SONICA is back with hard but microscopic dissection of rhythm with Innode and with loud performative 8mm projectors of Martin Messier. INNODE Innode is a new project by Stefan Németh in close collaboration with Steven Hess (Locrian, Pan.American, Cleared) and Bernhard Breuer (Elektro Guzzi, Tumido). Central aspects of Innode´s music are rhythm, reduction and precise
SONICA is back with hard but microscopic dissection of rhythm with Innode and with loud performative 8mm projectors of Martin Messier.
Innode is a new project by Stefan Németh in close collaboration with Steven Hess (Locrian, Pan.American, Cleared) and Bernhard Breuer (Elektro Guzzi, Tumido). Central aspects of Innode´s music are rhythm, reduction and precise forms. Based on this navigation system, pieces display a technical approach contrasted by human intuition and unpredictability. So are drum machines interlinked with acoustic drums, one being shaped, extended and complemented by the other. At the same time these percussive patterns are substrate for electronic textures, made up of raw and unprocessed waveforms, which are generated by analog synthesizers. It is the function defining the choice of sounds, hence resulting elements can be as simple as white noise or a pulsewave. “Proto-sonic” could be a suitable term, a position in this context. Comparable to this process, it is the focus on essentials regarding the form. The organization of chunks of sounds, as well as structuring microscopic details emerge from the same idea of using just as much as needed: the minimum simply fits best. The debut album “Gridshifter” is out now on Editions Mego.
MARTIN MESSIER: Projectors
Martin Messier’s Projectors is a surgical work of art in which he orchestrates the engineering, manipulation and distortion of 8mm projectors under the lights of a digital projector. Through a tight stage lighting and the resynthesis of the 8mm projectors’ quasi-mythical roar, the machines come alive outside of the projection room and turn into bizarre and explosive noise mechanisms. All at once offbeat, unfamiliar and marvelously incongruous, this performance leads the public to a timeless universe, somewhere between dialogue, confrontation and technological contrast. Here, the projectors do not project: Everything but discrete, they take action and become the performance itself – loud and luminous.
Martin Messier is a composer, performer and videomaker. If sound stands as the driving force of his work, Messier also quickly took an interest in the clash between electroacoustic music and other art forms as well as in artistic collaboration. That way, it is through the relationship between sound and material (objects or bodies) that Messier’s work take shape.
Messier constantly redefine the frontiers of concrete music by creating sounds with everyday life objects, such as alarm clocks, pens, self-conceived machines and sewing machines. At the very centre of this dialogue between sounds and objects is the desire to push the everyday imaginary a little further, to magnify these entities by giving them a voice and by reinventing their function.
Messier also produces collaborative work mixing dance and music, trying to give life to sound through objects as well as bodies in movement. Here, through an inversed hierarchical relationship, music becomes the choreography’s driving force instead of being its mere accompanist.
Martin Messier presented his work in various national festivals and events (Mutek, FTA and Mois Multi) as well as in international ones (Berlin’s Transmediale, Sonar in Barcelona, Nemo in Paris, Scopitone in Nantes and Today’s Art in The Hague). La chambre des machines also received a distinction at the prestigious Ars Electronica (Austria).
In 2010, Messier founded 14 lieux, a sound production company for performing arts. This collaboration was created in order to provide a platform for such kind of sound work in the art scene.