AUDIOSCOPE16 lineup announcement

We are thrilled to unveil the lineup for this year’s Audioscope show, which takes place on the evening of Friday 4 November at The Bullingdon, Oxford.

As ever, this show is unmissable for anyone who likes their music alternative, forward-thinking and just a little bit different.

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Nøught

Featuring Thurston Moore’s guitarist and erstwhile Oxford legend James Sedwards, Nøught are one of the most incredible live bands you will ever witness. Hardcore, jazz, math-rock and pretty much everything else blended together into a seamless, uncompromising display of musicianship, intensity and imagination.

This show means a lot to us, as Nøught performed at our second festival way back in 2002, and it’s a pleasure to bring them back to Oxford for a very rare performance.

“There’s something exhilarating about hearing music that refuses to yield to simplicity yet maintains an absolute vision of where it’s going, pulling the listener along in its wake.” – Julian Cope

“The first person who’s not a footballer that I’ve been jealous of.” – John Peel on guitarist James Sedwards

Tomaga

Fresh from rave reviews for the release of new album The Shape of the Dance, Tomaga – comprising half of The Oscillation – make music like no one else. Freeform, gliding synths and scattering percussion, one moment propulsive and direct, and the next abstract and discursive, it’s never less than compelling.

“Lysergically loose and adroit psych explorations… a strange beauty” – Boomkat

“Searching for the right words to describe Tomaga’s music isn’t particularly easy.” – The Quietus

Ben Duvall (Ex-Easter Island Head)

An extremely rare opportunity to witness a new piece from Ex-Easter Island Head mainman Ben Duvall designed for prepared guitars, FM radio and vibration speakers.

Rhys Chatham’s “Guitar Trio” presented by The Oxford Guitar Orchestra

A unique, one-off live experience for tonight only. A hand-picked lineup of Oxford musicians will perform Rhys Chatham’s legendary no-wave guitar piece “Guitar Trio”.

Written in 1977 and a defining point in Chatham’s career as one of the pivotal figures in avant-garde music, “Guitar Trio” went on to become one of the most enduring works in the composer’s catalogue, droning through a single chord, it’s the ultimate statement in punk minimalism.

The lineup will be a band formed for the occasion made up of figures from Oxford’s diverse local music scene – lineup to be announced soon.

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As you’ll see, the other news is that there is no all-day Audioscope festival this year. This is our Audioscope 2016 event – so please buy a ticket enjoy the music and help us raise money for Shelter!

AUDIOSCOPE15 – a special 15th birthday

We’re delighted to announce that this year we’ve raised an impressive £2,500 for Shelter!

This marks the £30k raised barrier (precisely £31,100) since we started back in 2001.

All of this wouldn’t have been possible without you – a big THANK YOU to everyone who’s performed, helped out, baked a cake, manned a sound desk or merch stall or bought a ticket and come along since 2001.

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AUDIOSCOPE15 – lineup update

With less than TWO WEEKS to go until Audioscope15, we have some bad news -sadly, Guapo have decided to pull out of this year’s festival at this late stage.  We’re really sorry for any disappointment this causes for those of you who – just like us – were looking forward to seeing them.

However, we won’t let this dampen the spirits and we are looking forward to celebrating our 15th birthday with all the incredible artists below. We hope to see you there – if you haven’t bought your ticket yet, do it now – all the money we raise goes to Shelter!

Also, did you see what the music press has to say about Audioscope? Check out The Wire, The Quietus, The 405, local music magazine Nighshift and a special 15th anniversary playlist we’ve done for Q Magazine.

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AUDIOSCOPE14 – what a day!

We’re absolutely delighted to announce that this year we’ve raised an amazing £2,100 for Shelter, which takes the total raised to over £28,600 since we started in 2001!

In our fourteen years of history, we really think this was one of the very best shows, with so many performances to treasure. We just could not do it without you – so a heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who came to the festival, bought an album or made a donation. Thanks also to everyone who helped us out and to all the bands who supported us this year, donating their time and art for a worthy cause!

Check our new Audioscope14 video and our photogallery on Facebook, and stay tuned for more news in the new year!

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