Sunday, September 16, 2007

NanoHz No.1: experimental electronics @ Dust, Cville

The HzCollective [Cville chapter] Presents NanoHz No. 1: an evening of experimental and avant garde electronics from touring artists who are participating in D.C.'s Sonic Circuits 2007 festival []

Cheap Machines
Philip Julian (London) has been an active part of the experimental music underground since the late 1990’s recording various works under the name Cheapmachines which operates at the interface between noise electronics, generative software, field recordings, tape music and long-form drones.

Contact microphones, amplified metal objects, domestic radio receivers, instrument effects pedals, environmental/found sounds, tape loops, damaged electrical devices, analogue synthesizers, turntables & “prepared” vinyl, computers.

Arturas Bumšteinas
Works as sound and visual artist. In sound field Bumšteinas has completed number of musical scores for different instrumental ensembles and orchestras, released 9 albums of electroacoustic music (in Lithuania, USA, Denmark, Ukraine, Canada, Spain, Netherlands), directed multicollaborative project Antiradical Opera with writer Jesse Glass and more than 20 persons from all over the world, curated collective mix event titled Mixthemixthemix, founded laptop quartet 20/21 which is devoted to performances of graphical notation scores and many more activities… Bumšteinas appears in festivals and concerts of experimental music all over the Europe where he performs his sound works via the electronic sound medias. As visual artist Bumšteinas started to work together with artist Laura Garbštienė. In the fall of 2002, during the exhibition Parallel Progressions 3 in Vilnius‘ Contemporary Art Center they founded G-Lab duo, which was devoted to video art, audiovisual installations and performances. From the year 2002 Bumšteinas participated in a number of exhibitions in Lithuania and abroad, represented Lithuanian contemporary art together with other active artists from several generations. Besides of continuous artistic work in G-Lab, Bumšteinas also did collaborations with such artists as Simon Wickham-Smith, Borut Savski, Jesse Glass, Max Reinhardt, Rytis Mažulis, Antanas Jasenka, Antanas Kučinskas… Bumšteinas is an organizer of the first-ever serie of experimental music events in Lithuania based on the concept of open mixer and simultaneous participation. Lives and works in Vilnius and Warsaw.

Antanas Jasenka
ANTANAS JASENKA (b. 1965) Lithuanian electronic music composer and sound artist. In 2002 his work “Deusexmachine” received an award by Lithuanian Composer’s Union for the best electroacoustic music composition, and was later released by Electroshock Records and broadcasted on radio stations worldwide. In addition to his activity in the academic electroacoustic music field, Antanas Jasenka is a works in the independent experimental electronic music scene happily creating electronic noise. He has composed music for animated cartoons, movies and theatre together with the following directors: Gytis Padegimas, Oskaras Korsunovas, Mantas Verbiejus and others. His works are released not only in Lithuania, but also by European, Russian, USA and Canadian companies. The compositions of Jasenka have been performed in many European countries as well as in USA, it broadcasted all over the world (Europe, USA, Australia, New Zealand etc.). The composer has taken part abroad in various multimedia projects with artists such as: Ralf Wehowsky, Jim O. Rourke, Brume, Achim Wollscheid, Toshiya Tsunoda, John Duncan, Ryoji Ikeda, Merzbow, The Hafler Trio, Atrac, Arturas Bumsteinas, Raimundas Eimontas, Darius Ciuta, Orlandas Narusis, Gintas K, Dziugas Katinas, Skardas and others.

Iris Garrelfs
Iris Garrelfs is a composer/performer intrigued by change, fascinated with voices and definitely enamoured by technology. She often uses her voice as raw material, which she transmuted into machine noises, choral works or pulverised “into granules of electroacoustic babble and glitch, generating animated dialogues between innate human expressiveness and the overt artifice of digital processing” as the Wire Magzine put it.

Described as the Diamanda Galas of Glitch, Iris’ training into creating through voice began very early on. Her parents sang in the village choir, and would often practice at home with Iris making up new melodies, 2nd and 3rd voices to whatever was being sung. She got into the attractions of technology as a teenager, stumbling across her dad’s pulp si-fi magazines. Iris is still waiting for an implant that will siphon off her sonic nerve impulses, fragments of melody, rhythm and correlation floating around in her body and brain. A vital part of her work, be it using voice or other sound material, is improvisation and the use of random elements, the ephemeral fragility and risk implied in giving up control to me moment, a sonic singularity.

Iris performs solo as well as in collaboration with other artists, for example Robert Lippok (To Rococo Rot), Kaffe Matthews, Scanner, Si-cut.db and others. She also performs with the improvising group Symbiosis Orchestra. Recording collaborations include si-cut.db and Freeform - the latter has beeng re-released as part of the Bernt Friedman compiled and remixed compilation “Condensed” on Nonplace

The recent album Specified Encounters, released on the French label Bip-Hop, has been moulded from dissected voice sounds. Her new release on the other hand, fresh of the press, is her first ever 10″ vinyl piece, the radio project “(Talking) Space To Space” on the German art-label lich-tung, uses no voices at all. She is currently working on a globe-spanning “(Talking) Space To Space” installation and is very much looking forward to a residency at the Mexican Centre for Music and Soundart in 2007.

Music making aside aside, Iris is the co-founder of London based underground playground and test tube for current sound Sprawl. Artists featured have included Kim Cascone, Scanner, Kaffe Matthews, Christian Fennesz, Taylor Dupree and more. She is a regular on London’s soundart radio station Resonance FM and sits on the Sonic Arts Network Board of Trustees.

As an outspoken person, Iris gets invited as a speaker and panelist at conferences and events in the UK and abroad, most recently at Visiones Sonoras in Mexico. Iris has appeared on TV, for example and ARTE TV in “Well Tempered Computer - Are Computers able to compose” and most recently on ITV’s Mixmasters TV. This project has been released by Moonshine in the US and has received a nomination for Best Music DVD at the Dancestar Awards.

Jeff Surak, archival sonic debris & trash

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