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AirSculpture

AirSculpture are a UK based electronic music group. Its members - Adrian Beasley, John Christian and Peter Ruczynski - established it in the mid-1990s as a reaction to a music scene that no longer reflected their tastes. The energy and edge of '70s EM had become diluted into a monoculture of clinical digital sounds usually played over safe pre-recorded backing.

Most of AirSculpture's music is created live on stage, improvised with little or no pre-planning. Over time it has evolved to a unique sound melding driving Berlin School rhythms with engaging, flowing melodies; or sometimes moving into darker ambient realms; or shifting gear with danceable beats.

The band has released more than a dozen full length albums; the majority are live recordings reflecting the live nature of the music. There have also been numerous tracks released on compilation albums.

Photo by Jeff Towne

Downloads

Since 2014 the band have been self-releasing their music. All releases are available from Bandcamp. Many are also in physical form; you can obtain CDs from bandcamp or via specialist electronic music stores.

The older AirSculpture albums on the Neu Harmony label are distributed through the MusicZeit download service. If downloads are not your thing, you can order any of the downloads as a CDR from SMD (some pressed CDs may still be available).

Other Projects

Cosmic Smokers

A collaborative project including the members of AirSculpture along with Paul Nagle, Grant Middleton, Andy Bloyce, and a small green alien. The simple idea was to bring a set of musicians together for the first time, give them some rehearsal time and to present the results as a concert. As all of the music was improvised, this was an even more skin-of-the-pants affair than usual.

The results of that first concert and the sessions that preceded it resulted in three albums, available for download at MusicZeit. A second concert saw Andy turning up with his guitar replacing Adrian who was otherwise occupied, and showing the Smokers line-up to be a fluid thing.

Ricochet Gathering

Starting life as a Tangerine Dream fan gathering, the RG has grown into a wider playground for electronic musicians and fans. Moving around the world, it brings a varying collection of musicians together to jam, and sometimes to perform more structured collaborations. For the audience it gives a unique chance to see the musicians working (and playing) close up.

There has been an AirSculpture presence at most of these gatherings. Numerous recordings have been released with AS members in various large and small combinations. More information at the Ricochet Dream site.

Ideation

Ideation is Pete and Paul Nagle. The collaboration has released albums "Adrift" in 2009 and "One Sea" in 2012.

Solo Projects

John, Adrian and Peter have all played solo concerts in the Hampshire Jam concert series. To tie in with the concerts John released a CD titled "Bohunt Sabotage" and Adrian has released a CD titled "Powerhouse".

News

The 2017 season of Awakenings concerts in Rugeley is suplemented by two Lea Hall Bawl events. The Winter Warm up was a multi-way jam featuring John jamming with five others, while the Lea Hall Summer Bawl in August will feature the full band headlining an exciting bill of British electronica. Come and join us! Tickets are available via the Awakenings site.


The Vanishing Point sequence is now complete. Spanning three albums (one a double), this is a detailed document of the US tour in 2011. The result of an intensively creative period performing in concert and live radio broadcasts, this is the most exhaustive release to date, revealing how the themes, sounds and techniques evolve over the course of the visit.

All three volumes are available for listening or purchase at Bandcamp.


Visit the news Archive for older news items.

Timeline

2017
Solo Concert (John): Rugeley (Winter Warmup)
2016
Album: Vanishing Point vol. 2
Album: Vanishing Point vol. 3
Concert: Rugeley (Awakenings)
Broadcast: Music with Space (WPRB)
Concert: Philadelphia (The Gatherings)
Broadcast: Stars End (WXPN)
2015
Album: Vanishing Point vol. 1
Concert: Oirschot, NL (E-Day)
Solo Album (John): Sol Invictus
2014
EP: Hairsculpture
Album: Graveyard Shift
Concert: Asheville USA (electro-music)
Concert: Philadelphia (The Gatherings)
Broadcast: Stars End (WXPN)
Concert (Cosmic Smokers): Burton-on-Trent (Awakenings)
Solo Album (John): Dark Matters
Solo Album (John): Bohunt Sabotage (Extended reissue)
2013
Solo Concert (John): Burton-on-Trent (Awakenings)
2012
Concert: Burton-on-Trent (Awakenings)
2011
Concert: Philadelphia (The Gatherings)
Concert: Woodcliff Lake, NJ, USA (One thousand pulses)
Broadcast: Stars End (WXPN)
Broadcast: Secret Music (WVKR)
2010
Album: Before The Moon
Concert: Ricochet Gathering, Berlin
Concert: Oirschot, NL (E-Live)
Concert: Burton-on-Trent (Awakenings)
2009
Album: Doom Bar
Ideation Album: Adrift
Concert, Hampshire Jam 8, Liphook
Solo Album (John): Susbarbatus
Album: Trick or Treat
2008
Album: Burn
Track: "Argent Engine" on Stars End 30th Anniversary Anthology
Concert: Liphook (Hampshire Jam 7)
Solo Concert (Pete) : Liphook (Hampshire Jam 7)
2007
Ricochet Gathering, Yellowstone
Solo Concert (Adrian): Liphook (Hampshire Jam 6)
Solo Album (Adrian): Powerhouse
Concert (Cosmic Smokers): Y Theatre, Leicester
2006
Concert: National Space Centre, Leicester
Concert: The Gatherings, Philadelphia
Radio: Live On-air performance on Stars End
Track: Manikin compilation "Liquid Sound vol.2"
Solo Concert, Hampshire Jam 5, Liphook (John)
Solo Album: Bohunt Sabotage (John)
2005
Ricochet Gathering, La Gomera
Concert: Awakenings, Leeds
Track on Awakenings sampler CD
Mojave RG album
Album: Tranceatlantic
2004
Cosmic Smokers Concert: National Space Centre, Leicester
Concert: Philadelphia (The Gatherings)
Live On-air performances on Stars End and Emusic
2003
Concert: National Space Centre, Leicester
Ricochet Gathering, Mojave Desert
2002
Concert: Hampshire Jam 2, Liphook, Hampshire
Concert: Manikin Marathon, Bad Sulza, Germany
2001
Concert: Hampshire Jam, Liphook, Hampshire
Ricochet Gathering, Okefenokee
Album: Quark Soup
Album: Okefenokee Dreams 2001
2001
Ricochet Gathering, Okefenokee
Concert/Installation: Jelly Leg'd Chicken, Reading
2000
Concert: Jodrell Bank planetarium
Concert/Installation: Jelly Leg'd Chicken, Reading
Album: Fjord Transit
1999
Concert: Eurosonic festival, Valö, Sweden.
Concert: Nijmegen, Netherlands (E-Live)
Track: Hub on E-Live CD Ticket.
1998
Album: Thunderhead
Concert: Sheffield City Hall
1997
Concert: Jodrell Bank planetarium
Concert: Alfa Centauri, Huizen, Netherlands
Concert: Truth or Dare, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Album: Europa
1996
Concert: Jodrell Bank planetarium
Concert: Big City Bash, Derby Marketplace
Album: Attrition System
Broadcast: Soundscapes (BBC Radio Derby)
EP: Amazonian Lepidoptera theorise on Chaos (Unique!)
1995
Concert: Sheffield Octagon (EMMA 3)
Album: Impossible Geometries
1993-1995
Band Formed. Rehearsals.
1981
Band members meet. Nothing much happens for a while.
This list includes all of the concerts, released recordings, radio broadcasts (actual band performances or appearances,not just airplay) that we can remember. Some is from memory or forensic reconstruction so we'd love any corrections or additions!

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