Raster-Noton meets Time To Express: where the one label reinterprets the club as a bunker, the other operates an already legendary sound microscopy. The two meet where cognitive interest ducks searchlights in a haze of candle smoke, where the resilience of elementary particles defies thundering machines, and allows a sparse silicon music, virtually bereft of human traces, to emerge. Thus in the DJ set of the Raster-Noton co-founder Olaf Bender aka Byetone, Kyoka’s shattered rhythms, or in the unpredictable patterns of Mark Fell’s erratic process music, and likewise when Kangding Ray, another artist released on Raster-Noton, juxtaposes analog and digital processes, introspective melancholy and sharp industrial precision. This tension is finally processed by Time To Express figureheads Peter Van Hoesen and Yves De Mey, with bass-weighted consistency. The live incarnation of their AV project Sendai celebrates its world premiere this evening.
Raster-Noton co-founder Olaf Bender has been involved in electronic music since the 80s. His latest album hails his musical return, comprising the most impressive expression yet of this artist’s sleek, dark-hearted techno-not-techno sound.
Kyoka – the first solo female musician on the Raster-Noton roster – works as a musician/composer in Berlin and Tokyo. She is known for her chaotic, direct approach and rough, heavy sound, resulting in a broken pop with conflicted yet danceable rhythms. February 2012 will see the release of her ep iSH, which reflects on her way of being clear by being vague – brightness wrapped in a blanket of obscurity and abstractness.
MARK FELL (UK)
Through both his solo work and his audiovisual SND project with Matt Steel, Fell exhibits intricate and deep explorations of process music – music that results when control is taken away from the composer to be created by algorithms and programmed systems. Fell has a definite emphasis on trying to disappoint the audience, and, as he says, is »after a complete lack of energy in both my performances or how the audience responds.«
In Sendai, the new A/V-project of Yves De Mey and Peter Van -Hoesen, analog circuitry, digital manipulation, and fierce drum programming combine with generative visuals to bury the senses within layers of visceral sonic experience.
KANGDING RAY (FR/DE)
Kangding Ray’s architectural soundscapes combine sounds from real and electronic instruments as well as field recordings and voices into slowly evolving, minimal, rhythmic compositions that depict the disillusions of modern civilization. His third full-length OR was released on Raster-Noton.