A new fundraising initiative has been set up for the Merz Barn by DigitalDIZZY (digitaldizzy.bandcamp.com). The team has been making sound recordings at Cylinders and is compiling material for sale online.
**Another BENEFIT release** from: Alix Lee and Ruby Black
Over the past three years we’ve been visiting the Cumbrian merzbarn (last creative home of the mighty Kurt Schwitters!) taking photos,using different devices to capture field recording(outside) & using these to create live soundscapes(inside) which we intend(ed) to release as a devotionalhallucinatic project. On our arrival last week we discovered that the whole site has been severely damaged in recent storms, which is devastating news as the merzbarn receives no arts grant or other funding and is run by Celia & Ian purely as a labour of love. SO we need your help to raise money and awareness about the final home of uk dada! We plan a compilation similar to our AWW release to start the ball rolling… SOON. Ruby/lamorna/Joy/exp ct!
Anyone interested in getting involved, please submit contributions by 31 July for release in early August: <<https://www.facebook.com/digitalDIZZY/posts/1678482399097468:0>>
There is a splendid new FaceBook page at : <https://www.facebook.com/Merzfunder/>
Contributions from other artists will also be available. A first track in already, this is an Anglo German collaboration inspired by the schwitters / merzbarn & our merzfunder idea. It can be heard on <https://soundcloud.com/gloveofbones/merzquito> and features sound voices from Peter Wullen. Subtitle, ‘Kurt in Douglas’.
Posted on FB by Alix on May 23rd:
We already have contributions promised for the merzbarn benefit from Charles Hayward(this heat) & Colin Robinson (big block 454) …. Let’s hear it from all the musicians/noise makers out there… Scroll down for more info… We thought a July deadline would be good… I’d love to include painters/artists in this project too… maybe we could organise an exhib/art auction at the merzbarn or at least include your works with the release… It’s all at the ideas stage right now… And we are open to all !