SONICA opens with an exquisite sound menu: the spectacular audiovisual show oqpo_oooo by Alex Augier and the local drone craze Onntervjabbit will lead the way for the dark master Rashad Becker! Rashad Becker, the producer of Holly Herndon, Shackelton, Pantha du Prince, Kevin Drumm and Florian Hecker, whose Traditional Mucis of Notional Species Vol. I
SONICA opens with an exquisite sound menu: the spectacular audiovisual show oqpo_oooo by Alex Augier and the local drone craze Onntervjabbit will lead the way for the dark master Rashad Becker!
Rashad Becker, the producer of Holly Herndon, Shackelton, Pantha du Prince, Kevin Drumm and Florian Hecker, whose Traditional Mucis of Notional Species Vol. I (PAN Records) left an exceptional mark on contemporary electronic music. Hear his expressive darkness of layered ambience and emotion and be sumberged in a sea of rich sound detail.
On his left the French artist and master of spatial sound Alex Augier from the legendary IRCAM will build an explosive cuve of audiovisual information which transform in front of our eyes into an intense spatial performance.
At his side, our duo Ontervjabbit will lead the way with a cocoon of delicious drone, destructive noise and quiet pulsations of undisclosed melodies.
Rashad Becker (de)
In the past 15 years Rashad Becker became one of the central figures of contemporary sound production either with his work as a sound engineer, studio engineer or mastering master that marked numerous publications of diverse musical genres within the heterogeneous field of electronic music. His approach aims at creative collaboration with artists while maintaining a unique approach to sound. In the early days he collaborated with Dub Plates, but today he and his own studio Clunk works with numerous artists, among which are the likes of Kouhei Matsunga, Pantha du Prince, Kevin Drumm, Giuseppe Ielasi, Florian Hecker, Russell Haswell, Keiji Haino, Shackleton, KTL, Holly Herndon and Richard Bishop, among others. Meanwhile, Becker is devoted to his own music production and he recently published the critically acclaimed record Traditional Music of Notional Species Vol. I at PAN records, described as “a devastating display of potential which ensures a journey unlike any you have encountered”. His sound is extremely layered, full of details and diverse compositional twists rooted in his experience with studio work, but simultaneously carrying an exceptional expression, and a particular emotional charge rarely heard in such complex electronic music landscapes. Thus he creates one of the most exciting, exceptional and original musical creations in the electronic music today.
Alex Augier (FR)
Alex Augier is an electronic musician whose work explores digital aesthetics in a transverse prism, including both sound and musical, visual and formal elements. These elements interact within the scenic space and take the forms of audiovisual and formal performances. The presence of the performer participates in the intentions transmitted by the propositions. He defends an overview of the creative process where design, programming and technology are an integral part of the artistic project. His works have been presented at international festivals including Manifeste (Paris/FR), Scopitone (Nantes/FR), Elektra (Montréal/CA), Athens Arts Digital Festival (Athenes/GR), Open Sound Art Festival (Gdansk/PL)… He works as a computer music designer at Theatre de la Renaissance (Lyon, FR) and at IRCAM (Paris, FR), where he increases his expertise in synthesis, control and spatialization of the sound.
Ontervjabbit is a noise duo from Hrastnik represented by Neven M. Amalga (Dodecahedragraph, Cadlag, …) and Domen Učakar (Lifecutter, Icarus Down, …) In the last few years they have become central figures of the wide and multilayered sound underground set between local and international alternative field and intersecting dense soundscapes of noise with contemporary electronic noise practices and electroacoustic bands from the past. Ontervjabbit welcome us to an extreme intensity of the emotional network, emerging from the poisonous drone, destructing noise, hidden pulse and psychedelic hidden melodies.