Scanner (British artist Robin Rimbaud) traverses the experimental terrain between sound and space connecting a bewilderingly diverse array of genres. Since 1991 he has been intensely active in sonic art, producing concerts, installations and recordings, the albums Mass Observation (1994), Delivery (1997), and The Garden is Full of Metal (1998) hailed by critics as innovative and inspirational works of contemporary electronic music.
To date he has scored 66 dance productions, including the hit musical comedy Kirikou & Karaba Narnia, Qualia for the London Royal Ballet, and the world’s first virtual-reality ballet, Nightfall, for Dutch National Ballet.
More unusual projects have included designing sound for the Philips Wake-Up Light (2009), the reopening of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam in 2012, and the new Cisco telephone system used in many o ces around the world.
His work Salles des Départs is permanently installed in a working morgue in Paris whilst Vex, the residential house by Chance de Silva architects, featuring his permanent soundtrack, won the RIBA London Award 2018.
Committed to working with cutting edge practitioners he collaborated with Bryan Ferry, Wayne MacGregor, Mirosław Balka, Mike Kelley, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Michael Nyman, Steve McQueen, Laurie Anderson, and Hussein Chalayan, amongst many others.
Selected recordings: Scanner 1 (1992), Mass Observation (1994), Spore(1995), 52 Spaces (2002), Pavillon d’Armide/Amarant (2011), Voyager: Amongst Others (2011), Vex (2016), Fibolae (2017), An Ascent (2020), Wing Pinger (2021), La Fenêtre Magique (2022),The Homeland of Electricity (2022); Robin Rimbaud: The Garden is Full of Metal (1998); Scanner & Kwartludium: Graphic Scores (2013); Strië & Scanner: Struktura Revisited (2022).
I am a consistent collaborator in all fields of creativity, so this opportunity to work with the magnificent So a Jernberg is wonderful. My own work has frequently explored the human voice and a chance to perform and improvise together with an artist whose range is so vast is thrilling. Will it be deranged and intense? Will it be a rebellious sonic exploration? Who knows, and therein lies the joy of collaboration and live music!