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 melange of clinical digital sounds 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 seven full length albums; of these five 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

The older AirSculpture albums have been out of print for a while now, and we have been considering how to reissue them. The problem has been solved by the creation of the MusicZeit download service. This provides CD quality, DRM free downloads with full artwork. As our old friends from SMD are involved, all of the Neu Harmony albums are already available.

If downloads are not your thing, you can order any of the downloads as a CDR from SMD. In addition, Tranceatlantic is still available as a pressed CD. We plan to keep on releasing physical CDs as long as there is sufficient demand.

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 released a CD "Adrift" in 2009.

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".

Copyright © Airsculpture 2008 - 2009.

News

Since the last update we have been relatively busy. At the end of 2009 we released a download-only album from the last Hampshire Jam. This is available exclusively from MusicZeit.

It has also been a good year for live performances, with concerts in Burton, UK (as part of the Awakenings series), Oirschot in the Netherlands (E-Live) and - at last - as part of the Ricochet Gathering in Berlin. Sadly Adrian was unable to make Berlin, so Bill Fox was drafted in on guitar. In addiition to the usual RG jam sessions, Pete also played as part of Ideation.

A new recording of the concert on La Gomera has been released. There has been a raw demo disk knocking around for a while; this is a much more focussed edit. Before the Moon is a mix of experimenal ambience (playing processed versions of the waves against the real thing) and some quite dancy electronica.


Two albums will be released at Hampshire Jam 8. The first isn't exactly new - it's the CD version of Burn. The second is John's brand new solo album "Susbarbatus".

We had hoped to have a new AirSculpture album "Graveyard Shift" too; it is almost ready to go (in fact the track on the HJ promo download was meant to be a teaser for it). With any luck it won't be long (like we've not said that before...). Let's say "the ideal Christmas gift". Or Easter. Or something...


Hampshire Jam 8 has been announced, and AirSculpture will be playing along with r.m.i., Brendan Pollard and Callisto.

The good folks at MusicZeit have adopted the festival after Steve Jenkins handed over the reins. The format will be unchanged, though, and promises to be another great day out. After the not entirely serious "wig out" at HJ7 we're looking forward to getting back to do a more conventional set! Although there may be a significant difference... watch this space.

The event will be held at the traditional venue of the Millenium Hall, Liphook, UK on Saturday 31st October 2009. Tickets and more information can be found at musiczeit.com

MusicZeit is giving a free taster album away to everyone who buys a ticket online through their website (you can also get tickets via some kind of pre-internet technologies if you need to, but if you need that how are you reading this?). The AirSculpture contribution is a slightly different mix/edit of "Argent Engine" which appeared on the Stars End compilation.


Pete has joined forces with fellow Cosmic Smoker and Ricochet Gathering regular Paul Nagle to form "Ideation". They have a limited edition album called "Adrift" which is on the Richochet Dream label and will be playing at the Thimbleberry festival in June (County Durham, England).

The music is a predictably unpredictable mix of modern electronica, Berlin school, and general wierdness. Joint Intelligence Committee guitarist Phil Smilie also appears a couuple of tracks.

The album is available from CD Baby or the Richochet Dream store.


Visit the news Archive for older news items: Stars End 30th anniversary CD; Burn album; Hampshire Jam 7

Timeline

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: Susbarbatus (John)
Album: Trick or Treat
2008
Album: Burn
Back catalogue available for download at MusicZeit.com
Track: "Argent Engine" on Stars End 30th Anniversary Anthology
Solo concert: Hampshire Jam 7, Liphook (Pete) + band set
2007
Concert: Y Theatre, Leicester (Cosmic Smokers)
Ricochet Gathering, Yellowstone
Solo concert: Hampshire Jam 6, Liphook (Adrian)
Solo Album: Powerhouse (Adrian)
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: The Gatherings, Philadelphia
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: E-Live, Nijmegen, Netherlands.
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
Appearance on Soundscapes Radio show
Unique CD: Amazonian Lepidoptera theorise on Chaos
1995
Concert: EMMA 3, Sheffield Octagon
Album: Impossible Geometries
1993-1995
Band Formed. Rehearsals.
1981
Band members meet. Nothing much happens for a while.