IKLECTIK [OFF-SITE] BARCELONA
Puce Mary, Pascal Savy, nara is neus, Jon Wozencroft, Howlround, Nad Spiro, Merkaba Macabre, Philip Jeck, A’Bear, Primo Gabbiano & Visual Pal
Friday 29 May 2020 – TALK 12:00 – 13:00 / CONCERT 19:00
TALK 3 € | CONCERT 12 € | BUY TICKETS
HANGAR, Emília Coranty, 16 Can Ricart, E-08018 – Barcelona
IKLECTIK [OFF-SITE] BARCELONA
IKLECTIK initiated in 2019 a series of offsite interventions bringing its experimental music programme to different venues in the UK and internationally.
For the first time, IKLECTIK lands in Barcelona to present, in collaboration with Touch, a unique evening of experimental electronic music.
Partnering up with forefront artists in the field, IKLECTIK brings its third edition to the centre for art research and production Hangar.
The programme sees the participation of Puce Mary, Pascal Savy, nara is neus, Howlround, Nad Spiro, Merkaba Macabre, Philip Jeck, A’Bear, Primo Gabbiano & Visual Pal.
The event will be accompanied by the talk TOUCH PHOTOGRAPHY PAINT by Jon Wozencroft, founder of Touch, who will also present for the first time in Barcelona his video installation, part of the 3 years ongoing project: ‘Touch Movements’. (The film will be projected in Hangar Room 2).
Talk by Jon Wozencroft | doors 11:45 – start 12:00 (duration 1 hour)
TOUCH PHOTOGRAPHY PAINT
Why does music and sound need any visual counterpart?
How is it that images come to define our sonic experience (what would Unknown Pleasures be without the waveforms?).
Close your eyes and experience deep listening.
Open your eyes to experience the witnessing.
This is a short discussion about the ecologies of perception, the blur between photography and painting, the fact that we like to treat sound as the separated and not the first sense. We see the change happening
and it’s not new.
Concert | doors 18:30
19:00 – 19:30 nara is neus
19:45 – 20:15 Primo Gabbiano & Visual Pal
20.30 – 21:00 Philip Jeck
21:15 – 21:45 Pascal Savy
22:00 – 22:30 Howlround + Merkaba Macabre
22:45 – 23:30 Puce Mary
Nad Spiro DJ (between sets)
Jon Wozencroft started Touch in 1981/2. The idea was to extend the scope of a record label by combining music publishing with the level of curation afforded to fine art, producing a series of audiovisual productions, and the chance to collaborate with New Order, Wire, Joseph Beuys, Cabaret Voltaire, Chris Watson, Mika Vainio, Fennesz amongst many others.
In the 80s and 90s Wozencroft worked with Neville Brody on book and exhibition projects, leading to FUSE, one of the first magazines to critically engage with digital culture. In 2012, Taschen published a full documentation of the project, From Invention to Antimatter.
His photography and design work has appeared in publications including Fax Art, Merz to Émigré and Beyond, Shapeshifters, Cover Art By. He was the publisher of Vagabond (magazine co–edited with Jon Savage, 1992), and the editor/designer of Joy Division’s ‘Heart and soul’ box set in 1997. In 2005–2007 he co–curated the rereleases of Joy Division’s back catalogue and participated in Grant Gee’s documentary film on the group’s enduring impact.
Since 2007 he has been art director for Wire, whose 17th LP Mind Hive is to be released in 2020.
A book of his work, Touch & Fuse, was published in 1999 by The University of Porto, and in 2017, Touch Movements documented his photography and curation of Touch. Liquid Music, a collaboration with Christian Fennesz is one example of moving image work that has been showcased at the BFI, Tate Britain, Sonar, Transmediale, Avanti and numerous other festivals.
He taught at the Royal College of Art from 1994–2019, specializing in the impact of sound and moving image on design practice. His research with Paul Devereux investigates the power of sound in prehistory with the focus on Preseli, Wales, source of the Stonehenge bluestones: www.landscape-perception.org
nara is neus
Neus is a young producer from Sabadell creating a sort of dark ambient continuosly investigating with the intention of discover new colors and textures, always with a gulp of melancholy. With no boundaries between low-rpm experimental techno and drone, and a great interest into modular synthesis, her compositons growns on the basis of continuous brushstrokes, offering different intensities between silence and noise, creating suggestive sound waves where the composition is more a meaning than a purpose, closer to a living sound sculpture. Sonic architecture for followers of Laurel Halo, Olafur Arnalds or William Basinski himself.
Primo Gabbiano & Visual Pal
“We are two artists from Barcelona. In our concerts, we are used to mix experimental music with performance art, poetry and cinematic visuals (one of our influencers is Tarkovsky). Always from a contemporary point of view. What we like to do is to create something place-specific. We are very fond of finding new places and trying to modified them during the concert, creating and giving a new atmosphere to the place.”
Antonio Clavijo Victori is a musician and visual artist from Barcelona. He has been the guitar and composer of krautrock and rock bands . Now as Primo Gabbiano he explores the most experimental facet of music, using drones, sound landscape, noise, ambient and primitive electronics. With extensive experience on stage, its staging is markedly visual: it is accompanied by Visual Pal visuals in an interdisciplinary project.
“I am a visual artist who uses video as an instrument and video installation as fertile territory for exploration.
My works show nuances that make active viewing necessary; These are simple but polysemic pieces offering spaces for the attentive viewer”.
Pascal Savy is a French electronic music composer and performer based in London, UK. His work lies at the intersection of drone, noise and ambient and has been released on labels such as Experimedia and AUDIO. VISUALS. ATMOSPHERE. He will present a new live electronic piece rooted in improvisation and exploring the haunting nature of sound and its capacity to conjure both the weird and the eerie.
Philip Jeck studied visual arts at Dartington College of Arts in the 1970’s and has been creating sound with record-players since the early 80’s. He has worked with many dance and theatre companies and played with musicians/composers such as Jah Wobble, Steve Lacy, Gavin Bryars, Jaki Liebezeit, David Sylvian, Sidsel Endresen and Bernhard Lang.
He has released 11 solo albums, the most recent “Cardinal”, a double vinyl release on Touch.
Philip Jeck has won the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Composers 2009. A presentation ceremony took place at The Royal Institute of British Architects, London, on 9th November 2009.
He has toured in an Opera North production playing live to the silent movie Pandora’s Box (composed by Hildur Gudnadottir and Johann Johannson).He has also worked again with Gavin Bryars on a composition “Pneuma” for a ballet choreographed by Carolyn Carlson for The Opera de Bordeaux and has recently made and performed the sound for “The Ballad of Ray & Julie” at the Everyman Theatre, Liverpool.
Howlround + Merkaba Macabre
Having previously collaborated on the award-winning film A Creak In Time, 2019 saw the duo of sound artist Robin The Fog and filmmaker Steven McInerney working together musically for the first time, creating pulsing rhythmic tracks from the no-input kick, crunch and splutter of Howlround’s vintage tape machines, fusing them with the psychedelic surges of McInerney’s expansive modular synth. The results, debuted at a military complex in deepest Wiltshire as part of The Delaware Road Festival went down an absolute storm, like a million volt polychromatic Radiophonic Rave. Since then they have performed at London’s IKLECTIK for the Engine Room and Cafe OTO.
Described as one of the highlights of The Delaware Road 2019 ”Howlround and Merkaba Macabre whose tape squalls plucked from the thin air and moulded into ghostly rhythms was witnessed by so many people they were queuing down the stairs to get an earful” Electronic Sound, Issue 57.
Howlround is a quintet (four slightly battered machines, one slightly battered operator in the shape of sound artist Robin The Fog) that create recordings and performances entirely from manipulating natural acoustic sounds on vintage reel-to-reel tape machines, with all additional effects or artificial reverb strictly forbidden. In an age where one can create all manner of electronic music with the merest swipe of a mouse, Howlround prove not only how much fun is to be had in making things complicated again, but conversely just how little effort is sometimes needed to create a genuinely uncanny and beguiling soundworld. Sixth LP The Debatable Lands is out now on Touch. and was recorded and produced entirely on a Cumbrian dining table.
Merkaba Macabre is a multimedia project by Steven McInerney, an Australian born artist based in London. His practice ranges from audiovisual, musical performance and experimental film with the intention of opening a dialectic between the sacred and the profane. McInerney is an award winning filmmaker and has performed and exhibited internationally. He runs Psyché Tropes, a label dedicated to exploring the synaesthetic intersections between sound and its visual counterpart. ”..as if our primordial, survival-based emotions had been transferred into the external environment..’’ – The Wire Magazine
Puce Mary is the solo moniker of Copenhagen based sound artist Frederikke Hoffmeier. Since her first LP released in 2013, the project has then explored the fields of industrial noise and experimental music with a vast amount of releases on labels as Posh Isolation, iDEAL Recordings, Ascetic House and Freak Animal featuring collaborations with noise artists such as Loke Rahbek, Dan Johansson of Sewer Election and Rodger Stella of Macronympha. Her current other projects are JH1.FS3 and Body Sculptures. The performances and releases portrays her work methods to be many and diverse from textured sound collages and noise, to straight forward industrial music. She has performed throughout Europe, Japan, Russia, Canada and America.
A’Bear is a multi continental avant synth electronic producer and DJ making cosmic inspired piqued out pop layered with messed up frenetic beats. South African born, Australian raised, and London grown, Janine A’Bear’s music production and live performances encourage inclusivity and feminist utopia on the dance floor. Described by Resident Advisor as ‘wonderfully unhinged’, A’Bear combines psychedelic polyrhythms with distorted bass lines and warped vocals. Trained in gong meditation and yoga A’Bear explores her deep connection with the chaos of sound leaving her unique imprint across diverse activities including: her regular radio show “EastBlenders” with artist Lia Mice on London’s Threads radio- also a regular on Bristols Noods radio with a monthly show called “Tweak.” and guest spots on Netil, New Rivers, NTS and Red Light radio; hypnotic live analogue synth club sets; and transcendental track releases on labels including Elestial Sound (USA) and Система (RU). A’Bears remixes have garnered international attention appearing on forums including female:pressure, RA and Digital in Berlin. Her recent remix on Term Records received praise from the likes of Jeff Mills and Gabriel Prokofiev. A ‘rainbow-rap electronicist’ (Misfit City) with a natural affinity for twisted rhythms, wonky vocal loops and synth grooves, A’bear strives to make meaningful, joyful and impactful new dance tunes delivered across the UK and European club scenes.
As a special guest alongside artists including Jana Irmert, Electric Indigo, AJA, Christopher Chaplin, Lia Mice, Loraine James, Renick Bell and Bass Clef – A’Bear has appeared for London and UK outlets The Wire 400th issue celebrations, IKLECTIK, Total Cult, The Waiting Room, Cafe Oto, Baba Yaga’s Hut, Free Movements (SET), Queer + Noise (The Others), Resolution (multi channel installation, Goldsmiths) and Colchester Arts Centre; and in Berlin for female:pressure 20 years anniversary party (Mensch Meir), Fabrique Records and The Room of Eyes (Alte Munze); as well as Attract (Bolzano, Italy). A’Bear’s collaborations to date include Pranic Attack – an ecopolitical human-insectoid duo with Steven McInerney (Merkaba Macabre) of London label Psyche Tropes – summoning a sonic swarm concocted via live modular, experimental vocal electronics and critter-like projections in rebuttal to the hive mind.
Basque born guitarist Rosa Arruti works under the anonymous alias Nad Spiro, her solo venture that sets out to build a world of electronic textures and sound fictions from a complex processed guitar set-up. An essential figure in Barcelona’s cutting edge music scene, she keeps international collaborations with the likes of My Cat Is An Alien, KimCascone and The Asterism aka Mark Pilkington. Most of her recordings are released on the pioneering Spanish experimental label Geometrik.