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Stephan Mathieu, BJ Nilsen, Tsu
OOM40 presents an evening of sublime electronic tone float and immersive sound environments with Stephan Mathieu performing 'Music for Columbia Phonoharp and Computer' and sets from Sweden's BJ Nilsen (Touch) and TSU! - the duo of Robert Curgenven (turntables/resonance) and Jörg Maria Zeger (guitar).
Stephan Mathieu is a self taught composer and performer of his own music, working in the fields of electroacoustics and abstract digitala. His sound is largely based on early instruments, environmental sound and obsolete media, which are recorded and transformed by means of experimental microphony, re-editing techniques and software processes involving spectral analysis and convolution; it has been compared to the landscape paintings of Caspar David Friedrich, the work of Colorfield artists Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman and Ellsworth Kelly.
During the last decade Stephan’s music has been released on 28 CDs and vinyl records, both solo and in collaboration with Akira Rabelais, Douglas Benford, Ekkehard Ehlers, Janek Schaefer, John Hudak and Taylor Deupree on electronic music labels worldwide.
Since 1992 he performed his music live in solo shows and on festivals all over Europe, Scandinavia, North- and Southamerica and created various audio installations for galleries and museums, a glass-blowing factory, a 17th century garden, Berlin Mitte, a 19th century steel plant, parks, an arrangement of 30 Peugeots, a late antique throne hall and various other places.
BJNilsen born in 1975. He has been active with experimental music for over 2o years. For the past 10 years he has been releasing albums on Touch, making music and sound design for documentary film, television and commercials.
He is focused on the sound of nature and its effect on humans, field recordings and the perception of time and space as experienced through sound, offten electronically treated.
BJNilsen has collaborated with Chris Watson, Hildur Gudnadottir, Philip Jeck and Stilluppsteypa amongst others.
TSU is the duo of Jörg-Maria Zeger (DE) and Robert Curgenven (AU) drawing on the raw physicality of sound, described as being “like riding on the front of a ship into a storm.” Their first collaboration “Largo Cappriccioso” features on “Oltre” (2010, LINE/12K).
Jörg-Maria Zeger (1962) is a veteran guitarist of the Berlin scene since the 1980s, collaborating with Burkhard Beins and Ignaz Schick (as Perlonex since 1998) and Charlemagne Palestine (since 2004) and Toshimara Nakamura, Olaf Rupp, Chris Abrahams and Keith Rowe amongst others. He has performed at major international festivals across Europe, Russia, Canada and Australia.
Robert Curgenven (1974) has been based in Europe since 2008 after ten years in remote areas of Australia, creating a unique sound that draws on this powerful landscape, incorporating custom dubplates, feedback and fieldrecordings. He has performed and exhibited throughout Australia and Europe.
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