Addictive TV take audience on musical road trip

Addictive TV recording on Goree Island, Senegal

Addictive TV recording on Goree Island, Senegal - Credit: Archant

A Newham man who has toured the world as one half of an electronic duo is coming home to perform at Stratford Circus next weekend.

Addictive TV will showcase work from their cross-genre music project on May 2, which has seen them put together a “digital band” by recording more than 170 musicians from 20-plus countries over five years.

Graham Daniels, who was born in Forest Gate, and Mark Vidler produce audiovisual material – meaning they create sounds that you can see.

The pair, who have worked together for more than 15 years, have worked on Hollywood films, including Fast and Furious and Slumdog Millionaire, and have performed at Glastonbury and the San Francisco Film Festival.

And it was while they were touring the world that the idea for their new project, Orchestra of Samples, was born.

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“It’s a really different concept, there aren’t many things like it,” Graham explained.

All the musicians improvised from 10 minutes to an hour.

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“We then looked for snippets from the various recordings which have the right tempos and we mixed them together. We have found lots of coincidences – it is music by serendipity.

“It has been an incredible opportunity and has opened our eyes to music and instruments that we didn’t know about.

“For example, we have mixed the sounds of a two-string dombrya from Kazakhstan, which sounds like a guitar, with a classic folk fiddle player from Scotland. We then added the voices of French rappers.”

And while listening to the tracks, the audience will be able to take a musical road trip by watching the various musicians who have contributed from across the globe on a big screen.

So what was one of the strangest instruments that Addictive TV discovered?

“In France, we came across a boudègue which is a dead goat that has had its head and legs chopped off and replaced with pipes – it is like a giant bagpipe.

“It’s more than 1,000 years old and has appeared in some of France’s early paintings,” Graham said. The pair recorded musicians from countries such as France. Mexico, Russia and Senegal, in recording studios, on rooftops and in streets.

“It allows you to see the soul and essence of music.

“People come from different musical backgrounds and cultures but yet the music all fits together. That’s the beauty of the project.”

Addictive TV will be supporting Yaaba Funk at Stratford Circus in Theatre Square on May 2 at 8pm.

Tickets cost £10-£14. To book, visit

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