Line-up /NEEDLE THE NERVES In collaboration with transmediale.
Dan Friel (US)
Holy Fuck & Video: Jeffers Egan
Etienne Jaumet & Video: Jeffers Egan
Oni Ayhun (SE)
WMF Floor 2 / 22:00
EXTENDED ECLECTICS In collaboration with STEIM
Alex Nowitz (DE)
dj sniff (JP/NL)
Justin Bennett (UK/NL)
Tok Tek (NL)
WMF Lounge / 22:00
Andy Votel (UK)
Analogue synthesizers and machines, handmade electronics and whirring oscillators are unbeatable when it comes to generating thick, organic, psychedelic and, especially, nerve-racking sound hypnoses. All the better if you can even dance to it, like this evening. Dan Friel and Holy Fuck make euphoric electronic noise rock, full of anarchic spontaneity, somewhere between krautrock, Slayer and disco: 100% raw, 100% handmade, 100% energy. The pulsating spiral worms created by Etienne Jaumet combine the blood-freezing tension of a John Carpenter soundtrack with beats that push forward a la Carl Craig. Oni Ayhun's brilliant techno tracks spread a nervous restlessness with their complex melodies and deep atmospheres, matching the obscure persona of this mysterious producer.
Dan Friel (US)
Dan Friel (keyboards, electronics, guitar, voice) has been active since 2001 when he independently released Broken Man Going to Work. In 2002, he founded Brooklyn-based noise-pop band Parts & Labor, with BJ Warshaw (of Shooting Spires), and later Joe Wong. Friel and Warshaw created Cardboard Records, home to Ecstatic Sunshine, in 2005, and Friel’s third solo LP, Ghost Town (Important Records) was released in 2008.
Holy Fuck (CA)
Holy Fuck is a Toronto-based lo-fi instrumental project formed in 2004 by Brian Borcherdt and Graham Walsh. Initially a side project, Holy Fuck has expanded with an evolving line up including Matt Schulz and Matthew McQuaid. A self-titled debut appeared on Dependant Records in 2005; in 2007 the follow up, LP, came out on Young Turks. Both written while on tour. Holy Fuck has toured with Mouse On Mars, Cornelius, !!!, M.I.A. and Wolf Parade.
Etienne Jaumet (FR)
With his best known project, Zombie Zombie, on hiatus, Parisian musician Etienne Jaumet has developed solo productions enlisting Emmanuelle Parrenin (harp, vocals) and Carl Craig (mixing). Jaumet plays drum machines, vintage synths, and saxophone (which he’s played in various indie bands: The Married Monk and Flóp among others) cultivating a sound described as Tangerine Dream, Reich and Goblin influenced.
Oni Ayhun ()
Oni Ayhun's music is (about) drama. Oni Ayhun makes records that combines disturbed dance music on the border to insanity with free dreamy drone stories without a beat. Like a surrealistic musical with a narrative based on associations, abstractions and confusion, the music is a journey through multiple settings and scenes.
Jeffers Egan (US)
Developed entirely with handcrafted, computer based algorithmic processes, Egan's abstract animations explore the concepts of digital as organism, and software as ecosystem. His motion paintings, Live AV performances, and videos have been showcased worldwide at festivals, galleries and museums including transmediale, Netmage, Dissonanze, Plateaux, Cimatics, Interieur Biennale, Walker Art Museum, Guggenheim Bilbao, and the New York Video Festival. Egan's work has acheived international critical acclaim, nominated for media art awards at the D-Motion, Popkomm and Backup festivals.
Amsterdam’s STEIM (Studio for Electro Instrumental Music) is a unique entity. Its focus – over its four decade history – has been unwaveringly on live electronic music performance; the only independent centre for research and development of interfaces, instruments and tools for performers of its kind in the world. Four artists closely associated with the organisation, including artistic director Takuro Mizuta Lippit, tonight help mark STEIM’S remarkable, important forty years of operation.
Alex Nowitz (DE)
Alex Nowitz is a composer of vocal music, chamber music, and electronic music as well as music for dance, theatre and opera. He has been granted commissions from several ensembles and institutions such as the Kammerakademie Potsdam and the Staatsoper unter den Linden Berlin. He is also a voice artist, whistling and singing virtuoso beyond the scope of purely classical singing. In 2007/08 he was invited by STEIM to develop a set-up for live electronics as an extension for his vocal performances. He uses two gestural controllers (Wii-Remote controllers), a computer (MacBookPro) and STEIM-software (LiSa, junXion).
dj sniff (JP)
Takuro Mizuta Lippit aka dj sniff is a turntable musician, who works in the field of improvised and experimental music. He uses a unique setup consisting of hand-made hardware interfaces and custom Max/MSP software pieces along with one turntable and DJ-mixer. He is also a concert/event curator for electronic music and a music technology researcher. Since 2007 he has been the artistic director of STEIM in Amsterdam. As dj sniff he regularly performs with computer musician Yutaka Makino as Audile and with saxophonist Keir Neuringer and bassist Raed Yassin.
> See also > Sound, Performance & Technological Design > page xx.
> See also > Connect – Map – Music > page xx.
Justin Bennett (NL)
Justin Bennett is a sound and performance artist born in England in 1964 and since 1989 based in Den Haag. His focus is mostly on field recordings, which he uses to create installations, sound walks, sound pieces and performances that reflect on the reciprocity of sound and architecture and sound and image. His recent work involves research on urban development and the transformation of public space. His aural and visual works have been exhibited and broadcasted widely, including the 10th Istanbul Biennial. He is a founding member of the performance group BMB con and has played percussion and electronics in many music projects.
Since 2002 visual artist and sound maker Tom Verbruggen aka TokTek has been on a quest to find the perfect instrument to be an extension of himself, enabling him to produce any sound and feeling he wants at any time. He experiments with a plethora of modified and home-made instruments as well as circuit bent sound gadgets. He also uses sound in his visual art works and installations, such as in the series 'Crackle-Canvas' – paintings that produce sound and that can be patched together with other Crackle-Canvases, making the individual paintings react to each other.
WMF Lounge / 21:00
Andy Votel (UK)
Manchester-based Andy Votel (Andrew Shallcross) is renowned for his eccentric compilations of obscure folk, prog and psych: 2003's Music to Watch Girls Cry, 2005's Songs in the Key of Death, 2007’S One Nation Under A Grave and 2008's Brazilika. Label founder of indie imprint Twisted Nerve Records (with Badly Drawn Boy) and Finders Keepers, Votel is also a producer and sought after remixer.
// The 11th edition of CTM, Berlin’s unique Festival for Adventurous Music and Related Visual Arts, titled by many as Berlin's best pop and music event, is on from January 28th to February 7th 2010 under the title OVERLAP – Sound & Other Media.
Also taking place this evening in collaboration with transmediale
HKW / 20:15
artificiel (CA/QC) "POWEr"