Eastley with Thomas Köner
(sound sculptures, electronics)
collaboration between the artists, the installation piece "List
Of Japanese Winds" was commissioned by the Hayward Gallery,
London. This is a rare chance to see the artists work together live
Eastley is an artist whose work combines kinetic sound
sculpture and music to produce a unique art form. Since the late
1960s, Eastley has been fascinated by the relationship of chance
to music and art, and in environmental forces such as wind and water.
He began to investigate this relationship in his work, using kinetic
sound machines and the natural forces of the wind, streams and the
sea. As a consequence, his career opened out into new areas of creative
and philosophical exploration.
Eastley is an important and innovative figure in the field of sound
art. He often works in collaboration with other artists from a range
of disciplines. He has exhibited his sound installations internationally,
and worked closely with a wide range of artists, musicians and filmmakers,
including Brian Eno, Peter Greenaway, Evan Parker, Eddie Prévost
and The Spaceheads. Exhibitions of his installations in 2000 included
Sonic Boom at the Hayward Gallery and Sound as Media in Toyko. In
2002 he composed the music for Plants and Ghosts by Siobhan Davies
Dance. He has worked with musician and writer David Toop to produce
the critically acclaimed albums New and Rediscovered Musical Instruments
1975, Buried Dreams 1994 and Doll Creature 2004. www.capefarewell.com/content/art-eastley.php
artist Thomas Köner is a man of few words
but many prises. In 2000 the Montreal International Festival New
Cinema New Media awarded him the "New Media Prize". His
work "Banlieue du Vide" was given the NORMAN prize 2004
("Best Film") at the Filmwinter Stutgart, and nominated
for the "MuVi award 2004" (best german music video) at
the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen. Also in 2004 the
Prix Ars Electronica awarded him the "Golden Nica", and
he was awarded the "Produktionspreis WDR" during the "Deutsche
Klangkunst-Preis" (german sound art award). His media installation
"Suburbs Of The Void" received the Transmediale 2005 award
in Berlin. Köner's video "Nuuk" received the Tiger
Cub Award at the International Filmfestival Rotterdam 2005.
The Centre Georges Pompidou commissioned him the sound work for
an installation with filmmaker Yann Beauvais. Another field of sound
exploration and radical sound design presents itself in today's
club culture, which Köner sees as an ideal milieu for intensive
and physical listening. As "Porter Ricks", a collaboration
with Andy Mellwig, he became an acclaimed producer of progressive
techno, resulting in remix commissions for "Nine Inch Nails"
and a Claude Debussy remix for Universal Music, a.o. In 2003 he
extended his concept of sound colour to moving images, resulting
in video installations and film works. www.koener.de
Ehlers with Brian Duffy [MTO]
(computer and toys)
collaboration has been comissioned for the UK leg of the festival.
It sees a unique combination of manipulating existing music and
playing with circuit bent toys and no prpared material whatsoever.
purveyor of digital manipulations of existing music, Ekkehard
Ehlers released his debut, Betrieb, in 2000. The record
drastically manipulates samples from such early 20th century composers
as Arnold Schoenberg and Charles Ives, Ehlers seeing each piece
as a closed system with which to experiment. He has worked on a
trilogy of mini-albums on which he assumes the spirit of great artists
from the past and applies it to electronics. The first in this series
was Ekkehard Ehlers Plays Robert Johnson followed by Ekkehard Ehlers
Plays Albert Ayler, on which he manipulated compositions for cello.
The final record in the trilogy was Ekkehard Ehlers Plays John Cassavetes.
With Stephan Mathieu, he recorded Heroin. In addition, he has recorded
under the alias Auch, as well as with the duo Autopoesies and the
Duffy, award winning sound artist and creator of the Modified
Toy Orchestra, has been at the forefront of a world wide underground
movement called circuit bending which involves rescuing childrens
electronic toys from car boot sales, and converting them into new
strange and wonderfully sophisticated musical instruments. Taking
them apart, he finds new connections hidden within each toys circuits
that reveal new sounds, exposing the surplus value of redundant
technology. The toys are then reassembled including switches and
dials with which to control this surplus value. The results of this
process can be shockingly beautiful, funny and extreme and have
led to Brian being labelled a genius, a madman, and a national treasure.
Garrelfs with si.cut.db
(computer, electronics and voice)
founding members of Sprawl, Douglas and Iris have
only rarely worked together creatively. In 2004 they have been commissioned
to record Donna, an Art of Noise remix for The Abduction of the
Art Of Noise, by Uk based label Iris Light. In the same year they
were invited to perform together at the Ircam produced Capital Sonores
Garrelfs is a soundartist “generating animated dialogues
between innate human expressiveness and the overt artifice of digital
processing” as the Wire Magazine put it. She performs solo
as well as in collaboration with other artists, for example Robert
Lippok and Scanner. In her work she looks at the interplay of idea
and manifestation, technology and human expression, but also the
extension of composition into 3 dimensions though multi speaker
Her album “Specified Encounters” (BipHop), constructed
from dissected voice sounds, has been compared to such artists as
the early Philip Glass, Joan La Barbara and Henri Chopin.
Iris has been a co-founder and curator of Sprawl, hosts the occasional
radio show on London’s soundart station Resonance FM and sits
on the SonicArts Network board of Trustees. www.irisgarrelfs.com
from Brentford, West London, Douglas Benford has
been releasing his digital music under the alias si-cut.db since
1991. Benford has collaborated with Scanner, Rechenzentrum, Janek
Schaefer, Stephan Mathieu, Add N To X, Benge [as Tennis], and Tonne.
Ranging from microsound and electronica to neo-dub, Benford has
released music on Fällt, Bip Hop, BackGround, Highpoint Lowlife,
Warp and 12K. Benford's current approach to his work tends to use
a variety of softwares [generative and file morphing is a trademark]
and sound sample source techniques, from improvised acoustic recordings
and lo-fi csonic toys, which are then edited, effected, and sequenced.
He has played at Ars Electronica, Tate Modern, Nokialab, Synch,
Transmediale, Sintesi, Mutek, Ultrasound and New Forms festivals,
and has been a co-curator/founder of Sprawl electronic music events
and label for over 9 years, as well as founding the Suburb Of Hell
and Pantunes labels. www.douglasbenford.co.uk
Sniff with Keir Neuringer
(turntable and electronics plus saxophone and dictaphone)
Sniff and Keir Neuringer share a passion for expanding
their respective instruments beyond cultural preconceptions and
musical conventions. Since they met in 2005 they have played together
in various constellations with other musicians---and have curated
each other's work---but this is their first appearance as a duo.
Sniff (Takuro Mizuta Lippit) believes in the instrumental
autonomy of the turntable and the musicianship of the DJ. His music
focuses on the reconstruction of phonographically amplified sounds
through electro-acoustical methods and techniques of turntablism.
He has performed in numerous venues and festivals around the world
including the U.S., Japan, Russia, Romania, Austria, Italy, Germany,
France, the U.K., Lithuania and the Netherlands.
dj sniff was born in the U.S., raised in Japan. While studying art
history and philosophy in Tokyo, he was active as a DJ in the underground
electronic music scene and formed a collective called smashTV productions
which organized genre-mixing events such as anti-Gravity and bistro-Smash!.
In 2002, he moved to New York to pursue graduate studies in computer
music and physical computing at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications
Program. He is currently STEIM's (Studio for Electro-Instrumental
Music, Amsterdam) visiting Artistic Co-Director and Researcher for
Keir Neuringer was born in New York in 1976 and
lives and works in The Hague. He is active as an improvising saxophonist
and a composer of electronic and acoustic music. He also writes
texts, curates concerts and makes videos and installations. His
work is a manifestation of his opposition to the destructive behavior
exhibited and accepted by the dominant culture. He began playing
the saxophone during childhood and has developed a non-traditional
approach to the instrument that draws equally on contemporary avant-garde
trends, various folk musics, and electronic and and industrial sound.
Neuringer has performed on popular and experimental music stages
(including a number of solo improvisation concerts) in Europe, the
US, Mexico, and South Africa. He studied music, literature and art
at institutions in the US, the UK, Poland, and the Netherlands.