The Bug vs Dylan Carlson

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It’s a collaboration that simply cannot be understated. Dylan Carlson and Kevin Martin are both long established figures presiding over the radical fringes of heavy music, holding the attention of curious minds and audiences for over twenty years worldwide. Carlson, the mainstay of Seattle’s Earth, has created a volume of daring work that originates in distorted drone and expands over cinematic Americana, folkloric balladry and proto-rock, whilst Martin (as The Bug, Techno Animal, Ice, King Midas Sound) gained notoriety producing hulking hyrbids of dancehall, dub and techno that are unparalleled in tactility and dark aggression. As The Bug vs Earth, they released Boa / Cold for Ninjatune in December (listen here), and it is with great pleasure we can announce that they will be performing together for the first time ever, especially for Supersonic Festival. Following this performance, The Bug shall be joined on stage by Flowdan to round up proceedings on Saturday night in style.

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Supersonic Commission: The Memory Band

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Supersonic Festival are delighted to be partnering with the British Library Sound Archive to create a new commission as part of the Capsule Labs, an artist development and commissioning scheme devised to create more opportunities for commissioning experimental, cross-disciplinary art.

Stephen Cracknell, founder of The Memory Band, has worked with selected material from the Library’s archive to create a new work, Children of the Stones  is intended as a sonic adventure into the strange heart of our haunted landscape. . Mixing archival recordings, natural and industrial sounds, traditional melodies and original field recordings alongside a new acoustic score, the performance will celebrate the strange, mysterious and playful relationship we have developed with the ancient and magical landscape we inhabit. The title is taken from Jeremy Burnham and Trevor Ray’s classic children’s television series set among the standing stones of Avebury. Since the time of antiquarians John Aubrey and William Stukeley the recording and surveyance of our prehistoric landscape and monuments has had a profound effect upon the modern British mind. In poetry, art and song this landscape has been a canvas onto which we have projected the very essence of how we see ourselves and the ghosts of those who came before us. From William Blake’s visionary Jerusalem to films such as David Rudkin’s Penda’s Fen it has been the backdrop to an exploration of the inherent spirituality of our Island and through the now well-documented folk-horror genre we have used that landscape to explore what lurks in the shadows of our collective identity. We are all children of the stones

Since 2003 The Memory Band has been mapping the mutant edgelands of British Folk music, where digital machinery and acoustic music combine to make traditional music from the future.

thememoryband.com/

To accompany the commission there will be a ltd edition seven inch record on sale containing audio from the performance. These will be hand cut (by Phil Macy) in an edition of 100 with a hand finished sleeve (designed by Ben Javens) on 500 micron charcoal card (in homage to the Folkways Library Sleeves) via Static Caravan Records.

The British Library is home to the nation’s sound archive, an extraordinary collection of over 6.5 million recordings of speech, music, wildlife and the environment, from the 1880s to the present day. It has recently launched the Save our Sounds programme which is a major digitisation project to preserve the nation’s sound heritage – read more here: www.bl.uk/projects/save-our-sounds

 

 

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A Folded Path – Circumstance

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A Folded Path – Circumstance
Fri 12 – Sat 13 June

Circumstance are bringing unique performance, A Folded Path to Birmingham as part of the Supersonic festival in partnership with BCMG. The performance invites the audience to become the city’s orchestra, creating soundscapes while walking on a choreographed journey through the streets.

A Folded Path is a pedestrian speaker symphony, a soundtrack for the city, carried through the streets by you, experienced by everyone it passes.
30 custom-built, location-sensitive portable loudspeakers create a stunning and evocative cinematic layer over the city streets, each playing a different element of the music circumstance have composed. One might be playing a voice, another a sweeping violin or glistening electronic tone.

The GPS position of the speaker causes different sections of the composition to be played, so the structure of the work resonates with the environments it passes through. The speakers are highly directional so the movement of the people within the group changes the acoustic relationship between them, the audience become the orchestra.

In small groups, you will take different routes through the city, coming together at points to create moments of harmony and resonance.

Booking info:
To book your free place email russell[at]capsule.org.uk with ‘A Folded Path’ in the title and the time slot you’d like. Each performance is for 30 participants only.

Friday: 7.45pm (SOLD OUT)
Saturday: 2.45pm and 5pm
The performance last about an hour and involves walking so please wear appropriate footwear.
The city centre location will be revealed on sign up

 

A Folded Path is a co-commission with BCMG
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group thrives on innovation and invention and is critically acclaimed for championing the most forward-looking music regionally, nationally and internationally.

 

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Racket

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Stryx are delighted to present Racket, our first appearance at Supersonic Festival and afternoon feast of noise, experimental and live sonic art offerings from a diverse roster of sound artists who utilise extraordinary objects and techniques to inform their practice.
Serving up a taste of some of Manchester and Birminghams’ most exciting sound artists, the bill includes; Graham Dunning, Sarah Farmer, Manoli Moriaty , Rosanne Robertson , David Birchall , Debbie Sharp with many of them participating on Saturday’s If Wet Salon.

Racket will be taking place on Sunday 1 June from 2pm at Stryx (Unit 13, Minerva Works, Fazeley Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 5RS) £4 entry on the door or £3 with Supersonic ticket.

www.stryx.co.uk
Stryx is an artist led studio, project and exhibition space in Digbeth, Birmingham.

Formed by Fine Art graduates in 2012, Stryx is formed of individual practitioners who work together to foster a diverse range of events, exhibitions and projects both in and outside their studio space. Furthermore, Stryx seeks to initiate and develop regional and national artistic collaborations in order to promote and strengthen an accessible and vibrant network of ideas and practices.

Stryx is run by Sophie Bullock, Aly Grimes, Karolina Korupczynska and Emma Leppington.

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Moonn

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That which is below is like that which is above that which is above is like that which is below to do the miracles of one only thing. And as all things have been arose from one by the awareness of one: so all things have their birth from this one thing by adaptation.
The Sun is its father, the moon its mother, the wind hath carried it in its belly, the earth its nurse.

A performance inspired by the Heavens Above, created by Mark Wagner and Sanna Charles of S&M and Conny Prantera, with the collaboration of Emiliano Maggi of Estasy, photographer Marko Righo and costume designers Kamellia McKayed and Gloria Carlos.

http://moonn.bandcamp.com/

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SONICritual

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To honour the occasion of Supersonic’s 10th anniversary and the recent discovery of the lost Festival of The Rea, the SOUNDkitchen collective will give a special performance of Earth Ears: A Sonic Ritual by Pauline Oliveros. Known for her ritualistic and meditative approach to sound and listening, Oliveros’ work invites performers and audience to engage in a Deep Listening experience.

For this performance each member of the collective will invoke one of the four classical elements Earth, Air, Fire and Water, central to ancient pagan practices and magic rituals. Each performer will reveal their sonic manifestation through musical actions, recorded representations and improvisation. Through collective expression and meditation we invite you to celebrate the spirit and history of the River Rea in Digbeth as an historic site of community, creativity and mystical energy.

SONICritual will be performed by: Iain Armstrong, Julien Guillamat, Shelly Knotts, Annie Mahtani. Sound engineer: James Carpenter

SOUNDkitchen are a collective of composers and sound artists dedicated to promoting artists working in the medium of sound. Their ongoing series of live events present emerging and established performers from Birmingham and beyond with a focus on current and emerging approaches to experimental electronic music. They also curate and create sound art installations and exhibits, initiate collaborative projects and give live performances.

http://soundkitchenuk.org

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ORE and KK Null

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ORE and KK NULL are delighted to announce a distinctive collaboration as part of Supersonic 2012.

In many ways, KK NULL’s collaboration with Lash Frenzy (with Sam on tuba) at Supersonic 2010 acted as a proof of concept for the amplified tuba sound of ORE, so it’s entirely fitting for Capsule to bring the two entities together this year. Better still, KK NULL and ORE have gelled so well in the early stages of working on this collaboration that they have also decided to release a limited CDr single together, which will be available at the festival.

They will be performing a specially-written piece together, culminating in a vast cacophony of sound. Be scared.

http://www.soundofore.com/

http://www.kknull.com/

This performance is one of a number of special collaborations taking place at the tenth edition of the festival.

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Oxbow Orchestra

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In advance of the world assault subsequent to the band OXBOW’s spring 2013 release of their long-awaited new record the THIN BLACK DUKE, there is this, the OXBOW ORCHESTRA. Strings, woodwinds, brass, operatic backing vocals and classically contained renderings of the OXBOW song book and featuring EUGENE S. ROBINSON and NIKO WENNER from OXBOW, the ORCHESTRA delivers songs new and old in a format unaccustomed to the blood and sweat of a typical OXBOW outing.
A textbook definition of ONCE IN A LIFETIME.

http://www.theoxbow.com/

This performance is one of a number of special collaborations taking place at the tenth edition of the festival.

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Lash Frenzy – Vir Heroicus Sublimis

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Lash Frenzy return to this year’s festival to present ‘Vir Heroicus Sublimis’. Celebrating a decade of Supersonic, Lash Frenzy will be taking inspiration from their own decade’s worth of performances and throwing them into a blender, along with your brain. Whatever comes out is whatever comes out, so expect everything and expect nothing.  All we know for sure is that there’s more than one person involved and less than 1000. Featuring members of Anaal Nathrackh, Beestung Lips, Benediction, Sally, Einstellung.

If you weren’t able to get in to the Lash Frenzy vs KK Null performance at Supersonic 2010, then make sure you don’t miss out twice!

This performance is one of a number of special collaborations taking place at the tenth edition of the festival.

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Ore

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Ore are a drone doom tuba group. The Sound of Ore can be heard where classical, experimental and metal musics engage. The material is rare; a synthesis of musical elements. Ore forge the power and depth of brass with the care of craftsmen. It is the sound of Birmingham: its industrial heritage, metal-working origins and creative innovation.

 

www.soundofore.com

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Alexander Tucker presents DORWYTCH CYCLE

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British experimental musician Alexander Tucker releases his Thrill Jockey debut Dorwytch in April 2011. This record breaks new ground for Tucker by combining minimalist string arrangements with electronic manipulations and drones to produce doom chamber-pop songs and psychedelic music-concrete collages.

Tucker’s sound has developed over the years since his first self-titled solo album, which featured acoustic finger-picking, experimental electronics and was released on Jackie O Motherfucker’s U-Sound Archives label. Three years in the making Dorwytch finds Tucker refining his song craft and introducing minimalist string movements that build into dense spiraling riffs around his distinct vocals. This album will beguile and entice the listener, placing Tucker at the forefront of the experimental pop landscape.

A very special performance at Supersonic Festival will see a performance of this new material matched with projections of films made specially for the event The performance is a extension of the Alexander Tucker visual world of hair beings and other worldly creatures.

http://www.myspace.com/alexanderdtucker

 

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Fire! with special guest Oren Ambarchi

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FIRE! is a high calibre allstar combo from Sweden featuring Mats Gustafsson from The Thing (saxophone/rhodes), Johan Berthling from Tape (bass) and Andreas Werliin from Wildbirds and Peacedrums (percussion), now with added firepower on this special run of dates courtesy of Australian drone lord and Sunn O)))/Gravetemple alumnus Oren Ambarchi (guitar/electronics). Their sound is a frenzy of monolithic rock textures, scorched electronics, kosmiche grooves and
an all-channels-open free jazz spirit, all amped up at blistering psychedelic voltage.

FIRE! released their debut album “You liked me five minutes ago” through Rune Grammofon in 2009. A new LP featuring Jim O’ Rourke on guitar is on the way. They keep good company and coax a sound that engulfs your expectations and stretches taut grooves into endless panned-out vistas and back.

http://www.earthwindand.com

This performance is presented in partnership with Birmingham Jazz

http://www.birminghamjazz.co.uk


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Eponymous

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Eponymous Andy Field

Somewhere there is a gig happening. A sweat-drenched heartbreaking gig. A set for the ages. There is dancing, and nodding heads, and the sound is loud and and the sound is dirty and the sound is mean and the sound is euphoric. But you are not at that gig. You are here. So, what can we do about that?

Eponymous is about being an audience, whether the band are there or not. It might involve your imagination. It might involve standing up.
Andy Field is a performance maker, creating strange events in unusual places including audio walks, sound installations, festivals of imaginary events, pervasive games, miniature reenactments and one-on-one hazing rituals.

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Black Sun Drum Corps

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The Corps was founded by Drum Major Major Russell McEwan as an extension of Glaswegian subterranean metallers Black Sun. A mix of Scottish Highland pipe band imagery with industrial and tribal rhythms; Russell McEwan will be leading a percussion parade through the festival site. A mix of Supersonic Festival performers and audience members will be contributing percussion, creating a visceral and live massed drumming experience.

http://www.myspace.com/legionofblacksun

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Breach

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The ‘Breach’ project is a series of live performances for voice and prepared sound.

One of the founding members of Napalm Death, and Scorn Nicholas Bullen was responsible for the invention of the Grindcores throat-shredding growls, Developed as a demonstrative companion to a text piece focused on strategies for ‘silencing’ language, the live performances utilise the human voice as a medium for exploring ways in which the voice itself can be used to undermine the codes which govern discourse.Multiple microphones, live sampling and electronic processing are used to capture, layer and transform the voice: breath, whispers, glottal tics, snarls, growls, wails and cries become a shifting soundfield of immersive drones, radiator vibrations, rhythmic pulses and shards of noise denuded of linguistic content.

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Khyam Allami & Master Musicians of Bukkake present: Bosphorean

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Master Musicians of Bukkake and Khyam Allami are excited and pleased to bring to the stage a very special collaboration debuting at this year’s Supersonic Festival, Bosphorean. Taking its name from the Bosphorus Straight that divides East and West, Europe and Asia, Bosphorean is steeped in exploring the musical schisms and mythology of the divide. Bosphorean will encompass the psyched out bliss and sonic spectacle of Master Musicians of Bukkake with the sublime Oud playing of Iraqi musician Khyam Allami. Expect forays into Turkish influenced fuzz rock, Desert motorik pulsations and the subtlety of Eastern tinged psyche folk. Khyam’s Oud teamed with the 7 piece out rock unit of Master Musicians of Bukkake. This will be a very special performance that should not be missed! This performance will feature original music composed by both elements of the collaboration and one original piece composed for the group by Seattle Composer and Persian vocalist Jessika Kenney.

http://www.myspace.com/khyamallami
http://www.myspace.com/mastermusiciansofbukkake

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Lash Frenzy vs KK Null

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[jwplayer config=”audio sidebar” playlistid=”1267″]This performance is brought to you by KK Null (Zeni Geva) and Lash Frenzy(Einstellung). KK Null needs no real introduction; regarded as a pioneer ofthe experimental scene by the likes of Sonic Youth and Merzbow, what else is there to say? Lash Frenzy is Andrew Moscardo-Parker’s  sound art guise. A blatant disregard to narrative and structure combined with solid walls of sound has seen Lash Frenzy share the stage with the likes of Earth and Melt Banana. For this performance the ‘Lash Frenzy Big Band’, will be joined by Torque, Mort the Sonic and Mr Underwood (Glatze).

http://www.kknull.com/

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This performance is supported by Japan Foundation

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Pierre Bastien + Male Instrumenty

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Enter the tiny musical world of Pierre Bastien and Małe Instrumenty. French composer and surrealist inventor Pierre Bastien has been building musical machinery since the 1970s and has worked with artists as diverse as Robert Wyatt and Issey Miyake.  His delicate, minimal music created from meccano and pocket trumpet has delighted audiences worldwide. Sharing the bill is Małe Instrumenty, a fantastic five piece orchestra of toys and small instruments from Wrocław, Poland.

http://www.pierrebastien.com/

http://smallinstruments.com/

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People Like Us

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Since 1991 Vicki Bennett has been making CDs, radio, and A/V multimedia under the name People Like Us. By animating and recontextualising found footage collages Vicki gives an equally witty and dark view of popular culture with a surrealistic edge.

www.peoplelikeus.org

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Dialed In

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Dialed In – Bobby Previte vs VJ Benton-C Bainbridge (US)

Bobby Previte maverick and electrifying drum style has won him accolades and respect from the rock and jazz world and this unique project joins him with Visual  Jockey VJ Benton-C Bainbridge creating a live improvised audio visual experience. A prolific performer New Yorker Previte has played concert venues such a Lincoln Center and the New York EMPAC. Previte triggers every sound with live- no loops, no laptops and no overdubbing. VJ Benton-C paints with light, spilling off the screen and onto the performers. Using obsolete and forgotten technology scavenged from the tech dump, Benton-C warps video into strange shapes not seen since Electric Company, while Previte whips sonic fragments into powerful songs.
 
This eclectic  project will have you mesmerised and their performance at Supersonic 2009 will be the only UK date.
 
Previte’s records often sound like soundtracks to an imaginary movie, with a multiplicity of characters, an enigmatic story line, and no particular axe to grind.” — The Penguin Guide

Fantastic video images by Benton-C Bainbridge depicted suspended human figures, floating abstract patterns, looming godlike figures and flickering city buildings.” — NY Times
 
www.bobbyprevite.com
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This performance is presented in collaboration with Birmingham Jazz & Supersonic Festival.
Birmingham Jazz is a promoting organisation and development agency which presents and commissions around 100 contemporary jazz in the city on a year-round basis.
For more information the full programme go to www.birminghamjazz.co.uk

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Pram/Filmficcones – Shadow Shows: An Experiment in Surreal Horror

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FULLY BOOK NOW – Apologies

With split screens, 16mm projections and incorporating the techniques of early cinema, Filmficciones dark collages are stalked by a special live performance by Pram, creating an eerie musical nightmare – think creepy Victoriana, tropical analogue and tumbledown funk.
www.myspace.com/pushthepram

This unique collabortaion premieres at Supersonic & takes place on Sunday 26th
Places are limited in a seated theatre space – you must book in advance by emailing info[at]capsule.org.uk with ‘Pram‘ in the title – this is free to weekend & Sunday ticket holders only!
FULLY BOOK NOW – Apologies

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Chris Herbert

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Chris Herbert – UK
Chris Herbert lives and works in Birmingham, UK. He is inspired by urban field recordings, a neon-drenched world of darkness and rainfall, mis-judged glances and rude altercations – this is a sub-aquatic soundtrack to the underbelly of city living.

Making music in a vacuum and with decidedly low-tech methods, Chris’s pieces are improvised intuitively leaving just a trace of melody or the implication of rhythm. A swampy, gaseous, and even dirty, crumpled sound that embraces the ambiguity of faraway broadcasts. Clouded, melancholic music of indistinct color.

Recording for kranky, live performances are rare. Chris will be accompanied at Supersonic with visuals by Dom Murphy.

www.myspace.com/chrisherbert

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Tim Wright AV performance

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Tim Wright – UK
Tim Wright is a musician, composer and video artist based in York. He is perhaps best known as a producer of peculiarly individual electronic dance music released under his own name and the pseudonym Tube Jerk. His music has been released by some of the key labels in the field including Tresor, Novamute, Sativae and GPR. His recordings in the early 1990s as Germ for GPR are considered to have been pioneering in the then nascent IDM scene. Innovative and uncompromising, surreal and often disorientating, Germ offered glimpses of possible musical futures which have never been fully realised.
In recent years Tim has in some respects returned to his experimental roots and has been exploring generative and algorithmic approaches to audio visual composition.
http://www.myspace.com/tubejerk

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