Tomutonttu (“dust gnome”) is a human called Jan Anderzén, a visual artist and the leader of a respected avant-garde sound group Kemialliset Ystävät. Toy reed streams, mutilated vocals and groovy loops of animal noise are some of the colours used to create the whirling mess that is the lonely song of Tomutonttu. It is like a confusing detail of the Kemialliset Ystävät freedom flow, a microcosmos of strange sound creatures and dirt flying around in the stereo space and interacting with a logic all of their own.
Since 2004, Laurent Gerard alias Èlg (Opera Mort, Orgue Agnes) has never ceased to draw the sonic equivalent of concentric spirals and labyrinths made of cedars, brambles and guts. By constantly renewing his instrumentarium over the years, he has built improbable bridges between musique concrete and songwriting (Vu du Dome, Mauve Zone), diagonal spoken word and wormhole (Amiral Prose), electronic incantations in crypt and blob choirs (Mil Pluton, La Chimie). The language is sometimes francophone, sometimes reduced to an alien babble, invoking the old man, the madman, the child, the dusty revenant, the epileptic bard or the messenger of love.
CAM DEAS live
Cam Deas is a musician and sound artist based in London. His practice concerns abstract sound, polytempos, irregular tuning systems, improvisation and stochastic and computer generative systems to create immersive environments of sound and music. He has presented his work internationally, performing around 300 live concerts at venues such as Cafe Oto (London), Tank & K11 (Shanghai), Jazzhouse (Copenhagen), ICA (London) and Cave12 (Geneva). He has also received a number of commissions to create new work including residencies and projects with ShanghART (Shanghai), KWM Art Centre & The Bunker (Beijing), Vooruit (Ghent), Les Ateliers Claus (Brussels) and on the island of Fano in Denmark.
His work is not subject to straightforward categorisation, with output ranging from solo acoustic guitar exploration through live electro-acoustic performance, to pure synthesis and computer generative music. In 2018 he released Time Exercises on The Death of Rave, consisting of five works for synthesiser and computer, his first release of purely electronic work. The pieces explore polytempos and relative ratios between pitch and rhythm in a dense electronic space, described as “disembodied music playing out a thrilling dramaturgy and syntax of alien dissonance and disorienting rhythmic resolution”.
JUNG AN TAGEN live
Jung An Tagen invites us to reflect on the diffuse but persistent term “experimental” not as deviation from aesthetic orthodoxy, but as the design and implementation of compositional systems that offer unpredictable results; “electronic” as an annulment of the previous instrumental tradition, and as a simultaneous reversion towards aesthetic openness; as the fragmentation of a theoretical or mythical musical syntax by obsessive repetition, sequential motivic mutations, aleatoric arrays, pareidolic illusions and moiré effects; “electronic” as the ultimate split, dehumanization, mechanic strangeness.
DSCHINGIS KHAN MONDO GRILL live
INOU KI ENDO live