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KINK GONG live (only UK date)
Discrepant presents a night of far out ethnic discrepancies headlined by tribal field recorder manipulator Kink Gong.
KINK GONG / Field recordings, Electronics
Kink Gong, (Laurent Jeanneau), is a Frenchman living in China; a specialist in field recordings who has spent most of the last two decades documenting unsung virtuosos and esoteric music from the planet’s remotest corners.
Having released a collection of over 100 CDs via his own label, Kink Gong recordings, as well as being the go-to man for US label Sublime Frequencies, Laurent’s also started releasing his own electro-acoustic transformations of unique tribal performances via a few labels, namely Atavistic, PPT/Stembogen and Discrepant.
Presenting a mix of one off ‘on the spot’ live performances, local radio fragments, market scratched CDs, street sellers VCDs, TV spots and anything else he puts his hands on, Kink Gong constructs mesmerizing electronic textures with a unique and captivating sound material.
’Simple and beautiful soundscapes, it makes people fall into visionary reality.’ Kwan Yin
ERGO PHIZMIZ / various instruments
Ergo Phizmiz is a diverse and multifaceted artist, working across eccentric pop music, collage, radio-art, installations, and performance. His work is disseminated and presented globally on a regular basis across platforms and media, and his reputation as a typesetter and creative explorer is constantly growing. Places that have presented Ergo's work in one form or another include Tate Modern, the Dutch Academy of Fine Art, the Royal Festival Hall, La Terra Trema Cherbourg, Kraak Festival, Worm, Extrapool, Teatru Ariel Transylvania, King's Place, and Cologne Kulturbunker, and broadcast on stations including BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 3, KunstRadio, Resonance FM, WFMU, WRFL, VPRO, WDR3, DFM, Cherryade Radio, and Channel 4 Radio.
IAIN CHAMBERS / guitar
Iain Chambers started playing guitar in his late teens, but he didn't hear John Fahey's music until much later after being introduced to it by friend. Discovering Fahey opened the door to the range of influences running through the so called Takoma school, from Charlie Patton to Bartok. However, listening to Iain play, one is quickly lured into a world without reference, of wonder, charm and mesmerising beauty. Someone who has such generous expression and who can alter the senses by striking just one note, deserves your absolute attention. Under the name Hotplate Chambers released a 7”-ep and a CD on World In Winter Recordings, getting glowing reviews in magazines like The Wire and has performed live on BBC 6 music with Tom Robinson and C4 podcast with Tom Ravenscroft, who also played tracks on BBC Radio 6. Rituals and Pastimes was selected by Steve Barker (On The Wire, BBC Lancashire), as one of his top 10 albums of 2011.
“The best tracks possess deeply expressive qualities, and make me remember why I wanted to take up the guitar, however many years ago it is now. I admire it very much. Inspiring. It’s fantastic. I wish I liked my albums as much as I like yours. It really sets a mood, like the best of the early Fahey recordings.” Glenn Jones after hearing “Rituals and Pastimes”
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