Capsule

Capsule are promoters, curators, a record label, illustrators, photographers and even bakers. Together they have brought intriguing sights and sounds (and cake) to Birmingham for the last ten years.
An interest in experimental music used to mean traveling to London or Manchester regularly but now it feels like there is so much going on in this city. It’s difficult to imagine that being the case without Capsule. Over the last decade they have given a stage to amazing non-mainstream artists with almost legendary sets from Battles, Efterklang, Fugazi, Tunng and The Rapture as well as exhibiting the artworks from Shepard Fairey and Beat 13. They also give an international push to some of the most interesting regional artists through their record label and regular nights including Modified Toy Orchestra, Einstellung and Pram. This devotion to the music created in the region can also be seen in Capsule’s Home Of Metal project, which aims to celebrate Birmingham & The Black Country as the birthplace of Heavy Metal.

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Capsule presents Melt Banana + Thrilling Headgear + Glatze / May 27th Rainbow Warehouse

2014.02.03 | 0 comments
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Capsule are delighted to announce the return of MELT BANANA who will perform in Birmingham on May 27 at the Rainbow Warehouse. Tickets from HERE

From the whip-like crack of Yako’s signature staccato vocals and impossible-to-memorize lyrics to the relentless overdrive tempo of their one of-a-kind prog-core, MELT BANANA have long resided in a cybertopia of their own devising where the limits of technology and human capability are old-world concerns as quaint and cumbersome as bartering with a blacksmith. The demos for Fetch, their first studio album since the severely fried pop-punk of 1997′s Bambi’s Dilemma, were completed in March 2011, but the Fukushima earthquake changed everything, including their ability to concentrate on recording. Which stopped completely.

Once they felt ready to return to their music, they decided to approach th songs on a sound-by-sound basis, choosing each tone with meticulous attention to detail, affirming their personal connections, being themselves naturally and openly.

 

  

They’ve been performing live as a duo since summer 2012, and will do the same for their “2 do what 2 fetch” tour in support of the album. After nearly 20 years of playing with a live rhythm section, their use of a PC, while opening possibilities for a variety of drum and synth voicings, does not signal a move away from the traditional live band sound, as heard, for example, via the future transmissions from downtown Noiseapolis on 2009′s Lite Live: Ver. 0.0. Yako and Agata say they need to feel real band sounds onstage as much as someone in the audience. This is a group that routinely excels at several kinds of impossible simultaneously, so of course any new challenge they come up with for themselves is sure to blow the doors off your Mini Cooper.

Tickets from HERE

Melt Banana official

 

THRILLING HEADGEAR

Swelling from out of the cosmic putrescence of the Wizzleteat corpse, Thrilling Headgear force day-glo colours into angular shapes, holding groove as dogma. At turns both despondant and ethereal, TH play bleeted punk rock, transcendent and engaged, psychonautical engineering for earth-bound space mechanics.

GLATZE

Glatze is back! After a brief hiatus the one-man musical loon has been coaxed out to play by the prospect of supporting Melt Banana again, for old times’ sake. Glatze’s first gig for Capsule was this very same support slot, back in 2009. Expect the usual live improvised electronic mayhem, with just a hint more “mad professor” than “young buck”. He promises to do his very best in support of one of his favourite live acts…


Capsule presents… The Ex + Rattle + Health & Efficiency + Milque & Muhle showcase

2014.01.30 | 0 comments
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Capsule are excited to announce THE EX will playing Birmingham at the Hare & Hounds on April 18th. Buy tickets here

Since emerging in 1979, Dutch anarcho-punk band THE EX have embarked on a series of adventurous collaborations, making their musical style impossible to confine to any one genre. Beginning in the 80s The Ex partnered with jazz musicians and an Iraqi-Kurdish band. Later, in the 90s the group found a myriad of partners from varied musical and non-musical backgrounds including Kamagurka, Tom Cora, Sonic Youth, Han Bennink, Jan Mulder, Shellac and Wolter Wierbos.

THE EX return to the UK this Spring and have just released a brand new 7” single. The A-side ‘How Thick You Think’ is available to listen to courtesy of The Quietus.

“They are the most interesting musical unit in the world today…Go and see the Ex and you will hear rhythms you have never heard before…a sweaty seething party, an uplifting, joyful celebration.” – The Quietus

www.theex.nl

RATTLE

If the idea of a band consisting of just 2 drummers brings to mind a hippy bongo nightmare then you’ve obviously never heard RATTLE. Comprising of 2 of Nottingham’s most unique and recognisable drummers (Theresa Wrigley of Fists and Katharine Brown of KOGUMAZA) and aided by Kogumaza’s Mark Spivey they create a hypnotic and danceable music form that recalls This Heat or ESG even whilst remaining completely their own.

HEALTH & EFFICIENCY

Drawing influence and inspiration from a heterogeneous selection of art and music H&E formed in 2009. They combine elements of punk-rock, no-wave, free jazz, psych-folk, minimalist composition, and improvisation into a dynamic balance that sounds spontaneous and harmonious in its execution.

Tickets for THE EX + RATTLE + HEALTH & EFFICIENCY at Hare & Hounds on April 18th are available for purchase now and also include entry to a secondary stage which is being co-hosted by our friends at MILQUE & MUHLE.

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The  MILQUE & MUHLE programme includes:

GHOLD

With a heavy bass line and percussive drums, this sludge rock duo pay homage to the early days of Sludge with bands like the Melvins, Karp and Godheadsilo.

MOB RULES

‘Cesstone music to try the patience of the Hardcore’, MOB RULES are arguably one of best bands on the UK Hardcore scene at the moment, Leeds anger-fuelled Powerviolence at its best. Formed in 2008, this four-piece are practically Leeds’ answer to Black Flag.

SUMP

Formed in 2008, SUMP is a Yorkshire two-piece consisting of George Proctor (guitar) and Gareth Howells (drums and vocals). Sump is a glorious fusion of Black Metal and Punk, this isn’t the first time the two have come together, yet somehow Sump achieve a unique and exciting sound.

BAYONNEBLEEDER

This will be the second show from local Hardcore outfit BAYONNEBLEEDER, who have spent over a year refining their tight and rapid sound; They take influence from bands such as Rorschach, Septic Death and His Hero Is Gone.

+ DJ SETS FROM LUKE YOUNGER & CHRIS BRESS

Buy tickets here for THE EX, RATTLE, HEALTH & EFFICIENCY and the MILQUE & MUHLE  line-up. Tickets include entry to both stages.


Volume: Birmingham’s Art, Book & Print Fair / 5-7 December

2013.11.14 | 0 comments
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A celebration of the very best in independent publishing, this event will include speakers, panel discussions, workshops and a fair. Volume is being produced by Capsule for the Library of Birmingham in collaboration with a number of Birmingham arts organisations, showcasing the wealth and breadth of publishing expertise in the region. Each organisation will produce a panel, contributing to some of the debates currently critical in the fields of publishing, bookmaking and writing.

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Thursday 5th December 1pm £3
Tickets via www.birmingham-box.co.uk
Writing for Digital workshop: not losing the plot
Aimed at writers interested in the future of publishing, the workshop will address the role of the writer for digital platforms. No experience of technology required; this won’t be a technical session, rather an exploration of form and content for digital platforms.
Digital Technologies: Opportunities not Threats panel discussion
Panel discussion exploring experiments with digital technology and the possibilities they bring to publishing and writing.
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Thursday 5th December 7pm £8 / £10
Tickets via www.birmingham-box.co.uk
Bill Drummond – Keynote Speech (12 Years, 25 Paintings, 100 Questions, & The 17)
Drummond has used various media in his practice including actions, music and words. His actions too numerous to list, some more infamous than others; his music from the multi million selling KLF to the choral music of The 17; the words have accumulated into a pile of books.
Artist, placemaker and designer of the Discovery Season’s flagship space The Pavillion – Morag Myerscough will be presenting an instinctive journey through colours, patterns and her design practice, accompanied by fellow designer and collaborator Luke Morgan and his band The Highliners (including Ginge, former Meteors drummer) creating a punk rock design performance!
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Friday 6th December

Panels
An Endless Supply presents In Conversation with Peter Bilak – discussing his new design magazine and models of social distribution. 3pm FREE

Activities
Letterpress workshop led by Leicester Print Workshop. All day, FREE

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Saturday 7th December
Panels
Grand Union presents Copy Rights – exploring the concept of originality and the politics of copyright. 11am FREE

Writing West Midlands presents: Roads to Market – Examining The Publishing Economy featuring Tindal Street Press, Alma Books, Nine Arches Press and Inpress Books. 1pm FREE

Birmingham Zine Festival presents: Make It Then Tell Everybody – how emerging artists can promote and distribute what they do. 3pm FREE

Eastside Projects presents The Paperless Stack – featuring figures from Library of Birmingham and the British Library. 5pm FREE

Activities
Zine in a Day led by Footprint Workers Co-operative

Roller Printing workshop led by Stephen Fowler

Artist Book Surgeries with the Centre for Fine Print Research

Introduction to Reduction Lino Printing with Birmingham Printmakers. 10am – 5pm £4 tickets via www.birmingham-box.co.uk

Performance
The Baskerville Society presents a John Baskerville radio play reading. 2pm FREE

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Friday/Saturday
The Fair – showcasing books, prints and artworks for sale from an international selection of independent publishers, printworks, artists and organisations including Werkplaats Typographie, Dent-De-Leone, Exitstencil and Imprint Press.

In residence Haworth + Hayhoe – The Library Project
Haworth + Hayhoe will be installing a miniature interactive library, running daily bookbinding workshops.

Panels are free but advance booking is essential
Box Office: 0121 245 4455 www.birmingham-box.co.uk

 


Shangaan Electro dance workshops

2013.10.15 | 0 comments
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This vibrant South African dance style is soon set to visit Birmingham as part of the Capsule curated Discovery Season and you can learn their moves and dance alongside the collective by joining a free dance workshop.

Shangaan Electro -the high-speed dance phenomenon from South Africa has risen from streets into clubs and venues all around the globe. The creation of charismatic producer Nozinja, this is a very contemporary product of Africa. Based in Soweto, Nozinja saw the chance to update Shangaan music for the 21st Century, replacing its traditional bass/guitar instrumentation with midi-keyboard sounds and repitched vocal samples (in English and seemingly sampled from rave anthems). Propelled by jacking four-to-the-floor beats and trademark drum-fills, the sound quickly became a hit at weekly street parties in Soweto, with young and old competing to show off their moves to this dizzyingly fast music, which can reach speeds of up to 188 beats per minute.The craze soon went viral in Europe and the US via a vast archive of youtube videos.

We are looking for people of all ages and experience to join a dance workshop on Friday 25th October. Shangaan Electro will lead the session, giving people of all abilities the chance to learn the wildest Shangaan dance moves step by step – dazzling footwork, rubber-limbed body shakes, hyper-accelerated beats and some crazy, colourful costumes all feature.

Workshop: Friday 25 October (Time TBC) DanceXchange, Birmingham
Performances: Friday 25 October Rainbow Warehouse (part of Bring To Light) / Saturday 26 October Library of Birmingham

Please email dance@capsule.org.uk for a registration form if you are interested in taking part.


The House of Beorma Archive

2013.10.07 | 0 comments
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Building on their project The Festival of The Rea that took place at Supersonic Festival 2012, The Outcrowd Collective will turn the Pavilion of the Library of Birmingham into a museum of fictional and real archival material around ‘Beorma’ the chieftan of the Beormingas clan who are the first known Anglo-Saxon settlers and founders of Birmingham. Drawing on Benjamin Stone’s photographs of rural procession and folk celebrations – held in the Library of Birmingham’s archives – The Outcrowd will also present re-imagined celebrations and rituals to Beorma.

Visit The House of Beorma Archive at Library of Birmingham from Tuesday 8th October til Sunday 13th October. Part of the Capsule curated Discovery season.

Festival of the Rea from Lawrence Roper on Vimeo.

dance of the dun cow from Lawrence Roper on Vimeo.


Capsule present Dinos Chapman / 25th October

2013.09.26 | 0 comments
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Culture 24 preview Dinos Chapman’s performance at Bring To Light 25th October, Rainbow Warehouse.

“Chapman has named Luftbobler after the bubbles in a Norwegian Aero bar. He’s outlining his plans ahead of Bring to Light, a three-day festival as part of the new Library of Birmingham’s inaugural programme where he’ll star alongside the likes of hyperactive South African dance act Shangaan Electro and Richard Dawson, a singer-songwriter whose Kids Gigs are designed to provide belly laughs for under-sevens at the city’s Symphony Hall.

“While you lot have been sunning yourself on beaches all summer, I’ve been locked in the basement toiling away making noisey stuff for your amusement,” he offers, when asked what wristband holders might expect.” Read the full article here

Weekend and day tickets are available from www.theticketsellers.co.uk. Read more www.capsule.org.uk/project/bringtolight/

Listen to Dinos talk about his new musical project:


Discovery season launches!

2013.09.02 | 0 comments
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Together We Breathe performers in rehearsal over the weekend

Capsule have been hard at work this year, putting together a four month season celebrating the opening of the Library of Birmingham. We’re really proud of this season, and very excited that Birmingham is now home to the largest public library in Europe. In honour of the ‘people’s palace’, the Discovery season will feature performances, residencies, exhibitions and lots of opportunities to participate in workshops and try something new.

“For the LoB managers to choose possibly the noisiest, most experimental arts organisation in the city to open a library is a radical step.” www.paradisecircus.com

So, tomorrow is opening day, and below is a brief round up of what you can see and do at the Library of Birmingham this week. Read the full programme online.

Together We Breathe rehearsal, the performance will feature 100 players

Tuesday 3rd September

11.30 – Library of Birmingham opens it doors to the public.

12.30 – Together We Breathe, Book Rotunda, Free
A large-scale performance installation created by the Australian sonic arts company Supercritical Mass, with over 100 brass players.

11.30 – 17.00 The Commentators, Discovery Pavilion, Free
Brought to you by theatrical provocateurs and internationally renowned performance company Stan’s Cafe, The Commentators will be in residence to carefully document everything they see, from the vital, to the peculiar, or the mundane.

14.00 – 17.00 Vegetable Quest Workshop, Third Floor Terrace Garden, Free
Join artist duo Juneau Projects to make your own vegetable characters

Juneau Projects invite you on a Vegetable Quest

Wednesday 4 September

19.00 Malorie Blackman, Studio Theatre, £5 www.birmingham-box.co.uk
Author talk by the Children’s Laureate

Leftfoot present soul singer Omar

Friday 6 September

20.00 Leftfoot presents Omar, Studio Theatre, £15 www.birmingham-box.co.uk
A British soul singer, songwriter and musician, his work is often compared to Stevie Wonder’s work of the 1970’s, he is described by some as the father of British neo soul.

Laura Kate Chapman’s illustrations can be found in the Children’s library

Saturday 7 September

14.00 Laura Kate Chapman workshop, Middle Earth, Free
Join artist Laura Kate Chapman whose work takes inspiration historic Parker Collection of Children’s Books and Games, celebrating the tradition of hand drawn artistic methods

Bring red food for the first of our public picnics

Sunday 8 September

12.00-16.00 Harvesting Stories, Free
Coinciding with ‘4 Squares Weekender’, we will be hosting a RED PICNIC at 1-1.30pm, and we ‘dare’ visitors to wear red, bring red food and drink and a red picnic blanket. Food-artist in residence Lizzy Bean will be making bread on the 3rd floor terrace. Small World Animation will be hosting a stop-frame animation workshop in the Children’s Library where visitors can help to create an edible alphabet.

It’s nice to see that there’s a been a bit of a buzz about the Discovery season, here’s some nice pieces of press…

Creative Review love the Discovery Pavilion

This month’s Brum Notes interview Capsule Creative Director Lisa Meyer

And Paradise Circus give a gracious salute to the Central Library

We’ll do regularly round ups here of things you can see and do at the library over the next four months. For more info see www.libraryofbirmingham.com/discoveryseason or read the brochure online


Discovery season brochure – now online

2013.08.27 | 0 comments
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Brochures detailing the exciting programme of events are currently being distributed across the West Midlands. Capsule have put the Discovery season together to celebrate the opening of Birmingham’s new library.

You can also read it online here, for programme details, ticket information and more info on this major new cultural hub.


Box Of Light: celebrating early cinema

2013.08.12 | 0 comments
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Before the days of film, the magic lantern was an important source of entertainment, using glass slides to create moving images and visual tricks. Birmingham played a key role in this pre-cinema world, producing thousands of lanterns for export, leading to the birth of the flipbook, and eventually the cinema. The Library boasts a hefty archive of 60,000 lantern slides, and to coincide with the Magic Lantern society’s annual conference in Birmingham, Flatpack Festival presents Box of Light, a weekend full of events, workshops and activities celebrating early cinema, part of the Capsule curated Discovery season.

Box of Light Variety Show / 25 October / 7.30 – 9.30pm / £8
An evening of edification and entertainment featuring acclaimed performer Professor Heard, who will provide a whistlestop history of lantern shows and explain how they helped pave the way for cinema. This is followed by the Physioscope, a Victorian experiment with light and mirrors recreated for the first time in a century by Roderick MacLachlan, and the finale of the show is provided by French artist Julien Maire, whose Open Core performance includes a live dissection of a video projector.

The Icebook / 26 October / performances from midday / £5
Collaborative duo Kristin and Davy Maguire will share their beautiful and intimate theatrical performances using paper cut-outs and miniature projections. Their shows will delight small audiences using old pre-cinematic illusions and magic lanterns; to create shadows and silhouettes complemented with a film footage backdrop. This personal cinema experience will mesmerise audiences with its elegant execution of basic cinema techniques.

Projecteo / 26 October / 1.30PM / FREE (bookable)
Designer Benjamin Redford will be giving a talk about his ingenious miniature slide projector which has proved to be an online sensation and a big hit on Kickstarter. In response to modern technology and the craze for Instagram, Benjamin has created a tiny projector to share Instagram pictures called the ‘Projecteo’. This analogue approach works by creating wheels of slide film to hold up to 9 images, which can be watched and enjoyed as a slideshow.

Mirror Mirror Lantern Workshops / 26 & 27 October / FREE (drop in)
Mirror Mirror will host an array of free family workshops, where visitors will have the chance to create their own lantern slides and experiment with colour projection. Established in 2009, Mirror Mirror Education are an artistic duo united by their mutual love of early cinema and a passion for theatre, the pair work together to run workshops, events and learning activities for participants of all ages and abilities.
Box of Light’s weekend is set to include more talks and activities and a comprehensive walking tour of key locations in Birmingham’s pre-cinema history.

Box Office: 0121 245 4455 / birmingham-box.co.uk.

www.flatpackfestival.org


Shangaan Electro dance workshops – get involved!

2013.08.08 | 0 comments
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This vibrant South African dance style is soon set to visit Birmingham as part of the Capsule curated Discovery Season and you can learn their moves and dance alongside the collective by joining a free dance workshop.

Shangaan Electro -the high-speed dance phenomenon from South Africa has risen from streets into clubs and venues all around the globe. The creation of charismatic producer Nozinja, this is a very contemporary product of Africa. Based in Soweto, Nozinja saw the chance to update Shangaan music for the 21st Century, replacing its traditional bass/guitar instrumentation with midi-keyboard sounds and repitched vocal samples (in English and seemingly sampled from rave anthems). Propelled by jacking four-to-the-floor beats and trademark drum-fills, the sound quickly became a hit at weekly street parties in Soweto, with young and old competing to show off their moves to this dizzyingly fast music, which can reach speeds of up to 188 beats per minute.The craze soon went viral in Europe and the US via a vast archive of youtube videos.

We are looking for people of all ages and experience to join a dance workshop on Friday 25th October. Shangaan Electro will lead the session, giving people of all abilities the chance to learn the wildest Shangaan dance moves step by step – dazzling footwork, rubber-limbed body shakes, hyper-accelerated beats and some crazy, colourful costumes all feature.

Workshop: Friday 25 October (Time TBC) DanceXchange, Birmingham
Performances: Friday 25 October Rainbow Warehouse (part of Bring To Light) / Saturday 26 October Library of Birmingham

Please email Laura Coult dance@capsule.org.uk for a registration form if you are interested in taking part.


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