VIDEOGRAPHY III: SPACE TEXTURES



Spīķeri – the emerging site of culture, 6 Maskavas Street

Concert [19:00 – 03:00]

Concert with the participation of German, Japanese, Lithuanian and Latvia visual, video and audio artists. This year it is arranged in collaboration with the international music publisher Scape, focusing on new musical tendencies in dub, ambient, techno, hip-hop, idm and clicks`n`cuts genres
Participants of the concert are guest artists Stefan Betke a.k.a. Pole (Germany), Jan Jelinek (Germany), Kouhei Matsunaga (Japan), Gintas & Juoda (Lithuania), and DJ Walkman and DJ Sleeper joint project DUBUO (Lithuania). Latvia will be represented by such known names and projects as Candy Covered Clown, DJ Brain & Cliché, Derflinger and Sound Meccano.

Links

POLE (GER) | scape-music.com
Jan Jelinek (GER) | scape-music.com
Kouhei Matsunaga (JP) |  myspace.com/kouheikoyxen
Gintas K & Juodo (LT) |  gintask.dar.lt 
Candy Covered Clown (LV) | myspace.com/CandyCoveredClown
DUBUO [DJ Walkman un DJ Sleeper] (LT) | sutemos.net
DJ Brain & Cliché (LV) | BioCodes.net
Sound Meccano (LV) | myspace.com/soundmeccano

Organized by: radio "NABA"

POLE

The music of Stefan Betke, a.k.a. Pole, is constantly in a subtle state of flux. His recordings are evidence of his music’s evolution, milestones along an open-ended journey. But this does not mean Pole’s albums are provisional or incomplete; on the contrary, they express a kind of perfectionism always aimed at reaching an imagined musical core.
In 1996, Thomas Fehlmann and Gudrun Gut gave Betke a Waldorf-4-Pole filter, which had been damaged in a fall. Betke found it made beautiful static noise – a kind of crackling -- that became an integral part of his first series of recordings. The releases were just sequentially numbered (“1” in 1998, “2” in 1999, “3” in 2000) so no titles would interfere with people’s interpretation by preconceptions. The covers only differ in their colour – blue, red, and yellow, the primary colours of the spectrum from which all other colours can be mixed – mirroring the fact that for Betke, this series offered a musical equivalent to the three primary colours, able to be mixed in infinite combinations. From the very beginning Pole has been using a warm, groovy, and elastic sound, but doesn’t lose himself in dancefloor functionality.
Based in Berlin, Stefan Betke works as a DJ, remixer and studio operator. In 1999, together with Barbara Preisinger, he set up the label ˜scape. His sets ranged from dub, jazz, and minimal music to hip-hop, the latter leaving its mark on Pole’s second series of records, which consisted of the two EPs, “45/45” and “90/90”, and the album “Pole” (mute, 2003). For “Pole”, Betke abandoned the static noises and, for the first time, worked with vocals, which were supplied by rapper Fat John from Ohio (US). Since 2005, Betke has also been working as part of a live trio, with bass (Zeitblom) and drums (Hanno Leichtmann).
But neither hip-hop nor dub were the defining elements in Betke’s first two musical phases. Betke has never been a reggae or hip-hop artist. His music isn’t based in a scene or in private experience, but in musical structures, which he decontextualizes in order to integrate them into his own personal musical language. In Betke’s 2007 release “steingarten” there are no more references holding the music together. Electronics, loops, and minimalism – all of that is there, of course, but now it’s all operating in a space all its own.

JAN JELINEK

Berlin-based Jelinek is a tireless DJ, musician, producer and remixer. He collaborates with artists like Sarah Morris and author Thomas Meinecke, performs club live sets on his laptop as Farben or collaborates with improvisation ensembles like the Japanese trio Computer Soup and Australian jazz formation Triosk.
Since his early childhood, Jan Jelinek’s life has centered on music, collected records and immersing himself in their seductive sound. In love with the unique, genre-specific sounds of dub, jazz, funk and soul, it took the discovery of house music to trigger his own musical awakening: he discovered a new, playful approach to his musical knowledge, allowing him to distil those special sounds without stooping to straightforward recycling.

Since 1998, Jelinek has been releasing records under a number of pseudonyms, adaptations of a method with surprisingly different outcomes. The evolution of a specific signature sound without the constraints of auto-repetition. While Gramm stands for pulsating minimal Electronica, Farben explores the reinterpretation of soul by dissecting Jelinek’s record collection and rearranging it in subtle variations.

2001 saw the release of „Loop Finding Jazz Records“ (~scape), Jelinek’s first record under his own name, based, as the name implies, on old jazz recordings. Again, the source material was stripped relentlessly, often reduced to no more than its unique, ambient sound. »La Nouvelle Pauvreté« (~scape, 2003) marked an astonishing shift towards transparency - for the first time in Jelinek’s career, he chose to reveal discernible quotes from rock music, without ever succumbing to rock itself. With “Kosmischer Pitch” (~scape, 2005”) Jelinek now returns to his roots, yet, at least in part, avails himself of almost baroque, exuberant gestures: in his quest for the music’s basic harmonic principle, he layers his “cosmic” sounds more strongly than ever. “Minimal” and “opulent” are no longer a dichotomy: while their acoustic space seems very expansive, it is by no means over-crowded.

KOUHEI MATSUNAGA

Japanese musician and artist from Osaka Kouhei Matsunaga began his creative career in 1992. Kouhei works in different genres of contemporary music, he has collaborated with many popular musicians and projects from all over the world, for example, Autechre, Alva Noto, Pan Sonic, Merzbow, John Watermann a.o. The first music record Upside Down was released in 1998 under the German label Mille Plateaux. In 2006, together with the hip-hop artist Sensational (ex, Jungle Brothers), he released the latest record entitled Sensational Meets Kouhei.
In Rīga Kouhei Matsunaga will present an experimental hip-hop set.

GINTAS K & JUODO

As a sound artist Gintas K searches in minimal digital sounds, noises, glitches, microwaves and acoustic vibrations, designs sound tracks for films and music for sound installations. Musical projects by Gintas K have been presented in many festivals, exhibitions and released by several music record companies. In total, he has released nine records, the latest one in 2007 –  13 TRACKS and a mini-album Elementary Particles.

Gintas K has taken part in a number of collaboration projects and his compositions are included in numerous music collections.
In Riga Gintas K will perform together with the video artist and VJ Juodo (Donatas Juodisius) who represents the abstract video aesthetics – from visual minimalism to glitch video.

DUBUO

DUBUO is a project of two Lithuanian DJs - DJ WALKMAN and DJ SLEEPER - that have been exercising the brain of listeners/dancers of deep electronics for almost 10 years. And now they have joined their forces for a dub techno experiment.
DJ Walkman is a half of Sutemos.net net label and organizer of the one of the most popular IDM/electronic events in Vilnius - Sutemos Live. His old friend DJ Sleeper has been hiding under the name of legendary "Astraliniai maumai" promo team. From this spring, after spinning the turntables for more than a year together they formed dub techno duo.
"DUBUO" if translated into English would mean something like "Deep Dish" or "a hip". Or just Dub Duo, if you like.

CANDY COVERED CLOWN

Rīdzinieks Mārtiņš Roķis pēdējo gadu laikā ir darbojies dažādās ar mūziku saistītās aktivitātēs, īstermiņa projektos, grupās un eksperimentos. Uzstājies kā DJ Latvijas klubos, pasākumos, vadījis raidījumu "Vīzijas" (2002.-2008.) radio Naba ēterā. Projekta Wheelchair Discotheque ietvaros (2005.-2007.) ir tapuši divi mini albumi - "Wheelchair Discotheque" sadarbībā ar Francijas tiešsaistes mūzikas izdevniecības Vaatican Records (http://gestroco.club.free.fr/tympans.htm) un “Straight Avanger & Silly Norman vs Dinsdale” sadarbībā ar tiešsaistes mūzikas izdevniecību Dirty Deal.

SOUND MECCANO

Mārtiņš Roķis from Riga has been involved in different musical activities, short-term projects, groups and experiments during the recent years. He has performed as DJ in clubs and events in Latvia, has hosted the live shows “Vīzijas” (2002−2008) on Radio Naba 93.1 FM. In the framework of the project Wheelchair Discotheque (2005−2007) two mini-records have been released – Wheelchair Discotheque in collaboration with the French online music record company Vaatican Records (http://gestroco.club.free.fr/tympans.htm) and Straight Avanger & Silly Norman vs Dinsdale in collaboration with the online music publisher Dirty Deal.

DerFlinger

The author of the project Rostislav Rekuta initially worked with music recordings in the creative group Neuron Communication (1999−2001), collaborated with the experimental theatre company and in 2000 produced
Digits Throw record. In 2001, he worked under the name Sound Meccano and experimented with interferences of electronic, electro-acoustic and acoustic instruments.
Sound Meccano hosts weekly live shows on music news on Radio Naba 93.1 FM (in collaboration with Deutsche Welle) and works as DJ, radio journalist and event producer. In 2004, he joined the project Evgeniy Droomoff. In 2005, together with the video artist DelRay from Canada he created a multimedial work entitled Volokno. Collaborated with rx:tx, Laton and Kokeko.

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