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Lovebytes - Digital Spring


Live performances by Bruce Gilbert, R/S, Russell Haswell

Sound Installation by Jana Winderen

Sat 24 March 7-10.30pm

Channing Hall, 45 Surrey Street, Sheffield. S1 2LG


An evening of extreme electronic music, collaboration and improvisation curated by Sheffield artists Mark Fell and Mat Steel and featuring Bruce Gilbert, Russell Haswell, and R/S (Peter Rehberg and Marcus Schmickler), plus access to a multichannel installation by Jana Winderen.


Jana Winderen is one of the world's foremost field recording artists. She talked about her work in the Upper Chapel at 3pm 24 March. This was a free event.


Jana Winderen is an artist, educated in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College in London, and with a background in mathematics and chemistry from the University in Oslo. Since 1993, she has worked as an artist, curator and producer. She currently lives and works in Oslo.


Jana Winderen researches hidden depths with the latest technology. Her work reveals the complexity and strangeness of the unseen world beneath. The audio topography of the oceans and the depth of ice crevasses is brought to the surface. She is concerned with finding sound from hidden sources, like blind field recording.


Artist Statement:


"I like the immateriality of a sound work, and the openness it can have for both associative and direct experience and sensory perception. I have been occupied with finding sounds from unseen sources of sound, like blind field recordings. Over the last seven years, I have collected recordings made by hydrophones, from rivers, shores and the ocean in Asia, Europe and America, from glaciers in Greenland, Iceland and Norway. In the depths of the oceans there are invisible but audible soundscapes about which we are largely ignorant, even if the oceans cover 70% of our planet. I am also experimenting with different types of microphones to collect sounds which are not obviously recognisable, but give room for broader, more imaginative readings or sounds that are unreachable for the human senses. I use these sounds as source material for composition in a live environment or to create installations, currently also for film, radio, CD, MC and vinyl productions."


Bruce Gilbert is perhaps best known as co-founder of post-punk legends Wire. Following their end in 1980, Gilbert demonstrated a long-standing interest in electronic and experimental music that saw him form Dome (with Graham Lewis) and yielded such classic solo albums as This Way and The Shivering Man (reissued last year by Peter Rehberg's Editions Mego, 25 years after their first appearance). Along with reissues and solo projects in recent years, Gilbert has been active with collaborative performances alongside Mika Vainio, and is planning further new material.


R/S is the electronic music duo of Peter Rehberg and Marcus Schmickler. In 2011 they released 'USA', the duo's second full length release on PAN, a follow-up to their 2007 'One (Snow Mud Rain)' on Erstwhile Records.


Peter Rehberg performs throughout the world, and has participated in many of the major festivals associated with electronic music, through both solo performances and duets with Stephen O'Malley (KTL) and Marcus Schmickler (R/S), as well as projects such as Fenn O'Berg and Peterlicker. In addition to his roles as mentor to many artists and label curator of Editions Mego, Rehberg has also collaborated with interdisciplinary artists such as choreographer Gisele Vienne and writer Dennis Cooper (Kindertotenlieder; I Apologize, Jerk, This Is How You Will Disappear).


Marcus Schmickler is a Cologne-based composer, musician and producer of modern classical, electronic and computer music. He is also known for his work with Pluramon. In addition, he works in various collaborative projects - most notably with synth wiz Thomas Lehn. More recently, he has developed an interest in an epistemic dialog with the sciences, resonating in sonifications of astrophysical data, and translating recent mathematical discoveries into the sonic. His music's gleaming, impenetrable surfaces, labyrinthine constructions and opacity suck up all the air in the room - as well as your headspace.


Russell Haswell has exhibited visual artwork at Sadie Coles HQ, London; TN Probe, Tokyo; Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague; Kunsthalle, Vienna; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Centre Regional d'Art Contemporian, Bricks & Kicks Gallery, Vienna; Galerie Poo Poo, London; Museo d'Art Moderne, Paris; Anthony d'Offay Gallery, London; Kate Bernard Gallery, London; Independent Art Space, London and Institute of Contemporary Arts, London.


He has given solo audio presentations at major Art and Music festivals and events, in art galleries, concert halls and rock venues in Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Luxemburg, Norway, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, and USA. Including occasional live collaborations with Masami Akita, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Florian Hecker, Zbigniew Karkowski, Toshiji Mikawa [INCAPACITANTS], Peter Rehberg, Yasunao Tone, Ilpo & Mika Vanio [PAN_SONIC], WHITEHOUSE, and Hard Disc Jockey [HDJ] duos with Richard D James [Aphex Twin].


A second edition of the 8 track compact disc catalogue 'Live Salvage 1997 - 2000' (Honorable Mention, Digital Music's, Prix Ars Electronica.) has been reissued by Mego.. In 2008, a second volume, 'Second Live Salvage', was also released by Editions Mego as a double 12" vinyl set. In 2011, a third volume, 'IN IT: Immersive Live Salvage', was also released by Editions Mego as a Surround sound DVD (DTS & DOLBY 5.1) and vinyl LP (UHJ Ambisonic format) set.


Haswell released the Compact Disc 'Wild Tracks' (Editions Mego) in 2009: a collection of raw recordings, originally intended for film and other media projects. A double Compact Disc, 'VALUE + BONUS', was released by NO FUN Productions in mid 2010.


An ongoing collaboration (2003 +) with Florian Hecker working on Iannis Xenakis' graphic-input 'UPIC Music Composing System' is one project: the recorded results have been presented in the form of multi channel electroacoustic diffusion sessions, for example for the Frieze Art Fair. These events use surround sound and laser lighting to create an immersive multi-sensory environment. Mego, Warner Classical, and Warp records have released Haswell & Hecker recordings.


'satanstornade', a collaboration between Masami Akita & Russell Haswell, was published by Warp Records on compact disc and vinyl. It was awarded "Record cover of the month", Vice UK.


'MiniDisc' by Gescom, (Distinction, Digital Musics, Prix Ars Electronica.) The worlds first 'independent' label released 'MiniDisc' A collaboration between Russell Haswell, Rob Brown and Sean Booth of Autechre, has been reissued by OR on Compact Disc in 2007.


Haswell was also a curator at P.S.1/MOMA, Contemporary Art Centre, New York. Responsible for large-scale exhibition curating and hanging, as well as curating a weekly (summer months only) outdoor music event, WARM UP.


In 2005 and 2006 he curated two London based 'All Tomorrow's Parties' club events, entitled 'Easy to Swallow', intended for the broad-minded, the events showcased Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Yasunao Tone + Hecker, Mark Stewart and the Maffia, Aphex Twin, Whitehouse, Surgeon + Regis Present: British Murder Boys, Lee Dorrian (ex- Napalm Death & Cathedral), Pita, Earth, Autechre, Robert Hood (ex-Underground Resistance). Both events sold out!


In November 2009 he curated 'LISTEN' at Aldeburgh Snape Maltings Concert House with Chris Watson, Bernie Krause and Tony Myatt, presenting their works on a 360° 'high-order' ambisonic surround sound system.


Haswell recently curated part of the audio program for "The Morning Line Istanbul 2010' project, European Capital of Culture 2010. Commissioned by Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (T-B A21), working with Artists/Composers: Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Peter Zinovieff, Jana Winderen, and Yasunao Tone. These works were presented again in Vienna, 2011.


Haswell has contributed to Frieze Magazine articles on Japanese noise, computer music software and Peter Halley.


Lovebytes 2012 - Digital Spring

A Festival of Art, Science and Technology

22-24 March

Sheffield UK

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