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Under the name “People Like Us,” artist Vicki Bennett has been making work available via CD, DVD and vinyl releases, radio broadcasts, concert appearances, gallery exhibits and online streaming and distribution for 25 years. Since her first publication in 1992, Bennett has developed an immediately recognisable aesthetic repurposing pre-existing footage to craft audio and video collages with an equally dark and witty take on popular culture. She sees sampling and appropriation as folk art sourced from the palette of contemporary media and technology, with all of the sharing and cross-referencing incumbent to a populist form. Embedded in her work is the premise that all is interconnected and that claiming ownership of an “original” or isolated concept is both preposterous and redundant.

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Artist statement for People Like Us

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Since 1991 British artist Vicki Bennett has been working across the field of audio-visual collage, and is recognised as an influential and pioneering figure in the still growing area of sampling, appropriation and cutting up of found footage and archives.  Working under the name People Like Us, Vicki specialises in the manipulation and reworking of original sources from both the experimental and popular worlds of music, film and radio. People Like Us believe in open access to archives for creative use. In 2006 she was the first artist to be given unrestricted access to the entire BBC Archive. People Like Us have previously shown work at Tate Modern, Whitechapel Gallery, The Barbican, Centro de Cultura Digital, V&A, Sydney Opera House, Royal Albert Hall, Pompidou Centre, Maxxi and Sonar, and performed radio sessions for John Peel and Mixing It. The ongoing sound art radio show ‘DO or DIY’ on WFMU has had over a million “listen again” downloads. since 2003. The People Like Us back catalogue is available for free download hosted by UbuWeb.

Longer Biography
Filmography
Exhibitions and Editions
Selected Performances and Screenings
Commissions and Awards
Discography

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Exhibitions and Editions

To date, People Like Us/Vicki has had 5 solo exhibitions and participated in 19 group shows at MAXXI (Rome), HMKV (Dortmund), Centro de Cultura Digital (Mexico), Hatton Gallery (Newcastle), Vitrine (London), alt.gallery (Newcastle), Greene County Council for the Arts Gallery (NY), Peacock Visual Arts (Aberdeen), Pallant House (Chichester), Engramme (Quebec), La Scatola Gallery (London), Changing Room (Stirling), Franklin Street Works (Connecticut), Usurp Gallery (London), University of Greenwich Galleries, Matthew Gallery (Dundee), Edinburgh Printmakers, Millennium Gallery (Sheffield) Leeds College of Art and Sunbeam Studios (London).

Also featured in Sounds Like Silence – 4’33’’ Silence Today (Spectre Books 2012), The Journal of Writing In Creative Practice (Vol 7 Issue 1 2015), The Fundamentals of Sonic Art and Design by Tony Gibbs (Ava Publishing 2007), Cutting Across Media by Kembrew McLeod (Duke University Press 2011), Here To Go – Art, Counter-Culture and the Esoteric (Forum Nidrosiae 2014), Incredible Machines by Danny Snelson (avant 2014), and writing for The Wire’s Collateral Damage (February 2012).

For gallery concerts and festival film screenings please also see Selected Performances and Screenings

SOLO SHOWS
February-March 2014 – Solo exhibition “Shutter” at Leeds College of Art
July 2013 – Solo exhibition at Centro de Cultura Digital, Mexico curated by Kenneth Goldsmith (UbuWeb) as part of his Printing The Internet show
July-September 2011 – Solo exhibition “The Doors of Perspection” at Vitrine Gallery, London
July 2011Print edition co-published by Modern Empire and Vitrine Gallery
May-July 2008People Like Us Retrospective – alt.gallery, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK

GROUP SHOWS
January 2016
– Exhibition “Cut-Up” at Franklin Street Works, Stamford, Connecticut, US
August 2015
– Exhibition of We Are Not Amused at Usurp Zone5 Festival, London
March 2015 – Screening of 4’33” and Notations at group exhibition Drawing Towards Sound, University of Greenwich Galleries, London
June 2014 – Exhibition of Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another) at Sheffield Doc/Fest at Millennium Gallery, Sheffield
April 2013-June 2013 Modern Empire Print Editions and Works on Paper.  Works by Vicki Bennett, Charlotte Bracegirdle, Alec Finlay, Diego Mena, Inken Reinert, and Kelly Richardson.  Sunbeam Studios, 79 Barlby Road, Ladbroke Hall, London, W10 6AZ. Mon – Fri 10am to 6pm
August 2012-June 2013 – 2 pieces in SOUNDS LIKE SILENCE Cage – 4’33” – Silence 1912 – 1952 to 2012 – HMKV, Dortmund
April-June 2012 – Radio Boredcast (Vicki’s DO or DIY shows) featured in Transmittal exhibition, Greene County Council for the Arts Gallery, Catskill, USA
Summer 2012Prints of Darkness at Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen, Scotland
March-June 2012 – part of Vitrine exhibition at Leeds College of Art
Spring 2012Prints of Darkness purchased for Pallant House Collection, Chichester for inclusion in their collection in 2012
November-December 2011Prints of Darkness at Engramme, Quebec, Canada
May-June 2011Modern Empire at La Scatola Gallery
May-June 2011 Prints of Darkness at The Changing Room, Stirling
May 2011 – “Expanded Video” exhibition, MAXXI, Rome, Italy
November-December 2010Prints of Darkness at Matthew Gallery, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Dundee
July-Sept 2010Prints of Darkness, Edinburgh Printmakers
July-Oct 2010 – In The Long Run: 30 Years of Great Running – Great North Museum: Hancock Newcastle Upon Tyne
September-November 2009 – “Hit The Ground” at Hatton Gallery, Newcastle Upon Tyne
May 2007 – 3-screen video installation Work, Rest & Play at Millennium Galleries, Sheffield

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Selected Performances and Screenings

People Like Us/Vicki has performed and been screened at hundreds of venues (Tate Modern, Whitechapel Gallery, the National Film Theatre/BFI, Purcell Room, Barbican, ICA, V&A., BBC Proms, Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), Sonar (Barcelona), MAXXI/National Museum of XXI Century Arts (Rome), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis) and Centro de Cultura Digital (Mexico City)) and radio stations – created radioworks for John Peel and Mixing it (BBC Radio) and WDR (Germany), and since 2003 has a radio show on WFMU(.org). Vicki’s work has been archived on UbuWeb since 2003, with hundreds of thousands of downloads.

May 2017 – week of performances/screenings for school children, Oslo
March 2017 
– Citation City at Hull UK City of Culture (ReROOTed)
February 2017 
– Selection of previous works at Cafe Oto
December 2016
– Shopping from Citation City at Other Cinema, San Francisco
November 2016 – Citation City at Dundee Contemporary Arts, Scotland
October 2016
– Magic (from Magical Misery Tour) and Magic (with Ergo Phizmiz) at Magic Late at the Horniman Museum, London
October 2016 – Nothing Can Turn Into A Void at Spectacle Theater, Brooklyn
July 2016 – Nothing Can Turn Into A Void at Norberg Festival
June 2016 Optimized! Radio Residency at WFMU
May 2016 – Citation City at Delco Festival, Nimes
April 2016
– Citation City at Sonic Protest, Paris
April 2016 – We Are Not Amused screening at Apordoc, Lisbon
April 2016No One Is An Island broadcast on WDR, Germany
March 2016 – Screening of the new Matmos video made by People Like Us at Other Cinema, San Francisco (March 5)
February 2016
 – Friday Late at V&A, London
November 2015
– improvisation at Cafe Oto with M.C.Schmidt and Jennifer Walshe
November 2015
Nothing Can Turn Into A Void at Fylkingen, Stockholm
November 2015
– Citation City at Brighton Cinecity Festival
November 2015 – Nothing Can Turn Into A Void at Brighton Cinecity Festival
October 2015
– Work, Rest & Play at Curtocircuito. Santiago de Compostela Film Festival-Santiago de Compostela
October 2015
CCCitations at Other Cinema, San Francisco
September 2015
– Citation City at Walter Benjamin Now, Whitechapel Gallery, London
September 2015
 
– Citation City at Encounters Short Film Festival Bristol UK
August 2015
– Screening of We Are Not Amused at Usurp Zone5 Film Festival, London
April 2015 
– Citation City at SMUP in Parede, Portugal
March 2015 – Screening of We Are Not Amused at Ann Arbor Film Festival
March 2015
– Screening of 4’33” and Notations at group exhibition Drawing Towards Sound, University of Greenwich Galleries, London
March 2015
– UK Premiere of Citation City at Flatpack Film Festival, Birmingham
March 2015
– Screening of The Big Sleep at She Makes Noise Festival, Madrid
March 2015
– Screening of The Big Sleep at Other Cinema, San Francisco
January 2015
– Screening of The Big Sleep at Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Stuttgart
January 2015 
– Citation City world premiere at transmediale
January 2015
– People Like Us & Gwilly Edmondez live improv, Amersham Arms, London
December 2014
– Citation City preview at Cafe Oto London
November 2014 – January 2015
– The Golem at Kunsthall Stavanger
November 2014
 – Movement – Sound – Space Festival, Ostrava, CZ – Plato (Gong) Ostrava – Tribute to WS Burroughs (1914 – 1997)
November 2014
– Screening of We Are Not Amused at Other Cinema, San Francisco
October 2014
– Magical Misery Tour at Gleam Festival, University of Glasgow
October 2014
– Work Rest and Play at Syndicat Mixte Les Abattoirs, Toulouse
October 2014 – Notations and Consequences at In Mute Festival, Athens – Onassis Cultural Centre
September 2014 – Notations at High Zero, Baltimore
September 2014
– Notations and Consequences at Monty Hall, WFMU, NJ
August 2014
 – Screening of We Are Not Amused at Sao Paulo 25th International Short Film Festival
August 2014 – Screening of Gesture Piece at the International Program at Seoul International NewMedia Festival in August
August 2014 – Screening of The Sound of the End of Music at Stockholm Music and Arts Festival curated by David Risley Gallery
June 2014 – Screening of Skew Gardens at Gracelands, Dublin

June 2014Exhibition of Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another) at Sheffield Doc/Fest 
May 2014 – Screening of We Are Not Amused at Oberhausen Film Festival, London, entered for the International Film Category competition
May 2014
– Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another) at Hörbar, Hamburg
May 2014
– Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another) and artist talk at Trondheim Electronic Arts Centre Here To Go Symposium, MetaMorf
March 2014
 
– Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another) at L’Embobineuse, Marseille, France
November 2013 
– Screening of We Are Not Amused at Underwire Festival, London
November 2013
– Screening of We Are Not Amused and The Golem – An Inanimate Matter at Bradford Animation Festival
November 2013 – Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another) at Sound of Stockholm Festival
November 2013 – Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another) at Manchester Kraak

November 2013 – Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another) at Leeds Hyde Park Picture House as part of Leeds International Film Festival
November 2013 – Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another) at London Cafe Oto
November 2013 – Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another) at Bristol Arnolfini
November 2013 – Tusk/Sound and Music UK tour of NOTATIONS – Newcastle, Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield, London and Bristol (see venues above)

Performers: Bill Orcutt, Rhodri Davies, Mark Sanders, M.C. Schmidt, Wobbly, Jennifer Walshe, Tomomi Adachi, Jaap Blonk, Philip Jeck, Steve Noble – support from Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another)
November 2013 – Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another) at Sound of Stockholm Festival
October 2013 – Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another) at Lab Festival, Augsburg
October 2013 – Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another) at Newcastle Star & Shadow

October 2013 – Screening of Gesture Piece at Other Cinema, San Francisco
October 2013 – Screening of Gesture Piece at High Zero Festival, Baltimore
October 2013 – Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another) at lab.30 Festival, Augsburg

August 2013 – Artist talk at Liverpool Biennale
June 2013 – Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another) at Only Connect Festival, Oslo
May 2013
 – Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another) at Nuits Sonores Festival, Lyon
May 2013 
– Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another) at Colchester Arts Centre
April 2013 
– Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another)Tectonics Festival, Reykjavik
February 2013 
 Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another) at Play Festival, Madrid
January 2013
 
– Premiere of Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another) at Transmediale, Berlin

December 2012 – Work Rest & Play at Norwegian Film Institute, Oslo
November 2012 – 4’33” The Movie at Exground Filmfest, Wiesbaden
November 2012 – Clean Your Room at Filmladen Kassel e.V, Kassel
October 2012
 – Clean Your Room at Impakt, Utrecht

September 2012 – Genre Collage at CitySonic, Brussels
August 2012 – BBC Proms 47, John Cage – Royal Albert Hall, performing “Branches” and “Improvisations III”
Summer 2012 – Prints of Darkness tours to Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen, Scotland
July 2012
 – Magical Misery Tour at Latitude Festival

June 2012 – Magical Misery Tour at Belfast Film Festival
May 2012 – Trying Things Out, Story Without End and Resemblage at Musee d’Art Moderne et Contemporain-Strasbourg 
May 2012
 – Magical Misery Tour in Madrid at Caixaforum

April 2012 – The Sound of the End of Music at Image Forum Festival, Tokyo
Spring 2012 – Prints of Darkness purchased for Pallant House Collection, Chichester for inclusion in their collection in 2012
January 2012 – Screening of The Sound of the End of Music, Transmediale, Berlin
December 2011 – Screening of Magic, Kineteca, Madrid
November-December 2011 – Prints of Darkness tours to Engramme, Quebec, Canada
November 2011 – Magical Misery Tour at Cinecity, Brighton Film Festival, UK
November 2011 – Screening The Sound of the End of Music at Filmladen Kassel e.V., Kassel
November 2011 – Magical Misery Tour at Bristol Encounters International Film Festival
November 2011 – Magical Misery Tour at Cork Film Festival
October 2011 – Speaking at RadioVision conference, NYC
October 2011 – Screenings of Skew Gardens and Trying Things Out at Merge Festival, Bankside, London
October 2011 – Genre Collage at Almost Cinema, Gent Film Festival, Belgium
September 2011 – New live set “Horror Collage” premiered at The Sound Of Fear at London’s South Bank Centre.
July-September 2011 – Solo exhibition “The Doors of Perspection” at Vitrine Gallery, London
August 2011 – Skew Gardens, The Keystone Cut Ups and The Sound of the End of Music at Mitternachtskino – Frankfurt am Main
July 2011 – Print edition co-published by Modern Empire and Vitrine Gallery
May-June 2011 – Modern Empire at La Scatola Gallery
May-June 2011 – Prints of Darkness tours to The Changing Room, Stirling (12 May-25th June 2011)
May 2011 – Genre Collage at Auditorium of Rome
May 2011 – “Live Excerpts” at “Expanded Video” exhibition, MAXXI, Italy
April 2011 – More Soup and Tart at The Barbican, London
April 2011 – Genre Collage at Open Ears Festival, Kitchener Ontario
April 2011 – film screenings at Satellite Vitrine Gallery, The Hospital Club, London
March 2011 – The Keystone Cut Ups at Flatpack Festival, Birmingham, UK
March 2011 – Genre Collage and multiple film screenings at Ambulante, Mexico
January 2011 – Genre Collage at Art’s Birthday Party, Swedish Radio, Stockholm
November-December 2010 – Prints of Darkness tours to Matthew Gallery, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Dundee
November 2010 – Genre Collage at The British Film Festival, Ukraine
October 2010 – Supersonic Festival, Birmingham
September 2010 – Press Play Film Festival, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
September 2010 – Berwick Film And Media Arts Festival – premiere of The Keystone Cut Ups with Ergo Phizmiz 
August 2010 – Skew Gardens at Lincoln Center, New York as part of UbuWeb evening
August 2010 – Genre Collage at Vintage Goodwood
August 2010 – Genre Collage in the Ukraine presented by Forma and the British Council 
July-Sept 2010 – Prints of Darkness, Edinburgh Printmakers – group exhibition – pic disc LP and print by Vicki Bennett
July 2010 – “Genre Collage” at Bristol Arnolfini in conjunction with Encounters Film Festival
July-Oct 2010 – In The Long Run: 30 Years of Great Running – Great North Museum: Hancock – “Parade” as part of group exhibition
June 2010 – “Genre Collage” at De La Warr Pavilion
May 2010 – “Genre Collage” at Liverpool Sound City, in conjunction with Sound and Music
May 2010 – “Genre Collage” at Musraramix Festival – Jerusalem, Israel
April 2010 – Baltimore Transmodern screening 2010
April 2010 – Issue Project Room, Brooklyn
March 2010 – AV Festival, Newcastle
December 2009 – BFI Southbank, London
December 2009 – Grand Café Zum Rothen Krebsen (IFEK Institut für erweiterte Kunst), Linz, Austria
November 2009 – Night of the Long Worms, Cafe OTO, London
November 2009 – NEW NEW! 2009 – Fleda, Brno, Czech Republic
October 2009 – WFMU Record Fair, NYC
October 2009 – Vancouver New Music Festival
August 2009 – Cafe OTO, London (live with Ergo Phizmiz)
September-November 2009 – Parade (film and two photo works at Hatton Gallery, Newcastle as part of “Hit The Ground”
May 2009– Sonic Recycler, London (screening Skew Gardens)
May 2009 – Vienna Independent Shorts (screening Work, Rest & Play)
April 2009 – sound:frame Festival (screening We Edit Life)
April 2009 – Indielisboa, Lisbon (screening Work, Rest & Play)
April 2009 – Glimmer Festival (screening Work, Rest & Play)
April 2009 – Migrating Forms Festival (NYUFF), New York (screening Work, Rest & Play)
March 2009 – Zemos98, Seville
February 2009 – Rotterdam Film Festival (screening Work, Rest & Play)
January 2009 – Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Stuttgart (screening Work, Rest & Play)
December-May 2008/9 – Fundacio la Caixa Gallery (screening 3 works)
November 2008 – SPNM hosted concert at Kings Place, Kings Cross, London
November 2008 – Invideo, Milan (screening Work, Rest & Play)
October 2008 – Cork Film Festival (screening Work, Rest & Play)
September 2008 – Experimental Film Video Festival, Seoul (screening Work, Rest & Play)
June 2008 – Sonar, CCCB Barcelona (screening Work, Rest & Play)
May-July 2008 – People Like Us Retrospective Solo Exhibition – alt.gallery, Newcastle, UK
May 2008 – live solo concert, reinterpreting the works of Daphne Oram (BBC Radiophonic Workshop)
March 2008 – Screening of Skew Gardens at Curzon, Soho, London
March 2008 – Sightsonic, York International Festival of Digital Arts – National Centre For Early Music – solo and joint A/V concert with artist Ergo Phizmiz
January 2008 – London Short Film Festival (screening Work, Rest & Play)
November 2007 – Live soundtrack to Christian Marclay’s Screen Play, as part of the Wire 25 anniversary series, London
October 2007 – Touch live event, Balham, London
June 2007 – Bilbao Copy Your Idols conference
May 2007 – 3 Screen video premiere of Work, Rest & Play at Millennium Galleries, Lovebytes International Festival of Digital Media, Sheffield
February 2007 – Session for Mixing It, BBC Radio 3
November 2006 – Encounters 12th Annual International Short Film Festival, Bristol (screening of Story Without End)
November 2006 – La Casa Encendida, Madrid (screening of The Remote Controller)
November 2006 – Fundacio La Caixa. Mediateca, Barcelona (screening of Story Without End)
October 2006 – La Blanche Nuit, Paris (screening of Story Without End)
September 2006 – Exis Experimental Film and Video Festival, Seoul, Korea (screening of Story Without End)
July 2006 – Miguel Dias Vila Do Conde ISFF, Portugal (screening of Story Without End)
June 2006 – Sonar Cinema, CCCB Barcelona (screening of Story Without End)
June 2006 – BOOTS – Live collaboration with Ergo Phizmiz – info here
May 2006 – European Media Art Festival, Osnabrueck (screening of Story Without End)
April 2006 – Britspotting, Berlin (screening of Story Without End)
April 2006 – Porto at Casa Da Musica, Porto
March 2006 – Photographers’ Gallery, London (screening of Story Without End)
March 2006 – Visual Arts Ipswich, Ipswich (screening of Story Without End) 
February 2006 – Club Transmediale, Berlin (screening of Story Without End)

January 2006 – Le Cube, Paris
January 2006 – Flatpack Festival, Birmingham
November 2005 – Other Cinema, San Francisco
November 2005 – UC Davis, Davis, California
November 2005 – Performance at Leeds International Film Festival
October 2005 – Nulle Part Ailleurs Production (screening of We Edit Life)
October 2005 – Experimentaclub in Madrid 
September 2005 – Etrange Festival at Forum Des Images, Paris
July 2005 – Optronica at The National Film Theatre, London
June 2005 – Mission Creek Music Festival, California
April 2005 – Britspotting, Berlin (screening of The Remote Controller)
April 2005 – Femme Totale, Dortmund (screening of The Remote Controller)
February 2005 – AHRB Centre for British Film and Television, London (screening of We Edit Life and The Remote Controller)
February 2005 – Cinilingus, Belfast (screening of We Edit Life)
January 2005 – Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Stuttgart (screening of The Remote Controller)
December 2004 – Live concert as part of Christian Marclay’s Sounds of Christmas installation at the Tate Modern, London
November 2004 – Rio de Janeiro International Short Film Festival (screening of The Remote Controller)
November 2004 – Tromsø Kunstforening (screening of The Remote Controller)
November 2004 – Festival International du Film Independant (screening of The Remote Controller)
November 2004 – INVIDEO, Milano (screening of The Remote Controller)
October 2004 – Leeds International Film Festival, Leeds (screening of The Remote Controller and We Edit Life)
October 2004 – Backup Festival, Weimar (screening of The Remote Controller)
October 2004 – Bath Michael Tippett Centre
September 2004 – Seoul New and Film Festival – Seoul (screening of The Remote Controller)
September 2004 – Barcelona LEM Festival
August 2004 – Chicago Underground Film Festival (screening of The Remote Controller)
August 2004 – Oslo Studio 04 Festival
June 2004 – The Music Hall, Shrewsbury (screening of We Edit Life)
May 2004 – BBC Radio 3 – Mixing It – Live Session/broadcast
April 2004 – Toronto Images Festival 
March 2004 – Virginia Film Festival 
March 2004 – New York Underground Film Festival 
February 2004 – First Anniversary of 2003 FACT, Liverpool
January 2004 – Hanger, Barcelona (screening of The Remote Controller)
January 2004 – Rotterdam Film Festival (screening of The Remote Controller)
November 2003 – Work, Work, Work at Yerba Buena Center For The Arts, San Francisco, as part of Matmos’s artist installation
November 2003 – Sample Culture Now at The Tate Modern
October 2003 – Oslo S-, Oslo (screening of The Remote Controller)
October 2003 – Wheels Instead of Hooves, Newcastle (screening of We Edit Life)
October 2003 – City of Women, International Festival of Contemporary Arts Ljubljana, Slovenia
October 2003 – Dissonanze Festival of Electronic Music and Digital Art, at MACROl, Rome
September 2003 – Kino Central, Berlin (screening of The Remote Controller)
September 2003 – The Pompidou Centre, Paris
July 2003 – The ICA, London – screenings of The Remote Controller and We Edit Life as part of their Radical Entertainment season
June 2003 – Le Fresnoy, Studio National Des Arts Contemporains, France
April 2003 – Live performance as part of Cut & Splice (Sonic Arts Network), ICA, London
March 2003 – POL, Frankfurt

February 2003 – Club Transmediale, Berlin at “Maria am Ostbahnhof”
January 2003 – Session for John Peel, for BBC Radio 1
November 2002 – Avanto Festival at Kiasma Centre, Helsinki, Finland
September 2002 – Sound Unseen Festival at The Walker Center, Minneapolis, USA
June 2002 – South Bank’s Meltdown Festival, Queen Elisabeth Hall, London – video commission for Baby Zizanie
May 2002 – Southbank Centre ETHER Festival, Purcell Room, London 
December 2001 – Dysfunktional Beats at 93ft East, London
November 2001 – Laptops Live at the ICA, London
November 2001 – Futuresonic, Manchester
October 2001 – Sydney Opera House, Australia as part of This Is Not Art Festival
June 2001 – London Musicians Collective’s Tenth Annual Festival, Purcell Room, London
June 2001 – Sonar Festival, Barcelona – live collaboration with Matmos (US)
May 2001 – Catalyst/Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, Belfast
April 2001 – EMAF, Osnabreuck
March 2001 – Lovebytes Festival, Sheffield
March 2001 – Dingwalls, London in association with Mixing It, BBC Radio 3
February 2001 – London Lux Cinema in association with The Wire magazine
December 2000– Bristol Cube Cinema, in association with The Wire magazine
December 2000– Lisbon Numero Festival in association with Warp Records of London
November 2000– Burning Bush, Dundee Contemporary Arts
October 2000 – Montreal Festival of New Cinema and New Media (FCMM)
May 2000 – Brooklyn Experimental Music Festival, NYC
April 2000 – Komedia, Brighton
June 2000 – TransEuropa 2000, Hildesheim
March 2000 – Exit Festival, Creteil
June 2000 – Sonar 2000, Barcelona
February 2000 – Brussels 2000, European City of Culture Festival
January 2000 – Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF) event
October 1999 – Fylkingen, Stockholm
October 1999 – Nottingham Expo Festival
September – Ars Electronica, Linz
August 1999 – Festival of the Regions, Enns
September 1996 – Dutch Electronic Arts Festival (DEAF)

Discography

This is by no means the full list, but it’s what we remember!
“Another Kind of Humor Another Kind of Murder” (split with Abraxas) World Serpent (CD/LP) 1992
“Lowest Common Dominator” Staalplaat (CD) 1994
“It’s Terrorific!” Staalplaat (DAT) 1994
“Guide To Broadcasting” Staalplaat (3″CD) 1994
“Beware The Whim Reaper” Staalplaat(CD) 1996
“Jumble Massive” Soleilmoon Recordings (LP) 1996
“File Under Easy Listening/File Under Sleazy Listening” (split with Sniper) Kleptones 1 (LP) 1996
“Lassie House” Staalplaat (10″ Picture Disc) 1997
“Blundersonix/Special Mix” (split with TFU) Kleptones(LP) 1997
“People Like Us and Sniper Play The Three DJs of The Apocalypse” (with Sniper) Kleptones (LP) 1997
“Hate People Like You” Staalplaat (CD) 1997
“People Like Us Meet The Jet Black Hair People In Concert” Audioview (CD) 1999
“Hate People Like Us” (remix of PLU by Coil, Negativland, Death in June, Barbed, Christoph Heemann, Bruce Gilbert, Stock, Hausen & Walkman, Rehberg & Bauer, Mika Vainio, Boyd Rice, Dummy Run, Farmer’s Manual and Sons of Silence. 2CD features additionally Cyclobe, Req1, V/VM, Sniper, Mr Rotorvator, Felix Kubin, Xper. Xr, Venoz [TKS], Katy Brown and Dr P Li Khan. There was an additional remix by Andy Votel/Badly Drawn Boy, excluded for legal reasons. Caciocavallo/CAD1 (CD) and Staalplaat (2CD) 1999 2CD
“Thermos Explorer” Hot Air (CD) 2000
“A Fistful of Knuckles” Caciocavallo (CD) 2000
“Swing Largo/Going Out Of My Town” Klang Galerie (7″) 2001
“Home-Roam-Play/Work-All-Day” (split 12″ with remix by Matmos) Wicked Witch Records (12″) 2001 recalled due to faulty pressing
“Recyclopaedia Britannica” Mess Media/Mess (CD) April 2002
“Preserved Cowgirl” Asphodel – remix of Tipsy (CD) August 2002
“Stifled Love” – Mess Media/Mess 2 (12″) October 2002
7″ single – Rough Trade label For Us Records October 2002
“Volatile Media” Lovebytes label (DVD) March 2003
“Wide Open Spaces” Tigerbeat6 label (CD) collaboration with Matmos and Wobbly May 2003
“Nothing Special” Mess03 (CD) collaboration with Kenny G June 2003
“A Call For Silence” – (CD) Sonic Arts Network February 2004
“Abridged Too Far” – (mp3) online album at Ubuweb. August 2004
“Windpipe Moods” – (CD) Mukow October 2004
“Story Without End” – (DVD) Sonic Arts Network October 2005
“Fom Fom” – (CD) – track for Chicks On Speed’s compilation Girl Monster – Chicks on Speed Records Summer 2006
“All Together Now” – (CD) – self released August 2006
“Honeysuckle Boulevard” – (10″) – self released collaboration with Ergo Phizmiz January 2007
“Perpetuum Mobile – (CD) – Soleilmoon Recordings April 2007
“On The Rooftops Of London” – (CDS) – self released May 2007
“Rhapsody In Glue” – (online album) – bleep.com  May 2008
“Smiling Through My Teeth” – (CD) – Sonic Arts Network May 2008
“Withers In The Waking” – (7″) Touch October 2008
“Le Xerox et l’Infini” – (cassette) Tapeworm June 2009
“Music For The Fire” – (CD) – Illegal Art June 2010
“This Is Light Music” – (LP) – Edinburgh Printmakers/Prints Of Darkness exhibit – August 2010
“Welcome Abroad” – (CD) – Illegal Art May 2011
“The Keystone Cut Ups” – (DVD) – with Ergo Phizmiz –  Illegal Art May 2012
“Magic Moon” -(7″) – with Ergo Phizmiz – Illegal Art May 2012
“Don’t Think Right, It’s All Twice” – (CD) – Cutting Hedge October 2013
“Dreaming” square flexidisc postcard – (8′) – Hasenbart Records 2014
“A Fistful of Knuckles” and “Nothing Special” reissued on cassette – Megaphone Records 2015
“Abridged Too Far” – (LP) – Discrepant March 2017

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People Like Us/Vicki has been reviewed in, amongst others, The Wire, BBC website, Bizarre Magazine, Rolling Stone, Frieze, The Independent, Record Collector, Time Out, Film Comment, The Guardian, The Scotsman, XLR8R, Baltimore City Paper, Sight and Sound, NME, Metro and San Francisco Bay Guardian, and interviewed for Found Footage Magazine (2016), The Observer (2006), Filmmaker Magazine (2015), The Wire (2014, 2011, 2008, 1999), Sight and Sound (2013), a-n Magazine (2012), Wired (2012), RadioWeb MACBA (2010), Sound and Music (2011), Sound Projector (2012, 2000), Bizarre Magazine (1999), NME (1995, 1996). On radio I’ve been interviewed on Late Junction (2016), Soundproof (ABC Radio National 2016), WDR 3 Open Sounds (WDR 2016), Cutting Up The Cut Up (BBC Radio 4 2015), North by Southwest (British Council 2012) PM (BBC Radio 3 2010), Twenty Minutes (BBC Radio 3 2009) and Mixing It (BBC Radio 3 2004). Please note: we no longer update this section very often because the internet is effective in finding these things, unlike the old days of magazine articles
Interview about Copyright on Ableton site (Nov 2016)
Interview on Soundproof (ABC Radio National) (July 2016)
Interview in Found Footage Magazine (April 2016)
Interview in Venture Engraved Magazine (March 2016)
Interview on WDR (Feb 2016)
Interview on Late Junction (BBC Radio 3) (Jan 2016)
Documentary about People Like Us (Jan 2016)
Interview in Filling Station Magazine Issue 63 with Peter Jaeger (Sept 2015)
Cutting Up The Cut-Up (BBC Radio) (June 2015)
Feature in The Wire Magazine (Psychic Jams) (August 2014)
Interview with The Wire Magazine (Feb 2014)
Interview in SyncTank about Gesture Piece (Sept 2013)
Interview in a-n magazine about Gesture Piece (Sept 2013)
Feature on our Random Acts commission in Televisual (June 2013)
Interview in Sight and Sound magazine and Clipping (May 2013)
Interview in De-Bug (February 2013)
Interview with City Sonic, Brussels (September 2012)
Review in The Wire of People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz The Keystone Cut Ups DVD on Illegal Art (October 2012)
Review in Wired of People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz Moon Magic 7″ on Illegal Art (August 2012)
Mention of Radio Boredcast
 by Radio Web MACBA (April 2012)
Interview in Wired about Radio Boredcast (March 2012)
Essay by Vicki Bennett in The Wire magazine’s Collateral Damage page 
http://thewire.co.uk/articles/8439/ (March 2012)
Review of AV Festival 12 in The Guardian (March 2012)
Blogpost by Vicki Bennett about Radio Boredcast for AV Festival 12 (February 2012)
Interview with Vicki about Radio Boredcast for AV Festival 12 by Pixel Palace (December 2011)
The Doors of Perspection preview in The Independent (29 July 2011)
The Doors of Perspection preview in The Independent 2 (29 July 2011)
The Doors of Perspection review in Front Row Reviews (July 2011)
People Like Us interview in Invisible Jukebox in The Wire (July 2011)
Review of Welcome Abroad in Groovemine (May 2011)
People Like Us feature in XLR8R (May 2011)
Review of More Soup And Tart In The Wire Magazine (June 2011)
People Like Us Chart In The Wire Magazine (June 2011)
Expanded Video exhibition at Maxxi – pdf (April/May 2011) More documentation here.
Review of Welcome Abroad in Letters With Mixtapes (May 2011)
Review of Welcome Abroad in AOL/Spinner (May 2011)
Review of Welcome Abroad in Dusted (May 2011)
Review of Welcome Abroad in Unheard Music (May 2011)
Review of Welcome Abroad in Decibel Tolls (March 2011)
The Keystone Cut Ups (People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz) in Aesthetica Magazine (September 2010)
The Keystone Cut Ups (People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz) in The Scotsman (September 2010)
The Keystone Cut Ups (People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz) in IDMb News (September 2010)
The Keystone Cut Ups (People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz) in The Guardian Guide (September 2010)
Interview and feature about The Keystone Cut Ups (People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz) in Berwick Advertiser (September 2010)
Interview and feature about The Keystone Cut Ups (People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz) in Kyeo TV (September 2010)
Review of The Keystone Cut Ups (People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz) in Observealot (September 2010)
Review of Music For The Fire in Sound Projector (2011)
Review of Music For The Fire (People Like Us & Wobbly) in Rumore (September 2010)
Review of Music For The Fire (People Like Us & Wobbly) in Record Collector (August 2010)
Review of Music For The Fire (People Like Us & Wobbly) in Sentireascoltare (July 2010)
Review of Music For The Fire (People Like Us & Wobbly) in Skug (July 2010)
Review of Music For The Fire (People Like Us & Wobbly) in RifRaf (July 2010)
Review of Music For The Fire (People Like Us & Wobbly) in Go Mag (July 2010)
Review of Music For The Fire (People Like Us & Wobbly) in Magic (July 2010)
Preview of the People Like Us exhibit at Edinburgh Printmakers Prints of DarknessThe List (June 2010)
Review of Music For The Fire (People Like Us & Wobbly) in Playground (June 2010)
Music For The Fire (People Like Us & Wobbly) in Huw Stephens’ Radio show BBC Radio 1 (June 2010)
Review of Music For The Fire (People Like Us & Wobbly) in Limewire Music Blog (June 2010)
Review of Music For The Fire (People Like Us & Wobbly) in MusicOMH (June 2010)
Music For The Fire (People Like Us & Wobbly) in Stuart Maconie’s Radio show BBC Radio 6 (June 2010)
Review of Music For The Fire (People Like Us & Wobbly) in My Old Kentucky Blog (June 2010)
Review of Music For The Fire (People Like Us & Wobbly) in Polychromic (June 2010)
Review of Music For The Fire (People Like Us & Wobbly) in Beyond The Noize (June 2010)
Review of Music For The Fire (People Like Us & Wobbly) in aaamusic (June 2010)
Review of Music For The Fire (People Like Us & Wobbly) in Little Village Mag by Kembrew McLeod (May 2010)
Music For The Fire gets Radio 1 airplay (May 2010)
Article on the Recycled Film Symposium at AV Festival in axisweb (May 2010)Axisweb website
Review of Genre Collage in Baltimore City Paper (April 2010)
Review of MACBA’s Variations program, which Genre Collage is a part of (February 2010)
Review of Genre Collage in Film Comment magazine (January 2010)
People Like Us co-curate an evening at AV Festival (March 2010)
Nothing Is New, Everything Is Permitted – People Like Us play at AV Festival (March 2010)
BBC News – about People Like Us Baudrillard cassette (January 2010)
BBC News Front page (January 2010)
BFI Southbank (December 2009)
Straight.com (October 2009)
Alienated In Vancouver (October 2009)
Jean Baudrillard Le Xerox et l’Infini – Hard Format (August 2009)
Jean Baudrillard Le Xerox et l’Infini – Aquarius Records (August 2009)
Time Out – Critics Choice (August 2009)
Withers In The Waking review – Heathen Harvest (July 2009)
Interview in Crawdaddy (July 2009)
Rhapsody in Glue – Liability (March 2009)
Withers In The Waking review – Record Collector (January 2009)
Withers In The Waking review – Norman Records (December 2008)
Interview with People Like Us – Blow Up (December 2008)
Withers In The Waking review – Aquarius (December 2008) 
Withers In The Waking review – Boomkat (December 2008)
Smiling Through My Teeth review – Bad Alchemy (November 2008)
Smiling Through My Teeth review – Hair Entertainment (October 2008)
Rhapsody In Glue review – Goute Mes Disques (November 2008)
DO or DIY chart – The Wire (October 2008)
Smiling Through My Teeth review – Orkus (November 2008)
Smiling Through My Teeth review – Rumore (October 2008)
Rhapsody in Glue review – Blow Up (September 2008)
Smiling Through My Teeth review – Westzeit (October 2008)
Smiling Through My Teeth review – Ox (October 2008)
Smiling Through My Teeth review – Le Son Du Grisli (September 2008)
Smiling Through My Teeth review – Sound Projector (May 2008)
Smiling Through My Teeth review – Frieze magazine (September 2008)
Rhapsody In Glue review – Pop News (September 2008)
Smiling Through My Teeth review – Octopus Record Of The Week (September 2008)
Smiling Through My Teeth review – Rock Delux(September 2008)
Smiling Through My Teeth review – D Side(September 2008)
Smiling Through My Teeth review – Titel Magazine (September 2008)
Smiling Through My Teeth review – Schlendrian (September 2008)
Smiling Through My Teeth review – Vital Weekly 162 (September 2008)
Mention in the Guardian (UK) – Click That Dial! (August 11 2008)
Rhapsody in Glue review – O Dominio Dos Deuses (July 2008)
Rhapsody in Glue/Smiling Through My Teeth Review – Incendiary Mag (July 2008)
Rhapsody in Glue review – Octopus (July 2008)
Smiling Through My Teeth review – The Wire (August 2008)
Rhapsody in Glue review – Skug (July 2008) 
Rhapsody in Glue review – D-Side (July 2008) 
Rhapsody in Glue review – Choices Cologne (July 2008)
Rhapsody in Glue review – The Wire (July 2008)
Rhapsody in Glue review – Titel-Magazin / CD of the Week (June 2008)
People Like Us interview part 1 – The Wire (June 2008)
People Like Us interview part 2 – The Wire (June 2008)
People Like Us interview part 3 – The Wire (June 2008)
People Like Us interview part 4 – The Wire (June 2008)
People Like Us interview part 5 – The Wire (June 2008)
Perpetuum Mobile – Music For Maniacs (October 2007)
Perpetuum Mobile – Geiger (September 2007)
Perpetuum Mobile – Bad Alchemy (August 2007)

Perpetuum Mobile – Brainwashed (June 2007)
Perpetuum Mobile – RifRaf (June 2007)
Perpetuum Mobile – Rolling Stone (Mexico!!) June 2007 
Perpetuum Mobile – Review in Norman Records June 2007

Perpetuum Mobile – Review in Jumbo June 2007

Perpetuum Mobile – Review in Loop June 2007
Perpetuum Mobile – Review in Boomkat June 2007
Perpetuum Mobile – Review in Cologne Choices June 2007
Story Without End – Review in Jazzthetik July 2006
Story Without End – Review in Trax Magazine June 2006
Interview with People Like Us in 
The Observer 6 November 2006 – herehere & here
Story Without End – Review in Black Jan 2006
Story Without End – Review and Interview April 2006
Story Without End – Review in Cinemania May 2006
Story Without End – Review in The Wire May 2006
Story Without End – Review by Kevin Hamilton February 2006
Story Without End – Blow Up February 2006
Story Without End – Rock Delux Magazine February 2006
Story Without End – Magic Magazine February 2006
Story Without End – Debug Magazine January 2006

Story Without End – Intro Magazine February 2006
Story Without End – Sonic Seducer Magazine February 2006
Story Without End – D Side Magazine January 2006
Story Without End – Go Magazine January 2006
Story Without End – Bad Alchemy Magazine January 2006
Story Without End – Clone Magazine January 2006
Story Without End – Metro Magazine Summer 2005
“The Remote Controller” won second prize in the Backup Festival in Weimar 2004
Worked on a film/installation commission with Sonic Arts Network, 2004-2005 
Worked on a film commission for LUX, 2004
Yerba Buena Center For The Arts with Matmos, November 2003
Article featuring media work of PLU on BBC site July 2002
Review of People Like Us album, Recyclopaedia Britannica, on BBC website 2002
PLU get a mention in Larry Lessig’s blog 2003 
Very good interview with Kenny G on WFMU, March 2003
Small mention in The Guardian (UK)
Sound Unseen Festival, Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis 2002

Sound Unseen Festival, Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis2 2002

Ether Festival Flyer, Purcell Room, London 2002
Ether Festival review in The Wire, Purcell Room, London 2002
Ether Festival reviews, Purcell Room, London 2002
Sight and Sound magazine 2002
Lovebytes Festival Programme, Sheffield 2002
Lovebytes Festival Programme, Sheffield 2 2002
Oblique Lu Nights Festival, Nantes, France 2002
People Like Us at Sound Unseen, Minneapolis 2002
LMC 10th Anniversary Festival, Purcell Room, London 2001
LMC 10th Anniversary Festival, Purcell Room, London 2 2001

People Like Us and Matmos concert at Sonar, 2001 (The Wire)

Laptops Live ICA, London 2 2001
Laptops Live, ICA, London 2001

Futuresonic Festival, Manchester 2001
EMAF, Osnabruck, Germany 2001
Electrofringe, Newcastle, Australia 2001
Reviews in NME and Bizarre Magazine 2001
Sydney Opera House flyer 1 2001
Sydney Opera House flyer 2 2001

Sydney Opera House ticket 2001
Lux Centre, London 2001
BBC Radio Times 2001

Sound Projector interview 2000

Exit Festival, Creteil, France 2000
The Wire magazine interview 1999
San Francisco Bay Guardian review 1999
Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria 1998
NME Single of the Week 1996
NME Interview 1996
NME Interview 1995

This is by no means an exhaustive list, there are many that we have not scanned in from the 1990s, and many a web search we have not made. But it’s a taster.

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The Zone – World Premiere

The Zone will be premiered at Bristol Arnolfini on Friday 2nd November and will be introduced by Vicki Bennett.

Arnolfini:
http://www.arnolfini.org.uk/whatson/live/details/1423

The Zone is the first feature-length film by Vicki Bennett a.k.a People Like Us. Running Stalker and The Wizard of Oz side-by-side, it tells one story of two journeys to “the promised land, the world where dreams can be made real and reality is like a dream.” The films sit side by side, staying loyal to the linear narrative, but editing the longer film to the length of the shorter, revealing delightful harmonies and synchronicities both in images and narrative occurring far more than either pure chance would dictate or the imagination construct. The Zone is inspired by the Chance Operations of John Cage, Cut-Up techniques of Gysin/Burroughs and Kurt Schwitters, and single shot/durational films (Andy Warhol, James Benning).

Please note: this film is not being distributed as of January 2013 after a legal claim by Mosfilm, the rights holders of Tarkovsky.

Buy MOON MAGIC 7 inch single!

BUY MOON MAGIC 7 INCH SINGLE NOW

“Moon Magic 7 inch single” by People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz
Release date: 13 November 2012 (presales 13 October)
Illegal Art IA702 http://www.illegalart.net

“Moon” and “Magic” is a AA side 7 inch single, also on the Illegal Art label. Both tracks are taken from The Keystone Cut Ups DVD.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All prices below INCLUDE shipping within stated price.

UK – price including P&P: $9.50
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EUROPE – price including P&P: $10.00
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ELSEWHERE – price including P&P: $13.00
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Feature in WIRED

If you live in the US/Canada, unless you are buying other merchandise from us at the same time it will work out cheaper to buy the 7″ direct from the Illegal Art Shop due to the fact that we post from Europe and have to charge for that.

People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz from “MOON MAGIC” 7″.

3 New Releases! DVD! 7 inch! Digital Download!

PEOPLE LIKE US & ERGO PHIZMIZ BRING YOU…
THE KEYSTONE CUT UPS DVD / MOON MAGIC 7″ / THE KEYSTONE CUT UPS DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
DVD and Digital Download Release Date: 31 October 2012
7 inch Release Date: 13 November 2012
Label: Illegal Art IA131 illegalart.net

We’re very pleased to announce the release on Illegal Art of a DVD, 7″ single and digital audio album!

When People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz premiered The Keystone Cut Ups at the Berwick Film and Media Art Festival in 2010, it was met with praise and wonder. Invoking a dreamlike atmosphere from the pairing of surrealist avant-garde cinema and silent-era comedy films with the quirky, yet emotionally resonating soundtrack carved out a unique sector of musical entertainment. This project stands tall as a statement against an industry that often flounders in its own creative bankruptcy.

Until now, this experience has only been available to those fortunate enough to see it performed live. But this October, people all over the world can see what all the hype is about for themselves when Illegal Art releases The Keystone Cut Ups on DVD, as well as just the musical portion as a digital download and as a 7′ single.

The festival commissioned the project in July of 2010 as an attempt to achieve something that would excite audiences in ways they were never expecting. People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz composed forty-five minutes of music that is simultaneously whimsical and poignant. Once the soundtrack was in place, visuals were assembled around the audio in order to create a stimulating assault on the mind that evokes a sense of the surreal and fantastical.

PROMOTIONAL TRAILER

PEOPLE LIKE US & ERGO PHIZMIZ : The Keystone Cut Ups & Moon Magic 7″ – PROMO.

BUY THE KEYSTONE CUT UPS DVD NOW
All prices below INCLUDE shipping within stated price.

Tracklist:
1. Orchestra 2. Hats 3. Statues 4. Thelma Todd 5. Machines
6. Aquopalypse 7. Chess 8. Magic 9. Spinning 10. Moon

UK – price including P&P: $13.00
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EUROPE – price including P&P: $14.00
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ELSEWHERE – price including P&P: $16.00
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The Keystone Cut Ups will play all regions, worldwide.

MOON MAGIC 7″ SINGLE by People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz
Available to purchase from 25 October 2012

http://peoplelikeus.org/2012/buy-moon-magic-7-inch-single/

Actual release date: 13 November 2012
Illegal Art IA702 http://www.illegalart.net

“Moon” and “Magic” is a AA side 7 inch single, also on the Illegal Art label. Both tracks are taken from The Keystone Cut Ups DVD.

DOWNLOAD THE KEYSTONE CUT UPS AUDIO IN MP3 OR FLAC FORM
From the Illegal Art Shop
http://illegal-art.net/shop#release131

 With this release, Illegal Art continues to embrace a pay-what-you-want business model for high-quality downloads. All label releases over the last five years have been issued (or reissued) under a the flexible payment system. People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz also have a history of offering free downloads of entire projects, both new and old.

REVIEWS so far

The Wire
Feature in WIRED
God Is In The TV