The artists assembled within this evening have a common penchant for living dangerously – at least when it comes to performance. Accusations of sterility or predictability that may stick with plenty of other electronic live acts do not come into play here. The fearlessness with which these individualists approach their hardware is not merely apparent, it is integral to their working methods and makes for a deep probe into the raw realness of electric currents. Seemingly random events occur when a machine takes on a life of its own, when effects units spiral out of control, when devices running in wild-sync are not avoided but harnessed. This inherent danger while working without a safety net often raises hairs, but the rawness and immediacy that comes in return is what makes each of these very different performers so fascinating.
Initially inspired by the sound world that emerged from his broken Waldorf 4-Pole filter in 1996, Pole mastermind Stefan Betke has made a lasting impression with his signature spacious crackling dub. The man behind the ~scape sound is back with a new approach.
HARMONIOUS THELONIOUS (DE)
Emerging as a sequencer shaman, Stefan Schwander has found his true calling in Harmonious Thelonious. The searing intensity of Talking (Italic, 2010) finds a more euphoric edge on his latest, Listen. The result is wildly entrancing, primitivist, perfectionist digital voodoo.
KASSEM MOSSE (DE)
Leipziger Kassem Mosse (aka Gunnar Wendel) releases his crunchy and sometimes swampy amorphous take on deep techno and house on a host of respected labels, including FXHE, Workshop, Mikrodisco, Laid and nonplus+. His productions have received international recognition with their versatile amalgamation of various electronic styles, owing equally to the sound legacy of Detroit, Berlin and London.
HIEROGLYPHIC BEING (US)
Hieroglyphic Being has been part of the Chicago scene as both a producer and DJ for well over a decade. Cobbled into a vague structure that’s more about uncentered pulse than logic, his singular music slips the shackles of four-on-the-floor. His complex and experimental creativity is deeply rooted to a holistic thought system that is highlighted by his intimate connection to the machinery and systems he uses; the Being’s enigmatic pulse is heard through his machines. It’s exactly this quality that has earned him a cult status in the underground.
MARIUS REISSER (DE)
Marius Reisser has been energizing clubs with genre-busting DJ-sets for over a decade. His sets inspire by virtue of their musical depth, diversity and openness, which may also be due to the fact that for years he has been right at the source running one of Berlin’s best stocked record stores, the recently disbanded Dense Records.