All Connected is a series with and about artists who play with the language of ‘voltage control’
5:00pm – 6:40pm: IDOW screening
6:40pm – 8:00pm: break
8:00pm – 8:45pm: TZZ live
9:00pm – 10:00pm: Thomas Ankersmit and his Serge modular
An independent documentary film about the phenomenal resurgence of the modular synthesizer — exploring the passions, obsessions and dreams of people who have dedicated part of their lives to this esoteric electronic music machine.
Inventors, musicians and enthusiasts are interviewed about their relationship with the modular synthesizer — for many, it's an all-consuming passion. Established musicians such as Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails), Carl Craig and John Foxx show off their systems and explain why they opt to use this volatile but ultimately rewarding technology. Meanwhile, a new generation of dance and electronica artists including Clark, James Holden and Factory Floor explain why they've stepped away from laptops to embrace the sound and physicality of modular synthesizers. Innovative companies like Modcan and Doepfer, driven by a desire to revive modular synthesizers, discuss how they planted the seeds that have now grown into a major cottage industry. What started out as a "vintage-revival scene" in the '90s has grown into an underground phenomena with a growing market of modular obsessives craving ever more wild and innovative sounds and interfaces. Today, the modular synthesizer is no longer an esoteric curiosity or even a mere music instrument — it is an essential tool for radical new sounds and a bonafide subculture. http://www.idreamofwires.org/
TZZ is the collaboration project of two Belgian artists, Trap&Zoid and Zeitdehner, that brings live, improvised electronic soundscapes. Both share a similar approach to electronic music production, using modular synthesizers in real time, with no layering, no multi tracking, no looping or overdubbing.
The pieces being produced in this simple and direct way are like micro-fictions, like Polaroid snapshots or like if the fabric of time and space was being processed by a sample & hold device, and resulting output ranges from minimalistic abstractions to dense, sophisticated soundscapes.
This individual methodology transposed in a live duo context is quite daring and can sometimes be very challenging for the players and for the audience, as they never know beforehand where the other player and where the machines will take them in the next moment.
An improvisational process has a lot more to do with intuition than with premeditated thoughts. It takes a lot of concentration and an exacerbated ability to listen for it to work, but when it does and all is connected, it is very rewarding for the players as well as for the audience.
For this particular session, TZZ will make use of modular/semi modular synthesizers built into suitcases. Trap&Zoid will play one or two of his genuine and vintage EMS Synthis (A, AKS, E) and Zeitdehner will play a recently reissued Buchla Electric Music Box, aka the Music Easel, both with a few additional external effect pedals.
These machines, operated by the players, each with their own particular musical personalities, will take the audience into a deep sonic trip, an exploration of the physical and poetic nature of sound. https://soundcloud.com/tzzh/sets/tdq
Thomas Ankersmit is a Dutch saxophonist, installation-artist and electronica-musician residing in Berlin. His first official solo CD ‘Live In Utrecht’ was released in 2010 (via Ash International, a sub-label of Touch), a +/- 40 minute long track with abstract sax-sounds and Serge modular synth. He often works with New York minimalist Phill Niblock and Sicilian electro-acoustic improvisation artist Valerio Tricoli. Live, Ankersmit often performs together with kindred spirits like Tony Conrad, Jim O' Rourke and Kevin Drumm.
During All Connected, Ankersmit will come explain his Serge Modulair system and play a piece live.
On September 27 you can see Thomas Ankermsit at work together with Phil Niblock at the Bozar Electronics Arts Festival.
All Connected is a series in Huis23 which involves concerts, films, readings and instrument presentations with and about artists who play with the language of ‘voltage control’, who use the ‘modular’ as creative thought process and test musical limits with it, artists who work in the spirit of San Francisco Tape Music Centre: a collective that came into being when pioneers like Terry Riley, Morton Subotnick, Steve Reich, Ramon Sender, Pauline Oliveros, and many others connected their oscillators and tape-recorders together and from which the most progressive music of that period originated.
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