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Timeline: 2014

Younghusband covers Gun

London shoegaze quartet Younghusband cover Gun. It's the B- side of their Left Of The Rocks single. Lead singer Euan Hinshelwood in The Quietus:

"We covered the John Cale song because we’re all big fans of the Velvets and many of their solo albums, too. Lyrically ‘Gun’ is a great story – very dark, intriguing characters. We were never going to try and do a similar version to the original because it has an almost untouchable energy, full of amphetamine. We wanted to make it kind of spookier and warped."

Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, TN

John Cale will be performing at the Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, TN (March 28-30). The festival celebrates the avant-garde. Also on the bill: Steve Reich, Julia Holter, Susanna, Son Lux, Buke & Gase.

Keynote speaker @ Liverpool Sound City

Acts as keynote speaker at Liverpool Sound City (May 2). With a Q&A.

LOOP>>60Hz : Transmissions from The Drone Orchestra

LOOP>>60Hz: Transmissions from The Drone Orchestra in London

John Cale and Liam Young joined forces for a new audio-visual collaboration, LOOP>>60Hz : Transmissions from The Drone Orchestra, at the Barbican in London on September 12 and 13, 2014:

Join two fearless innovators as the Barbican Theatre is transformed by a brand new audio-visual collaboration.

Musical pioneer John Cale believes so strongly in the power of sound that he once thought it was possible to alter the weather with musical frequencies. Now, for this world premiere performance, he joins forces with speculative architect and technology storyteller Liam Young to re-imagine another, increasingly pervasive, industrial innovation.

LOOP>>60Hz offers an unprecedented experience as John Cale and his band perform music from across his catalogue, expressly adapted to durational forms, unusual tunings and unorthodox audio delivery. Liam Young’s collection of drones escape their associations with surveillance and the military, becoming instead choreographed, disembodied instruments which take flight in the auditorium to create a profoundly immersive live music performance.

Set to explore and extend the link between art and technology like never before, LOOP>>60Hz will mark the final weekend of Digital Revolution – the Barbican’s immersive exhibition of art, design, film, music and videogames which will take over the Centre from Thursday 3 July.

‘Drone: a bleak tapestry of unholy noises, searing into the listeners ears and – with any luck – transporting them to a place they'll not want to leave for long while’ John Cale

Christmas Truce music in Mesen

He will perform newly composed music inspired by the Christmas Truce in 1914 during the Great War. The world premiere is at the Concerttent Peace Village in Mesen, Belgium on December 20.


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