Born in Indiana in 1933, Phill Niblock is an intermedia artist using music, film, photography, video and computers. Since 1985, he has been the director of Experimental Intermedia Foundation in New York, which extended to Ghent, Belgium in 1993.
He makes thick, loud drones of music, filled with microtones of instrumental timbres which generate many other tones in the performance space. Simultaneously, he presents films / videos which look at the movement of people working, or computer driven black and white abstract images floating through time.
‘Once you get inside this music rather than observe it with bemusement, the effect is rapturous and – well, maximal.’ (David Stubbs, The Wire)
More about Phill Niblock and his work on his website www.phillniblock.com
Thomas Ankersmit (1979, Leiden, The Netherlands) is a musician and installation artist based in Berlin and Amsterdam. He makes live electroacoustic music with analogue and digital electronics, as well as alto saxophone.
Since 2006, his main instrument, both live and in the studio, has been the Serge analogue modular synthesizer. Physical and psychoacoustic phenomena such as sound reflections, otoacoustic emissions, infrasound, and highly directional (“Holosonic”) sound have been an important part of his work since the early 2000′s.His work with analogue synthesizers is also characterized by a gentle abuse of the equipment, using feedback and disturbances to the signal flow to create dense but finely detailed swarms of electronic sound.
‘Ankersmit constructs a musical world that feels alive and capable of going anywhere, and yet also manages to give the music a strong sense of structured purpose, a degree of compositional control unusual in this area of live performance.’ (Richard Pinnell, The Wire)
Kim Cascone has a long history involving electronic music: he received his formal training in electronic music at the Berklee College of Music in the early 1970′s, and in 1976 continued his studies with Dana McCurdy at the New School in New York City. After moving to San Francisco in 1983 and gaining experience as an audio technician, Cascone worked with David Lynch as Assistant Music Editor on both Twin Peaks and Wild at Heart.
Cascone left the film industry in 1991 to concentrate on Silent Records, a label that he founded in 1986, transforming it into the U.S.’s premier electronic music label. At the height of Silent’s success, he sold the company in early 1996 to pursue a career as a sound designer and went to work for Thomas Dolby’s company Headspace. After a two year stint at Headspace he worked for Staccato Systems as the Director of Content where he oversaw sound design using algorithmic synthesis for video games.
Kim has been touring Europe since 2001 performing, conducting workshops and lecturing on post-digital aesthetics in sound art. He has released more than 50 solo and collaborative albums since 1984 and has recorded/performed with Merzbow, Keith Rowe, Tony Conrad, Scanner, John Tilbury, and Pauline Oliveros among others.
Cascone was one of the co-founders of the .microsound list which focuses on issues concerning post-digital music and laptop performance. His writing has been published in Computer Music Journal (MIT Press), Artbyte, Contemporary Music Review, Soundcultures, Parachute Journal, Junk Jet and Geometer. Cascone is on the advisory board of the sound journal Interference based in Dublin Ireland.
‘Give yourself up to it and its a deep, deep listen; when it’s over the rain on the window or the hum of your fridge sound different, stranger, louder.’ (Peter Marsh, BBC)
Peter Cusack is an artist and musician who is a member of CRiSAP (Creative Research in Sound Arts Practice), and is a research staff member and founding member of the London College of Communication in the University of the Arts London. He was a founding member and director of the London Musicians’ Collective.
He is best known as a member of the avant garde musical quartet, “Alterations” (1978–1986; with Steve Beresford,David Toop, and Terry Day), and the creator of field and wildlife recording-based albums includinh ‘Where Is the Green Parrot?’ (1999) , ‘Day for Night’ (2000), ‘Baikal Ice’ (2003)
More on Peter Cusack on petercusack.org
TAPEDANCES (Rinus van Alebeek + Barbara Lazara duo)
sounds of body, space & voice for magnetic tapes
Rinus van Alebeek (1956, Heerlen, The Netherlands) is a writer who uses his (environmental) recordings on tape to narrate a story. During the nineties he published two books (pseud. Philip Markus) in his native country. The first novel (De Weg naar Oude God) won the prestigious Geert Jan Lubberhuizen Prijs, a yearly award for the best first novel.
An accidental encounter with electronic and avant garde music in the year 2000 at the Lem festival in Barcelona, and an introduction to the cassette culture gave way to his further artistic development. In the first decade of this century van Alebeek made a thorough research on how to make or manipulate recordings. Thanks to a great number of concerts, sometimes an average of ten in a month, he developed an approach of which people say it is ‘ between noise and pure poetry.’
‘Rinus Van Alebeek is a peculiar observer of reality and an artist who instinctively transforms lo-fi tape recordings into evocative sound poems, being able to create a “détachement” towards the used media, which is a characteristic of the most original artists.’ (Luis Costa, president of Binaural and Associação Cultural de Nodar)
More about Rinus van Alebeek on rinusvanalebeek.wordpress.com
Barbara Lazara is a performer/voice artist based in Mexico City. She has been working on the relation between body, voice and space, using choreography, microphones and natural corporeal resonances.
With her solo project ‘Aurora Yaqui’, she uses voice loops and the acoustic characteristics of the space to create drones, natural overtones aswell as audio feedback, playing with different voice forms and amplification. Lázara has been giving solo performances and workshops in Mexico and often performing Europe in collaboration with theatre artists and choreographers. Her works have been released by Staalplaat (GER), Volta (MEX), and broadcast on Antenas Intervenciones (ECUADOR).
Project supported by the National Fund for Culture and the Arts
Born in 1984, he taught himself to play the trumpet and then studied jazz and improvisation at the conservatories of Lyon (CNR) and Paris (CNSMDP). While developing his own personal and original language on his instrument, he researched, through different collaborations, an intuitive and spontaneous approach to music. His interest is essentially in different forms of improvised music for various formations,ranging from solo to orchestral.
His work is focussed principally on two topics. Firstly an accoustic approach to instruments through research on sounds and sound effects in relation to the space in which they are produced. Secondly work on the amplification of instruments (“close miking”) with the aim of creating the illusion of an electric or electronic “machine instrument”.
Born in Tokyo 1971, studied musicology at the Kunitachi College of Music, graduating in 1996. During this period he began to play the electronic pieces by John Cage and his own sound performances. Since then he has been creating sound performances, installations and videos. He is interested in the uncertain acoustic appearances between usual objects, for example water and stones, and the technical medium. In 2003 Morimoto moved to Berlin, has performed and exhibited at many international festivals in Europa and Japan, including transmediale in Berlin, Experimental Music Festival in Munich and JCCE2012 in Kyoto. He has collaborated with Takehisa Kosugi, Olivier Di Placido, Francesco Cavaliere, Olaf Hochherz, Rius van Alebeek, Ignaz Schick, Luciano Maggiore, Crys Cole, Felicity Mangan, Alessandra Eramo, Nicolas Wiese, Kakawaka, Jamie Drouin, Hannes Lingens, Johnny Chang and many others.
Schneider TM + Kptmichigan + Mek Obaam (Trio) used to be the regular band for the long Schneider TM tours during the City Slang period, playing, de- & reconstructing the material from albums like Moist, Binokular, Zoomer & Skoda Mluvit. This improv set with 2 guitars + electronic drums will be the first time in 7 years that this trio plays together again.
Schneider TM is a multidimensional music project from Dirk Dresselhaus, named after his nickname Schneider. Since the late 80′s, Dirk has been active in different musical fields. From 1989 until 1997 he played and sang in adventurous rock and pop bands like Hip Young Things and Locust Fudge (both on Glitterhouse Records) before he became more active in electronic music around 1996. Schneider TM is responsible for a couple of experimental electro-freak-pop albums (on City Slang / Mute) and mini-hits like ‘Reality Check’, ‘Frogtoise’ and a cover version of a song by The Smiths called ‘The Light 3000′, a collaboration with Kptmichigan that was hugely acclaimed by John Peel, The Wire etc. As well as work on a variety of one-off projects – including the production of music for movies, theatre and radio plays – Dirk has been performing & recording with noise & drone outfits like Angel (w/ Ilpo Väisänen of Pan sonic + guests like Hildur Gudnadottir & Lucio Capece) and Real Time (w/ Reinhold Friedl of Zeitkratzer) on a regular basis since 1999. For a while now, Dirk has also been moving Schneider TM in the direction of instantly composed freeform music, employing varying instruments including guitar, electronics, balaphon as well as field recordings. Sometimes the work is solo and at other times together with artists like Jochen Arbeit (of Einstürzende Neubauten, Automat), Damo Suzuki (ex-Can), video artist Lillevan or Japanese dancer Tomoko Nakasato. The first result of this open & soundscape-y direction is the Schneider TM album ‘Construction Sounds’. Based on field recordings of Berlin construction sites combined with electronics, it was released in September 2012 on Bureau B & MirrorWorldMusic (MWM), an online-platform / label started in 2007 by Dirk Dresselhaus and Michael Beckett (aka Kptmichigan) to present past, present & future of their works.
Moved 1980 to Berlin and became part of the loose artist and music movement Geniale Dilettanten, which had its roots in Punk-Rock and Dada. In 1983 he became a member of the influential band Die Haut, with whom he started touring in Europe and overseas. The band produced records in the USA with fellow artists and singers.
In 1997 he became an official member of the Avantgarde Noise BandEinstürzende Neubauten, which he met in the early eighties.Other projects were a Berlin style country band The Jever Mountain Boys, the soul crooner of the band Martin Dean, the melancholic seriousness of painter Martin Eder with his band Richard Ruin and the tiki and latino influenced project Latin Lovers with Yoyo Röhm. In 2006, he founded the Art Project STUPID GREEN with dancer/performance artist Vania Rovisco and light artist Asa Frankenberg.
More about Jochen Arbeit on his website jochenarbeit.com
Artist and musician, he’s been doing improvised concerts since the end of the 1960s and has been part of punk and post-punk bands, such as Downers, Die ICHs, Kosmonautentraum, Kosher Moments. His focus is now on freejazz, soundtracks, improvised music, sound installations and ambient music.
He also collaborates with artists/musicians in diverse projects: 6 or 7, PARAL-LEL, Jochen Arbeit’s Soundscapes, Bryan Lewis Saunders’ „Stream of the Unconscious“, ABQ, Madzaru, Classwar Karaoke, SuRRism Phonetics etc.
Find Hopek Quirin’s work on soundcloud.com/hopek
‘I am a tamer who explores how materials interact when the ‘Entropicio’ happens. Noise is one of them, not a reality by it self. Our label Grand Moffworks (G MW) always moved in total obscurity, spreading our items hand by hand usually by the reasonable price of 0€.’ (Krapoola)
Krapoola is DJing with several channels and self-built devices, building sets based on all kinds of unusual and experimental music from all ages. At Emitter Micro 2013, Gandoola oond Krapoola will be doing a 4-turntable DJ set.