New project!

The Partial Facsimile team are currently working on a multi-media concept performance based on the streaming of digital information and its effects on human behaviour. We have engaged several international filmmakers to coincide with the music, which we are very excited about! More information coming in autumn 2016!

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Dr. Caligari performed to a SOLD OUT Fabrica Gallery!

Thanks to everyone who came to experience the oldest horror movie in the world screened in a restored format and with a live soundtrack in 5.1 surround sound. We had a wonderful time improvising to this masterpiece at the eeriest gallery in Brighton! Thanks to FilmSpot, Scalarama Film Festival and the Fabrica crew for a great collaboration. We hope to see you all again!

Ben pulpit


Caligari Fabrica copy

Setting up for the show

Nearly ready!

Andy bow

Installing lights.

Headphones & Ebow

Ben Rack

Sold Out!

Fabrica building

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Partial Facsimile to perform at Fabrica!

Partial Facsimile are proud to be performing a live semi-improvised score in 5.1 surround sound for the German expressionist masterpiece ‘The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari’. The event will take place at the legendary Fabrica Gallery in collaboration with Filmspot on September 10th. Please book your tickets here or in person at Fabrica Gallery. Hope to see you there! P F x

Caligari Fabrica Poster

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Sonic Orienteering at LAND SHAPE festival, DK

We are excited to be traveling out to Hanstholm Lighthouse in Denmark this week in order to showcase an interactive sound orienteering piece in 5.1 surround sound. We shall, along with artist Ann Mai Røge and the audience, be mapping the festival site and create a miniature 360 degree soundscape of the site. This piece is part of a brand new land art festival named Land Shape. The festival boasts over 50 international artists that will be working both indoors and outside over the course of June 4th – 7th, along with symposiums on land art. Entry is free.


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Amidst the Pedals & Cables to be included in the British Library Sound Archive

3 track album.

3 track album.

Partial Facsimile members Alex Merron and Laila Hansen collaborated with musician Jacob Brant for a unique performance in 5.1 surround sound at the Beastie Toys’ private view exhibition at Vine Street Studios in Brighton. A rehearsal of this is now released as the three-track album Amidst the Pedals & Cables, and a physical copy is to be included in the British Library Sound Archive.

Get yours here for £2 or more. CD-r in a plastic sleeve with art by Juliet Suzmeyan & Jacob Brant music. Includes unlimited streaming of Amidst the Pedals and Cables [live] via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

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Meeching Industrial – Partial Facsimile performance at Fort Process Sound Art Festival

‘Meeching Industrial’ is a tempo based piece exploring the industrial development in Bishopstone and Newhaven. It ranges from the year 1815 to 2015 with each minute representing one decade, with an extended 10-minute ‘future zone’ ending in 2025. The latter suggests the potential for a new industrial era. Each musician is instructed to improvise from historically syncopated audio and film that is mainly sourced locally. The sound will in-turn inspire live digital drawing.

In 477AD the Saxons arrived in Sussex and founded a village called Meeching on the estuary of the River Ouse. The name Meeching comes from the Saxon word meces and means the people or the camp of the sword. In 1579 a disastrous storm destroyed Meeching, and it was rebuilt and re-named Newhaven.

Making works that are accessible to a wide demographic is important in order for art not to be reserved solely for galleries or concert halls, but to rather help it exist in our immediate surroundings. We believe that by tapping into the local history and elicit sounds from spaces not necessarily designed for performances, these structures can be rejuvenated in an educational and ethereal way.

The sound-scape of the last 200 years is reflected in the instrumentation; vocals, blue boulders, pots and pans, double bass, dust bin- and snare drum, piano, electric guitar, synthesizer and iPad. The ‘Future Zone’ section includes a unique brain wave controlled instrument known as the Neuro-Harp constructed by Jamie Gillett. The performance will take place in Newhaven Fort’s ‘Grand Magazine’ as part of the Fort Process international sound-art festival 2014.

Special thanks to:
Newhaven Maritime Museum and South East Screen Archive for their support in providing historical documentation, images and film footage. We also thank Bang & Olufsen of Brighton & Hove for supplying the Beolab-14 surround sound cinema system and Lost Property for inviting us to perform. All of which without this performance would not have been possible.

Meeching Industrial screen shot

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Photos from The Cabinet of Dr Caligari screening at Redoubt Fortress

In collaboration with Filmspot, Scalarama and Bang & Olufsen of Brighton & Hove, Partial Facsimile got a tremendously warm response to our re-developed soundtrack to the first horror film created; The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari at Redoubt Fortress 26.09.14.

The score was semi-improvised and projected in 5.1 surround sound using the Beolab 14 home cinema system. The crystal clear sound of the backing-track coupled with the responsive tones of double bass, manipulated vocals, guitars and keyboard, ensured the sold out audience of 80 attendees were pinned to their seats for the entire screening. Below one can see the images captured by Kat Kaummanz, from the set up through till the end of the performance that left both the audience and the performers equally as inquisitive about decisions made of wall placement between the inside and outside of mental asylums, as Robert Wiene portrayed in this 1920 expressionist masterpiece.

The audio will be made available soon in both surround sound and stereo. Date for this is yet to be confirmed. Until then, other works of ours can be experienced on this web site and our SoundCloud.

We will screen this film again in January at venues both in Brighton and Portsmouth so keep your eyes peeled for updates on this site and our Twitter @PFacsimile


Film Spot set up and ready for a haunting evening at the old fortress in Eastbourne.


We set our equipment up in one of the casements.


Rob Cunningham and Rachel Hunter from Film Spot installing their projector.


Laila Hansen of Partial Facsimile wires up the B&O Beolab 14 system.


The show was in 5.1 surround sound with one computer controlling the live outputs one recording the show.


Guitarist Steve Verdin (Francis) and vocalist Ben Baxter (Dr Caligari) of Partial Facsimile working on Steve’s guitar set up.


Double bass player Andrew Booth (Cesare) of Partial Facsimile setting up his bass head in the “cabinet” he was allocated for the evening.


Audience settling in with reading material from both Scalarama and Bang & Olufsen.


The lights are about to go down and Andy has got his make up on..


…ready for an hour and fifteen minutes in the red cabinet.


The show could now begin. Ben seen with his top-hat improvising vocally using two different mic set ups.


A shimmer onto the stunning Danish design of the Bang & Olufsen satellite speaker.


The audience were every musician’s dream; one could hear a pin drop!


Steve hastily takes his jacket off after the show in order to step out of his Frances character….


…Laila on the other hand remains as Jane Olsen for a few more moments.


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Fantastic review and forthcoming screening of The Cabinet of Dr Caligari with LIVE soundtrack in 5.1 surround sound!

Filmspot Review


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Live soundtrack in 5.1 surround for the restored The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

We are very excited to be scoring a new sound track for this classic expressionist horror film (the first one of its kind according to legendary film critic Roger Ebert), set in a chilling hall at Redoubt Fortress in Eastbourne. In junction with Scalarama Film Festival, Filmspot and Bang & Olufsen of Brighton & Hove we intend to bring to life the twisted side in you on Friday September 26th at 7pm. Tickets are £5 and are recommended booked in advance as the capacity is limited. For reservations, please email or call 07525 357393

Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

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