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Remixing the Archives

On 18, Jul 2017 | In Adrian Utley, Asian Arts Agency, PunjabTronix, Watershed | By JM

Sat 29 July 11:00am

Get insights from musicians and creatives about working with archives to create new works. Guests include Bristol-based filmmaker John Minton, known for his experimental, lo-fi, and hallucinatory style of filmmaking working with the likes of Portishead, Noel Gallagher and most recently with Get the Blessing and DJ Swami on Punjabtronix, a new commission by Asian Arts Agency in partnership with Watershed to promote international collaborations between artists from England and India to respond to Reimagine India 2017.




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Adrian Utley & John Parish support Trinity Community Arts

On 17, Apr 2017 | In Adrian Utley, Live | By JM

Trinity Centre – The Trinity Anthem

The Trinity Anthem was written and produced by Adrian Utley and John Parish to raise money towards the essential repairs needed to the iconic Trinity Centre, Bristol. The Anthem was performed and recorded live at the Trinity Centre on Tuesday 4th April 2017 by Adian Utley, John Parish, Stig Manley, Hazel Winter, Alex Vann, Alex Lee, Alex Hogg , Ben Shillabeer, Deej Dhariwal, Charlie Romijn, Jim Barr and Tim Allen – our sincere thanks go to all of the musicians who contributed to the recording and performance

Donations from the Trinity Anthem will support the £750,000 cost of essential repairs to the iconic Trinity towers and the building, including the long-neglected but beautiful stained glass windows. You can support Trinity’s Conservation project by text ROOF31 £5/£10/£20/£50 to 70070, or visit

Ukes and Moogs

On 11, Jul 2016 | In Adrian Utley, Live, Moog Ensemble, Will Gregory | By JM

Expect humour and eclectic repertoire as we bring together a multitude of Moogs with ‘the nation’s ukulele orchestra’ _ in an unprecedented double-bill. The synth-pop of Goldfrapp’s Will Gregory joins extracts from Wendy Carlos’ _Clockwork Orange soundtrack and her ground-breaking Switched-On Bach album, followed by the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain: a group who believe that all genres of music are available for reinterpretation – as long as they are played on the ukulele. Expect anything from Tchaikovsky to Nirvana, via Otis Redding and Spaghetti Western soundtracks, before the Ukes and Moogs team up at the end for something new, surprising and delightful.



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Will Gregory’s Moog Ensemble

On 02, Jul 2015 | In Adrian Utley, Live, Will Gregory | By JM

Will Gregory (Goldfrapp), Adrian Utley (Portishead) and an ensemble of jazz, classical and punk musicians exploit the full potential of the Moog synthesiser, performing as a part of the Moog Concordance at the Barbican on the 8th July.

The electronic ensemble use their fascinating array of analogue, vintage instruments to perform an almost impossibly vast breadth of music: from new compositions by Gregory to transcriptions of classical works.

The Moog Ensemble will also perform for the first time at this show a selection of reworked pieces from the iconic score for Stanley Kubrick classic A Clockwork Orange.

Live Visuals by Minton.



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In C

On 17, Oct 2013 | In Adrian Utley, Live | By JM

Adrian Utley (Portishead) brings together an orchestra of electric guitar players to interpret Terry Riley’s ‘In C’.

Written in 1964,‘In C’ is one of the most influential pieces of music from the 20th Century, it established minimalism as a music genre. In C’s simple musical rules – 53 musical phrases in C and no duration – allow for infinite variations.

Buy from the Invada shop and receive the Live DVD I shot back in Feb 2013 at St george’s in Bristol.

Stream the recording here

Will Gompertz: The Space Picks

On 20, Mar 2013 | In Adrian Utley, BBC arts editor, | By JM

Will Gompertz is the BBC’s first ever arts editor, a role he took up in 2009. Previous to this he was a director at the Tate Gallery, where he was responsible for the award-winning Tate Online and Tate Etc, the UK’s highest circulation art magazine.

Here, he chooses his favourite picks from The Space.

In referencing Adrian’s piece he said ‘The Portishead man has produced a poetic slideshow that marries image, location, memory and music. It lacks any formal qualities to make it to television, but works perfectly in the internet’s etheral galaxy”.

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Sonic Journey

On 20, Mar 2013 | In Adrian Utley, Short Film, | By JM

Adrian Utley (Portishead) has created a new piece of music in response to a walk amongst the remarkable ancient trees at the National Trust’s Croft Castle in Herefordshire, including the 1,000 year old ‘Quarry Oak’, unique triple chestnut avenue and mysterious ancient hawthorns (15 minutes)



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Sonic Journeys

On 18, Sep 2012 | In Adrian Utley | By JM

Another project at home on
Adrian Utley and I will be collaborating on a Sonic Journey, a project conceived by SoundUK.

Checkout some Sonic Journeys here

Sonic Journeys on SoundUK