CTM & transmediale Award Party
The Modern Deep Left Quartet & Guests
feat. Cobblestone Jazz, The Mole, Deadbeat, Tikiman
Video: Gabriel Coutu-Dumont
After a gala ceremony announcing the winners of the transmediale Award at House of World Cultures, transmediale and CTM join forces for the Award Party, offering the continual real-time opportunity of an eight-hour live set, a rare luxury in a festival context. Consumate improvisors MDLQ and friends are poised to take full advantage. Four of Cananda’s best – Danuel Tate on keyboards, Tyger Dhula and The Mole programming, and Mathew Jonson on SH-101 – have invited Deadbeat, Tikiman and undisclosed others to taste the extended pleasures of a full-night spread: freestyle techno, cosmic jazz, psychedelic disco.
Modern Deep Left Quartet (CA)
Four musicians from Canada’s west coast: Mathew Jonson, The Mole, Tyger Dhula, and Danuel Tate. Live improvised techno performances. MDLQ formed in Victoria, British Colombia 15 years ago before splintering into Cobblestone Jazz and other projects. Their debut release was Babyfoot, an EP on Wagon Repair. Their music is created in one take, either culled from live performances or studio mixes.
Cobblestone Jazz (CA)
Cobblestone Jazz is an improvised live techno project made up of producer Mathew Jonson, programmer Tyger Dhula, and Danuel Tate on keyboards, vocoder and vibraphone. The band came to the fore with 2002’s 5th Element EP (ItIsWhatItIs Recordings). A double album, 23 Seconds, was released on both Berlin-based Studio !K7 and Mathew Jonson’s Wagon Repair in 2007. A new album is due to be released in 2010.
The Mole (CA)
Berlin based, British Colombia expat Colin de la Plante (aka The Mole), DJ and sampleadelica producer, was acclaimed for his debut artist album, 2008’s As High As the Sky (Wagon Repair). Plante was a member of the recently re-united Modern Deep Left Quartet with the members of Cobblestone Jazz before moving to Montreal, then Berlin, to pursue a solo career.
Deadbeat is Berlin-based, Canadian ex-pat Scott Monteith. He’s released seven full-length albums; collaborating on the most recent, Roots and Wire (Wagon Repair, 2008), with dub vocalist Paul St. Hilaire (aka Tikiman). A key player from the Montreal scene around Mutek, Monteith has been releasing dub oriented, groove based computer music since 1998 for labels like Cynosure, Force Inc, Intr_version, Revolver, and Scape.
Paul St. Hilaire aka Tikiman (DM/DE)
Reggae vocalist and guitarist Paul St. Hilaire, aka Tikiman, is best known as the smooth, poetic voice on Rhythm&Sound productions from the mid-90s. Tikiman runs the Basic Chanel sub-label False Tuned, has released two full-length albums and has collaborated with a wide range of artists including Modeselektor and Stereotyp and UK dubstep innovator The Bug, Tarwater, and, more recently, Deadbeat.
Gabriel Coutu Dumont (CA/QC)
Berlin-based artist Gabriel Coutu Dumont creates projects both under his own name and as co-founder of several collectives: RACAM, nAnalog, Silent Partners and 5mm (with Akufen). A trained photographer, he’s done multimedia installation, photography, and graphic arts projects, as well as video-design for operas and cross-genre club shows. Recently, live performance and video scenography for sound-art events have been the main focus.
The disconnect between art and science – romantic dualism – and the creative overlap of the ‘two cultures’: these tensions are Raster-Noton’s Raison d'être. Tonight, CTM presents two artists from Raster-Noton's new Unun series, each instalment derived from the Greek atomic numbers in the periodic table, Senking with his new album, and, in a rare appearance as Atom™, Uwe Schmidt with a live performance of Liedgut, his meditation on machines, Romanticism and timelessness. To round-out the night, Ulf Eriksson, co-organizer of the Full Pull festival, will work the dance floor with a Detroit inspired DJ-set. This program is part of a series jointly curated by CTM and transmediale, for details > see page xx.
Grischa Lichtenberger (DE)
Bielefeld-born artist and musician Grischa Lichtenberger (1983), works in various media. In 2005, his debut album was released on netlabel tokyotrauma.com. 2009’s Treibgut, part of Raster-Noton’s Unun series, featured abstract and powerfully percussive compositions based on texts and drawings inspired by the landscape of the Rhine river: perceptions, memories, biographical constructs and projections. An archive of Rhine material built up by Lichtenberger has been a starting point for him since 2007, resulting in music, installations and films.
Senking is a moniker from Jens Massel, a Cologne artist known for his work as Kandis on the Karaoke Kalk label. Massel began making electronic music in the mid 90s; his first Senking release was in 1996. The post-glitch LPs Trial and Tap (2000, 2003 Raster-Noton) were widely acclaimed for their deep take on the Cologne sound. A new Senking album is slated for Raster-Noton’s Unun series in 2010.
Aoki Takamasa (JP)
Aoki Takamasa is well known for his releases over the 00s on Japanese electronic music imprints, Progressive FOrM and op.disc, and for his collaborations with Tujiko Noriko (Mego). In 2009, Takamasa toured Japan with Fennesz and has recently been brought into the Raster-Noton fold with the 12-inch Rn-Rhythm-Variations. He was born in Osaka in 1976 and currently lives in Berlin.
Aka, in alphabetical order, Almost Digital, Atom Heart, Atomu Shinzo, BASS, Bitniks, The, Brown, Bund Deutscher Programmierer, CMYK, Coeur Atomique, D'Ammond, Disk Orchestra, The, Don Atom, DOS Tracks, Dots, Dr. Mueller, Dropshadow Disease, Erik Satin, Flextone, Fonosandwich, Geeez 'N' Gosh, i, Interactive Music, Lassigue Bendthaus, Lisa Carbon, Los Negritos, Los Sampler's, Machine Paisley, Midisport, Mono™, Naturalist, Real Intelligence, Roger Tubesound Ensemble, The, Schnittstelle, Señor Coconut, Semiacoustic Nature, Silver Sound, Slot, Soundfields, Stereonerds, The, Superficial Depth, Urban Primitivism, Uwe Schmidt, VSVN, Weird Shit.
Ulf Eriksson (SE)
As DJ, label owner and event organizer, Ulf Erikson has long been active in Sweden’s electronic music scene. From Malmö, he runs the platform Kontra-Musik, through which he maintains, in addition to his connections in Sweden, particularly close connections with Berlin and Detroit. He started co-organizing the Full Pull festival in 2009. As a DJ he creates mixes of dark techno-funk, Detroit inspired electro and spartan deep house.
> kontra-musik.com ?
WMF Lounge1 / 23:00
Last.fm DJ Team (UK)
The Last.fm DJ-team will surprise the audience with a wild, eclectic mix, extracted from the playlists of the users who joined the club transmediale group on Last.fm – a sonic portrait of the festival's network.
// 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.