Bow Gamelan Ensemble
From Paul Burwell's notebooks, Butlers Wharf (London), 1978

This archive film section includes films on Paul Burwell from Newcastle Basement Group in 1981 and his appearance on The Late Show, (BBC Two, 1989 and 1991), plus a short extract from a work he initiated Once Upon a Time in the West End, a Covent Garden event with Richard Wilson and Steve Noble and the record Low Flying Aircraft recorded in 1978, by Anne Bean and Paul Burwell. Also, the whole of TAPS and PAST which were originally launched as a double DVD at Cafe OTO, 2011.

Paul Burwell wrote of Bow Gamelan Ensemble c1985:

"With current trends favouring issue-based work, and Art and Performance works about Political Issues, we are possibly seen as operating in our own closed little artistic world, with no concern for real issues or real life, but we are concerned with actually making things different (making different things?) rather than saying ‘If only things could be different."

"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears, however measured or far away."


Thoreau’s quote is political, as is Plato’s:

"When the mode of the music changes, the walls of the city crumble."


There will be a feature length film on Paul Burwell to be released later this year (2021), by Matt Stephenson and Nova Studios Ltd, Hull, with support from Futures Venture Foundation.