Saturday 3rd June 2017
Location: Barlok, Brussels
Live acts all around modular will be held in 2 rooms. Click on name for details.
+ Live Analog Video VeeJaying by Signal
Dark warehouse rave roots, modular engineered music, industrial mind,
minimal social game.
From a world of playing in a new wave band and later on being a live techno producer, Chris Mulder now makes the switch towards the world of ambient en drone music. He builds his own instruments, interact with his system and writes in a meditative way.
Timo Rozendal is a modular enthusiast, living in Baarn [NL]. About two years ago he started his 100% DIY system and discovered that this mix of music and technology resonated with him.
Timo’s performance will be an audible snapshot of what is possible with the current state of his system. Besides making modules, he also sells pcbs to make these designs available for other DIY enthusiasts.
He collaborated with Falafular on the Corny Rhythm module and the upcoming Proquencer.
Antwerp (Belgium) based electronic madness using modular synths.
Laurent Perrier is a french electronic musician who composes and performs exclusively on Eurorack & Buchla modular synthesizers.
An ex-member of the French cult industrial 80’s act NOX and founder of the record label and shop Odd Size Records, he’s now releasing his own music under the many monikers of “Zonk’t/Pylône/Väktrol/Cape Fear/Heal”.
He’s also deeply involved into composing for dance companies, plastic art, theater on top of working in sound design and teaching modular synthesizers in a training center.
His music is abstract, both organic and cerebral, creating a fallow space that opens up to the density, the emphasis and the range of sounds.
A rather cold ambiance that gives rise to capricious electronic sounds with complex and subtle architecture, a quasi-surgical precision confronting an environment and constantly changing in playful modulations. He thus succeeds in capturing the listener in a long hypnotic journey opening onto more dreamlike moments. From experimental ambient to abstract dub and electronica glitches.
Brussels mighty dj and all true forward-thinker of electronic sound, Hugo “Ucture” Ficher is a man of many talents who kept our feet shaking and brains dancing for now more than two decades.
Ucture started DJing in the early Belgian Techno days. Although his output over the past few years has been far more eclectic, he is still moving backwards and is now exploring the outer reaches of raving acid and fire-breathing beats.
Berlin-based modular techno duo. Konstantin Gervis and Jessica Kert – the masters of hypnotic techno, influenced by dub and acid, brought up on early industrial and old funk. Not restrained by sound presets or previous releases ZV_K is predominantly a live project – each appearance is a unique and never to be repeated experience.
Ripit, a.k.a Nicolas Esterle, started his musical activities as a black metal guitar player in 1995. In 1998 he turns into radical electronic, developping a noisy, rythmical and psychedelic sound based on primitive synthesizer use. He evoluates to a more complex form of sound tending to beat micro-surgery and orchestral bombast.
He released over 100 records on numerous label such as Tesla Tapes, Idiosyncratics, Angstrom, Bruit De Fond, Zhark, Yb70, Solis Kanones, Rexistenz… and toured several times in North America and Europe.
In 2006, he founded with TZII (www.tzii.tk), the protean project Solar Skeletons (www.solarskeletons.com).
In 2007, he founded the concrete Dub/Mutant Rap project FUJAKO with portuguese Dub strategist HHY (www.soopa.org).
Back to a more primal creative technique, his live sets are based today on the extensive use of modular synths, ol’time drum machines and no-input mixers to create a dancy, acid music, plunging the crowd in a magma of electrical textures mixing dance-floor references and magnetic fog.
started expoloring/buying synthesizers around 1994.
It was a Crumar Bit One synthesizer and later on i added a Korg Mono/Poly and Roland JX3P.
After that things came and went, and the setup changed over and over.
At some point he realized he loved moving knobs and programming more than playing with those white and black things on synthesizers.
Soon he bought his first modular synthesizer, an ARP 2600 and that started a never ending story.
At some point in 2007 he went to an Electro-Music.com event in Belgium called “Chateau Sonore” And I met a guy who programmed self playing patch noodles on the Clavia G2 modular. It fascinated me and I became really passionate about self generating patches that play stuff without any human or computer manipulation at all. Nowadays i’m running a modular event in the Netherlands called “Noodlebar” . This is the spot to play modular synthesizers and we have artists from all over the world coming over. He has done a lecture at the Dutch Film Festival about modular synthesis and collecting stuff. Played at festivals like Freerotation and did stuff for Intergalactic fm. He got releases on Doppelganger records, Strange Life Records and more… I’ve gigged in various places like Amsterdam, Brussels, Berlin, Oxford, Manchester, Copenhagen, Estonia, Myanmar, and Chengdu. And he is the founder of Noodlebar
Rotterdam based synthesist Chris David a.k.a. OSC1899 is collecting and playing synthesizers since 2007. About 3 years ago he entered the modular synth scene and met mr. Noodlebar Mono-poly at one of the Noodlebar events. His first modular synth gig followed soon and he did a live performance for Noodlebar at BAR. “The modular synthesizer will give you the ultimate experience to look at the anatomy of sound to understand what synthesis is.
Duo of the electroacoustic wild chicken Serena E. Kippenbergen and modular monkey Björn W. Jauss. Exploring industrial sounds and random timbral textures, while running on electric wires. Voice samples by Penny Stock.
Allert Aalders studied sound synthesis with Ernst Bonis at the Utrecht School of Arts in the early 90’s. He was a founding member of techno act Human Beings in the mid 90’s. In the 2000’s he started as sound engineer at Utrecht’s Tivoli venue, toured as front of house mixer with acts like Epica, Nobody Beats the Drum and especially Berlin’s techno-punk god T.Raumschmiere. In 2012 he founded Sonar Traffic with Ben Spaander (Cosmic Force). With over 50 mostly vintage synths this is the ultimate synth geek playground, located in Kytopia in the old Tivoli venue in Utrecht. About 4 years ago he bought his 1st 84 HP of eurorack modular and things have escalated quickly since that… With Sonar Traffic, Allert organises the bi-monthly event “Modulation” at Kytopia: 3 modular performances on Sunday night. Allert does mostly improvised performances on his modular. He always tries to give sounds an organic quality.
Multi-instrumentalist, graphic artist. He has worked in the field of music for nearly 20 years (mixing elements of psychedelia, ambient, techno and field recordings), enriching it with a strong visual context. Author of 14 solo albums and two recordings in collaboration with Tomasz Gadomski and TER. His recordings have been released by such labels as Backwards (IT), Foxglove/Digitalis (US), Last Visible Dog (US), Bôłt (PL), Monotype (PL), BDTA (PL)Kosmodrone (PL). Until recently, he led the record label cat|sun, and is currently publishing field recordings as part of Saamleng. He is also the co-founder of XAOC Devices, which produces modular synthesisers. He conducts modular synthesiser and field recording workshops. He has performed at numerous festivals, including Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Unsound, Open Source Art, Opener Festival, Wrocław Industrial Festival, Donau Festival and Flussi.
Shakmat makes modules but also makes music ! The result is a weird blend of psychedelism, bouncy polyrhythms and industrial textures.
As his alter ego Boris Scorpio, Hein Verhoeven makes dark music using a modular synthesizer, ranging from ambient to upset noisy techno. He began his musical discovery in the 90’s at the festivities of the Tilburg wirwar collective. At the time often with two gameboys as an instrument, since a year or 8 with a modular synth.
Translating as “soft drone” or “pleasant noise”, the gritty ‘Dhajij Doux’ then welcomes you into a more disquieting, bipolar audio scenario that evokes the reality of living “in a sometimes difficult and hostile city”. A curiously matching negative of the opener, in this that it taps into the same generous and plural matrix universe as main source of inspiration, but eventually opens on a more nuanced outcome; here Hold clearly shows a further abrasive facet of his work: harsh and vibrant, the track may be replete with a lead-heavy amalgam of sizzling bass and jagged drumwork thrown into the furnace, light and hope still manage threading their way through dark clouds and turbulence, slowly but surely turning this rough-hewn stone into a truly haunting gem.
Koyl feat. Lyz (2.0)
Koyl is an experimental electronic musician who, after years of making soundscapes with just guitars, effect and live-looping, recently turned to modular systems to expend his sonic palette and explore new ways of finding the harmony in paradoxes. Lyz is a female singer whose voice ranges from ethereal and delicate to full-on screams or inuit-inspired throat singing. Besides being a professional vocal coach, she has been and is involved in several projects including pop songs to metal.
Together they will be performing a semi-improvised set that will blur the line between the electronic and the organic. Liz’s vocals will be live-processed, looped and mangled in the modular realm to be used as the core of the performance alongside the usual synth voices and beats.
This ghost-like, voltage controlled version of herself (a Lyz 2.0 ?) will most probably take a life of its own and act as a 3rd band member to create a cinematic journey through drone, dark ambient, industrial and post-whatever sonic flavors.
Jenny Pickett & Julien Ottavi created Solar Return in 2009. Taking electromagnetic phenomena as a starting point for their audio creation They have produced various scores for dual audio synths/oscillatorsolaaudio world of kitchen appliances.