27 May 2006
Tony Wilson at the Big Chip Awards 
Tony Wilson hosted the eighth annual Big Chip Awards on Wednesday 24 May. The awards celebrate companies excelling in the use of IT and digital technology in the North West of England and are presented in association with Manchester Digital and the Manchester Digital Development Agency. Read the Manchester Evening News' report.

This year there was a new award for original, modern design - 'The Manchester Digital Original Modern Award' and this was judged by Peter Saville, Manchester City Council's Creative Director.

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Biting Tongues

In the grey days of late 1970s post-punk Manchester, youth culture was a serious affair: every musical performance was measured mostly by the conviction of its delivery. The term 'New Wave' opened up free vistas where acquired skills could once again be exercised after punk's monochrome blur. It could be applied to anything from a James 'Blood' Ulmer record to the latest Throbbing Gristle release, Magazine to Swell Maps. Move outside that terrain into Sun Ra, Parliament, Frank Sinatra and Martin Denny, and your options were suddenly without limit...

Then came Tony Wilson's Factory Club (at the Russell Club in Hulme) offering an open invitation to experiment that was taken up when Ken Hollings, Howard Walmsley, Eddie Sherwood and a few others decided to make some noise to accompany their 16mm silent epic Biting Tongues. A further performance followed a few weeks later, when Colin Seddon and Graham Massey disbanded their Post Natals project and joined up. The film itself, a flashing series of negative images, became a memory; the name remained.

- extract from the LTM Biting Tongues biography

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