QNO: 010216-dl (OTORoku Digital download)
Drum kit solo, 1/2/16, Live at Cafe Oto
Recorded on Monday 1st February 2016 by Shaun Crook. Mixed by Paul Abbott. Mastered by James Dunn.

"Continually assessing his surroundings, Paul Abbott’s solo improvisation is as much a collaboration as it is a solitary process. Caught between the affective and the physical, Abbott’s approach to his kit both moves and contains, whilst honestly documenting the tension in between. Terse, political and ultimately very present." - Abby Thomas/Cafe Oto.

Accompanying text


Tender Interval is a series of monthly solo performances at Cafe Oto's Project Space that mobilises paraphrased pasts and imaginary futures to intensively explore the present for a way out.

Tender Interval documentation
Cafe Oto event information


Vagus, Solo CD + Publication (Porta #11, 2015)
Drums, voice, texts and programming
Double sided Black CD-R mounted on a 20 page, black & white publication. Both insite a grey-transparent plastic envelope.



Cesura//Acceso Journal for Music, Politics and Poetics, co-edited and designed by Paul Abbott and Gabriel Humberstone. Issue 1, November 2014; more information at cesura-acceso.org

with Cara Tolmie

The Legal Team, The Gait, The Singer and The Chorus
Performance at Plastic Words Raven Row, London, December 2014

Counterflows 2014

The Sixth Housing Estate, Fragment
:Brandon La Belle
South London Gallery/Elmington Estate, Camberwell

Paul Abbott + Seymour Wright

(animals; woods: maple, birch, oak, bamboo; metals: alloys (bronze, tin); plastics: mylar, nylon; minerals; electricity)
(boils down somatic fold-ins to rare, expend, exhaust, expand;syntax root mine imaginz taxoclump underflow lingualia fizz; sliver helix for babble osmosis; uncompounded rotations, cycles, politics)
(opens possibilities of language and learning from below through questioning the specific material conditions, grammar, histories and logics of the saxophone and drum kit through a flexible, manifold process of collaboration, augmentation, bifurcation, antagonism and technological and somatic feedback)

Black Exhventalia

Learning, an-anti but not un-theatrical performance; more or less than one person (solic activar); at a drum kit and elsewhere for my desire; or ours. In-formation, unFree. Featuring some materials, including, (but not restricted to) Chrome, Aluminium, Mylar, Steel, Maple, Copper, a little Tin. Artificial augmentation of attentions and/or distractions apparently from within and outside the building. Probable low temperature (non-linear reporting). Visible division of space. base-2 pattern recognition. rhetoric Congealings, polyunfolding struggle. unchronos bifurTaxactic redistributions. No to decoration.

Antiknow, Unskilled Music
+ Jakob Jakobsen / Howard Slater / Gabriel Humberstone
Flat Time House


anTrgor rEiz

Solo for drum kit + computer + 3 speakers, Recorded to Sony D50, Live at Cafe Oto, 21 May 2013

"Solo playing is often described as a solitary process – one person, alone, with their instrument – and as such, an exposed and fragile activity.

Actually, public solo music making is a fundamentally collective, cooperative and social act. Its fragility and creative tension comes through the act (or attempt) to accommodate and balance the many elements and facets of context, materials, human inputs (affective, physical, commercial, socio-political (malign and benign)) history, climate and feelings that - in toto together - comprise and maintain the moment and location of the solo.

A recorded solo documents (but elides) much of this nexus. And so here, through the sounds of skins, heads, bits, bytes, cones, codes, shells, rims, metals, woods, cables, plastics and of drumkit, laptop and speakers pulses, vibrates and is filtered a creative context and moment." (Seymour Wright)


14x6.5" Snare Drum
16x14" Bass Drum (Converted Floor Tom)
14x14" (Hanging) 'Tom'
10x6.5" 'Tom' (converted FX snare)
14" 'Hi Hat' Cymbals
Alloy details unknown: 92% Copper, 8% Tin
18" 'Crash/Ride' Cymbal
Alloy details unknown: 92% copper, 8% tin


mGenn (pure data) patch programmed with the following protocological influences:
12 stage time-pipe with behaviour-condition territories, of variable duration or (rudimentary) machine listening and pattern recognition:
zero (welcome)
area 1 (3 sub sections)
area 2 (3 sub sections)
area 3 (3 sub sections)
x (get out)

[code-poesis rhetorics]
01 getting outs, gettings out. N excavations.
02 raw feels at turgor membrane.
03 guts inverted: warm/loathing, slippy/risks, limp/augmentation.
04 hope perpendicular pushes, stretches and breaks.
05 n3 technologies in diaBOlogical analysis, exploration, ant/agony against oppressive consolidation (taxoclumps, compounds, commodities).
06 crude pulses; deep, bound, elastic for no-priority.
07 all apparent absentees replace focus.
08 vegus sub-divisions outfrom many wobbly planes.
09 marginal fold-ins rub unboolean contingent limits against panic.

Guillaume Viltard (double bass) /
Seymour Wright (saxophone)
PA (Drums)

Ross Lambert (guitar) /
Seymour Wright (saxophone)
PA (Drums)
Sizzling fat in an open-ended glass vessel, the methodical examination of possibility, locating and evaluating risk, mapping and cross-examining intention.

+ Eddie Prevost
29/11/10, Cafe Oto, London
Eddie Prevost (percussion) / PA (electronics/percussion)
+ Cara Tolmie/Graham Ball (Detroit)


Graham Ball (+ Cara Tolmie)
+ Steve Noble
Steve Nobel (percussion) / PA (electronics)
recorded and mixed by Rick Campion at Freedom Of The City, 2011
three minute pop song after notions

video, 8m44 42s, 2010 2011. cc by-nc-sa"after what felt like over an hour, static, in the heat, Vlado suddenly introduced us to The Daughter." interlude

perfomance in ghent and london
Ross Lambert (Guitar) / Seymour Wright (Saxophone) / Paul Abbott (video)


Sausage Apologia
version 3 to 'wolf's froth / amongst other things' in 'communication breakdown' on 30/31 January 2010, International Film Festival Rotterdam available in print or download pdf: cover pdf inside pdf pamphlet: 40 pages, colour cover, greyscale inner. version 2: to 'wolf's froth / amongst other things' in 'whirl of confusion' on 25th October 2009, BFI London Film Festival. available in print or download pdf: cover pdf inside pdf
Wolfs froth/Amongst other things
video, 14mins, sound, 2009. cc0 - No Copyright
Infection Transmission Event/Cloudy November
video, 2008. cc0 - No Copyright

Broken Tree
cd-r or download paul abbott (electronics) / daichi yoshikawa (electronics). part 1 (evening) [audio, no video] recorded live at cafe oto 14/4/09 by sebastian lexer. part 2 (daytime) [video, no audio] recorded at cafe oto, 25/6/09. artwork [pdf] typeface
fourty eight baths! ha! ha! ha!
Loiter Volcano
cd-r. paul abbott (electronics) / leo dumont (percussion) / ute kanngiesser (cello). recorded London 2009 at-b03 "a constructing zone of tense natural jungle and hollow alloy surfaces, inhabited by animate materials simultaneously making and being unmade, across two perpendicular ack-seas." - Cryogenic Banana questions/responses