Dec.17 2009: Patterns & Pleasure

STEIM@40! Last event: Patterns & Pleasure

Martin Brandlmayr / Percussion and computer
Pierre Bastien / Self-made mechanical instruments
Franck Smith / Handsonic and effects
dj sniff / Turntable and computer

flyer by Theo Howard

The STEIM@40! was a celebration of STEIM’s 40 year history through a diverse program of events. We would like to conclude this series by looking into new themes.

From once being an act of banging on things, rhythm has evolved into something that you carefully program through sequencer based instruments. Groove becomes an interesting space where complexity and intuition intersect. So how can we imagine new tools and ways to perform this new groove? How can we bang, sculpt and structure in real-time?

Come join us to see 4 solo musicians – all virtuosic and unique in their ways to generate rhythm.

Thursday, Dec 17 2009
Doors open: 20:00
Concert starts at 20:30
Charge: 5 Euros

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Martin Brandlmayr
Martin Brandlmayr is an Austrian percussionist, drummer, composer and electronic artist. He is widely recognized for his work in a variety of so-called “post-rock” bands, namely Radian, Trapist and Autistic Daughters, among others.
He is considered to be one of the most innovative drummers active in the current avant-music scene today, and has crafted a signature style that somehow manages to sound loose and improvised while maintaining complex time signatures often inspired by intelligent dance music; critic Brian Olewnick has called Brandlmayr`s work “extraordinarily precise”. Among others, Brandlmayr has recorded or performed with John Tilbury, Fennesz, Chad Taylor and Otomo Yoshihide. He was artist in residence 2002 at Podewil, Berlin. He now lives in Vienna, Austria.

So far he was performing live at rare occasions. Martin Brandlmayr plays drums, vibraphone and computer. It´s all about soundmolecules and their identity, movement, sequencing, sound and silence.

Pierre Bastien
Pierre Bastien (born Paris, 1953) post-graduated in eighteenth-century French literature at University Paris-Sorbonne. In 1977 he built his first musical machinery. For the next ten years he has been composing for dance companies and playing with Pascal Comelade. In the meantime he was constantly developing his mechanical orchestra. Since 1987 he concentrates on it through solo performances, sound installations, recordings and collaborations with such artists as Pierrick Sorin, Karel Doing, Jean Weinfeld, Robert Wyatt or Issey Miyake.

The French composer and multi-instrumentalist Pierre Bastien played first in some collective bands (Operation Rhino, Nu Creative Methods, Effectifs de Profil), and with the Dominique Bagouet Dance Company.

Around 1986 he started participating in Pascal Comelade`s Bel Canto Orquesta. At the same time he created – and literally built – his own orchestra called Mecanium : an ensemble of musical automatons constructed from meccano parts and activated by electro-motors, that are playing on acoustic instruments from all over the world.

” A composer`s dream : a fail-safe orchestra at one`s fingertips obeying ever so gently to his every command : a timeless sounding orchestra, both futuristic and slightly dada, conjuring ancient traditions in its surprisingly sensuous music. This is, in a nutshell what Pierre Bastien`s “Mecanium” is all about, a daydream of sorts that he has successfully pursued since 1976. The musicians of his orchestra are machines. And the idea behind it is simple, efficient and poetic : to have traditional instruments (Chinese lute, Morrocan bendir, Javanese saron, koto, violin, sanza, etc.) played by a mechanical instrument made of meccano pieces and recycled turntable motors. These hybrid and self-playing sound sculptures perform a series of short pieces, charming and hypnotic. ” (Michel F. Côté)

In the nineties the mechanical orchestra developed up to 80 elements. It took part in music festivals and art exhibitions in Norway (World Music Days `90), Australia (Tisea `92), Japan (Artec `95), Canada (Fimav `95, Sound Symposium `98), Poland (Warsaw Autumn `95), United States (Flea Festival `96)…

In the recent years, Pierre Bastien and his machines collaborated with video artist Pierrick Sorin, fashion designer Issey Miyake, dj Low, British singer and composer Robert Wyatt and the Trottola circus. The most recent compositions were released on Lowlands and Rephlex.

Franck Smith
Multi-instrumentalist/composer using self-configured electronic percussive devices and pure electronics… runs the private recording collection Odiolorgnette…
Member of the dual electronic unit Zn`shñ… performs as an independent artist…

Recent discographic work:
* Franck Smith, “Théorème de point fixe” (odl.9173-658) November 2009
* Zn`shñ, “II” (odl.9173-657) September 2009
* Zn`shñ, “++” (odl.9173-656) April 2009

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dj sniff
dj sniff first wanted to be a DJ after he saw the movie Juice

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