Thursday, 23 October 2014
This wonderful Super-8 film by Colin Fancy was shown at the Greenwich Performance Collective reunion gig last December. At the time, it was played on a Super-8 projector while we played X-Amount tracks to go along with it. It has now been digitised and Colin sent us the footage. We have edited the X-Amount tracks to fit (although we didn't need to do much) and it works well.
A rather lovely glimpse into a radical past in South London.
Colin Fancy says: "At last! here is the 1983 super 8 cinema veritie film of GPC out and about at local festivals doing their stuff etc. all the faces from those days are there for you to spot big thanks you to Paulo Sanhueza who offered at the reunion to digitise this and to Simon Birch and Andrew Panayi for the X-Amount soundtrack"
More from the GPC including info, links & downloads:
Thursday, 2 October 2014
As most people missed this, we thought that it is worthy of re-posting. This is a collection of X-Amount tracks that go right back to our beginnings in the 1990s as well as including some exclusive new works and sketches from the archives. I listened to it yesterday, and it's a good space to be in. There are shifts in mood and texture, shades of dark and light. Give it a go!
We have been quiet lately, both Andi and myself have been working on other projects, but we haven't given up on X-Amount, it's just hard to keep going when faced with lack of interest from a lot of people. Keep an eye on this blog.. more to come soon.
Sunday, 8 June 2014
Hello.. we will be performing a live soundtrack to the 1963 Czech sci-fi film Ikarie XB-1 at the Lewisham Arthouse on Friday June 13th. Rabbit (Dave Aylward, Tom Scott with Nick Doyne-Ditmas) will play, Charles Hayward with Mirei Yazawa will also perform a new project. Come and join us.. it looks like a great night.
Here is the info from the Facebook event page:
WARNING: A virulent strand is prevalent in South East London noise.
Since the dinosaur cull 40 years ago, a curious cross pollination between future aesthetics and DIY strategies and attitudes, between the vanguard and the street has flourished in the SE postcodes, a highly motivated gathering of outsider sounds, exploiting the meta-logics of punk, free jazz, electronica, sound art and breakbeat, melding them to suit the idiosyncratic and perverse intentions of the autonomous and feral musicians.
Tonight’s performance deliberately offers a range of approaches, gala style, a sort of tourism like in the days of the Cotton Club, Harlem.
RABBIT are Tom Scott (woodwinds, samplers) and David Aylward (drums, percussion), who also plays in jazz punk outfit Blurt and Re-Discovered Urban Rituals. Originally a trio, they have played together since the early 80’s, a sort of contemporary urban folk music. Tonight they are joined by Nick Doyne-Ditmas, double bass and brass, another long term player, originally with Pinski Zoo he now plays with Crackle and collaborates with Charles Hayward in a range of projects including Monkey Puzzle Trio.
X-AMOUNT are the duo of Andrew Panayi and Simon Birch; for tonight’s performance they will play a live soundtrack to the 1963 Czechoslovak science fiction film Ikarie XB-1. Here’s a link to some of their work with visuals http://
MIREI YAZAWA + CHARLES HAYWARD is a new project exploring the meeting place between movement, gesture, dance, music and sound, employing a predominantly quiet and restrained palette implying more than is manifested. The pair first met at the 'Squaring the Circle' event in January at Lewisham Arthouse. https://www.youtube.com/
Friday, 6 June 2014
Sunday, 4 May 2014
Saturday, 3 May 2014
Thursday, 17 April 2014
Friday, 11 April 2014
A new 4 track EP is available now as a FREE download. These four tracks have been around for a little while, we have played them live a few times, but for this EP, they have been tweaked a little.
There are some familiar sounds in there.. supermarket tills, shortwave radio, plastic bags, jam pot lids, bottles being recycled, train doors beeping, sonar, warped acoustic guitars and, as usual, a smattering of dub effects.
It's difficult and dark in places, almost serene in others. Well, we never have been attempting to get in the charts or anything.
The photograph for the artwork was taken in Folkestone harbour.
We hope you enjoy the EP, and if you do, please spread the word.
Many thanks for your support.
Monday, 10 February 2014
Wednesday, 5 February 2014
Your Heterosexual Violence - Changing The Subject. GPC reunion.
The Dispossessed - Funereal Dirge. GPC reunion.
Sunday, 5 January 2014
On the 15th of December 2013 members of the Greenwich Performance Collective re-united for an all-day gig at The Amersham Arms in New Cross, South London. Most of these bands had not played together since the early 1980s. It turned out to be a very special day.
All complete sets can be downloaded for free by following the links here: