Venus Ex Machina, Schtum, Gischt, Inou Ki Endo (Ventil Records X Struma+Iodine)


Venus Ex Machina is a composer and interdisciplinary artist who has worked on a range of projects including releases on AD93 and Optimo Music, an installation for Hyperdub, a film soundtrack for the Institute of Contemporary Arts and Channel 4, and a forthcoming score for the National Theatre of Scotland.


Schtum distills the spectrum of oscillatory rhythm, noise, and microtonality into an aesthetic lying somewhere between the organic and the machine. Processes are set in motion by the instruments, only to be stressed and superimposed, decontextualized and deformed, until – like an exhausted voice – they break. In this electroacoustic world of feedback loops, sub-bass interference and twittering noise, an outline emerges: the shape of the field upon which schtum plays.

On the new album “Sequencing Detachments”, the Viennese duo schtum transforms elements of electronic dance music into detailed, oversized sound close-ups. Through repetitive structures, layers of sound eventually detach themselves, thus developing a life of their own, leaving behind an abstract impression of emotional depth. schtum continue the minimalist approach of their debut “Feed” on this new release: All sounds on the album are generated with signals from guitar, bass and a bass-drum-module fed through effect pedals. Viennese musician Asfast was once again involved in the post-production. Several video works will accompany the album, one of which shows a collaboration with Marin Alsop, chief conductor of the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, another shows a growing cress seed, and another an improvisation in the huge metal storage basin of the Vienna water tower.

schtum performed at renowned festivals for experimental electronic and contemporary music such as CTM in Berlin’s Berghain, Sonic Protest in Paris, Donaufestival Krems, Novas Frequencias in Rio de Janeiro, Wien Modern or Gamma Festival in St. Petersburg.