Fri, July 3, 2015
9 pm–9:45 pm Jonáš Gruska live
9:45 pm–10:30 pm Keith Fullerton Whitman live
10:30 pm–10:45 pm Friday Dunard DJ set
10:45 pm–11:45 pm Laurel Halo live
11:45 pm–2 am Friday Dunard DJ set
Sat, July 4, 2015
9 pm–9:45 pm Helm live
9:45 pm–10:15 pm Gert-Jan Prins & Martijn van Boven live
10:15 pm–10:30 pm DJ Zipo DJ set
10:30 pm–11:15 pm Puce Mary live
11:15 pm–1 am DJ Zipo DJ set
The festival »sonic experiments« is dedicated to current developments in experimental electronic music. The program presents young, headstrong, international sound artists and musicians, whose spectrum ranges from hardware-based experiments in the field of noise and industrial through to convoluted techno sounds in the club context.
Slovakian sound artist and musician Jonáš Gruska developed his own electronic musical instruments and software for his site-specific sound installations and audiovisual works. Influenced by experimentation with modular synthesizers, he is also interested in obscure instruments such as the »Junost«, a rare Soviet keytar. He founded the label LOM in 2009 by way of which he aims to generate greater interest in Central European experimental art and music. In his concert at the ZKM, he will play various acoustic instruments, DIY electronics and modular synthesizer.
In the mid-1990s Keith Fullerton Whitman was among the most active and noted sound artists and musicians in the field of experimental electronic music. He released diverse albums on labels such as Kranky, Editions Mego or Room40, and has worked together with numerous artists such as Oren Ambarchi, Mark Fell, Eli Keszler, Matmos, Terry Riley and Ben Vida. Furthermore, he composes for contemporary dance and interprets compositions by Phill Niblock, Dick Raaijmakers and Conrad Schnitzler. In 2011 he worked as artist in residence at the INA-GRM Studios in Paris. His objective was to realize an 80-channel composition with early electronic musical instruments. At the ZKM_Soundome he will be performing a live set through the multi-channel loudspeaker system.
Laurel Halo is a musician and producer of electronic music, influenced by Detroit techno, jazz and psychedelia. Compressed and energetic, her live sets oscillate from dark rawness and chaotic samples through to optimistic warm, hardware-based sounds. After Halo released two early EPs, a further EP entitled Hour Logic was released in 2011, in which she deconstructs usual techno structures and combines them with compressed, emphatic sounds. In her LP Quarantine, released on the Hyperdub label in 2012, she also used recordings of her own voice; the Wire Magazine featured the album as »Album of the Year« by. Halo toured through Europe and the USA With her LP Chain of Rain, released in 2013; at the ZKM she will also be presenting new material.
London-based sound artist and musician Luke Younger, alias Helm, creates compressed landscapes with acoustically and electronically generated sounds. Inspired by Musique concrète, noise and industrial, in collaboration with Steven Warwick, alias Heatstick, he initially published under the name Birds of Delay and, finally, with his solo project Helm, released several cassettes, EPs and LPs, and since 2011, via Bill Kouligas’ label PAN. He performed at international concerts alongside musicians such as William Basinski, Destruction Unit, Cut Hands, Oneohtrix Point Never, Iceage, Lee Gamble and Kevin Drumm.
In the performance »Black Smoking Mirror«, by Gert-Jan Prins and Martijn van Boven, which is part of the trilogy »Noise & Matter«, a screen of inflammable material is engraved until it begins to burn in a sound field of electronically produced noise. What remains are the burned-in traces of the performance on the screen. Gert-Jan Prins focusses on installations, live performances and compositions with the acoustic attributes of electronically produced noise, and investigates their relationship to fine art. He works with artists such as Lee Ranaldo, Pita, Thomas Lehn, Fennesz, Koen Nutters and Thomas Ankersmit. Martijn van Boven is interested in techniques and the possibilities of modern image processing and generation in the field of experimental film. Among his works belong, above all, video installations and live cinema performances. He also works as curator in the field of avant-garde film.
With her solo project »Puce Mary«, Copenhagen-based sound artist Frederikke Hoffmeier researches the fields of industrial, noise and experimental music. She has released a series of recordings with the labels Posh Isolation, iDEAL Recordings and Freak Animal, on which she collaborated with noise artists such as Loke Rahbek, Dan Johansson of Sewer Election and Rodger Stella of Macronympha. Her recordings range from somber sound collages through to straightforward industrial.
DJ Zipo real name is Till Kniola. He plays a mix of noises, drones, noise and pop. He operates the offbeat experimental label. His motto is “it’s hopeless.”
Friday Dunard is a member of the Karlsruhe collective nil, which has been organizing concerts and club nights inspired by electronic live acts and visuals since 2011. In addition to their own productions and live projects, he works as a DJ, shifting in his sets from Kraut to Techno, from Wave to Trance; he likes to surprise, and always with one foot on the dance floor.
The festival takes place on July 3 and 4, 2015. The concerts each begin at 9 pm.