Robin Foster



My main musical interests concern percussion, physicality and noise. As a drummer/percussionist I play freely improvised music, often utilising extended techniques and elements of performance art. My work also builds on ideas established through rummaging (see below) and is very often unplanned and/or site-specific, encorporating found objects as well as traditional instrumentation.


Rummaging is a performance practice, developed by Henry Collins and I, that reconciles interests in free improvisation, noise music, physical performance and indeterminacy into a deceptively simple method of creating an improvised music. The practice is straightforward: objects placed into a container are manipulated with the hands. The resultant collision of objects creates a sound-world built on micro-gestures and chaotic interactions, in a manner free from impurities and obfuscations.

The complexity that arises from the chance collisions of objects exceeds anything that could be created by the human hand. By removing the element of control, the player is free to focus on the resulting mesh of sounds. Allowing the mind to become saturated with the complexity of the sonic information provided by rummaging can facilitate achieving a clarity of thought, similar to the practice of Mandala meditation. This mirrors one of the principal aesthetic aims of rummaging; the attainment of purity through chaos.

Rummaging Mission Statement

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Omnidirectional chaotic improv faction led by Henry Collins and myself.

Henry Collins and Robin Foster make improvised music. Their approach ranges from sensitive to absurdist, from carefully considered minimalism to barely contained chaos. Their music is largely unplanned, and encompasses the use of found objects, vocal improvisation, spoken word, field recording and physical performance. Their work holds a deliberate disregard for idiomatic conventions other than a singular belief: that all objects are instruments and all activities performances. They rarely repeat themselves.

Awkward guitar suicide at Supernormal 2015 (first 2 mins of video)
03.02.15. The Old Fire Station, Oxford