Progress Bar guests Arnod Vorrzpkngrrr
Progress Bar guests Arnod Vorrzpkngrrr


15 May 2015

Each month, we ask a Brighton-based producer to create a special mix. Progress Bar Mix 04 has been created by the collective Arnod Vorrzpkngrrr, who will be performing at June's event.

TRACK LIST: ‘We Have Nothing To Say, And We Are Saying It’

Last Words Of Hassan Sabbah
Fujako – unknown title (Dead Fader Remix) [Unreleased]
Brunstein – Functional_Music [Unreleased]
Nolan Dialta – ment [Cutting Room Records]
HthrTTT [Unreleased]
Shardstyle – A Rest [Exploded Drawing]
Black Fanfare – Mycw_Aorta (St B Remodel) [Unreleased]
Vorrs / Stavrogin – 1#012 [Unreleased]
Brunstein – Modular_Field_Recording_Sixteen [Unreleased]
Nolan Dialta – ear pad [Self-released]
Nolan Dialta – Bodyete [Self-released]
Microbes – Beyond, Beneath [Cutting Room Records]
Oto Hiax – Yales Error [Unreleased]
Nalov – Institué [Self-released]
Vorrs – Club [Unreleased]
Sturqen – unknown title [Third Type Tapes]
C_C – Another.2 [Unreleased]
K (no o) – Filthy Bong Scrape [Self-released]
DeadFader – ooooph [Unreleased]
Nah – unknown title [Third Type Tapes]


Describe the mix to us?

It’s a collage of pieces of work either by Arnod Vorrzpkngrrr, or solo projects by members, or by friends in our scene. And I guess for fun we threw in a few influencers. That scene is the intersection of noise, shoe-gaze, grunge, punk rock, hip hop, techno and grime music – I guess the common thread is riffy groove and sonic extremes.

What kind of music do Arnod Vorrzpkngrrr produce?

Arnod as a group make a wide gamut of sound. When we jam together we’re not trying to make something x y z. We just set up and do without much pretext, save for prior experience and shared tastes.

Myself (Barry Prendergast), I don’t respond to or enjoy slow processes. I get bored. I’m lazy. I want to get to that point of saturation as fast as possible so that I can enjoy sound and care less about production value or technique. Instrumentation and playing with people live is, for us, the fastest route to that place.

Arnod is an excuse to just play, get Dada, and not think much further than that. We started out as a drum machine, a delay pedal and a dictaphone. VOYDER and universal black then came from that need to collect up all these isolated people all over the world and say, “Hey, what we’re doing, we’re all doing it separately, to the same groups of people. Let’s not waste time that could be spent creating and just do some link sharing”. We’re a small group of people, but it has some meaning for us, as individuals and as a group.

There’s more going on in our shared drop boxes and trash cans right now than the wider scenes in terms of what relates to us, what resonates with us. As for what kind of music we make: the moment we give it a name that’s portable, we’ve spoiled the purpose of Arnod.

What do you think about the scene in Brighton?

That’s a multi-part answer.

Artists. Brighton is great. Few places better. This town has a reputation, so people are born here or come here, they find each other, they develop, they make. All good.

Audiences. An old DJ told me – “In Brighton, there are no fans”. Everyone has a thing. A project. A Facebook Fan Page. A collective. From a creative point, that’s the ideal – everyone should feel enabled to make something. But for things that are more fun when the room is packed with curious people, be it gallery, club, cinema, it feels lacking.

Compared to cities like Glasgow or Bristol (for example) or any significant EU city like Krakow, Berlin, Graz, Rotterdam or whatever, there’s a lot of noise from creators and not a lot of signal. So the result is, great things happen, and 20 people are in the room. That’s not good for cohesion or community, and by extension, for the city (or rather the audiences here) as a whole because they don’t realise what’s waiting for them out there.

The more choice people have, the less satisfied they become. And then they drift towards the mainstream because it’s easier to access by design.

“Venues / Promoters. Fucking bullshit. I could count on one hand the amount of venues that recognise the importance of nurturing creativity.”

Venues / Promoters. Fucking bullshit. I could count on one hand the amount of venues that recognise the importance of nurturing creativity. Gentrification, chain pubs, 24-hour drinking and the smoking ban, and the council’s noise limitations have all contributed to the effective end of the live scene – so different to what we might have recognised 10 years ago.

There’s a cultural theory about phases. The underground is the beginning of everything. Every genre, every scene, starts with that small group. And they grow, and gain contributors and an audience. The second phase is some kind of plateau, where the creativity is diffused but the scale is greater. And finally, the demise, where the scene stagnates. Its authenticity dies, but its template, its ghost, sticks around, gets copied and inbred until it’s a shadow of its former self. And in response, in retaliation, another scene ascends.

All creators live and die on that wheel. This city, in her current state of mind, loves the 2nd and 3rd phase, but artists need to work too hard to survive and make a mark if they operate in that first phase. If you’re not getting arts funding or hitting the pubs nightly takings target, forget about it (money, not creativity, is the theme), then Brighton’s key holders do not care for you. If you’re not already making it (and it means money and online impact) you’re going to find it tough. Because old rich people don’t want you to change anything.

There are exceptions. It’s not all doom. One Inch Badge. Colour out of Space, Tatty SeaSide Town. Green Door Store. Drill Festival. Bleach. West Hill Hall…. But where are the charming little shit holes? The Engine Rooms. Gone. The Freebutt. Gone. The Fortune of War. A shadow of its former self. The Cowley Club and Fitzherberts. Well, they will probably last forever actually. And hopefully now with Juha here at Lighthouse, we have another outpost in the war against normalisation. A space to try and to fail. In other words, to Progress! That’s what the underground needs so much: understanding that we’re trying to move forward and that’s not going to work every time.

What are you planning to do at Progress Bar on Thursday June 4?

We don’t plan anything to that level. We’re planning on showing up and testing your sound proofing. Let’s see what happens.

You can listen to previous mixes on SoundCloud.

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