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Vultures CD

This CD (recorded at Tower of Music), entitled Vultures vs. Ampersand, boasts ambient, dark, and industrial sounds that recall Italian Futurism in two half hour long tracks that highlight the unusual instrumentation and varied musical backgrounds of the two projects.

Ampersand, led by artist and musician Stephen Oldfield, builds and performs with giant metallic structures created in his Deptford home. Along with the sound sculptures, Ampersand uses missile shell casings, corrugated iron sheets, and a dismantled piano as well as radios, detuned electric bass, and enhanced electronics.

Vultures Quartet for this recording features prepared zither, a Korg synthesizer, metal percussion, bowed cymbals, and house hold objects such as pot lids, a wok, table legs, and a CD rack. Many of the acoustic sounds made by the quartet were manipulated and reintroduced into the composition through the live computer processing of member Matt Chilton.

Florence Leo full set on

Florence Leo played the Lost and Found Department in September 2009. Her first ever performance is available to listen on here.

Found – Live at the Lost and Found Department

Monade – Part 3

Monade – Part 2

Monade – Part 1

Florence Leo on YouTube

Flo has been added to our youtube channel

Monade at The Lost and Found Department

More info to follow but Monade and Florence Leo are playing the next Lost and Found Department on 19th September … stay tuned.

Viking Moses and Golden Ghost on 18th July


Tower of Music is very proud to have VIKING MOSES appear at the next Lost and Found Department on 18th July. This is great opportunity to see a man ranked amongst names such as Devendra Banhart and Will Oldham in an intimate setting.

The VIKING MOSES was initiated by Southern Missourian Brendon Massei in 2003. The band has a dynamic, rotating cast of both established and obscure musicians worldwide, and is currently based in Northern Appalachia (USA).

More straight forward rock/soul than weird/folk as most of their contemporaries seem to be marketed, Viking Moses’ recordings are very accessible in convention, though live shows normally tend to have an unconventional approach, being hosted in unorthodox venues, often having assembled bands night-of, using members of support bands or strangers in the audience. Both aspects are delivered with utmost soul, passion, and humility, and always offer fans and strangers an experience which is unique and often contrary to expectation.

VIKING MOSES has been finding very fair attention since 2004, thanks to Devendra Banhart’s “Golden Apples…” compilation and good words, followed by a signing by Alan McGee (Creation Records founder, and manager of Oasis, Jesus & Mary Chain, Primal Scream, Teenage Fanclub, Mogwai, Libertines, etc.) which has found VIKING MOSES high acclaim in UK and Europe, and kept them heavily active in that part of the world these past few years.

Limited number of tickets available on the door at £8

18th July at The Birdcage, Stamford Hill, N16 6XS

FOUND to play Lost and Found Department

found-pressshot-midLost and Found Department is very proud to have FOUND perform at the next event.

The Birdcage Stamford Hill
16th May 2009, 8pm

An after party has been organised and the location will be available on the night. Please note that advanced tickets are not available so please get to the venue in plenty of time.

Expect a very special night.

FOUND is the brainchild of college buddies Ziggy Campbell (lead vocals, guitar), Tommy Perman (bass guitar, synth) and Kev Sim (sampler, melodica). They began life as an experimental arts collective putting on many weird and wonderful events in art galleries, warehouses and even storage containers. They recruited the help of Gav Sutherland (keys, backing vocals) and Alan Stockdale (drums and percussion), and morphed into a formidable pop group.

Their self-released debut ‘Found Can Move’ earned them an impressive amount of UK national radio play including support from BBC Radio 1 djs, Steve Lamaq, Rob Da Bank, Huw Stevens and Vic Galloway. They’ve recorded radio sessions for BBC Radio 1, BBC 6 Music and BBC Radio Scotland including a recording in John Peel’s studio at Maida Vale. They also recorded an exclusive live session in the legendary ‘Beatles Studio’ at Abbey Road for US radio station U-Pop XM 29. MTV Europe snapped up the videos for both their debut single ‘Mullokian’ and follow up ‘Static 68’ and the band made their debut TV appearance on BBC Scotland’s ‘The Music Show’.

Now signed to King Creosote’s label, Fence Records, FOUND have a prolific output with two full length albums and six singles / EPs in the last two years, with releases on Fence Records [Scotland], Creeping Bent [Scotland] and Aufgeladen Und Bereit [Hamburg, Germany]. A selection of these can be heard at

FOUND have also become sought-after remixers and in the last six months have applied their creative imaginations to reworking the music of King Creosote (Warner), Make Model (EMI), Attic Lights (Island) and Au Revoir Simone (Moshi Moshi). A selection of these can be heard at

Live they have built up a strong fan base across the UK and highlights of their live career to date include the BBC’s first Electric Proms, T in the Park, Triptych, the Fence Collective’s ‘Homegame’ festival, Brighton’s Great Escape festival and Connect Festival.


“FOUND sound like a punch up between Paolo Nutini and Captain Beefheart.” The News Of The World

“their sound is so progressive, so completely unique, it’s demeaning to tie it to the stale confines of a label. Instead, we should be celebrating the euphoria created by their extraordinary kaleidoscopic soundscapes. 9/10″ Drowned in Sound

“Sampled sounds wrestle it out with jagged bursts of electronica across songs that lurch around like shouty drunks on a week-long bender.” Q Magazine

“Both band name and album title are spot on. Like musical beachcombers, Edinburgh quintet FOUND take full advantage of whatever washes up on their shore that’s capable of making a noise and build up a delightfully wonky collage of sound with their haul. It’s an approach that bears particularly juicy fruit – the combination of the experimental with a keen ear for a simple, to-the-quick melody making them sound not unlike their label boss King Creosote holed up in a studio with Brian Eno” Nige Tassell, WORD

A big thank you to Brigette Aphrodite

Bridgette AphroditeThank you to everyone who made the 3rd Lost and Found Department a huge success. Especially to our star of the night  Brigette Aprodite. As always we will be posting footage of the performance soon.

Steve Beresford, John Butcher & Will Connor footage

We’ve finally compiled the footage from the second Lost and Found Department. Here is the first track with the other 3 to follow shortly.

Video – Andrew Philips & Scott Robinson

Audio Mixing and Video Editing – Scott Robinson

The performers at the second Lost and Found Department were:

Electronics – Steve Beresford

Saxophone – John Butcher

Percussion – Will Connor

Visuals – Andrew Philips

Please let us know what you think of any content from our site.

Mentioned in The Mire

Nick Richardson attended the second Lost and Found Department and his review warmed the hearts of  everyone involved. Here’s what he wrote (and I hope he doesn’t mind the reproduction):

Lost And Found Dept

Great to see Steve Beresford and John Butcher last night at my local pub, The Birdcage in Stoke Newington. They were playing with percussionist Will Connor for new monthly art/music night, The Lost And Found Department.

After a short trio set, which I missed through tardiness, each performer played solo. Butcher was on jazzy form, inflecting lilting melodic phrases with flutters and overtones before pelting the crowd violently with jagged squawks. Glad to see the cosiness of his surroundings did nothing to dilute his performance. Beresford was hyperactive behind his table laden with gadgets. Using a variety of sound sources, incl. Walkman, sampler and a little touch-pad synth he controlled with a pen, he cycled through ideas quickly, picking them up and putting them down almost immediately.

The three then took it in turns to play in duos: Connor & Beresford, Beresford & Butcher, Connor and Butcher. Connor took the everything-but-the kitchen-sink approach to percussion, playing a CD rack, a BBQ hood, assorted pots and pans, jam jar lids, bubble wrap…and proved eminently versatile, adapting as comfortably to Beresford’s flighty bubbling as to Butcher’s hard angles. Finally the trio were reunited, bringing the night to a close in noisy, triumphant style.

Upstairs At The Birdcage is a beautiful, intimate space – plush and comfy like the smoking room in a Victorian gentleman’s club (I imagine) – and Lost and Found Dept is a class act to be sure. I’m looking forward to the next instalment.

Nick Richardson – themire

Steve Beresford, John Butcher and Will Connor

Here is a 5 minute excerpt of musical improvisation from the second Lost and Found Department. We’d like the thank everyone who made our this event a resounding success. The performers at the second Lost and Found Department were:

Electronics – Steve Beresford

Saxophone – John Butcher

Percussion – Will Connor

Visuals – Andrew Philips

A full length, fully edited video will be available very soon.

Please let us know what you think of any content from our site.

Brigette Aphrodite on 28th March

Bridgette Aphrodite

After being thoroughly impressed by her Edinburgh Festival show, the Lost and Found Department is giving the stage to Brigette Aphrodite on 28th March.

“Simply wonderful .. pure, fabulous escapism that will leave you grinning from ear to ear”

Three Weeks

“A sparkling mix of comedy and music delivered with a great deal of impish, knowing charm.”

Broadway Baby

In a land far, far away, (Bromley) there lived a little half Greek girl who dreamed of being in her own show. So she blew and she blew and she blew her house down. So now she has to do a show anyway to pay for the mounting repair costs. It is with excitement, wonder and amazing costumes that we present to you the glittering, fabulous and

AphroJamm employ the tried and tested techniques of doing stupid songs, swearing and causing chaos to take you on a journey through the imagination of Brigitte Aphrodite, who presents an array of characters inspired by the hell of living in the grey and damp outskirts of a major city.

Steve Beresford, John Butcher & Will Connor

will-cityThe second Lost and Found Department was another wonderful musical success. A big thank you to everyone who help organise the night, and of course the performers:

Steve BeresfordMore about Steve from Wiki

John Butcher – Visit

Will Connor – Visit Vultures at myspace

A video of the night will be uploaded soon.