Aesthetic recourse as a cognitively oriented cultural strategy is ceding rapidly to its role as a mere whip of consensus in mainstream discourse. The minds behind tonight’s event, however, are not yet above scraping the barrel of past or current pop culture to find the most crappy source material possible for their wild extravaganzas. Andy Votel, in his DJ set, draws on the truly remotest niches of world music to fire volleys at the subcultural canon, Dutch sound alchemist Kettel calls on New Age nostalgia to take a dig at kraut-style electronica while self-declared »lifestyle producer« Co La conjures minimal-psychedelic trips from dust-encrusted 50s pop and rocksteady memorabilia. New Age tapes chief James Ferraro, for his part, recycles the sound trash of corporate terror to create hypnotic tones hovering indecisively between cure-alls and neurotic complications, and therefore ably primes the floor for the processual music of Novo Line, which excecutes its procedures in resonance with the cheap minds of Berlin’s ubiquitous slot machines.
ANDY VOTEL (UK)
Andy Votel is renowned for his eccentric compilations of obscure folk, prog, and psych, as the label founder of Twisted Nerve Records and Finders Keepers, and as a producer and sought-after remixer. He also runs the label/project Pre-Cert Home Entertainment together with Demdike Stare.
CO LA (US)
Co La is a minimalist collagist that uses highly-recognizable samples to create music that harkens to vintage Jamaican dub/rocksteady, New Wave, and 50s American Pop in spirit, all buffed to a digital, electronic music sheen.
JAMES FERRARO (US)
James Ferraro is an artist of the 21st century Pop Art wave, exploring the chaos in today’s world by focusing on its most garish aspects and on the fetishes of today’s hyper-real capitalism. He releases under a wide variety of pseudonyms and is also a member of The Skaters and Lamborghini Crystal. He runs the New Age Tapes label, releasing mainly on cassette and CDr.
NOVO LINE (US)
Inspired by Berlin’s ubiquitous digital slot machines, Novo Line misuses 23 year-old software on an Atari ST computer in order to create junkyard process music. The thrill of the luck of the draw, winning or losing at each sonic variation, is conjured by the algorithms that spawn rhythms and melodies both densely complex and hollowly simple.