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About Rotten Bliss

Rotten Bliss is the violent, warm and weird visions of London based avant-garde cellist, vocalist and instrument inventor Jasmine Pender.

Armed with a skeletal electric cello played through a host of home-made effects and a toe-operated iPad controller, Jasmine's powerful and hypnotic vocals voyage through noise, drone, folk, blues, and sound collage, with traces of Nico, Laurie Anderson and Arthur Russell.

Performances are accompanied by projected visuals spliced together from old American home movies and documentaries. A woman summersaults in slow motion whilst Jasmine sings about hurricanes to a backdrop of radio noise. Anywhere but here, any time but now.

Inspired by the wild physicality of Jacqueline du Pre, Jasmine started playing classical cello as a teenager, but it was LA's heavy psych scene that inspired her to plug an electric cello through distortion and delay.

A love for digital manipulation combined with a dislike of using laptops onstage led Jasmine to create a custom set up incorporating hand-made instruments and effects such as music boxes controlled with a head torch and a cello-operated cut-up poetry machine.

Field recordings from the Isle of Barra, Leicester Square and the South coast provide an organic counterpoint to the high tech weirdness and the combination of both elements lends Rotten Bliss a disorienting and dreamlike quality.

Her first album, The Nightwatchman Sings, was released in 2017 on the Reverb Worship label. Invitations followed to two international arts festivals, Do Disturb at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris and Supersonic festival in Birmingham, where she performed a live soundtrack for doom yoga classes held by Yoga in Black.

Jasmine's installations and performances for light sensors have been exhbited at the National Theatre's green room bar and at the Kinetica exhibition aboard the M S Stubnitz (see Light Sensors for videos).

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Photos

Do Disturb festival at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2017)

© Atelier Diptik

Horse Hospital, London (2017)

© Jowe Head

Sounds

From The Nightwatchman Sings (view the full album on Bandcamp)

Videos

Live Performances

Music Videos

Light Sensors

Let us bathe in strobelight

Light sensors attached to the body were used to trigger and control sounds and visuals at a performance for the Kinetica exhibition aboard the M S Stubnitz (2013)

in/out

An installation for light sensors created on-site at the National Theatre's Green Room Bar over two weeks in Feb / March 2013

Collaborations

11th hour Adventists

Doom folk collaboration with Jowe Head (ex-Swell Maps)

False Echo

Collaboration with classical cellist Tim Bowen (ex-Chrome Hoof)

falseecho.org

Losers Club

An international collection of musicians who contribute on virtual projects with blind and random elements.

Once Strangers

Nine collaborators contributed "blind" recordings of solo instruments in either C Minor or Eb Major, which were then stitched into a composition.

The Sonic Centipede

Inspired by the Exquisite Corpse classic surreal parlour game, this project stitched together contributions from 17 participants who heard the last ten seconds of the previous segment and submitted their response within 48 hours.

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The Nightwatchman Sings is available to download and stream from the following sites:

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Radio Static Attic & Whisky T Shirt

Limited edition hand paint-splattered t-shirts suggesting the optimal conditions for listening to The Nightwatchman Sings.

Available from bandcamp (£14 + shipping)

Radio Stattic Rotten Bliss T Shirt

Limited edition hand paint-splattered t-shirts

Available from bandcamp (£14 + shipping)

Dream Shield / Deep Listening Mask

The Radio Static Dream Shield / Deep Listening Mask is a hand painted and splattered eye mask for all you lovers, dreamers n telephone screamers. Use it for deep listening, reality shielding, or your nefarious games of hide and seek.

Available from bandcamp (£4.50 + shipping)

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