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Robin Rimbaud - Scanner | Podcast

Life Beyond The Computer Screen By Robin Rimbaud
Published August 2020
Robin Rimbaud, AKA Scanner, in his studio.

Robin Rimbaud, AKA Scanner, takes us on an autobiographical sonic journey as he talks about his early fascination with tape recorders, to life beyond the computer screen and his studio filled with modular and table-top synths.

Show Notes


Robin Rimbaud's cassette tapes00:32 - Personal History and storing memories
01:28 - Tape recorders capturing birthdays and school trips
02:59 - Ambient football on cassette
03:46 - Discovering John Cage
04:31 - Scores of Stockhausen
05:18 - Live music
05:52 - David Tudor
07:39 - Modular Synth discovery
09:23 - In the Studio playtime, Modular Synths, Gesture Arcade
11:24 - Lorre-Mill Keyed Mosstone, Ciat-Lonbarde Cocoquantus 2
Morphagene synth module.Morphagene synth module11:53 - Lorre-Mill Double Knot, Eventide H9
13:16 - Macumbista Benjolin
17:38 - Morphagene
17:57 - Musique Concrète
20:41 - Teac Reel-to-Reel
21:16 - Tape Loops
22:30 - Dinner for Two
24:59 - Avoiding the screen
25:16 - Going in a loop
26:04 - How nothing has changed
27:01 - Outro

Where To Get The Kit

Gesture Arcade

Lorre-Mill Keyed Mosstone

Ciat-Lonbarde Cocoquantus

Lorre-Mill Double Knot

Macumbista Benjolin


Robin Rimbaud - Biog

Scanner (British artist Robin Rimbaud) traverses the experimental terrain between sound and space connecting a bewilderingly diverse array of genres. Since 1991 he has been intensely active in sonic art, producing concerts, installations and recordings, the albums Mass Observation (1994), Delivery (1997), and The Garden is Full of Metal (1998) hailed by critics as innovative and inspirational works of contemporary electronic music.

Robin Rimbaud's table of synth modules with Ciat-Lonbarde instruments at the front.Robin Rimbaud's table of synth modules with Ciat-Lonbarde instruments at the frontTo date he has scored 65 dance productions, including the hit musical comedy Kirikou & Karaba Narnia, Qualia for the London Royal Ballet, and the world’s first Virtual Reality ballet, Nightfall, for Dutch National Ballet.

More unusual projects have included designing sound for the Philips Wake-Up Light (2009), the re-opening of the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam in 2012 and the new Cisco telephone system used in many offices around the world. His work Salles des Departs is permanently installed in a working morgue in Paris; whilst Vex, the residential house by Chance de Silva architects, featuring his permanent soundtrack, won the RIBA London Award 2018.

Committed to working with cutting edge practitioners he has collaborated with Bryan Ferry, Wayne MacGregor, Mike Kelley, Torres, Michael Nyman, Steve McQueen, Laurie Anderson and Hussein Chalayan, amongst many others.

Robin's latest album, An Ascent, was recently released on the DiN Records label.

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