Line-up /Cut Hands
While ethnologists and musicologists finish scouring the planet for traces of extinct cultures, connecting the dots for evidence of lost musical forms in the name of science, something extraordinary is happening at home: new tribes of modern primitives are convening in the darkness of nightclubs and music venues. Primal energies are unleashed through telecommunications networks and digital audio workstations, giving birth to new music for the rituals of celebration and mourning in a world that seemed to have detached itself from superstition. What purpose do these artificial rites serve? Are they any less valid than Â»authenticÂ« traditions? What does the current collective desire for this kind of expression say about the society we live in, or where it is headed?
PRSZR (pronounced Â»pressureÂ«), the collaboration between the Polish percussion duo Hati and Austrian electronics veteran Pure (Ilsa Gold), combines computer-generated sounds with ritualistic percussion. Complex, syncopated polyrhythms intertwine with drones played on gongs and pulsating bass waves in a hypnotic, cathartic performance. Supported by the Polish Institute Berlin.
THE HAXAN CLOAK (UK)
The Haxan Cloak, alias Bobby Krlic, is a one-man project generating sinister, suspenseful chamber music. Scraping strings, dark drones, reverberant percussion and a deep sense of mourning- -create the impression of ancient music from unknown, rugged landscapes. Previously released by Aurora Borealis, The Haxan Cloak will work with Tri Angle for his next album.
CUT HANDS (UK)
With his new project, Cut Hands, William Bennett of the legendary confrontational noise band Whitehouse sets off on an obsessive journey to an imaginary Africa, painting a morbid and â€“ as expected â€“ abrasive picture using freely-interpreted African percussion and harsh, sonic exploration.
BILL KOULIGAS (GR)
Bill Kouligas, aka Family Battle Snake, is head of the respected Pan label, on which he has released Heatsick, John Wiese, Joseph Hammer, Tricoli-Ankersmith and others. He will round out the evening on the turntables.