kent Tankred / Leif Elggren), BJNilsen, Maia Urstad, JG Thirlwell, Brandon LaBelle, Christine Ödlund, Permagnus Lindborg and artist curator Carl Michael von Hausswolff. The project curator is Lotta Mossum and project organizors are Tomas Nilsson and Akademiska Hus.
The Skandion Clinic is the first clinic for proton therapy in Scandinavia. Proton therapy makes it possible to treat cancer more effectively and with fewer side effects than with conventional radiation therapy.  The clinic is located in Uppsala, Sweden and the first patient is expected to be treated in 2015. The clinic is designed at present for treatment of 1000 patients per year, but with an option of future expansion.

The artists of freq_out feel very honored to contribute to this project.

05/24/2014

DSC04363JG Thirlwell has been meeting and work-shopping with The Great Learning Orchestra in Stockholm, with a view to JG creating a major composition for them. When completed the piece would likely premiere in 2015. The Great Learning Orchestra is a network of a little more than one hundred musicians from different genres, cities and countries, meeting up to explore music with listening in the center. They are based in Stockholm, but collaborates with composers and musicians from all over the world. They have performed pieces by Terry Riley, Gavin Bryars, Lou Reed, Arnold Dreyblatt and many more, as well as performing a multitude of visual and instruction scores from a wide gamut of artists and composers. As their name suggests, they are structurally based on a model suggested by Cornelius Cardew‘s Scratch Orchestra.

05/24/2014

Screen shot 2014-05-24 at 7.25.50 AMThe annual Bang On A Can Marathon concert will take place on Sunday June 22 at the Winter Garden at the World Financial Center in NYC as part of the River To River Festival. At the concert the Bang On A Can All Stars will perform JG Thirlwell’s composition “Anabiosis”. This piece was originally commissioned by the Bang On A Can People’s Commissioning Fund in 2005 and performed by the All Stars that year. Subsequently JG Thirlwell rearranged and refined the composition for his Manorexia ensemble and performed it extensively. Further to this, a studio recording (performed fully by JG Thirlwell) was released on 2011′s Manorexia Dinoflagellate Blooms album. Moving full circle, JG has worked with Nathan Koci to integrate refinements developed in the composition from subsequent work into a new score for the All Stars, and this will be played at the BOAC marathon.

The concert will feature music by Louis Andriessen, Armando Bayolo, Jherek Bischoff, Carlos Carrillo, Bryce Dessner, Julius Eastman & Jace Clayton, Michael Gordon, Judd Greenstein, Brooks Frederickson, Molly Joyce, David LangPaula Matthusen, Marc Mellits, Meredith Monk, Andrew Norman, Caroline Shaw, JG Thirlwell, and Julia Wolfe.

The concert will feature performances by Adrianna Mateo, Anonymous 4, Bang on a Can All-Stars & friends, Bearthoven, Contemporaneous, Dawn of Midi, Great Noise Ensemble, Jace Clayton (aka DJ/rupture) & friends, Jherek Bischoff, Mantra Percussion, Meredith Monk & Theo Bleckmann, Roomful of Teeth and So Percussion.

The concert runs from noon until midnight and admission is free!

04/28/2014

VentureBros_S5_DVDSeason Five of The Venture Bros is out now on DVD and Blu-ray. The release feature all eight episodes from its fifth season, (one of which is a double episode), plus the bonus episodes “A Very Venture Halloween” and “From the Ladle to the Grave: The Shallow Gravy Story.” You’ll also find deleted scenes and episode commentaries from creator / director Jackson Publick and fellow writer, director and executive producer Doc Hammer.
JG Thirlwell is particularly proud of the scores he created for the show on season five, so keep your ears open as well as your eyeballs peeled.