Golau Glau and the Palindrone Jukebox at the Tetley

If you go to the Tetley in Leeds between 24 January and 28 February, you will find a free-standing booth dubbed the ‘Palindrone Jukebox’ which will house seating and a shelf of bespoke vinyl records, with specially commissioned palindromatic compositions which visitors can select from and play on the self-reversing turntables. One of these palindromic vinyl records was supplied by Golau Glau.

The Reversing Machine

Sam Belinfante & Simon Lewandowski

24 January – 28 February 2014 The Tetley, Leeds
PV: Friday 24 January, 6 – 8pm

The Reversing Machine is an exhibition conceived by artists Simon Lewandowski and Sam Belinfante. At the exhibition’s core is the machine itself; a self-reversing mechanical power source*. Any object attached will turn at a steady rate for a set time then stop and be set into reverse – a mechanical palindrome.

Commissioned by Art Laboratory Berlin in 2012, the machine has expanded into an ongoing research project. For The Tetley Belinfante and Lewandowski reconstruct this collective work, incorporating fresh elements in response to the new gallery. They have also developed individual works which reflect on their collaboration and on the concerns that generated The Reversing Machine. These include Accordion a new two part film by Belinfante shot on 16mm film and SETTER a palindromic multiple by Lewandowski.

A repertoire of satellite devices driven by The Reversing Machine act out and reflect ways in which we are able to perceive the flow and passage of time through the action of things and forces in the world. Devices choreographed by the machine include adapted record players, household light fittings, slide projectors and a variety of sculptural automata.

Central to the installation is a pair of turntables driven by the machine which plays a repertoire of specially composed vinyl records. This is The Palindrone Jukebox.

Artists that have produced compositions for the The Palindrone Jukebox include;

Ed Atkins / Sam Belinfante / Alice Bradshaw / Adam de la Cour / Manya Doñaque / Golau Glau / Kirsty Harris / Doug Haywood / Lou Hazelwood / Martin Iddon and Antti Sakari Saario, writing as [zygote] / Andy Ingamells / Simon Lewandowski / Kevin Logan / Joanna Loveday / Leah Lovett / Neil Luck / Jessica Rowland / Oliver Thurley / Nathan Walker and Tom Walker / Sam Warren

An incorporated event programme of daytime and evening performances, talks and workshops will run throughout this project. For more information on these and the show as a whole visit The Tetley’s website.

Supported by:
The Elephant Trust
Arts Council England
University of Leeds

*The Reversing Machine mechanism was designed and built by Alistair Metcalf at Effects Too.


Premier Pli Issue Two

Premier Pli Two

First Fold Books have just published the second issue of their journal, Premier Pli. They kindly asked us to contribute to the journal and accompanying CD. You can hear new music from us plus read short stories and see new photographs and artwork. Other contributors include Jon Brooks, Craig Earp and Katy Acquaye-Tonge.

You can purchase this fine organ here.

Quiet Absurd

Reach lights image

It has been a quiet start to 2012 in GG Towers.

This is because we’re knuckling down on writing our book on public libraries, ‘Public Interest’, to be published later this year. We also have new music and art in the offing.

See you on the other side…

Golau Glau at Test Space – IT BEGINS

Our exhibition at Test Space in Leeds opens tonight (Thursday 10th November 2011), with a launch party. The exhibition runs until Sunday 13th November and entry to the exhibition and all events is FREE.

To find Test Space, their address is Unit 2-4 Melbourne Street LS2 7PS (near the Reliance and the Leeds Guide offices).

About the Exhibition:
The exhibition features two audio installations, one accompanied by visuals and the other supported by photographs. The former is ‘HENRY (The Methods Of Ethics 2011)’ – more information available at the mini site for ‘HENRY’.

The latter is ‘Public Interest’, a work dealing with the issue of library closures. For ‘Public Interest’, Golau Glau recorded the sound of public libraries under threat of closure, many of which have since closed and therefore are extinct audio environments. The project has encompassed libraries in Leeds, North Yorkshire and Camden, to cover a spread of different library types. Many of the libraries were in deprived and socially isolated places, however some were in  affluent areas. One thing remained constant – no library was silent, and every library was unique.

A selection of prints by the collective completes the exhibition.

LAUNCH: Thursday 10th November, 7.30pm, FREE ENTRY

HOOKWORMS (LIVE) – amazing psych dream stare rock – http://parasiticnematode.blogspot.com

RUNNERS (DJ) – celebratory electronics and all the best ideas – http://longdistancerunners.wordpress.com/

EWAN JAMIESON (DJ) –  from ace local music website A Negative Narrative – http://anegativenarrative.com

Come down from Fri-Sun if you can’t make the launch, and there is another event as part of the exhibition on Saturday:

LIBRARIES AND VINYL: Saturday 12th November, 2.30pm, FREE ENTRY

James Balf from Sonic Router – http://www.sonicrouter.com – will be playing a laid-back vinyl-only DJ set and library campaigner Lauren Smith (from Voices for the Library) will be speaking about public library closures. Lauren’s comments on the event: http://laurensmith.wordpress.com/2011/10/17/libraries-and-vinyl/

Golau Glau – First Exhibition COMING SOON

Golau Glau’s first art exhibition takes place soon at Test Space in Leeds. 

The exhibition, which runs from 10th-13th November, will feature a new sound and photography work about the closure of public libraries, ‘Public Interest’, and a selection of other sound works, videos and photographs by Golau Glau. There will be a programme/zine to accompany the exhibition, and it’s free to get in.

EXHIBITION LAUNCH: Thursday 10th November, 7.30pm, FREE ENTRY
The launch night is a free gig that features people Golau Glau like:
HOOKWORMS (LIVE) – amazing psych dream stare rock
RUNNERS (DJ) – celebratory electronics and all the best ideas
EWAN JAMIESON (DJ) –  from ace local music website A Negative Narrative

There is also an additional event during the exhibition:
LIBRARIES AND VINYL: Saturday 12th November, 2.30pm, FREE ENTRY
James Balf
from Sonic Router will be playing a laid-back vinyl-only DJ set and Lauren Smith from Voices for the Library is doing a talk on public library closures.

Test Space are event producers, promoters, artists and curators. Test Space is also currently a physical space in the centre of Leeds, hosting exhibitions, gigs, live performance, theatre, pop up restaurants and club nights.
Test Space, Unit 2-4 Melbourne Street, Leeds LS2 7PS

HENRY part 1

Henry Sidgwick ‘HENRY (The Methods of Ethics 2011)’ is the title of the sonic art work we have created for Beacons festival, which takes place from 11th-14th August 2011.

A trailer for the work is coming soon. You can read more and follow HENRY on Tumblr: HENRY (The Methods Of Ethics 2011)

We remixed a couple of the bands who are playing Beacons:



And DAVID TREVILLION from Tom Williams & The Boat remixed us:

Ghosting Season, who are playing on the Friday of the festival, were commissioned by Golau Glau to provide extra field recordings (because they go to more parties than us), and we are very grateful for their excellent contributions to ‘HENRY’.



One of our big projects at the moment is a sonic and visual art installation for Beacons festival in August, ‘HENRY (The Methods Of Ethics 2011)’. We’re currently doing a lot of research and recording for this. It is partially based on the work of Henry Sidgwick, who was born in Skipton – near where the festival is held.

The Guardian have today published summer arts calendars for various places around the UK, written by local experts, and Beacons makes it into the Leeds calendar, including a little mention for Golau Glau.

Summer Arts Calendar: Leeds