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Phill Niblock and Thomas Ankersmit

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Phill Niblock and Thomas Ankersmit will open the festival tomorrow, May 9th, at Musikinstrumenten-Museum.

Phill Niblock

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.

At Emitter Micro 2013, he will be performing the piece Music and Images (from the Movement of People Working films).

Thomas Ankersmit

Born 1979, in Leiden, The Netherlands, Thomas Ankersmit 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.  His work with analogue synthesizers is 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.

He will be performing a solo set of circa 30 minutes with Serge analogue modular synthesizer and/or computer.



Seiji Morimoto performing ‘Tycho’

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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. In 2003 Morimoto moved to Berlin, has performed and exhibited in many international festivals including transmediale in Berlin, Experimental Music Festival in Munich. He is interested in the uncertain acoustic appearances between usual objects, for example water and stones, and the technical medium.

He will be performing ‘Tycho’, which stands for feedback system, contact microphone and pitch/time shifting. Tycho Brahe was a Danish astronomer known for his discovery of a supernova in the Cassiopeia constellation in 1572 that was so bright it was even visible during the day.



Schneider TM + Kptmichigan + Mek Obaam (Trio)

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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. 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.

Jochen Arbeit performing with Hopek Quirin

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With their performance ‘Reconstruction of the Feedback Ink Bar’, Jochen Arbeit and Hopek Quirin will undertake, by a kind of sonic archaeology, a restoration of the infamous, and now defunct Vancouver Bar of the 80’s. Jochen Arbeit plays guitar and effects; Hopek Quirin plays bass, effects and microcassettes.

Kim Cascone at Emitter Micro 2013

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Kim Cascone will be performing his unique “Dark Stations” piece at Emitter Micro 2013. “Dark Stations” is a forty-two minute work utilizing Schumann resonances, spricom frequencies, binaural and monaural beat frequencies and spatial effects to induce an altered state in the listener. The event’s structure is derived from the Fibonacci series.

The audience sits in the center of the triangle and is invited to meditate during the event.


“Dark Stations” is an acoustic mirror, a reflecting pool bringing the audience’s unconscious to the surface through the technique of entrainment, allowing them to project onto the sonic gauze. “Dark Stations” could be likened to a scrying mirror into which the viewers unconscious is projected then reflected back to them.

Kim Cascone will perform on the last day of the festival, May 11th, at Ausland.