Sat, 4 Jul 2015
Exhibition by Kouhei Matsunaga
line drawings on paper by pen or drawings by paper with pen
by kouhei matsunaga
Born in Osaka, Kouhei is a musician and visual artist. He started drawing during childhood under the influence of his grandfather. In 2002 he started a label 'Flying Swimming' for publishing and planning events for experimental contemporary music and art. This will be the first exhibition of his visual work in the UK, the work shown will be drawings created during a week long residency at the Enjoy art space and studios in Leeds.
He has been making music since 1992. His 1st album "Upside Down" was released by Mille Plateaux (Germany) in 1998. He has collaborated with Merzbow, Sensational, Autechre's Sean Booth, Mika Vainio, Conrad Schnitzler, Anti Pop Consortium's High Priest and many more, and he works under many aliases.
Exhibition Opening Party & Pan Showcase
SND formed in Sheffield, UK, in 1998 by Mark Fell and Mat Steel. Three critically acclaimed albums for Mille Plateaux alongside the continuing series on their own label put SND at the forefront of new digital minimalism, pioneering a sound that always influenced but also resisted the so called 'clicks and cuts' movement that built up around them. After their third album â€” Tender Love â€” for Mille Plateaux in 2002, SND became disillusioned with the recording treadmill and proliferation of the genre they seemed to inhabit, and turned to other projects; solo work, curating events and installations, the occasional contribution to compilations, an album for Raster Noton from side project 'Blir', remix work for the likes of Ryuichi Sakamoto, and sound design for fellow Sheffielders The Designers Republic. During this time they also honed their impressive live performance through extensive touring of Japan, America, and Europe (most notably with Autechre), and one off shows at major festivals and venues around the world. Experiencing an SND performance can be alienating, engaging, dynamic, and unforgiving; each event a unique exploration of the relationship between performer, audience, software and context. Snd continued an active year with another European tour supporting Autechre, a reworking of Billie Jean for the 'Recovery' box set on Fractured Records, a major feature in the Wire magazine, a tour of Japan and the recording of another album. Their latest release was a split album with NHK on PAN.
NHK' yx KoyxeÐ¸ (JP)
Born in Osaka, Kouhei Matsunaga is a musician and an illustrator. He grew up listening to hardcore-techno and hip hop, studied architecture and has been mainly making music since 1992. Under many different aliases (NHK, NHKyx, Internet Magic, Koyxen) he has released numerous albums on labels such as Skam Records, Wordsound, Raster Noton and his first ever album "Upside Down" on Mille Plateaux in 1998. He has also collaborated with artists like Merzbow, Jungle Brothers' Sensational, Autechre's Sean Booth, Mika Vainio, Conrad Schnitzler, Anti Pop Consorium's High Priest, Puppetmastaz crew, Asmus Tietchens, Ralf 'RLW' Wehowsky and so on. His own label Flying Swimming was founded in 2002 with the main purpose being to publish and curate events of experimental contemporary music and art. He will present his recent PAN release 'Dance Classics Vol.I' which documents his more dance oriented material, as seen from his sets with Sensational and his other techno project NHK.
Helm is Luke Younger - a Sound Artist and experimental musician based in London, working with a vast array of revolving instrumentation and abstract sound sources.
Younger's compositions build a dense aural landscape that touches on musique concrete, uncomfortable sound poetry, noise, and hallucinatory drones. His most last LP for the Kye label, Cryptography, presents a five-part suite of expertly rendered electro-acoustic study which uses processed piano, Casio MT-40, cymbal and broken guitar strings. Younger creates a world where these instruments morph into spectral rust, a shimmering klang swims alongside passive noise and the relationship between acoustic and electronic derived sounds forms a solid foundation. This sound is steered through a melange of fringe territories: glacial drone meditations, reconfigured gamelan clusters, and howling walls of organized feedback, all coalesced in a post-industrial fashion with a commitment to homemade exploratory zeal.
For the past ten years, Younger has also performed extensively in Europe and the US with Steven Warwick as pioneering avant-drone duo Birds of Delay. New LP 'Impossible Symmetry' on PAN coming out in spring 2012.
BILL KOULIGAS (GR)
Bill Kouligas, formerly Family Battle Snake, is the head of the respected Pan label, on which he has released Heatsick, John Wiese, Joseph Hammer, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Tricoli-Ankersmit, SND, Hecker, NHK'Koyxen and other grands of contemporary experimental music. As much as Kouligas is in favor of rigorous sound experimentation, he is equally deep involved in the edges of todayâ€™s club music. Consequently, his DJ-sets meld the wide open horizons of his multifarious musical interests into a sparkling dialogue full of unconventional turns and twists.
RIAN TREANOR (UK)
Rotherham born artist Rian Treanor is part of the Leeds arts collective ENJOY. For Pan Showcase he will be playing a selection of rhythmically driven polar pop records, expect to hear anything from freeform to neat house.
TOM KNAPP (UK)
Tom has been making electronic music since 1998. As a DJ and club promoter his work initially took the form of sample based remixes. He then progressed to working with digital synthesis and hardware sequencers to perform improvised live sets.
Tom also runs the label Icasea with Satoshi Aizawa and Alex Peverett.
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