The Usurp Tapes Vol.1

Conspirators of Pleasure

“Nothing disappears completely…In space, what came earlier continues to underpin what follows…”  Recordings of the Usurp Art Building. Limited edition cassette & download from Usurp’s Conspirators of Pleasure featuring Poulomi Desai, Simon Underwood &  Jonas Gustafson.

Format : Cassette + Download,
Label : IMPEKA
£4 +pp


Side One – ‘Spaces’
  –  an exploration of our everyday surroundings, mundane activities and forgotten objects. Located at Usurp Art, ‘Spaces’ is an inventory into the production of everyday life and an investigation into the infra-ordinary. The recordings document aspects of day to day life in the gallery through experiments in sound.

Side Two – ‘Species’ – an improvised live performance at the Usurp Gallery that concludes the inquiry into the art space as a site for public engagement and community creativity, with an emphasis on collabaration, chance and experimentation.

Poulomi Desai – modified sitar, electronics, things.
Simon Underwood  – adapted bass, electronics, stuff.
Jonas Gustafsson (special guest) – percussion, electronics, tapes.



“What speaks to us, seemingly, is always the big event, the untoward, the extra-ordinary…How should we take account of, question, describe what happens every day and recurs everyday: the banal, the quotidian, the obvious, the common, the ordinary, the infra-ordinary, the background noise, the habitual? ” Georges Perec



Conspirators of Pleasure were formed in 2012 by Poulomi Desai (ex Dead Jalebies) and Simon Underwood (founder member of post punk band The Pop Group).  They have been collaborating in an array of sound, installation and web projects since 2003, when they established the Usurp Art Collective.

Conspirators of Pleasure are an improvising duo that seek to bend all the rules, question the sacred, create extraordinary soundscape performances and self-regulating sonic systems, using modified and prepared instruments. Part of their unusual musical armoury includes a prepared sitar, sonically twisted stylophones, prepared bass, modified toys, resurrected radios and visually scarred slide projections. Their compositions explore experimental terrains, twisting technology to transform organic sounds into eerie calls that flow from intense waves of abrasive, noisy, chaos invoking industrial nostalgia, to structured pulsating rhythms, to melancholic, microtonal drones.