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Asmus Tietchens will play a number of concerts in Switzerland and Italy in early March 2017. Here are the dates for this mini tour:
02.03.2017: Grölle pass: projects, Wuppertal/GER, https://www.facebook.com/events/376117222768151/
05.03.2017: Le Singe, Biel/CH, www.lesinge.ch
06.03.2017: Auditorium San Fedele, Milano/IT, http://www.centrosanfedele.net/easyne2/musica/inner-spaces-8/
08.03.2017: Superbudda, Torino/IT, www.superbudda.com
09.03.2017: @Container, Wunderkammer Glattpark, Zürich/CH, wunderkammer-glattpark.ch

There will be an experimental DJ set before and after the concerts by DJ Zipo [aufabwegen] on each night, except for the date in Milano. Also, there will be an aufabwegen record stall at all events. For the first time available will be the new collaboration between Fabio Perletta & Asmus Tietchens, entitled Deflection.

aufabwegen special at dublab.de

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Till Kniola was invited into the October edition of the regular a-musik programme at dublab.de radio to give a little introduction and overview of the aufabwegen label. In the second hour of the programme he talked about the recent aufabwegen50 – ausgewaehlte geraeusche anniversary compilation release and detailed the evolution of the aufabwegen label. He played selected bits and pieces from the aufabwegen label catalogue. Here is the playlist:

21:00 – 22:00 Uhr Auf Abwegen
Column One, Die Damenschneiderin (V.A., aufabwegen50 – ausgewählte geräusche 2CD / aufabwegen)
licht-ung, auf der suche nach dem verlorenen wort (V.A., aufabwegen50 – ausgewählte geräusche 2CD / aufabwegen)
Evapori, Plane (V.A., aufabwegen50 – ausgewählte geräusche 2CD / aufabwegen)
Artificial Memory Trace, Conche pt. 1 (Tidal CD / aufabwegen)
Asmus Tietchens, Humoreske 1 (Humoresken und Vektoren CD / aufabwegen)
Seth Nehil, Gap (Bounds LP / aufabwegen)
Cranioclast, 76, 10 S, 106, 54 W (V.A., aufabwegen50 – ausgewählte geräusche 2CD / aufabwegen)
MOHR, More Than Six Seconds (V.A., aufabwegen50 – ausgewählte geräusche 2CD / aufabwegen)
Aalfang mit Pferdekopf, Fragen Sie Ralf Ziervogel (V.A., aufabwegen50 – ausgewählte geräusche 2CD / aufabwegen)
Konrad Kraft, 4quadrat (Quadrat LP / aufabwegen )
Marc Behrens, Animistic (for Donatella) (Animistic (for Donatella) CD / aufabwegen)

The whole programme is archived at dublab.de; the aufabwegen special runs in the second hour. Listen to it here:
http://dublab.de/broadcast/a-musik-radioshow-oktober-2016/

Thanks to Wolfgang Brauneis for inviting aufabwegen! Foto by Frank Dommert.

 

Geräuschwelten festival 2016

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07.-08.05.2016
aufabwegen presents:
– Geräuschwelten Festival 2016 –

07.05.2016, 20.00h
Concerts by:
Fovea Hex (Ireland/UK)
Lucrecia Dalt (CO)
Hitoshi Kojo (JP)

08.05.2016, 18.00h (!)
Concerts by:
TAGC (The Anti Group) (UK)
BJNilsen (SE)
Kallabris (D)
Roel Meelkop (NL)

price per night: 15,00 EUR, 2-day festival ticket: 25,00 EUR
concert venue:
Black Box/cuba-cultur, Achtermannstr. 12, 48143 Münster, Germany
Tickets on the door or in presale via zipo [ at ] aufabwegen . com

PLUS:
Sound installation “sweep” by Simon Whetham
Cuba-Cultur-Foyer, Achtermannstr. 12, 48143 Münster
Running from 06.-29.05.2016, 10-21 Uhr
Opening with a free concert by Simon Whetham: 06.05.2016, 19.00h

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ARTIST BIOS:

FOVEA HEX

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PLEASE NOTE:
For the special one-off concert in Münster the FOVEA HEX line up will consist of Clodagh Simonds and Michael Begg, mixed by Colin Potter.

Fovea Hex are one of the most intriguing phenomena in contemporary music. Despite the seemingly wilful nonchalance that has kept them under the radar so far Clodagh Simonds visionary ensemble has nevertheless developed an enviable cult status both in Europe and the United States, have performed at the personal invitation of David Lynch in the gardens of the Cartier Foundation in Paris and have attracted the free and willing participation of a genre and generation hopping rollcall of A-list luminaries including Brian Eno, Robert Fripp, Carter Burwell, Donal Lunny, and Steven Wilson, as well as a who’s who of the electronic avant-garde including Roger Doyle, the Hafler Trio, William Basinski, Colin Potter and Michael Begg.

The frequently claimed “impossible to categorise” tag applies well to Fovea Hex. The songs are dominated by a voice that’s too strong to be deigned ethereal, but remains too otherworldly to file alongside more conventional female singer-songwriters. The pace tends to be languid, the arrangements intricate and fragile. Comparisons have been made to This Mortal Coil, Emily Dickinson, Nico, Dead Can Dance, and even Schubert, but really this music is quite unique, a mix of electronic and acoustic sounds from a palette which ranges from state-of-art to ancient and arcane.
As Drew Daniels of Matmos observed “The starlit nocturnes of Fovea Hex bind electronics, drones and voices into song-spells that are untimely in the best possible sense; their intimacy and raw emotional power feel centuries old, but the experimental sound-design can be shockingly modern.”
The shape-shifting nature of Fovea Hex has seen the ensemble assume a variety of performance formats. For this concert, the outfit has been boiled to a rich, intimate reduction of Clodagh Simonds, Michael Begg and Colin Potter
Photo: Fovea Hex

www.janetrecords.com
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PERFORMING ON MAY 7th.


LUCRECIA DALT

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Lucrecia Dalt dove into music full-time after working as a civil engineer in Colombia – her pursuit of avant-garde sound brought her to Spain and then to Germany, where she currently resides. While highly technical, Dalt’s music still maintains a quantity of emotionality, merging accessible, melody with abstract structures, handcrafted effects and sampling.
In recent years, Dalt has collaborated with Berlin’s F.S. Blumm, Barbara Morgenstern, Gudrun Gut, L.A.-based musician Julia Holter and most recently with the group comprised of Rashad Becker, Charlotte Collin, Lucrecia Dalt, Laurel Halo, Julia Holter, Kohei Matsunaga (a.k.a. NHK’Koyxen), and Grégoire Simon for a telepathic collaboration.
After several underground releases, in 2012 Dalt debuted her first LP, Commotus, on Berlin-based Human Ear Music, a label known for backing genre-bending experimentalists Ariel Pink, Nite Jewel, Julia Holter – the title of the album fittingly translates to “woken”, “agitated” or “disturbed”, reflecting the music’s ability to seamlessly, almost-cinematically shift in mood, from minimal and ethereal to multi- layered and wild. Dalt stuck with the label for 2013′s Syzygy, a record that dwells in melancholy, assaulting listeners with unfamiliar electronics. Rhythms hammer into the slabs of sound with precision, sequenced tones aggressively stamp indentations into the stiff frame. In 2014 she releases the self-titled EP on Nicolas Jaar imprint “Other People”, following and expanding upon the line of thought put forward in her 2013 album Syzygy, Lucrecia Dalt ends in a place familiar, yet noticeably different. Its two tracks, ‘Esotro’ and ‘Veta’, continually defy expectation — haunting vocal ballads that trickle into clouds of white noise — but for an acquainted listener that won’t surprise. In 2015 Lucrecia is set to release her upcoming LP on the berlin-based label Care of Editions as part of a scholarship granted by Music Board Berlin. This LP is the result of working in music which engages the history of modern filmmaking in Germany and build upon an ongoing technique used in her work, which is to provoke some entanglement between the emotional dynamic experienced during the viewing of a film, and what is experienced during the music production process.
Photo: Françoise Bolechowski
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PERFORMING ON MAY 7th.

HITOSHI KOJO

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Hitoshi Kojo is a Japanese sound-painter who currently lives in Belgium.

He has been working with multiple media – music composition, installation, performance, painting, sculpture, video, photo and those mixtures.
The extensive activities are based on his animistic sensitivity that all the matters and the spaces have their own memories.
Touching the objects, Talking to animals and plants, Resonating with atmosphere in the space. Such daily activities since the childhood are the basis of his works.

Since the move to Europe in 2004, the sound works such as making compositions, concerts, recordings have been placing more weight than other activities.
His sound works are typically formed by dense layers of textures and tones, that are carefully arranged in the space.
The sound of nature, noise, voice, instruments, etc. all the sounds are equally treated, and become elements to forming a molecular harmony in the sonic space that presents micro and macro-scape at the same time.
His music physically osmoses into the body of listeners and makes continuous fluctuations to their physical barrier. In that sense, the listeners can become a part of the sonic universe while listening to it.
Therefore he does not consider his recording only as a piece of composition nor as a document of a work, but also as a prepared material that can unfold a sound installation in any location.

His sound compositions have been released by experimental music labels such as Drone Records (Germany), Mystery Sea (Belgium), Kaon, Taâlem (France), Helen Scarsdale Agency, Alluvial Recordings, Olde English Spelling Bee, Peasant Magik (USA), etc, as well as his own label Octpia (until 2006) and omnimemento.
Several compositions were released by aliases, mostly as Spiracle until 2010.
Photo: Hitoshi Kojo
www.omnimemento.com/kojo/

PERFORMING ON MAY 7th.

TAGC (The Anti Group)

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TAGC – THE PARADIGM OF INFINITE POSSIBILITIES
By Dir A Newton
TAGC are not affiliated to any one system of philosophy or epistemological paradigm or occult fraternity but are open more to individual systems and innovative thinkers. Science, Art, Music Sonology, Visual Arts, Literature, Research & Publication are its main areas of focus. Our aim is to highlight and discover new connections and correspondences between systems of thought and the systems of technics similar to Bernard Stiegler’s concept of technics which has emerged recently as an important contribution to studies of the relation between technology, time and the human spirit, by exploring the possibilities of the technology of spirit, to bring forth a new “life of the mind”.
The original idea for the Anti Group was devised by A. Newton & S.J. Turner (R.I.P) as early as 1978, with the intention of the formation of a multi-dimensional research & development project active in many related areas. Strictly speaking TAGC are not a group, but a variable collection of individuals contributing under invitation.
Underlining this basic idea lays the deeper philosophical and theoretical work of TAGC; the C derived from Communications and to also infer the DNA code of genetics. The primary concern of TAGC is the systematic research and development and documentation and the expansion of the connections and concepts that are explored and experimented within the fabric of sound, and its theoretical possibilities and its advancement. Also the expansion of Consciousness wether via applied use of computers and audio-visual technology or via arcane systems of Magick or other Occult or esoteric sciences.
In the Occult field of study the work and ideas of such individual thinkers such as Kenneth Grant, Beverly Randolph Paschel, Micheal Bertiaux and Jack Marvel Whiteside Parsons have been a focus, but the areas of investigation are not restricted to esoteric or occult fields. As an audio visual and research organization the role of TAGC is within several practional areas, and from very early in the formational period of TAGC the application of Psychophysics and the development and the use of frequencies and Psychoacoustics, exploring the theoretical ideas of Harry Grindal Mathews, Vladimir Gavreau Gustave Fechnor et al, have been engaged upon.
Photo: Gabriel Edvy
www.anteriorresearch.com

PERFORMING ON MAY 8th

BJNILSEN

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BJ Nilsen (b.1975) is a Swedish composer and sound artist based in Amsterdam.
His work is primarily focused on the sound of nature and its effects on humans. His two latest solo albums was released by Touch; Eye Of The Microphone (2013) – a personal audio rendition based on the sound of London – and The Invisible City (2010), have explored the urban acoustic realm. unearthed (2015) – an audiovisual production exploring the industrial soundscapes of north Norway and Russia, together with filmmaker Karl Lemieux and commissioned by Sonic Acts. He has collaborated with Chris Watson on Storm and Wind, released by Touch (2006, 2001). His original scores, sound design and soundtracks have featured in theatre, dance, and film, including Microtopia and Test Site (2013, 2010, dir. Jesper Wachtmeister), Enter the Void (2010, dir. Gaspar Noé), and, in collaboration with Jóhann Jóhannsson, I am here (2014, dir. Anders Morgenthaler) and Sicario (2015, dir. Denis Villeneuve. DTLA (2015) a 16 channel sound installation based on the soundscape of downtown Los Angeles, commissioned by The Broad Museum. Participant in the freq_out sound collective. Co-editor of the publication The Acoustic City (2014, jovis verlag) together with Matthew Gandy – a compilation of essays focusing on sound in an urban context enabled by The Leverhulme Trust.
Photo: Hiyeon Kim
www.bjnilsen.com

PERFORMING ON MAY 8th

KALLABRIS

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Since the mid 80s Kallabris has been musically active, at least from time to time. However, most of the time it was rather passive – or active only in a very casual sense of ‘active.’ Its music has been described as electro-acoustic chamber music, which should be taken literally and not as an art-tag. Neither art nor tags are part of Kallabris’ interest. Even though Kallabris’ interest has changed through the active and passive years, there has always been one corner-stone: simplicity. Unfortunately, ‘simplicity’ is a term not easily defined. Simple ontologies may ask for complex theories, and simple theories usually require complex ontologies. But even worse: the simplest solution very often means hard work and good craftsmanship. Attributes, no-one in his right mind would dare to predicate to Kallabris, even though Kallabris believes in the completeness of first-order logic (including existence) and, thus, is fully aware that attributions of this kind are justifiable.
Kallabris has sometimes been identified with a person called Michael Anacker. No entity without identity, says scholastic metaphysics. But Kallabris is no entity, nor is Kallabris a person. Thus, we conclude, this identification is only a marketing trick.
Photo: Dr. Ariane Eckregen
www.kallabris.de

PERFORMING ON MAY 8th

ROEL MEELKOP

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Roel Meelkop (1963) studied visual arts and art theory at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. During a post-graduate course at the same academy he decided to dedicate his work to sound and music. His musical activities date back to the early eighties when he started THU20, together with Jac van Bussel, Peter Duimelinks, Jos Smolders and Guido Doesborg. THU20 have released several tapes and CD’s and performed regularly in Europe. The working method of THU20 included many discussions about how to compose and why. This period was crucial in forming Meelkop’s ideas and concepts about sound and how to organise it, but it was not until the mid nineties that he was able to fully realise these ideas. The purchase of a sampler and later a computer radically changed his possibilities of working with sound, offering infinitely more control and freedom. Since then he has worked steadily on a body of work, most of which was recieved enthusiastically in the small but dedicated world of sound art. His other activities include working with Kapotte Muziek and GOEM and organising sound events, mostly in Rotterdam. Aside from releases, Meelkop also creates site-specific sound installations and performance pieces in collaboration with other artists. In the last couple of years he has focussed more on collaborations with other musicians and (visual) artists. One particular collaboration is with Frans de Waard, also known from Kapotte Muziek and GOEM. They now work together as Wieman, a project that combines all their musical interests, from noise to classic, from pop to avantgarde, from improv to composed.
Photo: Roel Meelkop
http://www.outside-sounds.com/roel-meelkop/


SIMON WHETHAM

06.05.2016, 19.00h
Free concert by Simon Whetham and opening of Simon Whetham’s sound installation “sweep”.

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‘Sweep’ 2015
Found objects, microphones, transducers – dimensions variable.

Initially conceived for ‘The Windswept Plain’ residency group exhibition for Iksan Creation Center, 5-14 August 2015 at Art Space of Jeollabukdo Provincial Government, Jeonju, South Korea.

Commissioned to exhibit work for the exhibition, Simon Whetham took the title of the show as inspiration for this installation. The title ‘Sweep’ here also refers to the dustpans used as sound makers and also the movement of the fan.
Oscillating fans are ubiquitous in restaurants, homes and other spaces in South Korea, as compared to the UK and other countries Whetham has worked in. The force of air from the fans is transformed into vibration with the use of transducers and found objects, creating sound from the object itself. This is a literal translation of transducing, converting energy to another form.

Simon Whetham – Biography 2016

Over the past decade Simon Whetham has developed a practice of working with sound recordings as a raw material for composition and performance. These are often environmental sounds he has captured employing a variety of methods and techniques, in order to obtain discreet or obscured sonic phenomena. More recently, when presenting work in a performance or installation, for him the space and the objects within become instruments to be played.
Simon has a number of works published through labels including Crónica (PT), Line (USA), Baskaru (FR) and Helen Scarsdale Agency (USA); performed extensively internationally (most recently Iceland, South Korea, Japan, Malaysia); collaborated with musicians, performance artists, painters, video artists and dancers; given listening and field recording workshops in UK, Estonia, Colombia, Chile and Australia; and received a large number of commissions and awards for projects and installations – most notably for curating the collaborative project ‘Active Crossover’.
The most recent iteration of the project was hosted by MoKS in Mooste, Estonia and supported by the Artists International Development Grant from the British Council and Arts Council England. For two months Simon and MoKS directors Evelyn and John Grzinich were joined by a further 12 international artists in sonic investigation, discussion and creation of new working relationships.
Previously supported Arts Council England and PRS for Music Foundation, the project has toured in the UK, and been hosted in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Germany, Norway and Australia.
In a further development of Simon’s practice, he has given workshops for groups of children and young people. This began with the participation in the project RED de Artes Visuales in Medellín, Colombia in 2013, and has led to workshop sessions with children in Norway, Australia and South Korea, and with unaccompanied minors in a refugee camp in Munich, Germany.
Photo: Kim JaeYoung
www.simonwhetham.co.uk

The sound installation will be running from 06.-29.05.2016 in the Cuba-Cultur-Foyer. It is part of the project “Hör Spiel”.

Projekt Hör–Spiel, gefördert von Ministerium für Familie, Kinder, Jugend, Kultur und Sport des Landes NRW, Kulturamt der Stadt Münster und Sparkasse Münsterland-Ost.

Geräuschwelten festival 2015

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07.-08.02.2015
aufabwegen präsentiert:
– Geräuschwelten Festival 2015 –

07.02.2015, ab 20.00h
Konzerte von:
Compound Eye (US/UK)
Elodie [Timo van Luijk + Andrew Chalk] (B/UK)
Artificial Memory Trace (CZ)

08.02.2015, ab 18.00h
Konzerte von:
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Giuseppe Ielasi (I)
Marc Behrens (D)

price per night: 12,00 EUR, 2-day festival ticket: 20,00 EUR
concert venue:
Black Box/cuba-cultur, Achtermannstr. 12, 48143 Münster, Germany
Tickets an der Abendkasse oder im Vorverkauf unter
www.aufabwegen.de

PLUS:
07.02.2015, 15.00h und 08.02.2015, 12.00h
Münster Sound Walks – Hörspaziergänge durch Münster
Kuratiert von Ross Parfitt & Jennifer Iker
Treffpunkt für die Soundwalks: An der Skulptur ‘BIT.REFLECTION’ von Julius Popp, Warendorfer Str. 2, 48145 Münster
Teilnahme kostenlos, begrenzte Teilnehmerzahl, Anmeldung erforderlich.
Anmeldung unter: zipo@aufabwegen.com oder: 0177-8251684 (Till Kniola)

Klanginstallation von Kallabris
Cuba-Cultur-Foyer, Achtermannstr. 12, 48143 Münster
Geöffnet 07.-13.02.2015, 10-21 Uhr

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COMPOUND EYE (US/UK)

Compound Eye is Drew McDowall (formerly of Coil) and Tres Warren (Psychic Ills and Messages).
‘Journey From Anywhere’ is their second long-player release following ‘Origin of Silence’, an art edition LP on The Spring Press label.  This double lp features 4 sides of improvised electronics that lead the listener into the dark recesses of the duo’s subterranean explorations.  Each of these works move at a slow and considered pace, gradually unfolding into a transportive blur of dark psychedelic minimalism.
Like elements of Coil long form works this is a music which has the potential to melt time, open space and create a flowing web of liquid memory.
A sublime record for those who like music that encourages travel.
Drew McDowall was born 28th January 1961 in Paisley, Scotland. He worked with Coil regularly for several years, becoming an official member of the band in 1995. He worked solo as Screwtape (no relation to the Andrew McIntosh project of the same name) and is now a member of the group Compound Eye and Captain Sons & Daughters. He co-created The Poems (with then wife Rose McDowall) in the late 1970s, was a member of Psychic TV in 1980s and tour-managed The Shamen. Drew currently resides in Brooklyn, NY and is active within the modular electronic world. Tres Warren is a member of the group Psychic Ills who release music on the influential Sacred Bones label.
Foto: Compound Eye
Konzert 07.02.2015 BlackBox/cuba-cultur

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ELODIE (= Timo van Luyk + Andrew Chalk, B/UK)

Andrew Chalk and Timo van Luijk made their first firm steps as a duo with 2011′s ‘Echos Pastoraux’ (La Scie Doree). A collection of short fragments, the album had the sentiments of a homely sketchbook memory, and though still very much present as producer Chalk displayed a growing affinity with the use of largely untreated acoustic instrumentation; no doubt allowed to flourish under the encouragement of van Luijk who is known for his skills as an instrumentalist, drawing from a vast array of traditionally musical and non-musical instruments / objects in his frequent solo and group appearances. In the same year the duo issued ‘La Lumiere Parfumee’ (Faraway Press) which displayed an even more elaborate repertoire of delicate acoustic and electronic sounds, weaving a rich tapestry of impressionistic pastel shades and shimmering opalescent rays.
In concert Chalk and van Luijk focus their attention on one or two chosen instruments and naturally employ a more reductionist approach, allowing slow phrases to intertwine and repeat through the duration. Performing almost yearly as a duo, last year Elodie were joined by Jean-Noel Rebilly (clarinet) and Tom James Scott (piano) in Leuven (Belgium) for their first concert together as a quartet, and it is in this setting that they return to Cafe Oto following a duo performance in February 2012.
Born in Finland, but living in Belgium, Timo has been an active participant in experimental sound activities in his current home. Originally a member of Noise-Maker’s Fifes, he later split off and started his own solo project, Af Ursin. In recent years he also been active collaborating with others such as Raymond Dijkstra (in the duo Asra), Kris Vanderstraeten, Christoph Heemann (in the duo In Camera (2)) and Andrew Chalk (in the duo Elodie (4)). His latest groups are Nivritti Marga with Raymond Dijkstra and Frédérique Bruyas and La Poupée Vivante with Arlette Aubin and Frédérique Bruyas. Though his music has appeared on several labels, he also has his own label, La Scie Dorée. In 2007, he – together with the 2 other members of Onde – started the Metaphon (2) organisation.
Andrew Chalk has been active since 1985 as Ferial Confine and has worked with many associates over the years, such as David Jackman (in Organum), Vortex Campaign, New Blockaders, The, Darren Tate (2) (in Ora), Giancarlo Toniutti, Jonathan Coleclough, and Christoph Heemann (in Mirror). He has now released a number of releases under his own name which have won widespread acclaim, on labels such as Robot Records, Siren Records, Christoph Heemann’s Streamline label and his own Faraway Press label. The Mirror project released a steady string of stunnng, highly sought-after records in limited quantites and Chalk’s releases on Faraway Press have followed this aesthetic.
www.lasciedoree.be / http://farawaypress.info
Foto: Scott McMillan
Konzert 07.02.2015 BlackBox/cuba-cultur

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ARTIFICIAL MEMORY TRACE (Slavek Kwi, CZ)

Slavek Kwi is a sound-artist, composer and researcher interested in the phenomena of perception as the fundamental determinant of relations with reality. He has a longstanding fascination with sound-environments, developing what he terms ‘electroacoustic sound-paintings’ that oscillate between sound only works and interdisciplinary works exploring social, spatial and temporal processes. These complex audio-based situations are created mainly from site specific recordings, resulting in subjective reports for radio broadcast, ‘cinema for ears’ for multi-channel playback, sound installations integrated into the environment and performances. From the early nineties Slavek has operated under the name Artificial Memory Trace. He facilitates experimental sound workshops with autistic children and those with learning disabilities. The workshop technique emphasises extensive listening and the stimulation of creativity through observation and the support of natural tendencies. Slavek was born in former Czechoslovakia, lived 14 years in Belgium and has been based in Ireland since 2000.
www.artificialmemorytrace.com
Foto: Slavek Kwi
Konzert 07.02.2015 BlackBox/cuba-cultur

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:zoviet*france: (UK)

Zoviet France is an idiosyncratic collective of anonymous postindustrialists, dronologists, and pseudo-ethnomusicologists. Their investigations have taken them into fictional cultures where nothing is easily located and reality often slips into the hypnagogic. Having secluded themselves in Newcastle, England since their inception in 1980, Zoviet France have developed a radical relationship with the cheap technologies of old-fashioned tape recorders, homemade acoustic instruments, primitive looping and sampling devices, and basic dub trickery. From these machines, the collective has crafted a distinctly unique vocabulary of postindustrial sonic hypnosis. Just as Zoviet France’s sound was alchemic reconfigurations of inexpensive technologies, their vinyl packaging literally covered their sounds with aluminum, roofing shingles and porcelain.
Foto: :zoviet*france:
Konzert 08.02.2015 BlackBox/cuba-cultur

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GIUSEPPE IELASI (I)

Born in 1974, lives near Milan since 1990. Started playing guitar in 1988, and worked for many years in the area of ‘improvised music’ (long term collaborations with Renato Rinaldi in the duo Oreledigneur, Thomas Ankersmit, Michel Doneda, Ingar Zach, Dean Roberts). Between 1997 and 2006 he has performed live with Taku Sugimoto, Jerome Noetinger, Mark Wastell, Martin Siewert, Nmperign, Brandon Labelle, Nikos Veliotis, Alessandro Bosetti, Gert-Jan Prins, Phill Niblock, Oren Ambarchi, and many others. From 2007 on, his main interest has been in site-specific solo performances, still using guitars as primary sound sources but integrating microphones and multi-channel speaker systems in order to create complex networks for sound diffusion in relationship to space. He recently started a collaboration with Austrian video artist Michaela Grill (US tour in 2007, participations at the Rotterdam Film Festival, Evolution Festival in Leed, FilmSoundFilm in Marfa,TX) and is more and more involved in performances and installations with Renato Rinaldi and Armin Linke (ZKM Karlsruhe, Villa Romana Florence, Kunsthalle Berlin, Festival della Scienza Genova). In 1998 he founded the “Fringes recordings” label, closed in 2005, and co-founded “Schoolmap Records” in 2006.
Foto: Giuseppe Ielasi
Konzert 08.02.2015 BlackBox/cuba-cultur

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MARC BEHRENS (D/KREV)

Geboren 1970 in Darmstadt.
Marc Behrens arbeitet auf mehreren geistigen und physikalischen Ebenen.
Seine Arbeiten bestehen hauptsächlich aus konkreter elektronischer Musik, Installationen, gelegentlichen Foto- und Videoarbeiten. Aktivitäten der jüngeren Zeit schließen Feldaufnahmen im entlegenen Westchina und im Amazonas-Regenwald, die Gründung einer Aktiengesellschaft als soziales Kunstwerk und die Inszenierung eines Übergangsritus für einen Investmentbanker ein.
Behrens hat quer über sechs Kontinente ausgestellt und Konzerte gegeben. Kollaborationen u.a. mit Atom™, Jeremy Bernstein, Miguel Carvalhais, Ana Carvalho, Bernhard Günter, Nikolaus Heyduck, Francisco López, Paulo Raposo, Pedro Tudela und Achim Wollscheid.
2006–2010 war Marc Behrens Lehrbeauftragter an der Hochschule der Bildenden Künste Saar in Saarbrücken, 2007–2009 an der Hochschule Darmstadt-Dieburg.
Er ist Mitglied der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Elektroakustische Musik (DEGEM) und von Granular (Lissabon), Subscriber der Electronic Music Foundation (EMF) sowie Bürger des Königreichs Elgaland-Vargaland. 2003–2007 war er Co-Direktor des portugiesischen Musiklabels Sirr.
www.marcbehrens.com
Foto: Nelson Campos Ros
Konzert 08.02.2015 BlackBox/cuba-cultur

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KALLABRIS (D)

Kallabris is the project of Michael Anacker. Active since 1986, its work has been described as ‘electro-acoustic chamber music’ — a description which should be taken literally. Anacker’s main interest is a reflection on the electro-mechanical conditions of sound recording presented in everyday recording devices such as cheap home computers, dictaphones and answering machines.
Thus, he is not interested in the limits of musical styles but in the limitations of sound (re)production.
Since the mid 80s Kallabris has been musically active, at least from time to time. However, most of the time it was rather passive – or active only in a very casual sense of ‘active.’ Its music has been described as electro-acoustic chamber music, which should be taken literally and not as an art-tag. Neither art nor tags are part of Kallabris’ interest. Even though Kallabris’ interest has changed through the active and passive years, there has always been one corner-stone: simplicity. Unfortunately, ‘simplicity’ is a term not easily defined. Simple ontologies may ask for complex theories, and simple theories usually require complex ontologies. But even worse: the simplest solution very often means hard work and good craftsmanship. Attributes, no-one in his right mind would dare to predicate to Kallabris, even though Kallabris believes in the completeness of first-order logic (including existence) and, thus, is fully aware that attributions of this kind are justifiable.
Kallabris has sometimes been identified with a person called Michael Anacker. No entity without identity, says scholastic metaphysics. But Kallabris is no entity, nor is Kallabris a person. Thus, we conclude, this identification is only a marketing trick.
Foto: Dr. Ariane Eckregen
Klanginstallation: 07.-13.02.2015, Cuba-Cultur-Foyer

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ROSS PARFITT & JENNIFER IKER (UK/D)

Ross Parfitt plays percussion music as a way of examining physical material, such as objects, movement and environments. Performances have focused on non-musical actions, such as simply setting up and taking apart percussion instruments, gradually tipping a drumkit onto the floor and hanging a pile of drums from the ceiling. By emphasising accidents and typically-overlooked events within music, he points at the critical creative role of attention. Sheffield’s Singing Knives label described him as “a musician dedicated to exploring minimal compositional devices to maximal conclusions.”
Jennifer Iker is an observer. Through playing with movement and time, her photographs spread and examine light. Her second musical composition is for performers overlooking a train station. Her first is still completely unexplained.
Parfitt and Iker have been based in Münster for the last 2 years, where they organise concerts under the name Sudden Cricket. Although they often point out to each other everyday sounds, changes in light and textures on walls, this is the first soundwalk they have created.
http://suddencricket.wordpress.com
http://rossparfitt.wordpress.com
Foto: Ross Parfitt
Soundwalks: 07. & 08.02.2015, Münster Innenstadt

Artificial Memory Trace work at Museum Ostwall, Dortmund

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Our release TIDAL (aatp40) by Artificial Memory Trace (aka Slavek Kwi) will run throughout the month of November 2014 in the Lautsprecher sound art programme at the renowned Museum Ostwall in the city of Dortmund. In the Lautsprecher programme a specific work is set up as a continuous loop in a listening room in the museum building at Dortmunder U overlooking the city. The room can be accessed for free during the museum’s opening times. Other pieces later in the year will come from Jacob Kirkegaard, Dylan Nyoukis, Miki Yui and more. The TIDAL CD will be available for purchase at the museum shop for November 2014. The Lautsprecher series is curated by artist Peter Simon and the head of the Museum Ostwall, Prof. Dr. Kurt Wettengl.
More info: http://www.dortmund.de/de/freizeit_und_kultur/museen/museum_ostwall/lautsprecher_mo/index.html

 

Asmus Tietchens mini-tour

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Asmus Tietchens will play three concerts in the coming weeks, two in Denmark and one in the Netherlands. Below are the details, please note, that both festival shows start early.

12.09.2014, 14:00h
ASMUS TIETCHENS
Phono 14 Festival
Brandts, Odense, Denmark
Info and tickets here:
http://phonofestival.dk/en/asmus-tietchens-2/

13.09.2014, 20:00h
ASMUS TIETCHENS
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MAYHEM, Copenhagen, Denmark
Info here:
http://www.mayhemkbh.dk/menu.html

14.09.2014, 17:00h
ASMUS TIETCHENS
DJ Zipo [aufabwegen]
GOGBOT Festival
Oude Markt, Enschede, The Netherlands
Info here:
http://2014.gogbot.nl/events/asmus-tietchens-ger/

Concerts in the dark moers festival 2014

07. & 08.06.2014
each day from 17.30h – 20.00h
free entrance!

aufabwegen presents:
Concerts in the dark at moers festival 2014

20-minute quadrophonic concerts in complete darkness by:

BJNILSEN (SE)
DALE CORNISH (UK)
ELODIE (Timo van Luijk + Andrew Chalk, BE/UK)
GIUSEPPE IELASI (IT)
KEVIN DRUMM (US)
ERHARD HIRT (GER)

Venue:
“Dunkelzelt”, Musik Campus of the music school Moers, der Musikschule Moers, Filderstraße 126, 47477 Moers, Germany

The preferred modus operandi of noise music is under the cover of darkness, where the listener, devoid of visual stimuli, is more able to immerse themselves completely in the world of sound. This vacuum, from which all external points of reference are removed, provides the ideal backdrop to the unique offerings of artists working with techniques ranging from field recordings to drone to noise.
The Concerts in the Dark at the moers festival are dedicated to experimental electronic music, which has always placed particular emphasis on spatial hearing. In a series of quadraphonic concerts, each approximately 20 minutes in length, representatives of the various different “currents” present themselves in the complete dark.
2014′s concerts in the dark once again cover a broad sound spectrum and are brought to you not only by veterans of noise art such as Kevin Drumm but by younger artists including Dale Cornish. There will be exclusive concerts by the duo Elodie (Andrew Chalk & Timo van Luijk), performing for the first time in Germany, sets featuring the composed guitar drones of the Italian Giuseppe Ielasi, and the chance to enjoy the fragile field recordings made by the Swedish musician BJ Nilsen, whose music is released on the renowned Touch Label.
All five acts will play sets of between 15 and 20 minutes. After 3 sets there will be a 15 minute interval. The order in which the artists appear will differ from Saturday to Sunday. None of the musicians will play the same set twice, so it’s definitely worth coming back on the second day!

BJ Nilsen, Dale Cornish, Elodie (Timo van Luijk + Andrew Chalk), Giuseppe Elasi, Kevin Drumm (only on 07.06.2014!), Erhard Hirt (only on 08.07.2014!).

Curator: Till Kniola / aufabwegen

BJNILSEN (Touch, SE)

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B J Nilsen is a Swedish composer and recording artist, based in Berlin and London. His work is primarily focused on the sound of nature and its effects on humans. His two latest solo albums Eye Of The Microphone(2013), a personal audio rendition based on the sound of London, and The Invisible City (2010), released by Touch, have explored the urban acoustic realm. He has collaborated with Chris Watson on Storm and Wind, released by Touch (2006, 2001) and several with Stilluppsteypa, the latest being Gó∂a Nótt on Editions Mego.  His original scores and soundtracks have featured in theatre, dance, and film, including Microtopia andTest Site (2013, 2010, dir. Jesper Wachtmeister), Enter the Void (2010, dir. Gaspar Noé), and, in collaboration with Jóhann Jóhannsson, I am here (2014, dir. Anders Morgenthaler). Recent work also includes the publication/CD  The Acoustic City  (2014, Jovis Verlag) co edited together with Professor Matthew Gandy.
Photo: Jiyeon Kim
www.bjnilsen.com

DALE CORNISH (Entr’acte, London)

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New album ‘Xeric’ further explores the questions of a/rhythm, space, silence and perception of pulse/percussive gestures initiated with the acclaimed 2012 Entr’acte album ‘Glacial’. Born, raised and current of London (south). No Bra (2004-6): co-wrote unexpected hit ‘Munchausen’. Terse humour and observations/worldly interests further evident with work of ecstatic noise trio Baraclough (2006–10). Current focus is on solo and collaborative works and performances. Previous solo releases include ‘Fleshpile Sister’ for Entr’acte, ‘Fleshpile Thematic’ for The Tapeworm and ‘Voluntary Redundancy Salad’ for Beartown Records.
Photo: David Keen
www.dalecornish.com

ELODIE (Timo van Luijk + Andrew Chalk, BE/UK)

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Andrew Chalk and Timo van Luijk made their first firm steps as a duo with 2011′s ‘Echos Pastoraux’ (La Scie Doree). A collection of short fragments, the album had the sentiments of a homely sketchbook memory, and though still very much present as producer Chalk displayed a growing affinity with the use of largely untreated acoustic instrumentation; no doubt allowed to flourish under the encouragement of van Luijk who is known for his skills as an instrumentalist, drawing from a vast array of traditionally musical and non-musical instruments / objects in his frequent solo and group appearances. In the same year the duo issued ‘La Lumiere Parfumee’ (Faraway Press) which displayed an even more elaborate repertoire of delicate acoustic and electronic sounds, weaving a rich tapestry of impressionistic pastel shades and shimmering opalescent rays. In concert Chalk and van Luijk focus their attention on one or two chosen instruments and naturally employ a more reductionist approach, allowing slow phrases to intertwine and repeat through the duration.
Timo van Luijk
Born in Finland, but living in Belgium, Timo has been an active participant in experimental sound activities in his current home. Originally a member of Noise-Maker’s Fifes, he later split off and started his own solo project, Af Ursin. In recent years he also been active collaborating with others such as Raymond Dijkstra (in the duo Asra), Kris Vanderstraeten, Christoph Heemann (in the duo In Camera (2)) and Andrew Chalk (in the duo Elodie (4)). His latest groups are Nivritti Marga with Raymond Dijkstra and Frédérique Bruyas and La Poupée Vivante with Arlette Aubin and Frédérique Bruyas.
Though his music has appeared on several labels, he also has his own label, La Scie Dorée.
In 2007, he – together with the 2 other members of Onde – started the Metaphon (2) organisation.
Andrew Chalk
Andrew Chalk has been active since 1985 as Ferial Confine and has worked with many associates over the years, such as David Jackman (in Organum), Vortex Campaign, New Blockaders, The, Darren Tate (2) (in Ora), Giancarlo Toniutti, Jonathan Coleclough, and Christoph Heemann (in Mirror). He has now released a number of releases under his own name which have won widespread acclaim, on labels such as Robot Records, Siren Records, Christoph Heemann’s Streamline label and his own Faraway Press label. The Mirror project released a steady string of stunnng, highly sought-after records in limited quantites and Chalk’s releases on Faraway Press have followed this aesthetic.
Image: Elodie
www.lasciedoree.be
farawaypress.info

GIUSEPPE IELASI (IT)

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Born in 1974, lives near Milan since 1990. Started playing guitar in 1988, and worked for many years in the area of ‘improvised music’ (long term collaborations with Renato Rinaldi in the duo Oreledigneur, Thomas Ankersmit, Michel Doneda, Ingar Zach, Dean Roberts).
Between 1997 and 2006 he has performed live with Taku Sugimoto, Jerome Noetinger, Mark Wastell, Martin Siewert, Nmperign, Brandon Labelle, Nikos Veliotis, Alessandro Bosetti, Gert-Jan Prins, Phill Niblock, Oren Ambarchi, and many others.
From 2007 on, his main interest has been in site-specific solo performances, still using guitars as primary sound sources but integrating microphones and multi-channel speaker systems in order to create complex networks for sound diffusion in relationship to space.
He recently started a collaboration with Austrian video artist Michaela Grill (US tour in 2007, participations at the Rotterdam Film Festival, Evolution Festival in Leed, FilmSoundFilm in Marfa,TX) and is more and more involved in performances and installations with Renato Rinaldi and Armin Linke (ZKM Karlsruhe, Villa Romana Florence, Kunsthalle Berlin, Festival della Scienza Genova).
In 1998 he founded the “Fringes recordings” label, closed in 2005, and co-founded “Schoolmap Records” in 2006. In 2010 he formed yet another much respected label, senufo editions.
Photo: Giuseppe Ielasi
www.senufoeditions.com

KEVIN DRUMM (USA)

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Avant-garde tabletop guitarist Kevin Drumm was born and raised in 1970 in South Holland, IL, playing in a handful of rock bands before relocating to Chicago in 1991 to work at the city’s Board of Trade. He soon began his experiments with prepared guitar, applying objects including magnets, binder clips, chains, a violin bow and even toenail clippers to distort the instrument’s sound; in time Drumm befriended a number of members of Chicago’s growing improv community, including Jim O’Rourke (with whom he served in Brise-Glace, additionally contributing to Gastr del Sol’s Upgrade and Afterlife album and Ken Vandermark. In late 1997 Drumm made his solo debut with a self-titled (Perdition Plastics) and has released superb duo records with Taku Sugimoto (Sonoris), Axel Dörner, Martin Tètreault (both Erstwhile) and Ralf Wehowsky (Selektion).
His chameleon-like presence has been documented on a number of projects, each revealing new facets of his wide-ranging and unique talents on both guitar and electronics. Drumm seamlessly melds the worlds of acoustic and electronic sound, occasionally teetering on the edge of silence, yet always remaining impeccably musical.
Kevin Drumm has recorded and performed with Phill Niblock, Tony Conrad, Jim O’Rourke, MIMEO, Mats Gustafsson, John Butcher, Thomas Ankersmit, Taku Sugimoto and many others.
Photo: Lasse Marhaug
http://editionsmego.com/artist/kevin-drumm

ERHARD HIRT (GER)

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Works since the 70ties in the field of electroacoustic and experimental music

Groups:
Erhard Hirt Quartett/Quintett  (mt M. Theurer, W. Fuchs, H. Schneider, ‘Piguin’ Moschner u.A.) ’79
STRING QUARTETT mit: Anne LeBaron, Candace Natvig, Thorsten Müller, Hans Schneider  ’81
Quartett XPACT (mit Fuchs, Schneider, Lytton) ’82
Trio MALFATTI -HIRT – SCHNEIDER 82
KING ÜBÜ ORCHESTRÜ  ’84
Trio MINTON – HIRT – TURNER ’86
LOL COXHILL – ERHARD HIRT DUO ’87
PITCH BOYS mit Martin Theurer und  Martin Verborg ’87
DIETMAR DIESNER / ERHARD HIRT DUO ’89
STRING TRIO mit Pil Wachsman, Alfred Zimmerlin ’90
Trio mit PHIL MINTON und JOHN BUTCHER ’91
Film & Musik Projekt mit Martin Cihak, Martin Klapper ’94
Trio mit Peter van Bergen u. Radu Malfatti ’95
Multimediaprojekte mit Phillippe Micol ’96
ECHTZEIT ENSEMBLE ’96
EXTENDED GUITARS (Guitartrio / quartett) ’97
Coxhill – Turner – Hirt ’98
Trio mit Martin Theurer und Thomas Lehn ’98

Festivals:
New Jazz Festival Moers, Total Music Meeting Berlin, Cork Jazzfestival, Jazzfestival Riga, Jazzfestival Moskau, Mainzer Jazzwoche, HumanNoiseCongress Wiesbaden, Rheinisches Musikfest, Arsenals Festival Riga, Kopenhagen Jazzfestival, Transparent Messenger Festival Plasy /Tschechei, Ruhrjazzfestival Bochum, Festival Expanzió Vác / Ungarn, Musique Actuell Vandeuvre les Nancy, Free Music Festival Antwerpen, Company Week Vancouver, LMC Festival London, Linguafonie 3 Rom, Klangartfestival Osnabrück, Workshop Freie Musik Berlin,  Festival Musik unserer Zeit und Westfälisches Musikfest Münster

Projects with fine artists, dancers and filmmakers
GUITARPROJECTS with Derek Bailey, Stephan Wittwer, Davey Williams, John Russel, Uwe Kropinski,Joe Sachse, Mike Cooper, Kalle Laar, Lothar Fiedler, Eugene Chadbourne, Valery Dudkin, Hans Reichel, Jean Marc Montera, Dave Draper (87/88/89/90/92/93)

Colaborations with Anne leBaron, Peter van Bergen, John Butcher, Mark Charig, Günter Christmann, Lol Coxhill, Dietmar Diesner, Nick Didkowsky, Karheinz Essl, Wolfgang Fuchs, Gunda Gottschalk, Franz Hautsiunger, Paul Hubweber, Carl Ludwig Hübsch, Martin Klapper, Ulrich Krieger, Thomas Lehn, Paul Lovens, Paul Lytton, Radu Malfatti, Guido Mazzon, Vladislav Makarov, Philippe Micol, Phil Minton, Evan Parker, Ulrich Phillipp, Melvyn Poore, Natalia Pschenitschnikowa, Keith Rowe, John Russel, Hans Schneider, LaDonna Smith, Hans Tammen, Martin Theurer, Alan Tomlinson, Roger Turner, Michael Vorfeld, Phil Wachsmann, Alfred Zimmerlin u.A.
Photo: Erhard Hirt
http://erhardhirt.de/

Death of Rave Night

01.06.2014, 21.00h, tickets: 10 EUR
reihe M – Death of Rave Night

live:
VATICAN SHADOW
(militant religious industrial, aka Prurient, USA)
HELM
(disturbing electroacoustics pn PAN, UK)
SENKING
(classic dub-techno on raster-noton, GER)
TITANOBOA
(Melanie Wratil & Lena Willikens from Cologne, GER)

StadtgartenVenloer Str. 40
50672 Cologne
Germany

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In einem kontinuierlichen Soundstrom feiert die reiheM das Ende der elektronischen Tanzmusik, so wie wir sie bisher gekannt haben. Mit der Köln-Premiere des US-Projekts Vatican Shadow kommt einer der aktuell angesagtesten Doom-Techno-Industrial-Acts zu uns. Dominick Fernow legt mit seinem bedrohlichen Post-Rave-Beats zu provokanter Präsentation den Finger in die Wunde der Spaßgesellschaft. Helm zerlegt das rhythmische Gefüge seiner Musik in psychedelische Drones, die wild im Raum kreisen. Das gefeierte PAN-Label hat ihn entdeckt. Senking, aka Jens Massel, ist ein alter Bekannter in Sachen Beatmusik. Sein dunkel-atmosphärischer Dub-Techno erdet auf das Angenehmste. Der Abend wird eröffnet von einer Performance des Kölner Duos TITANOBOA: Melanie Wratil und Lena Willikens sind umtriebige Produzentinnen und DJs für verschiedenste Spielarten elektronischer Musik. Motto des Abends: Tanz mit Schmerzen!

www.reihe-m.de

KLANK live in Köln

The fabulous ensemble KLANK from Bremen will play a rare performance in Cologne on May 8th at Moltkerei Werkstatt Köln. The concert starts at 19.00h and the address is: Moltkestr. 8 (im Hof), 50674 Köln.

More info at the venue’s website:
http://www.moltkerei.de/programm-05.2014.htm

geräuschwelten Festival broadcasts

German national radio WDR3 are broadcasting nearly all recorded performances from last year’s geräuschwelten festival in Münster, curated by aufabwegen. All times given below are German local times; the concerts can also be streamed from the WDR website.
Many thanks to Markus Heuger and the team of WDR.

Broadcasting times:
18.01.2014, 23.05h, WDR3 open: FreiRaum: Steven Stapleton & Colin Potter, live at BlackBox, 07.12.2013; a programme by Ilka Geyer
http://www.wdr3.de/musik/geraeuschwelten100.html
25.01.2014, 23.05h, WDR3 open: FreiRaum: Scanner, live at BlackBox, 07.12.2013; a programme by Ilka Geyer
http://www.wdr3.de/musik/geraeuschwelten102.html
08.02.2014, 23.05h, WDR3 open: FreiRaum: Moebius + Tietchens, live at BlackBox, 08.12.2013; a programme by Raphael Smarzoch
http://www.wdr3.de/musik/geraeuschwelten106.html
15.02.2014, 23.05h, WDR3 open: FreiRaum: Robert Hampson, live at BlackBox, 08.12.2013; a programme by Raphael Smarzoch
http://www.wdr3.de/musik/geraeuschwelten104.html
22.02.2014, 23.05h, WDR3 open: FreiRaum: Jonathan Coleclough, live at BlackBox, 08.12.2013; a programme by Raphael Smarzoch
http://www.wdr3.de/musik/geraeuschwelten108.html