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"The music is both tiny and grand. It is like the delicate movement of a watch spinning through space. Microscopic clicks, wood blocks and everyday sounds are painted over rumbling, dark canvases. Ultimately, by putting himself on the line Scanner manages to inject a form of music that is often distant and impersonal with warmth, human frailty and humour."
The Guardian

At the centre of the space, Scanner sits at a bank of equipment, manipulating and creating a complex symphony of sound. Around him, the audience, immersed in an environment created by the shifting layers and sculpted sound, and surrounding them a series of speakers that create the sonic landscape.

The projection takes a series of lines, colours, bars of light and dark and shift in random patterns, illustrated live by a dynamic live performance that shifts from warm abstraction t flaring beats and fluttering electro rhythms and melancholic minimalism.


Traversing, disturbing and redefining the ‘experimental terrain between sound, space, image and form,’ Robin Rimbaud, aka Scanner, is a conceptual sonic artist whose aural landscape integrates anything from sonic snapshots of the city to the nomadic fragments of mobile phone conversations. 
 Since 1991 he has been intensely active in sound art, producing concerts, compositions, 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. He has performed and created works in many of the world’s most prestigious spaces including SFMOMA USA, Hayward Gallery London, Pompidou Centre Paris, Tate Modern & Tate Britain London, Palais des Beaux-Arts Lille, Kunsthalle Vienna, Bolshoi Theatre Moscow, Hanoi Opera House Vietnam and the Royal Opera House London.  Scanner is committed to working with cutting edge practitioners and has collaborated with artists from every imaginable genre: Bryan Ferry, Laurie Anderson, Carsten Nicolai, Radiohead, The Royal Ballet, Random Dance, Wayne McGregor, Monte Carlo Ballet, Neville Brody, Hussein Chalayan, Shelley Fox, Douglas Gordon, Dangermouse, Michael Nyman, Luc Ferrari, Mike Kelley, Derek Jarman, Michelangelo Antonioni, Salvatore Sciarrino and Peter Sellars, amongst others.

In 2004 his Sound Surface work was the debut Tate Modern sound-art commission, in  2005 he composed Europa 25, a newly commissioned National Anthem for Europe and in 2007 presented Gravesend with Steve McQueen at the 52nd Venice Biennial. In 2008 he scored the hit musical comedy Kirikou&Karaba in Paris. Working with Philips Electronics he sound-designed the Philips Wake-Up Light, a lamp to wake you up with natural light and sound, and in 2010 sound-designed the Punkt telephone with Jasper Morrison.

In 2011 he became sound designer for celebratedcelebratediPad publication Post, created the sound for the Rugby World Cup Promotion, inaugurated new Paris digital theatre GaîtéLyrique in collaboration with United Visual Artists and presented Blink an ambitious outdoor performance with Wayne McGregor and PanOptikum in Margate UK.

His work can be heard on permanent display in the Science Museum London (Sound Curtains), the Raymond Poincaré hospital in Garches,France as part of the bereavement suite (Channel of Flight), The Darwin Centre at the Natural History Museum London and the Northern Neuro Disability Services Centre in Newcastle UK (Turning Light).  His BBC radio production of Jean Cocteau’s The Human Voice won the prestigious Prix Marulic Award and in 1999 he won First Prize Neptun Water Prize for his installation Wishing Well in Germany. 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. Scanner describes himself as a ‘Minimalist anti-hero with an attraction towards alien activities in creativity.’   



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