The excellent project Synthesis curated by Urban Arts
Berlin includes two volume albums: Vol. 1 contains 45 tracks by
international female composers from Vietnam, China, South Africa,
Bolivia, Venezuela, Mexico, Australia, Europe and the US.
Synthesis Vol. 2 is a mixed album with 31 musicians & sound artists
from South Korea, Uruguay, Irland, Venezuela, Greece, Belgium, Brazil,
Sweden, France, Poland, Mexico, Denmark, Israel, the UK, Colombia,
Itally, Canada and the US.
Both albums were released on
bandcamp in 2014 and 2015. Urban Arts Berlin is now working on the
printing of selected works in vinyl format which will be out in the
coming months and released in a big event taking place in 2016.
SYNTHESIS PART V: Live Concerts from selected sound artists.
Founded in 2010 in Berlin by female artists Chris Dreier (ex Tödliche
Doris) and Ursula Döbereiner the noise duo initially played under
custom-made white or black burqas and filled various galleries and
venues with their aggressive industrial-elektro sound, occasionally
using automatons. The band refers to noise, ambient and new music
structures adding rhytmic patterns and tape mash-ups to their modular
Musician and sound designer from Mexico City currently working in
Berlin. Her works encompass analogue and digital synthesis, locational
recording and music-concrete techniques, often displaying her
proficiency at playing a variety of instruments. She has produced a
large body of soundtrack work for radio, film and performance, and, as
Cubop, as a solo artist in her own right.
to health issues Espectra Negra's new album "Alchemy & Death" was delayed but will be out
soon in high quality format (FLAC) on the bandcamp page and printed in
tape format in the coming two months by Lust Vessel in Japan. This album will include a visual collage by French graphic designer Julien Kafard for an specific track dedicated to all gore female deaths happening in Mexico since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was signed by Canada, The USA and Mexico in 1994. Situation which dramatically increased with the actual War On Drugs.
"The world is magical; we might get a sense of this after climbing a
mountain and looking down upon the landscape below, or in the quiet
satisfaction at the end of one of those days when everything has gone
right for us. Alchemy is a doorway through which we step into mystery,
wildness, and immanence.
Alchemy is about change. Changing your
circumstances so that you strive to live according to a developing
sense of personal responsibility; that you can effect change around you
if you choose; that we are not helpless cogs in some clockwork universe.
All acts of personal/collective liberation are alchemical acts. Alchemy
leads us into exhilaration and ecstasy; into insight and understanding;
into changing ourselves and the world in which we participate. Through
alchemy we may come to explore the possibilities of freedom." Condensed
Chaos by Phil Hine.
We are born as a result of
Death. In the experience of birth we have to fight together with our
mother's efforts to survive the dark journey of coming to existence.
Once we are out of the womb we will be coursed by an eternal cycle in
which things constantly move. There is only one thing stable: change.
Once out we all begin a very short journey in which we all are
constantly in pain. We learn to suffer, to cause pain and to walk
pointing out everyone our egocentric "I". The despair we constantly try
to avoid comes and goes as it pleases. Many of us satisfy its anger
through alienation, brutal violence, the will to rule or the mediocre
acceptance of self-pity hypocrisy. None of this is something new.
Nevertheless, what seems to be coming back in this new Mayan Era is the
acceptance of our dark side, the honesty after thousands of rapes and
killings, the pedophiliac tendencies finally being spoken, our
collective dementia screaming laud is time to stop! Yes, we have failed
as human race and yet we still possess the inherent power of Alchemy
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A dark night of experimentation, vocal paganism & ritualistic noise.
VERA BREMERTON (UK)
Italian-born and originally trained as a
pianist and a singer, Vera Bremerton was influenced by classical music
in terms of harmony and polyphony; after moving to London she fell in
love with the harshest styles of industrial, noise, avantgarde music.
With these two different roots in mind she creates aggressive electronic
sonic carpets studded with pounding techno beats and unashamedly
symphonic elements. At the same time she has dramatically extended her
vocal skills in the realm of experimental vocalism: counting Diamanda
Galàs, Maria Callas and Meredith Monk among her muses, Vera uses
different timbres, effects and an 4-octaves vocal range. Her songs have
become a vessel for the irrational and the Dionysian and she has
performed them in clubs around the UK, Italy, Germany and Holland. She
has released two albums, “Elemental” and “Synaptica”. Recently Vera has
shifted to a feminist techno-noise side project called Viy. By means of
multiple layers of harsh techno beats, noise drones, strident samples of
high-pitched screams, Viy wants to denounce the indifference and
hypocrisy the issue of sexual abuse is treated with by the media,
religion and the public. These tracks have been highly successful in
several techno nights.
Solo project by Verónica Mota who also operates as Cubop (active since
2005) in the underground industrial noise & avant-garde scene
Berlin's. Her first album "Savage Justice" was released at Schlagstrom
festival 2013 which is one of the best industrial festivals in Germany.
This album got such an excellent resonance that she has become now one
of the best international female (solo) noise & industrial projects
including Pharmakon(US), Puce Mary (DK) or Dry Greed(UK), to mention
some. What makes her sound works authentic is her constant sonic
research on Shamanic and Ritualistic music. A fascinating tool she uses
to exorcise her audience.
This year Espectra Negra's second album
"Alchemy & Death" is certainly very promising, and it will be
release by the cult Japanese label Lust Vessel who offered her a
permanent contract (home label) from 2014 on. She has a large amount of
sound works as Cubop which are now been printed also by Lust Vessel as a
Three Volume Archival Works. Her printed releases are plenty including a
tribute compilation to COIL (UK).
Currently Espectra Negra is
working on a split tape with Instinct Primal (dark ambient master) from
Czech Republic, and also a new one with the legend solo project TZII
"The slow loris species is considered vulnerable or endangered. They
are believed to be the gatekeepers for the heavens and are used in
traditional medicine to ward off evil but a slow loris's life is not a
happy one, for it is continually seeing ghosts; that is why it hides its
face in its hands."
Slow Slow Loris played their debut show at
the Schlagstrom Festival 2014 and is part of its compilation CD. As well
as playing several shows in the Berlin underground scene, they made a
brief but well-received US east cost tour, played several European
cities, and recently finished a US west coast tour. They just released
their first Slow Slow Loris album, From Monster till Mourning on
Staaltape. Both ANY and G6PD have a long history of touring, recording
Polyphones is a space of visibility created for and by women in the field of sonic and musical experimentation.
This is a network born out of the reality of the Parisian scene with
national and international offshoots. Polyphones aims to promote an
artistic practice, through concrete actions, such as, organising
concerts, events, workshops, skill sharing, pooling resources and
promoting independant labels and micro-publications.
is present locally and virtually and manifests itself as a regular
fixture in different contexts and proposals. It is a project initiated
by Dinah Bird, Marie Lisel, Gaël Segalen, Valérie Vivancos and Christine
Salon d’écoute : Headphone listening session. Jules Wysocki lends the Polyphones his Sous Casques installation for a headphone listening session, featuring works by:
JULIA DROUHIN - ALINE PENITOT - ISABELLE STRAGLIATI - LOLA AJIMA -
JULIE MONDOR - SOPHIE COURONNE & MARGARIDA GUIA - AURELIA NARDINI -
CELINE PERIER - PASCALE HEINISCH - ALMA G. FERRER 'MIM' - SOLVEIG
RISACHER - LAURA MORRIS - SHARON GAL - HILDEGARDE VON STICK - CHRISTINE
WEBSTER - SIGOLENE VALAX - VERÓNICA MOTA - SHARON GAL - MAJA JANTAR -
CHRISTINE GROULT - DINAH BIRD - MARIE LISEL - GAEL SEGALEN - VALERIE
Saturday, December the 12th. Paris, France.
13h00 : Workshop by Christine Webster. An introduction to DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) freeware, MAX/MSP and analogic modular synthesisers.
Bring your USB sticks.
14h00 : concert - Christine Webster
14h30 : concert - Hildegarde von Stick
15h00 : Round table discussion with the Polyphones + Hildegarde von
Stick + Christine Groult + Anaïs Prosaic Par Skype/ : Liz Dobson - Cat
Hope - Alma G Ferrer + Verónica Mota
16h30 : Screening : éliane
radigue, l'écoute virtuose by Anaïs Prosaïc, an intimate portrait of one
of the pioneers of electronic music, (France, 2011, 61', La Huit
Event curated by Occulto Magazine in collaboration with The Hum.
About Occulto Magazine:
Occulto explores new possibilities in the popularisation of science
in connection to other fields such as the visual arts, parascientific
theories and history of ideas. It is edited, designed and published by
Occulto affirms the cultural value of scientific knowledge and the
potential of an interdisciplinary approach opened to deviance and irony.
Its research also questions past and present attempts to find shortcuts
to knowledge (and power), the fascination towards the irrational and
What lies behind the insurmountable gap dividing humanities and science?
Live Recording by Frank Lohmeyer @ SPEKTRUM, Berlin.
Verónica Mota (Mexico) played some selected compositions produced in the last decade including "43 Human Bodies" released on Synthesis Vol. 1 by Urban Arts Berlin in 2014. She will did some improvisation with a MS 20 & a DOEPFER Dark Energy, both monophonic analogue synthesizers.
Synthesis is a serie of concerts curated by Urban Arts Berlin which brings together international composers who work professionally in the sonic field as musicians and sound artists.
The excellent project Synthesis includes two volume albums: Vol. 1 contains 45 tracks by international female composers from Vietnam, China, South Africa, Bolivia, Venezuela, Mexico, Australia, Europe and the US.
Synthesis Vol. 2 is a mixed album with 31 musicians & sound artists from South Korea, Uruguay, Irland, Venezuela, Greece, Belgium, Brazil, Sweden, France, Poland, Mexico, Denmark, Israel, the UK, Colombia, Itally, Canada and the US.
Both albums were released on bandcamp in 2014 and 2015. Urban Arts Berlin is now working on the printing of selected works in vinyl format which will be out in the coming months and released in a big event taking place in 2016.
Since both volumes got a very solid resonance Urban Arts Berlin booked some of the best sound artists who are part of the compilations. This live concerts are particularly interesting because the audience attending will get the chance to experience the contemporary meaning of sound art & music by some of the most relevant composers & musicians alive working professionally in the sonic field. From electro-acoustics to the use of analogue synthesizers, tapes, digital synths, recorder & ableton live, to give some technical examples. All the selected sound artists work combining constituent elements of separate material or abstract elements into a single or unified sonic entity which can be defined as sonic SYNTHESIS.