Thursday 28 September
4/5 Elephant Rd, Elephant and Castle, SE17 1LB, London Venue info
An enlivened club night featuring artists working with electronic music as medium including Ziúr live (DE) launch for her new album out on Planet Mu, Ewa Justka (PL/UK), Spatial (UK), Yaxu (UK), Phantom Chips (AU/UK), Laurie Tompkins (UK), Marta Forsberg (SE), and Billy Roisz & dieb13 (AT). DJ sets from Chloe Frieda/Alien Jams (NTS Radio) and Tristan Bath/Spool’s Out (The Quietus, Resonance FM).
Berlin-based DJ/producer Ziúr combines clashing sonic textures and brainy beats into a functional dancefloor framework clearly intended for loud soundsystems. Resident Advisor rated her second EP Deeform as “one of experimental club music’s most formidable new records”, Fact Mag listed Ziúr in their ‘Best Club Tracks of 2016’, while The Fader noted her as one of the ‘Artists you need to know about in 2017’. With regular appearances and mixes via Unsound, CTM, Lunchmeat, 3hd, and NYC’s Discwoman collective, Ziúr also continues to co-organize BOO HOO (named one of ‘Berlin’s best club nights’ by Time Out and i-D) which promotes inclusivity for the transgender community and women on club lineups. This event is also Ziúr’s UK launch for her new album out on Planet Mu.
Ewa Justka is a polish electronic noise artist, self taught instrument builder and electronics teacher based in London whose amplified performances mix her noise sensibilities with stripped back crunched beats which she integrates with pulsing stroboscopic light bulbs. Ewa’s energised work has recently gained her the attention of festivals including Unsound and Sonic Acts, as well as a signing to Pakt Agency. A fresh new presence on the femina-tronic scene, Ewa’s sets are electrified noise shaped into danceable, reductive rhythms.
Spatial is an electronic musician and multimedia artist from London whose work pushes the dynamics of sound system culture incorporating low frequency vibration, hacked code, and optisonic experiments. An unconventional artist in the turbulent realm of bass music, Spatial combines a preoccupation with emergent behaviour, rule based repetition and chaotic systems with an ability to shape dubbed out, cracked and reductive sonics into audible geometric form.
Marta Forsberg is a Swedish composer, sound artist and violinist working in the field of installation art, drone music and free improvisation - dedicated to creating an all embracing environment extending the sensory realm through multichannel expansion via light sculptures as sonic visualisation - creating a space where both performers and audience are surrounded by the experience of ‘being in the music’. Marta co-founded Konstmusiksystrar together with composer Lo Kristenson - a women and transseparatistic organisation working for equality in the contemporary music scene in Sweden.
Yaxu makes live broken techno using his own handmade programming language TidalCycles based on a technique called ‘live coding’ for which he has received accolades in the experimental and live club scenes, including having co-founded the global Algorave movement - bringing live coding to dancefloors. A stalwart of UK and international new media and club festivals, Yaxu’s performances are fully improvised intentions of sublime beats and submerged rhythms.
Phantom Chips is an Australian born noise-performer who makes wearable synthesizers that can be stretched and squeezed to create sound. Her homemade ‘lectronix squeals create bent charm and harsh mangled tones through tactile electronics. Currently based in Glasgow, Phantom Chips tears at the audience-performer paradigm by getting the audience to ‘kit-up’ in her handmade-electronics-costume hybrid noise making creations - striking new and unexpected outcomes driven by her curiosity to to create a place where we are all makers and shakers.
RISC is a collaboration between video and sound artist Billy Roisz and turntablist, composer and video artist dieb13 aka Dieter Kovačič. Both artists have been highly active in Vienna’s electronic, improvised, noise music and experimental film scene since the 1990s - Billy co-organised and programmed the annual REHEAT Festival, while Dieter is co-founder and organiser of the monthly Vienna based series Der blöde dritte Mittwoch. Billy’s work focuses on the links and gaps between visual and auditive perception, using various electronic devices, electric bass guitar, crt tvs, video projectors, synchronators and computers to generate sound and image. Dieter is known in the experimental scene as a creative lathe cutter foregrounding turntables, linux code and cameras as his main choice of instruments within in performances as well as in his edition based releases.
Laurie Tompkins writes and performs playful, erratic music for instruments and electronics, creating improvised noise situations for laptop, smashed objects, Ikea shopping bags, and altered personalities. A force majeure of the improvised - screaming and channeling his way through sets which verge on rebellion and live raw creation, Laurie’s performances must be witnessed to be believed. Laurie also co-directs the experimental imprint Slip with Tom Rose and Susie Whaites, which has independently championed a burgeoning generation of fringe artists working with sound both in the UK and further afield.
Tristan Bath is the musician, DJ, writer, critic and radio presenter behind Spool’s Out on both Resonance FM and The Quitus, and Global Underground on Vienna’s Radio Orange, while as a music journalist Tristan writes for the likes of The Wire and The Quietus. His DJ sets are a total party jam of lumbering hybridity blurring the lines between abstract club nights and concrète dub sound installations.
Chloe Frieda runs Alien Jams - her own record label and the NTS radio show of the same name. Operating since 2014 Alien Jams has released artists including Karen Gwyer, Beatrice Dillon, rkss and Design a Wave. Chloe’s DJ sets typically encompass bizarre electronics, industrial-tinged techno and minimal synth oddities.
Image: Ziúr, photo by Claudia Kent
Published on 29 Jul 2017