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Second Sundays #12: Charlie Usher
10/03/2019 - 17:00 / doors 16:30

Soft thought and mixed feelings


Second Sundays is a monthly series initiated by Q-O2. Each session a new guest is invited to share an insight into their own listening, playing and speaking about a selection of sound and music that is important to their thinking or practice. The sessions try to put value on listening to recorded music in a social setting as a space for discussion. The series takes place on the second Sunday of every month,. Each session is paired with a cocktail-of-the-month, as decided by the invited guest.

For its 12th edition, Charlie Usher proposes a flat listening session, constant miniatures on a large scale ordered through a flatness algorithm created with an economist friend. An hour of real-world sound and sometime music-sound played with violist and long-term collaborator Emma Lloyd.

It’s a cute idea and a bad idea that you can do anything more than recall a piece of music. But there are soft ways of remembering, holding and creating knowledge, and music is one, and I guess the way we write it is another. Here’s an endless wave of 13-second anecdotes, one fold in for every spreading out, a filmic reveal, doubt and poor memory, ferns teaching us to hear, and rotary speakers that Kiss It Better.

Cocktail of the Month: Marfa Daybed


Emma Lloyd is an experimental and improvising violinist / violist based in Paris.

Charlie Usher is a Brussels based composer working with long duration, writing for live instruments, field recording, and static and rotary speaker installations.


Linked projects

Second Sundays

gladys garcia, Eleanor Ivory Weber, Diana Duta, Simon Andréani, 31/10/21
Sébastien Roux, Deborah Walker, Yannick Guédon, Cyprien Busolini - Les Disparitions - 5/6/21
Selu Herraiz - Care (excerpt) - 28/7/2021

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