Kikuri

feat. Merzbow & Keiji Haino
Two legendary Japanese noise giants playing together. Haino plays guitar, percussion, and a Theremin-like device while Merzbow plays his computer filled with his own noise/feedback samples. This is the sound of someone that wants to scare you to the point where your heart actually stops beating.
merzbow.net

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Max Tundra

Tundra manages to combine that spazzy, glitchy electronica sound with sweet songwriting that leans heavily towards pop sensibilities. This is absolutely made for the more discerning dance floor and should be an absolute treat this weekend.
www.myspace.com/maxtundra

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Orthodox

Spanish doom sludge with a healthy nod to early 70’s prog as well as to Sleep and Sabbath. Vocals are low in the mix and near indecipherable while the hypnotic bass and drums rumble gives way to passages of pure 70’s metal. Glorious.
www.myspace.com/orthodoxband

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Parts & Labor

Excitement levels are set for ten as Brooklyn’s Parts and Labor play Supersonic for the first time. Comprising amazing hardcore noise punk with actual songs you can sing along to while soaring vocal harmonies, squealing keyboards and horns all fight to be heard from within the frantic drumming. This is a beautiful noise that has its roots in early hardcore (melodies a la Husker Du) but also has a sound that’s bang up to date. Miss them at your peril.
www.myspace.com/partsandlabor

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Red Sparowes

Creating epic instrumental songs that are given room to breath they allow you to fully immerse yourself in their world. Red Sparowes are brutally heavy and have no need to rely on any hackneyed riff to pummel you into submission. Their cascading sound owes as much to Goblin as it does to Sabbath.
www.myspace.com/redsparowes

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The Oscillation

Big Rough Trade faves here.
Veering between krautrock edginess and bittersweet pop melancholia, droning medicated tones and noise driven fuzz, The Oscillation recalls the kosmische musik of Neu! and Tangerine Dream interpreted with an eye on Pil’s dubbed out punk funk, Miles Davis’ experimentalism and Spacemen 3’s strung out song writing
www.myspace.com/theoscillations

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Transistional

The new project of musician producer Kevin Laska ( Novatron ) and long time Justin K Broadrick and Kevin Martin collaborator Dave Cochrane. Combining crushing atmospheres through a mixture of electronic ambience, mangling bass lines and distorted epic layers of textured guitar, injected with driving rhythms and effected vocal phrasing. Laska and Cochrane build discordant worlds on an immense scale before pulling you down to another level of fear and ethereal bliss before kicking off with some more soul dismantling sonic disfunction
www.myspace.com/transitionaluk

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Zx Spectrum Orchestra

Whilst the spectrum will produce a varied array of sounds that are pleasing to the ear there is a darker side to its operation. The capability to create a more unconventional sound is limitless. Everything you will see and hear is derived from a steep and logistic learning curve. Peek, Poke and Merge
www.myspace.com/zxspectrumorchestra

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Alexander Tucker

His music is fragile, soothing, dark and melodic. Using tape loops and banks of Fx pedals he creates soundscapes to get lost in and is certainly someone you want to revisit time and time again.
www.myspace.com/alexanderdtucker

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Battles

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When they first played Supersonic in 2005 people were excited; mainly because of one EP and the pedigree of earlier bands these chaps had been in. That afternoon they blew people away with a crushing set that stayed just the right side of improv and became the talk of the festival. One critically acclaimed album later they are now the toast of the town. Live is where these guys excel, Stanier’s drums alone can stove your head in, combine that with the finest musicianship and a desire to make you think, as well as dance, and Battles could well be the most perfect band to headline Supersonic.
www.myspace.com/battlestheband

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Beestung Lips

These Brummie wonders impressed the Capsule grannies enough to make them cough up the moolah to release their first EP. Anyone that has seen them live knows they are as unpredictable and in your face as any band could be. They offer nods to Jesus Lizard with hints of San Diego art punks Heroin and Antioch Arrow. It’s old school, honest, in-your-face punk rock with enough balls and attitude to satisfy even the most jaded.
www.myspace.com/beestunglips1

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Black Sun

Formed in Glasgow by Russell McEwan as a solo, sample-based project inspired by Scorn, later recruiting guitarist Kevin Hare and the addition of bass guitarist Graeme Leggate, they became the bastard offspring of early Swans meets Khanate. Utterly brutal doom with dual vocals and heavily repetitive riffs that just shatter your skull.
www.myspace.com/legionofblacksun 

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Cath & Phil Tyler

The beauty of Supersonic is that for every riff monger lurking on stage, there are always a number of hidden gems to discover that you would normally just pass on. Cath & Phil are just one of these fantastic finds. Avant folk with a nod to the more traditional folk scene, this is the kind of music that you would find at old American carnie performances while a parade of freaks dance in front of you. Sweet music with lyrics so disturbing even Slayer can’t touch em and in short an absolute treat.
www.myspace.com/cptyl

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Efterklang

A ten-piece band that uses a myriad of instruments to create a wholly original sound you can listen to on record all day long but never get a sense of how magical they are live. It’s chamber music but not as you know it. It’s upbeat and full of life with a sense of hope and optimism.
www.myspace.com/efterklang

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Fuck Buttons

This band have single handedly ushered in a new era of noise that is harsh but melodic with a danceable edge that still manages to be as disturbing as it is beautiful.
www.myspace.com/fuckbuttons

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Guapo

This is the soundtrack to some bizarre, Italian Giallo as played by intense young men with a history of playing in metal bands. They are really in a league of their own, this is very dark, brooding, avant metal that is hypnotic and intense yet full of melody, beautifully played and utterly mesmerising.
www.myspace.com/guapoband

 

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Harvey Milk

Original to the point of being unclassifiable Harvey Milk are straight-up, riff-rock tour-de-force replete with huge hooks, whiskey-and-cigarette vocals, whacked out guitar solos, and all the swagger and conviction a true rock record should have. Supersonic are very proud to have finally managed to bring these guys over to Europe, a nod of gratitude goes to Henry of Chunklet fame for making it all possible.
www.myspace.com/harveymilk

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Heatseekers

Wild, intense without pretense and fun without dumbing down. The freedom
and adventure of infinite possibilities and playing loud not just as a powertrip.
Members of a million bands including Trencher, Esquilax, Leopard Leg,
Drumize/Baka/Scotch Egg band, Doom Patrol, Polly Shang Kuan Band,
Gravepaintings, Queen Of Swords, Dream Dreams The Dreamer, Vard Ov Adv,
Universal Orders, Bloodlust and more.

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Justice Yeldham

What do shards of glass sound like if they are amplified using a piano transducer signal processors and the human voice? Well it is actually pretty hard to explain, but this is tonal noise that manages to be strangely melodic in between bursts of ear shredding terror. Sure to be a highlight, it has to be seen to be believed and once you believe, you’ll be amazed.
www.myspace.com/justiceyeldham

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Magnetophone

Flirt with standard song structures whilst keeping a heavy psychedelic rhythm and melancholy noise that transform them into spinning webs of texture.  Vigorous beats, wayward sounds and vocals are heavy with reverb while space echo treated flourishes combine to make them an enlightened, beautiful and captivating live experience.
www.myspace.com/magnetophone

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Noxagt

Norwegian dirge with nods to Ruins, Swans, and the odd touch of black metal. Although heavy they have a deftness of touch most bands playing this style of music lack. There is subtleness at work during their long song workouts and an almost jazz perspective to some of their low-end rumblings which means they are never less than exciting to hear.
www.myspace.com/noxagt

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Oren Ambarchi

A composer and multi-instrumentalist with longstanding interests in transcending conventional instrumental approaches. His work focuses mainly on the exploration of the guitar, which he manages to transform (with the help of a few Fx pedals and samplers) into a virtually unrecognizable instrument. Layers of spatial sound combine to create a beautiful haunting soundtrack that manages to be hypnotic, experimental and yet strangely melodic.
www.orenambarchi.com

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Oxbow

Intensive, confrontational, raw and uncompromising: four words I think of when someone mentions Eugene and the boys to me. Amazing jazz infused, Birthday Party style noise, they produce a live show where you never know what might happen, an element which is as exciting as it is scary. Eugene is unpredictable and unsettling as he prowls the stage looking for unsuspecting victims to terrify and pours his soul into the microphone creating something that is undeniably powerful.
www.myspace.com/theoxbow

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Sunday program

2.15 Thrill Jockey Archive
A grab-bag of music videos plucked from the vaults of Chicago’s Thrill Jockey records, including work by Fiery Furnaces, Tortoise, Tunng, Mouse on Mars and OOIOO.
www.thrilljockey.com

2.45 Existing Conditions, part one
A short series of films and talks presented by Eastside Projects, a new artist run space opening in Birmingham later this year.
www.eastsideprojects.org

Ivy Meet Mike (Mark Titchner, 2007)
Video work by the Turner-nominated artist, overlaying archive footage of Atomic bomb tests to create an orgasm-like release of energy.

File Under Sacred Music (Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, 2003)
London-based duo Forsyth and Pollard restaged the mythical 1978 gig played by the Cramps at Napa Mental Institute in California, and then created this blurred, grainy document of the event.

4.00 Talk/performance: Boys And Their Toys
Three presentations by sound artists with a common interest in modifying and repurposing musical instruments or music-making devices.

Yukio Fujimoto
This Osaka-based artist describes his interactive artworks as ‘philosophical toys’, using music-boxes, treated vinyl and electronic equipment to explore the way we receive music.
www.shugoarts.com

Brian Duffy
Through work with Modified Toy Orchestra and ZX Spectrum Orchestra, as well as his own circuit-bending practice, Duffy mines the hidden potential of redundant technology.
www.warmcircuit.com

In collaboration with Ikon

6.00 Performance: Pierre Bastien
French composer who built his own instruments from an early age; his Mecanium Orchestra was entirely made up of Meccano machines which play a range of instruments from around the world. Today Bastien presents a performance and installation as part of Vivid’s Flux-Fest season.
www.pierrebastien.com

In collaboration with Vivid

7.00 Nosferatu (dir: FW Murnau, Germany 1922)
A new live soundtrack to Murnau’s classic expressionist horror, written by Matthew Eaton (Pram, Micronormous) and Grandmaster Gareth (Misty’s Big Adventure) and performed alongside other members of Misty’s.
www.myspace.com/theshadowofthevampire

8.45 Existing Conditions, part two

The Limit (Laureana Toledo, 2005-8)
World premiere of a film about The Limit, a Mexican cover band formed by Laureana Toledo who only play songs from bands native to Sheffield; Def Leppard, The Human League, Joe Cocker, Pulp, ABC and The Arctic Monkeys. Based in Mexico City, Toledo is currently on a residency at Eastside Projects working on a project called Wanted: Bass Players Called John. (If you’re called John and play the bass, get in touch.)
www.eastsideprojects.org

9.45 Fantomas-Melvins Big Band
London, 2006. A unique coming-together of Mike Patton’s metal ‘supergroup’ Fantomas and big-haired sludge trio The Melvins, for one unique performance. Supersonic presents the first ever public screening of the live movie which emerged from the event, released on DVD this August with a commentary by none other than Danny DeVito.
www.southern.net

10.30 Kipple
Extra slices of video offal

11.00 Soft Focus
More highlights from the Vice interview series with Ian Svenonius asking the questions.
www.vbs.tv

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