Home – Live in London

Performing at Sofar London on 24/04/2018.

‘Home’ was written by Jin Theriault (soprano sax) and developed by Perhaps Contraption with the support of Snape Maltings ‘Open Space’ artist residency scheme.

Soprano Sax / Voice – Jin Theriault Flute / Voice – Christo Squier Sousaphone – Iain Mcdonald Tenor Sax / Voice – Steph Legg French Horn / Voice – Letty Stott Glockenspiel / Voice – Catherine Ring Trombone / Voice – Mickey Bones Bass Trombone – Yusuf Narcin Drums – Frisk Dadler

Our New Theatrical Performance

The first ‘work-in-progress’ performance of Perhaps Contraption’s new live show, designed for theatrical venues.

The performance can also be scaled for site-specific experiences.

Artistic Director Christo Squier talks through the process of creating this work so far.

Aired inside Snape Maltings ‘Building 9’ for the ‘Festival of New’ on September 7th 2018. Perhaps Contraption are currently artists-in-residence on Snape Maltings ‘Open Space’ scheme 2017 – 2019.

Throughout this time they are developing this new work, with the intention of releasing the accompanying album and touring from Autumn 2019 onwards.

There will be 2 more work-in-progress performances before the album and show premiere in Autumn 2019. The next iterations will also feature lighting design and projection.

You can see them at another Snape Maltings ‘Open Session’ on; -Sunday 10th February 2019 – 4pm -Saturday 25th May 2019 – 6pm Tickets available here https://snapemaltings.co.uk/whats-on/… https://snapemaltings.co.uk/concerts-… https://perhapscontraption.co.uk/

The Troupe

Catherine Ring – Xylophone, Glockenspiel, Percussion, Voice
Iain Mcdonald – Sousaphone, Voice
Charly Jolly – Tenor Sax, Voice
Yusuf Narcin – Bass Trombone, Voice
Letty Stott – French Horn, Voice
Christo Squier – Electric Guitar, Flute, Tenor Sax, Voice
Jin Theriault – Soprano Sax, Voice
Mickey Bones – Trombone, Voice
Riccardo Castellani – Drums

Movement Direction – Lucy Ridley and Perhaps Contraption
Live Sound – Jon Hart, Synergy Audio
Audio Production – Guillaume Robertson

Filmed and edited by Paul McHale https://www.olddeadeye.com
Produced and Directed by Christo Squier in partnership with Snape Maltings https://www.snapemaltings.co.uk

 

 

Up and Out

Written and animated by Mikibo using Scratch.

Lyrics

Beat, my heart beats and it beats ’til it burns,
yeah it burns and it burns,
and I’m going up to the next stage (yeah)!

Try, oh I try and try to get more,
and some more and some more,
’til I’m up and out from this cramped cage.

And the path is covered densely with thick weed,
but trust I am not driven by my greed.
For every nettle there’s dock leaf,
for all this holly, I see wreaths.

Climb, how I climb! And I clamber on up.
I go up and then up and now I’m the best, I’m the best, I’m the best,
and now I’m going up to the next stage (yeah)!

Fought, how I fought! And I fought to be top.
I still fight to be top, I’m right at the top,
(you’re the best) at the top,
and now I’m going up through the next stage.
Up and out from that cramped cage.

And the path is covered densely with thick weed,
but trust I am not driven by my greed.
For every nettle there’s dock leaf,
for all this holly, I see wreaths.

Fall and I fall, yes I fell but it’s fine,
because I fell in good times…
Up and out from all that strain (yeah).

Work, how I worked! And I worked to just to fight,
and then I fought and I fought, just to be the best.
(You’re the best) You’re too kind!
But now I’m up and out from all that pain.
Up and out is where I went.
Up and out from this whole game.
Up and out past happy,
I am content.

Droplets / Molecules

Droplets / Molecules is from the new Perhaps Contraption album Mud Belief to be released on 3 June. Pre-order Mud Belief over here.

Produced and Directed by Squier Squier
Director of Photography: Paul McHale
Editing: Matt Jolly
Decor Design: Abi Sehmi
Decor Assistants: Vicky Frazer, Elisa Garghentino, Ellie Birkenhead-Jones
Projection Mapping and Lighting Design: Tom Wright and Thom Buttery of Limbic Cinema.
Shot at The Premises Studios, November 2014.

With thanks to GoPro, The Premises Studios and all the crew.

Words:

It grows and grows.
Minuscule unknown,
Magnitude how it grows and grows.
Molecules entwine,
Solitude how it ebbs and flows.
Molecules, they know.
Magnitude how it grows and grows
(it grows)

Lay Low

From our forthcoming album, MUD BELIEF…

The song is available here as a free / pay-what-you-can download

Filmed in the depths of East London, by a canal, sometime in November 2014.

Animation by Katy Harrald

With thanks to Paul at Old deadeye

Edited and Graded by Matt Jolly (i.e. Uncle Sshh, our bass trombonist).

I am I

I am I, the opening track from Perhaps Contraption’s forthcoming album Mud Belief. Filmed with projection mapping in 360 degrees for virtual reality.

Watch using the Youtube app on your smart phone and move it to look around the set, or use Google Cardboard for the full virtual reality experience.

Credits

Filmed at the Premises Studios, November 2014.

Director of Photography: Paul McHale for Old Dead Eye
Projection Mapping and Lighting Design: Limbic Cinema
Virtual reality engineering: Matt Jolly
360 and VR assistance: Rich Tongeman

Decor: Abi Sehmi
Decor Assistants: Vicky Frazer, Elisa Garghentino, Ellie Birkenhead-Jones

Produced and Directed by Squier Squier

With thanks to GoPro and The Premises Studios.

Words

I am I
I am
Get light.
Be Light.

Be here now be here.
Now here be now be.

Get light get light get light
be light

Be well, now, be still.

I am I
I am

try to reconnect between the ether.
try to reconnect us back to together
find the light get the lights
behold your every sight.

Perambulations

Our new music video is full of dancers, lights and shapes, and of course brass. Watch it from any performer’s point of view, just click when the boxes pop up and choose your own journey through the composition…

Troubleshooting:
– It only works on desktop or laptop, not your phone or tablet.
– If the bubbles aren’t showing up, click on the speech bubble on the control bar of the video player to show them.
– If the videos aren’t starting at the right place, try enabling HTML5 mode.
– To have the speech bubbles show up by default, turn it on in you Youtube settings.

Please support independent music!

The performers and crew of Perambulations by Perhaps Contrapion
The performers and crew of Perambulations

For full credits and behind the scenes, take a look at the blog post.

Kepler’s Breakfast

Our dear friend Kate Riegle van West has created a beautiful new video, using her virtuosic Poi skills. She’s made an edit of our song Kepler’s Breakfast, and choreographed this magical, intricate sequence. She has led the first scientific study EVER on the effects of Poi on cognitive and physical function… you can learn more over at www.spinpoi.com I met Kate in 2008, a brief encounter at Burning Man, and since she has introduced this band to many wonders; including the bold, burgeoning HONK! Festival community in USA and beyond. I feel so honoured that she has embellished our music with such flowing majesty! Gratitude! — Squier X

https://www.spinpoi.com