Drift ft. Kyoka / Grischa Lichtenberger / YTAC

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We are pleased to announce the third Outlands commission in partnership with Supersonic Festival comes to Vivid Projects Friday 9th November 2018!

Fusing heavy electronics, hypno-chaotic grooves and pristine frequency control within a unique, audio-visual environment, #DRIFT ft. #KYOKA / GRISCHA LICHTENBERGER / #YTAC sets forth an intoxicating, hyper-sensory experience.

Part club, part installation, part immersive environment, DRIFT takes shape within a specially constructed space, where motion sensors and microphones monitor the room, the crowd and the performers. The observations are fed to a central ‘brain’, which responds by projecting fevered machine-dreams back onto people and walls – the audience and the performance influence the visuals; feedback ensues, chaos builds. Inside this generated environment, artists Kyoka and Grischa Lichtenberger from acclaimed German electronic music record label Raster will diffuse their visions of experimental dancefloors.

Tour support comes from YTAC a key figure of the shady EIS HAUS collective and the newest signing to Glasgow record label Numbers.

DRIFT technologists wetgenes will be facilitating workshops in the weeks leading up to the UK Tour, shining a light on the artistic and technological processes within the live performance. More info to follow.

 

 

DRIFT is an immersive environment developed in collaboration by feral games developers and digital art technologists wetgenes and Fuse Art Space. Now in its second build version following an original commission by the British Science Festival in 2014, the system is housed within a specially constructed reflective enclosure inside which motion sensors and mics monitor the room, the crowd, the performers, feeding audio and visual observations to an array of processors. The array converts the data to graphics, projecting the output back onto the walls and people. Thus blurring the boundaries between the conventional stage and audience thresholds.

 

Berlin-based composer/producer Kyoka grew up in Japan, learning piano, flute and shamisen [a three-stringed traditional Japanese instrument] during her childhood and is known for her direct, chaotic musical approach and heavy-rough sound, resulting in a broken pop-beat with experimental yet danceable rhythms. Whilst recording radio shows to cassette, she became attracted by the possibilities of manipulating tape and soon began to use the tape recorder as her toy, cutting, editing and producing her first rough sounds. In 1999, she started to explore the potential of synths/computers, and in 2008, her first mini-album “ufunfunfufu” was released on the onpa))))) label, followed by »2ufunfunfufu« in 2009 and »3ufunfunfufu« as an exclusively digital release. She joined the raster-noton stable in 2012, and has progressed to become one of the most exciting, individual and original artists on the label.

 

Grischa Lichtenberger is an electronic music producer, visual and installation artist living in Berlin. Raised on a remote farm near Bielefeld, Grischa’s aesthetic developed from surveying the landscape – not only as a picturesque recreational facility, but as an interaction between the traces of history and the present surroundings. The aggressive tone in his sound design is countered by an emotional depth of the music which observes the introspective moods on the dancefloor and unsettling contemplations in an intimate listening situation. Tumbling between funky, highly energetic beats and trembling melodies, an almost tactile honesty reaches out to the individual listener.

 

YTAC is the incendiary club electronics project of James Birchall, aka Rough Fields. His first bass-heavy percussion experiments appeared on the Bomb Shop label in 2010; by 2016 YTAC’s rave-centric workouts were being launched at high altitude EIS HAUS parties along the mountainous France/Spain border, and formed the first releases on the EIS HAUS label.

 

Raster is a platform and international network for progressive electronic music that overlaps the border areas of pop, art and science. One half of former German electronic music record label »raster-noton« established in 1999, Raster brings artists Grischa Lichtenberger and Kyoka from their roster to DRIFT.

 

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Friday 12 June – Vivid Projects 18:00pm

Diatribes are a Geneva based duo comprising Cyril Bondi and d’incise. They perform percussion, found objects and live electronics. Their work is an exploration of simplification and rational rituality, formed by strict sonic or structural principles. Typically their music features highly detailed textures, repeated gestures, soft tones, febrile pulses and acoustic hyper-sensibility.

The duo is currently presenting two new pieces based on the deconstruction of old Jamaican dub tunes, in an attempt to reinterpret this musical heritage and some of its trade marks in an very conceptual, electroacoustic and minimalist way.

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I DON’T FEEL AT HOME IN THIS WORLD ANYMORE

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Film, stories & images from the Mississippi Records and Alan Lomax archive

A film, music and aural presentation by Eric Isaacson of Mississippi Records, Portland, USA. Featuring archival film, images & stories spanning 1890 to the present day, illustrating Eric’s own special history of underground music movements and bonafide individuals. The live footage performances are culled from rarely seen film shot during Alan Lomax’s North American travels between 1978 to 1985 and Mississippi Record’s own enormous library of folk blues, gospel, esoteric, international & punk music.

 

The endless cycle of conflict and incident that exists between the subterranean and marginalised music scenes and the mainstream music industry will be explored by Eric without using language or images associated with simplified boring dogma, slogan chanting or political rhetoric. Mississippi Records, in a short time, has bypassed most antiquated record label conventions and has, through a few guiding principles and great taste, gained cult status, lots of sales and love and praise from all quarters.


The core footage from the moving image show will feature video footage from the 400 hours shot by Alan Lomax between 1978 & 1985 (an era that seems to have been overlooked by archivists). Highlights include the first R.L. Burnside moving image, Skip James’ buddy Jack Owens, Otha Turner leading the Rising Star Fife & Drum Band at one of his picnics, Boyd & Ruth May Rivers, the Hicks and Proffitt families of Beech Mountain, North Carolina (from whom the song “Tom Dooley” originally came), Quad-Split camera footage of the 1982 Holly Springs Sacred Harp Convention, a funeral parade with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, the Pretty White Eagle Mardi Gras Indians, Ernie K-Doe at Winnie’s in New Orleans, One String guitar playing, breakdancing & much more. This footage is remarkable because it shows folk cultures in full blossom during a time when pretty much no one gave a damn about them & barely anyone was bothering to record them. As is always the case with vibrant cultures, the blues, country, folk & jazz that Lomax was filming was rapidly mutating to fit the times, so the footage has a feel very contemporary to the late 1970s & early 1980s, yet it is very foreign to our popular mass culture image of what was happening during that period.

 

Beyond the Lomax footage there will be rare film of musicians associated with the Mississippi Records label such as one man band Abner Jay, angel channeling Bishop Perry Tillis, Rev. Louis Overstreet & his four sons, legendary folk singer Michael Hurley & many more. Each film segment will be introduced with brief stories about the musicians. There will also be a short slide show that tells the story of the underground music industry & Mississippi Records.

 

Mississippi Records has produced over 150 releases on LP & 100 releases on cassette tape that crisscross’s borders, digging up joyous albums, singles and unheard songs and sounds that where being left under the bed, out in the shed and unloved by most record companies. They have managed to do this on a shoestring budget, without ever advertising or engaging in promotion of any kind & distributing only through DIY avenues. Among it’s catalogue you can find Fred McDowell, Mahmoud Ahmed, Irma Thomas, Dog Faced Hermans, George “Bongo Joe” Coleman, Kleenex/Liliput, The Georgia Sea Island Singers, The Clean, Alamayahu Eshete, Dead Moon, Clara Rockmore, The Ex, Washington Phillips, Philip Cohran & The Artistic Heritage Ensemble, G.I. Gurdjieff and boxes full killer comps as well as artists like Marisa Anderson, Peter Buck and Michael Hurley.

‘The Lomax footage is being provided by the Association for Cultural Equity as part of their continuing effort to make important cultural information available to all who seek it.’

This event is produced in partnership with Vivid Projects and will be presented at their new space:

16 Minerva Works
158 Fazeley Street
Digbeth, Birmingham
B5 5RS

www.vividprojects.org.uk

Tour preview:

Mississippi Records Tour Preview Film from plastic shaman on Vimeo.

 

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