Thursday, Jun 24th 2004, 08:47 AM
A sonic/visual festival curated by Capsule
Supersonic festival is an eclectic and experimental
playground, where new and emergent talent exhibit
their skills alongside established and world-renowned
practitioners. Whilst the focus is on experimental music,
supersonic acts as an umbrella for creative and
experimental practice in any media or art form.
Thursday 22nd July £7 (advanced)
capsule + chicks dig jerks present::
Q AND NOT U (dischord) . BULLET UNION .
NOISE NOISE ALLORE
Friday 23rd July £7 (advanced)
capsule join forces with the legendary
HOUSE OF GOD to bring a club night of the
upmost wrongness with
LUKE VIBERT (WagonChrist - Rephlex/Warp/Ninja Tune)
CYLOB(live - Rephlex). DJ X
NEIL LANDSTRUMM (Tresor/Scandinavia Records)
SIR REAL . PAUL DAMAGE . HARVEY LANE
DJ DICK (Different Drummer) . DR.LIES . CAPSULE GIRLS
saturday 24th July £18 (advanced)
3 stages with live sonic/visual
SENOR COCONUT + HIS ORCHESTRA
SPEKTRUM (Playhouse) . ZONGAMIN (XL recording)
DJ SCUD (Ambush) . PANACEA (Position-Chrome) .
CHRIS CLARK (Warp) . BRITISH MURDER BOYS (SURGEON + REGIS)
CHRIST . PANIC DHH (DHR) . KREEPA VS BLACK GALAXY .
WARD (Static Caravan). PCM . VD_MOTH . FAST LADY (v/vm records)
TEAM SHADETEK (Warp) . MIKE IN MONO . MIDAIRCONDO (Type)
BERG SANS NIPPLE (Prohibited) . PEMALAS
(Experimental Seafood)PIRATEHAIRWAVES + DOTB + ESQUILAX .
TERROR BYTE + JADE ONE (Fuckinghardtechno)
film programme:: 7 inch cinema
beat13 . the out crowd . sonic arts network:: Pete Batchelor
Prime Objective Lomo Show . otonashi & Meisai @ No Name
record + food stalls . shops . flea market . cake
vive cuervo tequila cocktail bar
@ THE CUSTARD FACTORY . DIGBETH . BIRMINGHAM . B94AA
How to find us
Travelling to Birmingham and need accomadation
special SUPERSONIC RATE
hotel deal £39 for a double room per night
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL:
supersonic = a three day sonic arts festival
based around the theme of sonic modification.
As a generation growing up in 20th century, technology took many rapid turns throughout our early years, the next new thing was always just around the corner, giving toys and computers a very short life span before they had to be upgraded to the newest and shiniest model. Moving in to the next century the constant quest for the latest technology hasn't let up, but it has given way to nostalgia leading to a fascination with retro toys and technology. This fascination has prompted artists to explore the use of old technology, re-interpreting the purpose of old games, modifying old toys with new technology. The theme of Super Sonic will be based around the theme of modification and re-interpretation. The artists / musicians will be selected based on their relevance to the central theme, each of the artists, in ways unique from one another, source and collect existing sounds/ objects / imagery to be modified and re-issued as a new sound or product. --
Thursday, Jun 24th 2004, 08:53 AM
SUPER SONIC SITE (http://www.capsule.org.uk/super/super_04.htm)
Cool space :)
Thursday, Jun 24th 2004, 08:57 AM
Q NOT U (usa - Dischord Records)
Along with label mates El Guapo and Black Eyes, Q not U represent a new wave of artists from Washington DC's Dischord label. A blizzard of right - angled guitar lines, disco beats and seemingly boundless energy.
LUKE VIBERT (UK Rephlex/Warp/Ninja Tunes)
Blue Planet released his drum 'n' bass numbers under the moniker Plug. Mo' Wax signed him up for an album under the most radical title yet: Luke Vibert. Wagon Christ saw some major label action courtesy of Virgin, while Luke Vibert began a collaboration with renowned pedal-steel guitar player BJ Cole. And in between he pumped out a host of remixes for, amongst others, Nine Inch Nails, Squarepusher, Tortoise, Lamb, Stereolab
CYLOB (UK Rephlex)
aka Chris Jeffs, has notched up 17 releases with Rephlex over the past 10 years, including the underground hits "Rewind!" and "Cut The Midrange, Drop The Bass." He has remixed for Aphex Twin, Mike Flowers Pops, Soulwax (a.k.a 2 Many DJs), Cristian Vogel and DMX Krew, and collaborated with Astrobotnia (a.k.a. Ovuca) and Squarepusher. He will be doing a live performance for this event.
NEIL LANDSTRUMM (UK Tresor/Scandinavia Records)
Since 1994 Neil has released music on several international electronic labels and also worked in the motion graphics field. To date Landstrumm has released 5 experimental techno albums, several 12" and remixes on labels ranging from Peacefrog, Tresor, Mosquito, to his own imprint Scandinavia. For this audio/visual performance he will be playing a Live techno beat and bass heavy electronics set.
HOUSE OF GOD Residents::SIR REAL . PAUL DAMAGE . HARVEY LANE . DJ X
Since 1993 HOG has paved the way for the UK underground club scene, creating its own sound and image, achieved by using local DJs as residents (a premise that HOG still stands by today), and playing the widest variety of hard edged music possible. HOG has consistently showcased techno artists, especially British DJs way before other clubs polluting the minds of Midlands youth with noise and sickness.
SENOR COCONUT + HIS ORCHESTRA
German machine music pioneers Kraftwerk go cha-cha? It's not as unlikely a combination as it might sound, especially to Chile's Senor Coconut, whos formula works by defeating the pretensions of the original, but then reconstructing it in a way that reminds you why it was a hit in the first place - a great tune, a catchy hook, a clever lyric.
(aka Atom Heart and Uwe Schmidt, a longtime veteran of the German electronic dance scene.)
SPEKTRUM (UK Playhouse)
Theatric, impulsive, slightly anarchic and wildly disjointed is what you can expect from this bands live performance. They like to let the music do the talking and the talking is dirty, flirtatious, mystical fun for your aural pleasure.
ZONGAMIN (XL recording)
Serious Troubleā blurred ESGās punk-funk elasticity and enough four-track smarts and panache to catch the attention of a varied selection of DJ s from Andy Weatherall to Soulwax, and leave most of his peers eating hot dust. Where 90% of dancing music is created on computer by people who canāt play any instruments, here was someone crafting something sonically adventurous and soul-stirring with a bedroom full of musical tools (man-made and Zongamin adapted)
DJ SCUD (UK Ambush)
Scud pushes electronic music to new extremes, inspiring a whole generation of producers making innovative and exciting experimental dance music with his infamous Bloodclaat Gangsta Youth undertaking which heralded the current ragga noise craze. He continues to explore the gap between dancefloor and the avant-garde, producing music that marks itself out as an essential assault on the hyper conservative landscape of contemporary culture.
PANACEA (DE Position-Chrome)
One of the reasons of PANACEA“s success is his leading idea of the
Anti-Principle. Against all rules and musical classifications he invents his own revolutionary style out of Drum 'n' Bass, Industrial, Death-Metal,
Speedcore, Techno, Breakbeats and Rave: Techstep-Punk is the keyword!
Performing live, Panacea unveils diabolic forces to move the crowd and push the audience to the boundaries.
BRITISH MURDER BOYS (SURGEON + REGIS) (UK)
Since the first Britsih Murder Boys release, Surgeon and Regis have worked closeley together, recording several more eps and performing live. The BMB releases blur the line between techno and the artists' industrial and experimental roots, marrying off-kilter noises and submerged vocals with a strict rhythmical framework.
CHRIS CLARK (UK Warp)
Far from just simply rehashing a formula used by many before him, Clark shows a very strong musical personality combined with intense creativity making his performance something really rather unique and clever. Split between beautifully ambient compositions and heavy techno moments, Chris Clark refuses to make a choice.
Christ has been one of the most revolutionary figures within the Scottish electronic music scene since the mid 90's with his work on Boards of Canada's classic releases. Influenced by the sound of contemporaries and colleagues, Christ continues the theme of nostalgic and psychedelic structures within the loose boundaries of electronic music. Distancing himself from the 'do it by numbers' IDM handbook, Christ washes his ideas with a haze of atmosphere and layers of emotive, evocative sound.
PANIC DHH (UK/FIN) DHR)
Formed in 2002 by Robbie Furze (Alec Empires guitarist) and Antti Uusimaki, their sound is rooted in punk metal, combined with industrial and experimental electronica. Layered with oraginic generated noise and programmed processed drums, mixed with guitars and electronics which makes for an unconvential structure and formula that forms the unique sound of this band.
KREEPA VS BLACK GALAXY (UK)
kREEPA mix electronic and acoustic elements to create improvisations that explore the dynamic interplay between acousmatic synthesis and instrumental approaches.
Black Galaxy features Nicholas Bullen whose abrasive work in Napalm Death initiated a new musical genre known as 'Grindcore' and later a member of the dark, isolationist and dub-influenced Scorn. In collaboration with Simon Mabbutt they fuse cold and alien galactic soundscapes with minimal warped bass and glacial rhythmic underpinnings to create nocturnal sonorities.
Together, the musicians will collaborate to create a soundfield which fuses analogue/acoustic and digital/electronic elements into a series of tonal clusters and soundscapes.
WARD (UK Static Caravan)
From impossibly played guitar pieces over the sounds of long discarded computer modems, machines that whirr and click whilst computers bleep mournfully in the distance to photocopier harmonies sung over post-industrial rythmns. WARD define beautifully crafted electronica.
Formed in 1990 by Nik Wells and Neil Harvey,PCM have carved their own niche in the Bham underground scene with their uncompromisingly "dark" take on drum and bass.Combining nitrous-fuelled beats with dirty,subsonic basslines,they have recorded for labels such as Law and Auder,Possible and Manifold (USA) as well as remixing fellow Brummies Scorn and Pram. www.angelfire.com/weird/pcm
FAST LADY (UK v/vm records)
Neo poodle perm rock from Fast Lady (who sound like they were cloned from the Def Leppard drummer's missing arm!) signed to Stockport beat butchers V/VM Test Records
TEAM SHADETEK (US Warp)
Spanning a range of influences from the hiphop and dancehall of their upbringing in NYC, ragga jungle, experimental electronica from Warp artists like Autechre and Aphex along with a strong dose of urban youth culture aesthetics including punk rock 'diy' means of production, rave culture and the competitive battle aesthetics of grafitti and hiphop. These colliding worlds, combined with their discovery of the plasticity of digital art production at a young age lead TEAM SHADETEk to their current technological urban aesthetic.
Combines psychedelic noise with a twisted masked performance creating an intensley dark experience for anyone brave enough to cope with this audio/visual assault not to mention the moths unhealthy equestrian obsession.
MIKE IN MONO (UK Halfeaten Records)
Mike In Mono - aka Mike Johnston, better known as member of Birmingham's kitsch electronica trio Plone. His ever growing fondness for 'spoken word' is now a relished element in the mike-in-mono show. Mike's tongue in cheek style of music combines with a reduced use of equipment, applying maths and music theory to make something best descibed as event-crammed music.
MIDAIRCONDO (Sweden Type Records)
An oddity in the male-dominated electronic music scene, Midaircondo is an all girl three-piece from Sweden. Taking a love of theatre, improvised instrumental music and organic electronic sounds, the result comes across as emotional and utterly involving. Delicate vocal tracks taking pointers from classic soul encased in distant washes of saxophone, flute, keyboards and field recording.
BERG SANS NIPPLE (FR/US Prohibited)
The franco-american duo BERG SANS NIPPLE consists of (but is not limited to) Lori Sean Berg and Shane Aspegren. Two kids (both best known as drummers) trapped in a tangled mess of cables, keyboards, samplers, horns, bells, machines and drums, play the most engaging of live sets.
PEMALAS (UK Experimental Seafood)
Who, what, music, sound, noise, scrape the shovel on the pavement, listen, silent, melody, distortion, hit the drum till it splits and spills space on the floor. 17, 33 all numbers of possibilities. Punk rock, electronic, techno, dub noise, psychedelic. A tonal jamming in the 11th dimension.
PIRATEHAIRWAVES + DOTB + ESQUILAX (UK)
use collected visual snippets of mixed media-which are tampered with,
re-arranged and projected in novel forms, this year perfoming a live visual show in collaboration to soundtracks created live by Esquilax, shiny party plastic new wave avante-garde pop terror group - possessed by Devo, raised by Agoraphobic Nosebleed and in complete contrast DOTB with their sound ranging from minimal microwaves, breathing and non notes to hideously distorted trumpets and string loops.
TERROR BYTE + JADE ONE (UK Fuckinghardtechno)
Two emmergent artists from the Fucking Hard Techno arts collective, who use all manner of meduim to assult the senses, taking influence from gabba, techno and rave culture with a healthy dose of thrash metal.
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