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<nettime-ann> Fri 17th & Sat 18th at NK Iancu Dumitrescu / Ana-Maria AVRAM / Steven Noll | Nadja / Vampillia / Crystal Shipsss


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2.Hinterhaus Etage 2
12059 Berlin NeukÃlln

FRIDAY May 17th 2013 Doors 21:30 | Start 22:00

Iancu Dumitrescu/Ana-Maria Avram Computer assisted music and instruments

Iancu Dumitrescu Hazard and tectonics (I) â 15â30â
Crepuscule (I) â 16â21â
Euphorion alpha (24â22â)

Ana-Maria Avram: Metalstorm (I)


Romanian-born Iancu Dumitrescu and his wife Ana-Maria Avram are leading figures in experimental and âspectralâ composition. Their prodigious output includes over 300 unique works and 30 joint CD releases on their own Edition Modern label. The last two Cds Edityion Modern EDMN 1029 and EDMN1030 will be launched before the concert.

â Dumitrescuâs music is spectral, electroacoustic, but above all it is a coherent totality grounded in a different conception. Of all living composers, Dumitrescu is the one who has most exploded sound. Dumitrescuâs work is a negation, from the depths, of everything in contemporary music symptomatic of distraction, of banalisation, and of a radical loss of purpose. His music is not a new convolution in the knot of modern music, but an unravelling of the curse. (â) One of the first pieces I heard was âPierres SacrÃesâ; I was very struck â as were many other people â by the sound of this music. It seemed quite unlike the usual sound of contemporary composed music. It had far more distortion, noise and violence. There seemed to be a shift away from stable fundamental frequencies, and a greater emphasis on the unstable aspects of soundââ

Avramâs music is particularly remarkable because of the very real warmth with which she imbues each of her pieces. Whether composing a solo work which she herself performs, or a piece for electronics, pre-recorded tape, and an entire chamber ensemble, Avram has a brilliant flair for the dramatic paired with a sense of subtlety that lends great contrast and excitement to each moment of each of her works. (â) These clips included here are just a few examples of the already deep contributions Avram has made, to the world of New Musicâ . WFMU Radio Station


The music of Steven Noll explores the relationship of gesture and sound on the crest of current music technology. It is the marriage of the latest software technology with creative music instrument design. In collaboration with artist Farahnaz Hatam, some of the inventions spawned from this marriage are the photo voltaic Air Guitar, the Orb, and the Photon Balloons. Examples of performances along with recordings can be found at,created and maintained by artist/webmaster Clause-Uwe Rank.

Born in 1958, at the age of 6, Noll began piano lessons and concluded his music education in 1980 at MSU with a degree in music composition and theory. Since then he has made his living as an accompanist for opera and ballet, working at schools and theaters in Darmstadt, Berlin, San Francisco, Paris and New York. His experience with the form and expression of classical music carries over into his avant-garde compositions. He has performed his own music in numerous underground and fringe venues in Europe and the USA.

His current repertoire consists of an amalgamation of just-intoned tunings using synthesized sound, processed live with sound effects algorithms using interactive keyboard controllers. The processed sounds are spontaneously sculpted into gestures creating a series of sonic vignettes. The music is symphonic in nature and is conceived to be auditioned as a symphony would be â as a vehicle for contemplation. Coincident with the music is the perennial idea of the active spirits of form, movement and âwisdomâ collaborating in the evolution of the perceptible universe, both subtle and manifest. The consequent sound waves present this collaboration in an eruption and metamorphosis of form and movement that conform to the subconscious âwisdomâ that permeates our perceptions. In the ethereal nature of the music itself is a mirror of our ethereal essence and subconscious inspiration.

SATURDAY May 18th 2013 Doors 21:30 | Start 22:00


Nadja is a Canadian duo made up of Aidan Baker (guitar, vocals, drum machines) and Leah Buckareff (bass, accordion, vocals) alternately based in Toronto and Berlin. Originally began as a solo project by Baker in 2003, Buckareff joined Nadja in 2005 to bring the project out of the studio and into live settings. Together, the duo creates music which has variously been described as âambient doom,â âdreamsludge,â and âmetalgaze,â combining the atmospheric textures and elements of shoegaze and experimental/ambient music with the heaviness and volume of metal and noise music.

Nadja has released numerous recordings on such labels as Alien8 Recordings, Hydrahead Records, Beta-Lactam Ring Records, Robotic Empire, and their own label, Broken Spine Productions. Nadja has toured and performed extensively around the world, appearing at such diverse festivals as SXSW, FIMAV, Roadburn, and Unsound.

In addition to Nadja, Baker is also active as a solo musician and a writer. He has released many solo albums and is the author of four collections of poetry. Buckareff is also the owner-operator of Coldsnap Bindery, a production house of handmade books, and curator of The Wunderkabinet, a wandering exhibition of art, craft, and curious.

A self-styled âbrutal orchestra,â Vampillia formed in 2009 in Osaka, Japan and combines classical instrumentation with heavy guitars and drums, mixing operatic vocals with death metal yowls, simultaneously exploring drone, noise, doom, and pop. With members from such bands as Boredoms, Worldâs End Girlfriend, Ruins, Vampillia has toured extensively in Japan, Australia, and USA, but as yet minimally in Europe. In 2011 they released their debut album âAlchemic Heartâ on Important Records and recorded their follow-up âSome Nightmares Bring You Aurora Rainbow Darknessâ with Ben Frost at Greenhouse Studios in Iceland.

Like all great voyages, Crystal Shipsss began with a vision.
One morning in Montreal, a bleary-eyed Dane named Jacob Faurholt awoke to see that all of the friends he was visiting were making music, not for a living â but as their living. Soon afterward, Faurholt saw himself returning to Europe where he quit his teaching job in Denmark and began building the tender framework for his one-man musical vessel called Crystal Shipsss. Before setting sail through a sonic seascape of innovative, industrial and introspective songs that share the same wavelengths as early Jesus & Mary Chain, the Pale
Saints and the Boo Radleys, Faurholt set up a port of call in Berlin.
âI have been fascinated with the artistic energy of Berlin since I irst visited in 1999,â says Faurholt, who (prior to Crystal Shipsss) recorded ive albums. These works include a collaboration with legendary producer and engineer, Kramer, best known for his work with Galaxie 500, Low, and Daniel Johnston. Faurholt embarked on writing and recording the songs that became the album âYayâ in the summer of 2010, in between acting jobs as an extra for German soap operas. âI only recorded when I felt inspired, and with the idea of just making music without overthinking it,â explains Faurholt, whose Berlin apartment has guitars, ukuleles, tambourines, a piano and melodica in place of furniture. While the Crystal Shipsssâ debut album does boast conventional songwriting, Jacobâs living room production expands upon the experimental aspect of albums such as David Bowieâs âHeroesâ and the simple wisdom of Galaxie 500âs âOn Fireâ. Nearly every song on âYayâ takes the listener on a less-than two-minute trip through a âlight and airy to heavy fuzzed out journey into Faurholtâs extraordinary range as a songwriter,â (Floorshime Zipper Boots). âYayâ has gleaned other positive reviews through its limited cassette release via Portuguese label, Cakes and Tapes. Over the years Faurholt has played a long list of shows, sharing the stage with bands such as The Black Heart Procession, CocoRosie, Efterklang, and Grizzly Bear.

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